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PARTY FOOD – What I took to Jose’s party on Saturday night

My friend Jose gives the best parties… lots of people, lots of music, and I don’t feel too weird being older than a lot of them. He has learned from me the art of “potluck”, and has stopped slaving away in his huge kitchen before a party – he just opens the doors to all invitees, and they come in bearing food and their libations of choice. I like my food raw (duh), so, if I prepare what I like, I am sure to have something yummy to eat, and I may have a conversation topic off and on throughout the night!

I made coleslaw (I thought that might be something new for foreigners– and it was!!!) All I do for coleslaw is toss cabbage into the food processor with some onion, and process it into oblivion– still identifiable pieces but almost not! (I am a lazy chewer), then add cayenne and mayonnaise. My mayonnaise of choice is my cashew mayonnaise https://prettysmartrawfoodideas.wordpress.com/2007/09/01/cashew-mayonnaise/

I put enough mayonnaise just to moisten — I don’t like my coleslaw soupy or gloppy. This is more of a Southern coleslaw, I think… it seems that in New York City, really sweet coleslaw is the order of the day (if you like it sweet, by all means add your sweetener of choice)

I also made, on request, my corn crackers and my sunflower seed crackers https://prettysmartrawfoodideas.wordpress.com/2008/03/06/my-two-favorite-cracker-recipes/. i didn”t have time to make cheez for the crackers, but someone had made a fabulous guacamole, so it worked out. Interestingly, because of the fine grind of my coleslaw, a lot of people put it on the crackers, to happy effect. I was happy that everyone ate all the food I had brought (even thought that meant that I would have to make more crackers soon. I was also intensely pleased that all those people from so many countries liked my coleslaw, because one of my ESL classes is having a graduation party this Friday, and I now feel confident about taking coleslaw. I think I will take some of my crackers, too (although I hate to share them – they are so good for lunch!)

MY TWO FAVORITE CRACKER RECIPES

SUNFLOWER SEED CRACKERS
based on a recipe in Living in the Raw, by Rose Lee Calabro

2 C sunflower seeds, soaked 6 hrs., rinsed, and drained
2 C flaxseed, finely ground
1 lg. onion
sea salt to taste
3 T Italian herbs (or 1 T each basil, oregano, and thyme
1 T chili powder (optional)
1 T garlic powder (optional)
1/2 – 1 C water

  • With the Champion juicer fitted with the blank plate, process the sunflower seeds into a large bowl. (Alternatively, grind very fine in a food processor)
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix well, to a medium thick dough. Add more water if you think you need it.
  • Spread mixture 1/4 “ thick on a teflex sheet on a dehydrator tray. Keep hands wet to make spreading easier.
  • Score the crackers with a spatula.
  • Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 5 – 6 hrs.
  • Remove each tray from the dehydrator. Place a dehydrator mesh screen over the crackers, place another tray over top of the screen, and flip the entire assembly. Remove the top dehydrator tray and peel off the teflex sheet.
  • Replace the trays in the dehydrator and continue dehydrating for another 5 – 6 hours, until the crackers are completely dry.


CORN CHIPS
based on a recipe from Lillian Butler

1 C almonds, soaked, rinsed, drained
1 C flax seed, finely ground
3 C corn kernels
1 yellow bell pepper
Oregano to taste
Chili powder to taste
Salt to taste
Water as needed

  • Process the almonds through a Champion juicer, with the blank plate, into a large bowl. (Alternatively, grind almonds fine in a food processor)
  • Process corn and bell pepper in a food processor.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add water, if necessary, to form a stiff dough.
  • Spread mixture 1/4 “ thick on a teflex sheet on a dehydrator tray. Keep hands wet to make spreading easier.
  • Score the crackers with a spatula.
  • Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 5 – 6 hrs.
  • Remove each tray from the dehydrator. Place a dehydrator mesh screen over the crackers, place another tray over top of the screen, and flip the entire assembly. Remove the top dehydrator tray and peel off the teflex sheet.
  • Replace the trays in the dehydrator and continue dehydrating for another 5 – 6 hours, or until the crackers are completely dry.