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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2 pieces of music

I realize this is my food blog. However i am a musician, even though i have been in denial of that for a few years. Getting back into practicing and putting concerts on the calendar, locally and out of town.

Inspired by some unpleasant and unexpected events in my life i recorded this as i began to  sketch for a new solo piece i am composing, "Dragon Descends into Darkness".

The joy of modern communications, i posted that video on my facebook wall and minutes later, in response to my piece, my good friend and duet partner, Jie Ma improvised and posted this.

please enjoy!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Terry Riley dinner/concert March 7, added a second night

performing will be Terry Riley and his son Gyan Riley

Monday, March 7, 2011
7 pm
private location in Oakland
limited seating for 19

for more information and to make reservations
vegshaku8  at  g ma il dotcom

gingered Dal and kabocha soup w/ cilantro chutney

Cara Cara Oranges, Roasted Beets, Mizuna and Orange-walnut dressing

Small plate
Chinese steamed buns filled with tempeh char siu
Stir fried choy sum
homemade chili oil
homemade karashi (mustard)

Asparagus wrapped tempeh
roasted asparagus puree with black trumpet mushrooms
Asparagus tempura
Red bhutanese rice

apple chocolate ruggelach
yuzu infused cranberry truffles
pecan butter cups

Sunday, January 16, 2011

photos from tonights dinner for 6 in Concord

blood orange-fennel-watercress salad

plating some sope and laughing at something

 sope. homemade fried tortilla with Rancho Gordo black midnight beans, guacamole, pear-serrano salsa
Almond cheese enchilada with mole sauce, saffron rice, heirloom beans, pickled carrots, sauteed brocolini

truffles, from right to left: chipotle, matcha, sichuan peppercorn, dried cranberry-allspice

bread baking class, February 27

Glutenpalooza! an all afternoon baking extravaganza!
bagels, bialys, pumpkin multi seed rolls, and pizza!

Sunday, February 27
starting at noon and will last about 4 hours
West Oakland
limited space for 8

hands on class, get your fingers in the dough. Knead, roll, fold, bake, boil.

Learn about a few yeast bread traditions!
From eastern europe we will prepare bagels and bialys. True bagels are boiled before baked. Bialys are a rare delicacy outside of a few Jewish centers on the east coast; they are a delightful roll stuffed with an onion-poppyseed mixture.
Pizza needs no introduction but we will be topping it with pesto and wild mushrooms.
Pumpkin seed rolls are one of my own inventions using roasted pumpkin instead of water and a multitude of grains and seeds.

We will make a pumperknickel out of dark beer and chocolate with rye and wheat flours.

for more information or to register vegshaku8 "at" gmail

Friday, January 14, 2011

Terry Riley dinner/concert March 9

details to come soon but yes, indeed we are bringing back the renowned dinner/concert series and starting the new season off with Terry Riley performing!

March 9, 2011
7 pm
limited space for 19

5 course menu to be posted soon

for more details, or to make reservations contact me at vegshaku8 {at} g m a i l

asparagus miso soup with asparagus tempura

cara cara orange, roasted beet, mizuna

shephard’s pie: layers of roasted pureed root vegetables (Satsuma-imo, heirloom potatos, parsnip, garlic, turnip), cauliflower,  wild mushroom sauce, and our famous homemade tempeh sauteed with herbs and spices.
arugula-radicchio salad

Thai Green Curry with tempeh, tofu, lotus root, carrot, potato, herbs  served in dumpling squash bowls

apple walnut tart
chocolate pecan rum raisin ice "cream"

Monday, January 10, 2011

dinner for 6 in Concord, January 16

Mexican menu

pozole (hominy, beans, dried tomatos, dried chiles in a rich mushroom stock)

blood orange-fennel-watercress

small plate
sopes (small fried tortilla bowls) with black bean puree, pear salsa, guacamole

enchiladas filled with almond cheese
spanish rice
heirloom beans
pickled vegetables
fried cauliflower

3 kinds of truffles

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Asian Hot Pots cooking class, Sunday, Jan 30

Sunday, January 30 · 12:00pm - 3:00pm


More InfoWarm up for the winter, exploring, creating and tasting a variety of hot pot styles from Japan, Korea, Sichuan Province and Thailand.

A hands on class
We will provide a base for these hotpots by making different stocks from dried mushrooms, seaweeds, herbs, vegetables and spices.
We will prepare a wide variety of fresh and dried vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, types of tofu, freshly made tempeh using stir frying, deep frying and steaming techniques.

The aromas and flavors of lemongrass, star anise, cumin, chiles, ginger, garlic, kim chee, and so much more will be permeating your inner being, warming you for the cold time of year.

Sunday, January 30, 2011
limited space for 8

For more information or to reserve your space:
vegshaku8 (at) g mail {dot} com

Valentines Cooking class for 4 couples

Monday, February 14 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm


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More InfoLove through food! Food through love?

Learn to cook together or expand your knowledge and joy of cooking together!

Limited space for 4 couples

A hands on class, creating sensual, tasty delights involving beautiful fresh fruits, some of the worlds finest chocolates, exotic vegetables. Indulge your senses, delight your palate.

we will be poaching pears in tea and vanilla beans
making truffles from nuts, cocoa and maple with a wide variety of flavirings
We will create a sensually soft, creamy cheese from almonds and so much more....

for more information or to register
vegshaku8 {at} g m a i l {dot} c o m