Unleashing Creativity: Pancakes, Soup and Flavour Revelations

In this episode, Katerina sits down with Lauren Woodgate to delve into the world of cooking and creativity.

We discuss how cooking can be a form of self-care and expression, as well as a way to break free from conditioned beliefs and assumptions. Lauren shares stories from her mum’s kitchen, cooking classes at school and her own experiments with flavour combinations. We also explore the impact of using fresh herbs, the importance of community and learning from others' experiences, in cooking and elsewhere in life, and talk about how kids’ perceptions of food can be quite different to our own. Tune in to get curious about the intertwining of cooking and creativity, and so much more deliciousness!

tasty morsels

[00:00:17] Food memories: Nan's cabbage and birthday pancakes.
[00:04:37] Learning basic cooking skills at home and at school.
[00:08:41] Cooking as an intuitive and creative expression.
[00:12:56] Rest, regeneration, creating, support, limitation,
[00:14:53] Learning from surprising flavour combinations.  
[00:19:54] Finding support, inspiration, and motivation in community.
[00:27:33] Kids have a sensory experience of food.
[00:32:19] Once obsessed with pizza, now into homemade soup and salads.
[00:34:39] Fresh herbs bring exciting flavours to any meal.
[00:40:27] Salted vs. salty, and the importance of flavour in cooking.
[00:43:32] Cooking for oneself is nourishing and satisfying.
[00:46:28] Cooking is an act of self-care. 

the best bit

 "Cooking with love is important. There is energy in everything, and when you cook with love, you're not just making a meal, you're nourishing yourself."

get cooking

Three ideas for taking action in your own kitchen, inspired by the conversation.

🍅 Open up to experimentation: Challenge yourself to break free from limiting beliefs of right and wrong in  the kitchen, and try new flavour combinations. Be open to inspiration from others' experimentation and allow it to spark new ideas in your own cooking.

🍅 Join a cooking community: Seek out a cooking community or online forum where you can connect with like-minded curious cooks. Finding a supportive space to learn from each other, exchange ideas and inspiration and find encouragement will do wonders for your creativity.

 🍅 Cook with intention and self-care: Embrace cooking as an act of self-care and nourishment. Approach each meal with love and attentiveness, focusing on the ingredients in front of you and the energy you infuse into your dishes. 

connect with Lauren

website: Elleoquence
instagram: @lauren_woodgate_
writing community: Kaleidoscope

connect with Katerina

additional links

Original music by Colin Bass.

About your host

Katerina Pavlakis

Intuitive cook & irreverent kitchen coach
Growing up in Greece in the 70s, cooking, and eating, at home was simply normal. Shopping at farmers' markets, drooling over recipes, grinding spices, and animated conversation over dinner are some of my fondest memories. This is where I honed my cooking intuition. I'm here to help you find your way back to a simpler, more joyful way of cooking.

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