Nov 21, 2010

algae noodles & choc pudding

i have not posted any actual food photos and recipes in a long time. so... here's what i prepared today so far.

i made a tomato/herb sauce with 3 tomatoes, a handful of herbs, a spoonful of miso, some nutritional yeast, a few brazil nuts and salt & pepper. (just toss everything in the blender/food processor)

i ate it with my new favorite food: "sea spaghetti": an algae growing on the coast of ireland with the melodic name "himanthalia elongata".

these algae noodles have a really nice consistency. they have a bit of a bite (like noodles "al dente") and don't taste too fishy (a problem i have with most algae) .

they come dried and need to soak in water for maybe 30 minutes before you can use them. you can buy them here at PURE.

the easiest chocolate pudding in the world: one or two pears, a kaki or a banana, a handful of brazil nuts (or almonds or any other nut really) and cacao powder. blend it until smooth and there you go!
pears and kakis are sooo sweet right now that no additinal honey/agave/or any other sweetener is needed.

have a grrreat day!

Nov 18, 2010

mel vs. ashwagandha

K from PURE introduced me to ashwagandha, the "ginseng of ayurveda". the root of the winter cherry (withania somnifera) is dried and ground up to produce ashwagandha.

ashwagandha is believed to have many medical healing properties, improving all kinds of maladies from chronic fatigue to cancer.
it is used for "anti ageing", for easing all kinds of drug withdrawal symptoms and reducing anxiety. it is also called "natural viagra" and is supposed to be an aphrodisiac! thumbs up!

the powder has a smokey flavor and can be mixed with water, any kind of milk (e.g nut or soy), juices, smoothies etc.
one of the traditional indian ways of preparation is mixing it with honey. that's what i did to produce my fingernail sized energy squares. the honey does not mask the smoke aroma, but one does actually get accustomed to the taste.

ashwagandha in a pure raw quality is hard to come by in germany. if you want to support an upcoming fresh young enterprise founded by somebody well informed and truely dedicated to spreading the message of raw: get your stuff at PURE!

PURE also features 3 other ayurvedic classics:
neem (antibacterial & antiviral properties),
brahmi (stress reducing & mind clearing) and
triphala (mild laxative, improves digestion)

rainbow spirit festival

dear readers :)

i do have to apologize for the long silence yet again. last weekend i went to berlin to the rainbow spirit festival.
the festival itself was a little too esoteric for my taste, yet it was interesting to see what people are willing to spend their money on.

i helped out at PURE and spent a real nice weekend with K. we met some other raw foodies and gained amazing insight into the "behind the scenes" of raw catering...

the lovely K, founder of PURE. if you want to buy your raw supplies in great quality get it here!

me @ "work", doing one of the things i love: talking about food.

this is a the crystal skulls... the biggest one i found at the rainbow spirit festival, roughly the size of a human skull.

crystal skulls are believed to have paranormal properties and some new age people even claim that the skulls are "relics of atlanis", "store information about mankind's past" and "produce miracles"...

anyway. this is something i myself cannot relate to so well. however, i do admire the craftsmanship and i think any polished gemstone of that size is pretty impressive, especially quartz.

Nov 1, 2010

eating sunlight?

sorry, i haven't been posting in ages. i've had some immensely interesting few weeks. rocky patches in life also brought challenges for my raw diet. now that my head is halfway straight again i've learned another lesson in commitment and devotion.
change is the only constant after all...

anyway, my friend L from essen and me went to see a very interesting movie last night. it's called "am anfang war das licht" ("in the beginning there was light") and it's a swiss documentary about people who claim to not eat or drink anything but to feed exclusively on light/energy.

in the raw community "the sunlight diet" or non eating is a topic time and time again. i had heard about it before, but the rationatlist in me always said "no f*ing way". so i had to see to movie right away. the movie is directed by the same guy who also worked on "we feed the world" and "let's make money" and is presented in a neutral and informative way.

the movie starts with a presentation of people who followed jasmusheen's (author of books like "pranic nutrition" and "the food of gods") "sunlight diet" and presents several individuals who claim to not have eaten in years (most of this belonging to the land of lore if you ask me).
nutitionists and doctors argue the case and then several attempts to scientifially prove the matter are shown (none of these did not convince me however).

the most interesting case being that of prahlad jani (also called "mataji" by his followers), an 83 year old yogi from india who claims to not have eaten in over 70 years (he says he feeds on prana only). he agreed to being studied and observed 24hours in a hospital for 10 days. it was proven that during that time he had no intake of solid or liquid food, no water, nothing whatsoever. he didn't defecate or urinate and there was no liquid in his bladder. yet he was fine and healthy...

to cut a long story short: while i do believe that there are certainly more things on this planet than meets the eye (different religions all come to the conclusion of a source of power and energy. whether this is called prana, qi or any other name) i think proclaiming "the light diet" as a option for the masses is super dangerous!

the "sunlight nutrition" program starts with a very very extreme fast: no food and no water for a week. 7 days without water! young, healthy people who have attempted this DIED during the process.

i think fasting (water or even juice) can already get one very very far. is it really necessary to not drink water? while i can strongly advise everybody to do a fast i cannot support anything denying people water. water is the most important thing ever. (the majority of people don't drink enough water. people, drink more water!)

in the end the movie raises a much more interesting question: the question of a higher consciousness and consequently an altered reality.
is it possible to alter one's reality through the power of the mind?
my personal answer is yes.
even my rational mindset has to admit that certain things do work. (or at least: there is no harm in trying, is there?!)
whether things happen through "the power of the mind", being granted a "wish by the universe", "divine intervention", a kind of internal shift through a shift in attitude or however you might call it: i think it is in essence possible.

this is the more interesting debate: is it possible to change our being together on this planet through a different consciousness? through a positive and loving attitude? to create a different place for us, treating each other more conscious and also treating this planet, our divine home better? well yes, i certainly hope so!

nourishing on light is something that miiiiiight even be possible for people with the right mindset. that is people who have been meditating for a loooooong time and who are in touch with spiritual realities (for lack of a better word). a very very few individuals like prahlad jani.
proclaiming that eating only light (esp existing without drinking water for longer than 2-3 days!) is something that is potentially dangerous (even deadly) for the general public.

let me know you thoughts on the matter, i'm very curious. i'm not going to attempt feeding on pure energy anytime soon, but i do want to conduct another juice fast for sure.

have a grrrreat day and GO DRINK SOME WATER RIGHT NOW!

Oct 4, 2010

mel vs. coquito

this curious nut, the coquito (or cockernut) is native to south america. it is macadamianut-sized and has a very hard shell. the palm nut itself is hollow and has a bite. (it's harder than an almond)

it looks and tastes just like a miniature coconut! i love it, but i can't eat many of those (they are a little on the oily side). these nuts are hard to find here and the only option to get them is through mailorder...

i came across this double nut! two in one: it's a twin!

Sep 27, 2010

mel vs. coconut kopyor

my friend M from cologne treated me to yet another rare wild delicacy: a special kind of coconut. it's called kopyor and is kind of a "spook of nature"...

from the outside it looks just like a regular coconut...

...but once opened... it's nothing like a regular coconut at all!

the "meat" is all flaky and grainy and NOT sweet! it tastes a little bit like a curd cheese or a rubbery kind of cream cheese.
to tell you the truth: i was a bit disappointed.
i am a big coconut fan, but this was not my taste. i expected something more coconutty:

let me tell you about the origin of this kind of coconut anyway: "kelapa kopyor" is indiginous to indonesia. it grows on a regular coconut tree! it's a genetic mutation (abnormal fruit endosperm controlled by a recessive gene) that might occur if the tree has a growth spurt during the fruiting process.

according to legend told in central java, it is believed that the moon itself ate the meat of the nut during a lunar eclipse. therefore, eating that kind of nut used to be taboo!
in indonesia the kopyor is prepared as a dessert: scoop out the flesh and mix it with the coconut water, rose syrup, and ice cubes.
since kopyors are rare there is also a recipe to create a fake kopyor from a regular coconut(!). for this one mixes the water and meat of a young coconut with agar agar to recreate the "jelly".

so how do people know that the nut is a kopyor? they shake it, or rather move it gently from left to right... if it feels like there are solid components inside, chances are it might be a kopyor...

rohvolution in speyer!

i had a good time at the raw fair ROHVOLUTION in speyer!

despite voices going on about the "good old times" and the "true spirit" of the raw food movement i am not against the commercialisation of a good thing.
i think in order to spread the message of raw one must be willing to compromise.

the majority of people can relate to cakes, chocolates and other raw gourmet creations. and if this ultimately leads them to healthier eating habits: BINGO!

look at all those fantastic carob cacao cakes! yummy!

raw pizza!

a pumpkin mango carrot "soup" (cool and raw)

my personal highlight: raw vegan mayonnaise! super rich + tasty = completely addictive.

"the raw gang" :)
sorry, i didn't really take so many pics this time. if you're interested in more visuals go back to this blogpost: ROHVOLUTION BERLIN 2010, it was very similar.

Sep 24, 2010

mel vs. cempedak

last week i visited my friend M from cologne. he's been on the raw path for 8 years now and is keeping a strict mono diet (= he doesn't mix his food, he eats all his fruit, veggies and nuts seperately on their own)
he and me get veeeeery excited about wild exotic fruit. i brought him some wild grapes from my mother's garden and the last salak from paris and he treated me to.... CEMPEDAK!

the cempedak is related to the jackfruit (actually jackfruit is a domesticated version of cempedak)
it's cultivated in south east asia, but not as commercially as jackfruit and durian. it's a truly wild fruit.

i'm usually not short for words... but describing the taste is a true challenge.
to me it tasted nothing like jackfruit, although the consistency is similar.
the taste is fruity, sweet and sour plus something that tasted like a christmas cookie (like gingerbread) to me.

i found it super delicious and hope that i'll have the chance to indulge again sometime.

the seeds are, like durian seeds edible when roasted.

6 days of juice fasting...

all in all i did 6 full days of juice fasting... and this took it's toll on me. anyway, i'm glad i did it, it was quite an experience.

so before i'm heading off to the ROHVOLUTION in speyer for the weekend i wanted to post some pics.

i broke my fast with a tonkwa salad (a chinese vegetable, tastes a bit like a cucumber). it was so great to finally CHEW again.

recently i'm totally addicted to cucumber. this is my version of a sandwich.

banana ice cream! it's so easy: just blend a banana (or two) with e.g. some vanilla, honey/agave, maybe some bee pollen or whatever you have a hand.
put it in the freezer for some hours and: there you go : )

Sep 17, 2010

day 4 of the juice fast

good day everybody.
today is day 4 of my feast, which has actually turned into a real fast, meaning i drink less and less juice and more water.

i don't feel so good today. i have a cold and i feel pretty weak in general. i had to skip my workout today, i just didn't see it happening. *sigh*

i downed my intake of green juice to just two juices yesterday. i made a green veggie juice in the middle of the day and another veggie juice (with red beet, so it was actually a red juice...) the evening.
in between i had chaga tea and water.

i spiced up my evening meal with a light miso soup :) that was quite an experience tastewise, it was sooo good.
i took a tablespoon of white miso to about a liter of water. then i mixed this spoon by spoon with the juice. very nice.
well, i'm having a little low today, which was to be expected. yeah, i'm still waiting for that fasting high... yesterday i definetely felt intoxicated somehow, today i just feel like i have a cold.
i will carry on with the fast until the weekend for sure. somehow i feel i should to do at least 5 days to experience all the positive effects of detoxing.
my plan is to do strictly water on the last day. (yeah, let's see how this works out...)

Sep 12, 2010

day 3 of the juice feast

good morning. yes, all my meals still look the same...
yesterday i felt weaker that when i started the feast, although engery comes in waves (short waves that is...)
i also think that i might get a cold soon :(

yesterday i drank significantly less green juice, i made some chaga tea and i "ate" some soup (although warm water with a pinch of pepper hardly a soup makes)

my workout didn't go so hot yesterday either. my legs felt like stone. i took a class and that went ok, then i did some cardio on my own and didn't last very long.

several people asked me if i was tired or in a bad mood. i have the feeling my eyes look... manic somehow.
anyway, it's the morning, so everything is easy again. it was hard last night.

i'm much more emotional and my other senses are heightened. the tram drives incredibly rumbly and makes the earth shake, rehearsal was sooo loud (i had to use my big earplugs, usually small ones are fine), people on the street and at the gym smell disgusting, cigarette smoke is impossible to stand, i smell a bakery a mile away.

i have the weirdest food cravings, maybe not even cravings... i have tasting sensations in my mouth (or in my mind rather)
the only craving i really have is to chew something. an apple maybe. oh, an apple wound be marvellous, don't get me started.
sometimes i am sooo impatient, just to be ultra relaxed the next minute.

i'm planning to go through with this today and then see where it takes me.

i got these to juice as a treat. i juiced 1 1/2 and it wasn't all that tasty :(
they are called ox heart and are really big.
just like yesterday i'll treat you to some pics from my archive, so you don't get bored:

ahhhh, frozen durian. if no fresh stuff is available i'll even settle for frozen durian (better than no durian at all, right)
but do be careful: some of the durian is pressed into little plastic tubes, those are tasty, but they don't have much structure left, it's pretty much a mass.
the one i got was just frozen, though seedless (keep in mind that the seeds are big and heavy, go for seedless, then you'll get more flesh) and once defrosted had some "structural integrity" (who doesn't like star trek?) left.

A got me hooked onto a special treat.... durian with vanilla. seriously, i thought durian couldn't be any more perfect and was complete on it's own... but seriously, durian with vanilla is a match made in HEAVEN.

day 2 of the juice feast

i'm still on the juice feast :)
yesterday was day 1 and it went better than i thought. i wasn't even hungry, i had my belly FULL of green juice all day long, but at some point i just really wanted to chew something.

1 drank about 1 liter of green juice before my workout (which went really well by the way) and about a liter afterwards. i had another liter for lunch and the same again in the afternoon. i took a green juice to rehearsal and back at home i had another night drink. that makes some 5-6 liters of green juice. this sounds way too much, but i'm sure this will level down.

i'm not planning to do this x number of days. i'll just see how this goes today. at some point yesterday i almost cried at the main station, because somebody was eating a baguette (of all things) right next to me. i thought about snatching it from her hands for a nano second...
then again i felt like i had nerves of steel. i would say that regular moodswings are much more pronounced and quicker to change.

every day is an adventure!

meet my breakfast :)
it's a mix of:
looots of spinach leaves
a few biiiig dark kale leaves
1/2 turnip cabbage
1 cucumber
1 small apple
1/2 nashi pear

it does taste surprisingly refreshing. it's even a little bit sweet from the apple and the nashi. the mornings are easy for me. the trouble starts after dark ;)

a green juice in a bowl... makes a green soup! i swear it tastes different if you eat it with a spoon.

ok, i will not bore you endlessly with pictures of green juice... instead, here is some stuff that i bought (and ate) last week and didn't get a chance to post yet.

a different kind of fresh date. the yellow ones are called "barhi dates", i don't know how the red ones are called.

sapodillas and apple bananas (they really have a slight hint of apple) for 3,99 a kilo...

a sapodilla in the right state of ripeness tastes like nut caramell...

treats from my mother's garden

last weekend i also went to visit my mother. i took a stroll and harvested some fruit from her garden... look what i got: hazelnuts, medlars, 2 different kind of quinces (called apple quince and pear quince) and two different kinds of apples.

that was quite a stroll, don't you think?

the highlight from my mum's garden are definetely the grapes. the white ones are nice... but the red one are THE BEST.

i harvested a whole BUCKET full of grapes in maybe 15 minutes!! they are the most delicious little grapes i ever had. they are sooo good. the seeds are tiny, so you can basically stuff them in your mouth straight from the vine... mhmmm

my friend A from paris is doing a green juice cleanse. that sounds really great, so i will attempt the same. since i've never done this before i will start small and take it day by day. or maybe even meal by meal.

this morning was easy, i had so much green stuff here... i also put in some fresh dandelions and clover from the garden.

i'm curious how this morning's workout will be... i'm facing 120 min of intense stuff...

5th raw potluck in cologne

yesterday i went to cologne to attend another potluck organized by S. she even went through the trouble to rent a room for us. last time ~25 people attended and we were all expecting an even larger number of participants.

unfortunately, there were only 6 of us (plus child) this time and this came nowhere close to covering S's rent expenses... this is very sad, since people had confirmed and then didn't show up.
i feel for S, who has those costs on her back now. i hope that the next potluck (10.10.10, world raw food day) will be well attended again to cover the rent...

anyway, the potluck was small, but we had some very nice food!

the "ideal dish" from the potluck. the best part for me was a creamy curry sauce (usually i don't even like curry, but i LOVED this sauce), prepared with cashews, young coconuts (water & meat), curry and spices. totally yummy!

this is not just any carrot salad, it's prepared with fennel and lavender seeds! awesome! quite the taste experience.

upon further request it turned out that these veggie sushi rolls had been prepared with conventional red pesto bought from a store :(
the woman who brought them was surprised that we "prepare everything ourselves" and don't buy prepared food in stores.... anyway, i took some sushi rolls home for L.

the spiralizer tool is sooo cool. if you consider buying just one appliance, buy this one. it will never fail to amaze you. (and others :)

mixed veggies marinated in a sweet sesame dressing. very yummy!

S made these crackers in her dehydrator. the red ones (pizza flavor!) are better than the italian ones from lifefood! really nice! S is thinking about selling these online: go for it!

i brought "meat" balls. i had experimented with various nuts and eggplant. unfortunately the eggplant made the whole batch a bit bitter :(

i brought cacao balls and coconut balls