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KarmaFree Cooking’s 3rd Vegetarian Cooking Class

12 Apr

Celebrate the moms in your life with a delicious breakfast in bed feast, filled with lots of love and great vibes.  This will be KarmaFree Cooking’s 3rd vegetarian class…  we are so excited you keep us asking for more!!!!

Come over to our kitchen and learn some easy-to-make vegetarian recipes that are all delicious.  You’ll learn also some new techniques and ingredients you can integrate into your daily vegetarian lifestyle.

 

KarmaFree Cooking's Vegetarian Class

 

The menu for this cooking class will be:

  • Tofu Scramble with Mixed Vegetables
  • Mustard Roasted Breakfast Potatoes
  • Fruit Salad and some ideas on how to best combine fruits for maximum nutrition
  • Breakfast Smoothie and some information on add-ins you can incorporate to boost the power of that breakfast drink
  • Carrot Muffins with Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

Class will be held in Spanish, but if you are not fluent, we can certainly accommodate any English-speaking students.  Just let us know in advance to be prepared with recipe handouts, etc.

When:  Saturday, April 26       9AM – 12:30PM

Where: Centro Cultural Yoga Devanand,  824 Calle 13 SO, Caparra Terrace, San Juan, PR

Instructors:  Madelyn Rodríguez and Angie Cruz

Donation: $35

Bring your apron, pen, paper and lots of interest to learn something new… and impress your mom on Mother’s Day or any other day with your new vegetarian cooking skills.

Spaces are limited… so please visit the event in FaceBook and click GOING so we know how many people are interested.

For more information, please call 787-273-0236 or email me at karmafreecooking{at}yahoo{dot}com.

KarmaFree Cooking’s 2nd Cooking Class – February 1, 2014

29 Jan

We had so much fun during our 1st ever KarmaFree Cooking class…. that we’re doing it all over again.  

Our second class is all about LOVE…  Loving yourself first thru food.  These are recipes perfect to make just for yourself, to make for someone special or even for a crowd.  Please join us this coming Saturday, February 1 at the Centro Cultural Yoga Devanand in Caparra Terrace, Puerto Rico.

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I am building the menu as I type…  so please bear with me and trust it’ll be a delicious and easy to make menu.

The course will be given in SPANISH.  But if someone interested has limited Spanish knowledge, please let us know and we could make arrangements for those interested.

This is a practical course, you will get your hands dirty and cook alongside me and Angie.  Please bring an apron, pen and paper to take notes.  You’ll leave with a copy of the recipes so you can replicate them with confidence at home.

When: Saturday, February 1, 2014

Time:  9:30AM to 12noon

Where: Centro Cultural Yoga Devanand, Caparra Terrace, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contribution: $35

Limited seating for up to 15 students…  so please click on the link and reserve your space today.  You can call 787-273-0236 for more information.  Or email me at karmafreecooking{at}yahoo{dot}com.

Te esperamos…

Yautía Fritters

27 Dec

I learned to make these fritters from Mili at the Yoga Center. She was always a champion of having something fried in our Saturday menus…

I have always been a great fan of anything fried, but to be honest, never made these yautía fritters myself. So why in the world did I want to include them as part of a Cooking Class menu??? Beats me…

So I had to prepare fast, real fast to make a recipe that I could replicate time and time again, and that it tasted as good as Mili’s always did. Thank goodness yautías and most viandas are on sale during Xmas because they’re used in so many typical recipes.

Frituras Yautia - INgredients

Here are the results… I hope you enjoy them as much as the cooking class students did.

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YAUTÍA FRITTERS

2 medium sized yautías, peeled and cut into small pieces
1 green banana, peeled and cut into small pieces
3 tbs sofrito
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and cut into smaller pieces
1 tsp salt
1 tbs olive oil
Sprinkling of paprika
Frying oil – Grapeseed oil or Canola Oil
  1. Add all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until you create a puree.
  2. With a spatula, scrape off the sides of the bowl of the food processor to make sure all the mix is evenly pureed.
  3. Using a skillet with about ½ inch of oil over medium high heat, fry the fritters creating small mounds with 2 spoons.
  4. When they’re golden brown on both sides, transfer them to a plate with paper towel to soak up any extra oil.

Processing Frituras yautia

These fritters are easy… and delicious. You can make them in a cinch. Perfect for an impromptu parranda. They taste like an alcapurria without the filling.

Masa Frituras Yautia

When we were making them at the cooking class, Angie told me if we had left a bit of the soy filling from the yuca pastelón, we could’ve demonstrated how this masa works for an alcapurrias too.

Coquito Ice Cream

25 Dec

I have been meaning to make an ice cream using my Coquito recipe for years… but recently I asked my mom for her ice cream maker and I have become a frozen dessert maniac.

I educated myself on making ice creams… proportions, flavors, textures. And the best ice creams always included some sort of egg component. And as you know, eggs are no-no’s in KarmaFree Cooking. I was willing to give this project a few tries, but making Coquito takes a few steps and I didn’t want to be wasteful.

I struck gold when I took my ice cream making inquiries to a Facebook group we have – the Serious Eats Water Cooler. There a few friends introduced me to Max Falkowitz, an ice cream guru who’s also part of the editorial team at Serious Eats. Between his recommendations and my friend Jerzee Tomato’s input, I came up with a brilliant combination of texture and smoothness.

Create a custard… without using eggs and mix in the Coquito. Genius!!! The Coquito has fat from the coconut milk, evaporated and condensed milks so all you need to do is add some more to the custard.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!   My mom was in awe when she tried it…  as has been each and every person who has tasted it after that.  This was a home run!

Coquito Ice Cream


COQUITO ICE CREAM

2 cups of my Coquito Recipe
1 ¼ cups half and half
2 tsp cornstarch
½ cup brown sugar

First we need to create the components… you can make a batch of Coquito first and then make the cornstarch custard.

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add 1 cup of half and half and sugar. Add the cornstarch to the remaining ¼ cup half and half. Whisk well to create a slurry and while whisking, add to the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Whisk or stir constantly using a wooden spoon to avoid any lumps while the mixture thickens. It’ll take about 5-6 minutes. The custard is done when it coats the back of a wooden spoon and when you run a finger thru it, the sides of custard will not get back together.
  3. It may look a tad loose, but it’ll thicken in the fridge while it cools.
  4. Transfer the custard to a heatproof bowl or even a glass measuring cup and chill in the fridge at least 2-3 hours. I place a plastic film over the custard to avoid it creating a film on top. You can do this even a few days in advance if you want. Just like making the Coquito in advance.
  5. When you’re ready to assemble the ice cream, in a pitcher bring together 2 cups of Coquito and the cornstarch custard, which should measure just a tad more than 1 cup. Mix well to combine and add to your ice cream maker. Churn 25-30 minutes according to your ice cream machine’s instructions.
  6. Transfer to a container to freeze in the freezer for about 2 hours before serving. It’s delicious right off the ice cream maker… but it’s at its best after a few hours in the freezer.
  7. When you’re about to serve it… leave it a few minutes at room temperature before scooping.

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The end result is a smooth, spicy and creamy ice cream that feels as rich as any premium ice cream around.

Merry Xmas, Happy Holidays and may 2014 be filled with lots of blessings.

KarmaFree Cooking’s 1st Cooking Class

2 Dec

By popular demand!!!!

KarmaFree Cooking will offer its 1st ever official cooking class, this coming Saturday, December 7 at the Centro Cultural Yoga Devanand in Caparra Terrace, Puerto Rico.

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Together with my friend Angie, I will be offering the class featuring a traditional Xmas menu classics with a vegetarian twist.  The holidays need not be celebrated by harming anyone or anything…

 

Our class menu will consist of:

  • Arroz con Gandules / Rice with Pigeon Peas
  • Pastelón de Yuca Cruda / Raw Yuca Pastelón – It’s the flavors of a pastel, but in a much easy to make format
  • Green Salad with Delicious Dressing that will have everyone craving more raw foods…
  • Frituras de Yautía / Yautía Fritters - it’s like an alcapurria, without the filling
  • Tembleque – the holidays easiest dessert, and vegan to boot!!
  • Rosemary Almonds – Perfect for a snack for yourself or to give away!

 

Course will be given in SPANISH.  But if someone interested has limited Spanish knowledge, please let us know and we could make arrangements for those interested.

This is a practical course, you will get your hands dirty and cook alongside me and Angie.  Please bring an apron, pen and paper to take notes.  You’ll leave with a copy of the recipes so you can replicate them with confidence at home.

 

When: Saturday, December 7, 2013

Where: Centro Cultural Yoga Devanand, Caparra Terrace, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contribution: $35

 

Limited seating for up to 15 students…  so please click on the link and reserve your space today.  You can call 787-273-0236 for more information.  Or email me at karmafreecooking{at}yahoo{dot}com.

Te esperamos…

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