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6/21/12 CSA SHARE: What they say we will get

POST #754

This is what they say we will get tomorrow:

Kohlrabi – 1 piece
Fennel – 1 piece
Carrots – 1 bunch
Cilantro – 1 bunch
Escarole – 1 head
Scallions – 1 bunch
Arugula – 1 bag
Green Romaine Lettuce – 1 head
Green Boston Lettuce – 1 head

Most people cook kohlrabi, but I slice it thin on a mandolin, and use it as a wrapper for raw vegan ravioli.  Some folks slice it thin, salt it, and then eat it like that. You can also slice it thin and make matchsticks of it, and throw it in salads. 

I chop up fennel and put it in whatever I am making. It gives a kind of licorice flavor to a salad.

Everything else will go to salad (you know me – not going to happen that often).  Since I’m getting so much salad-y kind of stuff, I expect I will again be experimenting with green smoothies (hear, here, I hate green smoothies, but I can buy some bananas and some apples and experiment with adding those to lettuce drinks.  I am committed to using all of these vegetables (especially since I am way broke, so, once again, this is all the fresh food I have — I have some canned things and dried things in the pantry, left over from last year)

If you are like me, do not try to put arugula in your smoothie (it tastes like dirty feet — okay, like dirty feet smell — I’ve never actually tasted it because the smell was so off-putting)    Arugula does tastes nice in salads, and it is also tasty mixed into sprouted quinoa, with other vegetables.


STRAWBERRY/RHUBARB SMOOTHIE – a raw rhubarb delight

Strawberry Rhubarb Shake
based on a recipe found at goneraw.com

1 lg stalk of rhubarb (or 3 small), chopped
1 C strawberries (fresh or frozen)
4 dates
handful of macadamias or cashews
dash of cinnamon
agave to taste
water

  • Place all ingredients in the VitaMix.
  • Add water to cover
  • Process to a smooth consistency

AMBROSIA CASHEW SHAKE

This morning, I was reading through the beverage recipes in Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen and I began to notice that Ani Phyo puts cashews or other nuts in a lot of her drink recipes.  I thought that sounded like a good idea – add nuts for protein, add a little oil for a smooth, shake-like texture and a little good fat… Yum! a full meal with protein to keep me going!

Since I had planned to make an Ambrosia Smoothie, I decided to experiment with that recipe.  The result was so filling that I have been going all day on just that one shake.   Try it for yourself.

AMBROSIA SHAKE

½ C cashews
1 orange
1 frozen banana
1/4 C dried coconut
1 C apple cider
1 T coconut oil

Put everything in a high speed blender and blend to smooth.

My New Year’s Plans

The black-eyed pea sprouts are in the refrigerator! I started them Saturday night, and they just grew like nobody’s business. I thought that I would have time to get them last night, but they had already gotten longer than the bean. (It seems to me I remember that they are supposed to taste better if they are only bean length) Whatever! Last night I scooped about a cup of them into a bowl, added about 1 t apple cider vinegar, 1 T extra virgin olive oil, 1 chopped up campari tomato, 2 T minced onion, and some of my dehydrated garlic powder, and left them to marinate (I wasn’t sure you can marinate sprouts, but I figured it was worth a try. I ate them about an hour later. Yum! Yes, marinating works on sprouts.

I also started some wheat sprouts for rejuvelac on Saturday night. Yesterday morning, I began to despair that the wheat would ever sprout, but this morning there were the littlest sprouts showing. When I got home, the sprouts were almost the length of the wheat berriestime to stop them and make the rejuvelac.

My plan for the New Year is to start a Master Cleanse on the night of January 1st – I have to eat my black eyed peas and collards on January First without fail, so I will start that night.
I don’t know what I will do with this rejuvelac I am making – I did not take that into account when I was doing my planning. Maybe I will drink some along with the Master Cleanse and see how that works. We’ll see. I do not know anyone who does rejuvelac, or I would give it to them.

APPLE CIDER

Oh, you knew this!

APPLE CIDER
apples
cinnamon (to taste)
cinnamon sticks

juice apples through a Champion juicer.
Blend juice and cinnamon in a blender.

Pour into cups. Place a cinnamon stick in each cup.

For a warm treat, warm cider in the dehydrator for 30 mins.


A SMOOTHIE? Is this me????

I am probably the last holdout from smoothies. I wanted my VitaMix so I could make them, and $450 later, that same night, I learned that I did not care for smoothies. I like juice. I love my banana yellow Champion juicer to pieces. I don’t mind getting it out, dragging it to the table, chopping the vegetables or fruit into little bits, or even washing up afterwards.

I go to all these raw food meets, and people proudly bring their smoothies, and I just want a spoon.

So what happened tonight? I have no clue. I just found myself tossing the last 5 apples and 1/4 of the little cabbage in the VitaMix with some water, and then….. it was a smoothie!!!! I swear I don’t know how it happened. I drank it. My room-mate drank it, too. She said it tasted like dessert.

Okay, I will admit….it happened yesterday, too. I threw about 3/4 of a head? bunch? of red-leaf lettuce in the VitaMix with two tomatoes, an apple, a beet, 1/2 a red pepper, and some water. I drank it all, too.

Very curious, indeed. Could it be stress?

CHAMPAGNE REJUVELAC

CHAMPAGNE REJUVELAC
adapted from a recipe found at http://users.chariot.net.au

To make champagne rejuvelac the rejuvelac must be covered with a tight fitting lid during fermentation. In this way, CO2 gas created during fermentation remains in the finished drink, causing bubbles.

RECIPE

1 C whole millet
1 T raisins

• Sprout millet for 24 hours, then rinse and drain well.
• In a mortar, lightly pound the millet with a pestle, to bruise the grains.
• Place the sprouted millet in a large jar.
• Fill the jar no more than 2/3 full with fresh spring water (approx. 4 C)
• Add 1 T raisins.
• Tightly close the jar with an airtight lid.
• Ferment for 2 to 3 days, shaking the jar gently once each day.

Millet is most suitable for making Champagne rejuvelac as it produces a slightly more sour taste than do other grains, providing for a more champagne-like flavor.

APPLE/KALE/LEMON SMOOTHIE

4 apples
1/2 lemon, juiced
4-5 leaves of kale
water to taste

In a blender, process all ingredients well.

CITRUS KICKER

CITRUS KICKER

One large pink grapefruit, peeled
Two medium lemons, peeled
Three medium carrots

Process through Champion juicer.

VARIATION:
• Replace grapefruit with 1 lg or 2 med. oranges
• Replace lemons-with one orange.

CARROT JUICE MIX

CARROT JUICE BLEND

A good wake-up drink

1 beet with greens
1 stalk celery
1 lg handful of spinach
1 lg handful of parsley
1 green pepper
1-3 cloves garlic (to taste)
1 slice of ginger
2-1/2 lbs. carrots
(usually half of a 5 lb bag)

Juice carrots, beet, celery, pepper, garlic, and ginger through a Champion juicer.
Process all ingredients in a blender.