real raw kitchen: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

EPIC raw food: Ellen Fisher and 801010 eBook


You guys, it's here. Today is the day. You all know that I've been major crushing on Ellen Fisher (and so have 30k other people, apparently) and so when she announced last year that she was working on releasing an eBook of 801010 recipes I about died with excitement. And now, it's here.


I'm so lucky, too, because this beautiful woman has shared with me some pics and a recipe from the book to share with YOU. The pictures look divine and the recipe sounds so fresh. It's not wonder she is just radiating beauty and light in all her pictures.

"I put my heart and soul into this E-book! It is filled with 50 amazing low fat raw vegan recipes and also includes 10 pages of tips to take charge of your health, feel your best, and incorporate more raw foods into your diet. Every recipe is fresh, nutritious, and satisfying. Contains no oil and no salt! Whether you are following the 80/10/10 diet, or simply looking to include more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, this book will aid you in a delicious meal experience every time. "
You can get her eBook here for $16.95 and then fantasize about her food here.

Citrus Smoothie Bowl with Veggie Dippers
Call me crazy, but I love to dip lettuce into my smoothies. Mmm mm Good!
Equipment: blender
Ingredients
For the smoothie:
2 cups of freshly juiced orange, tangelo, or tangerine juice
1/2 a ripe pineapple
4 cups of frozen organic mango
For dipping:
2 heads of crisp lettuce
Orange, red, or yellow bell pepper (as much as desired)
Assembly
Blend all smoothie ingredients until smooth and pour into a large bowl. Slice bell pepper and take apart lettuce leaves to use as dippers. Dip each lettuce leaf and pepper slice into the smoothie bowl for each bite. Sweet and savory in every mouthful!

Monday, April 28, 2014

How To: make a great cup of coffee

I'm baaaccckk!! Sort of .. today .. for now. 

First things first, I'm so happy to have you here! I'm so happy to pop in and say hello and have you here to wave back from your beautiful selves. Beyond happy to have you.

Secondly, the best way for me to start any day is with a damn good cup of coffee, and I suspect I'm not the only one .. In fact, it seems to be America's favorite addiction. So this post is all about coffee (and love and compassion). 

Lastly: No. Coffee is not raw. And neither is coconut milk (used as creamer). But if there were ever a "raw" way to enjoy coffee, this is it. And I love it and what it does for me so I stand behind my coffee habits.      

So the kind people over at Nee Coffee reached out to me and asked if I'd like to try on their porcelain coffee dripper and see if I liked it. I was very excited because just the weekend before I was at my girlfriend's house and she made me a fine cup o' joe using this same method. I had exclaimed to her, "ohmygosh I LOVE this! I want to try it, too!" Before I had a chance to scout out a product to purchase for myself, the ultimate form of manifestation took place and I had a product sent to me, for sampling, free of charge. Talk about attracting good things into your life!





What I found by using this coffee-dripping method is that the flavor of coffee is much richer and the coffee is much smoother than a cup that is brewed in a large batch, like a pot of coffee. The flavor that results from this method really is enhanced and turned my generic coffee into a really luxurious and indulgent experience.

My only complaint for this product is that there is a slight learning curve. This really is a simple concept but for me it took about 3 attempts before I felt like I could confidently make a cup for photographing. The important part of this learning curve is that you have an appropriate sized coffee filter (size 2) .. my bad.


The Pros:
  • Enhanced flavor
  • Sustainable
  • Affordable in the long run
  • Saves kitchen space
  • Easy to clean

The Cons:
  • A one time initial cost of $17 (which in comparison to an actual coffee machine is pretty affordable)
  • A slight learning curve, easily overcome
  • A little bit more time required 

The Pros of this product far outweigh the Cons and so I recommend the Nee Coffee Dripper to all those that I love (that means you!). I think it could make a fabulous gift for birthdays and holidays and maybe even a wonderful housewarming gift. It's especially useful if you're living in a dorm or studio apartment with limited space and kitchen facilities.

There are four things that I think are incredibly important to overall well-being: good nutrition, movement, love, and sleep. Under the "Love" thang is where I place a good cup of coffee. Take care of yourself, indulge. Find your Love and indulge, constantly. For me, a cup of coffee is like an unbreakable ritual that helps me find my zen every morning. And this is why I've chosen to return to blogging with this particular post, because I'm all about self-care!

In the meantime, check out the dripper below ..


Nee also has a beautiful infographic on how to use the dripper method, so I've included it here for you:





**disclosure: if you purchase anything I link to you via Amazon I make a small percentage out of it at no cost to you! So cool for me, so cool for you!