Monday, December 6, 2021

Delectable Roasted Fuyu Persimmons Recipe

 
Delectable Roasted Fuyu Persimmons

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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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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Vegan Provencal Bread Recipe


Healthy Afternoon Snack

Provencal Bread Beautiful Texture 

Provencal Bread Perfect Crust

 
Provencal Bread

Perfectly Baked Provencal Bread

 
Culinary Gift 
with Personalized Packaging & Label 

Whether you’ve never made bread or are an experienced baker, you can and should make this delicious, savory, gluten-yeast-free Vegan Provencal Bread. It will take about 1 hour of your time, will taste amazing and you can eat it while it’s warm or enjoy it with a hearty soup and salad for lunch or dinner!

You can also enjoy this delicious bread with a creamy herbed vegan cheese, olives and radishes (healthy afternoon snack), with Savory Artichoke Pesto or Pistou de Roquette (arugula pesto), avocado and tomato (quick lunch), Romesco Spread, Red Pepper & Green Ollive Tapenade and much more.

This wonderful bread with your own personalized packaging, label (such as mine) and a jar of any of the above spreads will make delicious culinary gifts too!

So, let’s get started with the recipe!

Prep time 15 minutes
Bake time 45 minutes

Ingredients:
1 Cup cornmeal flour
1 Cup oat, chickpea or millet flour (the combination of cornmeal flour and any of these flours will turn the bread into a wonderful texture)
1 Tbsp. baking powder 
1/2 Tsp. sea salt 
1 Tbsp. dried herbes de Provence
1 Tsp. flax seeds
2 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds
1/4 Cup and 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 
1/2 Cup grated vegan parmesan cheese   
1 cup unsweetened almond milk or room temperature water
A few additional pumpkin and black sesame seeds for garnish
 
Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 F (this will take about 10 minutes and enough time to get the bread mixture together).
2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
3. Add in almond milk or water, extra virgin olive oil; mix them with a fork until the dough mixture forms a very thick pour batter.
4. Grease a 9 x 5 inch baking pan with 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, pour the dough mixture, evenly spread out and make sure it´s in a flat layer.
5. Sprinkle 1 tbsp. parmesan cheese, a few pumpkin and black sesame seeds on the dough mixture.
6. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until the top is golden and bread is perfectly baked.
7. Remove the bread from oven, transfer to a wire rack and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
8. Run a thin knife around the edge of the bread to loosen it, turn the pan upside down to remove the bread.
9. Place the bread on a cutting board, slice and enjoy.

Happy Baking!

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

 

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Benefits of Staging a Home for Sale: Three Steps to Success

 



Greetings Home Owners/Sellers!

A lot of thought goes into preparing a home for sale. It seems that most decisions are based on how much investment you are willing to make before the house goes on the market and what the return on that investment likely to be.

So, it may come as a surprise that little changes can make a big difference in attracting the right buyers. The interior and exterior of a house tell a story of how well the house has been kept, loved and appreciated. This story, when told right makes buyers feel good about buying your home. Together, we can make your house look and feel like a home that is really attractive to buyers.

Benefits of Staging a Home for Sale:

- Staged homes sell 50% faster than non-staged homes. - Trulia 

- A staged home sells for 17% more on average than a non-staged home. - Trulia 

- Home inspectors view staged homes as well cared for.

- Staged homes often get better appraisal values.

- Staged homes look much more attractive online and in marketing materials. 

- Even better, a house that is staged draws buyers in and enables them to visualize your home as their new home. It’s a powerful effect.

- Nearly 90% of home buyers start their search on the internet. Therefore, staging is a good way to make sure online photos pop. 

- Staging a home ultimately benefits the seller in so many ways.

Excited to stage your home? Here’ s How We Work: Three Steps to Success

Consultation: I’ll come to your home to take a good look around, then discuss a simple and practical top-to-bottom interior design. After that we’ll create a plan together and I will be happy to help you throughout the process.

Recommendations: Cleaning, Decluttering and Organizing. I’ll provide specific recommendations on decluttering and organizing your home and provide guidelines on how to do it. I always urge my clients to do three things: clean, declutter and organize.  

- Why clean? Cleaning a space is the first step toward transforming it. I can recommend several area cleaning services in case you need help.

- Why declutter? Clutter in homes is distracting and emanates stagnant energy. I’ll provide tips on how to tackle this task quickly and effectively.

- Why organize? An organized home is attractive and welcoming. It’s that simple! 

Interior Design with a focus on Feng Shui principles (the art of promoting positive energy, hence harmony in your home). This is the final step in transforming your home environment and promoting good energy throughout the house. I’ll apply practical interior design enhancements for each room using your existing furniture pieces, arts, fresh flowers and plants in a way that complements that environment. After we’re done, you’ll feel the positive energy throughout the home. And it will attract buyers who just feel good while walking in and around your home. My expert understanding of Feng Shui principles is something that sets my services apart and will bring you tremendous value.

Consultation & Staging Home for Sale Fees:

Up to 1,000 SF: $800.00

Up to 2,000 SF: $1400.00

Up to 3,000 SF: $1800.00

Up to 4,000 SF: $2200.00

Each of the above fees includes detailed interior and exterior plans for decluttering, organizing, applied Feng Shui expertise, and interior design enhancements. I’ll partner with you throughout the transformation process to ensure your goals are met and the house is ready for a successful sale!

Additional Service: Re-Staging Your Home - I will assess your staged home as to what may be preventing it from selling and provide you with specific ways to shift the energy to enhance the sale of your house.  Sometimes, buyers can't visualize your house as their home due to the stagnant energy caused by lack of complementary staging and interior design. When a house exudes good energy, it will make the buyers feel good to be in the house and wanting to buy your house. 

Please contact me to learn more about my services and to set up a time to talk about your plans and feel free to invite your real estate agent, so that together we will bring your dream of a successful sale of your home into reality!

Happy Selling!

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

 

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Savory Herbes de Provence Focaccia Recipe (yeast-gluten-free)


Savory Herbes de Provence Focaccia

Focaccia Perfect Crust

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This delicious yeast-gluten-free Savory Herbes de Provence Focaccia with Artichoke Pesto or Pistou de Roquette (arugula pesto) spread, olives, capers and rainbow cherry tomatoes is very easy to make with ingredients you most probably already have in your pantry and garden! 

So let’s get started with the recipe!

Focaccia Dough

Ingredients (serving size 6):

1 Cup oat, millet or chickpea flour  
1 Cup cornmeal flour
1/2 Tsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. dried herbes de Provence
1/4 Cup extra olive oil
2/3 Cup water

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Add flours, sea salt, baking powder and herbes de Provence in the mixing bowl of the stand mixer and mix on the lowest setting with the dough hook attachment 2-3 times.
3. Add olive oil and water to dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Knead the mixture on the lowest setting with the dough hook attachment until it forms a round shape dough, 3-5 minutes, pic. 1 (if you do not have a stand mixer, follow steps 2 & 3, mix the ingredients with a hand mixer until it forms a round shape dough).
4. Transfer the dough on a floured surface, roll out the dough and shape by hands into a large rectangle until the dough is about 1/2-inch thick.
5. Transfer the dough on a flat baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake it in the middle rack oven for 35-40 minutes until the crust is golden.
6. Remove the dough from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

Toppings

Ingredients:
1 Cup rainbow cherry tomatoes
1 Tsp. capers
1/3 Cup green olives 
1/4 Tsp. dried herbes de Provence
1 Tsp. extra olive oil
A pinch of sea salt

Instructions:

1. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and put them in a small bowl.
2. Add olive oil, herbes de Provence, sea salt to halved cherry tomatoes and gently toss them
3. Spread a generous layer of Artichoke Pesto or Pistou de Roquette on the Focaccia and then arrange the halved cherry tomatoes, olives and capers, pic. 2.

You can enjoy this delicious Focaccia by itself, with a cup of soup or salad for lunch or dinner and even for breakfast with a cup of espresso and much more! 

Happy Baking!

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

 

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Decadent Cranberry Orange Cardamom Chutney Recipe


Cranberry Orange Cardamom Chutney

Christmas in a Jar

This decadent fresh cranberry chutney is the perfect concoction of sweet and tart cranberry sauce with aromatic floral hints of cardamom spice and orange.

You can enjoy it over roasted root vegetables medley, with cheese and gourmet crackers, on yogurt with granola for breakfast, on vanilla gelato with a splash of grand mariner for dessert and much more!

Makes a beautiful and delicious culinary present too - Christmas in a Jar! 

So let’s get started with the recipe!

Ingredients (makes a small-medium size bowl or two 8 oz. jars)


3 Cups fresh organic cranberries
2/3 Cup fresh orange juice
1/3 Cup diced candied orange 
1 Tsp. ground cardamom  
2 Tbsp. sugar
A few orange rinds and a dash of ground cardamom for garnish

Instructions:

1.  In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients, bring it to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer over low heat until the cranberries start to pop, 5-7 minutes. 

2.  Let the mixture to simmer for additional 5-10 minutes over low heat until it thickens. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 30 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cardamom and a few orange rinds.

3. Cover and refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend before serving. 

Enjoy & Happy Holidays.

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

 

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