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MINIMAL KITCHEN: how I started

In the past two days, I have had two people tell me they couldn’t handle raw recipes because they could not either afford all the equipment, or find space for all the equipment.

I love excuses!!!! I have, of course, made them, myself!!!

When I started raw, way back when, I had no advice, and no role models. I had a knife, and I had a book about Zen cooking that told me how to hold the knife to cut things into incredibly small pieces. As I was in graduate school at the time, I spent most of my non-study/non-working/non-sleeping time cutting things into incredibly small pieces.

Then I heard about the Cuisinart . Back then, in the early 1970s, a Cuisinart cost what it costs now. (to help you understand this: my rent , for a studio apartment was $60, and a Cuisinart cost approximately $150). Of course, I couldn’t afford such an expenditure. I continued with my knife.

I discovered another food processor, which cost only $100, and I got that, after months of saving (I still remember proudly carrying home the 25-lb box in my arms). That food processor opened up a world of food (all described in Live Foods, by George and Doris Fathman)

When I left the country, I gave my food processor to my mom and went back to my knife. When I came back to America, in 1978, I bought a blender. I still had my knife.

Fast forward to 1998. I found a reasonably priced food processor for for about $30.00. My world changed. My knife got a rest.

In 1999, my mother gave me a cookbook, Living in the Raw, by Rose Calabro , which mentioned the Champion Juicer. I wrote to Ms. Calabro and asked her if I could “fake” the “pate” effect of a Champion with a food processor, and she kindly wrote back and told me that I could get by with the food processor, but that I would get a much better effect with the Champion. (I began to crave a Champion)

In 2000, I finally bought my Vita-Mix (I say “finally” because I first saw a VitaMix at a Virginia State Fair, when I was 12, and I fell in love. (I begged my mom to buy one, but she wouldn’t). In 2000, I went to a New Age Expo, and saw a Vita Mix demo (not much different from the one I’d seen when I was 12, and I decided then and there that rend and food were not as important as owning a VitaMix, and so I have a VitaMix..((I will say that, while my VitaMix is my dream machine, I use my food processor much much more…. so, if you had to make a choice, if you got a good food processor, and a good blender, you could manage quite well– not to say I regret for a moment owning my VitaMix!!!!)

In addition to the Champion, Calabro mentioned a dehydrator. Living in a raw food vacuum, I had never heard of such a thing. After researching, I decided that I should get an Excalibur, as recommended by Calabro.

I finally got my Champion juicer in the beginning of this year.

Long story short:

I started with a solid stainless steel Chinese chopping knife

I got a blender.

I got a food processor.

I got a dehydrator.

I got a Champion juicer.

Now, I want a small coffee mill, to be able to finely grind up nuts, seeds, and herbs.

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PRETTY SMART RAW FRUIT & NUT BARS

I’m leaving on vacation tomorrow, and I have to change planes, which will make it a kind of long flight, so I had to think of something to take along to eat.  The last time I made something (crackers and “cheez”), security confiscated my cheez and then gave me a very very thorough search.  I don’t want to go through that, so…. I thought…. BARS!!!!

I’ve never been terribly interested in bars… I think I may have eaten a total of 4 Lara Bars in my life, so I had no clue where to start, except that I remembered that the Lara Bars were basically dates and nuts.

I don’t want to spend scads on a pile of Lara Bars, so I thought about what to do, and then I found a recipe in Brigitte Mars’ book, Rawsome.  I changed it a little bit, because I did not have all the same ingredients.  These bars came out really good…. I’d rather them not be so sticky, but they are still quite good… my room-mate says they taste like a Lara Bar.

MY TRAVEL BARS
1 C walnuts, soaked overnight, then rinsed
1/4 C dried apricots, soaked 4 hours to overnight
10 dates, soaked 20 minutes, then pitted
2 apples, cored and chopped

•    Combine everything in a food processor and grind fine, scraping down sides from time to time.
•    On a teflex dehydrator sheet, form mixture into bars about the size of a granola bar (or a Lara Bar), and about  1/2 inch thick.  Alternatively, you could make cookie shapes.
•    Dehydrate at 125 degrees for 4-6 hours, then turn onto a mesh dehydrator screen, peel off the teflex sheet, and continue to dehydrate for @ 6 more hours (a total of about 12 hours).

When I get back, I want to work on some flavors.