Category Archives: RAW EVENTS

8/29/13 CSA SHARE- what we got and what I am going to do with it

POST #967
Without my blog, yesterday seems so long ago! I mean it! I’m so happy to be back on-line!

WHAT WE GOT
Yellow Potatoes – 1 qt
Scallions – 1 bun
Green Bell Peppers – 2 pcs
Garlic – 1 pc
Tomatoes – 6 lbs
Zucchini – 2 pcs

Somehow, I came away with 3 bunches of scallions and 3 pcs of garlic, and a thing of chard (what do you call a “thing of chard”? Thank heavens for the word “thing”)

I chatted with some interesting ladies at the share distribution (one on the volunteer side of the table, and the other right up next to me, bagging her boxed goodies (I gave her one of my Ziploc bags) Promised to send them some fermenting recipes (should I start a mailing list on these things? I’ll have to look into that!) I expect this weekend is going to be about fermenting – I have some cabbage, all those tomatoes, and, I hope some of last week’s cucumbers have survived)

I decided to keep the potatoes. All of the raw food “experts” are now saying that they are actually eating cooked food. I haven’t done that in a long while (I had the power company cut off the gas a good while back, when the last room-mate left, because I haven’t cooked food in 30 years or so). I do have a rice cooker , a coffee-maker, and a microwave, left by a former room-mate, so I am going to experiment with cooking the potatoes and making a real potato salad (with such raw entries as onions and bell pepper). We’ll see how that goes. (We’re talking: I’m dirt poor right now, and I live off what comes in the box, so, at least, this week, I am going to bend and see what all the hoopla of going off 100% raw is about — okay, folks! I’ve been telling you I am 95% raw, even though I have been 100% raw – this is where that comes in! I am finally going to do something you can point at). I’ll let you know how that goes (I’m feeling kind of sheepish. I mean, how do you cook potatoes without boiling or baking them? I guess I can find the info on the Internet somewhere. Somewhere somebody has put information about how to get boiled-like potatoes in a microwave or a rice cooker — if you know, I’d be grateful if you’d tell me – I’m thinking rice cooker)

So, anyway – I’m going to make a fermented salsa with most, if not all, of the tomatoes. Ferments last longer, and I can combine a fermented salsa with all sorts of things. I am probably going to take one tomato and make a fresh “pasta” with one of the zucchini.

An aside – I am kind of bummed that I won’t be able to go to the September meet-up of “NYC Ferments” – they are doing “fermented fruit” this time, and I was planning to take a fermented squash salsa  (check it out on meetup.com), because I have work that night (yea, work! helps pay the rent)

Stay tuned! I’m back! Yea! (thank you WordPress, and thank you, Lord!)

PENNI SHELTON’S APRIL INITIATIVE – check it out

change your life

POST #913
I’ve always liked Penni Shelton’s work at RAWFOOD REHAB.  Just now I’ve seen that she has a new program, April Wellness Initiative,  that might work for a lot of people.  Check it out. (btw, I get no kickback for telling you about this – I just think it is a good opportunity.)  Participating in group work is often quite fulfilling. Penni has priced this program at a highly reasonable price, to make it available to more people.

QUINTESSENCE GROUPON: raw vegan restaurant: if you are in NYC, or going to be

POST #769
Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!  I have just received a Groupon offer for for a meal at Quintessence, in the East Village, in Manhattan, in New York City.  This coupon offers a $40 dining experience for $20.  I am so there!  I haven’t been to Quintessence in a while, but I expect that $40 would provide an amazing repast (in the past, I’ve been able to escape, with scrupulous control, for under $25, so I expect that this opportunity would likely tax my powers of food combining, but in a pleasurable way). Raw Chef Dan creates fabulous recipes (he also offers yummy recipes on his website, and offers food prep training as well)

This offer is available for but 4 more days.  Scramble over there to take advantage (I looked into the fine print, and the coupon is good for a year.  Quintessence has been around longer than any other raw restaurant in the City –  we have but 2-1/2 — I say 1/2 because Caravan of Dreams does offer some raw repasts, and Quintessence is also the most price-accessible/affordable, but, hey! Sadly, raw restaurants come and go, so don’t wait the whole year!  Go enjoy 1/2 price meal at Quintessence soonest)

Nobody is paying me to tell you about this (Okay, being broke, I did check both places to see if I could get a kick-back, but nothing was available). I just got an email, and am passing it on.

FREE RAW VEGAN FOOD PREP E-BOOK GIVE-AWAY CONTEST

POST #755

Suzanne Kristin is holding a contest to  give away free raw vegan recipe books.  Check here to find out how to participate:

Kristin Suzanne Raw Vegan Recipe E-book Give-away Contest

Good luck!

A TOTAL EXPERIENCE: RAW NUTS CLASS with Raw Chef Dan

A TOTAL EXPERIENCE: MY RAW NUTS CLASS with Raw Chef Dan

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to participate in a“No Nuts” food preparation class presented by Raw Chef Dan, of Quintessence restaurant and traveling presentation fame.  The experience was very interesting on several  levels.  (Oh, I should mention that Quintessence is my favorite restaurant)

My first surprise was Raw Chef Dan’s Center for Conscious Living space.  Understand, please, that I live in New York City, and you can see all sorts of places when you go to presentations, lectures, classes, and other people’s homes.  Presentation, lecture, and class spaces can range from elegant to utilitarian to plain, and, in size, from tiny to quite spacious.  People’s apartments can be quite spacious, light, and airy, or, as most seem to be in Manhattan (where I had three different apartments before I opted for a place in Queens), some combination of tiny, airless, dark, and cramped.  As I live and work in New York City, and have clients who live in all five boroughs in all ranges of spaces, it is always interesting to see how a raw food kitchen can be fitted into the space available.

Raw Chef Dan’s space was probably a studio apartment when he took it.  It has high ceilings and one window, off the kitchen, which is at one end of the room, with the bathroom opening off it.

The kitchen is a standard one for a Manhattan apartment (I liked the arrangement of the refrigerator against the far wall next to the window, a small counter space, the sink, and the stove, which was covered over to create more counter space.)  Chef Dan has extended the counter space, which provides a nice oven height space for his 9-tray Excalibur dehydrator, and storage under it, and then he has added a counter out across  3/4 of the width of the apartment, which serves as a workspace, and presentation space, and could double as a dining space, when Raw Chef Dan is not working.  He has also built in wood shelves to provide more storage space.

The remaining half of the room had a couch at the far end, and was filled with 4 tightly packed rows of three folding seats each (I was in the front row – I have no idea how cramped those folks in the back were! I think there were about 16 of us, ultimately.)

Working with the high ceilings, Raw Chef Dan has built, over the rear third of the space, a “sitting height” loft, where we could see a desk with a computer, and, at one point, Raw Chef Dan sitting at the computer. (Being as our class was graced by the presence of three very relaxed and beautiful cats, I imagine that the loft is also a living space.)

This  description is given for those of you who fret that you cannot accommodate the equipment many people want to have in order to create delicious raw meals.

FYI: Raw Chef Dan only used the dehydrator, a food processor, a blender (okay, it was a VitaMix), a small “personal blender”, and a knife to create all of the dishes he showed us.  He actually had the dehydrator, food processor, VitaMix, and personal blender sitting in a total space of approximately 18 cubic inches.  (Think you cannot accommodate the equipment now?)

Okay, enough of interior design (I’m so fascinated,  because I love to see how people accommodate full lives in tiny spaces which still look comfortable – not cramped – and I’m also fascinated with boats and boat-living.)

We watched Raw Chef Dan create a soup, some crackers, pizza, marinated vegetables, a salad dressing, bread, and an apple pie.  All of these dishes were created without nuts, although they did use flax seed.   It was very interesting to learn how a lovely pizza or pie crust can made with butternut squash (or, as we were told, yams).

Many times, food preparation demos can be a little tedious.  Not this one, though.  Dan (I feel friendly toward him) spiced up the presentation with interesting anecdotes, and answered all questions with alacrity, and humor  (allowing those of us who were paying attention at all times to even enjoy the questions from people who, from time to time, seemed to have their attention directed elsewhere)

At the end of the presentation, we all got to eat the dishes Dan had prepared before us (of course,  just as they do in TV food prep presentations, Dan had previously dehydrated  the bread, crackers, a pizza crust, and a pie crust).  The pizza was fabulous (I’ve eaten the pizza at Quintessence, but this was better – probably because I had watched it being made), and the apple pie was amazing (I want to make one this week).  The best thing about all this food was that it did comply, for the most part, with food-combining rules, for the most part, and so, even after I had eaten some of everything, I did not get that discomforting feeling that you can get when you go to a raw restaurant and want to eat some of everything and casually disregard everything you know about what goes with what.

If you ever have a chance to take one of Raw Chef Dan’s classes, do so.  Just do it. Find the way.  (I took off a day from work to take this class, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!)  Dan is very personable, and fun.  He is also very knowledgeable about the current trends and recent discoveries in raw food nutrition, and, although he does not claim to be a nutritionist, was willing to answer all sorts of questions about diet approaches, either by demurring (where it seemed that people were looking for a specific nutrition stance from him), or by sharing what he has learned.

To tell you the unvarnished truth, this has been one of the two most dynamic raw food classes I have ever experienced.  (yes, of course,  have been to at least three)

June 12th – New NYC Raw Food Meet-Up

I’ve just learned, from the newly-reorganized/under new management  Pure Raw Food Pathways Meet-Up Group (NYC), about a raw food restaurant of which I have been hitherto unaware (oh, goody!  I got to use “hitherto”!)  I see that it is not all raw, nor all vegan, but that it has some raw food.  It took some work to get the restaurant’s site to pony up with a menu (the pictures don’t work), but, if you click here, it should take you to the menu listings for raw food.

The meet-up is on June 12th, at
119 East 17th Street

This place is a good bit cheaper than a close-by neighbor, Pure Food & Wine — interesting!

I will go because I would like to meet raw foodies of any age and find out where they are at/what they are thinking  (and also because I learn about new places by listening to others).

RAW VEGAN MEETUP GROUPS IN NYC

I suppose different people expect different things from a raw vegan meetup group. I’d like to find a potluck kind of atmosphere, where people might mingle and meet one another in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere.. (I also have a time constraint: I can only attend events that happen on at night, week or weekend, after 6:30 pm)

The first raw vegan meetup event I attended in NYC was a such a potluck: a pleasant group which shared food and conversation for a few hours. Unfortunately, that organizer has gone on to other things.

Right now, there are a number of raw vegan Meetup Groups in New York City.  Each meetup group seems to have a different focus.  (the easiest way to find out what the focus seems to be is to sign up at meetup.com and receive the group notices of events, and read the descriptions of what is projected to happen.)

Here is a listing of the currently listed NYC groups currently listed on Meetup.com:

RAW SPIRIT FESTIVAL, East Coast edition!

This is kind of cool.  Usually, the Raw Spirit Festival is out in Arizona somewhere, but, this year,  it is also going to be held on the East Coast, in Upper Marlboro, MD (sort of near Washington, DC, if you are driving, I guess) on August 29th – 30th.

I still will probably not be able to go, but you might be able to, so check it out at:

RAW SPIRIT FESTIVAL, EAST COAST