Thursday, February 19, 2009

Happy Valentines!

...Or should I say Happy Belated Valentines? In any event, I hope yours was a great one, spent with that special someone(s) in your life.

I was very fortunate to get a double V-day whammy! On Friday night, Darwin and I headed an hour away to get the festivities started with good friends, Marcy and Andy. It was fondue time! Yee Haw! I brought a raw caesar salad, and we made a cheese fondue complete with all kinds of dipping items. I considered bringing cheddar cheese dip for myself, but decided to just go with the salad and "extra" dessert ...hehehe
Here's my Caesar Dressing, created quite some time ago, but it's still my fave - there's often a jar of it in my fridge! I don't often like black pepper in my food, but in this case, I think it helps to "make" it! :)

2 medium avocados
½ c cashews
½ c water
¼ c lemon juice
¼ c olive oil
2.5 tbs acv
2 tbs nutritional yeast
1-2 tsp sea salt
1-2 tsp black pepper
2 medium cloves garlic
1 large date

Blend all ingredients until smooth, starting with the lower amount of salt and pepper. Taste, and reseason if needed.
Parmesan Cheese
½ cup brazil nuts
½ cup cashews
1 tsp nutritional yeast
1 small clove garlic, minced
¼- ½ tsp sea salt

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until almost ground and crumbly. I keep a jar of this stuff on hand in the freezer for easy access.

Now what would Valentines be without chocolate? I made raw chocolate fondue, and served it with: bananas, strawberries, oranges, dates, walnuts, almonds, and my raw chocolate chip cookies. Yum yum, it was fun and messy - love it!

The fondue was made out of: cacao powder, cacao butter, agave, vanilla bean, and thick cashew milk. The bananas and oranges were definately my favourite....Mmmm, just thinking about it makes me salivate, LOL.

I got the gang to sit pretty for this pic while they enjoyed choccie goodness :)

On Real Vday, I was showered with the basket of flowers (above) from my hunny :) He knows exactly the colours I like. We had a wonderfully quiet day together - MORE caesar salad for dinner with baked spaghetti squash and raw tomato sauce...and chocolate/fruit for dessert. Couldn't have asked for anything more! How did YOU spend your Valentines Day?

16 comments:

Lauren said...

Yum! That fondue sounds sooo divine! Happy belated V-day! Glad you had a great one!

Fiferous said...

Hey, I just discovered your blog, and I am totally looking forward to trying some of your recipes. Thanks for being so generous in sharing! I am also from Canada, BC specifically. Anyways, Thanks again, I will be reading in the future :D
Oh, and I got "tricked" into going on a date with an almost stranger this V-Day, haha.. it was kind of akward.

abby of Mia Picolli Piaceri said...

yummy!!!! i adore your blog!

just in case, feel free to visit mine at www.justsweeterthansugar.blogspot.com

thank u! ;)


mush love, abby

Raw Goddess said...

Hi Lauren - thanks, same to you! mmmm, yes chocolate fondue is always great ;)

Fiferous - thanks, i hope you enjoy the recipes. Where in BC are you? Im moving out there soon! Can't wait! Eeks, awkward Vday eh?! Better luck next year :)

Abby - ooh, you have a sweet blog?! I am going to check it out right now!

Fiferous said...

haha, sorry, you can call me marley. I live in Vancouver most of the time but my family has an organic farm close to Lillooet BC. I am living in Ireland for the next few months but will be home for summer.. Canada is quite the place to call home. Good luck in your move!

Sweetie said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful love day=-) I spent at the RAw food cafe in Beverly MA. Rawbert's Organic Cafe. It was VERY good. I had a lovely night!!

Love always

Raw experiment said...

Tried the caesar dressing and parmesan, they tasted great! thanks for the recipes!

Raw Goddess said...

Marley - Oooh Ireland sounds wonderful! Have a great time! Are they much into raw over there?

Sweetie - wow, must be nice to have a raw restaurant nearby - do tell, what did you eat there?

Raw Experiment- glad you like the caesar salad! It's definately one of my faves!

Sweetie said...

HI
It was soooooooooooo good! I actually hope to take Rawbert's Raw Chef course in March.

We ate a 5 course meal.
Course 1
It stared with endive's stuffed lightly with a rosemary Pate also on the plate Bruscheta with Rosmary bread.
Course 2
Then a salad with edible flowers and yummy dressing,
course 3
then......the yummiest and most surprising was 2 "meatballs" in a orange tomato sauce[this was incredible!!]
Course #4
was eggplant Parm
coure # 5
was Triamasu
delish!!!!!!!!

LOVE ALWAYS

Charis said...

I've always loved your creativity Heather, so I've nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award. Check out my blog for details!

Aimee (Bitt) said...

what a fun idea! i will have to try it.

The Vegan SlaughterHouse said...

Oh my gosh Im so excited I found you blog- I love it!

Raw Goddess said...

Sweetie - Taking the raw food course will be great!!
Wow that meal sounds wonderful! Mmmm, making my mouth water!

Charis - aww, how sweet of you, I'll go check out your blog. Thanks! :)

Aimee - oooh yes, if you like chocolate, you'll love the fondue!

Vegan - thanks! Keep enjoying :)

Raw Food, Real People said...

Hi!
I've just discovered your site and was wondering where you live since you mention the COLD weather - we are in MN.
My husband and I are new to raw foods and are jumping in for a (hopefully) 100% 30 day trial. We set up a blog for day to day updates www.rawfoodrealpeople.blogspot.com if you want to direct newbies there for support.

Can't wait to try some of your recipes, I know the hubby will love the caesar dressing - I'm trying to be extra good about making stuff for him because he's less used than I am to eating raw, but is being a really good sport about our experiment.

Our e-mail is rawfoodrealpeople@gmail.com if you live nearby we'd love advice from someone experienced.

Thanks!
Kelly

Creme de la Mode said...

I love your blog! It's like going to a patisserie (and a raw one at that!)

I left you a little gift over at our blog today:

http://thecreme.wordpress.com/2009/03/10/you-read-me-you-really-really-read-me/

pixiepine said...

Thanks for the recipe. This is my first visit to your blog. Looks great! :)