Having done a variety of cooking workshops in Marocco, Nepal and Bali it was time to do one close by. I came across a vegan workshop at a fairly new place in Groningen, called Anat. Anat is the first place in Groningen that solely serves vegan food!
Set in a cute, old building, which was historically a cigar store, Anat serves lovely salads, soups, and the best sweets. All of which 100% plant based! A year and half ago, I started cooking with less dairy and animal products. It still is kind of a challenge to create tasteful combinations, so this cooking workshop was a win-win.
Together with Marleen, we went to learn all about vegan cooking. It was busy, with twelve other enthusiastic women and one guy! We got paired up in teams and all got to cook two recipes. The workshop’s theme was vegan dinner bites. I paired up with Sanne, with whom I was responsible for the sweet potato and onion chutney, and…the vegan chocolate bites 🙂
Firstly, we got all the ingredients together and started cutting the onions and potatoes. What I liked the most about Anat’s recipes and philosophy was that for most ingredients, you got to decide how much you wanted to add! Why? Because you have to taste over and over again and learn what to add to get the taste how you want it to be. It might sound silly but I discovered that the secret about (vegan) cooking is seasoning! Take our vegan chocolates for example, we didn’t have some of the ingredients and had to get creative. We made a chocolate ganache from dates, cocoa powder, beet juice and beet pulp. To finish it we topped it off with vegan dark chocolate. Yum!
Once everything was prepared we were quite hungry and ready to taste all the colorful dishes! We made a table full of vegan food: sushi, banana bread with cashew cream, courgetti, tofu bites with sate sauce, mini mushroom pies and so much more.
Soon I will share one of the recipes on the blog so stay tuned!
Got hungry? Go try the daily vegan combo at Anat’s place!
Verlengde Grachtstraat 1, Groningen.