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Raw Food Extravaganza

A good friend–an extremely private person wishing to be known only as X–and I spent all day today creating raw food. I bought everything that I contributed to this food-o-rama at the First Alternative Coop. X normally has a few very specialized raw ingredients on hand that the Co-op does not carry. She either has to get them in the big city or via special order. Pictured left to right are 1)the piece de resistance (a raw torte consisting of coconut crust, pineapple custard, and decorated with kiwi slices and berries), and 2) a raw vegetable soup, where we also put some thought into the presentation. It was my idea to plant a little sprig of rosemary in the middle and use a star pattern of red pepper strips. Those were the two most beautiful dishes we concocted. There were loads more, maybe not quite so gorgeous to look at, but every bit as yummy. We did

  • a protein shake with hemp and bee-pollen,
  • a no-bean hummus that I’ve almost decided I like better than traditional hummus,
  • a parsley salad with SIX ENORMOUS BUNCHES of parsley,
  • a shaved beet salad using the kitchen twiddler,
  • sunflower seed butter
  • raw tortillas
  • raw apple cookies
  • fortified fresh squeezed orange juice to die for

Last time we did this we did some pretty advanced techniques requiring specialized equipment. I came away thinking wow, this raw food is labor intensive and requires gadgets I don’t have and lots of planning and prep. This time, X focused on recipes that went together very easily–no soaking and not too much juicing. I could have made any of today’s recipes in my own kitchen, which is not as well equipped as X’s. Every thing we made was delicious, and I came home with some little jars to snack on this week.

What you put into your body really does have a huge bearing on your health and state of mind and besides it gives me a chance to talk about something else besides widgets –wait did somebody say widgets? Look at the cool Amazon widget you can make with the foodbooks (can’t really say cookbooks!) that we used.

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