Chef Adam checking in from Jacksonville, Florida. I had to escape the cold and snow of Michigan for a bit. Unfortunately the sun is hiding where I am in Florida but at least the temperatures are warm.
I want to let everyone know that the new 2014 Raw recipe calendars are available. They’re just as good as our past 2 calendars with 13 great recipes and beautiful color pictures. You can pick them up at Rawnora.com
Here’s a sample of one of the featured recipes… Avocado Apple Gadget
On those cool (or cold, depending on where you are) winter mornings it’s nice to start out the day with something warm in your belly. Before you go and boil, toast , pan fry or microwave your breakfast take a look at this tasty recipe for a breakfast cereal. I like to fill my 9-tray dehydrator with sprouted buckwheat and dry it for use throughout the month. The dry mixture of ingredients below can be prepared in bulk amounts in advance, that way all you have to do is scoop out the mix and add hot tea.
½ apple – small dice or fine julienne cut or use a banana
¼ C hot herbal tea
1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
2. Add hot herbal tea of your choice and stir in. Allow to sit in the dehydrator or on the counter for 5-10 minutes.
3. Cut up apple and mix in.
4. Serve warm or chill it in the fridge.
There are 2 tricks to really getting flavor out of this recipe. The first is allowing the figs to soak with all the ingredients for a couple of hours. This works well if you are making a cold cereal. You can just put everything together in a bowl and refrigerate it overnight for a tasty breakfast treat the following morning. The second trick is using a really delicious herbal tea. Something with ginger, citrus and spice works great in the winter. In cold months you can warm your refrigerated cereal up by putting it in the dehydrator for an hour or so before eating.
My last post featured my friend Ananda and her effort to raise funds for this noble project. She has recently updated me on the progress of the project and sent along pictures of many of her culinary creations… I’ve got some recipes too but you can only give away so much… time to pay it forward. Please donate if you can and read about Auroville, the Universal city in India.
As day 1 came to a close Heathy and I had each consumed a large green juice and a large glass of the celery, apple, ginger and cranberry blend. Spaced out between those 2 juices I had 4 large mugs of warm/hot tea and a glass of water. So the green juice fast is shaping up to be a hot tea fast. I guess I should share with you the tea blend of choice on the fast. At the moment we’re making a lose tea mixture of reishi mushroom, pau d’arco, cat’s claw, oat straw and chaga. Last night we added some astragalus root to the blend and were both in agreement that it was a bit overpowering.
The tea blend is chocked full of immune boosting, anti-viral, fungal, bacterial and health enhancing herbs. I was happy to read about the yeast eliminating properties of pau d’arco. I’ve been sweetening my teas with maple syrup or raw honey. Both of which are local.
The sleep schedule has had us getting to bed later than usual. Last night being New Year’s Eve, we had an excuse to stay up a bit late drinking tea. Late to bed equals late to rise. In the snowy Canadian landscape I’m cool with slipping into hibernation mode. We weren’t out of bed until 11am this morning. I made juice while sipping hot water with lemon. Both Heathy and I noticed how sore our lower backs were. We had done yoga the day before but we think the soreness had to do with multiple factors, one of them being the fast. A little yoga loosened things up.
By 4pm we were out the door and visiting Heathy’s parents house. While there we had a real treat: hot miso soup with garlic. We blended it smooth in the vita-mix. It truly hit the spot. This was followed through out the evening with mugs of hot tea and honey. We ended up staying late and missing our evening juice. We both felt ok with this though and retired for bed by 11pm.
My energy level has been pretty consistent. I am experiencing occasional hot flashes accompanied by shaky fatigue. I just go with it and eventually it passes.
Fasting in subzero temperatures is a new experience for me so I’m not going to push things. At the moment the outside air temp is -24C which is -15F. Fasting is a real heat sucker so if I feel things getting a little to intense I’m not going to hesitate in backing off. Day 3 should be very telling.
Never miss an opportunity to help manifest someones dream, especially if it involves delicious vegan live food in the oldest city in the United States. This morning my friend Valerie casually mentioned she’d never been to The Present Moment Cafe in St. Augustine. Bummer I thought, continuing with the onion dehydrating project I had started. It took a moment for me to realize the opportunity at hand, the carpe diem, grab the reins by the bull kinda gusto that should be part of a life lived in the Present Moment. She had to work at 2pm at Shakti Life Kitchen in Atlantic Beach (North Florida’s other premiere vegan live food option)… it was totally doable… in the car by 11, we were at the Present Moment by 12 noon… our bellies were full and we were back on the road by 1pm.
With all that said, what tasty treats did we partake in at The Present Moment Cafe? We started out with an amazing Thai style soup with mushrooms, sesame seeds, onions and a hint of lemon grass… I could be totally wrong though on the ingredient list. That’s was my take on it and I neglected to ask for the break down. One things for sure, it wasn’t clam chowder and it was really good.
Next up was a massive Cesar salad and 2 stuffed portabellos with a creamy spinach filling, very rich and Frenchy style.
We ain’t done yet… a sampler platter with guacamole, salsa and a refried beans creation (no beans or refrying of course) To accompany the platter was a massive sunlight burger all drippy with cashew provolone… wait, there’s more… a mound of creamy white truffle pesto pasta. This was some serious eating and proof to this fact is that we walked with a to go container… unheard of when sit down to eat. To my defense I showed some restraint so I would have the slightest bit of room left for dessert…
Warm Pecan Apple Cobbler with a scoop of cashew vanilla ice cream… no to go’s on dessert.
On a scale of “1” to “damn that’s so good I wet my organic cotton briefs”… post meal I would be running to the bathroom to rinse my drawers in the sink… that is if I wore any. All joking aside, The Present Moment Cafe is a boot shooting chart topper with amazing food and very reasonable prices. The pictures don’t lie… portions and plating are superb, staff is wonderful and the atmosphere is so cozy that you’d consider moving in.
On the down side there’s a bunch of road work being done in front of the restaurant. Noise wasn’t an issue but the only access has been converted to one-way which sends you looking for a western route to India. Once you arrive in the Promise Land all your worries melt away like cacao butter basking in the sun.
If you’re ever in North Florida or even the South East you owe it to yourself to visit the Present Moment Cafe in St. Augustine, Florida. Check out there details here: