Young Thai Coconut
For those of you out there curious about opening young Thai coconuts, here’s a little how to video demonstrating the “finesse” technique. Other techniques include the “whacking”, “hacking”, “cracking” and “smacking”… none of which are featured during this video. The Live Food Experience does not take any responsibility for those who sustain injuries while attempting to open a coconut. If attempting to open a coconut for the first time be sure to use a quality sharp knife. Coconuts eat cheap knives for breakfast. Also be sure to have some one standing by un case of a coco-mishap.
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Be safe, and Keep It Live!
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Recently I prepared an in home dinner for 4 in Jacksonville, Florida. I have to say this is one of my favorite ways of introducing people to the magic of living foods. I’ve done a few these dinners in the past they all have been a great success. Most of the time there is a skeptic in the bunch or at least someone who doubts they will enjoy or feel satisfied with the meal. So far I’ve been able to leave everyone satiated, satisfied and smiling. Now there’s no telling whether or not they throw a pot pie in the microwave or thaw out a pizza once I’m out the door.
Thai Miso Soup
The menu from the other evening began with Thai style miso soup. Here’s the basic procedure:
- Start by warming 3 Cups filtered water on the stove, not boiling just hot to touch.
- Transfer the water to a blender. I had brought my Vitamix but any blender will do.
- Add 3 T of unpasteurized miso. I used my favorite chick pea miso from South River Miso to make the broth. Add 1/2 an avocado, 1/2 or a full bell pepper (yellow preferred), 1 T of Thai Curry Spice from Mountain Rose Herbs,1-2 cloves of garlic, 2 t lime juice and 1-2 t of fresh ginger..
- Blend for for 30 seconds.
- Cut up some fresh basil add to blender and blend for 5 seconds.
- Pour into cups and add fresh cucumber batons, shredded carrot and bell pepper chunks.
- Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.
Next on the menu was a veggie medley Pad Thai creation. I used kelp noodles from Sea Tangle Noodle Co., spiralized zucchini and carrots and diced jicama to make the noodles. The sauce consisted of:
- almond butter
- unpasteurized miso
- lemon juice
- olive oil
- palm sugar
- hot pepper
Pad Thai with Almond Miso Sauce
I’m a big fan of this sauce. To me it’s good enough to drink straight. After I blend up a batch I swish water in the bottom of the blender and drink what’s left. Nothing goes to waste in the live food kitchen.
Dessert was the next order of business. I like to keep things delicious and easy at these dinner parties. I chose to make a mango banana sorbet. The sorbet is a easy 1, 2 recipe… 1. cut up and freeze fruit 2. pass frozen fruit through a masticating juicer with the blank plate… done.
I did make a special sauce to top the sorbet with. It was an agave cinnamon sauce. It consisted of:
- maple syrup
- almond butter
- agave powder
I blended this mixture and put it in a squirt bottle. The agave came across very sweet to me and in the future I’d probably make this again with soaked dates or palm sugar instead of agave… regardless, it was still delicious! Schedule a Dinner Experience in your home today.
Mango Banana Sorbet
Reishi Pau d'Arco Tea
We’re rocking and rolling along under sunny and frigid conditions here in the great North. How cold? -33C or -27F to be exact. This is the kind of cold where you have to plug your car in at night so it will start in the morning or even at midday. At this temp it’s too cold to snow and steam bellows out of the doors of homes when you step outside. We’ve been minimizing our outdoor time and maximizing our relaxation time. Light yoga gets us moving and keeps us loose.
On day 3: 1 hot lemon water, 2 juices, 4 hot teas and a warm miso soup with garlic and lemon.
We also took some Colosan after our first mornings juice. The intent was to clean out our GI tract and prevent some detox discomfort. In the past the Colosan really cleaned house for me, but this time it was mildly effective. It kicked in after 6 hours sending running to the bathroom and did its job. Don’t worry, I didn’t take pictures.
As I write this on Day 4, both Heathy and I are in good spirits and full of energy. There’s talk of orange, grapefruit, lemon juice today. That will give me a taste of home.
What up Mayor Daley?
Greetings from my favorite city in the States… Chicago. Last week I shared the drive with my parents from Jacksonville, FL all the way up the Chicago. Since arriving the weather has been amazing and I’ve had some super cool experiences. On Friday I dined at Cousin’s Incredible Vitality with my dad and some good friends. I loved the eggplant antipasta so much that I came back the next day for some more. This past Saturday I attended the dedication of the first certified organic rooftop farm in the US. It was on the roof of Uncommon Ground Cafe on the Northside of Chicago. Mayor Richard M. Daley gave a nice speech and cut the green ribbon. That evening I prepared dinner for a group of friends… the menu included guacamole a la Angie, marinaded portabellos, kelp noodles with an orange ginger almond sauce and pesto bell pepper boats.
Also on Saturday July 18th I’m scheduled to do a live food demo and dinner in Burr Ridge…
Good times in Chi-Town!
Part 3 in the epic saga of Crust, Filling and Chocolate Sauce. May the Bliss be with you.
1/2 C agave
2 T cacao powder
1 T mesquite powder
1 T lucuma
1 T carob
2 t agave powder
1 T coconut oil
pinch of salt
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
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.