Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Delicious Dinner

Here are a few recent dishes I've enjoyed - all eaten on separate occasions, but together they make an excellent dinner!

Italian Spinach Soup

2 cups packed spinach
1 stalk celery
1 roma tomato
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 avocado
1 small clove garlic
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp dry oregano
Sea salt, to taste

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth, using hot water to thin.

Onto the main course, a few weeks ago Adam and I made the calamari from Sarma Melngailis', Living Raw Food. The recipe uses king oyster mushrooms, but unfortunately in my little town, I don't have access to them so I decided to use eggplant
instead and was thrilled with the result, although I'd still love to try the oyster mushroom version.
The mushies/eggplant gets cut into rings, (we salted the eggplant and squeezed out the moisture to make them super pliable) and dipped in a flax/herb coating before dehydrating for a few hours. Traditional tartar and cocktail sauces are served along side the rings. I had to make a number of modifications because I didn't have fresh horseradish, so I used some wasabi, added a bunch of apple cider vinegar to make it tangy, and a few other changes which I don't remember now. But it was zingy and tasty! We opted not to make the tartar sauce because we already had some cheddar cheeze dip on hand which we thinned with water and lemon juice.

Chopsticks are the perfect utensil to dip the eggplant into the coating.

Onto the teflex sheet to dehydrate
Crispy on the outside, chewy and moist on the inside... with sauces to complement!

Time for dessert! I loved the lemon meringue pie so much the first time around that I decided to make it again, especially because my friend Denyse was visiting last week and she loves lemon. Here I dolloped the coconut meringue over the pie since it hadn't quite firmed up enough.
Full effect
Naked tart

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your blog is fantastic! you make raw food look so delicious keep up the good work :)

Joanna Steven said...

OK, I totally have to try this pie :) Looks awesome!

Antony Heaven said...

Eaten together or separately I'm in :-)

kelli said...

wowsers! great photos, and everything looks delish! definitely want to try that eggplant calamari. thanks for sharing! =)

Lauren said...

Oh wow!! Lemon pie sounds so refreshing!! mmm!! I've been eyeing that raw calamari in Sarma's book, thanks for all the yummy pics!

Tess said...

I love the eggplant, sounds much better than mushrooms to me! I also plan on trying the soup as soon as my avocados ripen up, thanks for the recipes!

bitt of raw said...

i want that dinner! invite me over. :-)

evergreen said...

Set a place at the table for me too!!!

I am so happy to know the eggplant works well in this recipe, as I haven't seen king oyster mushrooms here either. So glad you experimented:)

Your soup looks so good, and that pie...YUM! Thanks for sharing:)

Nikki said...

I've been wanting to try that calamari recipe. It looks amazing!

HiHoRosie said...

So amazing! You never cease to amaze me friend.

Raw Goddess said...

Thanks guys - yes, definitely try the eggplant for the calamari if you can't get the mushies. Play around with coating flavors - it's basically just ground flax with seasonings.

rawcandy said...

I'm so intrigued by the lemon pie... it looks incredible.

I made the same calamari dish last summer and the texture of the mushrooms made the dish so realistic, it was almost scary. Although, the best part may actually have been the raw tartar with capers!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

The calamari looks sooo authentic and awesome.

But the pies. Well, that's where it's at for me girl!!

Thanks for your glowing comments re my yoga and posts the past few days. Duly noted and totally appreciated!!!
xoxo

Christine said...

The soup and pie look awesome and I can't wait to try the calamari. Great post, thanks!

astrorainfall said...

Omg - this looks like a meal I would gladly have as my last on earth. You've outdone yourself again, Heathy.

Barbara said...

Wowwww! These all look so awesome. I am wondering how you get the eggplant in rings. I am thinking you remove the middle with seed?

I have to try this..looks fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing.

Barbara
www.RAWnchy.blogspot.com

Cole said...

Oh wow. That lemon meringue pie looks delish. It's amazing how "gourmet" raw food can be!

livefoodexperience said...

I'm still thinking about that calamari and how the cocktail sauce tasted better the next day. Good, good!

Catalina said...

Waw...superrr blog!

herbalist said...

Delish! Do you find silicon or glass bakeware best for making your delightful pies?

Cathy said...

You are SOO talented. I love your posts.

Amanda@thegrainsofparadise said...

Wow! That Pie looks insane!!! Love it :-)

April said...

I need to try this lemon meringue pie! It looks beautiful! I think the recipe uses irish moss, right? I have never used irish moss before. Hope your doing well!

Raw Goddess said...

Barbara - I used a cookie cutter to make rings with the eggplant.

Herbalist - i use a combo of glass and silicone bakeware for my desserts in addition to nonstick spring form pan, and tart pan with removeable bottom.

April - yes the lemon pie uses irish moss. I love that stuff, you must try it!

TheFitnessFreak said...

Wow, wonderful! You should see my fridge, you can yell and it echos back at you. Looking at all of these delicious foods is making me so hungry. Off to the store for me!

Yasmin Lawsuit said...

Wow everything here looks so scrumptious. I've never seen eggplant calamari.

Sarah said...

I just bought your just desserts ebook and the desserts look amazing... great job! I can't wait to try them! Thanks!