Laneway Learning

Last night I was one of the lucky few to secure a ticket to Hello Wholefoods! (in four easy recipes) with Kelly Gibney from Bonnie Delicious. Lucky because the latest class from Laneway Learning Auckland was sold out.

Hosted at Alleluya Bar & Cafe in the open atrium in St Kevin’s Arcade, K’Rd you really do get up close and personal – it’s not very often you get to sit a metre or so away from the presenter. 

St Kevin's Arcade, K'Rd

St Kevin's Arcade, K'Rd

On a crisp Auckland evening, the chilly air was just the excuse needed for a warming glass of red wine. Once the convivial chatter subsided, Kelly walked us through four of her ‘go to’ real food recipes in her makeshift kitchen.

Up close and personal with Kelly Gibney

Currently renting, Kelly had borrowed kitchen gadgets, bowls and utensils for the night and reminded us that “you really can make do with what you have”.  The exception – nothing slices finer than a mandolin which she couldn't go without.  Lidded jars make great salad dressing shakers, glass tumblers ideal measuring cups and the back of a knife works perfectly fine for teaspoons of spice – although there was little accurate measuring going on during the class – it’s all about taste it, tweak it and taste it again.  Thankfully for the less confident cooks amongst us our take home recipes had measurements.

Kelly showing us how to work a mandolin without loosing any fingertips

Kelly showing us how to work a mandolin without loosing any fingertips

The evening was the start of a wonderful conversation about embracing delicious and nourishing wholefoods using accessible ingredients.  Generous tasting plates were quickly devoured, the atrium buzzed with our loud murmurings of satisfaction and delight.

  • Red Sauerkraut
  • Walnut and Sunflower Seed Pate
  • Chocolate, walnut and almond butter cookies
  • Superfood slaw with lemony mustard dressing (photo below)
superfood slaw with lemony mustard dressing

A first timer at a Laneway Learning class, the informal friendly atmosphere made it a relaxing Tuesday night out. “Cheap, fun classes in anything and everything” from hula-hooping to perfecting a cup of coffee to how to make your own movie, there’s no doubt that upcoming Laneway Learning classes will sell out too.

For what’s on next or if you fancy teaching a class yourself check out: Laneway Learning Auckland.  For those lucky enough to live in Melbourne – where Laneway Learning started, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Singapore Laneway Learning offers classes in your city too.

You can find a fantastic array of wholefood recipes over on Kelly’s blog too Bonnie Delicious