Saturday, December 24, 2016

Cranberry, Rose petal, Cardamom and Orange Chutney Recipe!




Take a Trip To Heaven! 

Make Cranberry, Rose petal, Cardamom and Orange Chutney for your holiday dinner table! This gorgeous and colorful amazing condiment beautifully complements roasted veggies, desserts, ice cream and literally everything! It’s a wonderful holiday recipe.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 Cups organic fresh cranberries
1 Cup fresh orange juice
1/2 Cup chopped crystallized orange
1 Tsp. Rose Petals
1 Tsp. Crushed cardamom pods
1/2 Sugar

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a pot and let is simmer for 30-45 minutes over low heat. Stair a few times very gently so that cranberries will remain uncrushed! Remove from the stove and chill overnight before serving!  

Happy Cooking.

Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef 
Culinary Instructor

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Amplify Your Success: Remove Visual and Digital Clutter!


Overwhelmed with visual and digital clutter? Does this picture look all too familiar to you? Well, you are not alone; we all have some form of a clutter. Visual and digital clutter have a direct impact on your efficiency, productivity, the power of decision making and ultimately your success. Spend a couple of hours this week clearing out your desk and reducing digital clutter.
Assess what’s on your desk - Ask yourself when looking at an item: 
• Do I need it or use it regularly? 
• Does it energize or inspire me?
• Does it enhance my efficiency and productivity?
• Does it contribute to my success and prosperity?
• Let go of those items that don’t pass.
Declutter your computer and communication devices:
Get rid of useless apps, programs, old emails, VMs, etc. Organize desktop icons too.
Finally, the best thing you can do to deal with digital clutter is to designate as few as five minutes each day to deal with downloads, email, apps, and whatever else crosses your digital workspace. Get rid of what you don’t need immediately, so you don’t have to spend hours sifting through it down the road.
Visual clarity brings calm to the mind and body, and empowers you to successfully manage your work, business, hence your life.
Happy Decluttering.
Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Amazing Chocolate Lovers Students!












 



Greetings Chocolate and Wine Lovers Students!  

Yesterday in my class, not only you discovered how incredibly creative you are, you also learned that organic culinary herbs, flowers (lavender included), candied orange peel, dried delicate fruits such as blueberry, freeze dried raspberry and fleur de sel beautifully compliment dark chocolate and are perfect for making chocolate arts

With your beautiful present and great spirit, you made my Vegan Artisan Chocolate and Wine Pairing class on Saturday December 10th a total blast! Thank you! 

You let your creativity freely flow and made amazing chocolate arts, which you enjoyed with lavender lemon verbena tea, French roast coffee infused with Provence culinary lavender and a Château de Seguin Bordeaux Superieur 2013, a lovely red wine from the south of France.

Thank you Skyler Li, the amazing young violinist by delighting us with Vivaldi's magical music. Such a lovely treat! And how wonderful that you won the bottle of the Château de Seguin Bordeaux Superieur 2013, which we raffled in the class! I love what you said: “I’ll save it until I’m at the age that I could drink it and I’m sure it will be even better then.”  You are a future French wine enthusiast, so fabulous!  

Thank you my amazing students. You Rock!

Cheers,



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Aspiring Young French Pastry Chefs Rocked the B-Day Party!



















Amazing Aspiring Young French Pastry Chefs Rocked the B-Day Party!

I has ton of fun celebrating Cassie's b-day party with aspiring young pastry chefs who love Paris. We made mini persimmon lavender galettes and artisan chocolate tartlets. We also enjoyed listening to French music and dancing in addition to practicing a handful of French phrases while baking and when I was leaving, they all said "bonne nuit Ellie."

These aspiring French pastry chefs and culinary artists are simply a gift to all of us!

And the beautiful sweet b-day girl gifted me with my 1st ever lavender Christmas ornament now on my tree, a beautiful lavender theme wool scarf & a lovely whimsical pin (I couldn't wait until Christmas, so I opened my presents).

Love thoughtful parents who make their children's b-day meaningful, creative and fun.

Happiness is doing what you love, loving what you do and inspire others to the same.

Chef EllieLavender

#Gratitude
#KidsWithBeautifulHands
#KidsEmpowerment
#ThoughtfulParents
#BirthdayCelebration


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Recipe: Apple Cranberry Lavender Tart


Apples and cranberries are a delightful combination, and adding organic culinary lavender flowers makes them even more wonderful. This is a vegan and gluten-free tart recipe. I recently discovered substituting butter with olive oil makes my recipes even better.  

Ingredients (all organic):
  1. 3 medium apples (washed, peeled & chopped)
  2. 1/2 cup fresh/frozen/raw cranberries
  3. 1 Tsp. Meyer lemon zest
  4. 1/3 cup honey
  5. 1 /2 Tsp. lavender flowers
  6. cup toasted slivered almonds
  7. 1 1/2 cup instant oats 
Directions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees
  2. Sauté apples with olive oil (2 Tbsp.) on medium heat for 5 minutes, add cranberries, honey and Meyer lemon zest. Stir gently and put the mixture aside.
  3. Process half of the almond in a food processor until coarsely chopped, add the oats, and process for another minute, transfer to a bowl, add olive oil and mix with hands.
  4. Place the mixture in a tart shell and press it down to semi-firm
  5. Spread the apples and cranberry mixture over the tart, sprinkle the rest of the almonds and lavender flowers.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove to cooling rack and let it cool for 30 minutes before serving.
  7. Enjoy it with a cup of tea or coffee and a scoop of vanilla gelato or just by itself.
Happy Baking!
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Declutter Your Relationships & Social Network




One of the hardest things in life is letting go and that’s never easy, but it’s a vital step toward living a happy, healthy, and prosperous life!

Relationships are like bank accounts. If you allow the people in your life to make more emotional withdrawals than deposits, you will soon find yourself with negative equity. You need to know when to close the account!

Declutter your Relationships and Social Network (Let Go of negative and toxic people) to promote the positive flow of energy in your life. This singular act will cultivate Happiness, Health and Prosperity in 2017 and for years to come! 

Moving forward, make conscious efforts to practice Self-Love EveryDay and “Surround yourself with the dreamers, and doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”Edmund Lee




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DIY Holiday Gift: Lavender Sugar




Greetings, DIY Enthusiasts:

Now that the holiday shopping season is underway and gift-giving is on our minds, I thought it would be a great time to tell you about lavender sugar, a perfect holiday gift for Lavender lovers and very easy to make. Organic culinary lavender is available in most health foods grocery stores, local lavender farms and herbs stores.   

Directions: Place two teaspoons of organic dried lavender flowers, or three short lavender sprigs, in the bottom of a clean glass jar. Pour over enough sugar to fill the jar and cap tightly. Leave for a few days and the sugar will have taken up the fragrance of the lavender. 


Lavender sugar can be enjoyed in tea, coffee and baking recipes, and will add a tantalizing flavor to sweet creations.

Enjoy,

Chef Ellie Lavender

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Power of Feng Shui!


Feng Shui is the practice of arranging your environment so that energy (chi) flows smoothly through your home and workspace. When the energy (chi) flow is stagnant (clutter), moves too quickly (dark hallways), or is obstructed (unbalanced scale and placement of furniture), it will negatively impact your life.
One of the essential tools in Feng Shui is Bagua map. It provides a blueprint and a formula to improve and enhance nine significant areas in your life: 1) abundance-prosperity, 2) fame-reputation, 3) love-relationship, 4) health-family, 5) balance-harmony, 6) children-creativity, 7) knowledge-self cultivation, 8) career-life purpose, and 9) helpful people-travel.
How Does Feng Shui Work :: The Four Key Steps
1) The 3 E’s - Encourage, Embrace and Enjoy Change in your life! There's no room for adventure, excitement or personal growth when you stay in your comfort zone!
2) Declutter – Let Go
3) Organize – Be Productive
4) Apply the Principles of Feng Shui – Cultivate Happiness and Success
Get inspired! Spend a couple of hours this weekend to declutter one area of your home or workspace.
Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Santa Cruz, California

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Vegan Hazelnut Cilantro Pesto Recipe






Homemade pesto is simply the best! You can make this amazingly delicious vegan pesto in 30 minutes or less! Enjoy it in pasta, as a pizza sauce, with olives on toasted bread and even salad dressing. Use a couple of spoon of this pesto, add 1/4 cup of lemon juice and use it over salads and also roasted veggies.  
  
Ingredients:

1. 2 Cups of cilantro leaves washed and drained (use salad spinner). You can substitute cilantro with basil, parsley or dill.
2. 1 Cup toasted hazelnut
3. 1 Cup EVOO
4. 8 Medium size peeled garlic cloves lightly chopped
5. 1/5 Tsp. sea salt
6. 1 Tsp. lemon rind
7. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Directions: 

In a food processor pulse hazelnut a few times until they are chopped coarsely. Add garlic and cilantro and pulse a few more times until they are mixed, but still the texture remains coarse.  So, it is best that you pulse and check the mixture instead of continually pulsing. The intent is to make a rustic pesto so that you can taste and see each ingredients.  Add EVOO, sea salt and lemon juice and pulse additional 3-4 times.  Add lemon rind, juice and mix with a spoon so that the rinds stay intact.

Enjoy!

Chef Ellie Lavender 


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Skyler Li, the amazing young violinist will play Vivaldi at my chocolate class!


So excited to have Skyler Li playing Vivaldi at my Vegan Artisan Chocolate and Wine Pairing Class on December 10th.

Skyler has been playing the violin since 2010 and is in his fourth year with the San Jose Youth Symphony, currently playing in the Concert Orchestra.


Playing on both acoustic and electric violins, he is also a violinist in the Two Violins and One Cello Trio, a volunteer group that gives free monthly performances at active living senior homes throughout Santa Clara County. With the goal of sharing a love of music and a caring heart with the community, both Skyler and the Trio perform throughout the community, including performances at the Milpitas Los Altos and Campbell Public Libraries. 
Music includes both classic pieces from Bach, Handel, Von Weber, and Delibes, as well as more contemporary music ranging from the Tennessee Waltz to Lindsey Stirling's Moon Trance and beloved folk songs in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese and Taiwanese.  

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Cooking & Baking with Amazing Students is a Special Gift!








































My vegan vegetarian cooking and wine pairing class on Saturday October 22 was a total blast! My students were simply amazing and made the class so much fun and more delicious! We made roasted root vegetable medley, roasted delicata squash, quinoa and millet salad with toasted hazelnut and dried Morello cherries, persimmon galette and tart and dill almond pesto which we enjoyed with Pellegrino sparkling water infused with my plum lavender marmalade and a Château de Seguin Bordeaux Superieur 2013, a lovely red wine from the south of France and perfect for this lovely cuisine. 

Thank you my amazing students. You Rock!

Cheers,

Chef Ellie Lavender

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