Thursday, October 21, 2010
NBC30 Health & Wellness Fest Recap
This year's Health & Wellness Festival at the Connecticut Convention Center was even better than years past. Maybe it was the weather. Maybe it was the schedule of events. Or maybe it was the excellent coordination by NBC's community intern, Natalie, who helped make it run so smoothly. All in all, I'm happy with the positive response my cooking demonstration received.
About 20 people were in the audience at the start of my presentation, then by the time I was ready to serve samples, I think about 50 more people came swarming in.
It was a chilly fall day and the topic of my presentation was "Vegan Comfort Food," so I decided to make a Gingered Winter Vegetable Bique with Spiced Pepitas. Each bowl contained a heaping serving of butternut squash, parsnip, sweet potato, carrot, and onion - all vegetables that make you feel strong and grounded for the cold months ahead. To add another warming element, I squeezed in a few chunks of ginger and its juice.
The soup was topped with pumpkin seeds that I toasted lightly and tossed with chili powder and cinnamon. The spicy crunch was a nice contrast to the sweet and smooth soup. Thank you to all who attended and assisted in the event (especially mom & dad!!).