As I waited for my first un-cook book to arrive in the mail one summer day, I did a search for raw peach cobbler because I needed something to put the plethora of peaches ripening on our tree in. I found this amazing recipe. It was nice & quick to assemble, but the best part (outside of it being deemed absolutely delicious by some anti-raw foodies) was that it was warm. I made it in a pie pan and set it in the dehydrator for a couple hours and the whole kitchen filled with the scent of peaches. Success!
Then, the aforementioned un-cook book came. I was so excited to plunge into it head first! Until it took two hours to make a simple dish. Oy. Don't even get me started on trying to hack into three coconuts to make a couple cups of raw chocolate pudding (before I knew I needed to buy baby coconuts which are much easier to break open). Drat. I'm a mama for four. I can't really justify spending about six hours a day in the kitchen, even if the food is wonderful and nourishing.
Thankfully, a friend came to the rescue & lent me "Ani's Raw Food Kitchen." It seriously took me a couple of weeks to even crack it open. I couldn't deal with the thought of being responsible for more knowledge of how important raw was for my family & then neglecting it because of time restrains. Once I did, I was very encouraged about how do-able these recipes seemed. Before I knew it, I was back into raw, and so happy about it. So far, I've made this:
Almond Nog. I loove egg nog. This totally works.
Garlic Walnut Soup.
This rich soup is for garlic lovers (me!) and 1/2 cup will fill you up.
Great to garnish on anything you want to add spice to.
Walnut Cranberry Squash "Rice" topped with Coconut Chutney
There's a first for everything & this was the first time I ate raw butternut squash. Delish!
Spicy Kream of Avocado Soup
A small bowl of this soup gives me more energy than a cup of coffee. No joke.
I love that she has seasonal recipes, meaning you can grow/buy in-season, local produce all year 'round and use this book. Good for you, good for the earth. Happy.
So raw is the new cooked.
Also, my friend Sky just started a new blog where she shares raw recipes of her own & let me just say, I gaze upon the foodie photos with great desire. I can't wait to try them out; you should too! Be raw with me. :)