When Quorn invited me to one of their events, I jumped at the chance. I have been a lifelong fan of Quorn products.
My relationship with Quorn started as a child. My mum wasn’t a fan of feeding her children too much meat, especially in light of the ‘mad cow’ epidemic in the 1990s. Quorn has seen me though years of vegetarianism as a teenager, and now as a meat eater, Quorn still is part of my life as we often substitute Quorn for meat in many dishes. Mainly due to it being a healthier and more convenient alternative.
The Quorn event was fantastic. Located at L’atelier des Chefs in Oxford Circus, this was a great venue for a foodie event. We started the evening talking to the lovely ladies hosting the event, who are of course Quorn experts. Whilst chatting they were feeding us delicious Quorn canapés. I LOVE a canapé. I’ve even turned my hand to a canapé cooking course, once upon a time. Anyway I digress. The delicious canapés were as follows –
- Crostini with garlic sausage and salsa verdi
- Coronation wraps
- Peppered Quorn and horseradish bites
After sampling some of the canapés, we were invited to join a cooking demonstration. The lovely Quorn chef Kate, expertly demonstrated how quick and easy cooking with Quorn can be, but yet still making a tasty dish.
In her first demonstration, she show us how to make pulled Quorn with pink coleslaw, using Quorn fillets.
The second was a chorizo and sausage casserole, using the garlic and parsley Quorn sausages and the brand new meat free chorizo.
The third was a Quorn laksa (which for those of you that don’t know is a Malaysia curry), made with Quorn pieces.
The dishes not only looked good, smelled good, I can honestly say they tasted sooooo good.
The dishes themselves were so quick to make, there really is no reason for not knocking up a quick Quorn dish, after a hard day’s work.
I’ll share the Quorn recipes over the coming weeks on my blog. Perhaps you can join #MeatFreeMonday and give the dishes a try and let me know what you think.
After the cooking demonstrations, we spent some time with the wonderful Alison, who is a nutritionist. She educated us about how protein fits within a healthy diet. I feel I’m pretty clued up about the basics of protein, mainly because at various points in my life I’ve set and completed some decent fitness challenges, and of course a protein rich diet has been a part of this. But she had some great guidance and answered all of the questions I had about the relationship between protein and exercise.
Her recommendation was that an adult should eat between 0.8g and 2g of protein per kg of their body weight, per day. No more than 2g per kg, as this would be harmful. If you are exercising and need the protein for muscle repair, then you should try and consume protein within 30 minutes of completion of exercise, but if not within 30 minutes, the sooner the better (up to a couple of hours). She also said no more than 30g of protein at any one time, as the body can’t process this.
Soon after talking to Alison, I had to say my goodbyes, due to having a prior arrangement, but I believe the rest of the group had further cooking demonstration with a delicious moussaka recipe and I expect one or two more of those canapés were eaten.
I left the event fully equipped with some great nutritional advice and feeling inspired to liven up my cooking and try out some of the delicious new Quorn dishes I had tried. Watch this space for the recipes mentioned above.
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