Seasonal Herbal Desserts: Sweet Spring Fantasies

March 31, 2011 6:30 pm
March 31, 2011 9:30 pm
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Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center
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540 President St., Suite 2E, Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11215

Our seasonal herbal dessert series is designed to keep you inspired to keep you indulging but in a lighter style. In this series we focus on healthy ways to indulge, bringing seasonal, herbal dessert options to our cooking repertoire, with great ease, remarkable beauty and the freshest, most seasonal ingredients our region has to offer. Herbal desserts provide us with key nutrients and flavors gifted by the earth. We will cover the basics of using herbs in sweet and light dishes, how to use them as natural sweeteners and flavor enhancers as an alternative to hazardous ingredients found in other available desserts that can be nagging at our sweet teeth in the grocery aisle. We’ll be using the natural flavors of fresh herbs as the healthy, low-in-fat-but-high-in-flavor route to extract the decadent notes in our produce, nuts, and spices. You’ll get familiar with tools used to whip, blend, and bake, as well as learn how or improve your style of chopping, snipping, and crushing herbs all while learning basic and intricate herb knowledge- how to store, choose, and what to pair certain herbs with. You’ll come away having your own favorite fresh herbs by the end of the night, being secure in your ability to make decadent desserts lighter and healthier! So come on this herbal journey with us and indulge in light and easy decadent desserts!

Recipes:Earthy & Grainy Rhubarb Ginger Crisp (chalk full of nuts & seeds), Strawberry Basil Galette, Blackberries with Mint & Honey Crème Drizzle, Honey Lavender Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Pops, Raspberry Lemon Thyme Granita in Pavlova Cups, Chocolate Mint Pudding

Class Type: Series, hands-on cooking class

Class Notes: Students leave with a handful of fresh herbs!

Nissa Pierson

You won’t find someone as knowledgeable and enthusiastic about fresh herbs than Managing Director of Ger-Nis International, Nissa Pierson. She delights in using herbs in innovative ways as a beautiful flavor enhancer to any dish, including desserts! Her mission is always to prove that with herbs recipes can be lighter and healthier and this so can our lives! In addition to traveling the world seeking organic & fair-trade conversation for her business, she is a noted cooking instructor specializing in fresh herbs as well as an extremist in proving that the art of eating and cooking well is a relatively simple process and just takes enthusiasm and some tidbits of knowledge. Besides being a passionate teacher of fresh herbs, organics and fair-trade, she enjoys spice (in her food and in her life), good conversation and debates, kickboxing, the ocean and surfing, and submersing herself in the food and culture of the world. Contact Nissa

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