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The Healing Power of Cooking

“These classes have been a balm during this very difficult time,” wrote a recent class participant.

I couldn’t agree more. It’s been incredibly healing for me to focus on food and cooking at this time — one of the most fundamental ways we nurture  ourselves and each other.

And it’s been a gift to share that with you. Thank you for creating the space and opportunity for me to do so. This past week’s pizza class saw 40 people from all around the world — from California to Florida, from the UK to Dubai! 

The Mexican-Inspired Cuisine cooking class coming up Sunday on June 14th promises to be just as large as we already have lots of sign-ups, and the variety of color of our featured dishes is going to make you plotz!

  • Sweet Potato Tacos
  • Peach (or Nectarine) Salsa
  • Mexican Horchata

*recipes are subject to change due to availability of ingredients

Register today!

The recipient of this week’s online cooking class donation will be Planting Justice. They employ teams of gardeners and landscapers who plant edible permaculture gardens in the Bay Area, encouraging people to grow their own food. They teach landscaping skills to people in prison, and then after release hire them to work as gardeners and pay them a living wage.

When I talked to the founder today and told her I’d be donating to her from the class proceeds, I told her the menu, and she said she had JUST made Potato Tacos for lunch today! 

How funny is that!? Anyway, looking forward to seeing you soon!

WHAT ELSE FOLKS ARE SAYING:

“Such a great class Colleen. What I loved about it most was coming away with a new skill. You’re a great innovator and teacher; looking forward to more learning from you soon.”

“I love Colleen’s classes. They are so much fun and interactive. Colleen’s decades of vegan cooking and entertaining come through in her classes. I always learn something new.”

“It was such an honor and a thrill to meet Colleen online. Also, even with participants from all over the world, I was able to connect with a woman from my neighboring small town of Sequim WA. This was such a wonderful surprise!”

“Fun and interactive. Can’t wait to take another class!”

“Colleen is a wonderful teacher, activist, and inspiration. I highly recommend all her books and her online cooking classes!”

“Colleen’s classes are so much fun, and I learn something new each time! You can ask questions, comment, cook alongside from your own kitchen. The recipes are fabulous that you will want to make again and again!”

“Not only are the classes fun and you get to connect with Colleen and other like-minded individuals, they take the mystique out of cooking vegan dishes and that makes it seem like something even a novice like me can do!”

See you Sunday!

Fluffy Okara Pancakes

In one of my recent virtual cooking classes, I taught my students how to make homemade soy milk. As everyone learned, when the milk is done, what you’re left with at the end is okara.

Okara is the name for the soybean pulp left over when making soy milk. It has a delicious nutty flavor and can be added to smoothies, baked goods, and oatmeal — adding flavor, texture, moisture, and nutrients. It can also be used to make these delicious fluffy, oil-free, fat-free pancakes!

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour 
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup nondairy milk
1/2 cup okara
Dash of salt

Directions

Add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl, and thoroughly combine. Then add the milk and okara, and stir / whisk until thoroughly mixed into a pourable batter. 

Heat up a nonstick skillet with or without some oil or nondairy butter, and ladle some batter onto the hot pan into the size pancakes you prefer. Repeat until you use up all the batter. 

Serve with your favorite nondairy butter, syrup, and fresh fruit.

Yield: Makes about 6-8 pancakes, depending on the size

Recipe by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Joyful Vegan, copyright 2020. Please provide credit when sharing.

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Online Vegan Cooking Classes Are Here to Stay!

As you know, I taught cooking classes in Oakland for over 10 years, along with classes for PCRM’s The Cancer Project (now called Food for Life) and Dr. McDougall. I stopped teaching classes because 

a) they’re an incredible amount of work

b) they’re an incredible amount of work

c) to focus on writing 

and because

d) they’re an incredible amount of work

You get the idea.

Over the last couple years, however, I’ve talked often about how much I miss teaching. I mean…I’ve never stopped teaching…in my conferences, with my books, in my lectures, and even in my regular live videos on social media. But I missed teaching cooking classes. 

Nonetheless. Whenever I thought for just a second of resuming the classes, I shivered, shook my head, and pushed it out of my mind. They just required so much time, work, and bandwidth.  

I never dreamed I’d be teaching virtual classes. Of course, none of us ever dreamed we’d be facing a deadly pandemic that would compel us to protect ourselves and each other by physically distancing from one another and staying safe in our homes. 

I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to teach cooking classes again, and while they still require a lot of work — deciding the class theme and recipes, putting the recipe packet together, creating the graphics and event page, marketing the classes, shopping, prepping, teaching, and cleaning up — the virtual online classes are so much more manageable and sustainable than when I taught in-person classes. Plus, people can join from anywhere in the world (and they do)! 

How awesome is that? 

I don’t know what the coming weeks and months will bring for any of us. We will be changed. We will be stronger. We will have lost. We will have gained. But I do know that I plan on continuing teaching for as long as you’re interested. And I do know that the classes themselves will continue to be virtual. 

Of course, there will come a day I’ll be able to speak to live audiences again, host in-person conferences again, and travel around the world with you on our vegan trips with World Vegan Travel again, but I’m 100% certain the cooking classes will remain virtual — enabling me to provide people with the tools and resources they need to eat compassionately and healthfully in a way that I can manage and in a way that you can enjoy from anywhere you live — even when this virus is abated. 

I look forward to seeing you in our upcoming classes. You can always view what’s coming up at JoyfulVegan.com/Events.

WHAT TYPES OF CLASSES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE? (PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!)

?‍? BRUNCH COOK ALONG WITH THE JOYFUL VEGAN! ?‍?

 

Make a brunch date to watch, eat, or cook along with me, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau — cookbook author, joyful vegan, compassionate cook —  in this online cooking class as I demonstrate how to create some easy, delicious, nutritious, plant-based recipes for breakfast or brunch.

On our breakfast-brunch-themed menu*:

  • Polenta Scramble
  • French Toast
  • Coconut Bacon
  • Mystery Brunch Cocktail (with special guest)

WHEN: Sunday, April 19th 12-1 p.m. PST
WHERE: From wherever you are!
HOW: Upon registering, all participants receive an email containing directions for linking to the class through Zoom, along with the recipes and instructions for having the most enjoyable experience. If you want to cook along with me, just have everything prepped by the start of the class! 

*recipes are subject to change due to availability of ingredients

Register today! And remember: patreon supporters receive 10% off; check your Patreon account for your discount code.)

*A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THIS CLASS WILL BE DONATED TO: PALS East Bay, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help pets and the people who love them. They run monthly FREE vaccine clinics and provide medical/vaccine outreach and spay/neuter referral assistance to underserved and unsheltered communities — especially helpful now during the Covid-19 pandemic.

THANKS FOR HELPING SPREAD THE WORD!

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Photos from previous classes (last photo from Tina Atwell, who has joined every class and cooks along!)

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