Archive for August, 2009

Arugula Salad

August 31st, 2009

arugula salad
I’ve been really hooked on this arugula salad this summer from RAW FOOD REAL WORLD. I’ve been getting the most amazing arugula lately from my CSA.

I’ve been really addicted to CHERRIES also this year. So, it seems only fitting. I also garnished with some DEHYDRATED FENNEL. The combo is fantastic.

bates motel
NO! It’s not the Bates Motel. It just me slicing up cherries. I swear.

Speaking of RAW FOOD REAL WORLD, guess who I met this weekend?…MATTHEW KENNEY! I was in Oklahoma City visiting my sister, and I decided to drop by 105 DEGREES to see how it was coming along. Matthew Kenney just happened to be out on the patio conducting an interview when we arrived. He was very gracious and took us on a deluxe tour. The facilities are really state of the art. The kitchen actually looks like a laboratory (have I mentioned that I used to be a scientist?). The ice cream maker looks like it could be used on the space station. There was also a fancy water bath for heating things without dehydrating. I swear we had those when I worked in the research lab. We got to sample a few desserts in progress as well. It was very interesting. My father has up until now been pretty skeptical about my foray into raw food. Well, after trying the expresso ice cream, his attitude has completely changed. My mom told me yesterday that he’s been trying to talk her into going to eat there after it opens!! You would have to know my dad to realize how shocking this is. Now HE thinks I should go through the chef program. Very strange.



August 24th, 2009

I kind of eluded to this in YESTERDAY’S post, but I love my CSA!

We’re in peak season now, and I am up to my ears in great produce. I have another box coming on thursday.

sunflower oilOne of my boxes came with this fancy sunflower oil. I made a salad dressing out of it, but that’s about as experimental as I’ve gotten with it.  The boxes have made me more experimental in general, I think.  Now instead of making a grocery list from the recipes I want to make, I figure out what recipes will go best with the groceries I get in my box.  I end up trying a lot of things I wouldn’t have.  And my groceries are SO MUCH CHEAPER.  I love it.

random salad
A random salad I made with the sunflower oil.

This was a mexican burrito wrap I made with the contents of one box. More experiments on the way. Stay tuned…


Thai Cucumber Salad

August 23rd, 2009

thai cuc
This salad (from EVERYDAY RAW) merged perfectly with the contents of my CSA box. I love it when that happens. Each year gets better and better. I have more knowledge and experience to draw on, and it’s a lot easier to flow with the abundance that comes my way. This year, we have GARDEN produce and our CSA membership. I’ve hardly had to buy any groceries. I’m LOVING this.

with dressing
My boyfriend’s chief complaint was that I used iceberg lettuce instead of bibb. But baby, that’s what was in our box! I thought it was really good anyway. But the bibb could really blow someone’s socks off.


Onion Weeding

August 20th, 2009

onion weeding
A few months ago, I wrote about PLANTING ONIONS on a local organic farm, RIVERBEND FARM.

Well, a few weeks ago, we returned to the farm. This time our mission was weeding.

onion rowsThe rows looked pretty pristine after we were done. It took a little elbow grease to get there.  When we got there, you couldn’t really see where the rows were. The weeds were bigger than the onions.







action shots
It looked a little more like this.

A few onions got accidentally picked.  OK.  Maybe more than a few.

For some reason, my boyfriend felt compelled to take a picture of me coming out of the outhouse.

There were some cool folks hanging out on the farm. People who are passionate about food quality. It’s nice to see that these issues are gaining traction and that everyday folks want to get involved. We’ll return to the farm in a few more months to harvest the onions. I’ll keep you posted…


Strawberry Macaroons

August 17th, 2009

strawberry mac
This is another recipe I tried from my NEW ANI PHYO book. I’ve recently gotten really ADDICTED to the Matthew Kenney recipe.

macs and me
We drew some inspiration from those and added some chopped macadamia nuts to the recipe. Macaroons and mac nuts seem to go hand in hand. This was really tasty. I would recommend though if opting for this varation to also add a little coconut oil and extra strawberry sauce. You can’t go wrong with extra strawberries!


Chocolate Almond Raisin Bark

August 14th, 2009

This is the first recipe I tried from my NEW ANI PHYO BOOK. It was nice and easy.

wet bark
I pretty much just mixed up all the ingredients and threw it in the freezer. She recommends adding whatever you want to the mix. So I threw in raisins and almonds. She also recommended experimenting with cocoa butter. I did that too.

cold bark
I blended it for a long time with the intention of melting the cocoa butter all the way. I’m not sure if this contributed to the layers separating. But it ended up looking kind of interesting. Kind of an oreo effect…


Ani's Raw Food Desserts

August 5th, 2009

aniHere’s another item I picked up in Portland at POWELL’SANI PHYO‘s new dessert book. It’s even autographed. I think I like it  better than her FIRST BOOK (which I was rather obsessed with for some time). The pictures are lovely, and there are a lot of them. The recipes are really simple and easy. Ani really rides the fence on the divide between tastes good and practicality. It tastes as good as possible within an everyday time frame/expense. It’s not hard-core gourmet, but it’s really good without you spending your entire day in the kitchen.