Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Good Morning, December! I LOVE YOU!

Hello! It's DECEMBER!!!! YAY!

The Thanksgiving Dinners were fun. I had 8 orders total and here is a very cool part: every single person who ordered from me gave me MORE than I was charging! I even got an entire avocado pie as a gift from Raw Chef Marion! WOW! Thank you, Everyone! I was really touched.

I made, as promised:

cornbread dressing (corn, cashews, celery, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, etc.)

brazil nut patties with a creamy gravy on top (brazil nuts, celery, parsley, etc, dehydrated overnight)

a spinach/satsuma/candied pecan salad

and carrot cake!

All in all, I actually made about 5 carrot cakes because I brought them to various Thanksgiving Day gatherings. Raw carrot cake is GOOD! I'm perfecting my own recipe...will it post soon...

I've been riding a bike a lot lately.

Thank you for getting me around and getting me out in the weather, closer to the trees and wind and sky, Bike. I love you.

I had my first solo urban foraging adventure the other morning when I got the guts to climb the fence of this vacant property and gather a backpack full of lemons from a lemon tree.

These lemons have a lot of seeds, but they are humongous!

Thank you, Lemon Tree! I love you.

I made Carmella's Banana Chocolate Cream Cake with frozen blueberries in place of bananas:

It is de-LISH-ious! Thank you, Carmella! I love you!!!

December!! Welcome. Time for HOT CHOCOLATE!!! I had my first raw hot chocolate today: Raw cacao powder with warm water and honey. I'm a convert. Who knew???

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Thursday, November 15, 2007


This beautiful woman:

has awarded me with the:

What a compliment! She is living quite the inspirational life herself. She has a terrific blog, takes magical photos, and seems to have this superhuman quality of living life through a perspective that brings delight to all whom encounter her. Thank you, Suki!!!

In return for this honor, I must award 5 recipients of my own choice and here they are:

~Carmella~ Carmella's blog, TheSunnyRawKitchen.blogspot.com, is helping the world go raw! Her raw creations constantly drop my jaw and cause me to salivate. Her kindness and generosity shine through everything she does and her photos and recipes are helping to create the PLANETARY SHIFT we are now experiencing!

~Raw Rob~ I am regulary fascinated and inspired by Raw Rob's passion for, respect for and knowledge of all things natural, wild and consciousness-related. Plus, I think he's a dynamo. He seems to be doing about a million things. He blogs at RawRob.com, has an online Funky Raw Shop, publishes a Funky Raw Magazine, throws a Funky Raw Festival, and has a Funky Raw Website.

~Marta~ Marta is The Enchantingly Witty Polish Rawk and Roll Beauty: RAWVOLTA! Her blog rawvolta.wordpress.com is full of great photos and videos. She inspires me to get better at handstands!! Plus, she is one of my Soul Sisters.

~Phillip~ Phillip is Inspiration Incarnate. I only recently found his website LovingRaw.com and his blog, but I love it and everything he is doing. He inspires me supremely.

~Raw Model~ I also very recently found Raw Model Anthony's blog. I really love it! He's a very handsome guy who has a matter-of-fact and let's-do-it-NOW approach to how he is changing his lifestyle and becoming a more conscious inhabitant of this planet.

We are so lucky to have all these awesome bloggers, yes? There are more great blogs listed in the right margin here ---->

Moving onto food...


Thanksgiving is almost here!!! I've decided what I am making for the Raw Thanksgiving Dinners To-Go:

-spinach salad with local citrus and candied pecans
-cornbread dressing
-brazil nut croquettes with gravy
-carrot cake

I'm psyched.

Here are a few photos of some of the things I have been playing around with:

This is Matt Amsden's recipe for Onion Bread - made with onion rings instead of processed onions. It comes out like fried onion rings or onion fritters and tastes dynamite!*

This is Ani Phyo's wilted spinach salad recipe from the book Ani's Raw Food Kitchen.*

This is mashed sweet potatoes from Brigitte Mars' book Rawsome!*

*Recipes coming soon.

I wanted to do some non-holiday food too so I ventured into the world of...

Raw Tacos:

They don't last long.

Corn Tortillas
adapted from Sergei and Valya Boutenko's Recipe for corn chips in their book 'Eating Without Heating'

4 c corn (I use frozen organic yellow, I like the yellow more than the white. Not sure why)
1/4 c olive oil
1/2 c H2O
1/4 - 1/2 t salt
1/2 c ground flax
1/4-1/2 t chili pepper flakes ground up

I blend everything except the flax, place it in a bowl, then add the flax. Mix and dehydrate.

Taco Meat
This recipe is something in between Ani Phyo's and Matt Amsden's. I at least double it when I make it.

1 1/2 c walnuts
1 T cumin
1 T ground coriander
1 T (or less) Bragg's

Process walnuts in the FP. Remove and mix with other ingredients.

Sour Cream
(generic recipe)

1 c cashews (soaked for 4 hours or so)
juice of 1/2 - whole lemon
1/2 c (more or less) H2O
optional: salt

General Notes
-I've tried out my fair share and then some of dehydrated raw foods. I think the corn tortilla recipe might be my favorite. I like it as a bread because it is not sprouted grains and the flavor of it is INCREDIBLE! It has this wonderful sweetness to it. It makes a great all around "wrap" for any sort of filling and it also soaks up salad dressings well. When you use white corn, its really like bread. These tacos look to me so much like cooked food and they have been a big hit with everyone I have shared them with.

Fun with Fruit Roll-Ups
I've been making fruit roll-ups like a madwoman. My mom placed an "order" for a bunch of them because she loves fruit, has no spare time and wants to eat well. You can do SOOO much with these little things.

Basic Recipe
3 bananas
3 pieces of fruit

Blend and dehydrate. You can use frozen organic strawberries, raspberries or blueberries to make berry banana flavors. You can also add in some young coconut meat to the roll-ups. I made pina colada roll-ups with some pineapple, bananas and coconut meat. Wow. Those were good. You can also make green smoothie roll-ups by throwing in some spinach or kale with the bananas. I made some with just bananas and spirulina and then some with bananas and Vitamineral Green powder. Can't wait to take it hiking.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Giving Thanks

After the Raw Spirit Festival, I found myself experiencing a huge burst of inspiration. In fact, before I went to the festival, I wasn't expecting much. I wasn't sure what to expect, and to be honest, I was a little afraid of going. I had begun to seesaw back and forth between the worlds of cooked and raw food. Were it not for the spontaneous last-minute generosity of a wonderful family I had never met who offered to give me a ride and a camping spot with them, I might not have even gone. Because of a small miracle, not only was I able to attend the festival, but I had the opportunity to spend time with and get a glimpse of the lives of 5 terribly beautiful and special people who are now very dear to my heart.

Thank you Kise', Danny, Peri, Abbey, and Julius!!! I love you guys SOOO much!!!!!

As I began to drive home once we got back from the festival, I started thinking about the holidays and how I was going to face all the cooked food. Then I thought, well I should just make a marvelous raw Thanksgiving dinner so I don't even need to worry about the cooked food. Then I thought about all the people who are dreading all that Thanksgiving food just like me and I thought - Wow. I should try and make a marvelous raw Thanksgiving dinner to-go! One that is affordable, can be purchased easily and picked up on Thanksgiving morning!!! So that is what I am doing and I encourage anyone else to do it also.

What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with raw foods, anyway! Eating raw really helps cultivate a sense of gratitude for everything. That is one thing that being at the festival reminded me of.

Plus, the added benefit is that I get to eat exquisite raw holiday food starting NOW!

Here are some of the foods I have been making:

Easy Kim Chee Salad
by Emily Lee Angell, from The Complete Book of Raw Food.
Serves: 6, Special Equipment: none

1 medium head Napa or other green cabbage
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
3 carrots, peeled and grated
1 c cilantro leaves
2 T grated ginger
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 T Celtic sea salt
1/4 c apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
1/4 c honey
3 T olive oil
1 t dried red chili flakes or any Asian red chili sauce
1-2 avocados, cut in small cubes

Mix everything except avocado together well in a bowl. Adjust the spices to taste and let salad sit for 1 hour, until the cabbage wilts. Sever topped with avocado cubes. This salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

personal note: this is one of my favorite cabbage salad recipes.

Mashed Potatoes
by Juliano, from the book RAW

3 c chopped caluiflower
1 c cashews
1/2 c lemon juice
1/2 c fresh thyme, chopped
1 T minced garlic
1 T Celtic seasoning

Blend cauliflower in a blender using a little lemon juice and add remaining ingredients. If you have a Green Power Juicer, use it instead. Hocus pocus! You have mashed potatoes!

personal note: next time I might use less lemon juice and soak the cashews a bit first

Marvelous Mushroom Soup
by Nomi Shannon from her book The Raw Gourmet

1/2 c water
1/4 c almond butter
1 1/2 c quartered mushrooms
1 T liquid aminos
1 pinch sea salt

In a blender, combine the water and almond butter and blend. Add the mushrooms, liquid aminos and salt. Blend until smooth.

personal note: I used this as gravy and it was STELLAR!

Meat loaf
by Juliano, from the book RAW

1 1/3 c walnuts
1 1/3 c sunflower seeds
1 1/3 c almonds
1 T minced garlic
1/2 T Celtic sea salt
1/2 c fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 c chopped celery
2 c Marinated Portobello, chopped (see recipe below)
1 T chopped onion
1/2 T minced ginger
2 T fresh rosemary, minced
1 T fresh tarragon, minced
1 c red bell pepper, chopped
1 T minced jalapeno
1 1/2 t cumin seeds
1/2 c olive oil

Soak sunflower seeds and almonds in enough water to cover for 2-6 hours. Soak walnuts for 1/2 hour. Drain and throw the nuts and seeds into a food processor with the minced garlic. If you have a Green Power, push them through -- they're best when homogenized. Process until the contents develop a dough-like consistency. Add a dash of olive oil if the dough is too thick. Stir in the Celtic sea salt, presley, celery, portobello, onion, ginger, rosemary, tarragon, bell pepper, jalapeno, cumin seeds, and olive oil. Mix well. On a solid dehydrating sheet shape the mixture into a loaf about 1 1/2 inches high. Dehydrate for 3-4 hours at 90 degrees.

personal note: I think I dehydrated this for 12-24 hours. I had more leftover and I used it to stuff mushrooms with. Magnific!

Marinated Portobello
by Juliano

2 c diced portobello mushrooms
1 c Nama Shoyu
1/4 c olive oil

In a bowl soak mushrooms in Nama Shoyu and olive oil for at least 10 minutes, up to 6 hours. Note: if you don't have Nama Shoyu, substitute 1/4 c miso and 1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed orange juice. Discard marinade.

personal note: I used 1/4 c Bragg's aminos instead of 1 c of Nama Shoyu and it was still too salty for my taste. Other than that, it was great!


I will continue to update this post with more holiday-style recipes.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Raw Spirit Fest Photos

Here are some photos I took of the 2007 Raw Spirit Festival:

Happy Oasis and Friends

Wise Women's council

Asha of Pacific Domes

Superfood cereal


sprout salads!


Kathy Zavada

Speaker's Panel


Hira Ratan Manek

Cherie Soria

Feather Jones on the herb walk

Sproutman Steve

Jameth Sheridan


Feel welcome to view my entire Raw Spirit Fest 2007 Photo Album

Even better than these photos is this fantastic video by Phillip of LovingRaw.com:

For more details on the Raw Spirit Fest, check out Heidi and Justin S. Ohlander's blog article on it.

Thanks to Everyone spreading this energy.

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