Wednesday, June 29, 2011

wow, this coleslaw is next level.

argh. so i just wrote an entry here about my 'on the fly' coleslaw inspired (heavily inspired as i don't seem to want to often try something with no reference) by this and i managed to delete it and then when i clicked 'undo', the ever-handy auto-save of this blogger had already saved the blank. lovely.

anyways, this was a hit. though paul would've added raisins. i didn't want to open the bag he was taking on his trip though ^_^

what i did for dressing:
1.5-2 garlic cloves
couple nubs of ginger
2+ tablespoons sesame oil (out of olive! and didn't have tahini like in recipe so... perfect compromise!)
2+ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1-2 tablespoons ground flax
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons braggs
pinch or 2 cayenne

then after pouring that over half a head of sliced cabbage and 4 grated carrots, i took a small handful of brazil nuts and broke them up in the processor to soak up more dressing and to add even more heartiness.

i guess i'm a sucker for sesame and ginger. i think this salad is a win!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

full + grate-ful (for) buddha-full...

12 hour days of work are no fun, especially when you get to the seabus to get home and have to wait half an hour until the next one.
then you rush back to your favourite place for food and they are closed!
but then one of the lovely owners is outside and invites you in...
then you have food to bring home for your favourite person and you to enjoy!
and the night is saved!

 thank you, buddha-full! always a delight!

oh and today, look what i took home from one of my 6 year old students! little rocks in the vase with these beautiful flowers from her garden! managed to not spill anything on the bus despite an hour of balancing with an over-capacity bus of canucks fans.

sadly, we did not win the stanley cup this year.
but is it bad that i don't care?
it's weird but i think i have finally figured out why i don't "get" hockey or watching sports in general. i think it's that i don't feel i get ANYTHING out of watching it. most or everything i do inspires me in some way and i feel i'm learning or want to create or do something after.... i've watched one hockey game and it didn't motivate me to do anything. 
so... no hockey for me.
but! raw food for me! on friday it looks like i'm going to lead a kindergarten class in creating a raw food dish. i'm thinking zucchini noodles with marinara sauce as i'm sure they will love the spirooli :)
photos of the process to come :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

oops, here's soup. it's been awhile.

i haven't written anything in forever. i swear i have been making lots of new things with success! hmm... well, to start is a soup today! i'm so happy it didn't taste awful! (for once)
what it is: brazil nuts, filtered water, a sliver of red onion, a couple sprigs of parsley, a stalk of celery, a carrot, a leaf of romaine and a spoon of sprouted chickpea miso. i was paranoid that i put too much onion in (i remember in attempts before that a little onion or garlic goes a long way when doing the raw soup) so i added more watery greens than i was originally thinking. i added the brazil nuts for creaminess when i worried it'd be too watery or "hot juice"-like. anyways, success! i ate it all with ease and even enjoyment. ha.
i feel like i should dump some photos on this ol' thing for an update so here goes...
last week i went for a picnic on the patch of grass in front of the storage place, across the street from organic lives. my friend had the tapas platter and i had one of my 'usuals', the tostada salad. of course, in my excitement to be eating AND eating outside, i slid the salad onto my lap first. but no matter.
so i bought tocotrienols the other day from, yep, organic lives, and i'm excited to up my vitamin e (so far, i've been using it in smoothies including a fantastic brazil nut milk, frozen pear and banana with ginger one). my skin has been freaking out lately and it's been driving me crazy!!! hoping more vitamin e is going to help... i was pretty proud of my "raw glow" as of last year. i guess detoxing can take quite awhile though. and i recognize i need to sleep more than a few hours a night. anyways... on the weekend, i managed an afternoon off to go on my friend's boat for a cruise around vancouver. it was BLISS!!! the water, the wind, the sun, the friends, the classic rock on the radio... the next day, my skin was noticeably more clear! i can't believe that one day can do that!!! so anyways, i have just a couple weeks until summer vacation and i'm going to be trying to sleep more and relax more before then but i'm hopeful that i will feel a lot healthier very soon!
okay, what else has been inspiring me lately? raw dessert! my friend alexia made this cheesecake a couple weekends ago for our friend anna's birthday:
 isn't it gorgeous? it tastes as great (or better?) than it looks!!!
i'm pretty sure it's the white chocolate-raspberry cheesecake (page 95) of sweet gratitude, the desserts book of cafe gratitude - an organic vegan place in san francisco i've somehow never been to despite visiting sf at least 3 times? anyways, alexia swears by this book and i requested it from the library right away. i now have it in my hands and am excitedly getting ready for my first attempt at something - the alexia-recommended "lemon-poppy seed cake" (page 54). i'm thinking if the sun comes out next weekend as well, it'd be super amazing to bring this out with some friends on grass somewhere or maybe if i'm especially lucky, on the water again!

hmm, so what other excitement? i've started making cracker/bread type things again! i was inspired by organic lives's sesame gaufrette but thought i'd try something to make a wrap. i blended up soaked medjools, sesame seeds and red onion, orange and a date or 2 and spread out on the teflex. ooh yes! so great! i don't have an exact recipe but each time i've done it, it's been great! though i do recommend one orange rather than 2. me and paul are imagining raw perogies in the near future! YES!!!

and what else? i finally attempted to make coconut jerky! i have been nervous about wasting my frozen organic coconut meat (not the cheapest stuff ever) on such attempts but i have since learned, you can't really screw up a good thing. coconut is just so fantastic... i guess if you have all yummy things together, you can't go wrong! regardless, i felt safer with a recipe to at least loosely follow and this is the one i found: 
Meat of 1 Young Thai Coconut - sliced in strips

1 T Agave
1 t Nama Shoyu
1/4 t each of Cardamom, Cumin, Cinnamon, Black Pepper and Salt

Marinate the Coconut strips in the marinade for 4 hours and then dehydrate.
I liked it best after in for 3-4 hours before I went to bed, but then I flipped and left it in until morning - and they were a bit too tough, still very delicious and great exercise for the jaws! 

ok it's funny to me now as i guess i didn't follow this all that closely but i was definitely heavily inspired. i don't use agave so i'm not sure what i used, if anything, in it's place.. i'm sure i used tamari instead of nama shoyu (not raw or soy-free but them's the breaks!) and i used the caradamon, cumin and cinnamon and some salt and maybe pepper. the texture is so awesome when you dehydrate the meat. i'm excited to experiment with this further!

hmmm... what else? well i am always super inspired and excited to eat at buddha-full in north vancouver. 
a few weeks ago, there was some sun and my friend and i ate outside. i finally tried their raw lasagna!
 super delicious, as to be expected, though i thought it was a little small for the price. but i am more than willing to pay for such things. i'd much rather have access to this kind of take-out than anything else!!!
bought a cheesecake for the bus ride home :) is it bad that i can no longer remember what kind it was?
ah, and as usual, had to get some of agathe's raw burgers for easy dinner later at home! 
here's some pics from the last time we made raw burgers at home!

it appears that agathe is no longer producing raw food items under the name "nature provides". looking at buddha-full's site, her company now appears to be called "tao organics". 
it looks like i will get to go to buddha-full on wednesday (hurrah!) so i'm excited to try one of their new menu items!

okay... 2 more updates... since i last posted, paul has been inspired to make his own raw dinner! i was so excited! it's always so much fun to eat something someone else has prepared!
i wish i could remember what he put together but i think it involved kelp and zucchini noodles, avocado, nutritional yeast (undoubtedly), tomato... and awesomeness. :) 
and last but not least, my 2nd year volunteering with growing chefs is almost done yet again. here's an inspiring photo from probably a month back already! look at this classroom garden! happy sigh!

happy growing and eating and loving!