I found working from home become more all consuming more than working in a 9-5 did. It could be because I am now running my own business but also, I think, because the boundaries can get blurred. This is why it is even more important to set aside time to do something just for you!
I attended the latest #MamaMeetupSA on Saturday held at the Vitality Healthy Food Studio and it is the perfect way to take some time out and do something just for you.
What is the Vitality Healthy Food Studio?
It is, basically, the perfect kitchen but it is also a studio that offers cooking courses for pretty much anyone and everyone. The studio has been kitted out with only the best products including Whirlpool ovens, including my favourite Jet Chef, a KitchenAid fridge and mixers. All the bowls, cutlery etc are from Woolworths. So basically they have taken the best there is in kitchen appliances and accessories and put them under one roof.
The team at the Vitality Healthy Food Studio put together a variety of recipes for people to make, including veggies, desserts, snacks and more. Each team/station makes something different and then it is all put together to create a meal you can enjoy afterwards. You can check out what they offer here.
There was a variety of yummy items on our menu including chickpea cakes, meatballs, mexican tuna salad and chocolate, date, hazelnut brownies. I made the chocolate brownies because they were gluten free and jam-packed full of chocolate. It was so easy to make, you basically just throw everything in a blender – I absolutely love recipes like this, not only are they quick but there is little room for error. The other items on the menu were made by the other ladies who attended and then we got to enjoy what we had made in the most amazing lunch!
It was such a fun morning and I was able to completely relax and just enjoy learning and cooking. You don’t have to go with a large group of people, you can take just your partner or a friend or even your kids. The menus cater for all types of diets, there is a veggie only course and one that focuses on seafood. The majority of the meals we made were gluten free and vegetarian, so I got to tasted everything.
Being a mom can become all consuming, being a working mom can be exhausting which means make the time for self-care is essential. Booking a course like this is a great way to do this, you have no choice but to shut everything out for a while and focus on preparing your food. The bonus is you get to enjoy a delicious meal at the end of it with a glass of good wine.
I am sharing the recipes with you that stood out for me and while everything tasted delicious, these were the ones I would definitely try at home.
Everyone loves brownies, well in our home they do, so brownies will always be a win.
- 200 g mild dark chocolate (70%), roughly chopped
- 200 g pitted dates chopped
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 4 eggs
- 60 ml melted butter
- 5 ml vanilla paste
- 50 g roasted and chopped hazelnuts
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Line a 20 x 20cm square cake tin with baking paper and spray well.
- Combine the chocolate and bicarbonate of soda in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to a crumbly mixture.
- Add the dates and continue to pulse the mixture, then add the eggs and vanilla.
- Blend well, then add the butter and blend once more.
- Stir in the chopped hazelnuts and pour the batter into the prepared cake tin.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. The centre should still be soft, but cooked through.
- Allow to cool in the tin, then remove and cut into small squares.
I tried to make mayonnaise a few weeks ago but I learnt where I was going wrong on Saturday, I want to make this recipe and see if I recreate the deliciousness.
- 2 egg yolks
- 15 ml Dijon mustard
- Pinch of salt
- 250 ml canola oil
- 10 to 15 ml lemon juice or white wine vinegar
- Blend the egg yolks, mustard and salt in a food processor or with a hand blender and combine well.
- While blending, start adding the oil – a few drops at a time until an emulsion forms. Then the oil can be added in a thin steam. If the oil is added too quickly, the mixture will separate.
- Once all the oil is added, add the lemon juice or vinegar to taste. If the mixture becomes very thick before all the oil is added, the lemon or vinegar can be added earlier to thin out the mayonnaise.
- Cover well and refrigerate. Remember, raw egg should always be kept cool.
- Use the mayonnaise as a spread on sandwiches to replace butter. Remember that it contains a lot of fat and only a little is needed.
You can book one of the courses online, visit the Vitality Healthy Food Studio online.
If you want to find out more about the next #MamameetupSA, follow them on Instagram. This was the third meet up I have attended and both have been worth it. Each meet up is completely different with the only common thread being it is moms meeting up. The themes and venues change each time which make each one unique and fun.