SoFlo Vegans Speak returned to Nutrition Smart in Pembroke Pines on August 28, 2018, to bring the community cooking demonstrations and information about preparing healthy food for you and your family. This event was designed to educate anyone that’s interested in creating delicious plant-based recipes. Both Thermomix USA and Barkha Herman were on hand to provide food demonstration for attendees.
More About Barkha Herman
Spices have been used in many parts of the world for thousands of years. Modern science is just now catching up with the nutritional benefits of spices in our vegan, whole foods diet. In this presentation, we will explore three spices: Cinnamon, Ginger and Fennel seeds. We will look at the latest science and age-old recipes on how to use. Come, join us on an exotic journey into the world of spices!
Barkha was raised a vegetarian in India. Her entire family is vegetarian, so that was just the way she ate. Her mother bought vegetables from the vegetable stand down the street every day. There was no menu planning – they ate what was available and fresh. They bought wheat from the store and brought it to the local grinder to get it ground – right in front of them. Our flour had no preservatives or dough conditioners in it.
However, when Barkha decided to get a degree in Hotel Management, she started eating just about everything. At that point in her life, she couldn’t tell the difference between pork and lamb meat. She had to learn everything – but even so, when they cooked meat in India, it remained only in the dishes with meat. There was never any lard in beans, bacon in salads, and gelatin was not an animal product.
After Barkha moved to the United States in her early twenties, she was exposed to more and more animal products and processed foods in her everyday life. She remembers being appalled by dehydrated scalloped potatoes in the grocery store once. How hard is it to slice a potato? But things started going downhill overtime. She still tried to make things from scratch, but it was easy to buy boxes to make cakes and cookies, and buy and canned and frozen everything.
After being diagnosed with arthritis, she stepped back and examined the one difference between my lifestyle and of all of my family – none of whom had any arthritis. It was animal products. Thus began my return, first to vegetarianism, then to veganism.
Besides the Vegan42 site, she devotes her time to writing software, cooking and entertaining, and enjoying my beautiful family in sunny South Florida.
More About Thermomix USA
A representative from Thermomix® will be in attendance to provide a vegan cooking demonstration to illustrate how their product helps turn even those who are known to “burn water” into chefs, and then chefs may use it as their “sous chef”.
Thermomix® makes home cooking faster, easier and more delicious than ever! Cooking made easy. Fast, healthy meals. Book a demo. More than 30,000 recipes. Step-by-step instructions. Shop online. Cooking classes. Amenities: Cook-Key®, Basic Cookbook, mixing bowl, measuring cup, mixing blade.