Interview with Nutritionist and Workshop Facilitator Angela O’Toole
We’ve got a NEW Colour Box Studio Workshop coming up this month and so we’re excited to be delving into a ‘Creative Kitchen’ theme! On offer, we have a super fun and informative workshop facilitated by nutritionist and avid baker, Angela O’Toole, at our favourite CBD location – The Cause. For more details about the workshop click here and to read our interview with Angela see below.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve been a Nutritionist for 6 years and throughout that time it has only become clearer to me how important caring about food is. Every aspect from where you source the ingredients, preparing and cooking a meal to sharing with loved ones around a table. I believe that food is our medicine but also brings a lot of enjoyment to our lives.
Where did you all grow up and has it influenced what you create/ cook?
I grew up in Northern NSW. We had access to a lot of amazing produce year round. The outdoor coastal lifestyle inspires lots of fresh food and eating out doors. As a child I spent a lot of my spare time baking and thought that I would grow up to be a pastry chef. Makes sense that I love baking sourdough bread.
Where do you feel most creative?
In the kitchen of course.
What are some of the health benefits of sourdough? Is it something anyone can do?
Sourdough bread is made through a natural fermentation process therefore making it a pre-digested food. This makes the bread much easier for us to digest and absorb vitamins and minerals from. Sourdough bread has a lower GI than regular bread made with bakers yeast due to natural enzymes present in the bread – and it tastes better too! My sourdough recipe is super simple and makes delicious homemade bread attainable for even the busiest of people.
Tell us more about the workshop. We understand you’ve run it in the past up North?
I began sourdough workshops in Brisbane in 2012, collaborating with a friend who ran a creative space in West End. We taught people the basics of sourdough and how to achieve delicious bread at home with minimal effort. Due to popularity these workshops are still running in Brisbane which is great!
This sourdough workshop will be mostly demonstrative but attendees will get to start their ‘culture’ which will act as the natural yeast. Detailed instructions and recipes, lots troubleshooting advice and some homemade bread to snack on will also be included.