New health food café, Nood in Leederville is all about delicious, healthy eating. Nood also run healthy cooking classes that follow their philosophy of tasty whole food and “re-educating people about what we are putting into our bodies and the importance of leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle”.
I’d been stuck in my annual winter rut of gross amounts of comfort food and hardly any exercise. So when I got asked along to the Nood cooking class for fellow Yelp Elites, I absolutely jumped at the chance to learn something new and get some healthy recipe inspiration.
My fellow Yelpers and I were welcomed to the industrial kitchen at Nood HQ by Nood’s founder Nikki. She explained how Nood was born and how it’s evolved. She’s very passionate about her business and it’s infectious.
Our teacher for the night was the lovely Tess, who guided us through cooking a healthy and wholesome three course meal.
First up, we made a spiced pumpkin soup. It was brimming with flavours of garlic, ginger, chilli, coriander, cumin and more. The soup was also super simple to make, simply chopping, sautéing, oven roasting and blitzing. We also made a coriander coconut yogurt to go with the soup. This was very simple to make too. Coconut yogurt is used as the base, which was absolutely delicious! A dollop of this yogurt really complimented the pumpkin soup.
We all got a few chances to get to cook. Here I’m getting my hands dirty kneading the dough for the A-mazing cumin flat bread, to accompany the soup. I’m really terrible when it comes to baking and all things dough. This dough was super sticky and I was sure that I’d stuffed it up! I popped it onto the baking tray, crossed my fingers and 15 minites later out popped a pretty decent looking cumin flatbread. It was actually really tasty – I totally surprised myself!
Next up was the cauliflower rice nasi goreng with chicken and tofu satay sticks. I’d heard a lot of heath foodies rave about cauliflower rice, but could it really replace the real thing? I do love rice.
I roughly chopped the cauliflower, which was then blitzed in a food processor into a rice texture. We all had a great time cooking and having a giggle at each other. The flavoursome nasi goreng, with carrots and snow peas along with the lemongrass chicken/tofu skewers & Asian greens was a delicious and healthy hit too.
To finish, we made a fruit crumble with banana ice cream. The banana ice cream was simply frozen banana! What a brilliant idea for those extra ripe bananas at home.Each course was absolutely packed with flavour and 100% guilt free. I left this cooking class not only with a very full tummy, but feeling inspired and pumped to kick start some healthy eating habits! I’d totally recommend the cooking classes at Nood. I found them really informative and would love to learn more healthy and easy to make dishes in the future.
The very next day, I started to put a few things into practice at home and made the spiced pumkin soup, which turned out really well. I’ll certainly be attempting the nasi goreng and banana ice cream too.
Thanks to Anjelka and the Nood team for a fab night and also to the wonderful yelpers for their company! 🙂
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