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Why I Love Cooking for My Clients

25 Jul

In a world where most jobs have us as “cogs in a wheel” working for low wages, without sight of a final goal for the company or ourselves.

Instead, as a Personal Chef I speak to people about what food means to eeds that would determine the choices of foods we will preparethem.  Is it simply for nourishment?  Must it be a work of art for them to enjoy it?  Are there specific dietary n

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Don’t Forget This When Going Vegan!

30 Dec

This week I that did cooking lessons with a lovely woman who was trying to make her “going vegan” experience more palatable for both herself and her husband.

We prepared several dishes together.  When we were almost finished I asked her if she knew about Complementary Proteins. Back in college , (a few decades ago) I took an advanced Nutrition course where we had to either teach Nutrition to men in SRO facilities near Times Square or in a retirement building in Harlem.  My protective parents and I chose Harlem. I taught the retirees about the four food groups and complementary proteins.  Everyone (a group of 30 to 40 as I recall) thought protein had to come from more expensive sources such as beef, chicken, fish or pork.  There are others that can explain better than I, but plant proteins (except soy and possibly quinoa are incomplete).  Proteins are made of  two amino acids that “complete” with another specific amino acid that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle on the molecular level.

So, beans (like black beans) and rice complete each other.  Nuts and wheat (peanut butter sandwich) complete each other.  A whole lot cheaper than a steak, burger or whatever.  Some vegetarians forget to plan for proteins.  Plan ahead, partial proteins can not be used by the body , instead they are excreted.

Need more information, let me know if you need to get in contact with a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist who can customize a diet with your health issues and dietary choices in mind.

I would love to hear your comments, see your likes and more.

561-676-2078 chefhelen@helenshomeooking.com to check my website http://www.helenshomecooking.com.

Based in Boca Raton, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Cooking

28 Dec

Last week I received a call from a new prospect client. Barbara wanted to learn how to prepare vegan dishes so they were palatable to her and her husband.  Once she had chosen vegan way of life for her herself and her husband (retirees from New York) she was eating steamed vegetables every day.As you would expect it was BORING. They don’t like ANY spices, even black pepper was out of the question.

Like me, Barbara keeps kosher.  I told her about some dishes that came to mind: black bean soup, mejedra, veggie and tofu stir fry, brown rice, quinoa, roast vegetables, peanut butter cookies, split pea soup and vichyssoise.  Easy Peasy.

My new client wanted a hands on class.  She helped peel, slice, dice and stir. I explained how browning the vegetables slightly brings out their natural sweetness and carmelization.  It was proven successful by Barbara’s husband’s taste test of the tofu stir fry saying “hey, this is good!”.  He said the same thing about the vichyssoise (cold potato and leek soup) even before it had cooled.  Before I forget, #vegantasty, #chefhelen, #tofustirfry, #tastyvegan, #personalchefkosher, #personalchefkosher, #personalchefrecipes.

I got too busy cooking, I I find myself “in the zone” when I start cooking so unfortunately I don’t have pics to share.  Perhaps, next time I  will remember?

Next post will have recipes.  Is there anything you want to see?  Are you looking to learn how t prepare specific dishes?  I would love to help you (in the Palm Beach County, Florida area.  If not, I know Personal Chefs in other parts of the country to refer you to.

Let’s hope and pray 2017 brings us all of the health, prosperity, and more that we wish for ourselves and others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

String Bean Casserole From Scratch

15 Nov

I deal with so many different food allergies, sensitivities and keeping kosher, that I have to re-do all of the holiday dishes..In my house for the holidays. String Bean Casserole has to be dairy free as it is served with meat in a kosher home, gluten free for my husband, and mushroom free for my mother in law while she was alive.

So here goes…
STRING BEAN CASSEROLE

2 pound string beans raw  (frozen works too)

1 small onion diced

1 large onion cut into slices

1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
1 rib celery diced

1/2 cup soy,rice or almond milk (unsweetened and unflavored)
2 Tbsp. gluten free flour
dash of nutmeg
1/2 cup vegetable stock or chicken stock

1 Tbsp olive oil (or other vegetable oil or dairy free margarine)

Prepare fresh string beans by cutting off the tips and slicing them into two to three inch pieces.  Place into pan with boiling water and cook for about 4 minutes and drain,  They will cook longer in the casserole and you are trying to avoid the overcooked taste. Drain and put into casserole.   Preheat oven to 350.

Add oil to fry pan and heat. add diced onion and celery and as they soften add in the gluten free flour and stir for about one minute, then add the alternative milk and cook for a few minutes while stirring until it starts to thicken and add the dash of nutmeg (best with all cream sauces, dairy or not).  Then slowly add the stock to the roux whole stirring. Wheen it is the thickness of a cram sauce, add it to the string beans in the casserole

Take the sliced onions and spray them with oil and put them in the oven for about 10 minutes until then brown.  Place on top of the casserole and bake in oven for about 20 minutes until browned and bubbly.

NB. French’s onion rings are kosher and pareve. they can be used in [lace of the onion ring section of the recipe!

Enjoy

Disclaimer.  I am a cook that does most recipes by “eye” and does not usually measure ingredients.  If you have suggestions. Please let me know

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