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The Yoga of Service in the Kitchen: Vegetarian Cooking from the Heart

Leslie in Apppllo's organic Garden

July 26, 2019; 1-2PM; Leslie will be presenting this workshop at Blessfest, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Come learn how to mix and match the local organic harvest of vegetables and herbs to make flavorful, quick and easy vegetarian meals that will enhance your life and energy with Organic Chef Leslie Cerier. The dishes from this workshop will be donated to the local Food Bank following the workshop and ingredients also sourced from local producers.

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Recipe for a Vegan Client & Product

This is George. He came to me as a client wanting to create a vegan product. He brought his “oat almond cinnamon date” topping that he wanted me to help him perfect. After talking to George and getting an idea of what he was looking for we went into my kitchen to fine tune the recipe. There he pulled out all the ingredients he brought for me to use to make a tastier, crunchier vegan raw topping.

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Teaching the Art of the Stir Fry

Teaching How to Make Stir Fry Tempeh and Vegetables in a cooking class

Demonstrating how to make an Asian stir fry tempeh with vegetables in one of my hands on vegetarian cooking classes. First, melt virgin coconut oil, Next add your spices: grated ginger and chopped garlic. Add and stir in a tablespoon of tamari and mirin (sweet rice cooking wine) or maple syrup along with slices of tempeh. Once the pan dries, add some water for a juicy, flavorful dish. Next add colorful vegetables like carrots, green cabbage, and celery. In my cooking classes, I teach that you can change the combination of seasonal vegetables all year long for infinite varieties of tasty Asian vegetable stir fry dishes. I also offer cooking tips for you to invent your own recipe variations. Once you understand which ingredients go in first, second and third, you can design your own stir fries based on your local harvest. Eat well and have fun.

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Waffles

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Teff Gluten Free Delicious Waffles

Serves: Makes 2 large 4 square waffles; serves 2-4

Teff is a super food. Paired with cocoa and dark chocolate, these waffles are loaded with iron, calcium, and magnesium just to mention a few benefits. I like to add a little maca and lucuma to enhance my super powers. Don’t have them on hand? No worries. Substitute teff flour! Note: These are totally fun to eat with your hands.

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Teaching How to Make Minestrone

Minestrone, teaching how to make organic, delicious minestrone in cooking classes

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.

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