Does the thought of chopping an onion make you weak at the knees?
Is your microwave the only item that gets any use in your small kitchen?
But, do you wish you could eat healthier? And, save money?
Do you want to bring your family to the table for a rich, inviting meal you prepared yourself?
Believe it or not, cooking is not difficult. Learning the ins and outs of a kitchen is an investment. When it comes to cooking, Shalu, one of Funzing’s clever hosts, recommends stepping out of your comfort zone, “every now and again to challenge yourself.” Take it to the next level, she says.
You don’t have to opt in for a costly cooking school that will take you two years to complete, you can join Shalu, founder of Little Green Kitchen, to learn the art of creative vegetarian cooking in an afternoon session!
The former lawyer turned conscientious chef is on a mission, in part “inspired by Jamie Oliver’s philosophy of down-to-earth good food” to prove just how inventive vegetarian food can be. Her classes run the gamut from Thai to Italian. You can explore whatever cuisine makes your curious! On the day Funzing visited we were treated to a culinary journey into the Middle East.
Alongside a small group of curious cooks, we listened as Shalu instructed and demonstrated the steps needed to create three flavourful meals: Harira soup (Spicy lentil and tomato soup), baked aubergine mechoui with spicy mint & chickpea stew, and shakshouka (rich, spicy tomato sauce) with feta. These recipes are one’s you’ll actually want to use. And, re-use.
Each dish exploded with spices, fragrance, and the perfect amount of heat!
There’s enough space for everyone to do their part at Shalu’s table. We were chopping. Slicing. Grating. Mixing. And dicing. And, it wasn’t hard. In fact, it felt like cooking in a friend’s kitchen. By the end of the session our group was trading favourite celebrity chefs, favourite restaurants, while Shalu imparted several tips of kitchen wisdom we made sure to note down!
Depending on your schedule, you can stay and share the feast at Shalu’s or take a portion home for dinner.
“My students’ enthusiasm and appreciation is so rewarding.” Shalu told us, “They keep me going and keep fueling me to keep reinventing myself.”
Shalu showed us how a relaxed atmosphere and healthy ingredients can make for a delicious, stress-free meal. So, if you’ve ever thought about stepping away from the microwave and putting on an apron plan a visit to Shalu’s kitchen!