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CSA POTLUCK TOMORROW, and I still don’t know what dish I will take

There is a CSA Potluck Dinner tomorrow, coupled with a silent auction. I have donated a malachite and silver necklace and a package of 20 corn crackers with a container of cashew cheez.

Now I need to think about what I will make for my contribution to the potluck. I am really really thinking of bringing a plate worth of the corn crackers and a pot of the cheez, to generate interest in buying the auction item.

Maybe I should make something else as well.

I have several sweet potatoes lying around, and some oranges, some dates, and some raw unsweetened dried coconut. That is the beginning of two possible recipes (I don’t think I want to make my two usual stand-by’s – raw marinated massaged collards, or raw beets/turnips in vinegar– although I do have some beets, some radishes, and some turnips in the refrigerator)

I’m thinking of one of two sweet potato recipes. I like them both because people are surprised when they realize that what they are eating is raw. I don’t know if I would make the whole pie, but I would offer the filling — with all those dates, it is very sweet. I am also thinking about a “stuffing” recipe made with sunflower seeds.

AMAZING SWEET POTATOES
2 – 3 sweet potatoes (or yams)
1 C coconut, dried
2 apples
1/4 C ginger root
4 lemons juiced
2 oranges, juiced
1 C walnuts, chopped fine

• Chop sweet potatoes, apples, and ginger, and run through Champion juicer with ….blank plate. (Alternatively, grate sweet potatoes, apples, and ginger).
• Remove mixtureto a large bowl. Add shredded dried coconut, lemon and orange …juices, and chopped walnuts.
• Mix thoroughly

JUDY’S “JUST LIKE PUMPKIN” PIE
this is most amazing

2 C almonds, soaked
1 C walnuts or pecans, soaked
1 C unsweetened shredded coconut
20 dates, soaked overnight
2 C cashews, soaked overnight, and drained
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced.
3 t pumpkin pie spice
drizzle agave nectar

CRUST
• Combine almonds, walnuts (or pecans, and coconut in food processor or Vitamix, …..and process until ground fine and dough-like
• Pat the dough into two pie plates

FILLING
• Drain dates; reserve soak water.
• In food processor, puree dates, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie spice
• Remove mixture from food processor and set aside in a bowl.
• Set mixture aside in a bowl.
• Process cashews, agave nectar, vanilla, and date soak water as needed, until …..smooth and creamy.
• Combine cashew mixture and sweet potato mix puree
• Spread filling in pie shells
• Dehydrate for 6 hours, then refrigerate.

SUNFLOWER SEED DRESSING
1 C sunflower seeds, soaked and drained
1 T flax seeds
1-1/2 C celery
1-1/2 C onion
1-1/4 C red bell pepper
1 T sage to taste (or use Bell’s Poultry Seasoning)
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic to taste (optional)
1/2 C kalamata olives, chopped fine

• In a food processor, grind soaked sunflower seeds fine.
• Grind flax seeds fine in a coffee grinder.
• Remove ground seeds to a bowl.
• Place all remaining ingredients, save olives, in the food processor, and mince.
• Add olives and combine all ingredients thoroughly.
• Place in a pie tin, or rectangular tin of suitable size and dehydrate for six hours, or until dressing has reached your desired consistency.

No matter what, I need to go to the supermarket.

If I make ‘Amazing Sweet Potatoes” I need lemons.

If I make the sunflower seed dressing, I need the olives.

Oh!! If I make the pie filling, I don’t need anything, and it tastes really good…

What will I choose??? I need to decide in the next half hour. Oops! I’ve just gone for the easy one. Excuse me, I need to go soak the nuts.

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FIGURED OUT FINGER FOOD– some raw books call them sandwiches

I rushed home from work (having eaten nothing all day and realizing that I should eat something before throwing myself into hot yoga).  With one hour left before my class — they tell us to eat 3 or 4 hours before class– I took a lettuce leaf, spread some “cheddar cheez’ I made last night, then laid on some arugula, some chopped up tomato, some chopped onion, and some basil leaves. I rolled up the whole thing, — voila! finger food!!! and ate it.

I thought this was a really neat way to get a salad down quickly (salad so feels like dinner or some other meal, like I should sit at table and focus on my food.  (I think I can focus on my food while I am shoving it in my mouth and doing something with the other hand… okay… so much for conscious eating- i am consciously eating what is in my left hand while I am consciously correcting papers with my right hand… ??? conscious multitasking????)

I think cheaters call this a sandwich or a burrito.  I am still waiting to learn how to make a bread that will make a REAL sandwich.

i have two new bread recipes… as soon as I can finance the ingredients, I will make them and hopefully be able to eat a new sandwich.

TODAY’S SMOOTHIE: what I ate today

Today’s meal:
For some reason, I am not eating.  I know I should.  I came home today (around 4pm) thinking I should probably eat something… (I had just been drinking water all day).  Did I head straight for the kitchen? Nope.

So, finally, at around 7:30, I forced myself to go in and clean out the refrigerator, more or less.  I had some leftover salad turnips, some onions, 2 tomatoes and about 1/2 lb. cherry tomatoes, the purslane, some garlic.

Dinner turned out to be:
1/2 C turnip, peeled and chopped
2 C tomato, chopped
2 small onions, chopped
1/2 C purslane
1 large red bell pepper
1 clove garlic
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1/8 hot pepper
6 oz water

Process all ingredients in the VitaMix and process until smoothie.

It was yummy!