Our second cooking workshop at 5 Lorette was molto divertente!
We held an Italian-themed evening, complete with Canzone Italiana and Italianised names. From now on, call me Maria Carla, and Ann, Valentina 🙂 .
Why Italiano? Well, we do love a challenge, and Italian has to be one of the trickiest cuisines to turn vegan and gluten-free. We can all agree that pizza, pasta and all that jazz is mega delicious. But, when you overdo it (which you inevitably do because of the tomato-y, creamy, chewy deliciousness), you end up in an almighty food coma.
We put our thinking caps on and started to ponder how to health-ify classic Italian ingredients. Instead of mascarpone, we used blended cashew nuts with maple syrup and coconut oil. Instead of hefty white flour pasta, we used a gluten-free version. And in place of lashings and lashings of oil and parmesan in the pesto sauce, we used cashew nuts. (Yes, we use cashew nuts in pretty much everything! And why ever not?)
Judging by the clean plates and happy faces all round, it worked pretty well!
We had participants take part in the cooking, choosing our lovely assistants by asking trivia questions about Italy, and having the winners come up and help us put together our colourful dishes.
They all left the workshop with full tummies, recipes in hand, and hopefully some extra random knowledge about Italy!
We love to share our passion for plant-based cooking with others, so holding these workshops is a perfect fit for us. Plus we’ve noticed that more and more people are interested in broadening their cooking horizons to include healthy, seasonal, plant-based food, which can only be a good thing!
Our next workshop at 5Lorette will be on Tuesday 13th December at 7.30pm. It’s going to be Christmas-themed, of course, and if you’ve been good this year, we might just show you how to make the most delicious vegan cookies known to man.
And now for one of our famous healthy Italiano recipes:
For 2 people
p.s. Check out the menu for our special Christmas bash – doesn’t it just fill you with joy? Do join us!