In this hands-on, vegetarian cooking class, gourmet organic chef, teacher, and cookbook author Leslie Cerier presents the playful art of mix and match with the bounty from our local harvest. In the process of cooking and eating our lunch, discover whole foods that are pleasurable, delicious, health-enhancing, and nutritious.
Luscious summer salad feast! With fresh salad green and edible flowers, looks like a delicious party in every bite. You can add feta or chevre, edamame, sauteed tempeh hemp seeds, or marinated beans and pasta are some quick and easy sources of vegetarian and vegan proteins. Continue reading →
Organic Vegetable and Cheese Omelette with edible flowers. A summer treat for brunch made with fresh organic kale, thyme, marjoram, nasturtiums and borage flowers from my garden. Bunching onions & yellow summer squash from my organic CSA, the Brookfield Farm; grass raised organic eggs and goat feta from the Amherst Farmers Market, and from my birthday lunch yesterday from my daughter, Michelle and our local coop, some incredible goat cheese from Vermont. All these ingredients plus lots of love and slow cooking take this over the top. Savor and enjoy every delicious bite!
Treating noodles like a slab of bread, topped with pesto and served with a garden fresh salad for a delicious lunch. Some pesto’s are thin; some are oily and others like a sauce. My pesto is thick, more like a spread, a dip and of course yummy on pasta. Today, I made a Vegan Pesto from organic garden fresh kale and wild fresh nettles that was plentiful in my garden. I also added some fresh organic basil, hemp seeds, walnuts, garlic scapes, virgin olive oil and ume vinegar. I love nuts and seeds, and have made pesto with almonds, sunflower seeds and even hazelnuts. Hemp seeds and walnuts pack a wallop of omega 3’s healthy fats. Hemp seeds are a complete protein, high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, a super food. The garden fresh salad with nasturtiums and some local goat feta creates a delicious gluten free, vegetarian rainbow lunch.
For my Spice it Up, Creative Cooking with Herbs and Spices hands on Vegetarian Cooking class, March 17, 2019, we created a twist on a classic minestrone. Using a little strip of tasty and mineral rich dulse sea vegetable, a pinch of organic saffron and organic bay leaves to simmer and flavor the lentils. Once the lentils began to soften, we added organic grated sweet potatoes, sliced onions and potatoes. When the vegetables were tender, we added organic diced tomatoes, water, sea salt and fresh chopped rosemary and dried herbs: oregano, basil, thyme, and fresh ground black peppercorns. Turned off the heat. Added a handful of organic quinoa macaroni to expand and cook from the residual heat. Eco- cooking tip! We went on to cook up another dish, the curried lentil and vegetable dish cooked in Leslie’s chai.