A VERY JOLLY VEGAN CHRISTMAS FEAST!
If you’ve ever wondered what vegans have for Christmas while everyone else is getting stuck into their ham and turkey, you’ll be interested to hear that is just as tasty and delicious as the traditional Christmas dinner. This was demonstrated perfectly recently at a virtually held Vegan Christmas Dinner demonstration with Hirsch’s and Jennifer Swanepoel, owner of Roots Vegan Café in Salt Rock. The event was held in the new Bosch show kitchen at Hirsch’s Ballito with the audience tuning in via Zoom and Facebook live and watching attentively as Jen whipped up some of her vegan favourites. These included a cashew & mushroom roulade with sun dried tomato and cashew crumb, butternut puree and sides, and charred yellow cling peaches & coconut cream for dessert.
Glenda Thompson, who handles the Hirsch’s PR joined Jen in the kitchen and assisted in creating some vegan masterpieces. “ I just love Jen’s food it is always so fresh and flavoursome” Glenda commented. Margaret Hirsch, who was unable to host the event due to technical issues, has followed a plant-based diet over the past few years and says that she has never felt better. “I just love being vegan. There are so many variations of food nowadays such as vegan cheese and butter so you really don’t’ need the real thing. It has also made me feel so much healthier! My mind is clearer and I have all the energy in the world” says Margaret.
Jennifer’s popular plant-based restaurant on the North Coast Roots Cafe & Deli, serves deliciously, nutritious vegan and vegetarian meals. Their farm to table approach ensures that their food is always fresh and full of goodness. Jen’s plant-based journey started after suffering from a life threatening illness, and she hasn’t looked back since. “I cut all animal products from my diet. Within two weeks, the inflammatory markers had dropped and I could feel a difference. Two years later, I have not had a single relapse and, my renal function is always spot-on and I feel great,” she said.
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