I hold a 100% plant-based gluten-free cooking workshop at Scotts Valley today! We had a lot of fun cooking together. Here' the menu!
☆ Demi-glace sauce
☆ Mushroom demi-glace stew
☆ Barley rice with lotus seeds
☆ Oil-free vegan butter
☆ Beets & apple salad
☆ Matcha & Mugwort mousse
☆ Amazake (alcohol-free)
Demi-glace sauce is a classic condensed brown sauce of French cuisine. It usually served as an accompaniment for meat. This rich & flavorful sauce often takes a full day to make. First, you roast the veal bones and veggies; then you simmer all together with herbs in the big pot for a half day... But, my gluten-free vegan recipe, it takes about 15 min. to make, and you can keep it in the refrigerator for a month. I always keep this stock because I can use it in many ways. When I am in a hurry, I can create a delicious brown stew within 20 min. For the workshop, we made mushroom demi-glace stew.
To accompany the stew, we cooked barley & rice with lotus seeds. Since we are currently in the season of spring, I used barely to help rejuvenate liver. According to the five element theory from traditional Chinese medicine, spring is related to the wood element, and it governs liver and gallbladder. So, it is imperative to take care of these organs. If your liver is healthy, it will keep the balance of your whole body and build the sturdy foundation for summer. All the green vegetables such as broccoli, parsley, lettuce, kale, brussels sprouts are good to your liver. The reason I added the lotus seeds in the rice is that they have a lot of anti-aging enzymes...
As for dessert, I made a matcha & mugwort mousse. Although matcha is packed with antioxidants, I added a bit of mugwort powder since it is used as a liver tonic to remove impurities from the blood. In California, you can buy dried mugwort at the organic grocery store. So you can make mugwort tea. If you can't find it, you can use nettle instead. Nettle is used as a natural allergy relief remedy, it has a lot of medicinal benefits as well, Whenever I find the fresh nettle at farmer's market, I grab them. I usually sautée them with a bit of olive oil seasoned with salt & pepper.
By rejuvenating our liver, we can tune up the condition of our wood energy. So, we can move our life upward while anchoring our feet to the roots just like a tree. I hope we are fully ready to embrace the energy of wood & move forward with a healthy vision! 🌳🌳🌳
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