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 Ch√Ęteau 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!


Chef Ellie Lavender

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Persimmons Lavender Galette Recipe

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Persimmons are in abundance and with a touch of organic culinary lavender flowers they'll make a heavenly galette!  This is a very lovely autumn recipe, absolutely divine by itself, though lovelier with a shot of espresso, a glass of pinot noir or both.

Additionally, this lovely galette is a perfect alternative in place of pumpkin pie for the Thanksgiving holiday dinner! 

Galette Dough Ingredients:  
       1.  1 1/2 cup spelt pastry flour (or 1 cup flour & 1/2 cup almond meal)
      2.  1/2 Tsp. dried organic culinary lavender flower
      3.  2 Tbsp. sugar
      4.  1 Tsp. Meyer lemon or lemon rind
      5.  1 stick of cold sweet butter cut into 1/2-inch pieces (vegan or dairy butter)
      6.  1/4 cup cold water 
      7.  1/3 Tsp. sea salt

Galette Dough Instructions:  Place spelt pastry flour, lemon rind, lavender flowers, sugar and  in a food processor and pulse 3 times.  Add in the cold sweet butter and pulse a few more times until it forms a coarse texture.  Gradually, add in the cold water and pulse lightly until lightly moistened.  Gather up the dough and knead 2 or 3 times.  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Galette Ingredients:
     1.  2 Tbsp. sugar
     2.  1 Tsp. organic lavender flowers 
     3.  3 medium fuyu persimmons, thinly sliced by mandoline
     4.  1 Tsp. lemon  rind
     5.  1 Tbsp. melted butter

Galette Instructions:
     1.   Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
     2.   Roll out the galette dough about 14 inches in diameter. Pic. 1 
     3.   Transfer the dough to a baking sheet.
     4.   Arrange sliced  persimmons on the though. Pic 2  
     5.   Fold the 1-inch border of the dough over the persimmons and pleating together. Pic 3
     6.   Sprinkle the galette with sugar, lavender flowers. Brush generously with the melted butter. Pic 3
     7.   Bake until the crust is nicely golden for about 35-45 minutes. Pic. 4  
     8.   Let the galette cool, garnish with the lavender petals, drizzle a tbs of honey and enjoy.

Happy Baking!
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Santa Cruz Waldorf School Aspiring Young Chefs Rocked the Kitchen!


Nestled in magnificent Santa Cruz mountains among majestic redwood trees, Santa Cruz Waldorf School is very special in so many ways!  One of the most special things about this beautiful school is their magical garden with its natural habitats. I met their gardening and cooking teacher, Cristina McCutcheon a few months ago and was absolutely impressed with the school's amazing curriculum.  I was also delighted to learn  of the emphasis school places on students learnings such as gardening, cooking, appreciating natural habitats and more. So, I was super excited to design a cooking session with kids when asked by Cristina.

Yesterday, we had a very delicious and fun class with 14 foodies, current and future enthusiastic chefs, the amazing 7th graders at Waldorf School! We made a Vegan Moroccan Couscous Salad with Lavender Tahini Dressing, which they all loved and promised to make.  

Thank you Cristina, the amazing chef students and the Waldorf School for the wonderful opportunity to share my passion for vegan-vegetarian-Mediterranean cooking with you!

Happy Cooking!

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