This time of year always draws me to food and cooking. I just feel it is a season that shows off the harvest of what food has been grown throughout the warmer months. Finding out there is a new cookery class in town by Sally King from Mango Wellbeing made me feel excited.
Mango Wellbeing won the Southsea Folk Award last year for the ‘Best Fitness Ideas’ and it was exciting to see Sally’s business win. Having a loyal local following with her business, it has been nice to watch the Mango Wellbeing brand grow in Southsea. Alongside teaching Pilates locally, Sally has also spent time working in the Southsea Deli with Dan, using her culinary skills in the kitchen there. She has thoroughly enjoyed working and being part of the ‘Deli Family’ and watching the business grow over the last few years.
Visiting the Cookery Space
Popping round to visit Sally at home, I got to experience what guests will appreciate when they go there for a cookery class. Sat in a very big kitchen/diner is an island that resides in the middle and is the centrepiece of the room, it has modern stools around it which allows for conversation while cooking and relaxing in the kitchen. Your eyes are drawn to the big black metal doors that swing open into the garden and the decor is very modern with a warmth and a homely feel.
Chatting to Sally, she said her love of food came from her mum who is a food writer. Having assisted with writing food recipes for BBC Good Food magazine, Ready Steady Cook, and various popular cookery programmes and publications, Sally said the influence of food has always been there. Learning from her mum about food and nutrition really helped to map out Sally’s priorities when it came to working in the health and fitness industry. You can see that Sally’s career path and journey have brought her to where she is now.
Understanding Health and Nutrition
Sally has an excellent understanding of the wellbeing space and is passionate about helping people to feel healthy, happy and strong. Her varied background covers fitness, mindfulness, food and nutrition and having lived in other parts of the world for a while, she understands a balanced lifestyle and how food plays an important part of that process. With over 20 years of experience, you really get a feeling you are in safe hands when you are sitting eating Sally’s food and thinking about attending one of her sessions.
Talking of the cookery classes, Sally said that she wants to bring a homely relaxed feel to her classes. There are no designated cooking stations, guests can choose to get involved as much or as little as they wish, with everyone sitting down to enjoy the food at the end of the session.
The Cookery Classes
Sally hopes to bring a sense of fun with a relaxing twist and offers her ‘Good Mood Food’ cooking classes which will be at her home in Southsea. Speaking of the name ‘Good Mood Food’, she said, “I want people to come and learn how to feed their body and nourish their soul with tasty fresh ingredients. Eating to improve energy, gut health, balancing hormones, stabilise blood sugar; I feel that I can cover all those things but make it a lovely experience at the same time.”
With cookery classes planned for the season like the one in November which is Ultimate Comfort and includes; Easy Golden Dahl, Sweet Potato Flatbreads and Kefir and Cucumber Raita and Golden Turmeric Latte or cooking class option Winter Warmers that have you making Warm Squash and Quinoa Salad bowls, Tea Soaked Apricot and Spiced Fruitcake with Ginger and Apple Cider Vinegar Hot Toddy, means you have a wholesome choice to make. For the price of £25 for a single cookery class or a bulk purchase of 10 lessons for £199, it is a great way to spend 90 minutes on a Saturday morning.
I love how the classes aren’t overly long and I also love how you can do a class and still head off out to enjoy the rest of your weekend. Starting at 10am and finishing at 11.30am means you have time to plan the rest of your day but also feel like you have accomplished something. It is especially good for those people who work full-time and don’t have time to rush off to evening events.
If you visit the Mango Wellbeing website you can also find out about other classes available and check out the guided meditation audio clips that offer an insight into mindfulness. Sally has also included some tasty Good Mood Food recipes on the website to entice your tastebuds.
Visit the website to book a class or find out more about Sally and Mango Wellbeing.