More testimonials from the last vegan cheese-making class!

Rose was fun, informative and creative!   10/10

Premaloka Trecy

I’d be very happy to recommend Rose’s cheese-making workshop 10/10 

Kathy Voyles

It’s a great and easy to understand workshop and really good to get to know the basics of making vegan cheeses. Rose is also very knowledgeable about nutrition too 10/10  


Rose is good at explaining how simple it can be done 10/10 

Sue Rutter 

Don’t hesitate to come!  Rose is lovely and inspiring.  Thanks was a lovely and tasty workshop 10/10  

Sophia Soccone

Very inspiring and loved Rose’s enthusiasm and extensive knowledge. Extremely yummy cheeses too! 8/10  


It’s very useful and impressive for your lifestyle 9/10   


I would encourage friends who are thinking of becoming more plant based to come. Rose’s approachable manner backed with scientific evidence and knowledge. 9/10  

Liz Harrop

Peek Inside a Vegan Cheese-Making Class!

Take a peek inside my latest vegan cheese-making class! It’s so much fun- and rewarding- to teach sixteen adult learners all about the benefits of adopting a plant-based lifestyle.

In this two hour class, we learned the craft of making your own vegan cheeses at home. Even though the process is not rocket science, there are definitely “tricks of the trade” if you want to avoid disappointment and get it right first time.

If you’d like to join my next class, get in touch!

Vegan Cheese Making and Tasting with Rose Margesson – Waiheke Adult Learning

Shop Like A Hunter-Gatherer

If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of food shopping, you’re not alone.

It can be really difficult these days to choose the best foods for you and your family when you’re presented with so much choice.

To put shopping in perspective, try thinking about it this way.

When you roam the aisles of a modern supermarket, you are doing what your Stone Age ancestors did.
They scanned meadows, forests and streams for healthy things to gather.

They also did it in groups for security in a harsh and hostile world.

Today, most women shop alone. Instead of searching for the ripest berries, they scan shelves and read labels in a quest for healthy ingredients.
Your ancestors knew what to look what for and the choices were simple.
Today, food shopping is a complex path that’s studded with hidden pitfalls and misinformation.


od shopping should be fun, social and enjoyable

, not a confusing chore.

This is where I come in.

Call me strange but my passion is sourcing great food at the best prices.

I get the same kick out of reading labels that my forebears would have gained from studying a likely grove of fruit trees.

I love researching the the effects of different ingredients on the mind and body.

When I find something good, I even ask local supermarket managers to stock it.

But the thing I love best is sharing my discoveries with other women.

So, if you want to put the fun back into food shopping, please get on touch.

We’ll have you filling your trolley with all the zest of your ancestors in no time!

What We Do

Hi! I’m Rose, the owner of The Slim Hour.

I support women through mid-life transitions and beyond with

  • In-house Yoga, meditation and hypnotic relaxation classes
  • Tailored to your needs, health and personality. 

What makes us special?

I want each class to be special and something you look forward to.

  • Programs specifically tuned to your personality, needs and fitness level.
  • Attain specific goals and results.
  • Learn 1-on-1 with or with a small group of up to three friends.
  • At the time and place most convenient to you.


Mood Food

Here are some non-medical strategies for treating depression and anxiety:

Eat fresh, unprocessed nutritious food.

People who eat a diet high in fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, and whole grains are significantly less likely to be depressed or anxious than those who eat highly processed, sugary and fried foods and refined grain and drink beer and other alcohol.

Take supplements such as omega-3 fish oil. You need enough to get around 1000mg of EPA (eicosapentaenoicacid) a day.

A combination of zinc, vitamin B6 and magnesium is important for mood.

Get some sunshine – vitamin D – every day for a mood lift.

Get your heart rate up at least three to five times a week by doing uphill walking, dancing or fast yoga.

Accomplish something every day – something you’ve been putting off, like paying a bill.

Give yourself a treat every day – watch a movie, have a bubble bath, go for a swim or a walk.

Create a gratitude diary.

Dehydrated food for tramping


Oh no!

Calorie Creep 

Are you piling on pounds? 
The culprit could be calorie creep.
This is the sneaky extra calories that food manufacturers pack into their products.

High-calorie ingredients like palm oil and refined sugar are one instance. But, portion size is another. For example, a single cookie bought from a store is four inches across (much larger than the ones our grannies baked.) 

Granted,  some manufacturers are reducing portion sizes and high-calorie ingredients to attract health conscious customers.

But, the fact remains that many packaged foods today are higher-calorie than a few decades ago. 

So, how do you keep those extra calories from creeping in? 

One way is to limit your snacks to one hundred calories.

Here are some calorie rescue tactics:

  • A piece of fruit (approx 50 calories)  Tablespoon of Greek yoghurt (30 calories) 1 tsp maple syrup (20 calories)  topped with toasted shredded coconut & sunflower seeds.  Total: 100 calories.  
  • 2 cups home-made popcorn (cooked in oil) is 100 calories.  Top with Tamari & bragg’s yeast.  Be sure to measure 2 cups, it’s easy to go overboard!  
  • Rice cake with miso and avocado topping.  Rice cakes are not nutrient dense but at only 35 calories a pop it makes a great base for toppings that are.  Miso is fermented and The biggest benefit of miso is that it’s brimming with probiotics. Because miso is fermented, it’s filled with beneficial, live probiotic cultures that have many upsides. You can think of probiotics as the “good bacteria” that inhabit our gut environment and balance “bad bacteria” that we obtain from poor-quality foods, toxins in the environment, contaminated water, pollution and so on. Make sure it’s organic!  1 tbsp of miso yields 34 calories.  Topped with thinly sliced avocado would total 100 calories.