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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Raw Vegan Portabella and Mushroom Spinach Quiche from "Living Cuisine" by Renee Loux Underkoffler. Music and Madness. Matt & Trey of South Park and Alan Watts.

Portabella Mushroom and Spinach Quiche. Raw & Vegan.

Living Cuisine: The Art and Spirit of Raw Foods (Avery Health Guides)


Living Cuisine: The Art and Spirit of Raw Foods (Avery Health Guides)

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Part of the filling.

Soy & Gluten Free alternative to Soy Sauce/Tamari/Nama Shoyu

Buckwheat crust getting made in the food processor.

Sliced Portabellas.
Coconut Aminos (alternative to Nama Shoyu or Tamari-this is soy and gluten free)
Spinach and Basil for filling.

Mixing filling up.  Has spinach, basil, cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and more.

Overall this was a good pie.  However, I don't know if I would make it again, just because I tend to keep it very simple.  It didn't slice super great, which is fine, but if you were looking to make it "Martha Stewart" for guests....ya might have to work on cutting clean slices.  I love the book though and make a lot of the recipes from this book on a regular basis.  But a nice combination of the raw mushrooms and spinach and it's pretty!

 *Raw Dehydrated  Sweet Wood Almonds from Raw & Cooked Vegan Thanksgiving Feast. Shrooms vs. Breast Cancer. MRSA in the Meat? Teriffically Terrible Toxic MegaColon. Touch A Vegan for A Safe Holiday! John Salley On Rachel Ray! Ellen's Chef with a Vegan Thanksgiving. (also from this book) 

 Raw Vegan Sweet Spiced Sprouted Walnuts.From Renee Underkoffler's "Living Cuisine"
Walnuts, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Sweetener (Coconut Syrup would be my current choice, or stevia).

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Matt & Trey of "South Park" and Alan Watts.
Music, Poets, and Madness.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Raw Vegan Pecan Pie from Alissa Cohen's "Living on Live Food" book. Nigel, East St. Louis, Krishna Das & Jesus.

Raw Vegan Pecan Pie from "Living on Live Food" of Alissa Cohen.

The easiest pie to make!  Requires a lot of nuts though.  Don't usually have pecans on hand so picked them up at Whole Foods.  But now that I may be celiac, I can't just buy nuts from anywhere.  Especially the ones from Whole Foods which come in packages that say "may be from a dozen countries" and packaged in the same facility as every allergen in the world.  I know that Braga and Bremner nuts are truly gluten free, let me know if you guys have other truly gluten free nut sources that are not over the top expensive.

  Living on Live Food
This book is great.  Lots of inspirational stories in the beginning and a wide variety of recipes.  Have also made her Portabellas, Raw Vegan Pumpkin Pie, Pineapple upside down cake and more.

The end of my cinnamon powder from Mountain Rose.  Just got more in yesterday!  Have been putting heaping tablespoons of the stuff in my smoothies!

The "normal raw pie crust".  Nuts and dates in the food processor.

And more nuts and dates for the filling.

Verdict:  This pie was super sweet buy my hubby said that Pecan Pie was generally like this.  It totally grew on me and would be great with strong coffee.  But very rich.  Nice holiday pie and it ended up "setting" quite okay in the fridge.  Raw pies are always a juggle for temperature to create nice slicing conditions.  Sure you can use coconut oils, lecithin, and irish moss to "stiffen" them up, but you may want to stick to more simple recipes like this that slice fine, but don't require any added oils or mail order ingredients (for the type of irish moss that ya would need for a Cafe Gratitude dessert).

This holiday is going to be tough as our little Nobu dog is dying.  He is getting weaker by the day and we don't know if he will make it until Christmas but we are trying to be grateful for what we have.  He is older and I am grateful that he did not have to live on the streets his whole life, and that we have a home, fresh foods, and hopefully a healthy family.  I try not to get too "up" about the holidays, as it seems everyone gets totally manic and crazy prior to Christmas, and then there is this major let down afterwards.  When my mom, aunts and I hooked up in Tuscon just a few weeks ago, they talked about how the holidays brought out a little sadness in them.  My grandfather died in his early forties (their father) right after Christmas and I think there has always been a sense that some tragedy could occur during this time.  My hubby and I did however, try to put some holiday cheer up by getting our first ever Christmas Tree and putting up some decorations.  It will be a quiet holiday for us, cooking up some standards and then I will have to add some weird raw food dishes too! And nursing our little Nobu.

This is Nigel, who was just rescued from East St. Louis this morning.

I did have a Christmas "wish" granted.  Well, just an overall "wish" that happened to granted today.  Went out with Pj and the Gateway Pet Guardians crew and we were finally able to get the final of the "Itchy Scratchy" trio.  This is Nigel and he, his mom Nina, and his sister Nigella (who just had her last litter of puppies) are now off the streets.  Today was Nigel's rescue and he was ready.  He went in the trap in about five minutes.  Pj has been feeding this trio for about six years, every single day.  All these rescues are in East St. Louis, Illinois.  This is on the other side of the Mississippi river from St. Louis.  David Carlyon of Darkwood studios took this photo.  I am grateful these kids are now safe.  There are countless others out there, and of course all the farm animals, and all the people with no food.........but a small success today.  I will take it.

Krishna Das, a great story teller and a pretty traditional tune.

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*Dr G's Nuts & Clever Cloves . Vegan Thanksgiving! Anti-Aging Peaceful PIes. Vegan Pumpkin Pie and Raw Vegan Butternut Squash or "Pumpkin Pie" Pie from Alissa Cohen's "Living On Live Food"

*Meat eating Tea Partiers and Republicans accepting Welfare? Why Meat Eaters have to PAY for sex.

Aloo Gobi from Anupy Singla's "The Indian Slow Cooker" Book.
(Curried Cauliflower and Potatoes)

**Jay Nixon has been Neutered. Bend over & ditch the KY, this is a Rough One. (Just in case you thought it was just Republicans & Tea Partiers that I vented about!)

**Smaller Shorter Schlongs Caused By Eating Cock.

Portabellas from "Living on Live Food Book".

*Tempeh, Tofu, Teats, & Tamoxifen. Soy and Cancer. You need to know. Anupy's Masala Tofu Scramble Recipe. Get Skinny on Soy? Eggs & Celery.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Raw, Vegan, & Gluten Free Holidays & Celebration Books.

Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays  

Every year, from about November until we hit the Christmas holiday, my mom and I have a phone conversation something like "What should I make this year?".  Sometimes it's the "classics" veganized, and other times it's an Indian Feast!  I really thought I was making it too easy making the only requirement be that it needed to be all vegan (easy for them because they are mostly vegan anyhow, although my mom overlooks the korma at their local Indian Joint, and my dad thinks because there is no actual labelling on the kid size candy bars that it "might" be vegan :).
No, I thought, let's throw her a new vegan bone, and say I am gluten free now.  Check out the book above!  Meets all the requirements!  Full disclosure......Anytime something says "sugar" I pretend not to see the word and I just use dates or stevia.  Oil?  I skip it or use just enough to "get by".  Yeah, it's called "aging" and from what I hear it sucks enough already that I don't need to be adding bottled oil to it!  These books cover appetizers, main courses, desserts, and drinks all in one place, so you don't have to go thumbing through your bookshelves for every single "course".  
Vegan Celebrations by Alicia C. Simpson

Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas 

Easy Raw Vegan Holidays by Kristen Suzanne