Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Le Cordon Blog

Please enjoy my dynamic selfie skills.

Today I was a guest speaker at the cooking school, Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. I got to talk about writing and blogging and raw vegan food and me and me raw vegan food blog writing and  - you get the idea.

My friend Janice is a teacher there and she invited me to talk with two different classes. The classes were full of cool students who asked good questions and wore nifty white chef-y jackets. I did not have a nifty white chef-y jacket but I'll try to get over it.

I admire people who want to cook for a living. Preparing food for others is such a nurturing and creative pursuit. High five Le Cordon Bleu-ers!

What I ate today:

• coffee
• banana
• handful of raw cashews
• apple, raisin oatmeal w/almonds
• almond milk latte
• green salad w/ mixed lettuce, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, olive oil, and nutritional yeast
• of course, more coffee
• 5 green olives
• 1 Fuji apple w/ almond butter

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Eagle Has Landed

We received a Vitamix for Hanukkah last month from Mr. Rosenberg's folks. It is amazing and powerful and ginormous. Our kitchen is so small, (say it with me - how small is it?) it looks as if we drove a sports car onto the counter. My friend Karen gave me a nut milk bag (I know. That's what it's called.) and a lovely glass carafe for storing nut milk.

I soaked a cup of almonds overnight and gave the Vitamix a test-drive with the almonds and two cups of water. I mushed the almond pulp/water/stuff through the bag and what came out was a lovely almond milk. I added a little vanilla at the end. This liquid bore almost no taste resemblance to the store-bought almond milk that only has 9% almonds in it. (Mostly water and chemically-stuff in that.) It was a success all around. More will be happening.

What I ate today:

• 2 bananas
• coffee
• almond milk
• 1 apple
• salad w/ kale, avocado, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, olive oil, nutritional yeast
• green juice w/ kale, spinach, cucumber, apple, lemon, ginger
• salad w/ baby lettuce, herbs, white balsamic vinegar
• carrots and celery

Monday, November 23, 2015

It's No Turkey

On Thanksgiving, this will be happening. I know "Gardein Holiday Roast Day" doesn't have quite the snap that "Turkey Day" has to it, but it will do. I'm trying a different brand this year. (Last year was the Field Roast Celebration Roast.) My expectations will be low and my sides will be many. We're expecting 8 - 12 people this year.

I'm trying out this Bobby Flay recipe my friend Jen sent me because what's Thanksvegan without a little kale? There will be vegan mashed potatoes, and a sweet potato or squash situation that I have yet to decide on. Maybe some green beans. Not a lot of raw, but a lot of vegan-y things. I'm thinking of picking up a vegan pumpkin pie or two from Whole Foods. (The one I got last year at a local vegan restaurant super-sucked.)

*This is not a Gardein Holiday Roast sponsored post. I don't even know if I'll like this little veg-brick yet. I'll let you know.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Fuyu. No, fuYU.

Have you guys ever had a Fuyu persimmon? Until very recently, I had only had the pointy kind of persimmons that have black seeds and are only good if they are mushy because if you eat them before they're ripe you can't get the bad feeling out of your mouth for a couple of hours.


Fuyus are fantastic. No seeds, not even a core, you can eat the whole thing. They have more of a pear-like texture but still taste persimmon-ish. These are my new favorite (raw) thing, and it's persimmon season right now so they're around. You should get some.

That's all. Just have a Fuyu and thank me later.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Back At It

I spent Saturday night having dinner with my friends; the friend doing the Whole30, the friend who doesn't eat red meat, dairy or gluten, the omnivore friend, and me, the raw vegan. What did we come up with in the food department? Gazpacho with avocado, spinach salad, roasted vegetables, tofu chocolate pudding and mixed berries. Everyone found a few things they could eat and we did all manage to get full, and as always, had a great time.

Yesterday was my birthday. I knew I would be in restaurants for brunch and dinner so I set aside the raw and just went vegan for the day. Brunch was vegan chillaquilles, dinner was grilled vegetable tacos. There were some sweets too including vegan coconut cake. Fabulous. Today I'm back to raw.

What I ate today:
• coffee
• berries - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
• mixed nuts
• one - Two Raw Moms blueberry burst bar
• green juice - apples, spinach, cucumber, celery, parsley, lemon, lime, ginger
• green salad - kale, char, spinach w/olive oil and nutritional yeast
• celery sticks with guacamole
• apple
• of course, more coffee

Saturday, September 12, 2015

I Went to Chipotle

I didn't eat the succulents. Those are just for pretty.

Today we went to Chipotle and I did Chipotle raw. Yes I did. I had a salad (romaine) with pico de gallo and guacamole on it. It was lovely. And yes, it did fill me up. Fast food win.

Tonight I'm eating dinner with friends. Between the four of us we have one raw vegan, one who's not eating red meat, dairy or gluten, one who's doing the Whole30, and one omnivore. This crazy bunch will all be bringing stuff to share, potluck style, knowing that we'll each have at least one thing we can eat, maybe more if we're lucky. I'll let you know how that goes.

Today I ate:
• coffee
• banana
• mixed nuts
• Chipotle salad
• iced tea
• Two Moms in the Raw Goji Berry Nut Bar
• frozen red and green grapes
• and whatever happens tonight - I'll fill you in tomorrow.

Friday, September 11, 2015


Are you familiar with chia seeds? Yes, they're the same thing that created the green hair growing out of that Mr. T Chia Pet you had on your kitchen counter back in the day. Apparently they're an Omega-3 Superfood. Are they delicious? I don't think they have a taste, really. They are more of a texture, a slimy, viscous texture.

I recently tried this juice smoothie from Trader Joe's that features ch-ch-ch-chia. It only has three ingredients: apple juice, strawberry puree, and chia seeds. The flavor is all strawberry. If you can get past all of the tiny little seed particles in it (and I can) it's good stuff. That's a lot of fruit sugar though, so you might want to go easy on the stuff.

What I ate today:
• coffee
• banana
• raw mixed nuts
• 1/2 Trader Joe's Strawberry Chia 100% Juice Smoothie
• salad - lettuce, almonds, micro greens w/olive oil, nutritional yeast
• frozen green and red grapes
• celery with cashew cheese from the farmer's market
• green juice - celery, apple, cucumber, lettuce, kale, spinach, lime, lemon, parsley