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Veggie Tapas Class at Park Slope Coop

Photo by Ann Avouris

I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be teaching a class at Brooklyn’s Park Slope Coop on February 3 at 7:30 PM. The cost is only $4 which goes towards the materials we’ll be using is is open to non members of the coop a well. Please come and join me for some delicious Spanish dishes you’ll be able to make at home to impress your family and friends.

Veggie Tapas at Home
In this class we’ll see how easy it is to make classic Spanish tapas at home. Tapas generally translates into small plates and we’ll make three delicious vegetarian recipes that will show you methods which you can take and adjust to make your own. We’ll be using traditional Spanish ingredients like Pimentón (paprika), Azafrán (saffron) and Vinagre de Jerez (sherry vinegar).

Tortilla de Patata (Spanish potato omelet) #
Espinacas con Garbanzos (thick stew of spinach and garbanzos) *
Salsa Romesco con Asparagos (red pepper sauce with hazelnuts and almonds served with asparagus) * #

#gluten free

Yoga for Musicians and Artists Presents: Nov. 12-14 Yoga and Yarn for Ladies Only Heartland Retreat

Simple Social Kitchen has teamed up with Yoga for Musicians and Artists for another weekend retreat at  Heartland in beautiful Goshen, NY! This one is for ladies only and will focus on yoga poses that are specific to women’s needs. We’ll also have knitting and crocheting workshops for ladies of all levels interested in making something warm and cozy for the winter.

The vegetarian meals will be :

Dinner 11/12
Vegetable Biryani
Tofu Tiika
Cucumber and Tomato Chaat Salad
Coconut Ladoo

Lunch 11/13
Spinach and Garbanzo Stew
Tempeh BLTs
Lavender Lace Cookies

Dinner 11/13
Mushroom and Herb Tamales
Lime Cilantro Rice
Cumin Beans
Mixed Salad
Pear/Apple Galette with Cinnamon Coconut Cream

Brunch 11/14
Seasonal Fruit Salad
Roasted Root Vegetables
Goat Cheese and Roast Tomato Omelet
Lemon Crepes

(the menu is subject to change based on produce availability and seasonal delights)

Save by Registering Early or With a Friend!
Register by Nov 8: $175 – 225
Register by Nov 1: $160-$210
Register With a Friend by Nov 1: $150-$200 each
(Cost is set at a sliding scale, pay what you can within that range.)

Please email fonlin.nyeu@gmail.com to register

Some knitting/crocheting materials provided for demonstration purposes but please bring your own yarn and needles.  Chunky yarn and large needles are recommended for beginners.

For questions about yarn and needles please contact fonlin.nyeu@gmail.com

Gluten Free Meal Plan Suggestions

Nearly every week I learn of a friend who has been recommended to try a gluten-free diet. Large numbers of people are adversely affected by gluten on some level, and most of them do not have full-blown celiac disease, just a lesser form of gluten intolerance.

Gluten Intolerance is caused by a reaction to the gluten protein found in wheat, and similar proteins found in other grains such as barley and rye. Upon exposure to the protein an enzyme in the digestive system modifies it, and the immune system cross-reacts which causes an inflammatory reaction. That leads to a truncating of the lining of the digestive system and interferes with the absorption of nutrients. The only known effective treatment is a gluten-free diet.

Several grains and starch sources are considered acceptable for a gluten-free diet. The most frequently used are corn, potatoes, rice, and tapioca (derived from cassava). Other grains and starch sources generally considered suitable for gluten-free diets include amaranth, arrowroot, millet, montina, lupin, quinoa, sorghum(jowar), sweet potato, taro, teff, chia seed, and yam. Various types of bean, soybean, and nut flours are sometimes used in gluten-free products to add protein and dietary fiber. In spite of its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat; pure buckwheat is considered acceptable for a gluten-free diet, although many commercial buckwheat products are actually mixtures of wheat and buckwheat flours, and thus not acceptable. Gram flour, derived from chickpeas, is also gluten-free (this is not the same as Graham flour made from wheat).

Below are is a sample meal plan for those who wish to follow a gluten-free diet. It is based on my favorite whole foods principles and full of vegetables and proteins. For those who also follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, a suggested meal plan will be coming for you soon!

B-Gluten Free Muesli and Almond Milk with Fresh Berries
L-Lamb Meatballs with Sautéed Chard and Steamed Brown Rice
D-Quinoa-Vegetable Medley with Roast Sweet Potatoes
B-Spinach Omelet
L-Spaghetti Squash Pasta and Three Bean Chili
D-Herbed Grilled Chicken with Sweet Corn and Cucumber Salad with Red Onion Vinaigrette
B-Gluten-Free Toast with Cashew Butter
L-Ginger Soy Rice Noodles with Shrimp or Tofu and Broccoli
D-Lentil and Brown Rice Mujadarra with Caramelized Onions and Fetoosh Salad
B-Poached Egg and Ratatouille
L-Vegetable Brown Basmati Biryani with Channa Dal
D-Cilantro Lime Snapper and Herbed Brown Rice
B-Savory Corn Grits with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
L-Lentil Salad with Grilled Salmon
D-Lamb Curry and Spicy Chard
B-Herb Scramble
L-Smoked Duck with Orange, Red Onion and Arugula
D-Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
B-Amaranth Porridge with Coconut Milk
L-Tikka Spiced Chicken with Caramelized Onions
D-Gazpacho with Halibut Ceviche

Fall Cooking Class Series

It’s time to start cooking again! Join us for one of these fun and yummy classes in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Space is limited so reserve now! All classes are $40 and from 1-4 PM.   Email: info@simplesocialkitchen.com to register!

Because of the holiday weekend we’re postponing the SSK Basics. New schedule will be posted soon!

October 13, 2010 1-4 PM
Tapas: A Taste Of Spain Everyday
Some of the most exciting modern food trends are coming from Spain, but the basis of the cuisine is bold flavor from basic ingredients. In this class we’ll make some of the classic tapas and their accompanying sauces. We’ll start with some basic food preparation techniques, continue with the demonstration and finish with a feast accompanied by some delicious and affordable Spanish wines.
Suitable for vegetarians and those on a gluten-free diet.
Some of the recipes we’ll prepare are:
• Tortilla de Patata
• Patatas Bravas con Ailioli
• Albondingas (optional depending on dietary restrictions of the group)
• Espinacas con Garbanzos
• Asparagos con Romesco

October 30, 2010 1-4 PM
La Casa Mexicana
Most people I know consider Mexican food to be among their favorites, but are daunted by things more complicated than tacos. It’s not scary! In this class we’ll make tamales, salsas, and an easy vegetarian version of the classic hearty Mexican stew, Pozole. With the techniques you’ll learn in this class you’ll be able to create Mexican classics at home with your own twist! Just in time for Dia de los Muertos!
Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and those on a gluten-free diet.
Recipes will include:
• Tamales- sweet and savory
• Classic Red Mole
• Avocado-Tomatillo Salsa
• Vegetarian Pozole

Yoga for Musicians and Artists Presents: Heartland Retreat

Simple Social Kitchen is thrilled to be partnering with Yoga for Musicians and Artists on another special event. Please join us on July 23rd for a weekend of yoga, meditation, food, drumming and singing in beautiful Campbell Hall, NY.

Yoga for Musicians and Artists is hosting its first retreat weekend and Simple Social Kitchen is providing the menu. Suggested donation for all meals, accomodation, yoga and guided meditation is $150-$200.

The provisional menu will be:


  • Dinner: Tempeh Tacos, Rice and Beans, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Pickled Onions, Mixed Salad with Radish, Carrot, Cucumber, Scallions, Pepitas and Lime Vinaigrette, Fresh Fruit with Mexican Chile


  • Breakfast: Zucchini Muffins, Fruit Salad, Yogurt and Homemade Granola
  • Lunch: Shiitake Summer Rolls, Gazpacho, Quinoa Tabbouleh
  • Dinner: Vegetable Fideua, Asparagus with Romesco, Chopped Salad, Chocolate Tartlets


  • Brunch: Tortilla de Patata, Pan con Tomate, Ratatouille, Fruit Salad

For additional information, check out: http://www.yogaformusiciansandartists.blogspot.com

Or click here to register.

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