You asked for it… and we heard you.
Last December we held our first KarmaFree Cooking class at the Centro Cultural Yoga Devanand kitchens. A delicious vegetarian Puerto Rican Xmas menu designed to help the students discover and taste for themselves that traditional Xmas fare can be made vegetarian without losing any authenticity.
The menu included:
Can be enjoyed as an Appetizer or Salad Topper or even as a homemade gift. It’s a true KarmaFree Cooking favorite.
Raw Yuca Pastelón – all the flavors of a traditional pastel in an easier to make format
Brown Rice and Pigeon Peas – a classic of Puerto Rican cuisine
A not so typical Salad – including some non-traditional salad ingredients and a delicious Parsley Garlic Dressing
My version of Tembleque – the quick, easy and vegan dessert we all love
We had a lovely time during our cooking class. To be honest, this is the first time I have taught an official class. I have shared my recipes with my friends many, many times, but never in a class setting. I hope the students who participated enjoyed it as much as I did.
I would like to thank everyone who attended. Some were personal friends, some are friends I have gotten to know thru the blog, others have been KarmaFree Cooking fans for a while… I kinda felt like a celebrity when they told me that. Your support and interest gets me going. And it was real nice to have Adriana from Great Food 360 with us and specially to have her take the most awesome pics ever. I need to ask Santa for a new camera STAT.
But I also want to send a special shout-out to my friend Angie… she was my co-instructor in this class and she ROCKED!!! She’s my friend, but she was also one of my first vegetarian cooking teachers. She was the “owner” of the Brown Rice and Pigeon Peas and Raw Yuca Pastelón Recipes. We always talk recipes and it was a delight to have her on the team.
Also, a special thanks to my mom… she was the official picker-upper and was in charge of doing the dishes, helping us keep the space clean for the students to cook. Goes to show you the value of having someone helping you keeping things tidy in the kitchen.
Please visit the links of the recipes in the class above… and stay tuned for our next class coming up on February 1st.