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HURRICANE ALLEY: What do I do when there’s a hurricane outside?

POST #847
What do I do when there is a hurricane outside?

Well… first, I watch the weather for too long, and, then, when I cannot take it anymore, I get up and go to the kitchen and make stuff. Today, that was kale chips and sunflower seed crackers.

After I did that, I raced back to the computer, just in case the power might go off, and found a new cool site, Nouveau Raw, with great recipes, read them all, then sat around and thought about making something else. [I really really liked Nouveau Raw. It is almost like a raw food training. Who knew there could be so many things to address on such an attractive blog?  I’ll be going back there soon and often]
That brought me up to now.

Time to hop in bed. The hurricane can wait or go away.

BACK HOME & BACK IN THE KITCHEN

POST #846
I’m home at last! The hurricane was coming in, my family valiantly worked to get me out of the Outer Banks, into Virginia Beach, onto a bus to Newport News, VA, and then I had a 10 hr. train odyssey back to New York City (Luckily, I had an arsenal of books and magazines, and…the train had electrical outlets and wi-fi, so I didn’t get a wink of sleep on the all-day train!)

After a long night’s recuperative sleep, I woke up bright and early this morning, did some work around the house, ran around the neighborhood scoring batteries and flashlights and some kale (I figure 2 lbs of kale will make enough kale chips that I can live through any power outage). Everyone’s hurricane-crazed here (insane lines with people in stores talking to total strangers (me) while standing in interminable lines that kept seeming to get longer or else not moving at all, or else both.

This evening, I opened the last jar of kohlrabi/garlic/jalapeno pickles and the last jar of cabbage/jalapeno sauerkraut.

I’d been unhappy about the first jar of kohlrabi, but, after a week, the second jar turned out fine (we ate them up at the beach last week!), and I had left the third jar to see what would happen if they went 3 or 4 weeks. Opening the jar today, I was faced with some busy fizzing, and, when I tried the pickles, I was glad to know that longer works very well. These pickles are even better.

The sauerkraut was a very happy experience! The first jar did nothing for me, but this jar (at 3-4 weeks) turned out very tasty. Yumm!

Right now, I have a jar of lentil sprouts working, and jar of sunflower seed sprouts. Tomorrow morning, after I make up the kale chips and stow them in the dehydrator, I think I will make some sunflower seed crackers from a recipe in Rose Calabro’s book, Living in the Raw … haven’t had those for a while (hopefully, we won’t lose power, and I’ll be able to get them dehydrated for 12 hrs).

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.