Saturday, November 28, 2009

Experementing with raw desserts

Why is it so easy to be a raw foodie if you only want to drink green smoothies, eat lots of salads and best of all eat raw desserts all day? Duh! I dont think I could do it without the raw desserts. Sheesh! Dates, nuts, chocolate!!!! Did I mention chocolate???
Ok enough, but really I do a lot of experimenting with those combinations and mess with recipes. Sometimes I'm missing ingredients or cant even get them in Israel so I need a substitute. Or I make other changes based on personal taste or because it didn't work well for me the fist time I tried to make the recipe.
This one looked great but needs tweaking;

The crust was a date and nut and coconut crust, the filling chocolate mousse, and the cream is vanilla cashew cream. So my mistakes were making the crust with leftover almonds from almond milk, too wet, and making the mousse with carob powder... man no matter how much I try to love it it just doesn't do! I have heard carob quoted as having an "assy" smell and taste and after literally laughing out loud at that one I had to agree! Not that I have ever tasted ass mind you, but you get the point. OY! lets change the subject, sorry for that! Lets just say there is NO substitute for raw cacao powder in raw desserts IMHO!

Also I think with crusts made from date and nut mixtures it's better if they are just a little on the crumbly side, meaning don't let it form a ball in the FP but stop just before you get to that point. Then it's easier to remove from the glass dish and texturally works better.

OK the recipe,
1 Cup Dates
1 Cup almonds or pecans (preferably soaked first then dehydrated at 105 overnight)
1/2 Cup Desiccated coconut
pinch sea salt
Process with "s" blade until small crumbs and stop before it forms a ball. Press into Pyrex pie plate. Set aside.

Chocolate Mousse (from Jennifer Cornbleet);
1/4 C Medjool Dates (pitted and soaked)
1/4 C Maple Syrup, agave or raw honey
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
3/4 C Mashed Avocado
1/4 C + 2 Tbsp Raw Cacao powder or Carob Powder
1/4 C Water
place dates , sweetener of choice, and vanilla in FP fitted with "s" blade and process until smooth.
Add avocado and cacao powder and process until creamy. Scraping down sides occasionally.

Vanilla Cashew Cream;
1 c Raw cashews; soaked in 3cups water
1 1/2 c Water; *
1 T Pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean scraped (just the seeds inside)

* Use 1 1/2 cups water for cashew cream, and increase the water as desired to thin, up to 3 cups, into a "milk" Makes 1 pint of cream; 1 quart of milk Serving size of cream: 2 tbsp Put the soaked and rinsed cashews into a blender with water and puree until smooth and creamy. Stir in sweetener and vanilla, and enjoy!
Will keep refrigerated for 1 week.
Recipe by: Angel Foods, Cherie Soria

Pour mousse into crust and spread evenly, dollop cashew cream by the spoonful on top of mousse pie as pictured for a nice presentation.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Busy morning!

So this morning I had to be out the door before 8:30. Now this might sound funny but I'm a stay-at-home/ work-at-home mom so that's, like, hard for me! I am not used to planning ahead so I didn't have time to make my usual morning green smoothie and had to think what I was going to eat once I got to my part-part-part time job. So I made my almond milk and put in a little carob and a few dates, some honey and almond extract (just a drop for some flavor). So I had my shoko (Chocolate milk) and a couple slices of Dr.Marks spelt sourdough bread with almond butter and an orange and of course my passion fruit and chamomile tea bags, for a calm morning.

When I got home I still wasn't hungry and that lasted until 1 pm at least. Now I'm sitting down to a green smoothie of purslane, spinach, mango and apple. I agree with the Boutenkos that having a variety of greens in the diet keeps you in the mood for them.

Tonight I plan on making some carrot pecan burgers and wrapping them in collard leaves along with a baked potato or cooked quinoa and raw marinara sauce that I warm by putting in a bowl and sticking that bowl in hot water. And some sort of veggie salad or crudites. Ok that's it!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Start your morning right!

I have this thing where I cant eat breakfast until my kids leave for school in the morning. I dont know, there is just something about eating in the peaceful quiet of the morning... I must!
I always start out with a big glass of water, now I have stated putting a few crystals of Himalayan Crystal salt ( I use the larger crystals for this) in the water and a few squeezes from a lemon wedge. My second cup is the same except I add a pinch of cayenne pepper. Talk about revving it up! Who the heck needs coffee??? And then onto food. This morning I'm having sprouted dehydrated buckwheat topped with blueberries and a sliced banana, and almond milk blended with dates and carob poured over. It's really yummy! Maybe I'll get used to this carob yet!?
I just watched this video and found it a nice reminder of why I eat the way I do. Have a beautiful day!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Recipe for Raw Banana Split

Serves 1 to 2 people

2 bananas (peak ripeness preferred, before the spots start)
1/3 cup broken walnut pieces (soaked and dehydrated is best)

Slice bananas into rounds, place in serving bowls and top with broken walnuts.
Top with chocolate sauce;

(measurements approximate)

3 Tbsp Almond Butter
1-2 Tbsp Agave or raw honey
3 heaping Tbsp Raw Cacao or carob powder
pinch sea salt

mix all ingredients together and and drizzle over bananas & nuts

Another chance

I had been seriously thinking of the whole raw food way again. I decided to give it another chance. This time I'm not going to be so rigid. I also made an appointment with a raw-food/natural health counselor, Shoshana Harrari. I want to do it right this time. With Hashem's help I'll find this satisfying and healing on different levels.

I have taken advantage of my anxiety disorder's lovely ability to ruin an appetite to eat down on the food chain as they say. I have decided to give up dairy. It was a real problem because I craved it so much and never was able to digest it so well. I also started with the green smoothies again, what a blessing they are! I found the yummiest organic mangoes and I have been enjoying it with kale in my morning smoothie. When Ben's spinach comes I'll be a really happy camper!

What else am I doing, hmmm... well I am not at this time doing all raw but trying to eat mostly organic, one day at a time off the sugar drug, having also soups, quinoa, baked potatoes and sweet potatoes and whole grain sour dough bread in addition to the raw things.