Last Sunday we organized a Vegetarian Festival at the Yoga Center. It is the first Vegetarian festival of 2011 and the first one celebrated on a Sunday.
My friend Tania had a dream… she dreamt we did this kind of Festival on a Sunday, more people would come and try more of all the foods we offer. We usually celebrate these Festivals on Saturday nights, but people sometimes are not too fond of eating so much food at 9PM at night.
We have been doing these Festivals for a long, long time. It’s a way for the Yoga Center to demonstrate:
- how varied and delicious Vegetarian food can be
- the cooking talents of our Yoga Cooking Team
Usually people just bring in any dish they want to share along with the whole crowd. It’s our own vegetarian version of a pot luck dinner. It’s just a HUGE pot luck dinner featuring usually 15+ dishes, plus salads, natural juices and desserts.
Here is a round-up of all the dishes featured in this latest version of our Vegetarian Festival:
Onion Rice made by my Mom
Baked Rice with Spinach, Mushrooms, Pecans and Cheese aka Arroz Kristina made by me
Chipa Guazú made by our friend from Paraguay, Ester
Vegetable Lo-Mein made by Manolo and Jesús
Roasted Potatoes with Spices by Mili
Sun-dried tomatoes Stuffed Mushrooms made by me
Breaded Eggplants made by Tania
BacalaFREEtos – made with some leftover batter from the fried eggplants inside the Lo-Mein
Pizza Pastelillitos made by Yazmín
We featured 2 different soups…
Roasted Plantain Soup made by Tania
Rice and Bean Soup with Smoked Veggie “Ham” made by Carmen G.
We had a green salad served with 2 different dressings and a natural Juice made with passion fruit, kiwi and other citric fruits.
And 3 desserts…
Candied Coconut (Dulce de Coco) made by Cony
Carrot Dessert with Raisins made by María Rosa
Walnut Cake with Candied Walnuts on top made by Rosani, our resident Master Baker…
Well… the Sunday plan was a complete hit. Dreams actually DO COME TRUE, right Tania?? We had 50+ people visit our center, some of them for the first time. It’s so gratifying to cook for a crowd and to see how the food would fly away and the trays be completely empty is a real joy.
I include some links to several recipes I have already shared with you. Click on them so you can enjoy them right away. And over the next few weeks I will be sharing some new the recipes I have learned from the star chefs in this Vegetarian Festival.
If you live in Puerto Rico, or close to our Yoga Centers in NYC/Queens or Miami Beach, I hope this display of photos make you hunger and come over to our next Vegetarian Festival. OK?? Just stay tuned to the Centro Cultural Yoga Devanand FaceBook Page were we usually post all our activities… It’s in Spanish, but you’ll enjoy it all the same.