Rosa and Margo Flanagan were intrigued with healthy food and how to create it, and in 2017 decided to take the leap and live in the USA for four months, to study at a raw plant-based culinary school. On return to New Zealand they have been frantically creating their own brand Two Raw Sisters, through workshops up and down the country, private catering, a cookbook and more recently moved to a permanent kitchen premises in Christchurch.
‘We had just got back from a Sydney trip where we’d been visiting the Grounds in Alexandria, when we were contacted by The Welder developers. They had a vision for a health and wellbeing complex, not dissimilar to the concept at the Grounds, so naturally it felt so right to say yes,’ explains Rosa.
‘The space is huge with a hands-on home-style kitchen; we want it to be a destination where people can have a truly inspirational experience.’
‘Having people cooking alongside us in the cooking school will open up a whole other side to our cooking, it’s a dream come true for us,’ adds Margo. ‘Watching people actually create dishes for themselves gives us and our clients a huge sense of achievement. People realise how easy it is to incorporate plants into their diet, and they are always beaming with inspiration when they leave our kitchen.’
Broccoli Buckwheat Salad
Soak 1/2 cup buckwheat overnight and rinse thoroughly.
1 broccoli head
3 large stalks kale, finely sliced
1 cup edamame beans, blanched in boiling water
1 avocado, sliced
1/3 cup pistachios, toasted and roughly chopped
1/3 cup sunflower seeds, toasted
1/2 cup goji berries or dried cranberries
large handful mint, finely chopped
juice of 1 lemon
good drizzle extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and pepper
Place broccoli in a food processor and blitz into small pieces.
Rinse and drain buckwheat then place in a large bowl with all the other salad ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.
Serve with pesto (ensure vegan and dairy-free if this is important).
Words Georgi Waddy
Images Charlie Creative
Recipes Two Raw Sisters tworawsisters.com