Cooking demos in the studio
Here are a few photos of our recent Home Cooked Happiness retreat at the beautiful Trigonos in North Wales. There were full days of vegan cooking demos, walks near Snowdon, yoga and lots and lots of good eating (and laughs)!
I cooked simple and creative dishes from all over the world; Mexico, Lebanon, Italy, Spain, Indonesia, Greece and China. It was a pleasure to cook for such a wonderful group of people, I love these retreats, always leaving with a whole new gang of friends and inspiration to do more cooking retreats/ holidays. I just have the best time!
First morning of HCH, I was up at dawn pressing tofu;)
Mexican Dark Chocolate & Pecan Blender Brownies (g/f) with Dulce de Leche – Dessert on Day 1
This time of year means an abundance of incredible organic, seasonal produce
I was so lucky to be able to cook with almost exclusively organic, local produce from the Trigonos farm and the brilliant Tyddyn Teg. Thanks to Judy and Claire for providing produce that chef’s dream of; Crown Prince Squash, Spaghetti Squash, beautiful greens, radiant tomatoes and even giant Welsh aubergines.
Mushrooms grown and foraged in Snowdonia, Wales
I even managed to get some local mushrooms, grown just the other side of Snowdon. We had some foraged Chaterelles, loads of Shiitakes and even some Hedgehog mushrooms. They made our paella extra special! Thanks to The Mushroom Garden.
One of my favourite nights, Spanish feast with wild mushroom paella and a roast potato and thyme tortilla
Simple and delicious. Rose, Macadamia and Strawberry Cheesecake
View from the studio window. The weather was very un-Welsh throughout the retreat. The sun shone!
Just checking out the afternoon tea:)
Home Cooked Happiness starts in the kitchen, the heart of the home and ripples out into all aspects of our lives. After all, eating a healthy and peaceful diet can only make our lives healthier and more peaceful!! Cooking nourishing, fresh food at home is for me, one of the most important things we can do with our time. It’s a gift for ourselves, body and mind, and those loved ones we share our lives with. It doesn’t have to be fiddly or complicated, we learned loads of methods and techniques to make the most out of plants, the kind of dishes that anyone will enjoy, young or old, vegan or otherwise.
The buffet table is always packed with vegan treats
We went all Mexican on the first night. Quesadillas, mole and all the bright and colourful trimmings. I love it!
Every meal is accompanied by a varied cheese board, sometimes with homemade cheeses.
I’d like to thank Vegusto, V-Bites and Mozza Risella for providing some tasty cheeses for our cheese boards.
Thanks to our lovely yoga teacher Claire for getting our mornings off to the best possible starts.
We start most mornings with yoga, meditation and a healthy breakfast, normally light, there is a lot of eating to do everyday!
We had three cooking demos every day, ranging from making plant milks and cheeses, to all kinds of global dishes, curries. soups, breads, cakes, desserts and lots of trying new ingredients from around the world. Not to mention some pickling and fermenting.
I love cooking and preparing for these retreats, it pushes me to try out new things and develop new recipes. Each attendee gets a big, fat recipe booklet to take home and play with in their kitchens. The vast majority of the recipes are designed especially for the specific retreat. Here’s one:
Rich chocolate mousse with drunken cherries and almond biscotti (g/f)
I’ll be sharing some of these new recipes on the blog soon.
The Italian Dinner rounded things off with seasonal feast of pasta, local vegetables and other Puglian delights!
Everyone say “Home Cooked Happiness!!!”
I can’t imagine a more beautiful location to host a retreat. I feel very lucky to have worked at Trigonos and be able to invite happy cooks into Snowdonia.
Thanks to all at Trigonos for the care, help and support in getting this retreat together and running it. Most of all, thanks to all the Home Cooked Happiness group who made the retreat so special and memorable for me. Your positive energy and passion made cooking for you a dream! Now all you have to do is practice, practice, practice. I can’t wait to see your kitchen inspiration over on our Facebook vegan cooking group.
So that’s it for our Trigonos retreats this year, both Home Cooked Happiness and One World Vegan have been an incredible experience for us both. They have flown over and we’ll hopefully see some of you up here next year for more whole food, plant-based cooking and good times in North Wales.
Diolch yn Fawr!!
Our next event is soon in London – Global Vegan Cooking Demonstration and Lunch
Then we’re across to Vegfest London for a cooking demonstration.
We also have our Taste of Bliss – Plant-based Yoga Holiday next May in Spain. Just like Wales, but we substitute the mountains for beaches!