Posts Tagged ‘vegan cookery’

Nutrition Workshops Update

April 11, 2014

Kitchen Buddy’s upcoming Nutrition workshops plus Raw Chocolate: Healthy chocolate for weight-loss! History & medicinal powers.

Wild Food Foraging Walk & Lunch @Hither Green Festival Week on Saturday 24th May. Info & tickets here: http://ourhithergreen.com/

Smoothies and Raw Chocolate at the London Vegan Fair on 17th August. Info http://www.vegancampaigns.org.uk/festival/stalls.html

Also, locally at the Cat’s Protection League Fair on Sun 22nd June TBC

St Dunstan’s Craft Fair 21st June TBC.

 

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Winter Warmer; Bowl of Plenty

January 30, 2014

If 2012-3 was the year for sexy (super) vegan soups, then this is my year for the ‘Winter Warmer Bowl of Plenty’, so named as it has evolved from using the first few ingredients to hand and one pot (plus steamer) for factors of speed and simplicity in after-dinner clearing\washing up.

My Bowls of Plenty are formed by a good combination with a legume and a grain + assorted veg + seasonings = BOP. Ideal for when you don’t want to eat off a plate as there is not a strong structure to the food itself. It suits eating quite simply by fork \ spoon \ chop sticks.

Cookery – is I’ve discovered, a living subject, our choices matter, they affect future wants and demands. I simply can’t face soup this year, unless made by a friend either at home or in a restaurant. Largely I suspect because 12 months ago it was the year that I made soup relentlessly, one by one until I couldn’t make any more (from what I enjoy).  So now, it is the turn for bowls full of whole-foods, in their natural, solid state.

Tonight I made a ‘Shepherdess’  Pie and used Black beans, in place of the Green Lentil, lending this a South American (Brazilian) twist.

Also my top favourites are: Quinoa & butternut + sumac, Quinoa & asparagus + ume plum vinegar, brown rice & kidney beans \ lentils.shep pie base 2 Shep pie 1 Cauli & Asparagus Bowl of plenty quinoa & bean bowl winter shrubs and walnut milkshakes 019

Glastonbury Festival

July 6, 2013

Bernadette & Eddie canapes camping dahl 1 falafel pancake burger fresh curry leaves glasto amy glasto bean stew and quinoa glasto cabbage salad glasto kitchen glasto kitchen1 pancake 2 persephone salad tomcucsalad2I became a volunteer Priestess for a week at the Glastonbury Festival to support Her Temple, Goddess\Priestess space from Kingston and Shakti Sings Choir. My role involved feeding Bernadette’s family & friends\the Goddess\Yoga\Chanting workshop leaders during the week.

On Monday morning, musician Carl Davies, the Choir Saxophonist and drummer from Bob Hillary and the Massive Mellow and I met up at his East London home. We put our camping gear in a big old trunk on top of the car and set off with Mine and Emma (from S.S. Choir). A few hrs later, on the journey down, we passed Stonehenge, which almost seemed to rise up and appearing from out of the motorway into view, a beautiful stone sight. We stopped for a shared picnic lunch at a service station (Brown rice salad, turkish olives, grapes…) and sat at a table beneath pink Rhodedendrons and pine trees.  [In the car park we noticed a car (presumably which had once parked in a disabled bay area) had been ‘tagged’ with graffiti in large letters on the boot: “stupidity is optional disability is not. Keep out of (our) bays”!  Morale: don’t even consider parking in a disabled bay area….

We moved on and several hrs later, arrived at the festival site, rather tired but waiting to set up. Time approx 4pm. We were in the wrong car park – map showed all areas accept where we wanted to go to… so after talking to the wardens, we drove off again to find a closer entrance to our Blue Gate B. half hr later and we found the country lanes leading to a field, where we parked and partly unloaded. We enquired about equipment collection and realised that I’d have to take all my things to the checking in point. However, the bus\transport\buggy going from Worthy Farm end to the site itself where I needed to be, right then, had already gone, so I made the way down the hill and ‘muddy lane’ for half hr, with my luggage. I arrived at Her Temple Goddess domes just after 6pm (by which point, dinner was already due). I put my things down and began to prepare a group meal: Sheperd-less pie (with sweet potatoes which were at another part of the site, so replaced with regular and packet mix at the ready) with lentils and vegetables, to the sound of Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons, which we all enjoyed.

The area was so packed with tents of different shapes and sizes (white domes for Her Temple), Tee Pees and music tents, that there was no space to pitch my own tent and Goddess workshop leader\Harpist Camille offered a place in her type of bell tent – large enough for space for 3 of us inc Abhijeeta (yogi…). That night, we felt cold, despite of our layers & socks; mental note for more of both the next night.  Prior to sleeping however, we went up to the Tee-Pee field, where all the £1k p\wk residential T-Ps were, resembling a film set; quite surreal to have so many in one place at one time. But the sauna baked us for 20 mins and we showered off in freezing water in the darkness. The view of distant lights, like another town, but not.

Wed and Beatles music played whilst prepping lunch; fresh salads & crackers. Enjoyed a relaxing womb workshop with Abhijeeta & harp & chanting with Camille in the main dome. Dinner: Lentil & Spinach Dahl. Great face painting! For the opening ceremony and during the week, a talented team of artistes painted our faces with stencils in pretty designs. Extra dinner to the artistes: “Sustenance; just 2 mouthfuls and my energy fells revived” (the 1st of many compliments from happy diners).

Wow the opening ceremony! What an eve! Shakti Sings rocked the field of 4,000 revellers, seated on the ground and sang songs of freedom, earth guardianship and love… the songs play through my mind continually … The choir all dressed in red, complete with headdresses and I sat with the band of Bob Hillary and the Massive Mellow to play a shaker during the percussion parts. We sang, danced and chanted our way and the choir mistresses did their stuff brilliantly; susie, sue and sophia all engaging the crowd and enlivening the hillsides. We mingled with the crowds and another band started up; full brass and drummers and kept our risen spirits up. Later the phoenix fire was lit and fireworks spelled out LOVE with a nice display over the stone circle. Angeli & I chanted the rainbow gathering pheonix song: “We are rising up, like a phoenix from the fire, brothers and sisters, spread your wings & fly higher….” My favourite bits… Having my warm green blanket to go inside my sleeping bag (gift from a Buddhafield friend). Wearing a large, warm, pretty scarf; a gift from my sister. Thank you face painters for decorating my face for performances\ceremonies 3 days in a row with beautiful designs.

 

We were in a great Green Futures field, with good music (Turks Tubans twice, Formidable VSS pre LPF gig and Bob Hillary, SS Choir etc). Late night dancing til 2pm  – early rising for breakfast prep – fruit salads, cereals, bread, crackers etc, followed by Goddess meetings and lunch prep. Xanthe Gresham arrived on Saturday and we made a Chilli supper. Her vibrant storytelling workshop was about Baba Yaba & the Virgin (Mary) from Mexico and we loved to hear about her travels and strange tales. This was about growing up, faith & trust and recognising the generations of woman hood. The story involved audience participation and was enthralling. To delve into her own family, she brought her artifacts from her own grandmother (Mabs) and shared about her life – she’d lived in nearby Sydenham. She handed round photos and a set of knitting needles (size 9) on which to knit a bit in her honour. She handed us cut out paper leaves, on which to write messages to our dead relatives, to make a tree dressing ceremony. We clipped the leaves to a Mary Poppins style umberella and she span it round to confirm our thoughts & wishes.

The Penguin Cafe band played at the Avalon Stage. They played great music, classical folk like with my childhood favourites from Radio 4. They played rousing numbers but the audience stood stock still (must have been used to seeing them at concert halls); I must have been one of 3 dancing. In 5 Rhythms, we’re taught to move, dance and breathe continually, even at the slightest sound, so to stand still was not an option! It was ideal music to dance to but they weren’t having any of it.  2 Penguin Masked women threw free gift things out into the audience, though none came to where I was standing. Backstage, after the show, I met the tall Penguin lady who gave me a handful of red rubber wristbands for free music downloads.

The gardens: There were beautiful garden and planting areas; in the Healing Field particularly, were small areas dedicated to the elements: air, water, fire and earth.  The Earth and Water gardens were so lovely and made me smile at the creativity behind the designs, planting and minature beds, created temporarily for just a week. The bedding plants and shrubs, were all in bloom and bordered by woven tree stems eg like willow, but of a different tree. This divided the areas and made calm spaces in which to sit, lie, relax… The water area had the addition of ponds, created by large colourful (in turquoise) pottery bowls, sunk into the soil and bordered by flowers and a colourful clay\earth mound shape, covered in pink, white and turquoise squares, to make a very peaceful area. It was beautiful to be there; woven trees bordered the area and animal shapes created and filled in with fabric and ribbon; dragon flies on the sides and 2 enormous swans meeting head to head, at the entrance – white wings, orange beaks and deep black eyes. Within this were several other ponds, sculptures more flowers blooming and a small bench to sit at to admire it all.

Further along towards Avalon area, were old wooden palettes cut to resemble flowers, planted with pretty flowers – a flower vertical wall, a living sculpture.

The small container garden section was a shop sharing the ease of gardening in v.small spaces; sprouting seeds, nasturtiums and all sorts of veg were growing out of mini tin cans (like a tin for tuna) which we were given for the kitchen and others grown in large ornamental shoes, bras (plants in the cups!) and any old attractive container, in a glass fronted cupboard and along the shelves. I collected some edible nasturtium flowers and fresh herbs from the objects hanging on the fences.