Apr 29, 2010
i can finally do the yoga crow. it took a while for me to be able to do this at all. not that it's very elegant or very high up, but i can hold it long enough for the picture ;)
this pose is more about balance and less about strength. i will work on it and hopefully soon be able to post better results.
have a grrrreat day!
Apr 28, 2010
the duku langsat is a curious fruit. imagine the consistency of a lychee with the aroma of a perfectly sweet grapefruit. there you have it! (careful: the seeds are extremely bitter!)conclusion: nice. really nice. if it's not available in your country and/or you don't want to order fruit online: get some lychees, rambutan or longan and mix them into a fruit salad with citrus fruit. does the trick as well.
so, what is this exactely?!
a coconut is strictly speaking not a nut, but a fruit. it's the seed of the coconut palm.
if it's not harvested beforehand, but left to fully ripen on the palm it will eventually fall to the ground.
then the green outer hull slowly rots away and (under ideal conditions) the coconut starts to germinate.
as the coconut germinates a white sponge-like ball develops within the shell, absorbing the coconut water and "feeding" the young coconut sprout.
and guess what?
this "ball" is edible! tata!
in this state the white coconut flesh surrounding the ball is buttery and half rancid. i wouldn't recommend eating it, it's only for the very brave. you can still use it for skincare!
the real interesting bit is the white fluff...
Apr 27, 2010
i'm in such a foul mood... terrible!
well, my day started out really good with a hard workout (i can already feel some muscle soreness. since i went raw the sore muscles never last longer than about an afternoon or so. before that i used to be sore for days)
well, then i did some banking and looking at my account balance made me sigh deeply.
holy freaking crap. i gotta make more money. siiigggghhhh....
anyway: what's new in melville foodwise?
i had a fabulous (and i really mean FABULOUS!) raw FEAST with my friends A, E and S on saturday night. A & E came over early and we prepared LARGE quantities of high quality food. we had:
- banana snack (some leftovers from the actual dessert)
- tomato juice (another leftover from the marinara)
- tongkwa arugula salad w/ pumpkinseed oil & sprouted sunflowerseeds
- living lasagne
- raw baklava
- rhubarb strawberry plum pudding
in short: it was mouthwatering! really really delicious! A & E were really great kitchen aids (i basically ordered them around for 2 hours, just observing the whole scenario ;)
sadly there are no pictures bc L was away for the weekend.
i made some more "raw" tshirts. will post pics soon.
Apr 21, 2010
for those of you who are not familar with it's gingery glory: it's very very very sweet (and if i say that, believe me, it is darn sweet) and very very gingery. ginger ale is a watery lemonade in comparison.
ginger beer (of course it's alcohol free) can be found at asian markets here. somehow i don't think this product would be very popular on the german market.
anyway. it's so easy to make your own (raw) ginger lemonade: just take some freshly squeezed ginger juice, mix it with water (or carbonated water if you prefer), add lemon and huge amounts of agave/raw sugar/honey or maple syrup. and there you have it.
so far i've only eaten cooked rhubarb, mostly in combination with strawberries. after some discussion (about rhubarb) with my friends E and A i bought some and just tried it raw.
it's completely possible. not only possible, but delicious.
i tossed 1 stick of rhubarb with 6-8 strawberries (depending on the size) into the food processor. i added some honey since the mix was still very sour.
in a month or so when the strawberries get sweeter (the ones available here right now are not v sweet yet) it gonna work without some additional sweetening.
Apr 19, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
L, L and me exchanged experiences, stories and gossip and decided to just set a date and get the first public raw potluck in duesseldorf started!
the 15th of may it is, a saturday night (no fixed time yet. best guess is late afternoon / early evening). we'll meet outdoors at the rhine's green meadows. hope the weather is nicer then...
anyway, everybody is welcome, just bring a raw dish!
i wouldn't harvest anywhere though. ideally the spots are absolutely untouched, but somewhere foresty or reasonably fieldy is good enough for me.
i made some... mash (w/ mustard) with herbs i collected in the woods, mostly lamium (deadnettle, taubnessel) and these two:
alliaria petiolata (knoblauchrauke) has the telling name "garlic mustard" and grows everywhere remotely forest right now. it has a lovely garlicy aroma, but can easily turn bitter, depending on how old the leaves are. use sparingly or do only use those small young leaves.
Apr 10, 2010
sadly, it was a real disappointment...
i admit, i only placed this order to get to know several fruit i had never heard about nor tasted. i had ordered at the rohvolution since they offered free shipping as a rohvolution special.
originally i composed an order of:
a germinated coconut (more about that later)
and a special kind of avocado("lula")
a few days after the fair i received an email: most fruit were already sold out so i agreed to receive the order the week after that. then again, some days later they called me: they told me they can only deliver the duku, gandaria, safu and the coconut!
the other fruit are unavailable or out of season(!). i agreed again, since i really wanted the stuff.
then the delivery arrived (in a giant box, talking about reducing waste...) and contained only duku, gandaria and the coconut. what a disappointment...
i don't understand WHY people put stuff in their catalog THEY CANNOT ACTUALLY GET THEIR HANDS ON. ok, i understand that we are talking about tropical fruit here, so anything in the chain of harvesting, sorting, packing and the whole international delivery process can go wrong.
BUT out of 8 ordered items i recieve only 3 ??? WHY PUT FRUIT IN THE CATALOG THAT IS NOT EVEN IN SEASON???
(well, i know exactly why: because it looks damn good to have all these rare tropcial fruit listed. problem is if somebody actually orders all that rare stuff, they're screwed.)
i think that this was my first and last order from orkos. their prices are not exactely cheap and they usually charge a delivery fee of 6 euros (via ups) . this only made sense because i had the free shipping bonus.
and i had such high hopes, because i was sooo impressed by their presentation on the rohvolution fair. such a young, fresh and professional team.
well, more on the actual fruit later :)
Apr 3, 2010
shame on me for not updating sooner!
prepare for a loooong post now with many many pictures!
last weekend i went to the rohvolution in berlin! my apologies to all my friends in berlin whom i did not contact or visit this time...
i really just came in to visit the raw fair and had barely time to spend with my host, my good old friend B.
the best raw brownie (actually the best brownie ever!) at "raw living", a uk based company with very friendly and competent personnel.
really one of the highlights. a very friendly team, always willing to explain and let you sample anything.
In his old age, a wise, old king took a young bride, but she did not love him
A mystical hermit offered to help the king telling him that a potion could be made from three rare ingredients: an egg of the black tabon bird, 12 ladles of milk from a pure white buffalo, and a flower from the Tree of Vision
The hermit mixed the ingredients and told the king to plant it in the palace garden
From the mixture sprang a glorious durian tree, whose sweet, delicious fruit changed the queen.
The queen say the king as young and handsome. She now loved him.
The king held a royal feast to celebrate, but he neglected to invite the old hermit
Angry, the hermit cast a spell to curse the durian. Its sweet smell became rancid, and its smooth, delicate skin grew piercing spikes
The princess never at the fruit again. She stopped loving the king."