Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Raw Apple Pie

This is actually very yummy! I didn't follow the instructions (accidentally)- I was supposed to peel the apples but totally flaked. Next time I will definitely peel them, as it really upset the texture with the peels still on. If I had a mandolin I would use that to get the slices even thinner. This is a half recipe. I found the crust to be a bit too salty- when it's eaten with the filling it's perfectly salted, but the crust alone is too salty. I think next time I would put half the salt in the crust and mix half in with the filling. It is a make-again recipe though!

(If you'd like the recipe, just comment- I don't mind typing it up but I'm not going to bother posting it if noone cares LoL)

The ingredients:
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Put the almonds in the food processor
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Add salt
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And dates. If your mom got your dates for you and accidentally grabbed the pitty ones, be sure to de-pit them
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Process that together and then press into a pie plate. You want the crust processed enough that there aren't great big nut chunks but not so fine that you've got mush going on.
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Peel your orange and put it in the blender
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Blend it up so it's as smooth as you can get it
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Add your dates- again, de-pit them if need be
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Blend those together
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Forget about the orange sauce for right now, and move onto the apples. Slice them as thin as you can- and for pete's sake, please peel them first (unlike me)
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Add your raisins
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And your cinnamon
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Mix it all up
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Now pour your orange sauce over the apples and mix that up. Pour onto crust. Voila! Raw apple pie. Enjoy! (it's even better the next day after it's had time to marinate and the flavors get to mingle).
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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Today is the end of three weeks

And I hope the beginning of many many more. Today marks the end of my third week being 100% raw. I know you're probably sick of hearing about the raw thing, but get this...


* My anxiety and relentless worry is completely gone
* I'm not feeling my usual winter depression creeping up
* My usually grossly dry and itchy elbows are miraculously soft now, without any lotions or creams!
* I've lost 14 pounds and over 6 inches
* My body fat has gone down 4% in the past 2 weeks (I didn't measure it the first week)
* My mom, sister and Gadgetman have all commented that I am happier and in a better mood



When I first started, I worried about Thanksgiving. I absolutely love turkey, and Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday ever. Alas, I made it through still raw, and that includes a family dinner with Gadgetman's side of the family. My mom and I prepared a separate meal for ourselves (she is almost 5 months raw and is down 43 pounds):

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The one dish in the big picture that I didn't get a closeup of was rosemary-garlic "mashed potatoes" made with jicama. My mom didn't care for it, I thought it was okay as long as I didn't think it was going to taste like real mashed potatoes.

Carrots, raisins and walnuts with sauce:

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Marinated mushrooms with red pepper

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This one the sunflower seed "mayo" turned gray so it looks nasty- but trust me, it's a Waldorf salad and it was delish:

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The name of this one escapes me, but it tastes exactly like the regular Thanksgiving dish we always have- cranberries, apples, oranges....yum!

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Pumpkin Pie:

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And my most favorite of it all (and my mom's)- Strawberry Pie. The filling was reminiscent of melted strawberry icecream. We decided that next time the entire top of the pie will be covered in strawberries.
We made this the night before and so the strawberries sunk in by the time I got to taking the picture on Thanksgiving.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Raw

I've had a few people ask about doing raw, and here are some of my insights so far:

What do I eat? Here's what I've eaten today:

Breakfast- Smoothie made from frozen mixed fruit, a frozen banana, and water to thin it. Frozen is okay as long as it doesn't have any other ingredients (sugar, preservatives, etc.). I didn't add it, but you can use agave or raw honey to sweeten it if you like that.

Snack- Apple

Lunch- Raw taco (also called Raco, but I said that the time that I call it a Raco is the time that I quit doing raw :-[). This is one of my most favorite raw dishes so far, and it's sooo easy!

Snack- Orange

Dinner will be raw spaghetti- fresh sauce made in the blender with zucchini noodles.

After dinner snack- I have some cookies I made in the dehydrator- delish, and very easy. I usually have some raw almonds with a little bit of agave drizzled on them if I want a snack while we watch our show.....mmmm......

In the beginning, I thought that I would never get enough to eat this way. Now, it's sometimes noon before I realize that I need to eat. I find that I get full with not a lot of food, I don't have cravings (stuff smells good, and I like to joke that I'm missing out, but I don't have an overwhelming desire to scarf naughty foods down :-[), and I stay full for a very long time with the smaller amounts of food.

Other things that I've made so far (remember that this is only my third week and the first week I ate strictly plain fruits and veggies):

-Mock turkey with fresh cranberry sauce
-Pumpkin pie
-Corn Chowder
-Stuffed mushrooms (mushed avacado mixed with diced tomatoes and onions stuffed into a mushroom that has been marinated in nama shoyu, which is a naturally brewed soy sauce that you can get at the HFCS and isn't too spendy)
-Broccoli soup- this was "meh"- I don't think I'll rush to make it again, but I didn't hate it so much that I wouldn't eat it.
-Mock ranch dressing- used this to dip veggies it, it was yum but I only made half the recipe because it makes a lot

I'll have more to give insight on after Thanksgiving, my mom and I are doing a separate raw meal for just her and I :)

Alissa Cohen is the "bigwig" of the raw world, her book is Living on Live Foods.



Raw Food Made Easy
- I haven't read this one, but Heather (mswindex) likes it.

Everyday Raw
- I haven't made any recipes out of this, but they look so yummy!

The Raw Gourmet- This has some great recipes in it

For online information-

Rawdorable- blog with some of the most delicious looking foods

Raw Food Talk- A message board, some of them are a bit over the edge but there's some good info there.


Gone Raw
- Site with a ton of free recipes

The Sunny Raw Kitchen- (this is where the ranch dressing recipe came from)


As for having to eat everything cold- not necessarily. You can heat things, but they can't go above 115* F. I use the dehydrator to heat stuff, and I also have a candle/mug warmer that I use- but I have to constantly check on it because it has the potential to go above 115*.

I've found that the must-haves to do this are a food processor, a blender and preferably a dehydrator. I haven't read this book, but I'd love to read it- it's got simple and machine-free recipes.
Raw Foods For Busy People

I'm already yearning for a Vitamix (super powerful blender), a fancy square dehydrator like the Excalibur or the Good4U, and a bigger food processor (mine is a dinky 1.5-2 cup model), but even with my basic tools I'm finding it do-able. My other "wants" are a spiraler (to make the zucchini noodles) and a Soyajoy (make raw milk), but I can use my mom's spiraler and Soyajoy (though raw almond milk isn't super hard to make by hand either, it'd just be easier with the gadget).

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Screenshot from ChaCha deposit



We opened this checking account solely to get paid through ChaCha (chacha.com, message me for referral or use brianhobbs1875@gmail.com for your referral email) because I didn't trust them.

Well, we opened it in the nick of time (11/14) since payday is usually on the 15th of the month. Since this month the 15th fell on a non-banking day, it was processed on Monday and cleared the account today! The blackened areas are just to keep my checking account number private.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I'm such a copycat

My mom has been raw for over 4 months now and I've jumped onto the bandwagon. Actually, it wasn't really a conscious decision- I just happened to look at the clock around 2:30 and realized I had eaten only raw for the day (leftover veggies from the baby welcoming party we threw for my niece). That started it, and today is day 9 of being 100% raw.

Last night I made "spaghetti". Remember that in raw, you use only all natural ingredients and they have to be raw- from nature. You can't take noodles, soak them in water and call it raw. Here's how to make raw spaghetti- this recipe doesn't actually taste like spaghetti, but it tasted okay as long as you don't have your hopes set on it tasting like the real deal.

Ingredients:
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I actually ended up using 3 tomatoes rather than the two shown in the picture.

Cut up the carrots, toss in the blender
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Same with the green onion
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And the tomatoes
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Add the Braggs
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The olive oil (cold pressed for raw, which mine isn't- but will be when I run out of the "old" stuff. I just can't bring myself to waste olive oil)
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And the garlic powder
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Blend it all up until it's smooth. Using a regular blender, this will probably involve some cursing and major jealousy over those who have fancy Vitamix blenders that can chop steel, when yours balks at carrot chunks.
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Now for the "noodles"
Don't be shocked at the huge ingredient list:
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A lone zucchini. Maybe 2, if you want more noodles. I used one. Take a peeler to it.
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When it's naked, take the peeler to it again, shaving "noodles" off of it until you get to the seeds
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Here's your noodles
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Put your sauce on top, and voila! Spaghetti!
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Now if only I had some cheesy garlic bread to go with....mmmm.......garlic bread. Just kidding (sort of).

Monday, November 17, 2008

Meet the newest members of our family

JibJib named them, here's Nakie Rat and Ahbooma (the way he says "Obama", which he promptly declared as this rat's name). I'm sure you can figure out who is who.
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

MySpaceTV Videos: Western Spaghetti by Optimus Prime Rib

Just an awesome video I came across.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Advent Conspiracy

Thanks to the gal that posted this on DSD. Please take this video into consideration when planning on what to get each other this holiday season.

Protesting Prop 8: It's like gay 'Survivor'

I'm so sad that Prop 8 didn't pass. I think it's all in the wording of it- there should be religious marriages and civil unions. I don't understand why two consenting adults cannot enter into a legally binding contract just because they are both female or both male.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Stupid ChaCha

Slow as all getout this week, why do they even bother doing updates if it's just going to crash the whole thing? I was shooting for $1,500 but I'll be lucky to get $820 at this rate. Oh well, something is better than nothing, right?!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

ChaCha'ing my way to paying the mortgage

So far I'm at $685, payout is on the 15th but the money has to be in the account by the 14th. I've got 2 weeks to make the remainder, but at the rate I'm going I should have no problem achieving it! If anyone wants to signup for ChaCha.com, please use my email (brianhobbs1875@gmail.com) as your referral address. I get 1% of whatever you make (doesn't take it out of your earnings, it's just a kickback to me), and every little bit helps.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater

LoL- just a picture of what the cold water bath looked like after washing Lillie
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And the tub after it was drained
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Washing Dalanea

Following directions from this site (thanks to absmom on DSD for suggesting it)
http://serenity-farms.com/wool_wash/

In the tub for a cold water soak
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Check out that nasty water!
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What the wool looks like after the cold water soak- better than before, but not great
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Into the pot of super hot and very soapy water
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After the first hot water bath- looking better!
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Then into the hot water bath for a second time, a couple of rinses, and here it is after bath #2 and rinsing (but still wet)
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No pictures of it dry or carded yet, those to come at a later date