Do you love indian food and and want to learn how to cook it…….
Do you want to know about the healing properties of spices and herbs ………..
Do you want to cook food which nourishes your body mind and soul………
Do you want to eat vegetarian but don’t know where to start……….
Spice Journey cooking lessons do just that for you. They are for people who would like to learn simple indian vegetarian food cooked the Ayurvedic way.
Ayurveda is a 5000 years old traditional indian science of medicine which lays a lot of emphasis on food as the most important medium to keep your body healthy and in harmony with your environment. Ayurveda believes that while cooking and eating your food, your frame of mind impacts the taste and energy of food.
Food that is cooked with love, guided by knowledge of ingredients being cooked and served in an inspiring atmosphere becomes healing.
The lessons are reasonably priced and are offered at my place in Coquitlam. Group lessons need to have a minumum of 4 persons and individual private lessons can also be organised.Group lessons can also be organised at your kitchen.Please call or e-mail to discuss details.
Check the classes page to see which one suits you the most. Custom made lessons can also be given based on your requirments. Indian cooking lessons theme based parties can also be organised. Contact me for details.
The summer is officially over and fall is in the air. Mother nature has started putting a fabulous display of fire colors around us to please our senses. As per the bio rhythms of nature in Ayurveda it is the VATA time of the year. VATA literally implies wind or in more subtle way the air and the space element. So it is the time of the year when the air element is more active in nature. Typical characteristics of this element are that it is drying, cold, light .If we look around that is what nature is experiencing at this time. The leaves are drying up there is a chill in the air. The wildlife is starting to prepare for hibernation before the cold winter sets in.
Have you ever asked yourself what do we do in order to be in alignment with the biorhythms? I don’t think most of us even think about it. And when we are not in alignment with our environment that is when we become unwell and disease sets in. Most of us have been living such a lifestyle for years and suffer from stress, indigestion, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, insomnia etc. .The list can go on and on and here I have mentioned only the most common ones which most of us seem to be suffering from.
It’s not difficult to be in alignment with our nature. But it does require discipline and consistency. And believe me, once you see the effects it has on you it becomes much easier to follow it. In fact once you start getting your body back on track it will start telling you what you need to do and it won’t be an effort at all then.
Fall is the time when nature gives you an opportunity to prepare for the cold winter ahead. Everything slows down in winter. We need to do the same but our fast paced lifestyles do not permit us to do that. I guess the so called development around the globe has also somehow led us to get disconnected from our nature.
For those of you keen to be in alignment with nature I have put together some basic lifestyle tips-
1) Physically fall is the best time of the year to go for oil massages regularly and if possible to do a light abyanga oil massage (sesame or olive) everyday in the morning before a shower. If you don’t have time to do it daily before the shower then make sure to just rub in a few drops of oil into your body just at the end of the shower, as that will seal the moisture in.
2) This is also the best time of the year to enjoy warming foods such as soups, stews, steamed veggies and warm herbal teas. No wonder nature gives us delicious squashes at this time to help us follow this easily. Do not feel guilty when enjoying the creamy butternut squash soup and pumpkin pies. Make sure to incorporate warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves etc. while cooking. They not only add flavor but also help with digestion and metabolisation of food in our system.
(For those of you familiar with the six tastes in Ayurveda, this is the time of the year to eat more of sweet, sour and salty foods and avoid too much of bitter, pungent and astringent foods.)
3) Avoid eating summer foods like melons and raw green salads during this time as they increase wind in the system. Now is the time to enjoy more cooked food or warm salads if you don’t want something heavy. Incorporate avocados and oil based dressings in your food.
4) Another very good way of getting good fat in the system is by consuming nuts at this time of the year. Try to eat a handful of raw or slightly toasted unsalted nuts everyday.
5) Try to incorporate honey or maple syrup as a sweetner in your food as they are both warming. In Ayurveda we never cook honey and the best way to consume honey is in its natural form unpasteurized to get its maximum benefits. Combine a few drops of fresh ginger juice with a teaspoon of honey in the morning before leaving the house as it helps in fighting colds and coughs in the fall and winter season. (Or you can enjoy my caffeine free ginger tulsi tea everyday in the morning and evening)
6) It is also the time of the year when you can easily get mentally spaced out. It is very important to get a good sleep and rest, as the tendency to get stressed easily is more at this time of the year. A very good habit is to have a regular meditation practice even if it means just sitting in silence for only 10 minutes.
7) If you are in the VATA stage of your life (over 50) then you need to take even extra care of yourself in this season. Make sure you keep yourself warm all the time.