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Raw Journal

I started this journal in hopes that my life could help or inspire someone else. Enjoy!

 

Nov. 2007

frozen acai

Frozen Acai

Raw Acai

 

You have probably noticed that Acai is everywhere. For those of you that don't know what it is here's a little blurb about it:

 

The Acai Berry which is commonly pronounced a-sigh-ee, is a rather small, round, and black-looking purple. It resembles a grape or a blueberry, but is y smaller and darker. This fruit has a large seed and minimum amount of pulp.Acai has been used for many generations by the natives of Brazil. Acai boasts 10 times the antioxidant benefits of grapes and twice that of blueberries.

 

Usually you find Acai that has been pasteurized but I found some raw Acai so I thought I've give it a try. Something to switch up my green smoothies a little bit. It looks like blueberries but it's not sweet and has an earthy flavor. I liked it. I blended it with bananas, celery, green powder, and vanilla. It kinda tasted like chocolate to me. Anyways I like to mix things up a little bit and make sure I'm getting enough variety in my diet.

 

Sutana Avocados

Sultana Avocados

Speaking of variety I found these cool avocados at the farmer's market. They are called Sutana avocados. They aren't ripe yet so I'll have to let you know how they are:) I tried them since I wrote this and they are amazing. They are so super sweet and salty! Not as creamy as a Haus but still super creamy! I mash them up in my juice pulp salads or use them to top my blended soups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sightseeing in S.F.

 

Buddha at Tea Garden in Golden Gate

Buddha at Botanical Garden's

I love dating someone who's not from California. He always makes me see things through new eyes. We went on a little adventure to golden gate park and I took some pretty pictures. Then we walked to Ocean beach and caught the sunset.  We finished the day off at Cafe Gratitude in the Sunset District of San Francisco. I went crazy and ordered anything that I wanted on the menu. I tried things that I've never tried before! It was so fun. I really like the spring rolls. They had mango in them and they used an almond butter lime dipping sauce. I think it's my favorite thing on the menu so far. The next best thing was the dessert my guy ordered, coconut cream pie and vanilla ice cream. Yummy! The waitresses were so cool as always. We were tired, grumpy, and hungry and the waitress, bless her heart, tried to cheer us up with yummy ice cream and coconut cream pie! All the pictures of the cafe gratitude food I took are below.

 

 

 

 

tea garden

Tea Garden

Anyways Iisten to me, I'm already talking about New Year's and I haven't even got through the holiday's yet! I know the holidays can be a little nerve wracking for raw foodists. But I must admit that I've always sailed through them. I just always bring a really yummy salad and dessert to my familiy's house and just eat a big plate of salad while everyone is eating what they eat. If you don't want to go all raw there is always some sort of cooked veggie dish available, just ask them to save you a portion without butter! Anyways, I have found that if you're comfortable with what you are eating the people around you will eventually feel comfortable as well.

 


rose

Rose at S.F. Rose Garden

Also, almost every year I have a raw food get together celebration. Either it involves going to a raw food restaurant the day before or after the holiday or it involves throwing a raw potluck and inviting all your raw food friends. I know I've heard so much about raw food being isolating, but I want to offer you another picture. I think raw foods has had an opposite effect on me. I've met so many wonderful people through raw foods including some of my closest friends. I know what you are thinking, "There aren't a lot of raw foodists in my area!" Well maybe not, but the best way to find out for sure would be to start holding monthly raw potlucks and see who shows up! Sometimes curious vegans or vegetarians will show up and you can teach them about raw food or learn about it together. It's an awesome and easy way to make friends.

 

spring rolls at cafe gratitude

Spring Rolls at Cafe Gratitude

Been thinking about some Holiday recipes I 'd like to share with you so stay tuned, but in the meantime is a recipe for Basil Lime Ginger Creamy Avocado Soup that I promised a few months ago keep scrolling down and you'll find it! My goal is to give you lovelies one recipe a month. You know, just me trying to make dinner and coming up with something yummy to share with you!

 

Raw Food My Space

 

Did you know there is such a thing as a raw food myspace? Here it is: www.eat.rawfood.com/ You can sign up to meet other raw foodists. It's kinda cool. My page is: www.eat.rawfood.com/rawfood/rawglow
It's nothing special but send me a hello if you want to!

 

What I've been reading lately

As you know I love reading anything Abraham Hicks. Their Law of Attraction books have really really inspired me and changed my life. I'm reading their newest one and I love it!

 

sampler plate

Sampler Plate at Cafe Gratitude

The Astonishing Power of Emotions

 

I really needed this book, I started to forget the law of attraction but I'm happy to say I've started to remember it and I already notice the difference! My honey and I are going to watch the Secret again together, cause we want to attract a lot of good stuff! The good news is that as easy as it is to forget the secret, it's just as easy to remember! I think that this time of year can be hard on a lot of people and I remember how hard it was for me without my mom around. So now more than ever we need to focus on all the things we are grateful for instead of focusing on the things that we don't have! I am so ready ready for an abundant holiday season. Not sure what we are going to do, but we are thinking we might rent a house on the beach and celebrate Christmas there. How cool would that be?

 

lasagana at Cafe Gratitude

Raw Lasagna

Last year at this time I had all these wonderful gift ideas for you, but this year I think I'm going to save money for all the wonderful food I'm going to make and get all my Christmas presents in China Town! They have some cute stuff and it's all really affordable!

 

Well loves bye for now, I'll definitely be back again this month.

 

C


 

 

 

coconut cream pie with raw ice cream

Coconut Cream Pie

Farmer's Market Treasures

 

Hey loves it's only Nov. 10 and I'm already back. I've freed up some time in my life to be able to work more on my website because it brings me so much joy! Every time, I get an e-mail from someone saying they appreciate my website it just makes my day! I finally added some new articles to my articles page be sure to check them out and remember that you can donate an article at anytime. The more we spread information the better!

 

Anyways I wanted to share with you some pictures I took of some of the food that I've made and also of some beautiful finds at the farmer's market! Everyday Saturday morning I dedicate to going to the farmer's market to do my shopping for the week. I enjoy it so much and it really saves me a lot of money. During the week I might pick up a few things here or there at the Whole Food's but the majority of my shopping is done at the farmer's market. When you look to my right you'll see why!

 

Amagaki Persimmon

Amagaki Persimmon

For one thing it's already Persimmon season in Northern California. We are so lucky that we have both Fuyu and another persimmon variety called Amagaki. Here is a description of the Amagki:

The amagakis are also firm-fleshed when ripe, similar to a fuyu. They are lighter in color, more toward yellow than red-orange. The shape is ovoid and the lack of ridges makes them easier to peel. Smoother in texture and juicier, similar to a not-quite-ripe nectarine, these are sweeter too than the same grower's fuyus. These are seedless with some brown filaments marking the flesh that may be vestigial seeds.


-Excerpted from www.chowhound.com/topics/342017


For a visual description look to right and you can see me holding an Amagaki that I took a big bite out of, it was so delicious!!!!! I bought 20 pounds of a combination of Fuyu's and Amagaki's. I'm not much of a Hachiya fan, they are a little too sweet and goopy for my taste but I know some people  love them. Anyways there is an over abundance of persimmons in winter and I plan on making some beautiful holiday pies and perhaps some cookies with them!


Another cool thing that I found was Burdock root. Here is a little excerpt about it:


burdock root

Burdock Root

Burdock root has been described a blood purifier. The burdock root was believed to clear toxins from the bloodstream. It may be applied externally as well as internally to relieve eczema and psoriasis. Additionally, it may ease painful joints or act as a diuretic. Ancient Chinese medicine combined burdock root with other herbs to treat colds, measles, sore throats, and tonsillitis. And the Japanese consume burdock root as a vegetable.

 

-www.nutrasanus.com/burdock.html


I'm not sure about all that but it was a cool thing to juice, I liked the sweet and earthy taste it gave my juice!


I also came across some kaffir lime. I know I talked about the leaves in a previous journal entry but this time I actually came across the fruit. It's this little lime that looks all wrinkly. I've only used the leaves before, but this time I'm going to use the rind in a coconut curry soup. I'll let you know how it turns out. Here's a little more about kaffir lime


mini haus, pineapple guavas, kaffir lime

mini haus, pinapple guavas, and kaffir limes

The other green fruit next to the kaffir lime is a pineapple guava. The season is just now over but I bought a few last week. I don't think that they are actually related to guavas but they taste like a cross between a guava, pineapple, with the sweetness of a ripe pear. They are absolutely amazing and as I mentioned in a previous journal entry you can eat the petals of their flowers and they taste like candy!


 

 

 

 

 

Yacon Chips?


fruit salad

Fruit salad with pineapple guava

I've heard of Yacon syrup as a sweetner but I just discovered that the dehydrated slices of the Yacon root are available at my local coop. The Yacon root is a South American root grown in the Andes that has been cultivated as far back as 1200BC! They were slightly sweet and nutty and with a little sea or crystal salt I think they might actually be a good substitute for potato chips, although they are chewy, not crunchy.  I could also imagine that they would be a good addition to a salad with a sweet dressing. Something different!


 

 

 

Dinner Lately

dehydrated yacon

Dehydrated Yacon Slices

Below are some of my dinner creations lately. The first picture was my version of a Mexican pizza. I took a simple flax cracker that was made with ground golden flax and I topped it with homemade guacamole, sauerkraut, salsa, and dehydrated tomatillos, and capers. Everything was either a gift or store bought! The only thing I made was the guac!!!! It was probably the best thing I've made in awhile! The pasta with the green sauce is actually made with zuchinni pasta and a basil, avocado, red bell pepper dressing. A similar recipe is in my spiral slicer booklet. It looks kinda weird but it tasted really good! The soup below it I made because I felt cold so I blended some zuchinni, celery, avocado, miso, garlic, Italian herbs, spicy pepper, and water in the blender until it was warm. It hit the spot, now that it's getting a little chilly in Northern Cali.


When I'm cold, I also drink some organic ginger tea sweetened with honey and stevia. When it cools down a bit you can also add some raw almond milk for a treat. I know tea isn't raw, but I'm okay with that:)


Well loves now that I'm hungry talking about all that yummy raw food, I'm going to grab a bite:)


Best Wishes,
Cecilia

 

 
mexican pizza 

My version of a Mexican pizza

with sun dried capers

and dehydrated tomatillos

zucchini pasta with bell pepper basil sauce 

zucchini pasts with bell pepper basil sauce

 
creamy zucchinni thyme soup 

Creamy zucchini thyme soup

 

 

 

 

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