A delicious save-the-fish style pate made with almonds and cashews, flavored with ginger and lemon. The orange salmon-like color comes from sweet carrots full of beta carotene. Use this pate inside nori rolls, lettuce wraps, and scooped on top of a bed of greens.
Almond Veggie Pate Nori Rolls (Makes 4 servings)
1 cup almonds
2 cups cashews
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 clove garlic
3 carrots, chopped
1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice, from 1/2 lemon
4 sheets nori, or 8 sheets if too thin
4 cups spinach leaves, washed and dried
Soy Sauce or Nama Shoyu (raw) or Braggs (gluten-free)
To make filling, process almonds and cashews into a powder, and set aside.
Next, process ginger, garlic, carrots, onion, raisins, and salt into small pieces. Add oil, lemon juice, powdered almonds and cashews, and process to mix well.
Wrap by placing nori sheets onto flat surface. Spread dry spinach leaves along bottom half. Onto spinach, spread about 1/4 cup filling along edge closest to you. Roll up nori sheet. Slice into 6 pieces using a sharp knife.
Pineapple Ice Box Dessert (fills one loaf pan to make about 8 servings)
1 1/2 cups cashews
1 vanilla bean, scraped
2 Tablespoons honey or agave syrup
1 1/2 cups cashews
1/3 cup honey or agave syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
2 1/2 cup cored and chopped pineapple
Make crust by processing cashews into small pieces with vanilla. Add honey, and process to mix well. Sprinkle half of the crust mixture into bottom of a loaf pan,
To make filling, in high-speed blender, blend cashews with honey or agave and liquid oil into a smooth cream. Into a mixing bowl, toss cream with pineapple to mix well. Scoop into loaf pan. Top with remaining crust, and gently press down.
One thing we need more of in the USA are cultured foods. In Korea, we have fermented and probiotic rich pickles like kimchi and sauerkraut, which aid our digestion while helping rebuild healthy bacteria we’ve destroyed through stress and antiobiotics. Fermented raw foods are the highest form of living foods. The probiotics and friendly bacteria predigest this food for us.
For breakfast today I enjoyed local organic blueberries topped with a kream i made by blending coconut meat with water kefir.
To make your own kefir kream, just scoop the meat from 2 Thai baby coconuts into your blender. Add about a 1/4 cup of your water kefir, and blend to mix smooth. Scoop kream into a container, leaving at least 1/3 of the container empty. Don’t fill up all the way, it needs room to expand.
Cover kream, and leave out (I leave it on top of my fridge where it’s warm) overnight to ferment. You can see how the fermentation creates bubbles in the kream, below.
Store in your fridge, and enjoy on salads, soups, as a dip, in smoothies, and on fresh fruit as you would any yogurt.
It’s rainy season in Bali, so it downpours buckets of rain for 20 minutes to a couple hours almost every day. It’s warm, so I don’t mind it. On my first rainy day, I decided to visit a local grocery store, where I found a new fruit called salak. It grows on palm trees.
This is salak. It has a brown snakeskin that’s really thin. You peel it away to find what looks like garlic cloves inside. These pods of fruit contain a small seed, and taste sweet and tart at the same time.
peeled salak fruit
The meat of the salak fruit is not juicy, but rather dry and firm. It has a texture similar to a pear, but not as firm and crisp, smoother in texture, and dry. Interesting texture and delicious flavor.
This brightly colored, hairy fruit is a rambutan. I love lychees, and the rambutan is very similar in texture and flavor. Rambutan is very cheap in Bali. I bought a big bag for about 50 cents. The rambutan, even at the grocery store, is always covered in crawling ants. I guess this means there’s no pesticides on the fruit, a good thing.
Here in hot, muggy Bali, I live off fresh tropical fruits (durian, salak, rambutan, mango, papaya, pineapple, and banana), and enjoy only occasional greens when I find them. Back home in the States, I had been cutting back on my sugar intake over the past several months. I was concerned about eating so much fruit. But, my body is thriving on this raw food fruit diet. Combined with swims in the warm ocean, walking everywhere, and the sunshine, all this fruit is making my body leaner. I like this effect.
Mayor Gavin Newsom at SF Green Festival last Saturday. It’s the largest green festival in the country. Mayor Newsom is a long time vegetarian.
The hall was packed for my talk on raw food desserts, nutrition, and overall well being. I demoed my famous Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Cake and Spiced Blueberry Cobbler, recipes from “Ani’s Raw Food Desserts”. There was a feeding frenzy over the sample tastes of the desserts, and they were delicious!
Read more about the SF Green Fest on VegNews Magazine’s blog.
Matthew Kenney’s done it again! This time in Oaklahoma City with his partner Dara Prentice. This amazing duo has opened the 1st accredited Culinary Academy for Raw Living Foods, along with a restaurant where you can enjoy Matthew’s amazing food.
Join me, Matthew, Dara, and other folks from our community on Oct 3, 2009 in OKC at 105Degrees for a day of talks, demos, dinner, and celebration!
•Philip McCluskey (weight loss)
•Karen Knowler (UK raw coach)
•Tim VanOrden (Running Raw Project)
•Anthony Anderson (raw model)
•Hope Ferdawsian (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
•Courtney Pool (Tree of Life, Gabriel Cousens)
•Penni Shelton (raw coach)
If you’re anyplace near OKC on Oct 3rd, I hope to see you at this amazing celebration at 105Degrees.