Realfoods new bento boxes and the cooking class

by newintstudents

The RUSU Realfoods café’s ‘Real Soul Food’ cooking class was held on the evening of August 14 in the RMIT City Campus Foodcourt. It was very stormy weather outside so the ‘winter warmers’ recipe theme was even more appropriate. We started off with a few housekeeping things and samples from a sponsor of the event: E3 Live (which is a nutrition supplement product based on blue-green). The café co-ordinator Lucy then thanked the Realfoods volunteers who came to help out on the night and Aditi (the RUSU Environment Officer) and the special guest chef presenter Julie Mitsios was introduced.

Photo by Anthony Branson- realfoods volunteer

Chef Julie spoke about her carerer and love of food, and introduced all the recipes she was going to make. These were simple ones where there is not a lot of cooking but mostly blending and chopping. Julie used to be a pastry chef. After a while she decided that she didn’t like using animal products so she started investigating healthy eating options. Her sister also has type 1 diabetes and that’s what got her started on being vegan chef.

Prizes were drawn throughout the night and people won great items such as a mini veggie garden, a dvd and a book. We also got a goodie bag, full of stuff like fair-trade tea and the RMIT Catalyst magazine.

In the intermission, there was dinner, drinks and desserts for sale. I had a bento box ($10) and brown rice sushi ($3.30 a piece). I loved both of them. The bento was really good and filling and the two flavours of sushis were both nice. I liked the apricot one the most as it was fruity and I love fruity stuff.

Many thanks to Lucy and her volunteers for putting this on and for what a success it has been. I look forward to coming to more of these events soon and I hope all of you can come to the next one as well.