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rawrachel
29 April 2008 @ 02:18 pm
Last night I made Romaine Thai Spring Wraps. Three each and we were golden, in no need of more food. Comfortably full.

All you need is whatever it takes to open your coconut and remove the meat (I usually just use a kitchen knife and a spoon), an every-day peeler, a large bowl for marinating, a grater, and I think that's it.

Ingredients
6-10 romaine leaves (you should definitely use organic, as the flavor is very much affected by conventionally grown greens)
*the meat from 1 young thai coconut
*one indian mango
*one red bell pepper
*one half an average sized jicama
*one average sized zuchinni
*a handful of mung bean sprouts
*an average sized carrot
*a small bunch of cilantro
*tamari or nama shoyu (or braggs if you prefer) to taste
*a small amount of olive oil (maybe 2 Tbs.
*a dash of dried dill, or a tsp of fresh dill.
*a shmear of almond butter for every romaine leaf you use

Directions
Peel the zuchinni, mango and carrot, disguard the peels. Continue peeling into strips into a bowl.* For the red pepper, cut off the top of the pepper, then the bottom. Make a single cut from top to bottom of pepper to "open" it. Remove seeds and white flesh. With a peeler, peel strips from top to bottom along the edges. In essence, you're creating "noodles" with all the vegetables with the peeler. Do the same thing with the coconut once you've scooped it out of it's shell.
*You can use the center of the carrot and zucchini in a "stir fry" later.

Add the oil, tamari, dill, chopped cilantro and whatever seasonings you like (I used the Spice House's Argyle Street Asian Blend) and stir the veggies around so that they're all evenly coated.

Grate the jicama into a seperate container.

Spread almond butter just onto the spine of the romaine leaf, add a small amount of the noodley filling, then top with shredded jicama and mung beans.

It's really pretty simple.
It just takes a while to peel everything.
Many hands make for easy work!

You might feel adventurous and think to add an avacado to this recipe, but believe me it DOESN'T need it, the coconut gives the same fatty yummy effect.

Enjoy!

(and if you have left-overs, have a cold pasta salad for lunch the next day! that's what i did!)
 
 
rawrachel
27 April 2008 @ 04:28 pm
It's true. I talk about food incessantly. And usually I'm thinking about food too. Sometimes I have to stop myself from talking with people about "having a bad day" with food, because I usually wind up looking like some sort of militant and obsessive person. Which... I probably am sometimes, but not all the time (insert picture of my guts here, filled with this morning's afterchurch goodies including lemon cake, a cranberry nut cookie and a bite of a red velvet cake).

If you're interested, I found a fantastic raw-vegan survey on WLIR's website...

Occupation: Doula, Chef, Photographer. I like odd jobs and keeping busy.

Why you went raw: Mostly to challenge myself, because I didn't believe I could do it. Also, it MAKES SENSE!

Favorite UN cook book: I have quite a few, and aside from David Wolfe's "Eating For Beauty" I am waiting for Susan Schenk's book The Live Food Factor to make it's way to me, it's great.

Favorite raw vegan site(s): So far www.welikeitraw.com And also Jinjee and Storm's www.thegardendiet.com

Biggest obstacle with being raw: Having such a strong belief in freeganism before rawing. When someone makes something with me in mind, or hands me a plate of food that they've specially prepared, I do not like to insult them. That's definitely my biggest obstacle. Plus, I just like tasting things.

What percentage raw vegan are you?: Between 75 and 100%. Sometimes my husband and I will eat a meal that has some beans, cooked quinoa or other whole grains in it, we're still transitioning!

Favorite smoothie: I make a cucumber lemon base with two whole cucumbers and the juice of two lemons. I use two cups of that mixture with a cup of strawberries and two tablespoons of agave nectar. It reminds me of a lemon-shakeup from a carnival!

Biggest benefit of going raw?: I feel a connectedness to the earth and all things good, and a healthy sense of objectivity towards the "stuff" other people are eating.

Favorite fruit: Watermelon, Figs, Durien, Avacado, BLUEBERRIES. Let's not forget passionfruit.

Favorite veggie: Does kale count? I LOVE kale. Mostly greens. I guess as far as being raw goes I would prefer to eat mostly fruits and greens.

Is your spouse raw? My husband is about 50% raw but wouldn't say that. He's a very steady vegan and eats whole-foods.

Do you think being raw is expensive?: I think if you plan it out properly you don't have to spend a million, but it can be easy to fall into the trap of buying prepackaged goods. What's the point? Support local organic agriculture!

How much do you spend on groceries a week? Right now we spend $140 a week for just the two of us. We hope to cut that down by joining a CSA this summer!

Have you ever had a raw pregnancy? I have no babies m'self but I have read Jinjee and Storm's e-book "Ecstatic Birth" which was great. That is my plan if I ever spawn any wee ones! Being a doula (birthing assistant) I just try my best not to cringe at preggers-mama's drinkin' Diet Pepsi!

Easiest thing to feed a toddler that's raw?: When I use to nanny, I would walk in the door and the first thing the young'n would say was NANAAAAAA! Which wasn't saying nanny or grandma but BANANA. He's such a fiend for those things. you can't go wrong with fruit, and disguising some choppy vegetables with marinades is really helpful (and messy, which of course = fun!)
 
 
rawrachel
25 April 2008 @ 11:24 am
Spring buds are suprising me every day. It has been winter for so long I cannot quite grasp the fact that there are puffy white flowers on the trees on my street, and that this week I spent three and a half hours putting my blood, sweat, and tears (not to mention my back muscles) into planting my vegetable garden.

I cleared an area of grass and spent all day pulling weeds and apologizing to worms for splitting them in two. All I have left to do is protect my seeds from squirrels with gratuitous amounts of chicken wire and continue watering my baby plants. I feel a motherly urge to take those crazy squirrels over my knee and spank their bottoms for already digging up a bunch of my beet crop. *shakes fists*

Anyway, back to normal. I'm in serious need of a juicer because it is my strongest desire to get myself on a juice feast. I would not be so keen to begin juicing and eating closer to a total raw diet if it weren't for the support of my dear friend Emily and my discovery of www.welikeitraw.com which only sounds dirty.

When you find something that makes total sense to you, and you try it out, and something *clicks* but you still find yourself making poor dietary choices against your own desires and will, you start to think that maybe you're crazy, or the rest of the world is.

I'm pretty sure that it's everybody else, because after being 100% raw for one month, I know that this is exactly what my body needs and wants. I am experiencing a lull in energy, increase in brain fog and general fattiness (that's not a medical term but you get it)... I just have to get over the concept of "freeganism" which is probably what's been holding me back the most. If someone hands you a beautiful meal that they cooked with you in mind, and it has whole foods like jasmine rice, fresh organic peppers and sauteed tempeh, you feel such a sense of gratitude, it seems so rude to turn this down.

But I'm tired of being nice to other people,
but mean to my own body!

And on a similar note, I love cupcakes, but that gluten puts me in pain for days, what's the point of being in pain???


I'll let you know how it's goin...
 
 
rawrachel
02 March 2008 @ 10:06 am
I am typically gung-ho about things for a few months, and then wondering why I made such a big deal out of them afterwards. For instance, my stint with knitting. It lasted all but two weeks. I talked it up like I was going to knit the universe a sweater.

But with RAW food I really feel like this is something I've wanted for years, and I've made a lot of steps to get here, and at the same time, under moments of stress or emotional upheaval I find that I am more prone to using what I now label as "forbidden" foods to comfort myself. I. AM AN EMOTIONAL. EATER.

So to combat this I am giving myself until I plant my garden (after the last frost) to steady on with 100% raw. This makes me feel somewhat of a failure, but at the same time I know it's more feasible to eat organic produce when it's not freeze-my-face-of cold outside.

I am looking forward to opening all my windows, turning my furnace completely off, and spring cleaning my colon!
 
 
rawrachel
20 February 2008 @ 11:44 am
OH!  

I failed to mention that I am officially a certified Raw Foods Chef!

BAM!

 
 
 
rawrachel
19 February 2008 @ 07:10 pm

So, as you may or may not know, I am an avid dumpster-diver.
I eat many throw-aways that a lot of people wont. 
And my vice is the bakery near our house that dumps HUGE bags of cookies out most nights.
So last night when my thoughtful and wonderful husband walked in the door with a giant handful of yummies,
I didn't even think twice.

But last night, and then again this morning, ugggghhh, the pain!

I think I have some persistant food alergies that refused to even be cured with raw foods, and to tell you the truth I'm okay with that.

I hung up my RAW FOOD PYRAMID in my kitchen this evening, (thanks to Bob McCauley of Watershed Wellness)

I would eventually like to create one of my own, a really wacky water-color painted one that I can make prints of.

His of course, has Ionized water at the bottom, where the SAD (standard american diet) puts 6-11 servings of whole grains.

(and we wonder why our country is the fattest!!!)

I am not guilting myself for screwing up here and there, no need to transpose my religious guilt to my break-fast table!

So anyway, I guess I just wanted to keep on updating this journal, as I plan on staying RAW for life, and I know I'll definitely need to work some things out in writing! 

One thing that has been on my mind; every day I hear people asking one another, so... are you 100% raw? It's so strange! It can totally make people feel bad if they eat all raw except for eggs with mum on Sundays or something along those lines. I tend to ask people, "are you a vegetarian?" Or "are you a veggie eater?" Because that way they could respond with something like PSHAW, DUH. I have been RAW for five years now. Or if it suits them, I eat a lot of everything, but I'm interested in learning more about this lifestyle. Granted, I work at a raw restaurant, so I'm going to have this conversation a lot more than most people are, but... I guess, it's such an oddity to me!

I am wondering when my husband and I finally get on our bikes and ride westward, will we be able to find food to eat in between the hippie-havens? (IE IOWA, NEBRASKA.. . . .ETC) I wonder. I can't wait for the summer, I want to forage for as much of our food as I can, and I'm not talking Dumpster Cookies!

Anywho, thanks for reading,
if you're interested in learning more about the powerful effects of raw foods, Google "raw vegan before and after." 
IMPRESSIVE!

(My results have been much more subtle!)

 
 
rawrachel
13 February 2008 @ 07:46 pm
 Today I ate a kumquat for the very first time.
I try to eat as many weird fruits as I can, so when I meet a new one I'm always really excited.
I had no idea that you could just pop those little suckers right in your mouth!
I always thought that the peeling process would be really frustrating,
so this makes a lot more sense to me.

They taste kind of peely but not so much as to make them icky.
They taste like tiny tart little oranges, 
and I think I am in love with them.
 
 
rawrachel
06 February 2008 @ 02:36 pm
 

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.
Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments.

That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.

Thich Nhat Hahn
 
 
rawrachel
04 February 2008 @ 03:17 pm
 They say that you need to get past the first month, then the first three months whenever you're making a huge change in your lifestyle. Well, tomorrow marks the 1 month RAW mark for me, and let's just say I'm easily worn down by birthday parties... This weekend my husband and I went to three birthday parties, all of which featured the normal party fair, which I grumpily denied, dutifully munching my baby greens salad, cursing the day God created the fruit-bearing trees.

It was a rough weekend.
I told Steven that just as I have 1 alcoholic beverage every year on my birthday, I think it's fair as I'm transitioning into raw that I have 1 cooked meal every... month. Until I've got it out of my system.

So just as I choose the finest lambic ale every September, I chose my one cooked meal to consist of 4.5 Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Oh. It was worth it. That's all I have to say. I shamelessly polished off the free doughnut they give you in the store, and the two that I had chosen for myself, and the one my brother gave up, and the half of my mom's that she didn't want. Oh. Hell yeah. That's all I have to say.

Of course today I did a mini detox this morning with fresh juices and I feel like it's out of my system. Especially since one of the cooks at work made a raw banana pudding, just like the one my mom use to make with the nabisco cookies and sliced bananas. Damn.

But back to salad I go, happily, as most likely the dreams of Krispy Kremes are over!
 
 
rawrachel
30 January 2008 @ 11:43 pm
Here are  some old pictures of raw food from the summer, see how magical your plate could look!


[disclaimer; beans aint raw]

But my raw borcht... ALL RAW BABY!