Friday, February 3, 2017

Aspiring Young Artist Chefs Made Exquisite Chocolate Arts.

The Creative Hands of Aspiring Young Chefs 

Aspiring Young Artist Chefs Made Exquisite Chocolate Arts.

The amazing Tierra Pacifica Charter School students rocked the kitchen one last time. Today, in our 4th/last class they made Artisan Chocolates with Organic Herbs, Flowers & Fleur de Sel which they loved and promised to make for the Valentine's Day. These enthusiastic foodies and creative young chefs' beautiful teamwork and collaboration was simply amazing. Click here for their beautiful testimonials.  

Thank you Bengie, the amazing aspiring young chef students and the Tierra Pacifica Charter School for the wonderful opportunity to share my love and passion for vegan-vegetarian-Mediterranean cooking with you.

My Amazing Creative Students: Love your wonderful thank you card, it is sitting beautifully in my office. 


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Aspiring Young Chefs Heartwarming Testimonials.

Such a beautiful time cooking with Tierra Pacifica Charter School Young Aspiring Chefs and enthusiastic foodies. Over the period of 4 weeks they beautifully collaborated, took turns chopping veggies, sautéing, seasoning, plating, setting up the table, enjoying the foods they made and cleaning up afterward, the most amazing students I have ever had. They rocked in our culinary class adventures:

Class 1 – Moroccan Couscous Salad with Lavender Lemon Tahini Dressing  
Class 2 – Pear Lavender Parfait  
Class 3 – Tangy Veggie Wrap with Yogurt Ginger Dressing 
Class 4 – Artisan Chocolates with Organic Herbs, Flowers & Fleur de Sel  

And below is a list of most heartwarming testimonials they gifted me with along with:

Benito, 5th grade – “The best thing about the class was, we got to make healthy delicious meals, and we all worked together to accomplish a food dish.”

Taj, 6th grade – “The thing I loved about this class was that we got to do teamwork to make our foods.”

Rohan, 5th grade  – “I really liked that we made food from different culture.”

Olivia, 5th grade  – “the best thing about this class was chef Ellie taught us how to cut up veggies and fruits. We also got to work together and cool.”

Richard, 7th grade  – “Eating, learning and flower tastes.”

Ella, 8th grade  – “I really enjoyed the sense of comradery.  It was fun cooking all together.”

Crosby, 7th grade  – “ What I enjoyed in this class was that I got to try foods not from the US. This has inspire me to cook more and in different ways.”

Carmen, 5th grade  – “The class inspired me to be a chef because we used teamwork and collaboration. The food was awesome. Thank you chef Ellie.”

William, 6th grade  – “The class was fun because we got to help out with making food and we got to eat what we made.  I mainly signed up because I wanted to make chocolate, but later, I also loved the other foods we made.”

Desiree, 5th grade  – “I loved this class because I was with all of my friends and I got to cook delicious food with them. Thank you chef Ellie.”

Thank you again the amazing students for your wonderful testimonials, the beautiful card and many thanks to you Bengie for your contribution, you are all simply the best.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine’s Day Recipe: Lavender Meyer Lemon Madeleines

A Valentine’s Day gift made with love. There’s nothing quite like making a special gift made with organic, healthy ingredients and ton of love. This lovely Lavender Meyer Lemon Madeleines are absolutely divine and very easy to make.  

Chef Ellie Lavender

Ingredients: Makes about 15 madeleines.

1.       1/2 cup spelt pastry flour
2.       1/2 cup almond meal flour 
3.       1/2 stick unsalted butter
4.       1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
5.       1 tablespoon lemon zest
6.       1 tablespoon sugar
7.       1 tablespoons of organic dried culinary lavender (finely chopped)
8.       1/2 cup of almond milk
9.       2 tablespoons spelt pastry flour


1.  Preheat oven to 350. 
2.  Melt butter and set aside to cool.
3.  Prepare the madeleine pan by brushing melted butter into the molds with a pastry brush. Then, dust the molds with flour (the 2 tablespoons, no.  9), tap to remove excess flour. 
4.  In a bowl, combine spelt pastry flour, almond meal flour, sugar, lemon zest, and culinary lavender and lightly mix with a fork. 
5.  Add almond milk, lemon juice, lemon zest and melted butter.  Mix with a fork until the ingredients are well combined.  
6.  Use a tablespoon to place 2 tablespoons of the batter in the Madeleines’ mold.
7.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops of the madeleines spring back when touched.
8.  Transfer the madeleines to a wire rack to cool by inverting the pan. Let them cool for 10 minutes before enjoying it.
9.  Let them cool for an hour before packaging it as a gift.

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Promote Love and Sensuality in Your Life.

You Personal Valentine's Day gift to yourself. 

A clutter-free, serene, and mindfully designed bedroom generates a fresh flow of nourishing and sensual energy leading to peaceful rest, an enhanced love life and happy relationships. 

Get Inspired. Apply these simple, practical and powerful Feng Shui enhancements to your bedroom and watch your love life and relationships flourish and strengthen in amazing ways:

1.       Take a fresh look at your bedroom with an eye towards decluttering. Keep what’s essential and remove any items that have no relevance being there.
2.       Remove pictures, objects and art forms (from the past and present) that do not represent, invite, promote or attract love, romance and sensuality.
3.       Keep work-related items such as electronics devices, bookshelves and work desk out of your bedroom. 
4.      Organize your closets. Designate a place for everything in your closets (shoes in one place, shirts, skirts, suits in another and so on) and donate items you haven't worn in six months to a year. 
5.       Bring tranquility to your bedroom. Choose calming colors such as light blue or soft lavender for your bedroom. Invest in high quality beddings with a solid pattern and soft, nourishing texture.
6.      Add light fragrant candles or an essential-oil diffuser to your bedroom. The scent of Lavender induces relaxation. Rose and Jasmine scents promote sensuality, love and romance.
7.       Promote Love and Sensuality in your life.  Add books such as The Goddess' Guide to Love (Timeless Secrets to Divine Romance) and the Art of Sensual Aromatherapy (or other love related books of your own choice) to your nightstands. The goal is to invite love and sensuality into your life. Whether you are single or in a relationship shouldn’t matter.
8.      Be Awesome and Love Yourself Without Limits. 

      Inspired-Transformation Story - “Ellie helped me harmonize my bedroom, which greatly improved my sleep, hence my love life and relationships. For years I suffered from sleeping difficulties, but after decluttering my bedroom, I slept through the night, and woke up feeling rested and refreshed. At first it was difficult to remove electronic devices and art objects from my past relationships, but with Ellie’s guidance I felt empowered and let go of all of them. Thank you, Ellie, for your encouragement and knowledge!”
      ~ Julia , Santa Cruz

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