Archive for October, 2007

Arugula and Golden Beet Salad


October 31st, 2007

arugula

Another recipe from ANI PHYO.  This one has arugula and golden beets with some fennel and an amazing orange miso dressing.  Oranges are starting to get good!  According to RAWSOME, arugula is recognized as having anti-cancer properties by the American Cancer Society. It’s anti-oxidizing, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial.  And it stimulates the liver and the lungs (which is right up my alley).  Besides that, it’s just really good tasting.

RATING (on a scale of 1 to 5):  4 

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Chocolate Mousse Almond Butter Torte


October 28th, 2007

piece of tort

I saw this recipe at THE DAILY RAW, and I just happened to have all the ingredients. So I made it immediately. WOW. I think this is the best thing I’ve made so far. I took it to work (where I’m constantly harassed about how weird my food is), and people were amazed. One person asked me to marry him and told me I was born to be a vegan.
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Here are some pictures of the process (follow the link to the daily raw above for the actual recipe).

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I’ve already had this for breakfast twice.

RATING (on a scale of 1 to 5): 4.75

Me: 5

Boyfriend: 4.5

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Ginger Almond Nori Rolls


October 26th, 2007

sushi

This is my first attempt at making sushi, and I think there are definitely more to come. This recipe was taken from ANI PHYO’S BOOK. Being half-japanese, my life is not complete without sushi. So learning how to make it myself is a big step towards self-fulfillment :)

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Here were some pics of the process…

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Not exactly a ginzu knife, but it did the trick.

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Overall, this recipe was pretty good. My boyfriend and I kinda decided though that it was maybe too much of a good thing. They were pretty filling and we weren’t able to eat them all. We thought that next time we might try something lighter. Something with mango and avocado perhaps. I’ll keep you posted…

RATING (on a scale of 1 to 5): 3

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Stuffed Anaheim Peppers with Mole Sauce


October 21st, 2007

anaheim peppers

Another one of ANI’S RECIPES…I admit that when I got the book and saw the pic, I sort of skipped over this recipe. I’ve never been a big fan of stuffed peppers. But last week, it was so cute. My boyfriend looked through the book while I was out and about and saw the recipe. Then, he went to the store and bought all the ingredients himself (which kind of took me off guard because he’s kind of starting to get into this raw thing too). But the coup de gras came on my day off when he knew I was going to be making food. As he was leaving for work, he ‘casually’ mentioned that he had gotten all the ingredients to make this and that he noticed that they went in the dehydrator for about 4 hours. So if I started now, he said, they would be ready by the time he came home. Isn’t that convenient? I thought it was pretty slick too.

So anyway, against my better judgement, I made them and they were FANTASTIC. Even my BFF, Dennis, who appeared early in my blog but has since admitted to not really liking raw food much, liked them. I veared a little from the recipe on the mole sauce just because I had accidentally used my last tomato in a marinara sauce. So I kinda used the marinara sauce in place of the tomato. I’m not sure how that was in comparison to the original, but whatever I got was amazing. Even my co-workers who have been razzing me for my diet liked it. This is a sure fire hit.

RATING (on a scale of 1 to 5): 4.5

Me: 5

Boyfriend: 4

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Raw Strawberry Cheesecake


October 21st, 2007

strawberry cheesecake

This is a variation of the PLAIN CHEESECAKE I did a couple weeks ago. My boyfriend kept asking when I was going to make it again, and I have to admit it’s pretty easy to get hooked on these. This time I skipped the vanilla and added strawberries. I don’t have real vanilla beans. I’ve been meaning to bulk order some on the internet, but it hasn’t happened yet. And now that my nose is becoming supersensitive, the smell of the alcohol in vanilla extract is starting to rub me the wrong way. So I went pink. I also added some almonds to the crust instead of strictly macadamia nuts. Macadamia nuts are great, and their consistency is perfect for these crusts, but there is this certain aftertaste to them which I’m not sure if I like so well.

strawberry cheesecake slice

Anyway, this one disappeared about as fast as the last one. My boyfriend says he can’t tell which one he likes better. I’m not sure if I can either…

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Turning Dysfunction into Harmony


October 19th, 2007

before pics

So one of my big obstacles in life right now is streamlining things to the basic essentials.  This is a before picture of my kitchen.  (Even the picture is dysfunctional).  Since I’m working on some health issues right now and I’m pretty bogged down with medical bills (oy! if you really want to get into the nuts and bolts of dysfunction try our health care system), my boyfriend and I are sharing a very very small studio apartment.  Did I mention that we have a counter space issue?

excalibur

No.  That’s not a shelf.  It’s my Excalibur dehydrator.  My boyfriend turned the gas off on our stove – not so much to force the raw issue (I have some severe allergy problems), but it’s definitely having that effect.  Anyway, our stove is now a shelf for the dehydrator.  And the dehydrator is a shelf for everything else.

But…I’m gonna make this work.  You’ll see!

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Raw Tostada


October 18th, 2007

tostada

This is variation of another recipe from RAWvolution. I kinda did my own thing for the guacamole and the salsa. I think the recipes in the book would have been more visually stunning, but the truth is I was lazy. A person can only follow so many recipes in one day without feeling claustrophobic. But I followed the ONION BREAD and the cheese and the taco meat to the letter. The cheese was really nacho cheesy. I was amazed. Who knew what you could do with bell peppers. My boyfriend really dug it. Maybe even more than me…

RATING (on a scale of 1 to 5): 3.75

Me: 3.5

Boyfriend: 4

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Raw Pineapple Pizza


October 17th, 2007

pineapple pizza

This is another recipe from RAWvolution. Looking back at the picture, it looks really mouth watering. I mean look at all those fresh vegetables. What’s not to like? The truth is that is WAS pretty good. But the problem for me was that it didn’t taste like pizza. It kinda did. But pizza is so…I dunno…bad for you. Anyway, I think I would have liked it better if I wasn’t trying to associate it with pizza. Like maybe I should call it something different. Like…a fresh italian tostada. Except tostada is kind of mexican sounding.

This recipe also used some of the ONION BREAD I made earlier this month. The strong taste of the onion bread complemented it really well. My boyfriend actually really liked it, but he said it wasn’t as good leftover because it got a little soggy in the fridge. I really liked it because I had a noticeable surge in energy after eating this. I’m starting to get obsessed with the energy quotient of things.

(* the chorus for some cheesy pop song which I can’t place ‘I wanna go higher’ fades out *)

RATING (on a scale of 1 to 5): 3.5

Me: 3

Boyfriend: 4

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Spirulina Pie Gone Wrong


October 16th, 2007

spirulina pie

Spirulina in a pie?  I know it sounds weird, but it tastes pretty good.  AND spirulina is supposedly great for clearing toxins from the body.  So I figure…what the hell.  I got this recipe from RAWvolution. The recipe actually calls for a 5 inch pie pan. Since I only had a 9 inch, I figured I’d just double the recipe, right?

WRONG.

first clue

This was my first clue that something was amiss. It didn’t want to congeal at room temp. Trying cutting a piece of that…

piece o pie

It tasted great, but it looked kind of scary. I took this to work for lunch and was subjected to an endless barrage of negativity. The girl who was sitting next to me took one look at it, and said ‘I’m sorry but that’s just disgusting’ (not that I asked her opinion). That opened the door to many unwelcome comments. I didn’t feel like spending energy defending my lunch to people with entrenched opinions, so I went home early that day. Who needs all that negativity? I’ve got more important things to do.

frozen

The pie held it’s form pretty well when frozen. While it didn’t make for a very solid pie, the filling was really creamy in consistency and would probably make a lovely batch of ice cream. Overall, I would say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.

RATING (on a scale of 1 to 5): 3

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Onion Bread


October 12th, 2007

onion bread

This is my first stab at the famed onion bread that I’ve seen people drooling about on messageboards everywhere. I got this recipe from MATT AMSDEN’S BOOK. Admittedly, I had some reservations at first. I mean, it’s pretty onion-y. My boyfriend’s comment was you had better like onions cuz that’s mostly what this is. The other distinguishing hallmark of this recipe is that it takes 36 hours to dehydrate. So you probably want to make at least a double batch for all the trouble. I just realized that I haven’t made a post yet for my dehydrator (eventual link here).

Once you get over all the obstacles though, this recipe is pretty fantastic. Matt Amsden dubbed it with his little leaf symbol which means one of his favorites. And it’s really versatile. I used this particular batch to make tostadas and pizza. They do have a pretty strong flavor. So I don’t know that I would want to eat them plain. But they are a great complement to some other things (recipes coming up).

RATING (on a scale of 1 to 5): 3.5

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