Tai chi and afternoon tea

T’ai chi and afternoon tea

Last years T’ai chi with afternoon tea event was a winner so we’re putting on another one.
 

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From 12.00 on Monday 29th July Debbie Spencer will take you through a guided, calm and relaxing t’ai chi session focusing on the breath and mindfulness. The moves you will practice are carried out very slowly, as this improves balance, fitness, flexibility and strength
If the weather is good (let’s be optimistic!) it will be outside in the garden under the shade of the weeping willow tree, so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

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Followed by a guided mediatation


Whilst you are concentrating I will be in the kitchen preparing your vegan afternoon tea, which with feature something savoury, scones with jam and vegan cream and another sweet treat. All served with lashings of refreshments

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we will then spend time around the table talking about healthy eating, wellbeing etc whilst you enjoy the nutritious and tasty vegan fair
The event will finish at 2.15

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It all takes place in West Bridgford and costs £30 inclusive
We are limited to 8 people so please book early to avoid disappointment
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Susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk or 07946 301338

 

Yoga, Meditation and Nutrition

Yoga, Meditation and Nutrition

Wednesday 31st July 10.30 – 12.45pm

This is your chance to join a small group of mixed ability yoga students practicing gentle, mindful Yoga in a beautiful calm and bright space. And when you’re truly relaxed enjoy my 3 course vegan lunch
The cost for this wellbeing experience is £30

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You’ll be guided through the practice with a mix of vinyasa and Hatha style yoga. Strengthening and stretching the body, staying a little longer in the areas that need it most allowing you to improve your posture, deepen your breathing and unleashing your inner calm.

jessica yogaFinishing with a gentle meditation practice to help you switch off for a short while and escape your busy mind.

Whilst you relax and unwind with Jessica I will be preparing your 3 course vegan lunch, that will nourish you from the inside.

We’ll sit round the table and I can share my nutritional tips and know-how and you can ask plenty of questions. Or just take a walk around the garden and continue that feeling of calm and bliss

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Contact Susan Hart 07946 301338 to book your place or to ask any questions

 

Jessica has been practising yoga for over 5 years and 3 years ago started her yoga and fitness business ‘zenfithealth’; teaching classes around Nottingham.

 

Nottm Post WinterAnd as you may know through my articles on the West Bridgford Wire, I also deliver healthy eating advice to individuals, groups and businesses. By talking informally about how to develop a healthy balanced diet I encourage people to make small but permanent changes to the foods they eat.  Being a chef is a great advantage as it allows me to develop healthy eating recipes for those that need a helping hand.

My vegan cooking classes are a great way to put that knowledge in to practice.  I also deliver regular wellbeing workshops at centres and charities.  And finally, I write a monthly restaurant review for the Nottingham Post

With our help you can feel energised and nourished.

 

Nosh & Natter

Nosh & Natter is an informal get together at my place in West Bridgford, on Wednesday 17th July from 12.30 – 2pm.

Nosh & Natter

For £12.50 you’ll receive a delicious 2 course vegan lunch and we’ll talk about healthy eating, wellbeing and life in general and I’ll share my cooking and nutrition know how

Please let me know if you have any allergies or specific dietary requirements

It will be a place for the nutrition or vegan curious, people who’d like to meet like minded people or they just want a tasty meal and company

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Have a wander around my garden

This is the first event and I’m hoping to offer it on a regular basis, although the day and time may change depending on what people would like
Please contact me for further details or to book a place at the table
07946 301338

Yoga, healthy eating and a 3 course vegan lunch

Yoga, healthy eating and a 3 course vegan lunch

MONDAY 20th May 2019 FROM 10.30 – 12.45pm
IN WEST BRIDGFORD
THE COST IS £30

 

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Why not come and join a small group of mixed ability yoga students practicing gentle, mindful Yoga in a beautiful calm space that has underfloor heating.
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Debbie will guide you through gentle, relaxing but specific movements that will help with general flexibility, mobility, balance and strength.  In a small group like this she can spend time with each person to make sure they are in the correct position to maximise a pose.  The yoga session will close with a guided meditation where you can let go into your body and breath; leaving you feeling relaxed and at ease.
This will be followed by a healthy 3 course vegan lunch made by me.  We’ll spend time relaxing  around the table and as a trained nutrition coach and chef I will share some of my nutritional expertise, deliver tips for healthy eating and answer any questions.
Debbie will also be on hand to answer any specific questions about her yoga practice.
Here’s a taste of the food that has tantalised previous tastebuds:
Wholesome soup, colourful quinoa salad, herby flatbreads, decadent chocolate pots, banana bread and fresh fruit.  All served with refreshments

This is a great time to get to know your fellow students and to ask us questions about yoga, healthy eating, lifestyle changes etc.

 

 

The whole event will leave you feeling nourished and balanced.

All this for £30
Contact either Susan on 07946 301338 or Debbie on 07941 526136

We are limited to 8 people so book early to guarantee your place

 

 

 

 

 

Petit Paris – restaurant review

 

Petit Paris – restaurant review

Veg out

Now I know a French restaurant is not instinctively the first place you’d consider for a vegan meal out, but the Nottingham vegans Facebook group had first hand knowledge that things had changed in this Parisian establishment, Petit Paris on Kings Walk in Nottingham town centre

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So I ventured out on a blustery Friday evening to see for myself.   We were seated by the window and it was all so cosy.  I was immediately presented with a vegan menu, my other half stuck with the general one.

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The wine waiter came over to point out which of the drinks were also suitable, which was a nice touch.

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French bread with both butter and vegan spread was served, again another nice touch and we were left to make our choices

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I was amazing at the sound of all the dishes and genuinely confused as to what to have.  I opted for the Sri Lankan soup with coconut dumplings followed by the Moroccan and bean burger.  My other half loved the sound of the mushroom crostini from the vegan menu, followed by a chicken dish, with a side order of green beans.  We also ordered a glass each of the vegan pinot grigio

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Whilst we waited for our starter we munched on the tasty bread and watched the world go by.  Very swiftly our starters arrived and the smell coming from my soup bowl was mouth-watering.  It was the right side of spicy with lots of chunky well cooked veg and 3 delicious mini coconut dumplings.

My review is also available at https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/food-drink/nottinghams-petit-paris-introduces-impressive-2675744

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The vegan crostini looked equally tasty and I was able to purloin a slice of the toasted bread with a highly flavoured mushroom pate, grilled mushroom, pea shoots and hummus.  Wow it was gorgeous and such a generous portion.

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We quaffed our chilled wine whilst we waited for the mains to make an appearance.   I was really pleased to see that my burger didn’t come in the usual carb heavy bread roll but between pitta bread, which had been smeared with guacamole, layered with thinly cut crunchy veg, then the small burgers and topped with pickled radish.  Served with more guacamole and sweet potato fries

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Again, it was just so tasty. Often bean burgers can be claggy but this was moist and full of flavour. The crunchy veg was a nice touch and the radish added an interesting flavour that was slightly fermented and possibly not to everyone’s taste, but I loved them.  The sweet potatoes fries didn’t let the side down either, they were thin and crispy and plentiful.

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I was reliably informed that the chicken supreme (served with fondant potatoes and a watercress sauce) was very tasty and moist too.

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We really didn’t have room for a pudding but I was determined to try one so we shared what was hopefully the lighter option: roasted pineapple, dark rum caramel and sorbet.  It was very well cooked,  not overly sweet and a fairly small portion, so we just about managed to finish it

 

Overall I was really impressed with the level of choice, the dishes themselves, the service offered by this long established restaurant and the value for money (starter and dessert £5.95 and Mains  £12.50).

As a vegan if you’re bored of pasta and pizza then pay a visit to Petit Paris and try food from all over the globe. You wont be disappointed.

Cauliflower wings

Cauliflower wings

This  recipe is a slight variation on the Bosh recipe.  I’ve used gram flour instead of plain flour as I prefer the taste.  And if you use gluten free breadcrumbs as well it makes this recipe suitable for a gluten free diet

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I’ve had a few people ask why a ‘meat’ associated word like ‘wings’ is used for a non meat recipe.  I think it gives people an idea about the texture, taste etc of a dish i.e. small pieces of spicy morsels.  Familiar words help those who are not fully vegan or are new to it understand what the dish might be like. Words like sausages, steaks etc will also encourage children to eat it. They may not if we said ‘cauliflower bites’ I’m sure new words will start to appear.

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So maybe this recipe should be called ‘cauliflower crispy bites’, not so catchy though.  What do you think?

cauliflower wings

Serves 2 

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking: 40 minutes

Cauliflower wings

  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 65g or ½ cup Gram/chickpea flour
  • 150ml or ½ cup unsweetened plant milk
  • ¼ tsp salt , ¼ tsp ground black pepper, ½ tsp garlic powder and smoked paprika
  • 100-150g or 1 cup bread crumbs – toast slightly before using or panic breadcrumbs (no toasting required)

Hot sauce

  • 80g or 1/2 cup hot sauce (such as Dunn’s river hot sauce, Franks buffalo sauce or sriracha and Gochujang )
  • 40g vegan butter,
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder/paste

Dipping sauce

  • 100g vegan plain yoghurt,
  • 1 tsp lemon juice,
  • Handful chopped chives, parsley, coriander or mint

Preheat oven to 180C, lightly oil a baking sheet

Using a knife, remove florets from the stalk.  Chop the florets and stalks into smaller bite sized pieces.

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In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, plant milk, salt, ground black pepper, paprika and garlic powder/paste in a bowl to make a thick batter.

 

Pour the breadcrumbs in to a separate bowl and place it next to the batter bowl. Dip the cauliflower one at a time into the batter, shake off excess, then dip in to the breadcrumbs to coat completely and place onto the oiled baking sheet. Repeat until all of the wings are coated.

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Bake for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, make the hot sauce: In a small pan over high heat, mix the vegan speed, garlic and hot sauce. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. It should thicken slightly

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Remove the wings from oven. Dip the wings in the spicy sauce . Return to the tray and bake for another 10-15 minutes for the sauce to soak into the wings.

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Remove from oven and serve with the cool yoghurt sauce if desired.

I love serving this with a large mixed salad.  Alternatively serve on top of a spicy bean stew, or with some spicy Mexican rice (A packet of microwaveable Mexican rice is ideal), or as part of a vegan tapas meal

Soon my vegan cooking guests will be making their own cauliflower bites.  Let me know how you got on and if you made any changes

 

My next vegan cooking class is all about the falafel

My next vegan cooking classes are all about the falafel – Tuesday 5th March 2018 5.30 – 6.45pm and Wednesday 6th March 12 – 1.15pm

In West Bridgford

I have a few places left on my next vegan cooking classes taking place this coming week in West Bridgford

I’m now on Trip advisor, so if you’ve been to my classes and enjoyed them could I please ask you to write a short review

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https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1749652-d13807709-Reviews-Nutrition_Coach-West_Bridgford_Nottinghamshire_England.html

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The cost of attending a class is £25 and includes all the ingredients, recipe and nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with. Or why not buy a bunch of them; if you purchase 5 classes for £125 I’ll throw an extra one in for free, and you’ll have a whole year to attend.

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The recipe is very versatile and can also be used to make burgers.  The tahini dressing is a great accompaniment for a salad, Moroccan tagine or drizzled over a filled jacket potato

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Contact me if you’d like to book a space, but please be quick as places are limited.
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vegan cookery classes

If you can’t make these dates I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year.

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Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury.  Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, beetroot pearl barley risotto, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.

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Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on

07946 301338 to book your place.

 

 

Next vegan cooking class

Next vegan cooking class – Monday 11th February 2019 

I have a couple of places left on my next vegan cooking class, which is taking place on Monday 11th February between 11 am and 12.15 in West Bridgford.  You’ll have everything you need to make a delicious and nutritious vegan chilli 

 

The cost is £25 and includes all the ingredients, equipment and the recipe.  Plus nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with.

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The chilli is packed with goodness like red kidney beans, antioxidant rich tomatoes, loads of fibre rich veggies (as you would expect) and protein packed lentils.

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Contact me if you’d like to book a space on either classes, but please be quick as places are limited.

vegan cookery classes

If you can’t make this date I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and  Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year.

vegan cookery class

Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury.  Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, beetroot pearl barley risotto, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.

cookery review

 

Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on

07946 301338 or susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk to book your place.

Professional baker-to-be

Professional baker-to-be

Last week I read a post on Facebook from Vicky Leigh asking for volunteers to taste and critique her vegan cake.  Well, it would have been rude not too.  So the following day two generous portions of cake were delivered.

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Vicky had already warned me that it was the first time she’d made this banana biscoff cake, based on the ‘Bosh’ boys recipe (with some tweaks) and said the presentation wasn’t right; having run out of icing, it wasn’t looking as good as it could.

Well, I disagree, don’t you?  I think it looks professional and appetising

If you’d like to check out the original Bosh recipe follow a link to their tv channel https://www.bosh.tv/recipes/biscoff-coffee-cake

What did it taste like I hear you ask!

First of all it looked like any other sponge cake.  Now that’s a good thing in my book because some vegan cakes are very solid but Vicky’s cake was light and airy.

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I bet if you waved that under anybody’s nose they would not assume it was vegan.  The taste was very caramel (thanks to the biscoff biscuits) and the banana didn’t overpower but made it nice and moist.  The butter cream, made with vegan spread was really creamy and not too sweet.

How many of you didn’t know those individually wrapped caramel biscuits you often get at coffee shops with your Americano were ‘accidentally vegan’!

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All it all it was a winner and I’d happily pay for a slice with my oaty cappuccino, if it were served in a local coffee shop.

Which might be a possibility because if Vicky’s cakes prove tasty and popular it may become her new line of business.

Being creative is a constant learning exercise and after watching a few more ‘how to’ videos Vicky seems to have mastered the art of presentation.  This is another of her creations this time a simple (anything but!) chocolate cake

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Isabel (another taster) had this to say “I tried the chocolate one and it was absolutely delicious, one of the best vegan chocolate cakes I’ve tried. Heaven.”

So here’s to many more vegan cake tasting experiences.   It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it!

Vicky, the soon to be professional baker has done it again.  This time it’s a simple Victoria sponge, that’s been pimped up with some gorgeous pink frosting

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The inside was as good as the outside

But how did it taste….. wow amazing.  If I served this with a pop of tea no one would think it was vegan.  The cake was moist and light with the right amount of sweet jam and ‘butter’ cream.  The frosting was very light and almost mousse like in its consistency.

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I asked Vicky about the sugar she had used to make her frosting, and she admitted her usual make of sugar wasn’t available and the alternative just didn’t come top to scratch as it left a felt slightly graining feel.

It just proves every day is a ‘school day’ and there is always something new to lean and an experiment to me conducted.  But if the results are as good as this….Wow!

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Another slice of Vicky’s vegan cakes made its way to me this week.  It was a variation on the biscoff cake.  It was very moreish, moist and very tasty.  Im not a massive cake eater so I found it a bit too sweet and the icing was a bit grainy.  Vicky explained that crushed biscoff biscuits were used in the icing hence the texture.

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But a breakthrough came when we discussed how Vicky could have the caramel intensity without the grainy texture.  This is all part of perfecting the best cake ever, and sadly it may mean more taste testing for me.  Oh well somebodies got to do it!

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Sausage and bean casserole

Sausage and bean casserole

This is a really great dish if you want to follow a more plant based diet, you’re supporting the veganuary campaign, participating in meat free Monday, need a bit of a change to your current vegan diet or just fancy something that’s really simple tasty and comforting

Using sweet potatoes not only adds complex carbs to the dish (our primary energy source), but also great levels of fibre, protein and vitamin A.  The addition of tinned beans – here I used borlotti beans but cannellini, butter beans or haricot would all work, adds plenty of protein and fibre and of course will count as one of your five a day.

So here’s what you need for 2 – 3 people

4-6 vegan sausages.  At the moment I love Sainsburys Shroomdogs and Frys sausages, but feel free to use your own personal favourites

1 tsp olive or rapeseed oil

1 onion or half a leek – or a mix of the two

2 sweet potatoes – washed but not peeled

1 tin of borlotti beans and their liquid

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 garlic clove

2 tsp smoked paprika,

Large pinch (or more of) chilli flakes

and 1 – 3 handfuls of red lentils.

Small handful of chopped parsley

Fry the sausages in oil until golden, about 15 minutes (but read the packet). I

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In a large pan fry 1 sliced onion and/or half a leek until soft.

Add the cubed sweet potatoes cook until softening, you may need to add some water if the ingredients stick.  

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Add the beans and their liquid, chopped clove of garlic, tinned  tomatoes, smoked paprika, chilli flakes and the red lentils. cover and cook until the lentils and sweet potatoes are really soft, about 20 minutes.

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Half way through add the cooked sausages and check if you need to add more water.

 

Once cooked pour in to two or three bowls and scatter over chopped parsley 

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And why not serve it with some toasted garlicky sourdough bread.  Delicious

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