Thursday, August 28, 2008

Two Sisters going on an Adventure...

...and not just any adventure...a raw adventure! Of course, I've always been "into" raw, but lately, ahem...well, our life has been the busiest that it ever has been, mostly because of singing and travelling, and I have just been eating what every one else is eating. And now I'm ready to feel that raw energy again SO I've enlisted my best friend and sister, Anne-Marie to join in. The agreed time is twenty-five days to do all raw. It should be easy for me to do, as I love raw and have gone long periods of time doing it, but the most Annie has done is 1 whole day, so like I said, it will be a fun adventure. And that's exactly what we'll make it. We're going to drool over raw recipe books and get more exercise in and devise new and delightful recipes of our own and have heaps and heaps of fun...

Today was Day 1 and Annie tells me it was easy. So that's good. But I'm not going to report everything that she says...she's going to tell ya'll herself. She'll co-host this blog for the next while with me and give her own ideas and opinions of what she thinks of it all.

So when I'm not busy, I will try to update this blog frequently (not like lately...I apologize for my slacking and beg your forgiveness more ardently). But I won't be able to post for a couple days because we're away singing for the weekend. Also, our family just got a sweet, new camera so I'm happy to report that I will have some better pictures here.

So inspire us on, folks! And please, if you have a moment, take the time to cheer my sis Annie on! She'd LOVE that and it would make her day!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Wild To-Go

There is so much fun in going outside and harvesting your own lunch...whether it's from your garden, or from grabbing a few dandelions from your lawn and adding them to your salad, picking a few herbs from a pot, or getting fresh mushrooms from the grass (making sure you know them to be completely safe).

When we had beautiful, plump yellow roses this summer, the silky petals went into my salad (above)...and one of my last salads had bright marigold petals in it. Edible flowers look so pretty in whatever you add them too, giving your dish a snazzy flash of color. Pansies are another edible beauty.

Another thing I have discovered is wild grass. Ok, well, I have not discovered it I already knew it existed, lol...but I have found out that is a very cool thing to put in green smoothies. It adds heaps and heaps of fibre, and is just another great source of greens. I'm not talking about cultivated lawn grass, but wild grass you find in the country.

All those things are great too in salads (even wild grass, cut up very small). One of my favorite ways to eat salad lately is simply massaged well with pure olive oil and salt, and then having fresh lemon wedges squeezed onto it. It is simply amazing and so fresh tasting!

So this week, make it your challenge to find some wild greens in your backyard and branch out. It's lots of fun and it's very easy and quick to do. And have buckets of fun!

Drop me a note in the comments below and tell me what wild edibles you like to get and how you use them.