Monday, September 13, 2010

Raw Junk Food Class

On Saturday I had a raw junk food class for my Montclair Vegans meetup group. It was a lot of work and I started preparing for it on Thursday. I had a lot of fun though, and everyone that attended seemed to enjoy it. My friends Karen and Jessica helped me with cleaning and passing out the food, and I don't know how I would have been able to do it without them.

In the middle of the class, my cat Schroeder threw up. I ran through the crowd and caught the vomit on paper towels. No one seemed to mind though. They were all concerned that he wasn't feeling well. Schroeder's always had a bit of a queasy tummy. He's been throwing up often since he was a tiny little lad (he's almost 13 now), and the vet has never found anything that could be causing it.

Anyway, back to the class... I started out with raw pizza. I made sesame sunflower bread ahead of time for the crust, and I marinaded mushrooms ahead of time too. In class I made sunflower seed cheese and marina sauce. I also topped the pizza off with some chopped olives, red bell pepper and basil.

Then I made sunburgers. I showed how to make thim in the class, but I dehydrated a big batch ahead of time. I also made ketchup and spicy jicama fries.

Raw tacos are one of my favorite things to make. The meat is made with sunflower seeds and sun-dried tomatoes, and then the tacos are topped with salsa, guacamole and cashew cheese. (Everyone LOVED the cashew cheese.) Lettuce leaves are used as taco shells.

I ended the class by making chocolate mousse pie for dessert. I made the crust with almonds, coconut and dates. The filling is made with dates, avocados and raw cacao powder.

My next class will feature cooked foods. My friend Jenna and I will be making meals that focus on healthy, plant-based proteins. We're also going to teach a Thanksgiving cooking class in November. If you're in the area, join Montclair Vegans to find out more about them or to sign up.

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