The Seventh Day Adventists community in Barriere are hosting free vegetarian cooking classes once a week at the Church of St Paul. The classes started March 3, and are happening every Tuesday during this month starting at 6 p.m. The March 3 class was held in the activity room at the church, which had been divided into a dining area and a space for the cooking demonstration.
As Pastor John Masigan greeted the participants he said, “We wanted to invite the community to learn about vegetarian cooking and a healthy eating lifestyle that has been practiced by members of our church for generations.”
The evening class began with a full course meal of macaroni and cheese, Waldorf salad and green peas; with none of the dishes containing any ingredients derived from animals.
Following the meal, the preparation of each dish was demonstrated by women who obviously had used these recipes many times before.
Invited to ask questions, participants showed their interest by asking for details about the preparation of the dishes of which they noted “were amazingly tasty”.
At the conclusion of the evenings proceedings the hosts served a piece of pumpkin pie with a whipped topping that everyone wanted to get the recipe for; and everyone was happy to find the hosts had handouts ready of the evenings recipes for each participant to take home.
Following the cooking class Linda (a registered nurse) and her husband Devin gave a demonstration of a natural health practice called a ‘Hot Foot Bath’ , which is a local bath that covers the feet and ankles.
They noted this procedure increases blood flow through the feet and entire body surface, producing decongestion in internal organs and the brain.
At the conclusion, no one was in a rush to leave; with a number of participants gathering around the facilitators to chat with them about the new and interesting things they had learned.
Almost all said they would return for the next class.
If you would like more information on the upcoming March 24 and 31 classes, or would like to register, please call 250-672-9911.