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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Raw Blackberry Crumble

Raw Blackberry Crumble
Raw; Vegan; Gluten Free; Soy Free

This recipe is adapted from Getting Raw. I had blackberries on hand, so use what berries you like. This lasted not even a 24 hours in my household, with unexpected house guests (friends are always welcome) and the boys being home all day since summer holiday.... These should last about 5 days tightly wrapped and stored in the fridge! Happy Summer...

For crust and topping:
2 cups shredded coconut
1/2 cup cashews
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup agave or brown rice syrup

1. Process coconut, cashews and salt in a food processor until fine and crummy, then add in the agave or brown rice syrup until well mixed.

2. Press the 2/3 mixture into a pan that has been lined with cling wrap. Make it thick enough that it will hold up as a cookie base when done.

3. Refrigerate while making the jam. (I stuck mine in the freezer.)

Blackberry Jam

1 10 oz package of frozen blackberries thawed and drained or 1 carton fresh berries
3 TBSP date paste (see recipe in blog)
1/4 cup agave syrup or brown rice syrup to sweeten to taste.

1. Using a blender or food processor, blend berries until nicely chopped and mixed. Taste for sweetness and add more agave or brown rice syrup if necessary.

2. Once the bottom crust is set, pour the jam over and spread. Best to let this set up in the fridge before adding top layer. I didn't wait and pressed out little balls and layered over the top to keep it floating on top of the jam (because it wasn't set yet) but you could just sprinkle the crumb topping over as well.

3. Best to let the whole thing sit a couple of hours in the fridge covered to set up. Then cut and use plastic wrap to help you get it out of the pan in one piece.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Oven Roasted Mashed Potatoes

Oven Roasted Mashed Potatoes
Vegan; Gluten Free

Here I give you the ingredients and use the amounts that suit your tastes. Remember though, when these get baked the taste will become subtle and bake off....

1 pound of a combination of red and golden potatoes, cubed (I leave the skin on since it seems to keep them more together)
low sodium vegetable broth
hemp milk
earth balance
freshly chopped chives
crushed dried rosemary
crushed red pepper

1. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the potatoes and cook until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain and using a potato masher mix with ingredients until desired texture and taste.

3. Scoop the mashed potatoes into the lined muffin pan and scrape fork across the top. Drizzle with olive oil or earth balance, the potatoes will dry out-so don't skip this step. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden and crispy, serve warm...

Kale Chips

Kale Chips
Vegan; Raw; Gluten Free

These have become a tasty household staple, since a bag of kale chips will set you back $8.00 or so. There is a process and done right, these take about a day (at a dry high altitude) to make. It's taken awhile for me to get this just right, use what flavors you like. My food dehydrator was given to me, check if you're in the market....

1 bunch of kale, cleaned and de-stemmed (they will turn into tree branches if you keep the stems)
Braggs liquid amino
Vegan Parmesan cheese (I used cayenne chipotle)

1. In a large bowl spray the liquid amino onto the clean kale, gently massage into the kale. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese and massage into the kale and repeat if needed....

2. Lay the kale leaves on the trays of the dehydrator until all the trays are full or you've run out of kale. After about 6 hours, rotate the trays. Taking the inner trays to the outer.

3. Store in an air tight container.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

March Against Monsanto~ The Fight for Our Food

March Against Monsanto~ The Fight for Our Food

Monsanto claims that it's a sustainable company, if this is true then why do so many speak about the evils of Monsanto and why was there a world wide event on Saturday, May 25, 2013, all over the world in every different city a protest took place. Spanning in different communities, people came out to march against the evil company, that has been on a killing spree. You may ask what company or even how are they getting away with this or what are they doing?

Here it is, how Monsanto is killing the environment from the disappearance of bees. To farmers in India killing themselves due to over priced, self destructing seeds and poor yields. To using humans as test subjects by selling food that has been stripped of nutrients and is killing us as a species.