Cooking with friends 4 friends

It’s almost a year ago that I first heard about Apocapoc, a coworking space in the city center of Barcelona. They rent out their kitchen on a daily basis, not that I was searching for anything like that but quite a while ago I understood that one has to flow, and if the universe makes an opportunity drift with the stream one better takes a close look!

So I ran home and checked the website, sent a message to one of the responsible persons and met Valerie the following day. She showed me their kitchen, all there a food processor, a dehydrator, a roof top garden and compost. What is used here is all organic and locally grown, in the Labcuina we do our best to avoid garbage and recycle as much as we can. My middle name is *dehydrateseverything* I told her and the following week I started to prepare my prana food once a week at the Labcuina.

I go to the Lab to practice and elaborate new recipes, what I use makes sense to me, I actually always like what I make. It’s simple, grounded work once has incorporated certain basic ingredients to daily conscious cooking all get’s easy. Tamari or Miso might sound new, but if you do not have them yet on your shelf means just you did not hear about them yet!

I live here in Barcelona, been living and working all over Europe until now means friends come to stay and visit, different cultures, and all love to cook. Some say they are not good at it but still want to learn and come to chop veggies. Everyone is welcome here, cooking is for me THE way to hang out, one gets to chat, exchange, update and there is always something to learn.

Whenever I have a visitor in the Lab I create a menu for them, inspired by where they live or by where they have been the last month. Had a friend over from Israel, who stopped by on the way back to Switzerland from India….get it? We did humus, Chapati and RAW chocolate, the kitchen was filled with an amazing mixture of smells mixed by the spices he brought from India. Still fell the crunch of this organic spirulina chrunchies from Auroville.

Last week I had another friend visiting, we made Rösti, swiss speciality, never did it before but remembered the texture and flavor of it perfectly well from my snowboarding days in the swiss Alps. We made a vegan version and it turned out perfectly well! My swiss friend confirmed, although it needed 4 hands to flip the thing. (her mum does it alone, one handed…of course)

baked peppers from the garden, RAW sunflowerseed mayonaise and this heavenly dessert at the end. Ment to be another swiss autumn classic – friends mum gave us the tool, did not work for us, neither the internet could help us. The photographer had his cam ready so I reinvented the piece and out came something extremely pretty, by that time we already knew it would be delicious. Yes.

I love to recreate adjust refine and serve and surf #PEACE

Martina and friends cooking every thursday in the Labcuina @ Apcoapoc BCN and we are not a restaurant, we want to inspire and educate. Come have a seat, a plate and a chat!

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Fotos by Lorenzo Melissari

Crowdfounding for vegan recipe box

hello everyone! Jeanique Al Hamdan and me started today, well exactly 40  minutes ago this crowdfounding campaign. Jeanique already published some recipe boxes, there is one with arabic ideas, a summer sald one and a box with dishes for children…..so a vegan one was missing this is why we put out heads together and created the next box. 10 fresh recipes from my Pranakitchen – to get the baby printed we need YOUR help…we have 29 days left to get the euros together to materialize the box! this version of the box is written in german, but hey, if you wish i type in english and send a pdf version! PEACE

if you wish to support us click HERE: www.wemakeit.com

 

Sending Paris Love

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PranaKitchen, as always, spreads love; in the form of food, smiles, meditation, yoga…to each his own path.

As the multitude of forces that shape this maya stir, we send our Paris fans and gourmet yogis support in continuing to connect to the immense and infinite force of the heart. Because it’s what humanity needs now.

And to remind us just how many positive vibrations pulse in the city of light, we are happy to share a PranaKitchen enthusiast’s account of the recent  Paris Vegan Day:

Veggie Pride 2015: a moving experience

Saturday 10 October, along with some colleagues Patricia, Christian and Philippe, I took to the streets of Paris to celebrate the 15thFrench Veggie Pride. It started with a “vegan place” with vegan food and animal protection associations, ranging from MeatAbolition.org and Animal Liberation Front to vegan burgers and ecological vegan dolls. There is a man in a cage with his son – they are curious to know what it feels like to be a caged animal. Everyone is assembling, finding their friends, taking photos; the excitement before the march is palpable and rises as the microphone starts to announce messages. Then the parade assembles behind banners, waving placards, the samba percussion group strikes up, the megaphone starts to shout slogans and a band of human animals begins a long exhilarating demonstration, lending our voices to those who cannot speak out for themselves.

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What I like best? Being part of a huge group of people (1300 participants this year) who believe that it is wrong to exploit animals, who are willing to go out and walk the streets to defend them and to show the world that people who don’t eat meat are a fun crowd. Seeing so many young people who have joined the vegan/vegetarian movement. Being with people of so many different cultures and religions brought together to defend the animal cause. A truly uplifting experience! The broken down parade car being pushed by some very strong veggie people. There’s no stopping us. Want to join us next year?

THANK YOU, EMMA.

ONE LOVE AND COMPASSION TO ALL BEINGS.

YOGA:IBIZA – Secrets to a happy life

Yogafluss & Pranakitchen, 22. – 28. April 2016

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  • vertiefe deine Yogapraxis (Yin & Yang) in der wunderbar mediterranen Umgebung Ibizas
  • verstehe, wie du ganz einfach deine eigene Praxis (Bewegung, Atem, Meditation) aufbaust
  • lerne, dass Yoga nicht nur auf der Matte passiert – lasse dich inspirieren wie du dich voll entfalten kannst – pur & ehrlich!
  • lass den Frühling rein – geniesse die wunderbare Küche von Pranakitchen

Details folgen….

Leitung: Martina Wast, PranakitchenKatharina Bogner (Yoga)
Preis:
Leistungen: 6 x belebende Morgenyogapraxis, 5 x YinYoga, Chanten oder Meditation, 1 x Privatlektion von 20 Min., täglich Brunch/Abendmenü, am Dienstag steht der ganze Tag nach dem Brunch zur freien Verfügung für Ausflüge und das Abendmenü entfällt, auf Wunsch kann dann ein Kochworkshop mit anschliessendem Nachtessen gebucht werden (45 Euro)

Anreise, Transport vor Ort, Versicherungen müssen selbst organisiert werden

Our Pranakitchen Experience by Sandy and Gina, vegan twins from Germany

When we were on our way to Cataluna we thought we would only stay for half a day in Barcelona and then move on to an ecological project in the Pyrenees to do our internship for university there.
As life is as unpredictable we received a message from our host in the mountains. We were on the bus from Germany to Spain already when we were asked to come a whole week later due to internal problems at the place.
First we were a shocked as we had already arranged our bus to the Pyrenees and had not calculated any accomodation costs in Barcelona as we did not expect any complications.
Thinking about possible ways to have an interesting time in this big city, we finally remembered Pranakitchen.
We had been following read Martina’s blog, and new she was currently based in Barcelona.
As we found ourselves in quite an urgent situation we simply wrote an email to Martina and actually didn’t expect her to have nor the capacity neither the time to host us. Far from it!
She was the only one who wrote back to us – nobody on e.g. couchsurfing did.
This made it possible for us to have an awesome week in Barcelona and learn about Martina’s delicious, healthy vegan kitchen. We even had the possibility to help her to prepare a big Pranakitchen event which was super inspiring and a lot of fun!
We cut vegetables together, baked cookies, had interesting conversations and also got to know another sweet helper of her who volunteered for a day.
Martina is an openhearted, very welcoming, dedicated and conscious power woman!
Thank you very much for this beautiful experience, Martina. We’re grateful to have met you and hope you will continue inspiring others.
Gina and Sandy, vegan twinsisters
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this RAW portobello burger is hitting the spot

Last wednesday we went to Vienna/Austria to talk about conscious nutriton aka *yoga on the plate* at a viennese vegan Supermarket (Maran Vegan) besides that super amazing workshop there were these mouthwatering eye catchers I could not resist to bring back hOMe and transform into some serious gourmet RAW food

so good, so easy, so fresh – have a look:

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giant beautiful portobello heads, rubbed them with a mix of virgin olive oil and tamari sauce. If you have a dehyrator have them there for ybout 3hrs, i do have one but it stayed in Barcelona this time so I had them in the oven, lowest temperature until they were soft and filled the hood with an amazing smell.

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once they came out from the oven, ready to be served i filled them with this creamy sunflowerseed spread I made while they baked – soak half a cup of sunflower seeds for about 4hrs, strain, and mix them with 2 spoons of nutritional yeast and one spoon of miso, add fresh jive and your favorite seasoning, this time I used oregano.

Spread it on both of your *burger patties* and fill them with sliced tomato, cucumber, carrots, sprouts and what ever you can think of that might make your version complete.

(I might have my next one with sour kraut!)

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  • serving suggestion…..

GOOD LUCK and enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

Amazing Raw Cheeze Cake

Last weekend Sofia and Martina went to Bern/Switzerland to serve and nourish hungry yogis with yummy prana food at the Bern Yoga Festival – by now we are back in our hOMe kitchens and overwhelmed by the swiss feedback in our mail boxes! massive thanks to the participants who opened their ears, hearts and notebooks during our cooking workshop, to all those who came and trustfully bought our food and last but not least to the organizers for having us there!!

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Here comes the sunday lunch dessert recipe for you dear yogis of Berne that you liked so much – have fun preparing and sharing it for and with your loved ones PEACEPEACEPEACE

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2¼ cups (180g) finely shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 1½ cups (360g) medjool dates or raisings
  • Pinch salt

 

Filling

  • 1 cup (168g) cashews, grated
  • ¼ cup (80g) honey
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla bean powder

pich of salt tsp salt, finely ground

 

how 2 do the crust

  • Put coconut, vanilla and salt into a food processor and pulse briefly to mix.
  • Add the pitted dates/raisins and process until they are finely chopped and the mixture starts to clump.
  • Press into glass casserole or tin and leave in the fridge to firm a little while you prepare the filling.

how 2 do the filling

  • Put all ingredients into a high-speed blender in the order listed.
  • Blend on low until combined, then blend on high until it reaches 42°C.

Pour filling into the crust and leave uncovered in the fridge to set for 4 hours or more.

easy as can be 😉

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(Fotos: Nadine Hobi und simpix.ch)

meeting Lisi of Inthemoodforfood in the kitchen…..

Martina went to the city center to visit Lisi of inthemoodforfood.es to cook together – follow the link to read about Lisi’s Pranakitchen impression and the fun and educative time spent in the kitchen. Lisi is mom and foodblogger, based in beautiful Barcelona.

check out her stories and adventures:

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(foto credit: Lisi Lurch)