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Wednesday, November 16, 2011


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Collard chips

Hola!! I apologize for the hiatus :( My plan is to create another blog that includes my food experiments of every kind, not just raw. If they are raw recipes, I will link them to this blog so that in case you are looking for strictly raw recipes you can stick with this site!

Ok, I took this recipe from Comfy Tummy.

A bunch of collards/kale/chard/tough green (spinach won't work, and apparently nappa cabbage makes your house smell UNPLEASANTLY PUNGENT)
Olive oil
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper (and other herbs/spices if you so desire) together and massage into greens. Lay out in single layer on dehydrator sheets. I did it at ~110˚ for about 6-8 hours. Great snack alternative to chips/fries/etc. I love these because I can eat a lot of them and not feel like a fatty afterwards!

Note: Normally I would try n jazz these up with curry or cayenne or something else, but I decided to stay classic this time. I think next time I'll just try these with mustard instead of oil because I've found that oil does not maintain the crispy chip texture that I am looking for.

Bon appetit!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Brown rice crackers

So, I love Asian rice crackers and I decided to take a stab at making my own!

Basic ingredients:
Brown rice flour (just put brown rice in a coffee grinder or blender/vitamix)
Sesame seeds
Tamari / Bragg's

We'll see how they turn out, I'll post pictures/video when I've figured out the proportions and such. I haven't forgotten about RawKu!! Just been super busy settling into my new home. But I can't wait to make a video in my awesome kitchen! Check back later :)

Here are the finished crackers. Sadly, they were rather unsuccessful... If I attempt these again I may soak the brown rice flour or something. They definitely came out crunchy! But not in the good way hah. It was like eating uncooked rice :\ I may try these *unraw* by cooking the rice first then sticking it in a food processor? Shrug. I'll get it one of these days.. Maybe... Then again they are so cheap that I could just continue buying them instead......
Until next time!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ginger miso salad dressing

Yields 1 1/4 cups

1/2 cup miso (I use brown rice miso for its lighter color)
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
(or other sweetener)
2 inch piece of ginger (no need to peel)
1 clove of garlic
Juice from 1 lime
(please no bottled lime juice!)
Splash of Bragg's / Nama Shoyu / soy sauce

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until the consistency is smooth. The flavors will be pungent if you eat it immediately, so let it sit in refrigerator so that flavors can mix and mingle and have a little dance party. It'll be worth it! This is a great way to zest up salads, or try it over cold soba noodles for a quick and easy lunch. No matter how you use it, I recommend sprinkling on some black sesame seeds to give your meal a little extra flare. Enjoy :)

Tip: Instead of just throwing in a big hunk of ginger, use a large knife to shave the ginger into slices to make blending easier. I always have ginger root on hand in the freezer and just shave it or grate it directly from the whole root. Lasts longer too!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sorry, guys!!

I'm sorry I've been so neglectful!! My life has been crazy busy! Got back in town, was unpacking and cleaning, dealing with tax stuff (no worries, I got an extension), was attempting to buy a condo (which I've decided against now), catching up on work, and now I'm looking for a place to rent! Whew!! Hopefully I can get a video up soon :) Any suggestions?

The pickles I made before my trip didn't turn out like I'd hoped... They were mushy instead of crispy :-\ Yeah, not so nice. I hadn't added any vinegar because I wanted to try and sour them strictly using fermentation. I've started pickling another batch of cucumbers and okra (this time with some apple cider vinegar) that I will try to show you this weekend with a video.

Dehydrated watermelon turned out great! Thinly slicing them produced the best, driest, chewiest candies. It was like homemade watermelon Starburst!! Quite good :-D And a great way to use up and store watermelon! I also stuck chunks into the blender (or could use a juicer) for fresh watermelon juice. Can make watermelon gazpacho, sauces, salsa..... The possibilities are endless!

Inspired by my raw buddy, Kim, I aspired to make stuffed mushrooms. Mine, however, were quite dry :( I'll try again another time and try to replicate her secret to success ;)

Again, I'm sorry I haven't posted in a really really long time. I can't promise I'll be much better for the next month as I'm still trying to find a place to live. I'll be in limbo land at my parent's until I figure my life out! But I'll try :) Adios for now!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Ahh, la France!

Ahhh. So nice and relaxing to be in France. The food here is so amazingly fresh! Everything just tastes better here!!

Cavaillon melon. Smaller and sweeter than cantaloupe. Sooooooooo refreshing and tasty!

Fresh figs. Possibly one of my favorite fruits! Mmm, c'est magnifique!

Cerises! Mom tried to save some cherries for me; however, they're really best in May. Therefore, these are looking rather lackluster compared to their normal mien. She also froze some and they are wonderful to have on hot days :)

No food processor or blender here, but I decided to make some pesto anyway. Used a mortar and pestle to grind pine nuts, garlic, basil, spinach, olive oil, and pepper. I like adding spinach to stretch the recipe while still maintaining the color. I'll be putting adding this to gnocci later on, maybe for dinner tonight.

Venasque now has a market on Friday evenings! In such a small town I am surprised they have enough business, but turns out our little village gets a lot of action nowadays!

Bought some goodies at the market and had some people over for a feast! I know this is my raw food blog and not all of this food is raw, but it's fresh and local and organic and delicious! We had Cavaillon melon, arugula salad with beets and sun-dried tomatoes, Mom's homemade ratatouille, and Swiss chard ravioli! I was pleasantly surprised when we found that this pasta was "sans fromage" (cheeseless) so we snatched some up! The French word for chard is "blette" so we had fun saying it hah. We dressed it with olive oil and sage, delicious!!

Went to Pernes-les-Fontaine for their Saturday market. This is a great market, lots of good vendors and fresh produce. This one vendor has more stuff than all the vendors at Morningside/Decatur!

Apricots muscat. These are like little fruit gems!! SOOOOOOOOOO delicious!!!

Seriously? Look at this spread! Apricots muscat, figs, plus, heirloom tomatoes, bell pepper, zucchini, nectarines, strawberries, and Cavaillon melon. Life is gooooooood :)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Raw food in London!

I found a natural foods store in London!! It was right near where I lived for 3 weeks in 2007, near the Russell Square stop on the tube. I don't think it was there then, although I wasn't really health-conscious then so it's quite possible that I just never noticed it. Prices on their own seemed reasonable; however, with the dollar being so much lower in value than the pound I didn't buy anything there. Good selection and assortment though, especially for a relatively small store. They had a cold/hot salad bar too with lots of yummy lookin things.

I ate a lot of salad before my flight on Tuesday but haven't been too raw since... However, I am looking forward to being in France tomorrow and soaking in all the fresh, wonderful, delicious produce!! More to come soon :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Watermelon, sushi, and pickles.... Oh my!

I dehydrated watermelon because I heard it gets like CANDY!! I currently have a container with some semi-dry watermelon treats at the moment. My friend borrowed my dehydrator so I didn't have them in as long as they needed. Alas, no worries, I will just stick them back in and dry those suckers out! Below is a picture of some slices before being dehydrated. I will post another when they are done. As you might imagine, watermelon takes quite a bit of time to fully dehydrate because they're full of WATER, silly!! So be patient and flip them a couple times. Hopefully the end result will be like homemade Jolly Ranchers, or Starburst if they don't dry fully. Either way, a fun summer snack!

Had Lu dinner (Lan+Ku) last night and made raw veggie sushi. The "rice" is soaked almonds, sunflower seeds, and arame (seaweed). After soaking for about 8 hrs, I rinsed everything and threw it in the food processor with garlic, ginger, chili pepper, and lime juice. The filling consisted of carrot, kohlrabi, and avocado. I also made a salad type thing with thin slices of heirloom zucchini. The dressing is rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, dash of Braggs, red pepper flakes, black and white sesame seeds, and ginger.

I got 6 little cucumbers at the Decatur farmer's market last Wednesday and finally picked up some dill to try my first batch of homemade pickles!! I sliced the cukes, chopped garlic, ripped the dill, threw in some red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Filled with water and now the waiting game begins!! I know pickles are traditionally made with vinegar, but I saw some raw recipes that only used water so I'm attempting to get the sourness using straight up fermentation sans vinegar. Works with sauerkraut so I'm thinkin it'll be fine! I'll let you know in a few days :)

Any thoughts on what recipes/tips I should video for next? I'll try to keep it shorter this time :-P Please give me your feedback and ideas!!

Thursday, June 09, 2011


I said I'd do a coconut video so here you go! 16 minutes of coconuts. ENJOY!!


I haven't blogged in a minute, but I haven't forgotten about it! Here are random things from since I last posted:

Chocolate chip cookies! My friend, Amanda, suggested these. I brought them to a carnivore cookout and they were a hit! Everyone did the I'll-take-one-to-be-polite maneuver but they continued to reach in for more so I say they were a success!!

Here is a cake I made for my friend's parents. It was her mom's birthday and she is on a low-sodium diet due to health concerns so she asked me to make a cake. The cake itself is walnuts, dates, cocoa powder, and a little vanilla. The icing is young Thai coconut meat, honey, and vanilla. I adorned it with goji berries and cocoa nibs. Haven't heard any feedback about it yet so I hope it was ok!

Veggie rolls for a quick lunch. I biked home from work and made these from scratch with no previous prep. Ate them, cleaned up, and still made it back to work within an hour. If I can do this, you can too!! I just threw a few carrots, garlic, ginger, and chili pepper into the food processor to grate for the "rice". Sliced zucchini, bell pepper, and celery for the "meat" and voila! Only problem with carrot rice is that it's rather wet, so the nori wrapper can tear easily. I ended up eating these with a fork and knife because it was easier. Still just as tasty!

Plantain-banana pudding, mmmmmm. You have to wait til the plantain gets SUPER ripe. I mean brown and practically moldy. Wait til it's completely brown on the outside and mushy on the inside. It will develop a wonderful sweetness, so don't let the ugly exterior deter you from enjoying it in all its glory! So, you take one ridiculously ripe plantain, one frozen banana, and blend! No need to add any sweeteners. I garnished with goji berries, cocoa nibs, and a few dashes of cinnamon. I love the chewy addition of the goji berries and crunchy texture of the nibs to compliment the creaminess of the pudding. Yum yum yum!!

Fresh local salad with romaine and bibb lettuce from the Decatur farmer's market. Added tomato, avocado, sunflower seeds, and yellow bell pepper. Unfortunately I completely forget what dressing I used hah. But hell you wouldn't even need any with ingredients like that!

My spread from my Decatur farmer's market visit on Wednesday. Bag of romaine and bibb lettuce again, small bag of kale, 2 heads of cabbage (time for some sauerkraut, baby!), one heirloom zucchini, one cucumber, and some local thistle honey! I'm excited :)

Blueberries from my bestest friend in the whole world, Jenny! These are from her grandparents' farm :-D

Fruit salad: Blueberries, banana, and mango. Divine!

Ready for some hackin! See the next post :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Decatur Farmers Market

Oh farmers markets, how I love thee! Check out my spread today :) Nice bunch of daikon, Romaine/butter lettuce melange, 2 enormous zucchini, and 14 peaches! Can anybody say peach cobbler?! Mmmmmmmmmmm

Monday, May 23, 2011

Potluck excursion

Our Potluck Family decided to take a field trip to Lov'n It Live, a raw food restaurant in East Point Atlanta! Hooray for a successful outing!!

Sweet potato pie. We devoured it before we could get a picture! It was super creamy and delicious :)




Strawberry cheesecake:

Our (mini) potluck family! :-D

Saturday, May 21, 2011


So I created an account for RawKu on YouTube but turns out I can post videos directly on here! Much better to have it all in once place. Be on the lookout for more videos!!

Friday, May 20, 2011


Finished my juice fast yesterday and exercised a BUNCH! Wasn't planning on it all, but I biked, did yoga, and step aerobics. I spent some time on the elliptical Wednesday night also. So, quite a way to finish off my fast! Anyway, I'm back to solid food, wahooooo!!

For breakfast, I had a banana-spinach-coconut water-cinnamon smoothie, my fav. So creamy mmmmm.

Lunch was a lovely kale salad with spicy pineapple and scotch bonnet peppers (courtesy of El-Mahdi), dried coconut, raisins, coconut oil, almond slivers, and hemp seeds. Thanks to Joseph for the inspiration of pineapple and coconut in a kale salad! Don't think I woulda ever thought to do that :)

And finally, dinner. I've been wanting to make this for awhile and now I have!! Here we go... wait for it..... are you ready yet?! Raw vegetable Moroccan tagine! The base was, of course, couscous! Just soak raw couscous for 15 min in water and whaBAM! My couscous was a bit wetter than I prefer, but that was due to an issue with my strainer. For the sauce, I blended carrot, tomato, garlic, onion, olive oil, turmeric, saffron, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, molasses, salt, pepper, a Moroccan spice blend I have from France, and I'm sure some other various things that I can't recall at the moment. I poured that over cut up carrot, zucchini, tomato, raisins, and dates and tossed well. Spooned that beautiful mixture onto the couscous and added a few chunks of dried figs for garnish along with celery leaves. I know I know, there's no celery or figs actually IN the dish, but they made it look pretty and were nice flavor additions.

I am very pleased with this dish. If you can get past the fact that this tagine is a bit crunchy at times rather than mushy, it's actually quite pleasant. Nice and light, but with enough exotic flavors and umph to leave you quite satisfied. The more I ate it the more I liked it, I love sweet and savory combinations yummm. I love discovering new things, so rewarding! Ahh, my life is full... and now so am I ;)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

And the juicing continues

Day 2 of my 3 day juice fast. Over halfway done! Way easier than 10 days, I must say. However, I will admit that I was rather shaky and actually felt downright horrible this morning... I was only drinking warm salt water from 7am-11am, you know, to *cleanse*. I did it a few times in my 10 day fast and was fine. While juicing a pineapple I thought I might lay down afterwards for a nap (I worked from home today) but I guess I just needed a lil suga'!

I was still surprisingly productive even though I was feeling quite horrid. I was thinking to myself, "Maybe this whole juicing thing isn't very good for me..." but I feel wonderful now! Had coconut water then made an elixir of garlic and lemon juice, which is supposed to be very healing. Finally I juiced 2 candy-cane beets and an apple. So, a fair amount of sweets today but I will juice more veggies tomorrow.

Even though I seem to feel a bit off sometimes from juicing, I think it's overall a good thing. It's kinda like giving blood: I've almost passed out on a few occasions, but I don't think that justifies not doing it anymore. So onward, juice!!

Another plus is that I come up with the most BRILLIANT recipe ideas during my juice fasts! I won't unveil it yet, but I will post pictures when I make it (Friday). I'm SO pumped, it's gonna be rawmazing!!

Here is a picture of the apple, carrot, lime, ginger juice from dinner last night. I used 2 granny smith apples, 1 pink lady apple, 1 large carrot, 1 lime, and a 1-inch chunk of ginger. Thank you to Amanda for recommending the delicious combination!

I added dried coconut and raisins to the pulp and formed fruit bars. Dehydrated them for a bit and then stuck 'em in the freezer. I'm excited to try these as little breakfast treats in a couple days :)


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Juice fasting, Take 2!

I haven't been very good about my eating habits lately... Still stickin to my parameters of no meat, eggs, and dairy (with the exception of seafood) but I've been eating out a lot, which is bad for my wallet and bad for my health! Decided to break the cycle with a 3 day juice fast. I'm gonna try to get back to better habits and eat at home more. I love going out to eat and the whole social aspect of it, but my body doesn't. Plus I've missed working in the kitchen, so I'm excited to give some more attention to my food and knives and appliances.

I'm looking forward to the Decatur farmer's market tomorrow afternoon. Since learning that couscous can be eaten raw (just soak for 15 min) I have been ALL about some couscous!! I want to make a raw Moroccan veggie tagine... I think it will be really good so I hope I can successfully create what I'm manifesting in my mind!

Anyway, no pictures today. Just had coconut water for breakfast and am about to have carrot, celery, yellow bell pepper juice for lunch. Planning on just aloe juice for dinner but I may need a little fruit juice burst. I'm thinking apple ginger, yummm. Toodles!

Ok ok, I can't post a blog without pictures, I just don't feel right. So here are a couple pictures from my album Obsession with Food: The Early Years :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Potluck in Decatur!

We had a change of venue tonight because it was too chilly for Piedmont! Started out with just 4 but grew to 7 as the night went on. Here are some of our goodies!

Ok so I didn't cut any of these for the potluck but thought I'd share this cool little picture. It's of a beet! Got some at Morningside, turns out they are sometimes called candycane beets. They are pinkish/reddish on the outside and what I particularly like about them is no staining!! But apparently they are less nutritionally abundant. Still fun to mix it up sometimes :-P

My butternut squash "rice" with dried fruit, walnuts, and sage:

Kim's sprout hummus and flax crackers:

Rosita's papaya shake, so rich and creamy!

Michael's peanut/hazelnut/cacao butter-- Move over, Nutella!

Not raw, but didn't want the greens I had from beets and kohlrabi to go to waste, so I sautéed them with some sweet onions, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a bit of nutmeg.

Kim's avocado/lemon/jalapeño/tahini salad:

Damage was done!

Doesn't look like this was a successful attack of the scarf!

Our Potluck Family 05.15.2011, minus Kim! We remembered just after she left :( But I could totally Photoshop her in!!

I think I'm going to do a 4 days juice fast this week. I need to reset myself into some better habits. And now off to bed! Thanks for stoppin by :-D