Are you wanting to eat a healthier diet, but struggling for ideas?
Take a healthy cookery demo, fuse it with a cosy, intimate food gathering and sprinkle it with fine dining experience and viola - you have a unique and exciting concept in the foodie world - Making Healthy Cooking Deliciously Fun events!
The idea came to me when I was sat chatting to my friend Anj in her living room. We were talking about how I have a lot of conversations with people about healthy eating, and how many people still struggle to come up with quick, healthy meals that taste great. As it's becoming one of my passions in life to share with people my journey to eating my way to better health and wellbeing, I've often thought I'd love to do a cookery demo. Anj offered to host it her place, and the idea was born!
The first one was held in January 2020 to tie in with the "healthy new years resolutions", and was a huge success! So I'm really pleased to be able to roll out the concept as an ongoing event that you can attend too.
So How does it work?
I buy the ingredients
I cook in your home or venue
I serve each dish
I clean and wash up before leaving
You know how some nights it feels like there's just no time for cooking healthy meals! Then there's the times when you've been told to start "watching what you eat", and you think that means counting every crumb or compromising on flavour. Really good delicious food doesn't have to be complicated, and luckily I know something about fast delicious food done right!
One of my loves in life is sharing, whether that's sharing a conversation over a pot of food, or sharing delicious dishes with heart-centred people! Maya Angelou put it best; "I'm just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression".
The idea of Making Healthy Cooking Deliciously Fun is simple:
Get a maximum of six of your friends/family together, and I will take over your kitchen or a venue you have access to with a kitchen.
I do a cooking demo where I show you how to create quick, healthy, carb-light and delicious recipes that will keep you satisfied and help you stick to your healthy eating commitments way past January!
Each course will take 30 minutes or less to create, and have been extensively taste tested for their deliciousness ;)
You and your guests are not just invited to be part of the table, but I would love you all to get chatting, sharing food and stories and maybe making new friends.
The event will follow the Abundance Foods principles of serving food free from dairy, gluten, wheat, soy(a), GMOs, eggs and palm oil. Where I cannot meet those commitments I will always make it clear to you and your guests.
There will be a welcome drink on arrival, then I'll be cooking a 3-course fine dining meal that we all dive in and share.
Vegan or Vegetarian? You will be very welcome, and you certainly won't miss out, as I'll be cooking plenty of my easiest plant-based and dairy free recipes too!
I will bring my own crockery, table mats and linens etc., pots and plans, cooking utensils and ingredients. You just need to provide the cutlery and glasses.
Once all your guests have booked and paid, I send each guest a questionnaire to check any allergies and food preferences to make sure every guest has the opportunity to enjoy the evening.
I will serve a variety of dishes, some of which will be made using organic ingredients where possible. Please note that I will not be serving any red meat and will be avoiding any animal-derived products where possible.
Costs are £40 per person. This includes:
All the food served on the evening.
A cooking demo where I talk you through how to prepare a three course fine dining meal, then serve it to you and your guests.
One alcoholic welcome drink. Soft drinks and water will be served throughout the evening. If you would like more alcoholic drinks feel free to bring your own.
A recipe eBook showing you how to recreate all the recipes we've enjoyed on the night.
What locations do you cover and how do I book? The above price assumes the venue I will be holding your event is within a 20 mile travel distance of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Events further afield than this will attract an additional charge for my travel expenses. Get in touch via the contact form at the bottom of this page or any page of my website, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll take it from there. Or alternatively, you can call me on 07786 380522.
"Because food tastes much more delicious when it's shared"
For your peace of mind, Abundance Foods is:
Fully insured, including Public Liability Insurance
Registered with the local council, (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
Covered to Food Level II standard in Food Safety in Catering
Been inspected and given a food hygiene rating of 5 - Very Good (Click the certificate to see confirmation from the Foods Standards Agency website).
Thank you Marcia, your cheesecake was absolutely delicious! As predicted, it didn't last long. Thanks again, Abi
Just wanted to say the cheesecakes were boooom!! Enjoyed by all and turned our wet and chilly birthday gathering in the woods into a flavour rave! Shinghai, Leeds
I must say it's great to have healthy chocolate and cake that quench my craving, I don't feel hungry after, it's amazing really, it takes away unhealthy cravings and works well for me. 😁 Nakita, Leeds
Thank you so much for the truffles and cheesecake. I've been looking for natural raw desserts in the area for ages and then I came across your site. The strawberry cheesecake was amazing and all the truffles tasted Devine especially the caramel one-gorgeous. So glad i found you. Brilliant personal service as well. Emma, Leeds
Let's talk AMAZING vegan salted caramel sauce from @abundancefoodsleeds! It's amazing, it tastes better than 'regular' caramel, and it has a richer and deeper flavour made from coconut sugar. Preye, Manchester
Well, Well, Well Abundance Foods - you have done it again! The raw luscious lime cheesecake is absolutely divine! It's rich, smooth and just enough sweetness to balance the tartness of the lime. Gorgeous, thank you Tracey, Leeds
I started [eating your salted caramel] with a spoon out of the jar then I had the rest with cheese and crackers. It’s so delicious that you have to put a warning on the label! May cause you to hide and eat it all by yourself! Carmen, Nottingham
I was lucky enough to come across Marcia at a vegan & yoga event I was working at. Immediately she was so welcoming and helpful, I bought a number of her delicious homemade goodies as at the time I was following a strict dairy free diet but craved something sweet! Both myself and my husband enjoyed her desserts so much, that I ordered more. Marcia the very next day, delivered them to my house! Fantastic service and delicious and nutritious treats. I can't wait to sample the whole range on offer!! Ruth, Leeds
"Marcia's chocolate truffles are simply the best. Perfect taste and texture and beautifully presented. Showing that healthy treats can not only be greater but better than the rest." Dean, Leeds
"I'm so grateful that you went out of your way to make a cake and put icing on it for me. It is honestly the best vegan cake I have ever tasted." Lucy, Wakefield