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06 July 2010 @ 11:18 am
I continue to harvest fresh goodness from my garden, even though the dry heat is threatening to burn the plants to a crisp. Recently I've had some cucumbers, a watermelon, tomatoes, banana peppers, and eggplant. Today I harvested most of the butternut squash . . . which was eight! I still have a couple on the vine, and the vine seems to be continuing to produce more leaves and flowers, so I may get even more if I am so lucky. It's a good thing I like butternut squash, and that they store for quite some time.

05 July 2010 @ 01:20 pm
My sister, nephew, and I headed to Schnepf farms to pick the last of peaches as well some plums. I'm not a fan of mushy fruit, I prefer them still firm. I had gone out of town for a few days and didn't get to the peaches until I returned, and by then they were still good, just getting a bit soft. Besides, I had about half a dozen and wasn't going to be able to eat them all in a couple of sittings.

I searched for some raw recipe to use, and was skeptical about a raw cobbler, but after making these I wish I had picked even more peaches.

Found on The Sunny Raw Kitchen and recipe from Raw Freedom Community.

I didn't put as much topping on, and I was impatient and didn't blend/process it as much as I should have, but it was still amazingly delicious.

And here is my nephew eating some of our pickings, right off the tree!
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03 July 2010 @ 08:21 pm

Looks good right? Well, it looks much better than it tasted. I used Bob's Gluten-Free Pizza Crust and Daiya cheese for this and it looked and smelled good. But the taste was just ok. It was edible, but it wasn't enough to conquer a pizza craving. I'd heard mixed reviews about Daiya cheese, mostly bad, but I'm one to give it a try. The taste was too much like fat-free dairy cheese and I preferred to pick it off the pizza and get that taste off!
02 July 2010 @ 01:16 pm
My lovely friend Barbara and I recently spent the day together. She generously came to my school and helped me work on my classroom. We did some beautification for the upcoming school year and I managed to stab my finger with a staple.

To show my appreciation for her help we put together some raw lasagna.

Layers of zucchini, tomato, cashew "cheese", broccoli, and pesto. YUM!

Happy eats!
23 June 2010 @ 04:00 pm
I love opportunities to try new foods, especially fabulous vegan ones. D.C. is VERY accommodating to vegans and I even found the site which lists numerous restaurants.

I arrived on Thursday night so we had time for some dinner our and we went to Bangkok Joe's, a delicious Thai restaurant. We started with the spring rolls which were not only tasty, but presented beautifully.

I had the Pad Thai which was equally delicious, but I didn't photograph.

The next day we ate at Chop't, a lovely little salad eatery. It's like Subway, but instead of a sandwich, you build a salad. They have tons of toppings, and then they mix and chop your salad for you. TASE-TEE! Again, I failed in photography dept.

On Sunday we had dinner at Founding Farmers which has a separate vegan menu. They also had some interesting drinks to try.

Nicky had the Blood Orange Soda.

And I the Mint Limeade.

Both were yum.

We started with the cornbread, which was recommended by a friend who had visited D.C. last year. It was a mighty tasty cornbread too!

I wanted to stay on the safe side for my tummy, but couldn't resist the Tofu n' Chips. This is a triple threat for my intestines because of the soy, wheat, and fried aspect, but I am so glad I had it and I my insides survived! The tofu was heavily battered and soft and creamy inside. The vegan tartar sauce made it reminiscent of real fish n' chips. I've thought about this dish multiple times since eating there and wish I could fly back for more!

Later that night we went to The BlackCat lounge which also houses the Food for Thought cafe. We had their vegan nachos which, of course, were exceptional. The "cheese" was definitely nut based and was creamy with a bit of spiciness. I didn't take a photo, but Nicky did, so I'll have to share one later.

On my final day we ate at SweetGreen, a similar place to Chop't, except they don't chop your salad. Nicky and I both got two meals, one to eat and one to go. It was nice to eat mine later at the airport, I was especially gloating next to a family eating greasy pizza and burgers.

Nicky got her salad as a wrap, and I took a series of shots of her trying to get through the wrapping to her food.

We finished our meal with some fabulous Fro-Yo, also at SweetGreen. Another thing I will be craving for some time.

I wish that some of these delish eateries would branch out to Arizona. I could use more vegan noms!
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23 June 2010 @ 03:41 pm
My best friend is doing a 10 week internship in D.C. and so I tool the opportunity to head out there for her birthday weekend. I saw so many sites and ate so much yummy food! For simplicity I'll make two posts, one of the sites and the other for foodz!

On Friday I . . .
* toured the Capitol and sat in the Senate Gallery
* visited the Natural History Museum
* met up with Nicky went to the Botanic Gardens
* went on a double decker bus night tour

Saturday we . . .
* visited Abe
* walked through the Korean War Memorial
* saw the front and back (where the kitchen garden is located) of the White House
* ogled over the big 3 documents at the Archives
* went to The BlackCat and listened to local bands

Sunday morning . . .
* toured the Holocaust Museum

Besides the awesome company I really enjoyed the US government/history sites the most. It was amazing to look at the original signed documents and sit in the place where our country was built. It kind of makes you forget about some of the bad things our country has done/been involved with. I enjoyed D.C. much more than I thought I would and would love to go back some day to see the things I didn't have time for. There is just SO much to do!
. . . and they're like, "Do you have Swiss Chard?"

I've harvested several eggplants and a couple green peppers. They became a yummy schezuan style eggplant dish. Super easy and super yum!

Eggplant Schez-style

2-3 medium Asian style eggplant, sliced
1/2 medium onion, sliced
1 green pepper, chopped
2-3 cloves or garlic, pressed
1/2 carrot, sliced thinly
Other veggies such as zucchini, red pepper, mushrooms, etc.
Cooking oil of choice (I used a little sesame oil and veg oil)
3-4 spring onions, chopped

1/4 cup veggie broth
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 tablespoon chili sauce
1/4 tsp ginger
1 clove garlic, pressed
Dash or two of pepper
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Mix sauce ingredients and set aside. In a wok or large frying pan saute onions until translucent, add the pressed garlic and saute for another minute or two. Add green pepper, carrots, eggplant, and any other veggies you are using. Saute for 5-10 minutes until the eggplant is tender or to your liking. Give sauce another good mixing and then pour over veggies. Heat and stir until sauce is thick and coats the veggies. Serve over rice and top with chopped spring onions.
Raw foodery is quite amazing to me. There are some very simple ways to create incredible dishes that resemble (or are even better than) typical fare. Desserts and sweets were something I considered to be fresh fruits and it would stop there, but I am beginning to find out how truly wrong I am. First, I must confess my love for Lara Bars. I haven't tried all of the varieties, but my favorites so far are the Peanut Butter Cookie, Key Lime Pie, and Lemon Bar. There is also one that tastes like a brownie, but I forgot the name. The amazing thing is that there are 3-5 ingredients in these bars and they actually taste much like their namesake. They are date based, so you do get a date taste too them, but they are really lovely and nice to keep in my purse for emergencies or snacks.

When I got the Raw Food Real World non-cookbook I was of course wooed by the amazing photos. I wasn't too impressed with the macaroon photos, but the idea of a raw coconut cookie was calling to me and so I make both the chocolate and the blonde versions. Like Lara Bars, they require few ingredients: shredded coconut, cocoa powder or almond meal (depending on which one), coconut oil, maple syrup, and sea salt. Mix the ingredients and dehydrate for 24 hours and a tasty treat you will find!

The chocolate macaroons taste like very rich mounds bars (which I love) and the blondes have a nice subtle coconut taste. They are crisp on the outside and soft in the center. I feel like a fancy housewife with some decadent bonbons!

The biggest problem is that they can be a bit pricey. A bag of almond meal costs about $10 (you don't use the whole bag obviously, but still!), and maple syrup is $6-$7 (and I needed a whole cup, which was most of the bottle). The recipe made a couple dozen so they will go in the freezer, because these are quite too rich to be gobbled in a couple of sittings.
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13 June 2010 @ 08:20 pm
Just over a year ago I found out I was going to be an auntie, and in December my super awesome nephew was born. When I first found out that my sister was pregnant my crafting mind immediately went on the hunt for something to make and I came upon the OpArt Baby Blanket on Knitty. Not only was it a knit baby blanket, but the pattern boasted the spiral design with color contrast would help with baby's brain development. Perfect for my sister and baby!

It took me quite some time, and multiple orders of yarn (as I somehow miscalculated) and I finished it in February. Unfortunately I had wanted to make it even bigger, but KnitPicks was out of stock of the green yarn. So, he got it as it was, and boy did he make my work look good!

12 June 2010 @ 10:51 pm
My first attempt at rawish tacos was time consuming and not anything spectacular. My second attempt has resulted in me eating them at least four times in the past week, they are that good! Although I don't eat a 100% raw diet, I am cutting out as much gluten, grains, and beans as possible. As a vegetarian I ate a lot of bean burritos, but now, without beans and flour tortillas, it is a bit more of a challenge. Corn tortillas, although cooked, are a great substitute for flour ones. But the key ingredient for a burrito/taco is some kind of "meat". In this case, I went for the taco meat in Ani's Raw Food Essentials. It is amazingly easy and more importantly, amazingly delicious! Soak some walnuts (1+ hours), then process in food processor with cumin, coriander, olive oil, chili, and sea salt and it makes for a fabulous taco meat! I had a friend and my omni brother try it and both loved it. They said it tasted even better than soy based vegetarian crumbles.

I topped the "meat" with lettuce, spring onion, avocado, olives, tomato, and cashew kream (also from Ani's Raw Food Essentials).
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