Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
My intention with this blog was to write once a day (great!) or once every two days (good!), but oh dear, this is my third day. Dreadful, isn't it? But I don't feel the least bit guilty because our Internet was down nearly the entire day yesterday. For some fellow bloggers, the weather is summery, hot, and perfectly lovely...here, well, right now it's -30 Celsius (which is very, very cold). The little corner of the world that I live in happens to be boiling hot in summer (yay!) and freezing cold in winter. But I love it here! The cold weather makes everything cozy in our nice warm house.
Take yesterday, my sister Anne-Marie and I cuddled up in a warm quilt, a tray laden with a teapot and mugs, apples and raw caramel apple dip (my sister and I adore it) and we snuggled together reading "The Fellowship of the Ring" in the cozy glow of a beside lamp. Outside the wind whirled and danced cold and hard , but inside, we were transported to Hobbiton and the event of Bilbo Baggins birthday party. We laughed, drank our tea, tried to convey tones and meaning into the character's voices, and had a jolly time. Yes, indeed, there are certainly lovely things about winter. Today we hope to read some more, again with that pot of tea by our side.
Yet, despite the cold I'm afraid I must confess that I had my 3rd bowl of ice-cream in 3 nights. It happens to be my favourite raw treat (I have a sweet tooth). I topped it with raw cacao nibs, raw agave nectar, maple syrup, chopped walnuts, and the rest of the caramel dip (I loved that addition).
One of the things that I discovered a couple days ago was the most divine soup. Really, I shouldn't say discovered, because I used Shannonmarie's www.shannonmarie.blogspot.com cream of broccoli soup recipe, but tweaked it a bit. My family was having cream of cauliflower and soup sounded so heavenly. So I remembered Shannonmaire posting something about it way back and got her recipe and changed it around for myself. But what I'm so excited about is that with just a half a cup of soaked cashews and whatever spices and additions I want, I can make any creamy dreamy soup I want to. Mine looked nearly identical to my family's and it tasted heavenly!!! I warmed it in my Vita-Mix to perfection. Oh, now I want to make soup for tonight.
So you see, there are plenty of ways to beat the cold out here and have a blast while doing it. I enjoy lots of tea every day (my family loves tea) and I usually do some sort of exercises every day, whether it be creative aerobics or Pilate's. So with a sigh, and the knowledge that I'm about to go downstairs and have some tea, I must say, "I love winter!"
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Yesterday I was on an all-day shopping trip (which is why I didn't post) and when I came home and checked out some blogs I discovered this from Shannonmarie of http://www.rawdorable.blogspot.com/:
The Inspirational Blogger Award is, "For those bloggers who inspire others through their words and actions. With a positive attitude, and uplifting spirit these bloggers make the blogosphere a better place, and encourage others to do the same. This award is for bloggers who rise up to set an example but continue to reach out and support others.”
Hence the title (which is a great understatement!). Shannonamarie IS SO SWEET! I don't deserve it at all! I absolutely adore her blog and check it all the time. She posts all the time and keeps so many people, including me, very inspired in the raw and healthy lifestyle. Her writing style is so fun and easy to read! I love your blog, Shannonmarie! Muah! As far as I'm concerned I would tag her right back and give her the award again, but I liked the idea of giving it to other awesome blogs that haven't been awarded yet. Oh, and I have to say I'd award Kristen from http://www.kristensraw.blogspot.com/ too, but she has two. I just love, love, love her blog (and soon I'm about to add her link to my blog! I'm so slow!) Oh, and Raw Diva Keely http://www.rawdivakeely.blogspot.com/ I love her blog so much! There's just so many!
But as a recipient of being "tagged" I get to give the award to five other people who's blogs inspire me. So without further ado, I present five awesome blogs that deserve special recognition:
Julie at http://www.juliesrawambiton.wordpress.com/ She has an inspiring way of writing, and what she has written and posted is fun to look at. Oh! Especially her raw enchilada recipe and photos. I've got to try that recipe soon! :0)
Raw Food Experiments! www.derekandsara.com/raw/ Oh my word! I love their pictures and recipes! It all looks so good! Just the way the food is arranged in the photos is pure art form.
PeanutPea at www.makeeverydayraw.blogspot.com/ Her pictures and recipes look so great! I love the way she strives to be so committed to the raw lifestyle.
Chad at www.vegannosaurus.com/ He has an inspiring way of thinking outside of the box, for example, his rawcaroni salad. I love originality and his recipes really seem to be just full of that!
Curtis and Peggy at http://rawinspiration.blogspot.com/ Their blog is amazingly chock full of pictures, wonderful thoughts, and encouraging content. Their passion for the raw lifestyle is so evident in all they post.
So thank you guys for your great blogs! Keep up the great work.
Ok, at my time it happens to be 12:27 A.M. (even though the time posted says 10 something, I'm on different time) and you can probably tell I'm starting to fall asleep by now, but I was determined not to miss two days in a row of not blogging, even though I hate staying up this late. Sigh... I missed it by 27 minutes. :0) The reason it's so late is because tonight we raced to hear Phil Callaway (a Christian comedian/speaker) tonight. He was really good, a very down to earth man who really loves the Lord Jesus. Mr. Callaway made us laugh so hard and really inspired me. You can check out his site at http://www.philcallaway.com/ Not only that, but he kept us up late, lol. But it was a great evening.
Since we were on the run to get there in time, I had to take along my supper. It was the easiest thing. I just grabbed some organic spring mix greens, threw them in a bowl, and squirted organic dressing on it. For a sweet to end off with, I sliced up banana, drizzled raw organic agave nectar (so much nicer than the average agave nectar, I think it tastes sweeter) over it, and topped with raw cacao nibs that I just bought. It was simple, quick, and tasty.
But before I fall asleep, I have to tell you a great idea for your salads that I did today. Marinated mushrooms are so tasty in salads, but have you ever tried marinating cubed eggplant? Yum, that's so good, a nice, tasty morsel that adds "umph" to your meal.
Ok, now I'm about to drop, so that's it for tonight, or this morning, I should say.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
About 2 frozen bananas
1 big orange
Pure orange juice as a liquid base
1 big Aloe Vera leaf, filleted
2 big handfuls of spinach
And then guzzle it all up in your high-speed blender, pour into glass, and stick your straw in!
When I tasted it, I was surprised how close to the classic Orange Julius it tasted. I will definitely make it again...like tomorrow morning. :0)To the right is an apple "cobbler" I had for lunch, very satisfying (I didn't feel like I wanted any snacks during the afternoon) and yummy tasting. It was simply one apple cut up, about a little less than a cup of Raw Food Real World's granola (you can use your own raw granola), a little bit of ginger powder, and tahina and liquid raw honey to mix it all up.
I imagine if you put this in your dehydrator for an hour or so it would be a great, warm dessert to serve after dinner, perhaps for your whole family.
Tonight our family is having spaghetti for supper, so I made a raw version for myself. It's always great when you can eat the "same" thing as your family and friends, just a raw version. Tomorrow I'll post a picture of it and of the tomato sauce that I whipped up this afternoon.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
This is what I had for lunch and oh, it was so good. Definitely a comfort food! This is the recipe that Chef Russell James created, which I got off http://www.welikeitraw.com/ I'll definitely make it again soon.
Tonight we're hosting a Tupperware party tonight so it should be fun. Although I really prefer glass and stainless steel for kitchen dishes, some plastic is fine, depending on what you store in it. The company definitely has some nice stuff and it's good quality plastic. Still, I must repeat myself and say I'd rather have glass.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
This has been floating around on a few blogs now, so finally I decided to fill it out for fun.
1. Favorite home-made nut (non-dairy) milk? Almond milk, oh, it's so good in shakes, smoothies, granola...
2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to make(cook)? I want to make a raw casserole, an apple crumble, and a kale avocado salad soon
3. Topping of choice for popcorn? When I'm not eating all raw, I like the simple. Coconut oil and salt sound good on popcorn.
4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure? A green salad dressing where I put in practically anything I saw in the fridge. It wasn't very nice.
5. Favorite pickled item? I don't know. Pickles?
6. How do you organize your recipes? I have my raw recipe books in a stack in my room and if I find a recipe I like on the web I'll bookmark it or something similar.
7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal? Compost anything that can be. The rest of our trash we collect and then burn ourselves.
8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods...what would they be (don't worry about how you'll cook them)? Bananas, avocados, and perhaps a green powder.
9. Fondest food memory from your childhood? When I watched "Winnie the Pooh" I loved sucking on a tablespoon of honey. The honey on the video always looked so yummy.
10. Favorite vegan ice cream? The coconut ice-cream from Raw Food Real World. I love that stuff!
11. Most loved kitchen appliance? Vita-Mix and Processor, oh and I can't leave the coffee grinder out either.
12. Spice/herb you would die without? I wouldn't die without any of them, but I sure love parsley, cilantro, oh, and mint is sure good.
13.Recipe (Cook) book you have owned for the longest time? "Rejuvenate your Life" by Serene Allison (still a favourite)
14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly? Raspberry or strawberry
15. Favorite raw (vegan) recipe to serve to an friend? Banana ice-creams, salads, raw treats
16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh? Tofu
17. Favorite meal to make (cook) (or time of day to cook)? Raw chocolate pudding ice-cream, that is seriously, so incredible. It's so healthy you can eat it for a main course and is simple, simple to make. I like making things when I feel like it. :0)
18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator? Cookbooks, papers, and a cell phone
19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking. Raw treat balls I just made, sunflower seeds, pine nuts
20. What's on your grocery list? Young coconut, organic cocoa, medjool dates, eggplant are some I can think of
21. Favorite grocery store? Trader Joes, but the fact I live in Canada means we can't visit it very often. (sniff, sniff)
22. Name a recipe you'd love to rawify (veganize), but haven't yet. A pita-type flat bread
23. Food blog you read the most? I like Shannonmarie's Rawdorable (http://www.rawdorable.blogspot.com/) and Carmella's Sunny Raw Kitchen (http://www.thesunnyrawkitchen.blogspot.com/). A few of many.
24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate? LaraBars, Medjool dates
25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately? Goji berries maybe, but they weren't very much
26. Veganaise or Nayonaise? Never tried either.
27. What is one recipe or ingredient or cooking technique that you've become familiar with in the last year or two that you can't imagine you ever lived without? Working with the Vita-Mix!
28. Do you have a food inspiration in your life? Someone who taught you a lot about making a certain dish, or about food prep in general, or someone who taught you how to truly enjoy food? My Mother is an awesome cook, she hardly ever uses recipes because she's so creative. Whatever she makes tastes great. My sister, Anne-Marie loves gourmet cooking, so she's inspiring to me too. We both have really similar taste buds, so that's fun.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Since I’m in the salad dressing rut here, I’ve got to tell you what dressing I made for my supper tonight. After all, salads can be a big part of eating raw; therefore, dressings must be too.
1/3 c. olive oil
1/3 c. apple cider vinager
1/3 c. of red onion (or a little more, to your taste)
1/3 c. of sweetener (I used dates, but if you use honey the dressing will be pinker)
1 tsp. dry mustard powder
2-3 TB. pure water
pure salt to taste
Whiz it up. Add a tad more of olive oil or water to the consistency you like.
I think that’s it. It’s got a beautiful color and tastes really good in a spinach salad with walnuts or pecans and dried cranberries thrown in.
Tomorrow I get the camera back, so I want to get in the habit of putting my own pictures and creations on this blog.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Today I'm having a gorgeous Caesar salad for my supper and although the recipe isn't mine, I just had to share it with you because it tastes sooooo good. I got the recipe from http://www.rawgoddessheathy.blogspot.com/ Bless you Heathy for sharing it on your site!
Woody Harelson’s Caesar Salad Dressing
5 tablespoons raw tahini
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 nice clove garlic
2 green onions, or 1/4 cup sweet onion
1 lemon, juiced
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup or 3 soft dates, pitted
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1-2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
1-2 teaspoons sea salt or to taste
2 tablespoons good olive oil (optional)
fresh water, 2 tablespoons at a time as necessary to blend.
In a blender, combine all ingredients, adding oil and fresh water, 2 tablespoons at a time as necessary to blend until very smooth.
Makes 1 pint of thick dressing that will keep fresh for a week.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
We did it! Mumsie and I finished the green cleanse and as a result we’re very proud of ourselves. :0) During this week, we both had lots of energy and felt really good the entire time. I’m glad we did it, but I must admit, the raw granola and almond milk we had this morning tasted incredible! (and now I'm looking forward to the parsley and pine nut salad waiting for me at lunch :0)
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
When people asked me what my favourite color is I would often reply that I didn't have one because I love them all so much, but now that I think about it I'd have to take back my answer. I love green! Why? Green is the color of growing things, of God's incredible nature, it's the color of life! The most important (I feel) foods we can eat in the raw diet are things that are green because they are the ones with probably the greatest effect on our body, alkalizing it, bringing along chlorophyll, an army of vitamins and nutrients, and giving us abounding energy. Greens are powerful!!!
During this green cleanse I've felt great and had a lot of energy. It's been fun whizzing up concoctions that you don't know how will taste. Mom and I we've made so many shades of green with our "recipes", bright, verdant green, khaki green, army green, swampy green, and forest green. Some we liked more than others that's certain but none of them made me wish I didn't have to drink it. No sir, I'm now an official fanatic of green smoothies. Like the Green Smoothie girl (http://www.greensmoothiegirl.com/) says, "If you do nothing else in your day that's healthy, do this!" (BTW, I really liked her site and she's got a great green smoothie demo movie on her home page you should check out)
CHLOROPHYLL Some people wonder, "Why are greens so important?" One of the many great reasons (putting the incredible results of a more alkalized body, more energy, weight loss, the essential vitamins and nutrients it gives aside) is because of the chlorophyll. This is the green pigment that makes all your greens green. Chlorophyll tackles tumor growth, purifies the lymph nodes, helps the adrenal glands, unstops arteries and enriches the blood. It has a lot of vitamins and minerals, phyto-nutrients, and colon-cleansing cellulose. Did you know that chlorophyll is only one molecule different than the makeup of human blood? It is a fighter, a good battle guy for our body. There. That's one reason.
TRY TO GET ORGANIC One thing I'm trying to do when we get greens is to get organic. As Serene Allison says, "Greens are your medicine." That's a great reason to our greens straight from the garden. You don't want your medicine to be sprayed with chemicals and pesticides, grown in depleted, horrid soil. No! You want it to be fresh and organic. At our house, it's not problem getting organic greens in the summer and spring because we do organic gardening, but in winter and fall it's a little more difficult, especially since where we live it's hard to get good organic, whole food, type of stores and resources. But we do our best and that's what counts.
HOW TO GET MORE GREEN IN OUR DIET My best advice would be green smoothies (a recipe below). Have a salad at the supper meal everyday (this helps your family eat more greens). When you're making your applesauce put in some greens (not cooked) and serve it the "green" way. Pick a milder green (like spinach) and put it in your raw ice-creams, add some pure mint extract and then you've got something that looks and tastes like mint ice-cream. Use your creativity and think of lots of ways to get more greens in you and your family's life. You can also get green supplements (and there's a lot of good ones out there) and put that in smoothies, juices, or water to help increase your "green-ity". Currently, I don't do that, but I would like to in the future (especially for when I'm on trips).Here's one of my favourite green smoothies: (I won't give measurements, but just let you take it to your own level to emphasize the berries, bananas, or greens to what extent you desire)
A mix of berries (your choice of one or more of raspberries, blueberries, huckleberries, blackberries, strawberries)
A mix of greens (your choice of one or more of spinach, kale, collards, ect.)
Then add pure water or a berry juice to the consistency you want in the blender and whizz it up and lastly, enjoy!
When we eat our greens in the smoothie form, all the cellular walls of the greens have been broken down and we can absorb more nutrients than if we chewed a big salad. That's why when you eat greens you should chew long and well.
Here's to green!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
On this green cleanse I'm doing you can eat fruit when you're hungry and pomegranates have been one of my tip top choices. Yum! I love these sparkling red jewels! But the sad thing is they are not going out of season. My ever sweet Dad bought four pomegranates for Mom and I at two dollars per piece! A good price for them is a dollar and an average is one-fifty. They're simply loaded with anti-oxidants and helps mop up all those nasty free radicals.
Another thing I love is lip balm and when you add pomegranate to it you get...Burt's Bees replenishing lip balm. It's my all time favorite of all my lip stuff. It smells divine and helps soothe your lips when they're dry. Now that I sound like a commercial I shall say that I wasn't paid a cent for raving about it. All the same, if you need lip balm, you should try this. :0)
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Day 3 of the Green Cleanse and Day 8 on raw...
We haven't made the same smoothie once yet. Not once. We're having fun trying new green recipes or mostly making up our own. Yesterday's lunch marveled me how many greens and veggies my Mom could get into one smoothie and it still tasted fruity and good. That invented one of hers was probably one of my favorites so far.
We had a papaya and greens smoothie for lunch and that was good. Having no bananas in it; yet, having a whole papaya had a very creamy, pudding-like texture.
For our supper, we're having a recipe from the Green Cleanse guide called "Cool Banana". Here's the recipe if you're game enough to try:
1/2 c. water
1 handful of mint
1 handful of lettuce leaves
Here's some nutritional facts about mint that I'm discovering:
Peppermint is a good source of vitamins A and C, manganese, beta-carotene (I wouldn't have guessed), a good source of dietary fibre, folate, iron, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin B2. The high nutrient density and low calorie status qualified peppermint as a good source of omega-3 fats (that surprised me), potassium, and copper.
It's health benefits are an anti-cancer aid, helps digestion, gives you fresh breath as commonly known, and it has antioxidant properties which helps neutralize free radicals (the bad guys).
All that said, it makes me want to eat fresh peppermint. This is one herb I love to grow in the spring and not only do I enjoy eating it, but it's a lovely addition to a facial steam or even just throwing some in a cup of hot water for a natural tea. I like to use fresh peppermint leaves for breath mints instead of the traditional aspartame/sugar loaded mints sold at the stores.
Monday, January 7, 2008
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
One of my favorite words is ... energy!!! Electrifying, rejuvinating, vigor, liveliness, glorious energy. Who doesn't want that?? God wants us to have abounding energy so that we can love and serve Him better and He has put the most awesome foods on this planet for that purpose. I mean, who really likes feeling sluggish and tired, worn out and frazzled? NOT ME!!!
The raw food diet gives you SO much energy! My poor family has to tell me to settle down sometimes because I get a little, ahem, lively...but that's a thousand times better than feeling sick and slow! And I'm not saying that if you eat only raw you'll never feel tired again, believe me, there are times and circumstances where I'm exhausted and I'm eating raw, but you see, those times are fewer and farther between than it used to be! This is exciting! With the raw diet, energy is ours for the taking! Raw food gives life, it's full of life-giving enzymes, minerals, vitamins, so incredible.
Here's some great info about one of the exciting energy-infusing superfoods God has given us:
It contains over 96 different nutrients, including every single nutrient needed to sustain life. This superfood is made up of 40% protein all usable by the body without any other breakdown or metabolism. It contains 22 amino acids, vitamin C, B-complex, folic acid, polyunsaturated fatty acids, enzymes, and carotene, all of the major antioxidants. In addition, it benefits your body with a number of vital trace elements that it can’t manufacture, but needs in order to stay healthy. These include iron, zinc, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Also it has vitamins B, E, D, selenium, lecithin, and cysteine which strengthen the immune system. It has been known to give endurance and energy and build resistance to allergies (because of the traces of substances which trigger allergies, like a shot, but it should be avoided by people who have an allergy or sensitivity to bee venom).
Bee pollen is a taste you have to let "grow" on you and until you like it by itself, put a bit in your daily smoothie or even a bit in your salad dressing (just not too much) as you blend it up. Perhaps in time, you'll like it on top of your raw ice-creams, smoothies, or salads even. I don't love the taste yet, but I don't mind eating it by itself, but like I said...it "grows "on you.