I have been kind of busy lately. I’ve had to put off a bunch of things I want to do, like finish up my Raw Vegan Nutritionist Centre of Excellence online course (hope they’ll give me some extra time on account of the virus or some other excuse – I really do want to finish the thing up. More about that later.)
My job went from brick-and-mortar English school to on-line virtual English school over one weekend. We got about 5 minutes of training, and then they handed me a computer and said, basically ‘go home and do the job’. So I’m learning how to do that.
Meanwhile, I’m self-isolated in my building. So, what to do. I accidentally found some raw vegan books when I answered a dumb question on Quora (have you ever done that?)… So, anyway, someone recommended this book, The Health Seekers’ Yearbook: a Revolutionist’s Handbook for Getting Well and Staying Well Without the Medicine Men, and it’s by Victoria Bidwell, an author I had never heard of before. This goes on my “early books shelf” – published in 1990 – how did I miss it? Anyhow it is really seriously about food combining, nutrition, and lifestyle. It’s kind of strict, but that’s not so bad. There are some recipes, but not too many… it’s more about managing a very healthy lifestyle with exercise, positive thoughts, and la la la. Once I’d found that one, I found another one which is pretty much an encyclopedia (like 2 or 3 inches thick), again talking seriously about nutrition and raw vegan natural hygiene (food combining).
I’m looking forward to having time to sit down seriously and read through these books (I’ve just looked at the index and, yes, they are influenced by T.C. Fry’s work, among others.)
Then, too, I found Cherie Soria’s book Raw Food for Dummies. How come I didn’t know about that? Probably because I’ve been working my way to a minimalist approach toward raw veganism, where you don’t need an arsenal of expensive equipment to be raw vegan. (I’m back to my knife, and my cutting board. Okay, I do have a food processor and a spiralizer. And a nut grinder. I’ve always followed Soria, and liked her recipes. Now I have a book full of them, plus lots of instructions for stuff I had forgotten about. This book was published in 2013. I think that, by then, I had decided that all the great books had already been written. Nope! This is a fun romp, with lots of recipes I’ll be willing to make when I get some time (i.e., not everything is made using a dehydrator or a juicer costing hundreds of dollars and requiring gobs of space)
My other news is my new sauerkraut batch. When I went in the supermarket and saw a head of cabbage for 59cents, I knew it was time. So, the day before yesterday, I went into the kitchen, chopped up the head of cabbage, chopped like 4 jalapeno peppers, mixed it all with salt, probiotics, and water, and I am eagerly expecting some delish sauerkraut the day after tomorrow.
Oh, yes! I forgot to mention that I have been sprouting lentils like nobody’s business! They’re so easy, so fast, so gratifying, and so tasty! It only takes about 3 days to get a nice quart of lentil sprouts, and they’ll last in the refrigerator for 5-6 days! Yum! Now, I am a window farmer!
Now, off to teach another class.