Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rawk and Roll!

I am no longer in a cooking rut now that I've been bitten by the Raw bug! I had limited supplies around the house, but still managed to come up with something really delicious and satisfying. I guess you could call this a cannelloni of sorts. Zucchini marinated in a touch of vinaigrette did a great job as a stand in for pasta or crepes. The filling was made from caulilower, sesame seeds and basil then topped with some leftover cashew cheese sauce and a raw marinara. I dehydrated it for around an hour or so.. I will definitely make something like this for the Blue Moon Cafe!
I love my dehydrator, but actually wish I had purchased the 9 tray. 4 trays is great, but nine is better... especially since you can freeze the tortillas and breads so well. I have an experiment going right now.. spinach tortillas. I got the idea from I Am Grateful, which is an awesome raw book. The spinach was just processed with some Braggs, lemon juice, flax meal, onion powder, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and crushed red pepper flakes. I'll be VERY suprised if they actually hold together.
Oh how I love spiralized zukes and other veggies! Since pasta is my all time favorite comfort food, it's nice to have such a healthy alternative. The thin spiralized veggies really do remind of me angel hair pasta!
Here is another experiment. Sesame Carob Milk. I used my vita mix and pureed the hell out of the seeds and added vanilla, carob, cinnamon and stevia. I strained it through a nut milk bag. I liked it and sesame seeds are MUCH cheaper than almonds. (plus I have a 5lb bag of them in my freezer, so I'm using them!)


Here are some zucchini and daikon noodles I made using my OXO peeler. I much prefer the spiralized noodles, but these are better for stronger sauces I think. I made a quick sesame-braggs sauce with tons of fresh ginger and garlic and used some of the cauliflower basil sesame spread from earlier. I added a bunch of Siracha to my bowl before eating.

I've been thinking of the Raw Challenge and I should probably call it a High Raw challenge. I am not going to get totally obsessed... I will be eating things such as miso, olives and certain condiments and maybe even a bit of toasted sesame oil here and there. I will also have to taste some food.. but I'm hoping my coworkers will help me out with the majority of tasting.
Also, I am not giving up siracha! At least not yet! lol.. so that's my plan and in having a bit more leeway, I'm sure it will be easier.

21 comments:

  1. I am ALWAYS awestruck by your raw dishes - so vibrant, fresh, and beautiful.

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  2. Wow! Everything looks amazing! You truly do have a gift. Any chance you will share some of your raw recipes?!

    Thanks!
    Courtney

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  3. THat first photo is incredibly beautiful. Seriously, I would buy a cookbook if I picked it up and saw that on the cover. You totally rawk! Glad to hear an update on the raw challenge.

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  4. Oh that photo is amazing! You make it sound so easy! And thanks for that link you left me. I have been making my own "oil" make-up remover and I have been loving it!

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  5. Those rolls are beautiful! You should definitely add that to the cafe's menu! You make me wanna eat raw more often...

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  6. That "cannelloni" looks amazing - you are so creative!

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  7. Looks amazing--you definitely have a talent for this raw thing!

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  8. Everything you make looks so beautiful and delicious!! I try to eat high raw, I can't give up real pasta and OLIVES! :)

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  9. Fantastic! My girlfriend who is a raw vegan and has been for about 5 years, just turned me onto sesame seed milk. She adds a banana and strawberries to hers for an awesome morning smoothie. Glad you like it. I am in love with your raw food and wish I lived closer. I just go the 9 tray dehydrator. Now I just need to figure out what to make. I am so totally new to raw, but am also very willing. I hope your spinach dish turns out.

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  10. Good idea on the sesame milk - they're very high in calcium too.

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  11. your roll reminds me of a colorful caterpillar! (in a good way) it's so awesome looking and sounds delicious. i would order it at a restaurant!

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  12. The zucchini roll is so pretty! I'd definitely like to try it.

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  13. You are definitely rocking the raw there- it all looks so good and vibrant and gorgeous and yes, I too would be hard-pressed to give up my siracha.

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  14. Another person bitten by the Raw bug! I'm sorry I haven't visited your blog for a while - as you know (and thanks for your sympathy on my blog) I've been rather caught up with matters at home. But here I was thinking that no one could appreciate raw food on a blog and I find I am absolutely rapt with yours! Of course, your talent with food, recipes, photography and no doubt a few other things doesn't hurt a bit LOL Great stuff.

    That zucchini roll - yes, definitely something to have a go at. Of course, you wouldn't recognize it if I made it, but it is an inspiration. I'll be back often now - I need inspiration bigtime!!!!! Thanks hugely. Love and hugs.

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  15. WOW, you make raw food look so delicious and so visually appealing! Yum!

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  16. Anonymous3:36 AM

    Hi there ... so do you have any stellar hints/tips/tricks to creating the veggie angel hair shreds? It just seems that my attempts with the standard veggie peeler never produce such lovely and consistent results - appreciate your advice! Pls kindly advise to: camimarsh@yahoo.com

    CHEERS

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  17. Those rolls are amazing!

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  18. Melody, what do you use to get such thin angel hair spiral veggies? Whatever gizmo it is, I think I need it!

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  19. LOVE the title of this post! And those spiralized veggies look beautiful. Your photos are so clear and vibrant. I'll be getting my spiralizer in the mail any day now - can't wait! :-D

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  20. I like the name cannelloni of sorts! It sounds like you are eating many things at the same time. I like exotic food and this marinated dish is very appealing to me. Thanks

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  21. I was traveling around the world and some day I went to a restaurant and had the opportunity of eating a similar dish so the food in the photos look so similar and may be it will be so good.

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