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#AtHome with Lu-Ma Café

During this time of social distancing, staying connected to our local community is stronger than ever. We’re counting down the days until the re-opening of many shops, restaurants and cafés in Wimbledon Town Centre and recently caught up with Lu-Ma to see what they’ve been cooking, how to stay healthy #AtHome and what we can look forward to when they re-open.

1. Tell us about Lu-Ma Café.

Lu-Ma is a whole food café in Wimbledon specialising in delicious, nutritious homemade vegan and vegetarian food without the use of dairy, refined sugar and many gluten-free options. Founded by mother and daughter Lucy and Maria in 2014 who both ventured out to change their diets after experiencing their own health and wellbeing issues (check out www.lu-ma.co.uk for their bios). With their vision of offering an educational social hub that people can enjoy good food and good company, Lu-Ma now also offers its very popular cooking classes held by our very own Executive Chef Angela Agrati Prange, and nutritional talks and advice from nutritionist and naturopath Kenneth Prange. Angela and Ken both share our vision of wellbeing and are always keen to support.

 

2. How have you been spending your time during lockdown?

Lockdown has certainly been a different experience. We were beginning to prepare Lu-Ma for opening every Friday and Saturday evening, suddenly it was the least of our priorities. To keep everyone safe and our business viable, we put things into action immediately as advised by the Government. This was a sad time, we felt quite emotional, not to be seeing each other and our customers for the foreseeable future felt unreal. However, it has given us an opportunity to work on new dishes, chatting with each other through emails, Zoom etc.

 

3. What are you cooking?

Angela has looked to create dishes that will be supportive of building immunity, cleansing and detoxing for specials when were back. Its been a treat for our families to try out new dishes. Lucy has recreated a Lu-Ma favourite, the smoked tofu salad, and has been using the extra time to experiment with breakfast dishes such as baked cinnamon pineapple and vegan buckwheat waffles. My son loves the açai berry bowl with homemade granola and my husband is enjoying cooking some of the recipes from Angela’s cookbook. Snacks have also been a must during the day, I’ve been experimenting with tamari chickpeas (not everyone’s favourite, but I love them).

Açai Berry Bowl – Baked Cinnamon Pineapple – Smoked Tofu

 

4. Lu-Ma and Angela share their healthy eating tips:

It is essential to keep immunity strong and ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need in your diet.
    • Spring is a great time for cleansing and detoxing, this will also support your body during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fresh spring greens are very good for cleansing the liver. The bitter greens like rocket, chard, watercress, spring greens support digestion and strengthen the heart.
    • Eat fresh, organic produce, light salads and bean sprouts are a good source of protein, vitamin C and folic acid. They are also high in fibre and a great addition to a salad. (Home sprouting is very easy and enjoyable for children to watch them grow. There’s lots of info on the internet).
    • Try not to overuse oils and fats, this will support the liver cleanse.
    • Daily ginger shots support your immunity. Ginger helps fight toxins and free radicals, a great antioxidant.

 

5. What can we look forward to from Lu-Ma?

We’re full of excitement for reopening, with so many things lined up, we’ll be launching our new summer menu with lots of delicious new dishes, setting dates for more cookery classes with Angela, free nutrition talks with Kenneth Prange, meditation evenings and our late-night events. We will be going full steam ahead to continue offering our services with love and dedication as soon as we can.

 

Sending love and best wishes until we see each other again
Lu-Ma Team

Get Healthy in 2020

Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul

Wimbledon is home to a number of fitness, health and wellness facilities to help you work towards a healthier happier you.

  • Calm your mind and feel good with yoga, pilates or treatments at Jiva Health Wimbledon. Introduce a friend and receive 20% off any class pass.
  • The Wimbledon Library hosts an array of activities including Mindfulness Workshops, Tai Chi-Qi Kong and free lunchtime Well-Being talks.
  • Osteoperformance offers complementary healthcare for rehabilitation and well-being.

View more Lifestyle locations in Wimbledon

 

Jiva Health

Fuel your healthy eating habit

If you’re meeting friends for a social meal or grabbing a bite on the go, there are plenty of healthy eating options in Wimbledon.

  • Whether you’re attempting Veganuary for the whole month or simply choosing more plant-based foods during the week, try Bill’s Wimbledon new vegan menu featuring beetroot steak, tiger fries and superfood cold pressed juices, to start the year of right.
  • The mother-daughter team at Lu-Ma are passionate about creating a place where healthy eating is easy and serve food that nourishes the body.  They offer gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options and their takeaway packaging is completely compostable.
  • Enhance your health and well-being at Health Zone. They take a holistic approach to providing you with products and advice to keep you healthy year-round.
  • If you’re on the go, Joe & the Juice serve a variety of nutritious and healthy options to Re-Build, Energize or Stress Down.

View more locations to Eat and Drink in Wimbledon

 

Switch up your skincare regime

With end-of-year celebrations all wrapped up, the party season may have taken its toll on your skin. That, together with facing extreme temperature conditions – moving from the chilly outdoors to powerful office heating systems and back again – leaves many of us feeling dehydrated particularly on our face. Now, is the perfect time to switch up your skincare regime, treat yourself to a thirst-quencher and a radiance boost to brave such elements.

Elys is a great destination to shop your favourite Beauty brands (Clinique, Dermalogica, Lancôme and Sisley to name just a few) and receive expert, individual advice from their team of consultants. If you have your skincare sorted, why not look ahead to the new season and start thinking about your makeup colour palette for Spring? The likes of Bobbi Brown, Hourglass, NARS and M.A.C. have the latest products featuring the hottest colour trends ready and their artists are waiting for you to go swatch them for yourself!

View more Shops in Wimbledon

 

 

“With the New Year comes a refuelled motivation to improve on the past one” — Gretchin Bleiler

Kick-Start Your Christmas with Festive Workshops

 

Heading Home with Neptune

Kick-start your festive season with Neptune, as they celebrate the arrival of their new winter collection with a range of workshops and events to welcome in Christmas.

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshop 
Friday 15th November 2019, 11am – 1pm
Under the guidance of Makiko Design Studio, Neptune’s wreath masterclass will provide you with decorative ideas to help you get your door ready for Christmas. Tickets will include everything you’ll need to create your wreath, as well as plenty of tea, coffee, prosecco and mulled wine to keep you well-fuelled.

 

Free Live Cooking Demonstration
Saturday 16th November 2019, 11am & 2pm
Join Becky Wilkinson for a seasonal cooking how-to, which will include how to make the most of your festive leftovers and ideas for edible gifts. Guests will leave with recipe cards to help recreate the dishes demonstrated, so come along and remember to bring an empty stomach!

 

Live Music & Sweet Treats
Sunday 17th November 2019, 11am
Enjoy live performances from SandLiveMusic and learn how to make sweet treats with local food and lifestyle blogger Sisley White.

 

Contact Neptune Wimbledon to book or reserve your place now.

 

Get Creative This Christmas with Lu-Ma Café

Wimbledon’s award-winning healthy café Lu-Ma welcomes you to their festive workshops.

Lu-Ma Cafe

Christmas Wreath Workshop
Wednesday 27th November 2019
Lu-Ma Café joins forces with Gardenia to bring you a special festive Flower School class, helping you learn how to decorate your own Christmas door wreath.

 

‘Christmas Rehearsal’ Cooking Class
Wednesday 11th December 2019
Lu-Ma’s Head Chef Angela Agrati Prange teaches you how to cook delicious dishes for your Christmas dinner and shares some of her best cooking secrets.

 

Festive Flower School Decoration Workshop
Thursday 12th December 2019
Under the guidance of professional Gardenia florists, learn how to create your own Christmas table decorations to take home, whilst Lu-Ma Café treat you to delicious canapés and festive tipples, to help those creative juices flow.

 

Contact Lu-Ma Café to book or reserve your place now.

 

Santa Letter Writing Workshop with The Entertainer

Entertainer Santa Letter

Write and send your very own letter to Santa this Christmas, with the help of The Entertainer. The store’s friendly elves are on hand to provide help and ensure that the letters are sent to Santa, who will reply in time for Christmas!

Workshops will involve several free activities for children and will be taking place in store at The Entertainer Wimbledon on the following dates:

 

Saturday 9th November 2019, 10am – 4pm

Saturday 16th November 2019, 10am – 4pm

Saturday 23rd November 2019, 10am – 4pm