Pink Kitchen

PINK KITCHEN

PINK. Not only Karo’s favourite colour but also her brand name. Yes! Every single letter represents who Karo is and what she stands for, PINK! ????

P.I.N.K
Plant based.
Iconic
Nomadic
Karo.

Bringing all she does together in one place, well.... kitchen. Food workshops, food consulting and training and of course her vegan cheese wizardry. The Pink Kitchen has catered for festivals like Eigentijdse Jongeren (NL) but also Naked Retreat (Italy) and Tantric Awakening Festival on the Odessa in Amsterdam and hopefully many more in the future.

WHY PLANT BASED?

Why Plant Based

“Not everyone can stand on their heads everyday, but everybody eats. You can practice and vote for a more peaceful, prosperous and happy world three times a day when you sit down to eat.” Sharon Gannon (Co- Founder Jivamukti Yoga and author of YOGA & VEGANISM)

WHAT’S IN A NAME

I prefer using the word plant powered, or plant based, because the V word seems to be a bit much for most people, when really veganism is just a stricter form of vegetarianism. The name was founded by an English woodworker called Donald Watson he founded The Vegan Society in November 1944. A vegan diet contains plant based food only there’s strictly no dairy, meat, eggs or honey involved. This is just the diet. Vegans also don’t wear leather, wool, or use animal tested products, basically vegans don’t approve on any harm done upon animals by humans. Animal circuses, zoos, bull fights, bear tricks, puppy mills, horse races, just to name a few all these exercises are what a vegan is wholeheartedly against.

DESTINATION LIBERATION

So there are many gateways in to this path of plant based living. Some of us choose this path because of health reasons, some because of the environment, some because of animal rights and love for the animals, but inevitably all of it is the same, we all end up at the same destination (liberation) just through different journeys and paths. For me personally my love for animals is the main drive, but i also really value my body, my health and the environment. Plus let’s face it a lot of people do things (and eat things) because they weren’t told (or know) any different. I am convinced that if people knew the truth about factory farming, the slaughter houses, about where their food actually comes from, things would be a lot different. I have been crazy about animals ever since I can remember, from a very young age I was very interested & involved in animal welfare, this never ending love I have for animals is just enormous, it’s a love I have never really felt for anything or anyone else, it’s the fuel that keeps my engine going, i translate that in all the dishes i create, in all the classes i teach (both food and yoga) it is without a doubt my absolute drive in this life and my (PINK) kitchen.So there are many gateways in to this path of plant based living. Some of us choose this path because of health reasons, some because of the environment, some because of animal rights and love for the animals, but inevitably all of it is the same, we all end up at the same destination (liberation) just through different journeys and paths. For me personally my love for animals is the main drive, but i also really value my body, my health and the environment. Plus let’s face it a lot of people do things (and eat things) because they weren’t told (or know) any different. I am convinced that if people knew the truth about factory farming, the slaughter houses, about where their food actually comes from, things would be a lot different. I have been crazy about animals ever since I can remember, from a very young age I was very interested & involved in animal welfare, this never ending love I have for animals is just enormous, it’s a love I have never really felt for anything or anyone else, it’s the fuel that keeps my engine going, i translate that in all the dishes i create, in all the classes i teach (both food and yoga)  it is without a doubt my absolute drive in this life and my (PINK) kitchen. vSo there are many gateways in to this path of plant based living. Some of us choose this path because of health reasons, some because of the environment, some because of animal rights and love for the animals, but inevitably all of it is the same, we all end up at the same destination (liberation) just through different journeys and paths. For me personally my love for animals is the main drive, but i also really value my body, my health and the environment. Plus let’s face it a lot of people do things (and eat things) because they weren’t told (or know) any different. I am convinced that if people knew the truth about factory farming, the slaughter houses, about where their food actually comes from, things would be a lot different. I have been crazy about animals ever since I can remember, from a very young age I was very interested & involved in animal welfare, this never ending love I have for animals is just enormous, it’s a love I have never really felt for anything or anyone else, it’s the fuel that keeps my engine going, i translate that in all the dishes i create, in all the classes i teach (both food and yoga) it is without a doubt my absolute drive in this life and my (PINK) kitchen.

HAPPY AND HEALTHY

Besides the ethics, there are so many benefits to a vegan, plant based diet. The fact of the matter the healthiest diet on this planet IS a vegan diet. It’s not something I came up with, this is science, this is a FACT, many doctors, medical professionals, scientists have done the research and proven the facts, so there is no discussion there, you will notice the difference soon enough, as long as you do your own research, as long as you eat a VARIETY of good food, as long as you create and eat meals according to the vegan pyramid (2/4 fruit, 3/5 veg, 6/11 grains, 2/3 legumes, seeds, nuts, 2/3 fortified dairy substitutes, moderately fat and non refined sugars, plus drink plenty of water) Bodybuilders, athletes, runners are living and high- performing on completely vegetable based diets. So many people are unaware of the fact that all essential vitamins, nutrients and elements are all part of a well- balanced vegan diet AND cholesterol free! A true game changer, try it for yourself!

COURSES

If you want to master something teach it. - Yogi Bhajan

For over ten years Karo has been spreading her love for food, cooking and plant based living through her workshops, courses and events all over the world. She ran her very own vegan cafe in Lisbon for three years with her best friend Lisa Dickmann: FOODPRINTZ plus her own vegan cheese company: GOPAL VEGAN CHEESE and now runs her own catering, events and workshops through THE PINK KITCHEN. She is very passionate about the teaching component of her work, she loves paying it forward, sharing her knowledge and message on a wide scale, globally. Plus Karo has a performance background so you can be guaranteed that you will be entertained all through. So don't miss your opportunity to learn with her and sign up for any of her courses here online.

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4 Week Online Vegan Cheese Making Course – Coming Soon!

I have had my own vegan cheese business in Portugal for four years called GOPAL VEGAN CHEESE and I strongly believe in the fact that you can turn anything and I mean absolutely anything into a vegan dish. Playing around with rejuvelac, nuts, yogurt, beans, you name it just proves my point. So keep your eyes out for this 4 weeks course taking you all on a dairy free journey and recipes I personally developed for over a decade, taking you through all the steps of vegan cheese making.

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YOGA IN ACTION- Food and Yoga

Go deep into one thing and you will know everything.
Rima Rabbath

That is yoga. My yoga. My practice. It’s not seeing things as separate anymore. It’s all one. This is how I see my journey on this path of liberation. Whether I’m cooking for a 130 people on a festival, or 30 people at a small intimate retreat, or my food, yoga and activism workshops, it’s all connected. All of which is yoga in action. One does not work without the other. I am extremely dedicated to my yoga practice just as much as to cooking, so I take FOOD & YOGA very seriously, especially in a retreat context or in the context of bringing the two together in a sacred place. To me plant- based cooking is LOVE, I believe that cooking is a spiritual experience, as a cook I am bringing a gift to the people I am cooking for. I cook with love for what i do, for who i am cooking for and with love and devotion for all animals worldwide, because plant-based cooking to me is translating that love and commitment to my work as an activist to conscious cooking with LOVE FOR ALL BEINGS.

When creating a menu for food & yoga events I always try to avoid making very heavy food, cooked in lots of oil, using lots of onion, garlic, etc for a spiritual and practical reason I don’t really believe catering food with the five pungent herbs (from the Mahayana teaching in Buddhism derived from the eighth fascicle of the Laṇkāvatāra Sūtra.) not just because they are natural aphrodisiacs but mostly because they make food heavy, toxic, hard to digest and especially in a spiritual practice I think it would be good to avoid them or use as little of them as possible. When you think of FOOD & YOGA you want to think of food that helps both the body and the mind, food that stimulates both the body and the mind in a way that is elevating, uplifting, ecstatic. BLESS THE FOOD, THE SOURCE AND THE CREATOR! Especially at retreats and longer teacher trainings or similar yoga intensive programs where the food is an essential part of the program, i believe it is crucial really, to honour and bless the food, to honour and bless where the food came from Mother Earth and to honour and to bless the Holy Being who has prepared the food is a very essential and important yoga practice. (something you can also totally do at your favourite vegan restaurant, just saying)

 

SACRED FOOD PRAYER

Brahmārpañam Brahma Havir BrahmāgnauBrahmañāhutaṃ,
Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam BrahmakarmāSamādhinah.

Perceive Brahman everywhere and in all things. Brahman is the ladle, Brahman is the food, Brahman is the fire, Brahman has prepared the food and Brahman will be the eater of the food. Finally, Brahman is the goal to be reached.
Brahman: from the Sanskrit root bri, which means to expand; the eternal, changeless reality, that which transcends all forms.

RECIPES

I think the whole world should know about the joy of vegan cuisine so here I am sharing my vegan knowledge, experiences & my very own vegan recipes with the world, because I believe that the whole world should think a little more & meat a little less. I hope after reading through my site and recipes I have also contaminated you with this plant power now go spread it over town & let’s all create a world so awesome it doesn’t know what to do with itself. Enjoy reading, cooking, baking, creating and spreading the love people!

Wake up and kick ass! (breakfast)

Granola

Granola

Meals to seal some deals (mains)

Indian Style Potato Curry

Indian Style Potato Curry- 4 ppl.

SAY CHEESE!

cashew cream

Cashew cream

SWEET AF (sugar free treats, sweets, cakes and more)

Walnut Brownie

Walnut brownie

FOOD, YOGA AND ACTIVISM TOUR

creamy Beetroot Soup

Creamy Beetroot soup

THE PINK PAGES

Coming soon

HANDY RESOURCES

BOOKS

So I absolutely LOVE and ADORE cookbooks. How could I do what I do without getting some inspiration from some incredible professionals out there who really know their stuff! Here I am sharing my personal stack of cookbooks and resources I find really helpful, hopefully you will too. I am an absolute collector and the list of “must have cookbooks” is pretty much endless. But here we go, my books:

My favourite plant based cookbooks:

Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romer
Appetite For Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Cookin’ Up A Storm by Laura Dakin
Think, Eat, Act by Raffaela Tolicetti
Simple Recipes For Joy by Sharon Gannon
Cats and Dogs are People Too by Sharon Gannon
Yoga & Veganism by Sharon Gannon
Easy Vegan by Sue Quinn
My New Roots by Sarah Britton
Homemade Vegan Pantry – The Art Of Making Your Own Staples by Miyoko
Schinner
Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner
Simply Vegan & Vegan Handbook by Debra Wasserman
Vegan by Tony Weston & Yvonne Bishop
The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions: Veganize it! by Celine Steen & Joni Marie Newman
How It All Vegan & The Garden of Vegan by Tanya Barnard & Sara Kramer
Another Dinner is Possible by Mike & Isy
The Lotus And The Artichoke By Justin P. Moore
What the health cookboo and many many more

Plant based cookbooks for the Dutchies:

Vega Revolutie by Lisa Steltenpool
De Groene Meisjes
Vegan zuivel Emelie Holm
Vegan for friends Alexander Gershberg

Plant based cookbook for the Germans:

Sophia’s Vegane Welt by Sophia Hoffmann she is super cool, check her
blog too!

Great Books:

The Spiritual Activist by Claudia Horwitz
Ocean Warrior by Paul Watson
Generation V by Claire Askew
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: an introduction to Carnism by Melanie Joy, Ph.D.
Meat is for pussies- John Joseph
The PMA Effect- John Joseph (i highly recommend the audio book)
Running for Good- Fiona Oakes

FOOD BLOGS

NUTRITION RESOURCES

International Vegan Association
Vegan Health
No Meat Athlete
Kris Carr
Vegan Bodybuilding

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