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Dessert as Medicine, made by Romany Rose.
Created in 2019 in the Hudson Valley, Medicinal Desserts was born from the desire to connect people with the beauty and nourishment of Mother Earth, and to transform our relationship with food and treats into a healing experience. The practice of creating these desserts is founded upon the values of wholeness, integrity, harmony, reciprocity, and mindfulness.
Romany studied Herbalism at the Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials in Ithaca and is a Reiki II practitioner. She began making raw vegan treats over a decade ago and has been plant-based since 2013. Eating a vegan diet, along with spiritual practices such as yoga, Cha Dao - the Way of Tea, and following Buddhist principles in daily life, continues to expand her understanding of the sacredness of food and all beings. She lives in upstate New York with her husband Eduardo, where they enjoy drinking ceremonial cacao and spending time in nature.
WORDS OF PRAISE
“I look forward to my moon time so much more ever since I started ordering treats from Medicinal Desserts each month! The desserts Romany makes not only nourish my body, but they uplift my spirit as well and remind me of the inherent beauty and pleasure of being a part of Nature.” - Lyndsey Harrington
“There is one word that comes to mind when I've had the delicious pleasure of eating treats made by Romany, and that is JOY. There is a feeling - start to finish and everything in between - of joy! She puts tremendous care into understanding people's preferred tastes and the happiness to meet your tastes just flows out of her. I've commissioned a children's cake, my own birthday cake and now I order surprise boxes of treats for our whole family.
Her textures invoke small and savored bites and as a family we all marvel, ask for seconds and divide up the thirds. Romany's passion for making people feel special and nourished is uniquely rich. And that layer of richness added to her creations is priceless. Thank you Romany for sharing your love of desserts and cacao especially, with all of us.” - Rebecca Steele
"I recently commissioned a Medicinal Desserts cake for an intimate wedding reception in celebration of two dear friends. After the cake was cut and shared around the table, I watched with such joy and excitement as everyone tasted their first bite. What happened next was not a surprise to me, as I am already a lover of Romany’s creations, but it was truly something special to witness. It was as if this cake suspended time and held each and every one of us in a cloud of presence and delight. What a gift! Not only are these desserts medicinal, they are also quite magical and stand apart from anything else I’ve experienced.” - Mary Evelyn Pritchard
How do I order a custom cake?
If you're looking for a slice of cake or a few treats, please visit Cacao Lab in Kingston. If you want to make a personal order, please send an email letting us know the following:
1) Your name
2) What you’d like to order
3) Date of pick-up / delivery
(if delivery, please include address within a 10 mile radius of West Hurley, NY)
4) Allergies or food dislikes
We can easily adjust decorations to suit, but due to pre-processed ingredients and shared kitchen area we cannot guarantee desserts to be completely allergen free.
We will then provide details for payment through Venmo or Paypal. If possible, please give 2 weeks notice. But still reach out with any last minute orders too, and we'll see what we can do!
Where do I pick up my cake and treats from?
You can pick up pre-paid orders at Cacao Lab - 295 Wall Street, Kingston.
I'm not sure which size cheesecake to order?
The Baby cake comfortably serves 4-6 people, and the Family serves 12-16. We recommend getting the Family for 6 or more, as it's rare folks don't want seconds and you can always store leftovers in the fridge or freezer for another day!
How do I know when to order the Moontime Treats?
Our suggestion is to look at your cycle calendar and order pick-up or delivery 4–7 days before the first day of your bleed. Our treats can be frozen until ready to eat, so you can tuck them away until your moontime or whenever you desire!
Are your desserts organic?
Yes, all our desserts are made with 100% organic ingredients. The exception is the maple syrup which we source from local company Tree Juice, which is 100% pure.
Are you a gluten-free kitchen?
We don’t use any gluten in our offerings. Our cake bases are made with gluten-free rolled oats. For those who are highly sensitive to gluten or are grain-free, we can create a Paleo-friendly base with nuts and seeds, for extra charge.
I don't do cashews. Can you accommodate?
None of our desserts are suitable for those with nut sensitivities. Our cheesecakes are cashew based and we haven't found an alternative that works in a way we're happy with. Thanks for understanding.
Is everything vegan?
Yes! Everything on our menu is vegan and produced in a vegan-conscious kitchen.
What sweeteners do you use?
Our treats are sweetened with organic dates & local maple syrup.
How long do your cakes & treats last? What’s the expiration date?
All our cakes and treats must be kept in either the fridge or freezer. When you pick up your dessert, it will be frozen to keep it in pristine form for the journey home with you. We recommend you get it into a refrigerator within 2 hours.
For whole cheesecakes after you get it home, they keep best in the fridge for 4 days and this also makes sure it has an optimal consistency. We prefer to keep all our small treats in the freezer and take out little by little as desired, leaving in the fridge for a few hours to thaw or on the countertop for 30 minutes before eating.
In the fridge in an airtight container, all desserts will keep for a week, but of course they are best as fresh as possible! In the freezer, they will happily last for 6 months and can be put into the fridge when you’re ready to eat.
What's your delivery range and pricing?
Delivery is $20 and is only available to those in the Hudson Valley, within a 10 mile radius from West Hurley/Kingston, NY (see map below).
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