Three bananas Johnny Utah, three.
I think it’s safe to say that the pie was a success. With little resistance the pie was happily consumed by the JaxRaw meetup members before it could melt in the sun. I will be posting a short video clip from the event but first I must share part 2 of 3 in the making of this yummy raw vegan pie. This filling is a modified version of some of the pie fillings that are listed in I Am Grateful
, the amazing recipe book from Cafe Gratitude. I was looking for a pie filling that used Irish Moss. I did a combo of Irish moss and ground chia to thicken things up. Enjoy the latest video. As always, your feedback is appreciated.
Banana Filling Recipe:
1 C water
.3 oz Irish Moss, soaked
3 T hemp seed
2 T ground chia seed
6 pitted dates
2 T lucuma powder
1 vanilla bean scraped
1 t salt
Banana Lama Ding Dong Pie
Come’on guys, you know the words to this one. It’s a summer classic. Actually it’s a pie recipe featuring a tasty cacao nib crust with coconut and dates. I made this pie for the JaxRaw Meetup event on Saturday June 26th. This is part 1, featuring the crust. I’ll post the filling shortly.
I just got booked to do a food demo at Raw Spirit Fest in Maryland. I’m scheduled to present on Saturday August 29th at 1pm. Click on the banner above to find out more about the festival. Does anyone have accommodations near the event? Check back for more details…
Viva Italia Eggplant Parm
This week I had a blast visiting Tallahassee, FL to teach a live food class and host a dinner. The theme of the evening was Viva Italia which allowed me to connect with my Italian roots in a vegan raw food way. The menu was eggplant Parmesan, bell peppers stuffed with pecan basil pesto, zucchini and squash noodles with a hemp alfredo sauce, a fresh garden salad with sorrel, kale, baby lettuce and a fig tarragon vinaigrette… dessert was a avocado chocolate mousse that was off the charts. Thank you to everyone who helped and all those who attended. I can’t wait to do it again. Enjoy this clip from the festive event.
Take a look at some of lightning from last nights storm. Nothing compares to the power of nature.
Sea Oat Strike
I took these images with my phone camera on the “night” setting. This was only what I could capture with a crappy phone cam, you can imagine the ones that got away. It was the most impressive light show I’ve ever seen.
Down in Florida the local gardens are producing goodies in all shades of the rainbow. Recently I visited the local beaches farmers market and picked up some fresh produce. With my purchases spread out before me I saw a vision of soup, spinach soup and the rest is history. Enjoy this simple Summer Spinach Soup recipe.
2 Cups nut or seed mylk
1 Bunch of Spinach, rinsed and chopped
2 T chick pea miso
1 fresh tomato or 1/4 C soaked sundried tomato
6 black olives, pitted
1 T Mexican Seasoning Blend – cilantro, cayenne, black pepper, coriander, cumin
1 t cumin
salt to taste
Combine all ingredients in blender. Bleand until smooth. Transfer into a bowl. Garnish with diced veggies… corn, tomato, bell pepper, fresh herbs. Enjoy.
*ALA, the omega 3 fatty acid found in chia shows a very good conversion rate to EPA (a major omega 3 fatty acid found in fish oil). One study showed as much as 60% increase in serum EPA concentrations after 12 weeks of ALA intake. ALA conversion to DHA (another omega 3 fatty acid found in fish oil), is minimal.
*It appears that EPA alone, with DHA can protect against heart attacks. In a major Japanese study subjects given EPA had 19% fewer cardiac events over five years, compared to those given a placebo.
*Another study showed that EPA protects skin against sunburn and protects against skin damage from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
*More research is needed to reveal all the health effects of ALA, but it appears that chia and other sources of ALA may yield many of the same health benefits as fish oil.
Jack Bukowski, MD, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, NSRI
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School