Tuesday, January 23, 2007
K, i dont appreciate seeing a warning for tourists travelling to Fiji!!!! It basically said that a person should only go if they absolutely NEED to! Yikers! I called up the travel cuts people in winnipeg who I am dealing with and they assured me that this is normal (huh??) - and that people still travel regardless. Bottom line: register with the canadian consulate upon arrival.
On the raw side, i made a carrot cake yesterday. It turned out OK but i think i used to many carrots - it was Alissa's recipe, but when she said 7 carrots...well that could mean anything, so I used 7 medium which think were too big. Oh well, better luck next time. The icing was excellent though!!! Yumm!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Here are the fillings and "wraps".
Here we are enjoying the dessert..mmmmm!
Friday, January 19, 2007
I am preparing for a raw food dinner party tomorrow nite. 15 people and its a mexican theme (cept the appys).
Here's whats on the menu:
Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms
Asian crunch sticks with sesame lime dipping sauce
Lettuce "tortilla wraps"
Carrot juice "shots"
Chocolate raspeberry cheesecake with raspberry sauce
Whew, and now im tired...more work to be done tomorrow. I really hope everyone enjoys!
On another note, I got word today that our work visa's have been processed for NZ. So everything is set and now we just have to pick it up in winnipeg on friday. OMG...thats only a week away!!! Yippeee!!! Fiji - fruit, sun, beach, rainforest, and my sweetheart :)
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Here's what I made in the class:
2 small zucchinis
1.5 cups tomatoes
2 cups sun dried tomatoes, soaked a few hours
2-4 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup basil leaves
1-2 dates or 2 tsp agave
1 tsp sea salt
Peel and slice zucchini into long strips (noodles) using a spiroli slicer, or mandoline.
Blend the remaining ingredients together until smooth. Serve with zucchini noodles.
1 cup walnuts, soaked
1 cup dates, pitted
¼ cup carob powder
Process all ingredients in a food processor until it comes together into a dough. Roll into balls. Optional: roll into shredded coconut or extra carob powder. Chill in the freezer.
Note: To make brownies, double the recipe and press into the bottom of an 8” or 9” pan instead of rolling into balls.
Banana ice cream
Peel 3 or more bananas. Freeze and then puree in a food processor or high speed blender until creamy and smooth.
Ice Cream Sundae
¼ cup carob powder
5 dates, soaked OR 4 Tbsp raw honey
water as needed for blending
Blend together until smooth. Add water slowly so that it because sauce-like.
Top bananas with berries, chopped nuts, and carob sauce.
Tonite my corn chips FINALLY finished dehydrating! Yippeeee...after 24 hours! And it was the first time, with no recipe so i was hoping they would turn out. Drum roll please....OMG they are sooo damn good!!!! I can only imagine what they are gonna be like with the salsa and guacamole!
The only problem is that i didnt want to make a HUGE batch since it was the first time. But now I think I need more since there will be 15 ppl for the dinner. But its also hard to guage how much each person will eat.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Starting off with my creamy veggie dip, then onto zucchini pasta w marinara sauce, brownie balls, and banana ice cream. ive also typed up the recipes for everyone to take home, and of course they will get the sample everything. One of the ladies signed up for the class told my mom that she wont eat raw fish! LOL My mom reassured her that there will be no raw meat, fish, or dairy.
I must admit, im nervous about teaching this class. For starters, they all work for the hospital - nurses, dieticians...you know - the highly educated folk who may challenge some of what i have to say. Then i fear that i might not have the right reply.
Plus I have a fear of public speaking. Yes, something I must get over! So I suppose it will go the way its going to go, and I can only hope I teach them all something new that they will find interesting.
Here's the veggie dip recipe that I will be preparing during the class.
RAW Veggie Dip
-3/4 cup cashews
-juice of 1 lemon
-1 large clove garlic
- few Tbsp water
- approx. 2 inch cube of peeled cucumber
- 1/2 tsp finely grated white onion
- 4 sun dried tomatoes, rehydrated and minced
Puree everything EXCEPT the sun dried tomato. Add that in at the end.
I'm also busy cooking for clients, and planning my big raw food dinner this saturday. I have already made the pesto for the stuffed mushroom caps, which is in the freezer. then i just thaw, stuff and dehydrate. Tonite Im making the corn chips :D yummm!!!! I seriously cant wait for this Raw Mexican Feast!
On another note, Darwin is coming home tonite! Yippeee....cant wait to see him. he's been gone almost 5 days but it feels like forever!
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Im quite excited about it, esp as i can document my raw journey and upcoming trip abroad. In fact, its high time i leave the cold: -16C at this very moment. Uh yeah, you know - the kind of cold that makes me feel like ive run a marathon after walking outside for 5 minutes because the freezing air cuts into my lungs. However, i know that in 2 weeks I will be lying on the beaches of Fiji and cold winter will seem like a thing of the past...Booyah!!!
Speaking of Fiji, i have to say that its the part of my trip that Im most excited about so far. Being in the tropics, swimming in the ocean and eating tropical fruit....treking through the rainforest and camping in safari style tents with ensuite bathrooms in the middle of the bush. Thats my dream come true :) And going back to the fruit part for a minute - I love fruit. Any fruit really, but in particular the tropical stuff like mangoes, pineapple, papaya, bananas, young coconuts - all of which grow there and im hoping and praying that I will get the chance to pick these gems right off the trees! It will be easy being a raw foodist there!
On another note...
The joys of being raw...
Tonight we went out to celebrate a friend's birthday. Dinner and dessert - the birthday cake made by me. A 3 layer rich chocolate cake with ganache frosting. Decadent is a good word to describe it.
Now, living in a small town where the restaurant selection is sparce, its quite difficult to find a "raw food meal". Meaning, very low salad selection let alone anything else in the raw department. So I ordered a "leafy green salad" with olive oil and lemon on the side. Silly me, i thought it was going to be a somewhat decent portion since there was also an appetizer size.
This salad could fit into my 2 palms put together. I was hungry when we arrived and I think i was even hungrier when i finished the salad. So what did I do? I ordered another, and thought about the raw brownies i had started making before leaving the house. Darn, i had so meant to bring the 1/2 avocado sitting in my fridge because i KNEW this would happen.
Moral of the story - bring nuts or avocado for my salad next time.
Then it was time for cake. It was fun because i got to carry it out with all the candles lit and everyone sang Happy Birthday as I placed it in front of the guest of honour. They all ooooh'd and ahhh'd at the cake as i sliced it into wedges. But alas, no piece for me....and you know, when all was said and done, i really didnt mind. I didnt feel sorry for myself or anything like that. Instead I felt like i was enjoying as everyone else sat there enjoying their piece. Plus I knew i had raw brownies waiting for me at home, and honestly I think they are even better!