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Abundance: Food & Sustainability workshop

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Abundance: Food & Sustainability workshop

When Kerry asked me to work on this project I was so excited, there is so much to share when it comes to living a more sustainable life, cooking more vegetables and just living a more wholesome life.

I love this quote by Michael Pollan and it really is the essence of how we should be eating.

Eat food
not much
mostly plants

More about your hosts; Ankie & Kerry

Meet Ankie

Well you know me already but I want to delve a little deeper into my health story. I have always been passionate about food and cooking and when I was younger I use to be on different diets and ate everything low fat. I also believed that fat was the bad guy and did not think twice about having sugar in my tea.

But I soon realised that what I ate and that making the wrong food choices really was responsible for so many illnesses and me not feeling my best. I know all the different diets can be confusing but if there is one common denominator between all of them then it is that eating fruits and vegetables is the best thing you can do to stay healthy. Vegetables are not always a popular choice and a lot of people don’t know how to cook it in a delicious way.

Spending a lot of time in the kitchen with my cooking classes and cooking for my family has helped me to develop great recipes, shortcuts, meal prep hacks to eat in a more wholesome and sustainable way. I also love to spend time in my garden harvesting herbs and vegetables to use in my cooking. I am still on a journey and not every day is as balanced as I would like it to be but I love being on this health journey and sharing it with others.

Meet Kerry

Two years ago, I made the decision to quit sugar, and this, I think, was the starting point of many good things.

When you quit refined sugar and processed foods, you start to seek out healthier alternatives. It challenges you to think about where your food is coming from, and it opens your mind and your heart in a wonderful way.

Well, it did for me, anyway. And it kick started my journey to leading a more sustainable life. I have always had a passion for our beautiful planet, and a passion for good food, and over the past two years, I have been able to bring these two worlds together through my work in organic farming.

I truly believe that we can eat in a way that not only nourishes our bodies and our souls, but also cares for our planet and builds a more sustainable future. I have discovered a passion for farming and sustainable agriculture, but also a deeper love for food, cooking and nutrition.

And I hope to share this passion with others, through workshops like this one, and also through other exciting initiatives. You’ll currently find me in my veggie patch, an old converted tennis court, now full of herbs, fruits & veggies, as I continue to learn and grow in this space.

And I think that’s the key, when you start on this journey, is that you are learning each and every day. And I absolutely love it!

About our Abundance workshop

ABUNDANCE is a plant-based workshop about beautiful veggie-inspired abundance bowls, and how eating more vegetables and plants is a great way to care for ourselves, and for our planet. There’ll be a demonstration, some hands-on cooking, and we’ll get to enjoy drinks & a plant-based lunch together. We’ll also be sharing some delicious, seasonal abundance bowl recipes and ideas, to inspire you.

We will be giving you great tips on how to cook vegetables in a delicious and exciting way, how to batch cook and plan for the week. Our ideas are family friendly and we will also be giving you tips for involving your children and how to make abundance bowls popular for the whole family.

Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, 27th October
Time: 10AM – 1PM
Location: Wooden Spoon Kitchen, Linden, Johannesburg
Cost: R550

It is me and Kerry’s birthdays in October so all bookings made in October has a 12% discount!!!

To book your spot, or for more details, please email

Looking forward to spending a healthy morning with you.
Ankie + Kerry


Ankie Niesing

Hi, I'm Ankie! Welcome to Wooden Spoon Kitchen, my pantry of life, love and health where we constantly stir laughter, learning, eating and cooking together!

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