Monthly Archives: May 2014

About raw foods…

Ever wonder what all this talk about raw food is about?
East West Organics naturopath Nicki MacKinnon has written a blog post explaining what all the fuss is about.

Click below to go to East West’s New Leaf blog and read the full article.


Fresh ideas for your meals!

Potluck rules!

Vegan lasagnaWhile there are few vegetarian or vegan cooking classes offered outside Auckland – Timaru and Invercargill being the exceptions – shared potluck meals is another way of tasting new foods and swapping ideas. Most of the Vegetarian Society branches throughout NZ offer regular open potluck meals – invaluable ways of meeting friendly, like-minded foodies. Their useful site also includes a selection of recipes

Plus there’s the Vegan Society which has a facebook blog for vegans hunting for flats or flatmates looking for vegans.

Cooking classes:


Vegetarian cooking class 14 June 10am-12.30pm at TTEC. $15.

A resource from a Timaru-based vegetarian grocery shop with an online service as well.Stocks a range of vegetarian staples and supplements, including Textured Vegetable Protein, preserved fruit and veggies, ready to eat meals and desserts.

Book at & find more info here


Inv.VeganSocVegan cooking classes are run on Sundays 3-5pm by the local Seventh-day Adventist Church – themselves vegetarians but this is an open (non-religious) class – the focus is on promoting vegetarianism. All welcome.


The energetic Invercargill Vegan Society also hosts regular pot-luck dinners

For your copy of the Guide to Vegetarian Dining out in Aotearoa/New Zealand – where to find over 50 exclusively vegetarian cafes email $9.95 + postage $1.70.

Refresh your cooking style – Auckland

Looking for some fresh new ways of making delicious healthy meals?

It’s so easy to get stuck in a routine of easy, familiar dishes. But where to go for inspiration? – here are some Auckland suggestions:

These three cafes offer vegan, organic cooking classes:


Ethos cafeEvening weekly workshop series 7-9pm.

$60 per workshop. Info on upcoming workshops will be on



Wise Cicada saladsWednesday 4 June: Sprouts and micro greens. 7-9.30pm. Learn to grow sprouts, microgreens, and wheatgrass in glass jars and soil!
Grow your own greens all winter long.
All samples and a comprehensive recipe booklet included. We only use organic and spray-free ingredients.
$85 Per Person
Each Class Limited to 20 People so Book Fast!
Phone Rene 027 555 1622 or go to



Little BirdXander & Megans Chef Series: These classes focus on showing you the fundamental building blocks of raw cuisine and how to use them to create your own amazing raw dishes at home.

The first in the series will focus on how to use nuts as an alternative to dairy products in creating creamy and delicious milks, dressings, sauces, cheeses & deserts.

Classes $85 | 7-9.15pm | dates are advertised on the website

Plus there are the vegetarian (some eggs), non-organic Revive cafes:


Revive cooking classesOwner Jeremy Dixon runs two weekday inner city cafes, has published 3 cookbooks of Revive recipes, and offers cooking classes (Papatoetoe) – next one will be in Spring. To find out more, plus sample recipes, go to the website