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Winter Travels 2013/2014

Carl in KitchenTime flies when you’re buried in snow. It seems like only a few weeks ago I was down in Florida enjoying the ocean and the sun. Months have passed but the memories remain. I took a road trip with my former girl friend and now good friend Stacia down to Bradenton, Florida in mid December. We spent Christmas with her cousin Tess Challis and family. Tess is a vegan chef and author who is also the co-founder of Get Waisted, a healthy vegan version of weight watchers. Tess’ husband Carl is the head chef at a raw food cafe in Sarasota called Ionie. I spent a day in the kitchen Tess and Carl… tasty good times.

 

raw pizzaNow I’m back in Michigan at Camp Rawnora. There’s no shortage of snow in these parts. I’m looking forward to the start of the 2014 season here at the camp. We still have 2014 Raw Recipe calendars available. It’s never too late to pick one up.

2014 Raw CalendarOur first event this year is the March Maple Water Fast beginning on Wednesday March 19th through Sunday March 23rd.

March_Maple_Fast

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Autumn Adventures – Orlando and Jacksonville VegFests

During my recent travels I had the honor of being a demo chef at both the Central Florida and North Florida VegFests. I have to say both events were great fun and I met some amazing people as well. I wore my new favorite shirt to both festivals (GMO, OMG, WTF are we eating?). The shirt was a hit with the crowds, receiving supportive comments and even photo ops.

As many of you know there was a huge ballot initiative in the state of California to label GMO’s; Prop 37. Even though the “informed” majority around the world would like to know what is in there food, it was the uninformed majority that won the vote by a slim margin – 47% Yes, 53% no. $45 million was spent by big business (Monsanto, Cocao-Cola, Kellog, General Mills, Dupont…) to misguide the public into voting “No on Prop 37”. This isn’t just an “informed consumer” exaggerating the facts. The “Vote No on 37” campaign was rife with fraudulent claims and outright lies to the extent that criminal complaints were filed with the FBI. Companies like monsanto are no stranger to lies and deception. It’s unfortunate that the public wasn’t able to see past those lies though. Of course there is the possibility that the vote was rigged. Consider this, with in 2 hours of the polls closing the results of voting on Prop 37 were announced with 15 million uncounted votes remaining. How does that work?

Well, enough of politics for now. I do encourage you to learn about what’s in your food and the threat that GMO’s pose to people and the planet. I’ll keep doing my part of educating and illuminating along with you spreading the information as well. Here are my Good Morning Jacksonville appearances on First Coast News from November 3rd. My GMO/OMG/WTF t-shirt ruffled some feathers at the station so the segments never made it on to their website. I was asked to change my shirt after the first segment, which I happily did. The probably didn’t care for my “Be the change you want to see in the world” shirt either. Oh well, that won’t stop me from living my truth. Enjoy the “no bake brownie” and “avocado apple gadget”. Both featured in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox.

 

 

 

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VegFest in Florida 2011 and Brownie Recipe

VegFest Lineup
Uncooking Demo

The second annual Northeast Florida VegFest on Saturday November 5th brought me back to Jacksonville, Florida for a short little visit. While in town I had a chance to visit some friends, harvest reishi mushrooms, go surfing and make some brownies during my food demo at VegFest.

Saturday started out with a visit to WJXT News 4 Jax studios for a quick interview on the morning show. The morning anchor and weather lady Rebecca Barry confessed to me she was a burger and pizza kinda girl. I told her I ate that stuff too back in the day but you can’t get away with that forever… especially if you are on TV… well maybe if they don’t show you below the neck. I was impressed by how she would jog in high heels between the morning show couch and the weather set and then back all while on the air and even talking. That must be how she works off the burgers. I gave her a copy of the book and left a bag of granola with the other morning host (not sure of his name). The next morning show guest was a group of Zumba ladies. They asked me if I’d like to join them during their segment for some Zumba dancing… hey, why not? What’s a “Zumba” anyway?

WJXT4 morning show
WJXT4 Morning Show

While we were waiting between segments I watched the male morning anchor chowing down on the granola. I assumed he was enjoying it but before I could ask him he blurted out, “this stuff tastes like dirt.” That had me confused because he just kept eating it… he must like eating dirt. The old saying about “throwing pearls to swine” comes to mind. His comment didn’t bother me much because he seemed more like the the Froot Loop fan than the raw granola type.

The morning show finished up before 9am so I headed over to VegFest to catch everyone setting up. I said my “hellos” and slipped around the corner to a breakfast spot where I could warm up with some tea and eat a pomelo I had bought the day before.

pomelo breakfast
Breakfast of Champions

Pomelos are a favorite fruit of mine. For those of you not familiar with pomelos they’re the oversized grapefruit looking things you’ll find seasonally at the grocery store. Pomelos differ from grapefruits in a couple of ways:

  • Their skin is very thick and can be easily removed in one piece
  • They don’t come apart in clean slices like grapefruit and oranges. It’s best to peel the fruit, split it in half by pulling it apart from the middle and then peel each individual slice to free it of the thick skin that surrounds it
  • They taste sweeter than grapefruit
  • They don’t make as much of a juicy mess although once you’ve finished eating one there will be a pile of peels and pith

With breakfast and the surreal land of the mainstream media behind me I walked over to VegFest for my demo. Fortunately this year they had a sound system for the food demo. The year before we had to battle the amplified main stage for the attention of our audience. This year we had a microphone on a stand. Not ideal for a food demo but better than nothing. I actually liked the hand held microphone because it made me feel like I was doing stand-up comedy. My friend Natacha volunteered to assist me in my brownie making which allowed me to narrate the process. I was pleased to see a standing room only crowd gather for the no-bake brownie demo. I did a variation of the brownie recipe on page 176 of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox. There’s also another variation of the brownie called the “Bomb Dot Com Brownie“. Here’s the recipe I shared on Saturday at the VegFest:

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VegFest Demo
Brownies anyone?
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Yay! New Site is “Live”

Free Ebook - Zen and the Art of Gadgeting
Over 20 Live Food Recipes!

Adam here, sending out a quick post to let everyone know the New and Improved “Live Food Experience” is live. My favorite addition is the “video” page which has all of my Youtube videos in one place. There’s also something really cool in the “store”… actually it’s the only thing in the store at the moment. It’s a free ebook highlighting my journey into live foods and featuring over 20 recipes. I’d love to hear your feedback regarding both the site and the ebook.

Some excitement stuff  going on tonight down in Daytona Beach. I will be attending the Avant Garden event hosted by The Art Army and a guy named Perego. Sounds interesting, huh? If that isn’t enough I will be putting together a vegan raw/live food buffet at Julian’s Land Mark Restaurant in Ormond Beach, FL; famous for their steak and seafood.

The buffet will feature a Pad Thai style dish with an almond miso sauce, pesto stuffed bell peppers and chocolate mousse.

It should be quite an experience… more posts to come. Keep it Live!