Considering a very mild winter in the months of December and January, some have wondered whether this year's Winter Youth Retreat at Shalom by the Lake in Algonquin Highlands, Ontario would merit to be called a "winter" retreat. What we got for the Family Day long weekend, February 12-15, 2016, was more than we could have asked for. Cold arctic air mass that moved into the Northern and Southern Ontario brought down fresh snow but also made the temperature dip to nearly record lows - Saturday morning to -32°C and Sunday morning to -39°C!
January 31st was Baking Class time for our brethren from Montreal, joined by around 70 other vegans from the community. Sr Vera Schiopu came from Ottawa to host a baking demonstration of vegan pastry and methods of replacing dairy ingredients in baking. She taught about how to make moist and fluffy sponge cake without the use of eggs or milk. After the class, there were several questions, followed by a tasting of many different recipes.
We have had a wonderful feedback and several people asked us to have another session. For the next session, we alreay have 30 people wishing to register.
Have you ever want to bake vegan cakes but you don't know where to start? You tried to replace eggs in your cakes but endend up with a flat hard rock? Here are some recipes that we are sure you will enjoy (moderatly we hope!). They are being nicely given by our sister Vera Schiopu, from Ottawa.
Raw vegan mint chocolate
5 tbs melted coconut oil
5 tbs carob powder
2-3 tbs maple syrup/ honey
2 tbs cashew/ almond butter
1 pinch of salt
1 drop natural mint extract