Plant-Based Cookery Demonstration – August 17th

Demo Title: “A day living a plant-based lifestyle”

Summary: This event is a demonstration, where a number of dishes will be showcased illustrating a day of dishes, from breakfast, lunch and dinner to snacks and the basics. It will also showcase some techniques, such as how to sauté vegetables without oil.

Date: Saturday 17th August 2013

Times: 10-30-2.30pm plus lunch. Please arrive from 10am (for coffee/tea)

Location: 65, Bishopsthorpe Road, Sydenham. SE26 4PA

Cost: £25 per person (£15 for the event/food and a £10 donation to charity)

Attendees: There is a limit of 6 attendees at this event

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I book? Please send me an email to with the subject of “Plantalicious – Booking for August 17th” with your name, address, phone number and how many places you are booking. I will then send you a confirmation.

What should I bring? A hunger for food and knowledge! You can bring a note-pad and pen, although you will get copies of all of the recipes either on the day or emailed to you.

Will there be food to eat and drinks? Yes – we will have a light breakfast at the start of the session and then we will have lunch together at the end of the demonstration. There will be plenty of teas, coffee and water available throughout.

What will I be expected to do? Just enjoy the time – my goal is for you to go home armed with the confidence to cook more plant-based meals that will help you to lose weight and improve your health. Please ask lots of questions and be prepared to stir and taste things!

How do I find you? Here’s a map –,+London&hl=en&sll=51.528642,-0.101599&sspn=0.604029,1.783905&oq=65,+bishopsthorpe+&hnear=65+Bishopsthorpe+Rd,+London+SE26+4PA,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=16

What’s the nearest station? Sydenham is the nearest, an 8 min walk. There is also Lower Sydenham and the house is on the 75 bus route from Lewisham to East Croydon. Penge East is also close and you can take the 75 towards Lewisham and get off at Burghill Road, (the stop is next to my house).

Is there parking? There are no parking restrictions on Bishopsthorpe Road but please be aware of my neighbours. You can also park on Mayow Road.

Who is the host? My name is Barry Honeycombe, I have been a life-long yo-yo dieter and have recently been studying plant-based nutrition and gained a certificate from E-Cornell University. I love food and now blog about my plant-based food and recipes and my “personal journey” (gosh that sounds American – sorry). I am not an “expert”, merely an enthusiastic amateur who is happy to share what I know and have learned.

Can you give me advice on my medical conditions? I do not have any medical training and therefore cannot give any advice. I can of course share my experience. I am new to this and I am learning all the time, I hope to learn from you too! If you have questions and queries, the best that I can do is to point you toward sources of materials and experts where you can acquire additional information that might be helpful.

What if I have food allergies? Please let me know at the time of booking if you have any food allergies or intolerances. We will not be using any meat, fish, diary etc., Please be aware that we will be using nuts.

Will you use everyday ingredients? I obviously do not know what you have in your cupboards at home! Most of what I use will be standard ingredients, although some might be unfamiliar such as tofu and nutritional yeast, some might be downright strange sounding such as vital wheat gluten and agar-agar. I will explain any I use and where you can obtain them.

Will you use any specialist equipment? I will be using common kitchen equipment, which most people have. I do have one piece of specialised equipment that I use a lot and will certainly use in the demonstrations. It’s a very high-powered blender – A VitaMix. I use it a great deal and I will always explain how you can use a standard blender or a food processor instead. My VitaMix is the one thing that I would save if my house was flooded, probably ahead of my partner – I love it that much! (Only kidding).

What is a plant-based lifestyle? For me a plant-based lifestyle is first and foremost not a diet. This is a way of life that I have chosen for health reasons. I am not restricting myself to a certain number of points, green days, red spots or calories. I am aiming to simply eat more plant-based foods. My personal aim is 98% but this is an individual choice. So what constitutes a plant-based lifestyle? Firstly starches, (potatoes, rice, corn, grains and legumes), then vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. I choose not to eat anything with a face or a mother – ie., Meat, Fish, Dairy or derived products from these sources. I also do not use any added fats and eat wholegrains/wholefoods where possible. I am not a vegan and there are some significant differences between the two – see this article for details:

Why are you charging? To cover the cost of the food for the day and my time. I’m not looking to make my fortune from this. My goal is to share my passion and to learn from the experience.

What’s with the donation to charity? I thought that it would be a nice gesture to donate part of the money to a charity and as I am not a “pro” at these demonstrations, in fact, this is my first and you are my guinea pigs! I’m also trying to make the point that this lifestyle can be done on a budget and so the money will be donated to the Lewisham Borough Food Bank.

What happens if I cannot make it on the day? Things can happen, I understand that, but unless you cancel 48 hours in advance, I have to insist that you pay as I will have purchased the food for the day and it will be too late to fill your place with someone else.

If you’ve done this, how come you are still fat? I have only been plant-based for about 14 weeks and anyway this is a journey not a “silver bullet”. I have lost about 28lbs over my time doing this and my primary reason is for my health and the weight loss is kind of a bonus that goes hand-in-hand with the improved health.

What’s with the video camera? I may have some or all of the session videoed. This is partly for my own interest to see how it went and to see it from your perspective. I may also use some of the footage on my blog.

How and when do I pay you? You can either pay me (£25) before the date using my pay pal account. My email for my paypal account is (You will need a paypal account yourself to do this) or you can pay me cash on the day. I would rather not accept cheques and cannot accept credit card payments.

I have other questions…. Then please ping me an email at or leave a comment below.

See you on the 17th of August from 10am onwards!

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    • bhoneycombe
      bhoneycombe says:

      Thank you for the encouragement. Please let me know if there are things you like or don’t like. I juice too. Not as much as I did as I am loving what I’m doing now. Some plant-strong people are sceptical about juicing as really it is “processing” and so not wholefood. I understand what they are saying but I do think that juicing is a useful option and can be part of a balanced food in-take.


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