Seasonal vegetarian cooking
We began running vegetarian cooking courses at Macalla Farm in 2004, mainly as a response to the requests of people who had participated on our yoga courses and were enthusiastic about learning how to cook our delicious yet simple vegetarian meals at home. Our open plan kitchen is ideally suited for interactive, hands-on courses and we have been refining our approach since those early days.
Our creative style of cooking has developed over the years and has certainly been influenced by the fact that we were growing more and more of our own produce. Local and seasonal has taken on a far more authentic meaning now that most of the ingredients come from the farm! To us, the quality of ingredients is paramount and many of our dishes, especially soups, are extremely simple. In general we eschew difficult to find ingredients that have become the focus of the latest trends and use instinct rather than complex nutritional formulas when putting together a meal.
Our interest in preserving and fermenting grew out of the need to deal with our seasonal gluts of various fruits and vegetables, while our bread making skills have evolved out of the necessity: there’s no bakery on the island! We are always happy to share our know-how in these areas.
Most of the people who come on our retreats and cooking courses are not vegetarians, and are amazed to see how easy it is to cook meat-less, seasonal and delicious meals which can improve one’s health and well-being.