Feb 27, 2010
when dried the fruit turns red. i tried drying, but it didn't turn out right and i had to toss them eventually :(
the jujube is also called red date and is very popular in it's dried from. they have those dried ones at the chinese store. maybe i'll get some next time.
Feb 24, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
it's a sapodilla!
the consistency is somewhere between a hard plum and a gritty pear. the taste is simply divine! something between chocolate, cinnamon, caramel and a ripe plum. very sweet. i love it!
i found it at a store called "trans-food", specializing in the sale of african and indian food.
the fruit originated in mexico, central america and the caribbean. today it's mostly grown in india.
if you can get your hands on some: buy them all. you will eat them. i imagine kids (or anybody with a sweet tooth) would also loooove the sapodilla.
Feb 21, 2010
i got some copra (dried coconut meat) at an indian shop, i wanna try making a raw coconut chocolate snack much like a bounty (that is like a "mounds" in america)
Feb 20, 2010
above you see the best dates i have ever eaten. these dates taste like TOFFEE. no joke. TOFFEE!!! fantastic!!!
Feb 19, 2010
i made a sweet dough (with agave & maple syrup) and created a cake-like-thing. it was a tad too fibery. so i flattened out what was left of the dough and dehydrated it in the oven (lowest temperature)
it tastes pretty fresh and watery, like a cucumber.
so this contains basically white miso, soaked chinese mushrooms, a little bit of ginger, sunflower oil and kelp. (i overdid it a little with the miso, so it was really salty...)
i used this recipe:
from the raw pirate gourmets and altered it slightly.
(i took the juice of half an orange instead of a lemon, because we were out of lemon. and since young coconuts are currently "out of seaon" or right now not being imported i used some frozen young coconut meat)
i haven't been blogging all week because i spent all my freetime either in the kitchen, trying new stuff or shopping for new exciting groceries ;))
one of my new creation is a "cheeze" made from coconut meat (not the young coconut, these are not available here right now... but the "mature" one), nutritional yeast, white unpasteurized miso and salt.
white miso (you can get it in most japanese or korean stores, look in the refridgerated section) and nutritional yeast (try "reform haus" (health shop) or bio supermarket)
two real great assets in the raw cuisine!!
Feb 15, 2010
Feb 14, 2010
however, it is not for me. the green papaya is more like a zucchini, but too crunchy with almost no taste. maybe it's all in that "indonesian dressing" ;)
ripe papaya anytime. the black seeds are edible, but really spicy. in some regions they are used as a substitute for black pepper.
as it's still carnival here in germany and the city is crowded with drunk people (in costume - how fun...) i am staying an as much as possible this weekend.
i got into this food preparing frenzy yesterday. good thing that ani phyo's book "ani's raw food kitchen: easy, delectable living foods recipes" had arrived!
soooo.... what was for dinner?
first i prepared ani phyo's black sesame sunflower bread (it's mostly these ingredients plus flax seeds, some chopped onion and garlic) and spread it out in the oven. (lowest temperature for... many hours)
then i made ani phyo's catsup, a great ketchup like stuff with fresh tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and apple cider vingear.
next: the hearty garden burger! it's basically a nut mash with various veggies. i altered ani's recipe (which called for more sunflower seeds) a bit. i took cashews, black sesame, carrots, celery, a little bit of onion and garlic. into the food processor and then formed into putty. this also went in the oven.
with some spirallized japanese radish (made into spaghetti with my new kitchen tool, a spiralizer!) with wasabi soy dressing this made a terrific dinner!
so what about dessert?
i made the "really dangerous chocolate pudding" from the raw pirate gourmets!
(www.rawpirategourmet.com/category/videos) did i mention that these two rockstars have some great videos that you can get via itunes? for free!!
take an avoacdo, some soaked dates, a plum, some raw chocolate powder and some agave syrup, toss it in the food processor (or blender) and: it's ready!
crumble up some raw cacao beans and you get some chocolate chips in the pudding.
and i had some leftover frozen coconut meat (you guessed it: from the chinese supermarket!) that i tossed in too.
addictive! i will make this again. and again. and again...
i also made some great food for friday night when i met my good friends A & E. i forgot to take photos of the meal...
i made some carrot salad with baby bok choy and soaked raisins. and a terrine like dish composed out of zucchini, tomatoes, garlic and a little guar gum (which is ground up guar beans, it's raw as i understood it from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guar_gum) to bind the mix together.
the ingredients are sliced paperthin and then stacked in layers into a cake tin and put in the fridge overnight. i wish the endresult looked like this: www.seehamer.de/index.php?navi=3&buchid=4702 (second picture from the left). the recipe came from that very book.
we watched the latest episode of LOST ("what kate does") and then analized it. consensus is that we didn't like it all that much. just the last scene gives some answers. on the other hand the premiere was just so good that any episode after that was expected to not have measured up.
then i watched jenna norwood's movie "supercharge me" with the girls. they found it entertaining and motivating. and they really liked the food i had prepared! grrreat!