Good Cookin’

Last week my ayi finished a 4 part healthy cooking class offered by Sproutlifestyle, after all she is as interested in healthy and safe eating as I am and she was due for some professional development. Overall I have the impression that she enjoyed the classes, liked using all the super cooking equipment and has already offered me some advice on using my electric kettle  (change the water  often).

When people come to me for advice on improving their diet one aspect that is most often overlooked is cooking. This really is a bigger cornerstone to good health than we give credit to.  It’s simple, when you cook you control the ingredients. That in itself can go a long way in improving your diet.

Summer, with all the fresh produce around, is a great time of year to try out new recipes from the grill to the garden. Don’t know what to cook? There is this thing called the internet that has recipes and menu plans at the touch of a key. Blog sites with recipes for every taste abound.

Even more fun than using the internet is to take a couple of cooking workshops yourself.  Shanghai is lucky to have plenty to chose, from baking to Indian to Chinese to Raw food. Most recently I learned that Shanghai Young Bakers  is offering public baking classes. In fact Saturday, June 13th you could learn how to make your own baguettes. For those who don’t know SYB, is an organization that provides fully sponsored French bakery training to disadvantaged Chinese youth, providing them with the skills to find qualified jobs. Have more of a sweet tooth? The Shanghai Young Bakers final class for June, June 27th, will be a “Power Puff Tutorial” featuring eclairs, cream puffs, Paris-Brest & Religieuse . C’est bonne! Check out www.shanghaiyoungbakers.com for more information.

Since opening their new store with the beautiful demo kitchen, Sproutlifestyle has been offering cooking classes several times a week. This Saturday, June 13, they will be featuring plant based cooking, focusing on grains. Sign up at www.sproutlifestyle.com

More interested in a cultural cooking experience? There a variety of places and people in Shanghai who offer Chinese cooking classes but my personal and pleasurable experience has been with Mike on Dong Ping Lu (Address: Room 108-109, No.2, Dong Ping Road, by Heng Shan Road, 15821618151).

You may not need a cooking class to get you going but a new cookbook always inspires me.  Eat Well Shanghai distributes Ni Hao Bao Bao a bilingual cookbook by two Shanghai expat dietitians. This little book is great for parents and kids as well. Cooking together is a great way to spend time with your children, having fun and surreptitiously reinforcing healthy eating habits! The best part is Ni Hao Bao Bao is now on sale! So save some money and get this gem from Kate& Kimi delivered right to your door.

Eat Well, Live Well, Have Fun!