Our idea of what constitutes "food" in American culture has become so skewed that it is almost unrecognizable. Our supermarkets are packed with products whose ingredients include unpronounceable chemicals, dyes, bacteria, and growth hormones. They are irradiated without our consent and contain GMOs.It's time to bring back FOOD. Pure unadulterated organic RAW food.This blog is a documentation of my continuing journey on a plant-based lifestyle.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Total ECLIPSE of The Heart

It's  been a very Robert Pattinson kind of weekend for me thus far. Last night I watched Remember Me and tonight I am going to see Twilight: Eclipse!!!! We had planned on going Wednesday night, but I wanted to prolong the experience as long as possible as I realise that Twilight movies all together are slowly coming to an end. (gasps!)  Remember Me is tragically fantastic. Regardless of how you feel about Twilight or R.Patt. for that matter ::swoon:: it's an utterly shocking and wonderful movie; you'll be sobbing at the end. 

 My kitchen has seen non-stop action this week and I've been prepping food for lots of hungry people. With Summer officially here in California the organic produce is just out of this world which has allowed for a wide variety of water-rich, nutrient-dense veggie packed meals! Raw in the summer is nearly effortless!

This week I threw together a quick Mediterranean-inspired marinated veggie dish with zucchini, mushrooms, and grape tomatoes. I let it sit in the fridge for a few days before I packed it up and set this lovely veg melange on it's way to be enjoyed.

Here it is marinating! Yummm, garlicy-goodness!

Other than Italian, I am an Indian food apologist for sure. I swore up and down that when I went raw I would never abandon my love for Indian food and always indulge regardless of how entirely cooked it was. Well, here I am two plus years later and I've yet to eat any cooked Indian food. Now, raw Indian food, well that is a different story!

 I make a mean Vegetable Korma that's jam packed with vegetables and drenched in a super flavourful almond curry sauce. It's the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and slightly spicy.


                      
 Can you see the plump little raisins peeking out? You'd be surprised how well raisins and curry taste together!

 I was on the curry train last week and still craving sauerkraut, I made a Curried-Dill Kraut that is probably the best I have made yet! Thank goodness I made a HUGE jar because I've been devouring this nearly everyday!

A generous scoop of nutritional yeast on top and I'm in curry kraut heaven!

I used to buy these wee-bittle jars of sauerkraut all the time. When you figure that they were about $7 for a 16oz. jar and the fact that I used to eat at least one a week - that is a pretty large portion of our food budget spent on sauerkraut alone! If only I would have known how easy to was to make my own I could have saved so much money! As long as you've got a good quality sea salt and fresh cabbage, making your own kraut is so simple it's crazy. I would suggest heading over to pure2raw.com and looking up their videos on how to make fermented veggies and kraut because that's how I learned! Thanks girls!

Speaking of ferments, I also made a cultured Sunflower Seed-Tahini Cheeze this week too! Ahh, cheezy love in a mason jar. It smells like onion dip and the small taste I did have (for quality control of course!) was out of this world. It reminds of the nut pates I used to eat when I first went raw.

 I'm convinced that tahini makes everything delicious...


Raw Food Nerd Kitchen has not been without sweets this week. In fact, my kitchen has been producing oodles of little treats!

I made a huge batch of Cinnamon & Coconut Sugar Doughnut Holes for Kev to take to a BBQ at school. Apparently they were a big hit, but he could just be humoring me...

                               This was all that was left...                     


I also made yet another Strawberry Cobbler since my clients seem to really love them. And I agree, cobbler is the bomb.
This is leftovers. It was much prettier in the baking dish...
                
And lastly, Almond Amaretto Cookies. I slathered these in homemade Almond, Walnut, and Jungle Peanut Butter. Breakfast cookie anyone?

Raw food = O.K. to have cookies for breakfast in my book!


Hope everyone has a safe, fun, holiday weekend!


P.S. Glad you all enjoyed my Vegas post. I really hope it didn't come off as stuck up or anything, I liked Vegas, it just definitely wasn't what I expected and we all know what happens when you have expectations that aren't entirely accurate! If it's any incentive, gas prices were insanely cheap for some reason...$2.69 a gallon which I really don't understand. Kev and I now have a running joke that we're going to go back to Vegas just to get gas because it is so expensive in California...even though there are oil refineries everywhere.