Christmas Menu Workshop 6th & 7th December
Christmas Menu Workshop 6th & 7th December 11.00 a.m. to 3.00p.m.
In the past months I have had clients who came to see me who have recently been diagnosed with various types of cancer. Prostate, brain, breast and cervical and there hardly seems to be a family who is not affected by this disease.
Education on prevention of cancer will not come from Governments or the Medical Profession, they chose their wealth over your health. Truly winning the so called ‘war’ on cancer requires individual responsibility for our food choices; as long as we wait for the next pharmaceutical breakthrough or genetic engineering miracle to save us, we won’t use the considerable power we already posses to end this scourge. The answer lies at the end of your fork.
I have been teaching these clients how to ‘veganize’ their meals and every one of them loved the wholefood, plant based dishes they created and enjoyed with me. However, sometimes many people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable – this refers to cognitive dissonance. Because it is important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with their core belief.
This is particularly true when evidence that a meat and dairy based diet is the cause of many cancers, heart disease, digestive problems, diabetes, obesity and a host of other illness’s including arthritis, lupus and all other inflammatory diseases
At this time of year with the Christmas Season looming, people who eat a healthy diet get frightened. They wonder how to socialize with friends and how to prepare a meal in their home with the food they are now eating. Wholefood Plant Based Foods are the way to go for health. There is no question about that. So if you want to ‘ditch’ the high fat meat, dairy and sugar diets, come along and learn how to prepare a feast using all natural healthy ingredients.
My Christmas dinners are the healthiest, most vegetarian-like meals people eat all year long. Roasted and creamy mashed sweet potatoes, a mushroom bread stuffing, baked butternut and squash, cranberries, a variety of green vegetables, parsnips and other delicious root vegetables roasted to caramelize their sugars. Classic nut roast with onion gravy, puff pastry pies and strudels, carrot cake, banana & almond ice cream.
I make all of these delicious tasting dishes for the holiday season and also my chocolate truffles are to die for!! It’s fun to have ‘holiday’ food, that’s what celebrations are for. Enjoying the season is hugely important to me and I cook food and make special desserts at this time of the year. Mr. Tara even makes the most awesome Christmas cake (his secret recipe) that he won’t share with me!!
There is absolutely no need to fall off the cliff just because it’s Christmas, you can still enjoy delicious mouth watering healthy food. Here is a delicious holiday dessert to tempt your taste buds. Enjoy.
Poached Pears with Creamy Hazelnut Sauce
2 sweet pears
1 cup of organic apple juice + ½ cup of filtered water
1 vanilla pod
1 tbsp kuzu or arrowroot
2-3 tsp maple syrup
2-3 tsp hazelnut butter
Peel and wash the pears, leave the stalk intact. Bring the apple juice and water to the boil with the vanilla pod. Place the pears in the liquid, cover and cook until tender. Remove the pears from the pan and keep warm. Take the vanilla pod from the pot and using a sharp knife slice along the centre. Remove the vanilla paste and stir back into the hot liquid. Add the hazelnut butter and maple syrup to the liquid and blend with a hand whisk. Mix the kuzu or arrowroot into a paste with 1 tablespoon of water and stir into the boiling liquid. On a low heat use a whisk and stir until the liquid thickens. Place the pear in a shallow bowl and pour the sauce over the top. Apples also work well with this recipe.
I look forward to seeing many of you in December.
In good health