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by Store Dietitian Kali Gray

By my count today, it’s just 8 weeks ‘til Christmas. Crazy! I’ve made a vow to be more organised with Christmas this year ... I’m usually that wild eyed shell-of-a-human-being cooking until the clock strikes 12 on Christmas Eve. (Can you relate?)

I’ve been listening to your suggestions for Cooking Classes coming into Christmas and we’ve got some classes that I hope you’ll love!

So check out what’s coming up on the HEALTHY Cooking Scene:

Wholefood Plant Based Breakfasts

A lovely person suggested that I run a workshop around ‘Healthy Breakfasts’ that taste delicious but don’t make you feel sick & heavy on Xmas morning...Or any day of the year, really! In this FREE Demo, we are lucky to be joined by local Cookbook Author, Margaret Owens, as she shares 3 beautiful breakfasts & tips for packing flavour into wholefood cooking!

  • Where: Maleny IGA
  • Includes: Easy baked beans with nut 'parmezan', chia pudding & toasted muesli (with a twist!) 
  • When: 3 x sessions:
  • Fridays 10th, 17th & 24th November, 11am to 12.30pm
  • Cost: FREE!
  • Bookings: Grab your ticket HERE

3 Ingredient Christmas Cake 

This simple yet delicious recipe for a Healthy Christmas Cake won’t break the bank or your waistline. I’ll also share some ‘Cheffy’ tips to make this cake look G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.

  • Where: Maleny IGA
  • When: 2 x sessions: Friday 8th December, 10am to 11am AND 2pm to 3pm
  • Cost: FREE!

Christmas Shopping For Diabetes & Gluten Free

When you have a special diet, Christmas can be lonely whilst everybody else is enjoying what they eat! Therefore, we've tailored our usual supermarket tours to include loads of tips & tricks to make Christmas entertaining easy. Whether you are gluten free or have diabetes - or simply know someone who is - these tours are packed with loads to make your shopping, and cooking, so much easier!

  • Where: Maleny IGA
  • When: Tuesday 28th November
    Diabetes Xmas Shopping - 10.30am to 12pm
    Gluten Free Xmas Shopping - 3pm to 4.30pm
  • Includes: Guided supermarket tour in small friendly group with dietitian, morning/afternoon tea, Shopping Guide & Recipe Booklet, 5% discount for Maleny IGA
  • Cost: 100% Free!
  • Bookings: Book your diabetic tour tickets here
    Book your gluten free tour tickets here

Fermentation Made Easy!

Last month, I stepped off a red eye flight to make a ‘We Love Fermenting’ Workshop in Brisbane...And boy I’m glad I did! These guys are hands down the best Fermentation Instructors I’ve seen and I was totally blown by what they taught. Thanks to them, I'm making fermented food THAT ACTUALLY TASTES GOOD and no longer worry that I’m 'doing it right'.

They were so good that I BEGGED them to come to Maleny, as I know you’ll get so much benefit from this too! :-) Bless them, they agreed! So why not shout yourself a Christmas present, or gift this class to a friend?

  • Where: Maleny Community Centre, Verandah Room
  • When: Saturday 3rd February, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Includes: Fermented garlic, milk kefir, coconut kefir, buttermilk, fermented nut loaf, cultured butter, kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented tomato salsa, fruit & nut medley, cultured cream, kombucha plus a taste of homemade sourdough!
  • Cost: $99
  • Bookings: Book the gift of great fermenting here!

If you have ANY questions, I’m always happy to help on dietitian@outridgesiga.com.au or (07) 5494 2257.

Watch out for Part 2 Cooking Classes (Fudge, pork crackling, conserves, fruit mince & MORE!!!) coming to your inbox soon! :-)

Yours in food & cooking, Kali