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.

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Eat Well Around Town

What a great time of year to be in Shanghai! The leaves are popping out all over the Former French Concession and restaurants around town are filled with customers eating “al fresco”.

There are plenty of events to get you in the mood to eat well:

First check out Sproutlifestyle’s (my favorite specialty whole foods store) new location at  388 Shaanxi Nan Road near the corner with Fuxing Xi Road. While you are there perusing all the new and favorite foods, be sure to register  for one of the fun  foodie and wellness health classes. www.sproutlifestyle.com

Still worried about eating safely in Shanghai? If you are a member of SEA  sign up for  the April 27th event, From Paddock to Plate. Richie Gelber of  Gusto Fine Foods fame and Hamish Pollitt, executive chef at M on the Bund, team together to give an unadulterated look at the agricultural industry here in China. www.seashanghai.org

EperMarket and the  Community Center in Pudong will co-host  a Healthy Living in Shanghai workshop on Thursday, April  23 rd from 10 am – 1 pm.  Yours truly will be speaking that morning on Having a Healthy and Safe Diet Shanghai Style!  Contact: pudongclass@communitycenter.cn for more information.

Kate & Kimi and Fields are both celebrating anniversaries  so check them out for special deals and events all month long. www.fieldschina.com  www.kateandkimi.com

Remember you can find all the information you need on eating and shopping well in Shanghai  in the handy Eat Well Shanghai Guide to Eating Well at Home and on the Run, 2nd edition available from Kate&Kimi and this website.

Over the next two months take advantage of all the outdoor opportunities to eat well before the dragons of summer roll in and push us back inside to cool down.

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Eat Well Shanghai Tidbits

 This is a not so subtle reminder that Eat Well Shanghai distributes two very helpful books for the new and experienced Shanghai expat interested in eating well and feeding their family well.

The Eat Well Shanghai Guide will help you sift through the maze of organic labeling, recommend how to wash your produce and offer you tips on where to shop , in town , online or at the fresh market. The Guide also includes tons of tips on how to manage the crazy eating lifestyle here in Shanghai from dim sum to happy hours.

Ni Hao Bao Bao is a jam packed bilingual cookbook written by two dietitians who have lived, shopped and cooked in Shanghai.  All the recipes were tested here in Shanghai with local ingredients.

Check out these books on this website and order them with free delivery from Kate&Kimi. (www.kateandkimi.com)

Look for these books and more from the Eat Well Shanghai table at  The Shanghai Expatriate Coffee on Monday, February 9th and at the  Kate & Kimi  Pop-up Market at Wellington College on Wednesday February 11 from 2-4pm.

February is also a big month for chocolate lovers. Readers of this blog will have read about the numerous benefits of eating chocolate and they won’t be surprised when I recommend you head to Sproutlifestyle for your Valentines and Chinese New Year Gifts this month. Sproutlifestyle chocolates are dairy free, contain no preservatives, fillers or chemicals and are lovingly made without processed sugar.   I can personally vouch for the  cacao energy balls ( a guilt free afternoon pick me up) but there is more! Other super treats include raw choc cake & delicious chocolates. These terrific chocolate delights are available  at the Sprout café, Minhang store, Y+ yoga, and Essentials protein bar. Or order these or perhaps a whole cake via email: growing@sproutlifestyle.com

And don’t forget to stop by the twice monthly Jiashan Market, 550 Shaanxi Nan Lu.  Lots of fun food vendors and organic whole food vendors. Market is open February 7th and 21st this month.

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Eat Well Shanghai Update

Tai tai leave is upon me and I will be making my annual voyage to the West. Not to worry Eat Well Shanghai will continue to update you on the latest Eating Well news in Shanghai.

As of this week we have replenished the bookshelves of your favorite online grocer Kate& Kimi (www.kateandkimi.com) with the Eat Well Shanghai: Your Guide to Eating Well at Home and on the Go  Tell all your new expat friends that they can have their copy delivered with their weekly veggie and fruit orders.

If you already have a copy of EWS then I highly recommend expanding your Shanghai library with Ni Hao Bao Bao, also available from Kate&Kimi. Ni Hao Bao Bao is a wonderful bilingual cookbook that will make planning those weekly dinners for the family a breeze. The book was written by registered dietitians with your Shanghai family in mind.

Be sure to head out to the last Jiashan Market day for this summer on Saturday June 21st ( THAT IS TOMORROW!) There are always some new vendors to surprise you as well as the familiar favorites like Amelia’s and Emil’s Coffee Roasters.

Enjoy the Shanghai Summer!

Eat Well. Live Well, Have Fun!