Taking is slow and keeping it simple......

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

ORANGE JUICE

I have really been on an orange juice kick lately. I found that I really like it fresh squeezed, as is. I prefer it to be straight from the orange, not cold. I have never really been a big orange juice drinker, but now I just love it as long as it isn't cold. I just find that kind of strange, because I have always been a big ICE Cold person.
I have been loving Orange Juice so much, I have been thinking about doing an orange juice fast/cleanse. I have also been thinking about doing a Juice Feast. Not sure which one or which one first. Have any of you done an orange juice cleanse? Please, let me know about your experience.

Monday, August 25, 2008

ICE CREAM

Ok, so I made Ice Cream last Sunday. Sooooo not like Sarabeth's!
SARABETH'S
Beautiful Banana Split



MY
Puny Banana Split



My goal is to make it as close to Sarabeth's Banana Split as possible. I'll get it. In the mean time my husband said he really liked what I made, so I guess it passed the taste test. I just want it to pass my vision test. I think I need a Green Star or a Camp Juicer to get the look I want. Anyone out there have one they want to bless me with : ]


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

STRAWBERRY CREAM SANDWICH "COOKIE"

Last weekend I picked up 3 baskets of Strawberries from my local Farmer's Market. I used a few in my Raspberry topping for the Cheesecake I made, and I have been eating them right out of the basket.


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

!!! OOOOOHHHH, MY, MY !!!

RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE

This is my new favorite. I like it even better then the Banana Cheesecake


CRUST

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

FILLING

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

Raspberry Topping

Raspberries (I put a couple of Strawberries to help with the tang)
Agave


Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot Cake
CAKE
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

FROSTING
1 cup Cashews
* Soak for 5 hours
* Grind
* Leave out over night

¾ Lemon
½ cup Coconut Butter
½ Vanilla Bean
6 capfuls Agave
2 ½ pinches Sea Salt
Water
*Add a little at a time while mixing until smooth

Put in Frig. to firm

Monday, August 18, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETHEART

Today is my Husband's birthday.
Happy Birthday Jesse!

He requested I make him a Carrot Cake and a Raspberry Cheesecake.

Here is the Carrot Cake

Tomorrow I will show you the Raspberry Cheesecake.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Gorilla Sandwich

I just saw this link on http://isledance.blogspot.com/ . I had never seen the Gorilla Sandwich before and I thought it was really cool. I could think of a million posibilites for it in my own kitchen. This sure would make packing a lunch easy!



The Gorilla Sandwich©
A Story of Design, Function andThe Creative Process at Work


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

Bueller's Kitchen

There is an awesome post at http://buellerskitchen.com/?p=182#comments on Fat, Fruit and Candida. A lot of really good information and references.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

!!!!! OH MY !!!!!

This is the best Cheesecake I have ever had!!! I am soooooo happy right now! Thank you , http://www.sexybitcheslikeitraw.com/ !

I used the same crust that I used for my Lazy Apple Pie earlier, because I don't have any walnuts today.
Here is how it looks. I made this one for my husband. I added bananas on top... Yum!

It took everything in me to wait until the pie chilled. I just wanted to eat the fillling by it's self. Oh, MY! I made a small piece of pie like my husbands, then just surrounded it with banana slices with the filling smeared on top. You all have to try this one!!!
My plate.

CHEESECAKE

http://www.sexybitcheslikeitraw.com/

CRUST

Ground walnuts
Cinnamon
Salt
Agave

*Grease pan with coconut oil

FILLING

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
LAZY APPLE PIE



I needed to make something with my apples before they went bad, but I was to lazy because I just made some cheesecake (that is not ready for her close up yet, so I will have to blog about her tomorrow)
.....so I used stuff that was previously made. This is how I did it.
FILLING
Apples
Touch of Olive Oil or Flax Oil
Sea Salt
Agave (optional)
And I tossed in a Pecan Pie Lara Bar (optional)
*I like the additional meatiness the bar gave
I also added Pumpkin Pie Spice to my husbands. He likes a lot of spice
TOPPING
*or crust depending on what you put in your pie pan first
I used some Cereal I had previously made. I think it had to following in it.
Pecans
Walnuts
Sunflower Seeds (a little)
Raisins
Pumpkin Pie Spice
*since it is in the topping I didn't put it in my filling
Touch of Agave
*I ground everything up before adding the agave

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

SIMPLE SPROUTING

SPROUTED QUINOA SALAD

Thank you Sarabeth for the video on sprouting!
Recipe:
Sprouted Quinoa
Avocado
Tomato
Dill and Garlic infused Olive Oil
(I just put Dill and Garlic in Olive Oil and leave it over night)
Lemon Juice to taste
Sea Salt

Monday, August 11, 2008

HOW I AVOID THE JUNK AND SAD FOOD

MY COFFEE TABLE

I like to keep a lot of Fruit, Nuts and Raw Bars on my coffee table. It really helps me not go to the kitchen and want to cook something.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tea?

Yesterday I was formally invited to a Tea Party by my 5 year old neighbor. She handed me an invitation and said:

“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.”

Of course I had to go. How could I pass up such a lovely invitation?

I went to the party and expected to be surrounded by other 5 year olds. Instead there were 7 guest, Julianna, her Grandma, me and 4 other adult women from the neighborhood.

Julianna served raspberry/lemon zinger herbal tea with milk, sugar, lemon slices and of course Oreos. I felt so special to be invited.

Thank you Julianna!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Story of Stuff


My husband and I constantly try to look at what we really need. You have to think hard about what you purchase and if you really need it. And if you really need it are you choosing the best one for the earth and for your health. I like to take it a step further and think of where is it going to end up if I don't keep it forever. Think about it. How often do we really keep things forever. They have to go somewhere. Here is a really good link that tells you "Where stuff comes from and where it goes" http://www.storyofstuff.com/

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

MOVING FORWARD...


Yesterday ended my http://www.blessedherbs.com/ colon cleanse. I am SO happy to be eating over these past 2 days. A little to happy. I have had some raw (banana milk, green salad, an apple, an avocado) I have also had a lot of cooked food (veggies and tofu from our favorite Asian restaurant, a frozen french style tart (it had ham, cheese and it was pre-packaged :( so not vegan) and 3 pretty small pancakes with agave as the syrup. Oh, and I had brown rice with seaweed seasoning.


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.

Friday, August 1, 2008

THANKS CONNIE! THANKS BUNNY BERRY!


Big Thanks to http://nakedfoodcafe.blogspot.com/ . If you hadn't shared about Raw Fu on your blog I wound have missed the opportunity. I joined Raw Fu's 100 Day Raw Food Challenge just in time. Raw Fu has turned out to be such a huge support, and just in time as I try to get back on track. You can visit my blog page at http://raw100.ning.com/profile/becomingwhole .