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A Plant Based Christmas Cooking Class

A Plant Based Christmas Cooking Class

We had a wonderful day at The Rocks Venue in November for my cooking class ‘A Plant Based Christmas’. Sharing my passion for cooking plant based food is my favourite thing to do! Knowing that people enjoy my food and learn something new is an amazing feeling.

The menu:

  • Buckwheat Tarts with smoked cashew cheese & asparagus
  • Nut Roast
  • Quinoa tabbouleh
  • Strawberry ‘no cheese’ cake

 

Thank you to everyone who came today and to Alex & Mike for opening up your home and venue for us. It was a privilege to spend the day with you all; sharing, laughing, cooking, learning, connecting and of course eating!

There would’ve been some happy tummies this Christmas 😋

If you’d like to come to my next class, check out my events and book in quick! It’s on 11th January at Pathua Lodge. We’ll be cooking up recipes from my latest eBook ‘Get Set for Summer’. Click the link below:

A Taste Of Summer

 

 

 

Kids In The Kitchen

Kids In The Kitchen

Last week we decided to make some sweet treats; peanut butter & chocolate cups. They’re absolutely delicious and very moreish. I’m sure the kids ate more peanut butter & chocolate while they were making them!

This is something the kids can pretty much do by themselves, apart from melting the chocolate as they can’t reach the microwave.
They love the feeling of responsibility and accomplishment of doing it by themselves. As long as you’re prepared for lots of chocolatey mess, spoon licking, double dipping and a messy finished product; you’ll enjoy it as much as they do.

Here’s the recipe:

Makes 22 cups

You’ll need:

* A million spoons
* Several cloths to wash with
* Lots of patience
* Self restraint so as not to interfere

Ingredients:

* 3 cups dairy free dark chocolate chips melted (I use 70% Ghana gallets from vetro)
* 3/4 cup peanut butter (I use smooth. You might not use this much, but the kids will eat it as they go!)

Method:

* Line 2 muffin trays with silicone muffin cups
* Spoon 2-3 teaspoons of melted chocolate into each muffin cup. Try to spread it out as evenly as possible
* Place the trays in the fridge or freezer until solid (this will only take 10 minutes max)
* Spoon a teaspoon or as much as they like of peanut butter onto the solid chocolate (spread it out a little)
* Cover the peanut butter with the rest of the melted chocolate (try to cover all the peanut butter, but it really doesn’t matter)
* Place the trays into the fridge or freezer until set (again this will only take 10 minutes max. Enough time to wash hands, legs, faces, chairs, table 😂)

Then pop them out of the muffin cups and eat!

Store them in an airtight container either in the fridge or freezer for as long as they last. I suggest stashing some at the back of the fridge for yourself 😂

* If you can’t do peanut butter, use a chia jam instead *

 

Christmas Sale – summer eBook

Christmas Sale – summer eBook

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 🎄

Are you all set? Got all your gifts? 🎁

If you’re buying for someone who needs some plant based deliciousness in their lives, or you need some; I’m giving you the chance to buy my new summer eBook ‘Get Set for Summer’ for only $25 👏 Just use the code ‘Christmas’ at the checkout.

It’s a meal plan and cookbook all in one! 👏

It’s packed with 40 quick, delicious and vibrant plant based recipes, which will ease you into plant based cooking and get you set for summer! 😋🏖🌞

Treat your family and friends to a feast this Christmas and summer season with my BBQ Jack fruit burgers which everyone loves. Or be the talk of the table with my fresh freekah salad & pea felafel!

Get it here ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Hurry this offer is available for 1 week only!

https://simonesplantbased.kitchen/product/get-set-for-summer-meal-plan-cook-book/

Easy tray pancakes

Easy tray pancakes

Weekends are for pancakes!

Most kids love pancakes, but if like me you hate standing at the stove for 30 minutes flipping them and listening to the kids screaming ‘are they ready yet?’ This recipe is for you.

It’s so easy, just mix, pour and bake. Everyone gets to eat at the same time and your not standing around for ages….win, win!

I didn’t have any yogurt this morning so we just had ours with rice syrup. You can use whatever fruit you have too. Plus you can change up the flours to any you prefer.

Enjoy 😊

Ingredients:

2 flax eggs (14g ground flax seed and 10g water)

2 ripe bananas

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup organic rice syrup (plus extra for serving)

3/4 cup organic buckwheat flour

1 cup organic wholemeal flour

2 1/4 cups soy milk (or any plant milk you like)

1 1/2 cups mixed frozen berries

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Line a square 10 inch pan with baking paper

* In your thermomix or food processor add:

2 flax eggs – mix gently for a few seconds and leave it to thicken for a minute while you get the other ingredients ready

* Add in the bananas, vanilla, cinnamon, rice syrup if using and baking powder. Blend until smooth; around 10 seconds

* Add buckwheat flour, wholemeal flour, soy milk and blend until combined

* Add berries and mix gently, being careful not to break up the berries

* Pour into lined tray and tap it on the bench to ensure the mixture is even

* Bake on the top shelf for 20-25 mins. The top should be nice and brown and the berries gently bursting

* Leave to cool for 5 minutes before slicing

* Serve with fresh fruit, your favourite yogurt and or rice syrup

Breakfast with the opposition

Breakfast with the opposition

I was honored to provide the catering for Paula Bennett’s visit to Inglewood yesterday. If you don’t know who she is, she’s the deputy leader of the NZ National Party. They’re currently the opposition to our Labour/coalition government.

It was a wonderful experience, not least because the event was hosted in a shop/event venue called Farmsource. As you can imagine it’s a place where farmers come to buy stock, conduct training and do business. All types of farmers, but the majority are dairy and dry stock farmers. The irony was not lost on me!

There were some looks of anxiety on their faces when they saw there was no meat or dairy for their breakfast, but after the initial shock they tried the food and really enjoyed it.

The breakfast consisted of:

* Chia pots with blueberries and granola. This was made with soy milk rather than coconut milk and sweetened with rice syrup.

* Breakfast burritos with avocado, black beans, green capsicum, tomato, cajun spices and sunflower mayo

* Seedy rye Sourdough bread with apple & onion chutney and blueberry & chia seed jam

I answered lots of questions about the ingredients and the merits of a plant based diet. They were especially interested in why we use minimal oil and reduced sugar. I really enjoyed educating the group and they enjoyed listening. While I got lots of compliments and the sound of ‘mmm’s’ was echoed through the building while they were eating, I know these farmers will not choose a plant based diet. The point is that they tried something new and were surprised that they enjoyed it.

That is all I ask for.

I’m so proud to be the local plant based caterer and voice of change here in Taranaki. I know that many people have tried my food with apprehension and become lovers of plant based foods because of me and for that I am humbled and proud.

If you’d like to order catering or book me to speak at your next event, contact me for a quote. I’d love to help you.

Transitioning workshop

Transitioning workshop

Simone’s Plant Based Cooking Classes are your gateway to creating and eating vibrant, mostly organic and healthy vegan food.

I believe that food should serve your body and mind well. The plant based lifestyle is a way of fueling yourself that is enjoyable, simple and sustainable.

This 3 hour transition class will give you the information, tools, motivation and recipes to start your own journey into discovering plant based foods.

The topics we’ll cover are:

* The science

* What is a plant based diet?

* Discover your why & motivations

* What to eat?

* How to start

* How to include your family

* Recipes

* Shopping lists

* Goal setting & planning
The cost of the workshop is $100 per person and includes:

* A work book with all the information you need, including motivational tips, resources and useful websites.

* My ebook of family friendly recipes (worth $25)

* Nibbles & light dinner
Numbers are limited to 10, so book early as places will fill up fast. Come alone or bring a friend, but you’ll leave with a new community of friendship and support.

It will be held at @the open space in New Plymouth 3pm – 6pm.

Email or call me to book your space.

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