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Mango Impossible…

mango

The tan from my Jamaica trip is quickly fading but the memories and videos are still there to remind me of the fun in the sun that I will be having again next year at January in Jamaica 2013. Will you be joining me? Details to come. Speaking of details, we’re putting together the schedule of events for Camp Rawnora for 2012. Be sure to visit the Camp Rawnora site to find out what’s uncooking. We’ve got a Spring Detox Weekend and Forage scheduled for April and 5 Day Cleanse/Detox on the calendar for May… Weight Loss Camp in June… just check the calendar, more details to come.

Enjoy these mango factoids and the video from Jamaica below…

  • Mangoes originated in India and eventually spread from there throughout the globe.
  • They contain high amounts of vitamin C, A, B6, other B vitamins, prebiotic fiber, potassium, copper, amino acids, beta carotene and a variety of antioxidants.
  • 2 chemicals in mangoes (triterpene and lupeol) have been shown effective against prostate and skin cancer.
  • Mango skin and leaves contain the chemical urushiol  which is also present in poison ivy and poison oak. This accounts for many people having an allergic skin reaction to mango.

mango cut

 

 

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Off to the North

I’m leaving Florida for a visit to family and friends up in Chicago and Michigan. There are a couple of great events coming up. The first is a Juice Feast at Ronora Lodge in Watervliet, Michigan starting August 16th and going until the 19th. I recently was sent the preliminary schedule which looks to be really fun and informative. Immediately following the Feast is a Fest, Green Synergy Fest. It’s a raw food celebration featuring all sorts of raw food inspirational peeps from Aug 20-22nd. As in the past, each time I’ve left Florida during the summer we’ve had some hurricanes and tropical storms that kicked up some good surf. I’m hoping Mother Nature can hold off until I get back at the end of the month.

Enjoy this recipe which combines some unlikely summer produce, The Mango Okra Salad:

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The Live Food Experience… In your very own kitchen!

Recently I prepared an in home dinner for 4 in Jacksonville, Florida. I have to say this is one of my favorite ways of introducing people to the magic of living foods. I’ve done a few these dinners in the past they all have been a great success. Most of the time there is a skeptic in the bunch or at least someone who doubts they will enjoy or feel satisfied with the meal. So far I’ve been able to leave everyone satiated, satisfied and smiling. Now there’s no telling whether or not they throw a pot pie in the microwave or thaw out a pizza once I’m out the door.

Thai Miso Soup

The menu from the other evening began with Thai style miso soup. Here’s the basic procedure:

  1. Start by warming 3 Cups filtered water on the stove, not boiling just hot to touch.
  2. Transfer the water to a blender. I had brought my Vitamix but any blender will do.
  3. Add 3 T of unpasteurized miso.  I used my favorite chick pea miso from South River Miso to make the broth. Add 1/2 an avocado, 1/2 or a full bell pepper (yellow preferred), 1 T of Thai Curry Spice from Mountain Rose Herbs,1-2 cloves of garlic, 2 t lime juice and 1-2 t of fresh ginger..
  4. Blend for for 30 seconds.
  5. Cut up some fresh basil add to blender and blend for 5 seconds.
  6. Pour into cups and add fresh cucumber batons, shredded carrot and bell pepper chunks.
  7. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

Next on the menu was a veggie medley Pad Thai creation. I used kelp noodles from Sea Tangle Noodle Co., spiralized zucchini and carrots and diced jicama to make the noodles. The sauce consisted of:

  • almond butter
  • water
  • unpasteurized miso
  • tamari
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • palm sugar
  • ginger
  • hot pepper
Pad Thai with Almond Miso Sauce

I’m a big fan of this sauce. To me it’s good enough to drink straight. After I blend up a batch I swish water in the bottom of the blender and drink what’s left. Nothing goes to waste in the live food kitchen.

Dessert was the next order of business. I like to keep things delicious and easy at these dinner parties. I chose to make a mango banana sorbet. The sorbet is a easy 1, 2 recipe… 1. cut up and freeze fruit 2. pass frozen fruit through a masticating juicer with the blank plate… done.

I did make a special sauce to top the sorbet with. It was an agave cinnamon sauce. It consisted of:

  • agave
  • maple syrup
  • almond butter
  • agave powder
  • cinnamon
  • salt

I blended this mixture and put it in a squirt bottle. The agave came across very sweet to me and in the future I’d probably make this again with soaked dates or palm sugar instead of agave… regardless, it was still delicious! Schedule a Dinner Experience in your home today.

Making Sorbet
Mango Banana Sorbet