Archive for June, 2008

Expanding Window Garden

June 28th, 2008

Well…everybody said it would happen. And it is. Before I started paying attention to my diet, I didn’t own a plant. But now the little WINDOW GARDEN I started a few weeks back is quickly expanding to the capacity of my extremely SMALL apartment.

It’s hard not to do though. I keep coming across these herbs that I MUST have. Plus, the weather is nice now. So I can keep some plants on the windowsill.

So far, I have oregano, peppermint, thyme, dill, spearmint, rosemary, and basil.

I’m most proud of the basil because I grew these babies from little seedlings. The rest I kind of cheated at the farmer’s market, but the basil seeds I got while I was in Austin in March. They look so good that as you can see, the birds are starting to eat the leaves. Why do they have to pick the biggest juiciest ones? Save some for me!

I also got this interesting rainbow shrub. I’m not sure what it is, but it sure is pretty. Yesterday, I went crazy and planted a couple cherry seeds from the cherries I was eating. I’ll keep you posted on what happens with those…


Renewed Effort

June 27th, 2008

So…as many of you may have noticed, my posting has been slightly more irregular as of late. It all started with some TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES and was lengthened by a couple trips to the HOSPITAL. Anyway, admittedly I haven’t been as vigilant in my raw preparation as I have in other periods. I’ve read lots of accounts of people who have a more all or nothing approach. Overnight, they become raw sensations. Me, I’m more of a creature of habit, I’m afraid. I have these periods of clarity and progress, but then I also have periods of interference and falling back on old habits. It’s more of a gradual shift in consciousness.

Slow and steady wins the race, they say. Anyway, today I’m featuring a couple of the recipes that I keep coming back to. The ones that make me realize that I’m developing some new old habits. Signs of progress, so to speak.

TOMATO TARTAR was the first recipe that made me realize, ‘Hey! I can do this thing. Even with my overdeveloped palatte.’ It was the first thing I made that was really great.

STUFFED ANAHEIM PEPPERS WITH MOLE SAUCE was the first recipe that made other people realize that maybe all my ‘weird’ food wasn’t so bad. In the beginning, I was endlessly razzed by co-workers thinking that I would eventually give up and go back to my old ways. Now, whenever I bring mole sauce to work, everyone wants to try it. AND what’s more, my BOYFRIEND who was morally opposed to eating at home likes to make it.

I’ve come a long way, baby…


Rainbow Chard and Curry Salad

June 20th, 2008

This is what I made for my boyfriend when he came back from Europe (this and the berry cake below). Poor thing. He was busy hanging out with Radiohead while I was slaving away in the kitchen.

Anyway, he really liked it. I got this one from my home girl, ANI PHYO. You can tell how much I like her by how many times I’ve linked back to the post about her. Her web page has gotten FANCY lately (the blog disappeared for a while, but I think it’s back now). The recipe has got an interesting mix of flavors: cilantro, rosemary, and dill plus the curry dressing. I added some raisins to mine which I thought was great, but my boyfriend doesn’t like raisins.

Anyway, this recipe inspired me to expand my window herb garden. So now I’m really cooking with gas…OR NOT. But you get where I’m coming from (I’ll show you some garden pics soon)…


Raw Goddess' Triple Berry Cake

June 17th, 2008

I got this delightful recipe from RAW GODDESS HEATHY’S blog. She is an expert at dessert. I’m looking forward to the fall when she goes to the TREE OF LIFE. I’d really like to go there too at some point. But until then, I’ll live vicariously through her blog.

I changed the recipe slightly. I used strawberries (instead of raspberries), blueberries, and blackberries.

I had this cake ready when my boyfriend returned from Europe. He said that this was about as close to perfect as I’ve come, AND he wants me to make another one so his mom can try some. He’s never said THAT to me before…


Down, But Not Out

June 8th, 2008

Smoothie Girl

Hola. I’m still here. I still don’t have a computer, but I’m still drinking green smoothies. My boyfriend thought the pineapple was very important for the composition of this picture. This picture was taken a couple days after I was released from the hospital. My most wonderful boyfriend brought me food the whole time I was there so I wouldn’t eat the hospital food.


I am still living in the TINY apartment, but it hasn’t stopped me from developing my green thumb. Here are some pictures from my small window garden. Here I have a basil plant.

mint oregano

I also have a mint and oregano plant going. The smoothie in the pic is the delightful MINT CHOCOLATE variety that SHANNON MARIE developed.


Literally, the first thing I did after I got out of the hospital was go wait in line at the Obama rally where he announced that he was the presumptive nominee. It was so exciting to see. The line to get in was 1.6 miles long. They had to turn away 20k people!! It was truly a historical day.


The next day, my boyfriend took me to a Twins game. We got the backstage tour. I am home from work for a couple weeks. So I’m definitely making the most of my time.

OH! I have to tell you. I started using the sea minerals that ANTHONY mentioned on his blog a couple weeks back. I’m literally getting twice as much juice from my WHEATGRASS GARDEN. It’s amazing! It deserves it’s own post. I’m going to try some direct comparisons to show you. I’ll keep you posted…