Thursday, October 15, 2009
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Strawberry Ice Cream:
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
My Husband with my nephew Titus
We also, finally finished preparing our house and it is up for sale!!! Please everyone pray for us that our home sells fast! We really need it to sell.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
These are some Melons from the Farmer's Market last summer. I am just really missing melons right now.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Lately I have been eating mostly vegan, about 30% raw and 70% cooked. I have really been sucking in the raw department. I think I have been giving into the cold weather. For me, raw is so much easier in the summer.
My husband has been trying to go vegan as well. He is not quiet ready for 100% raw. However, I believe the more vegan he goes, and the more of my raw food he eats the more his body will change on it's own and crave more raw. This is also what I am hoping for myself, however, I will also be focusing on more raw food. I just really want to make it 100%. I need it for my health. I need healing.
I really believe in the raw lifestyle. That is the other thing that nags at me. You would think that if you really believe in something, that it would be easier to do. It seems that it would be a no brainer!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Vaccine manufacturers have paid out nearly $2B in damages to parents in America whose children were harmed by one of the childhood jabs such as the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) or DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus). In all, around 2,000 families have received compensation payments that have averaged $850,000 each. There are a further 700 claims that are going through the pipeline. None of the claims is for autism as medical researchers say they have failed to find a link between the disease and the MMR vaccine, despite the initial findings made by Dr Andrew Wakefield. Instead they are for a wide spectrum of physical and mental conditions that are likely to have been caused by one of the vaccinations. Around 7,000 parents have filed a claim of an adverse reaction with America's Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). To win an award, the claimant must prove a causal link to a vaccine. As the medical establishment has refused to recognise any link to autism, the VICP has so far rejected 300 claims for this outright. (Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2007; 357: 1275-)
"I think it's absolutely criminal to give mercury to an infant." - Boyd Haley, Ph.D., Chemistry Department Chair, University of Kentucky
"The committee accepts that under certain conditions, infections and heavy metals, including thimerosal [mercury preservative in vaccines], can injure the nervous system." - Dr. Marie McCormick, Chairperson and co-author of the 2004 Institute of Medicine Report often cited by journalists that mercury in vaccines is somehow "safe".
• PutChildrenFirst commissioned a survey by Zogby International of more than 9,000 Americans regarding their views of mercury in flu shots. Results of the survey include:
- 76% of respondents are unaware that most flu shots contain mercury.
- After learning that mercury is an ingredient, 74% are less likely to get a flu shot and 86% say they are less likely to get their child a flu shot.
- 77% believe mercury should not be an ingredient in flu shots given to pregnant women and children.
- 73% believe the government should warn pregnant women not to get a flu shot if it contains mercury.
- More than 70% agree that Congress, doctors and medical groups (e.g., the American Academy of Pediatrics) should take responsibility for ensuring vaccines do not contain mercury.
- 80% of respondents and 84% of parents are willing to pay the $2.50 additional cost for a mercury-free flu shot.
• Approximately 115 million doses of flu vaccine will be available during the 2006-2007 flu season from 4 different vaccine manufacturers
• More than 90% of this year's flu vaccine supply will contain 25 micrograms of mercury, which means there is not enough mercury-free flu vaccine available for children under the age of 3 and pregnant women (8 million being made versus a 15-20 million estimated need)
• A Sanofi-Pasteur spokesman, the only vaccine manufacturer making Thimerosal-free flu vaccines, confirmed that enough vaccine to supply all children could be made, and in this article he noted "he had no idea why health officials were not ordering more mercury-free vaccine."
• The CDC's cost for a mercury containing vial of flu vaccine is $9.71. A comparable mercury-free package (each with 10 doses) costs $12.02
• Thimerosal has never been tested for safety and no proof exists that it is safe. On the contrary, there are thousands of documents in the literature that discuss its extreme toxicity, starting with Thimerosal's own Material Safety Data Sheet that, amongst other things, states:
"Exposure Guidelines: Thimerosal - no known occupational limits established... Exposure to mercury in utero and in children can cause mild to severe mental retardation and mild to severe motor coordination impairment... Target Organ Effects: Mercury - Nervous system effects (insomnia, tremor, anorexia, weakness, headache), liver effects (jaundice, digestive effects (hypermotility, diarrhea)."
• In drinking water, mercury cannot exceed 2 parts per billion. With more than 200 parts per billion of mercury, liquid is considered hazardous waste. A mercury-containing flu shot vial has 50,000 parts per billion of mercury. How can something with 250x the mercury level of hazardous waste be deemed safe?
• The Centers for Disease Control released a study in Pediatrics that cited a correlation between Thimerosal-containing vaccines and both "tics" and "language delay" in children
• California is the only state this year with a ban of Thimerosal-containing flu shots for pregnant women and children under 3
• Six additional states have passed laws banning mercury from vaccines: New York, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Delaware, and Washington with many more considering legislation, but the legislation has not been phased in for the 2006-2007 flu season
• Seven years ago, in 1999, a joint statement by the Public Health Service encouraged manufacturers to remove Thimerosal from all vaccines for children as soon as possible:
"Because any potential risk is of concern, the Public Health Service, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and vaccine manufacturers agree that thimerosal-containing vaccines should be removed as soon as possible. Similar conclusions were reached this year in a meeting attended by European regulatory agencies, the European vaccine manufacturers, and the US FDA which examined the use of thimerosal-containing vaccines produced or sold in European countries." - Joint Statement of The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Public Health Service (FDA & CDC), July 7, 1999, 4:15pm
• Because of the addition of the flu shot in to the recommended schedule for childhood vaccinations in 2005, the level of mercury our children are receiving is actually on the rise again, as this recent article from UPI "Mercury Creeps Back In", points out. You can also look at this chart - children by the age of 5 will receive 53% of the mercury received by children at the peak of mercury exposure in the mid-1990s.
• Thimerosal is made of mercury. Mercury is 1000x more toxic than lead. If lead were in vaccines, the world would be in an uproar because lead's toxicity is well known, and thimerosal is ONE THOUSAND TIMES WORSE. Some of the many studies documenting Thimerosal's extreme toxicity, at levels well below what our children receive through vaccines, include:
Comparison of Blood and Brain Mercury Levels in Infant Monkeys Exposed to Methylmercury or Vaccines Containing Thimerosal
Uncoupling of ATP-mediated Calcium Signaling and Dysregulated IL-6 Secretion in Dendritic Cells by Nanomolar Thimerosal
Thimerosal induces neuronal cell apoptosis by causing cytochrome c and apoptosis-inducing factor release from mitochondria
Thimerosal Neurotoxicity is Associated With Glutathione Depletion: Protection with Glutathione Precursors
Activation of Methionine Synthase by Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 and Dopamine: a Target for Neurodevelopmental Toxins and Thimerosal
Thimerosal Induces DNA Breaks, Caspase-3 Activation, Membrane Damage, and Cell Death in Cultured Human Neurons and Fibroblasts
• A recent study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association touting the safety of flu vaccine. Nine of the studies authors had stated financial ties to vaccine manufacturers, and an additional four authors worked for the CDC. The study also stated:
"It is also important to note that there is scant data on the efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccine in young children."
• On October 27, 2006, the British Medical Journal published an article also questioning the efficacy of the flu vaccine. The article noted:
"Evidence from systematic reviews shows that inactivated vaccines [flu vaccines] have little or no effect on the effects measured. Little comparative evidence exists on the safety of these vaccines. Reasons for the current gap between policy and evidence are unclear, but given the huge resources involved, a re-evaluation should be urgently undertaken...
...The optimistic and confident tone of some predictions of viral circulation and of the impact of inactivated vaccines, which are at odds with the evidence, is striking."
• A recent British Medical Journal article reported that CDC materially exaggerates the actual number of deaths from flu each year and uses fear to increase vaccination rates:
US data on influenza deaths are a mess. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges a difference between flu death and flu associated death yet uses the terms interchangeably. Additionally, there are significant statistical incompatibilities between official estimates and national vital statistics data. Compounding these problems is a marketing of fear - a CDC communications strategy in which medical experts "predict dire outcomes" during flu seasons.
At the 2004 "National Influenza Vaccine Summit," co-sponsored by CDC and the American Medical Association, Glen Nowak, associate director for communications at the NIP, spoke on using the media to boost demand for the vaccine. One step of a "Seven-Step `Recipe' for Generating Interest in, and Demand for, Flu (or any other) Vaccination" occurs when "medical experts and public health authorities publicly...state concern and alarm (and predict dire outcomes) - and urge influenza vaccination"
• Many are surprised to learn that the Thimerosal
bottle label has a skull and crossbones on it.
If a bottle of Thimerosal were spilled inside a
school or office, the entire building would have
to be evacuated and a hazardous waste clean-up
PLEASE GO TO:
Flu Vaccine Facts
Most Americans Surprised, Concerned that 90 Percent of Flu Shots Contain the Toxin Mercury. In 1999, government agencies called for the removal of Thimerosal, the mercury-based preservative in most vaccines. Then, in 2001, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that, “mercury in all of its forms is toxic to the fetus and children, and efforts should be made to reduce exposure to the extent possible to pregnant women and children as well as the general population.” Despite these actions, 90 percent of this season’s flu vaccines still contain Thimerosal, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending the vaccine for pregnant women and children six months and older. These recommendations come on the heels of recent studies that reveal new findings about the neurological effects of mercury and question the effectiveness of flu shots. Mercury, the second most toxic element after plutonium, is estimated to be 500 to 1,000 times more toxic than lead. more
Dr. Hugh Fundenburg, one of the most quoted biologist of our time, says that if an individual has 5 consecutive flu shots his/her chance of developing Alzheimer's Disease is 10 times greater than if they had 1, two or no shots. What it will do to babies given year after year is anyone’s guess and that is exactly what it is, a guess, an experiment for no one knows, for there have been no tests. Clearly no longitudinal study has been made with babies on the effect of giving annual flu shots starting from six months of age. With an already heavy childhood immunization schedule already in place, and with children already carrying increasingly heavy burdens of toxins, including mercury administered through other vaccines, it’s a crap shoot gamble on what will happen to the children under the CDC’s rule with the addition of the flu vaccine that contains thimerosal (mercury). Most pediatric flu shots contain 12.5 mcg. of mercury. According to EPA guidelines for ingested (vs. injected) methylmercury (vs. ethylmercury) not likely to cause harm in adults, an infant or young child would need to weigh 275 pounds to receive this injection for it to be considered safe.
FLU VACCINE: LEADING PHARMACEUTIAL COMPANY INSIDER SPILLS THE TOXIC BEANS - Expose by a Leading Pharmaceutical Company Whistle-Blower - Story from freewebs.com/merckflu also on healthfreedomusa.org
I'm a former (deleted) executive with knowledge that will get me "accidentally" killed if anybody ever discovers who I really am. So, I am lying when I tell you my name is Steve. But everything else I tell you is true!
The active ingredient in all flu vaccines manufactured by (deleted) is mercury. No other ingredient in any (deleted) flu vaccine has any effect on influenza in any way. Only mercury has any effect on the flu. What mercury does is kill nerve cells. The brain is basically nerve cells, fat and water. So is the spinal cord. So are all the ganglia in the human body. All mercury does is kill nerve cells.
It turns out, that dead nerve cells laden with mercury and nerve cells dying from mercury poisoning actually do protect the surrounding cells from viral infections. Flu is a viral infection. We discovered this property of mercury at (deleted) in about 1965 and started lacing all of our flu vaccines with mercury. (deleted) has not only the most profitable flu vaccines, they have the most effective. Why? Because they add mercury to their vaccines. Without mercury, flu vaccines are less effective than one cup of herbal tea. With mercury, the vaccine is very effective at killing nerve cells and more effective than one cup of herbal tea in preventing the flu. In fact almost as many vaccinated people get the flu as the normal population. But, with flu vaccines, there is a price to pay:
Before we started adding mercury to our flu vaccines, we had very few reports of children becoming asthmatic. I'm guessing the incidence rate was less than 30 cases per 1,000,000 vaccines. Thirty per million is less than placebo effect and it would be very difficult to ever prove the vaccine caused the asthma. Going to court when you were the 1 in 33,000 people vaccinated that developed asthma, is a losing cause. You'll never prove it to any judge or jury. You won't even get your case to a jury trial.
Immediately after we started adding mercury to the vaccines, the number of reports claiming children were developing asthma post vaccine increased several hundred-fold. The current odds are 13 out of every 100 children vaccinated with anything containing mercury will report asthmatic symptoms within thirty days. Once reported, these symptoms rarely remit. One out of eight children being vaccinated for flu will develop asthma, asthma-like symptoms and cystic fibrosis that remains with them for life. That's the current odds. This would make a very good court case except for one thing. (deleted) is immune to lawsuits for their flu vaccines thanks to the FDA. You can't sue (deleted) for any side effect of their flu vaccine - no matter how gross their negligence. Here's a sample of what happens because they add mercury to their flu vaccines and that's grossly negligent and should be criminal. But it isn't.
Mercury kills nerve cells. When the nerve cells in the brain are die, the result is attention deficit, autism, behavioral disorders, bipolar, brain tumors and cancer, decreased intelligence, hyperactivity and memory problems. Flu doesn't cause any of these things. Before mercury was added to flu vaccines all of these conditions were very rare. Autism occurred in less than one birth out of a million. Attention deficit was unknown as was Asperger Syndrome. Behavioral, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar and hyperactivity disorders were extremely rare -- less than one in a million, and these disorders didn't even have a name. Today one out of three children receiving mercury-laced flu vaccines will develop one or more of these problems within twelve months of being inoculated. The incidence for children who are not inoculated is very rare in America and around the world.
(deleted) has known for twenty-five years or more that mercury is absolutely and irrevocably the cause of all these disorders, syndromes and conditions. Mercury is the cause because it kills the brain cells and other nerve cells that keep the nervous system running smoothly. Kill some critical cells and you create a plethora of problems medicine can't cure. You also create a culture dependent upon you for the rest of their natural lives. (deleted) knows this and does nothing about it but rake in the profits. (Deleted) stands for mercury and mercury kills your brain and nervous system and that's what (deleted) does to protect you from the flu.
But that's only the beginning, when nerve cells die, muscles become under-nourished and atrophy and give rise to muscular dystrophy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and myriad syndromes plaguing people who receive flu vaccines. But the best part of this from (deleted)'s viewpoint is it takes years for these syndromes to manifest and proving the vaccine did it is nearly, if not absolutely, impossible. That's the bad news for all of us, because today these things all happen a hundred or more times often than before the introduction of mercury in flu vaccines. They also happen hundreds of times more often to adults who were vaccinated as children than to adults who were never vaccinated. One of the benefits of living in a third-world country is your children do not need to be vaccinated against the flu.
WHAT DO (deleted) EMPLOYEES DO?
Of twenty-five thousand plus employees during my employment, I never heard of one (deleted) employee who allowed themselves, their families and especially their children to be vaccinated against the flu. They know too much and they're not taking any chances with their families. If they are ordered to vaccinate their children, they take them to one of the company doctors who inoculate their children with saline solution and sign on the dotted line the batch and lot number of the flu vaccine they used (probably by flushing it down the toilet).
Insiders protect their children.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Here are the possibilities as I see them: a) become a (deleted) employee, b) protect your children even if you have to move them out of the state or country, or c) gamble with your children's chances of a normal life and allow them to be vaccinated. In the meantime, join and support HealthFreedomUSA.org and protect your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Join in all of their campaigns to Save the Children and support them as best you can.
PLEASE HELP SAVE THE CHILDREN! (deleted) WON'T, YOU CAN - WHAT WILL (DELETED) EXECUTIVES DO?
They'll spend as much money as they need to spend to identify and locate me. They expect to eventually find and terminate me, and I expect to live. They'll continue to lie to the FDA and the public. The public doesn't know any better and the FDA doesn't want to know. Anything FDA employees know will place them in jeopardy and they know that. They don't want to know anything.
(Deleted) executives will lie in court and to the legislature. Courts rely on the preponderance of evidence and (deleted) has always been able to purchase the preponderance of evidence for bottom dollar. The legislature relies on re-election and (deleted) can spend enough money to make that happen even if they have to buy each voter, one voter at a time.
Why? Because they continue to make more money in one day than most people can make in a year. With all that money they can do whatever they want to do and buy themselves out of anything, anytime. I know. I did. Now I feel guilty because I am partly responsible for killing and maiming children with vaccines that are not only legal, they're required by law. That legally makes me a good guy.
That's America! The good guys get to legally kill and maim children with complete immunity and the bad guys go to jail for stealing bread to feed their children. That's America!
PS: Please make a copy of this web site and share it with your friends. When the good guys from (deleted) or the FDA find it, this site will disappear as have the two previous web sites I built with the same information. Thank you.
The Associated Press Oct 22, 2006 - Israeli Health Ministry halts flu vaccine after three people die. Israel's Health Ministry halted the administration of flu vaccines on Sunday after three people who were inoculated died, a spokeswoman said. A fourth died later, Israeli media reported.
Flu Shot Left Canadian Executive Paralyzed
Two weeks after his flu shot, Mr. Claman awoke with a pounding headache and a strange feeling in his feet. The doctor was reassuring, telling the 47-year-old businessman that the symptoms were probably related to stress. His condition deteriorated, so he made his way to a hospital emergency room. His body was gradually going numb. Doctors immediately recognized the tell-tale signs of Guillain Barre syndrome, a baffling, potentially fatal condition that resembles polio. By afternoon, Mr. Claman was completely paralyzed. He was placed in intensive care and put on a respirator. He spent the next eight months in hospital and now, a year after his flu shot, is just beginning to walk unassisted again. "It's been a harrowing experience," Mr. Claman said in an interview. more
According to Hugh Fudenberg, MD, the world's leading immunogeneticist and 13th most quoted biologist of our times (nearly 850 papers in peer review journals), if an individual has had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied), his/her chances of getting Alzheimer's Disease is ten times higher than if they had one, two or no shots. I asked Dr. Fudenberg why this was so and he said it was due to the mercury and aluminum that is in every flu shot (and most childhood shots). The gradual mercury and aluminum buildup in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction. Is that why Alzheimer's is expected to quadruple?
- Dr. Mercola - "Do Not Get the Flu Vaccine for You or Your Loved Ones Till You've Learned "The Secret"
- The Spanish Influenza Epidemic of 1918 was caused by vaccinations---E. McBean (Swine Flu Expose)
- Flu shot left executive paralyzed
- Dr. David Ayoub, M.D. lectures on the crippling effect of vaccines
INFLUENZA: ANNUALLY CDC and MEDIA INDUCED PANDEMIC Dr. Eleanora McBean explains that the 1918 Spanish Influenza that supposedly killed 20 million was vaccine induced. (One need not forget the dozens of vaccinations vast American populations received shortly after World War 1). No facilities obtained blood samples during the epidemic to even remotely prove that the Spanish influenza was to blame for all those deaths. The soldiers at Fr. Dix acclaimed to have been infected with the swine influenza had been inoculated with a variety of vaccines. One of those vaccines was the Port Chalmers flu vaccine, supposedly carrying antigens claimed to kill ALL influenza viral strains. Over 500 soldiers fell ill with influenza after inoculation. A true testament to the failure of the vaccine. At the same time sixty-six were hospitalized at Ft. Knox. This can not possibly be a one isolated incidence when considering that all soldiers were subject to such experimentation as they are still today. It's the government through CDC and the media that make the flu season with all their hype accompanied by the repeated rant and reminder of CDC's guestimated 36,000 influenza induced death figure. Media is powerful. Unfortunately far too many use it to blind unsuspecting citizens who in turn have now subjected their own children to this medical hogwash. learn more
Flus Children Vaccine
Childhood Vaccinations and Juvenile-Onset (Type-1) Diabetes by Harris Coulter, Ph.D.
Flu shot left Canadian executive paralyzed
JUVENILE DIABETES AND VACCINATION: NEW EVIDENCE FOR A CONNECTION Vaccines have been proven to cause insulin dependent diabetes and many are seeking compensation from the US government for this vaccine induced injury.
Vaccine Lawyers This section lists lawyers, law firms, and other organizations dedicated to supporting individuals who a) were damaged by vaccines and are seeking compensation through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, b) are being harassed by vaccine authorities, or c) are seeking assistance regarding their religious right to avoid immunizations.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Mine doesn't look so bad on it's own, but I just can't get Sarabeth's Banana Split pictures out of my head. Yummmmmy!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I have also been drinking a lot of juices. Especially last night and today, because my husband has a cold and I am doing my best not to get it. So we are both drinking Orange Juice and Strawberry Juice with the Strawberry tops on. The tops have more C then the berry it self. I am also putting Ionic Silver in all our drinks every hour.
Today I made some Strawberry Cream Sandwich "Cookies" for my husbands lunch.
The center is left over cheesecake filling. They are really yum! They taste like strawberries and cream.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
This is my new favorite. I like it even better then the Banana Cheesecake
1 bag Ground Walnuts (like 3-4 cups, just adjust the agave to taste)
1tsp Cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice
1Tsp Coconut Butter
3 pinches Sea Salt
4 capfuls Agave
*Grease pan with coconut oil
2 ½ c Cashew Cheese
*Soak Cashews 1-4 hours
*Grind Cashews and leave out over night. Leaving out is the key!
2 small Lemons
1cup Coconut Butter
1 Vanilla Bean
1/2 cup Agave or to taste. I like it a little less sweet, because the topping is very rich.
2 pinches Sea Salt
*Put in frig to firm
Raspberries (I put a couple of Strawberries to help with the tang)
2 cups Walnuts
* Process Fine, set aside
1/4 bag Baby carrots
(some ground, some shredded and keep for top)
1 cup Raisins or to taste, it depends on how sweet you want the cake.
1 ½ Tsp Coconut Butter
* Process above ingredients together pretty fine
Mix everything together with
Pinch of Sea Salt
Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup Cashews
* Soak for 5 hours
* Leave out over night
½ cup Coconut Butter
½ Vanilla Bean
6 capfuls Agave
2 ½ pinches Sea Salt
*Add a little at a time while mixing until smooth
Put in Frig. to firm
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The "Gorilla Sandwich" is not only by its nature a very unique design, but it is also a good representation of what can be designed and how far design reaches into our life.
The Gorilla Sandwich is one of those designs that is a good story, and at the same time it serves as a high-quality example to demonstrate the infinite possibilities when it comes to successfully blending aesthetic design to an object's function, with an end result that most designers wouldn't consider, even in their wildest dreams, could be designed at all.
The raw food market had been growing for a long time, and about two and a half years ago the market place was in need of a good "on the go" raw meal. A few fresh food manufacturers approached me and asked me to create a fast, healthy meal, the equivalent to a sandwich or burger.
Where do you begin? First, I had to adapt my own way of eating to a raw diet, to be able to fully immerse myself into the situation. I had picked up a book on eating raw food, and after a week, I found my favorite dish to be a very green salad with lots of kale and cucumbers as its main ingredients. Eating all this organic, fresh, healthy food made me feel great. So, I decided to use this recipe as the foundation for my project design of a healthy sandwich.
In the same raw food book, I had read that the gorilla likes to eat similar food groups, and because of this diet it was very strong, able to bench press ten times its own body weight, which is 4,000 pounds. I was impressed. This was the starting point of the Gorilla Sandwich. But where do I go from there, with cucumbers and kale as the main ingredients?
A plain cucumber! Redesigning a cucumber? Wrapping it all in a kale leaf? That's impossible! Wouldn't you say so, too? Well, here again, as so many times before, my athletic background led the way.
The main objectives were to invent a raw sandwich that was remarkable enough in its design to be patented, and a strong trademark associated with it for marketing purposes. In this case, the recipe would take the place of the function, and the ingredients: black kale mustard greens, black olives, avocado, walnuts, dulse (seaweed), flax oil and of course, a cucumber, would be its limitations, since it had to be edible, too. The design had to be within those parameters.
Originally, the recipe was taken from a raw salad that I found in a raw cook book. Two factors, the easily perishable ingredients and the requirement for a shelf life minimum of four days, were two opposing forces that were making it virtually impossible to market the recipe as a loose salad or wrap it into the leaves of the kale or put it between two cucumber halves. It would spoil within one day. The situation posed a challenge in both design and function. A solution didn't seem to be at hand. Until a friend called me up to go surfing. I had just prepared my salad, but didn't have a container available to take it with me. I don't know how it occurred to me, but I took a long spoon and started to carve out the cucumber. And as I did, I realized I had solved my problem. The Gorilla Sandwich was born.
There was no need to cut the cucumber into the salad, because I could now stuff the salad into the cucumber, and my all raw sandwich was ready to go. I had a great surf session, and afterwards, my first Gorilla Sandwich tasted awesome. I had overcome the challenge by accident or inspiration. Sometimes the two are hard to keep apart. However, the solution turned out to be the best possible. I was able to get rid of the pulp, the part of the cucumber that was very high in water content, which was one of the main reasons the other ingredients would spoil so easily. The thin walls of the carved out cucumber "container" left me with just the right amount of water content to keep the balance of the original recipe that without the cucumber would be too dry. Now the salad was beautifully enclosed in its edible container, but still open on top; somehow it had to be sealed. But what should I use? Design a plastic cap? That wasn't feasible, since cucumbers come in so many different shapes and sizes. Another lightning bolt of inspiration hit me, and I decided to take the little piece of the cucumber that I just had cut off and stick it back into the opening, but in reverse, with the narrow side facing down. It fit beautifully. And to add an element of design to it, I carved out the little piece just deep enough, so I could garnish it with an olive. Of course, it had to be a green olive.
Now the color-sensitive artist in me was talking. The finished product was a beautifully sculpted vegetable. And the ledge that formed where the little container met the big one gave me the distinguished design that I was pursuing and needed for patenting purposes. And after opening my mouth and biting into it, it wasn't much of a stretch to come up with the name, "Gorilla Sandwich." I still can't bench press ten times my body weight, but I had created a container with natural properties that would keep the ingredients from perishing and maintain their freshness. The good shelf life now makes it possible to market the Gorilla Sandwich in stores. It is currently sold in Whole Foods Markets, and also freshly prepared under a licensing agreement by a few selected raw food restaurants.
The Gorilla Sandwich is an example of a commercially successful project and challenging design, all at once. The design is also currently under negotiations with one of the world's top three leading fast food chains for a not all raw version. This design is here to stay, and eventually people might refer to it as casually as they ask for a hamburger.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I used the same crust that I used for my Lazy Apple Pie earlier, because I don't have any walnuts today.
*Grease pan with coconut oil
2 ½ c Cashew Cheese
*Soak Cashews 1-4 hours
*Grind Cashews and leave out over night. Leaving out is the key!
1 small Lemon
1c Coconut Oil
½ c Agave
¼ ts Salt
*Put in frig to firm
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
“The Tea Party will be at 8:00 (and pointed to her house). If you want to, you can come, but if you don’t want to you don’t have to.”
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I will be trying to lean more towards raw food going forward until eventually that will be what I crave. My husband is not trying to go raw, but he is trying to loose weight and eat smaller portions. He told me to day that he wanted to "make a rule" no fast food. This will be helpful. I wont have to think about it or smell it :) I also plan to keep feeding him any raw food I eat without saying it is raw. I figured when I give him cooked food I don't explain it is cooked, right? I hope that just by adding more and more in both of our diets it will become what we crave. He does love green smoothies, so that is really good.
I will keep you posted.