Mar 18, 2010
i contacted the company that makes it (www.govindanatur.de) and it's completely raw!!
they also have various other raw products and sweet treats. somehow it's not popular in germany (yet?) to label a product as "raw". (sometimes you just have to contact companies and ask for it!)
Mar 17, 2010
chicle (the sap from the sapodilla tree)
xylitol (i always thought it's an artificial sweetener. it's not, it's a wood sugar from the birch tree, much like maple syrup)
gum arabic (so it sticks together)
vegetable glycerol (to prevent drying out)
calcium carbonate (= chalk. for the right texture)
rapeseed lecithin (for an even mix)
carnauba wax (as a coating)
hopefully peppersmith will be available in germany soon. the guys from peppersmith are super friendly and they didn't charge me any shipping costs to germany!
i love their whole product presentation. from the design of their website, the whole "mustache" theme, that everything is explained so well on their site, from the taste and consistency of the actual product to the sweet little ideas (e.g. they provide little strips of recycled paper to wrap your used gum in to avoid waste). all that make this product so convincing.
if you are looking for an alternative to regular gum (that is loaded with either sugar or sweetener, softeners, aroma, artificial flavor enhancers and a top of additives) : this is it!!!
the taste is slightly pepperminty, not in-your-face-screaming-mint, but very nice and natural. it could stay a bit longer for my taste.
then again, i never chew any gum for very long, i use chewing gum to refresh my breath, not to exercise my jaw muscles.
my own recipe!
i made non-raw baklava before, so i altered, substituted or left out some ingredients and came up with a raw variant that doesn't require a dehydrator and takes about 10 minutes to make. (the zucchinis should be sliced and dried in advance though!)
i served it with an orange-lime sirup (optional) and dried (reconstituted through soaking over night) white and black mulberries.
it was a total hit! my friends A and E liked it very much. L was disappointed that there were no leftovers for her, so i made it again the very next day.
mel's raw baklava (makes 4 smaller or 2-3 big servings)
1 cup pistachio
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup paranuts (~8-9 nuts)
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground up cloves
a pinch of salt
a pinch of vanilla (from a fresh bean or dried ground up bean)
-> slice up the zucchini and let it dry.
blend all ingredients into a fine mash (in a foodprocessor or a blender) and then add water (1 or 2 tablespoons) until its a creamy paste.
pile it up like a lasagne: zucchini-paste-zucchini-paste-zucchini. put it in the fridge and let it sit for a while.
juice of 1 1/2 - 2 oranges
juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon lucuma
small splash agave
-> just mix ev well.
Mar 14, 2010
above you can see a chart of (some!) of the varieties of avocado growing on the hawaiian islands. these are not even all...
another interesting fun fact about the avocado suggests that the avocado originally had some kind of symbiosis (or "ecological relationship") with a large, now extinct mammal.
so the ultimate goal of any plant is to disperse its seed and multiply. the avocado may have been swallowed in whole(!) by large animals. the pit is mildly toxic, so it would not have be digested, but excreted in the animal's dung, ready to sprout. no native animal living on planet earth now is large enough to disperse avocado seeds in this fashion...
very interesting. i had never thought about that! i just assumed that the avocado fruit falls off the tree and the skin eventually rots away. and that the fatty flesh was designed to keep the pit moist and well nourished.
these two oils changed my attitude towards oil.
i was never much of an oil user, esp not olive oil (just don't like it).
i discovered pumpkinseed oil a couple of month ago and now i rarely have a salad without it. (that and my excessive use of agave instead of artificial sweetener plus the fact that i'm eating way too many nuts explain my slight weight gain)
avocado oil is a close second. it's rich and flavorful and it really spices up a salad. this oil is from australia and around here it's pretty uncommon. one bottle (250 ml/8,45 fl.oz) has the oil of 20 avocados in it!
the pumpkinseed oil is not raw, but it's an exeption i am willing to make.
it has a bright green color (looks like aceto balsamico on your veggies) and is extremely color intensive on the skin (that's why it's not used in the cosmetic industry) and on clothes... i have several pair of jeans with green spots now. i wear an apron now whenever i eat anything with the oil :)
the taste is just unbelievably good. like pumpkinseeds, but much more rich and intense. yummy!
what else did i eat?
Mar 12, 2010
even if the name "schoko light" is a little weird. i think they choose that name bc there is no cacaobutter in there.
it's made out of dates (50%), raisins, cacaopowder and vanillapowder. everything is completely organic and it contains no sugar, honey or aroma.
it's not raw since the cacaopowder is not raw (ev else is though), but this is an exeption i make as a treat.
-> UPDATE: IT IS A RAW PRODUCT!
i contacted the company (one my favorite things to do is write emails to companies about their products) and it's completely raw. even the cacao powder. everything. RAW!
Mar 11, 2010
i must say... shazzie seems like an outstanding individual (judging from interviews and articles), but her chocolates... (she's the maker of shazzie's chocolate, the three bars on the right) are not for me.
they are just not sweet enough. and also really not creamy enough. maybe it should be called something other than chocolate. this is not what i expect from a chocolate.
i liked these two from the raw chocolate company better than shazzie's. note that these are NOT 100gr bars, but only teeny tiny weensy 44gr bars. quite a disappointment when i opened the package.
on a scale from 1-10 they get a 5.
the raspberry truffles from booja booja get an 8. (that's high praise from me)
L said she liked my own raw chocolate better. secretly i agreed.
it's been about six weeks that i'm off coffee. so far i'm doing well.
i went off and i stayed off. even when the smell of freshly brewed coffee nearly lured me into cafes and coffee houses, or used to tempt me at home when L made her morning soy latte. it's getting easier every day. i don't even think about it anymore.
the initial detox was hard, i experienced headaches and afternoon fatigue (or rather "crashes"). it really paid off to stay with it. i feel very much better now. in the morning i'm energetic from the moment i open my eyes, i don't need anything to "get me going".
i did some research and put together a little list of the benefits of life without coffee (and all caffeinated drinks like coke etc)the top 20 benefits of giving up coffee/caffeinated drinks
1. better smelling breath
2. better hydration = better skin
3. less stomach acid, less stomach irritation = 72% less ulster risk
4. less risk of parkinson’s disease
5. less risk of heart attack & heart rhythm problems
6. better teeth hygiene, density and color
7. less sugar cravings (coffee increases the blood sugar level!)
8. better stress management, less irritability (coffee creates stress in the body)
9. no more heavy fatigue during the afternoon (...after detox)
10. less thinning of the bones (osteoporosis) bc less calcium is being flushed out
11. less flushing out of: vitamin A, B and C
12. better absorption of minerals like iron, zinc and calcium
13. better cholesterol levels
14. less stress on adrenal glands = slower aging process!
15. coffee slows the passage of waste through the small intestine & speeds it up in the large intestine = after detox: say goodbye to constipation!
16. less pre-menstrual breast pain
17. less risk of urinary incontinence
18. coffee contains many carcinogens = less cancer risk
19. less high blood pressure
20. better brain chemistry! (caffeine blocks adenosine absorbtion, adenosine is a neurotransmitter that makes you naturally drowsy. so caffeine is momentarily increasing concentration and reaction speed, but the long term effects can be really tricky. once the temporary stimulation stops, the brain cells start needing caffeine for stimulation and a sudden neural sluggishness installs...)
coming off coffee can be really hard. top detox symptoms include:
5. foggy headedness
6. overall groggyness
7. general unhappyness
and the first 2-5 days are the worst...
if you had suggested giving up coffee to me half a year ago i would have responded with a rude hand gesture and a dramatic "WHAT?? NO WAY!!" and then shrugged it off.
coffee was very important to me. i used to be a real coffee snob, sometimes i travelled with my own stove-top-espresso-maker... i used to love everything about coffee, the smell, the taste and how it made me feel. i never liked the sweat side effects...
i really don't want to preach! i'm also not saying that i'll never drink coffee again! i'm just saying people (myself included!!) should consume more consciously.
never consider what you might "lose", consider the benefits and what you "gain"
can you believe i never ate truffles before? i saw these at the supermarket and i had to have them. of course they're not premium truffles, but bottom scale price ones.
truth be told: i'm not a fan... they taste like earthy and musky (like woodearth really) to me. ok, these truffles were "the cheapest of the cheapest", yet i think i get the general idea.
with many hyped gourmet foods i simply can't understand what all the fuss is about. e.g. i never liked caviar, i don't enjoy alcohol in general (be it expensive wine or wine out of a drink carton, tastes all the same to me...), i don't like olive oil (esp the more expensive ones taste moldy to me) and the kopi luwak coffee i once bought couldn't really elate me either. yeah, i'm quite the phillistine ;)
i thought the waterkefir would be really popular with L and me, but i like the almondmilk kefir better. it varies in texture, so you can have a milky drink or a yoghurt, depending on how long it sits.
i bought some, expecting something like a date. it's very different from a date though. very very very starchy. can't eat many of these. (they are not sugar coated btw, they are just extremely flakey...)
i was delighted to finally find dried black mulberries! 400gr for 3,60 € (~ $ 4,90)
Mar 7, 2010
it's was my very good friend A's birthday yesterday. what a perfect occasion to take my first raw chocolate cake!
(how could i not know about soaking all those years? drop a dried apricot, some green raisins and goji berries in water for a couple of hours. they magically soak in the water and the result you can see in the pic above. looks almost like a fresh fruit again! amazing!)
i've noticed that the whole oats are hard to digest.
the third cycle of fermentation is completed and i've set up the next round this morning.
Mar 5, 2010
it's a bit thicker than the soymilk originally was. i tried a little bit (for old times' sake ;) and it's very yeasty. in a good way though.
i put some rice syrup (tastes pretty similar to agave) in and fed it to L. she drank it and didn't complain.
the other 1/3 i set up with almondmilk and some demerara (raw cane sugar) to substitute the milk sugar. i am really curious now!
i think both cultures grew a little bit already!
i'm often asked if it's super expensive to eat raw. i think it's not really.
now i don't have to buy all these things anymore and i save a ton of money that i can put into healthy raw food!
bread,baked goods in general, pasta, rice, noodles (and other kinds of processed starches)