Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Decadent Lemon-Dill Hummus Recipe!

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Greetings Hummus Lovers!

The beauty of making hummus at home is that you can play around with the Ingredients of your liking. I use a varieties of beans and fresh herbs when making hummus!  This is my white kidney beans, lemon-dill hummus, which can be enjoyed with pita bread, wholegrain crackers and even as spread on sandwich breads.

Ingredients (serving size 6):

1 Can white kidney beans (AKA Fagioli Cannellini bean), drained and rinsed.
1/4 Tsp. sea salt
1 Garlic clove pealed and roughly chopped
1/4 Cup Olive oil
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tsp. lemon zest
1/2 Cup roughly chopped fresh dill
1 Tsp. small capers
1/2 Tsp. ground Cumin
A few dill sprigs for garnish

Directions: 

1. In a food processor add all the ingredients and process until the mixture is creamy, pic. 1
2. Place the hummus in a bowl, drizzle some olive oil, and garnish with lemon rind, capers and dill, pic. 2
3. Toast pita bread lightly, place a spoon full of hummus on it and garnish lemon rind, capers and dill, pic. 3

Enjoy!

Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Summer Mediterranean Salad Recipe!



This beautiful Summer Mediterranean Salad is delicious, refreshing and very easy to make. You can always substitute the veggies in this recipe with other veggies to your liking. It's wonderful by itself and beautifully complemented with a glass of red wine.

Salad Ingredients: (serving size 4).
1 Can Italian butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 Medium zucchinis, washed and diced
1 Small watermelon radish or any other kind of radishes, washed, peeled and diced  
1 Tsp. Meyer lemon rinds
1/2 Cup green olives

Dressing Ingredients:
1 Garlic clove, pealed and finely chopped
1 Medium Meyer lemon juice
1/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil
1 /4 Tsp. sea salt

Instructions: Place all ingredients in a jar, shake well and set aside.

Salad Assembly:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, pour salad dressing over or you can serve the dressing on the side. Lastly sprinkle Meyer lemon rinds on the salad as garnish.

Optional: you can also add some crumbled feta cheese to make this salad even more delicious!

Chef Ellie Lavender
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Summer Vegan Mediterranean Cooking, Baking & Wine Pairing Classes!


Greetings Foodies and Wine Lovers!

Registration is now open for my Summer Vegan Mediterranean Cooking, Baking & Wine Pairing Classes! These delicious and very unique classes make beautiful gifts to yourself and your loved ones for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays and Anniversaries:

Saturday June 8 from 1pm – 5pm: A Taste of Provence on Your Plate
Pescadero Creek Vineyard, Pescadero
Saturday June 29 from 1pm – 5pm: Vegan French Baking & Wine Pairing
Farm Discovery at Live Earth, Watsonville
FlipJack Ranch, Bonny Doon 

Class runs for 4 hours and limited to 10 students to ensure the most spectacular experience for all. Since, space is limited, early registration is highly encouraged. Please click on each class link above for more information and to register now.

Class fee is $175.00 and includes a bottle wine and a small bag of organic culinary lavender. 

I will provide an apron for each student, a delightful tea plus light refreshments before the start of class. It’s an experience you’ll savor from beginning to end.

I look forward to seeing you in my classes! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Chef Ellie Lavender
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor

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Monday, April 15, 2019

FlipJack Ranch Culinary & Wine Weekend Getaway: A Taste of Morocco on Your Plate

A Taste of Morocco on Your Plate


The Dining Room

The Kitchen 

The Kitchen 

Organic Veggies from the Garden




Delicious Gourmet Breakfast

Greetings Foodies & Wine Lovers!

Join me for a delightful afternoon enjoying the beautiful art of Moroccan Cooking and Wine Pairing at the beautiful FlipJack Ranch, nestled in the magical Santa Cruz Mountains. We'll be going on a delicious journey to Marrakech, Morocco through our culinary adventures together!

In this hands-on delicious vegan cooking class, you'll make a 4-course meal:

1.  A Delectable Appetizer – Moroccan-Spiced Chickpeas made with fried chickpeas, shallots, garlic, preserved lemons and za’atar spice.
2.  A Delightful Salad – Fennel, Orange and Radish with a delightful citrus dressing composed of extra virgin olive oil, Meyer lemon, orange juice & rinds and crushed cardamom pods.
3.  A Magnificent Entree – Sweet & Savory Couscous made with roasted organic seasonal vegetables, shallots, garlic, fresh herbs, Moroccan pitted oil-cured black olives, almonds and dried apricots.
4.  A Decadent Dessert: Fig Lavender Chocolate Tart with orange zest and crushed pistachios (dairy and egg-free, but not gluten-free), which you'll enjoy with a delicious cardamom-infused dark roast coffee.

You'll enjoy your exquisite culinary creations with McBride Sisters’ delicious wine, the Truvee Red Blend Central Coast 2013, which beautifully complements the Moroccan cuisine.

About Truvee Red Blend Central Coast 2013 - Elegant and refined the red blend is evocative of Cotes du Rhone Village style. Dark fruit and spice unfold into layers of cocoa, blackberry, cherry, rose, plum and spice.

Make a beautiful weekend of it! FlipJack Ranch is a wonderful place to stay during the weekend of this class. Please view FlipJack Ranch’s charming rooms on Airbnb or call Robin (415) 690-3894 directly to book a room now (since space is limited, early booking is highly encouraged). These are the distinctive rooms you can choose from:


About FlipJack Ranch – FlipJack Ranch is a Farm to Table Bed and Breakfast located on ten acres in quaint Bonny Doon near Santa Cruz. The ranch raises turkeys, hens and rabbits using sustainable methods and features an organic garden.

All participants in this class, will enjoy a delightful tour of FlipJack Ranch’s beautiful organic garden that will include picking the veggies and herbs you’ll be cooking with in the class! If you choose the elevated experience and stay overnight, you will also enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast served on an indoor sixteen-foot trestle dining table, or outside in the warm sun.

What to Expect:
Great cooking isn't just about recipes, it's also about passion. In my class you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment.

Your wonderful experience will include:
- Learning fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
- Working side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
- Interacting with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience

The class runs for 4 hours and is limited to 10 students to ensure the most spectacular experience for all. Since, space is limited, early registration is highly encouraged. Please click here to register now!

Class fee is $175.00 and includes a bottle of Truvee Red Blend Central Coast 2013 and a small bag of organic culinary lavender.

I will provide an apron for each student, a tantalizing fruity red rooibos tea plus light refreshments before the start of class. It’s an experience you’ll savor from beginning to end.

This delicious and very unique class makes a beautiful gift to yourself and your loved ones for birthdays and anniversaries too.

I look forward to seeing you in class! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Chef Ellie Lavender
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Saturday June 8: A Taste of Provence on Your Plate (Vegan Cooking & Wine Pairing Class)


Greetings Foodies & Wine Lovers!

Join me on Saturday June 8th for a delightful afternoon enjoying the beautiful art of Provencal Cooking and Wine Pairing at the Pescadero Creek Vineyard's gorgeous setting, beautifully nestled in the foothills of Pescadero. We'll be going on a delicious journey to Provence, France through our culinary adventures together!

In this hands-on delicious vegan cooking class, you'll make a 4-course meal:

1. A Luscious Appetizer - French Flageolet Beans Pate w/ thyme, Garlic, Lemon Juice & Olive Oil.

2. A Delightful Salad – Butter Lettuce, French Radish, Crushed Green Olives w/ Shallots-Lemon Juice-Dijon Mustard-Olive Oil Dressing.

3. A Magnificent Entrée – Ratatouille w/ Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Eggplant & Red Pepper w/ capers, green olives, garlic, shallot & herbes de Provence tomato sauce, which you will enjoy with locally made artisan baguettes & breads.

4. Two Decadent Desserts - Red D'Anjou Pear Chocolate Tart & Apricot Blackberry Galette infused with Provence culinary lavender (both dairy and egg-free), which you'll enjoy with a delicious organic French roast coffee.

You'll enjoy your exquisite culinary creations with Pescadero Creek Vineyard’s award-winning wine, the 2014 Pascale Pinot Noirwhich beautifully complements Provencal Cuisine!

What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't just about recipes, it's also about passion. In my classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment.

Your wonderful experience will include:

• Learning fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
• Working side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
• Interacting with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience

Class runs for 4 hours (1pm - 5pm) and limited to 10 students to ensure the most spectacular experience for all. Since, space is limited, early registration is highly encouraged. Click here to register now.

Class fee is $175.00 and includes a bottle of 2014 Pascale Pinot Noir (a $65.00 value) and a small bag of Provence culinary lavender.

Plus, all registered students of this class will receive a one-time 10% discount offer on all items available in the Toque Blanche store in downtown Santa Cruz and on their website.

I will provide an apron for each student, a delightful lavender Meyer lemon tea plus light refreshments before the start of class. It’s an experience you’ll savor from beginning to end.

This delicious class makes a beautiful gift to yourself and your loved ones for mother's day, father's day, birthdays and anniversaries too.

I look forward to seeing you in class! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Chef Ellie Lavender
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Vegan Cooking & Wine Pairing Class: A Taste of Spain on Your Plate




































My students are awesome!

They rocked my vegan cooking & wine pairing class: A Taste of Spain on Your Plate at gorgeous Pescadero Creek Vineyard and made a delicious 4-course meal:

1. Appetizer: Smoked Paprika Garbanzo Beans & Crushed Spanish Green Olives Tapa

2. Salad: Fennel Blood Orange w/ Orange Juice, Spanish Olive Oil & Cardamom Pods Dressing

3. Entrée: Vegan Paella w/ Lemon-Saffron Santo Tomas Bomba Rice  

4. Two Decadent Desserts: Tarta de Santiago de Chocolate & Red Barlette Pear Pistachio Tarta  

They enjoyed their beautiful artisanal culinary creations with Pescadero Creek Vineyard's wine, the 2014 Pascal Pinot Noir, which beautifully complements Spanish/Mediterranean cuisine. They also took home a bottle of this delicious wine, plus a small bag of organic culinary lavender!

We loved having Richard Pascal, the wine maker at our food table and hearing about his contagious passion for high quality Pinot Noir making!

Thank you my fabulous students!

Chef Ellie Lavender
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor

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