Tuesday, January 25, 2022

3 Simple & Practical Kitchen Feng Shui Tips!

Vibrant Kitchen

Basket of Beautiful Lemons

Aromatic Fresh Herbs

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether it’s doing homework with children or preparing meals, almost everyone (guests included) gather in the kitchen. When the energy in the kitchen is positive, families are more inclined to want to eat at home and will enjoy better health and relationships as a result. 

If your kitchen has been stagnant for too long, is burdened with clutter, or needs a serious cleaning, by all means make a point of revitalizing it. 

Get Started Today! Apply these 3 simple and practical Feng Shui enhancements to your kitchen and watch your relationships, health, and wealth enhanced in amazing ways:

Tip 1 - Make cleaning a habit to improve health and prosperity. One of the most important things you can do for your kitchen is to keep it clean, clutter-free and organized – and the 3 areas that need it most are the pantry, freezer and the refrigerator. Why? This is where food, a symbol of health and wealth, is stored. Get rid of everything that is completely out of date. 

Tip 2 - Clear off countertops to energize your health, hence your life. It sounds counterintuitive, but when you have countertops that are covered with items such as small appliances, dishes, loaves of bread, bags of chips, or stacks of bills, it doesn’t inspire you to cook. On the other hand, when you have a kitchen with clear counters graced with a basket of beautiful lemons and a jar of aromatic fresh herbs, it just makes you feel like cooking.

Tip 3 - Discard damaged items to promote good energy in your foods. Start by decluttering your kitchen cabinets and drawers (one at the time, no need to tackle them all at once, pace yourself, so that you’ll have something to do daily). Hanging onto dented pots, pans and utensils, cracked or chipped dishes, glasses, cups; stained napkins and tablecloths and damaged kitchen appliances such as toaster, mixer, etc., ‘because they’re still good,’ gifts or for sentimental reasons, cause clutter, negative energy, not good for your health and well-being. Discard them all. 

Happy Revitalizing Your Kitchen!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine

 

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Saturday, January 1, 2022

2022 Vegan Mediterranean Culinary and Wine Pairing Classes

 

Cherry Tomato & Herbes de Provence 
Vegan Tart

Chef Ellie's Lavender Kitchen 

Happy New Year Foodies and Wine Lovers!

One of the greatest joys in my culinary world has been the offering of my signature vegan Mediterranean culinary and wine pairing classes. Over the years my students and I have come together at beautiful settings such as FlipJack Ranch. There, nestled amidst an enchanting redwood forest in Bonny Doon we have prepared and enjoyed an array of inspired cuisine and wine.

However, in an effort to complete the publication of my first cookbook, The Art of Vegan Mediterranean Cooking, I will not be offering culinary and wine pairing classes in 2022.

Instead, once my cookbook is published, I will have a book launch at FlipJack Ranch with vegan Mediterranean appetizers and celebratory champagne aperitifs! 

As I move through this next chapter of my culinary journey, I will share updates about my forthcoming book and as always I will continue to draw inspiration from all of the happy moments we have shared cooking, tasting and laughing.

Until we meet again, happy vegan cooking!

Chef Ellie Lavender 

Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

 

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Delectable Roasted Fuyu Persimmons Recipe

 
Delectable Roasted Fuyu Persimmons

Pic. 3

Pic. 2

Pic. 1

Fuyu Persimmons

Persimmons are a fall fruit that comes in two varieties: Fuyu and Hachiya

The Fuyu is the less astringent of the two and has a honey-like sweet taste that is rich and mild at the same time. Roasting Fuyu persimmons with warm spices brings out the soft nature of this firm fruit, makes them even more delicious and enjoyable.

So, let's get started with the recipe!

Ingredients (serving size 4):
4 Medium Fuyu persimmons
1/2 Tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 Tsp. smoked sweet paprika
1/4 Tsp. sea salt
1/2 Stick melted sweet butter
1 Tbsp. chopped toasted pistachio 
A dash of cocoa powder 

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In a bowl mix all the spices and sea salt.
3. Wash, dry persimmons, cut off and discard the tops and bottoms of the persimmons.
4. Slice the persimmons horizontally into ½ inch slices, brush each sides with melted butter, sprinkle each slice generously with the spice mixture and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, pic. 1.
5. Roast them in the oven until the tops of the persimmons turn slightly brown and are tender, about 10-12 minutes, pic. 2.
6. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for 15 minutes. 
7. Arrange them on a platter, garnish with chopped toasted pistachio and a dash of cocoa powder, pic. 3.  

Enjoy them as a healthy snack, appetizer with a sprinkle of grated vegan parmesan cheese, salad on shaved fennel with a sprinkle of chopped toasted pistachios and citrus vinaigrette, dessert with a scoop of vegan vanilla gelato and a splash of grand mariner and even for breakfast on top of yogurt with granola.

Happy Roasting!

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

Lavender Design + Cuisine

 

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