Continued Inspiration from TIOSN
The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (TIOSN) community comes together just one weekend a month for a jam-packed immersion into all topics related to sustainable nutrition – from anatomy and physiology to kitchen medicine, cooking, gardening and foraging. As we move from classroom to kitchen to garden to woods, I am continually reminded of all of the medicine that nature provides, and that is exactly what I teach, but in a whole new way.
Gone are the recipes and the measuring cups! Instead, we work with what nature provides – the best selection of locally grown produce and foraged super-foods combined with a healthy serving of creativity, teamwork, experimentation and intention. The results? Some surprises, delicious creations and plenty of nourishment.
The focus of October’s sessions were the immune system and adrenal function. To that end, we headed to the kitchen to make our own Fire Cider and ferment our own sauerkraut. (Did you know that one serving of fermented vegetables is equal to an entire bottle of probiotics?!)
Next, we broke into teams to work with a bounty of beautiful produce, as well as one incredible foraged maitake mushroom! The rules were to use what we had to make a casserole and no two casseroles could be the same. The process inspired even more variations than we could make in one sitting, not to mention taste combinations, textures and lots of ideas for future dishes.
From the kitchen we moved on to garden math (my head is still spinning). Do you know exactly how much of each trace mineral your garden requires or the best way to provide it? And finally, out to the garden for soil sampling and garlic planting.
My kitchen workshop is just one piece of the weekend, but it’s next to impossible to pull myself away from the other information being taught and shared. Whether I am in front of the class teaching or sitting among the students learning, it is a thrill to be part of this incredible new school.
Each weekend as I drive away from this farm that seems more beautiful with each change of season I wonder… what will next month bring?
Eat clean live well!