Archive for March 2010

A Very Special Lunch

March 30, 2010
Steven Fowkes & Chef Joni Sare

Steven Fowkes & Chef Joni Sare

 

We went on Saturday to a very interesting luncheon talk held in Sunnyvale. The topic was  related to health, and the host, Steven Fowkes, shared information about how the brain works, how our bodies process foods, and how to recognize what our bodies need as we journey through life. Although not a pure raw foodist, Steven and his wife Ann do eat some raw, and the wonderful chef, Joni Sare, who prepared our lunch, is knowledgeable about nutrition from all angles. She made a sterling lunch of incredible edibles, and Steve Fowkes made a killer non-gluten brownie. None of the lunch was raw, but it was terrific, and again made us aware of how important it is to allow ourselves to be on a Journey to Raw…not fanatically “there”.  

We have pictures that accompany the description of ingredients for the lunch, and should you be interested in the Dialog Dinners or lunches, you can contact Joni Sare at 925-381-8498 or visit her site: www.jonisare.com or Steven Fowkes at 650-321-2374.  His site is: www.ceri.com  Well worth the time!  

   

   

Starter:

   

  

Coconut Vegetable Soup

Coconut Vegetable Soup

 

• Coconut Vegetable Soup w/panch phoran, infused with kefir lime leaves
   


  

Main Course:  

Spiced Potatoes and Zucchinis

Spiced Potatoes and Zucchinis

 

• Spiced  Potatoes and Zucchinis w/mint, cilantro and lime  

   

• Lemon Rice  

Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice

 

• Indian Spiced Broccoli  

Indian Spiced Broccoli

Indian Spiced Broccoli

 


  

   

• Steve Fowkes Famous Coconut Oil Brownies  

Coconut Oil Brownies

Coconut Oil Brownies

 

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My Worst Nightmare Green Smoothie

March 28, 2010
Green Swamp Sludge Smoothie

Green Swamp Sludge Smoothie

This is a story of what Not To Do when making a Green Smoothie. This morning I decided to try something different. We had some purple kale which was on its last legs. We also had some left-over salad greens from the night before. Kathleen insisted that we keep the tough stems on the kale – which I usually remove.

I started with my usual ginger and lemon wedge combination in water with a little sweetener (honey). I blended this. Yumm, tasted good!  I then added a few soaked almonds and a tablespoon of coconut oil. I was hoping that the oil would emulsify, but of course it did not.

Well, by now I was committed. I stuffed the aging, yellowing greens into the vitamix topped off with a nice yellow papaya and an apple. I then added my usual frozen banana, ice and more water. Hit the Blend Button and Voila!  Absolute swamp sludge! My Worst Nightmare Green Smoothie!

I tried to doctor it up by adding some coriander and cinnamon to hide the swamp taste. I am trying to drink it as I write this, but I can only hope that tomorrow will bring a better green smoothie day!

Pomelo Green Smoothies Rule!

March 27, 2010
Pomelo Green Smoothie

Pomelo Green Smoothie

This morning when I got up I didn’t know what I was going to make for my daily green smoothie. We were out of our usual mangoes and the kale was used up last night in making delicious Kale Chips. Then I spotted a lonely pomelo sitting in the corner. YUUUMMM I thought! I could make a Pomelo Green Smoothie! I hadn’t had one in a long time! If you don’t know what a pomelo is, it is sort of like a grapefruit but meatier and sweeter.

Here’s the recipe I made up. First I put about 12 ounces of water into the Vitamix blender. I added a tablespoon of honey. Next I trimmed a small one inch piece of ginger, I added about one quarter of a lemon skin and all. I blended this up.

Pomelo Green Smoothie

Pomelo Green Smoothie

Next I peeled the thick skin from the pomelo. Then I peeled an orange and a banana. I next prepared about three cups of spinach and parsley. I put the greens into the blender, added the fruit, and then added a cup of ice. I blended for about a minute.

This drink is so good it should be patented! ENJOY!

– Steve

Sharing With Others on the Raw Food Journey

March 26, 2010

We had a delightful dinner last night with friends who have also embarked on the raw food journey. First we toured their garden. Gorgeous! They have made a special vegetable garden with raised beds where there are lots of good veggies that will grow to provide abundantly in a couple months. Interspersed with the rest of the garden, healthy arugula plants grow. There is swiss chard peaking out behind flowers, and mint creeping along with parsley and other wonderful hidden treasures. Their granddaughter calls it the magic fairy garden, and she picks fresh veggies off the fine and eats them when they’ve grown. If only more children had that opportunity!

The dinner speaks for itself in the pictures Steve took, and the sorbet after was simply yummy. So much of the raw food movement has to do with beautiful presentation. The honoring of our food with beautiful dishes and arrangements is something we all seem to naturally want to do. The raw food lifestyle is a very sensuous one, and it is so delicious to enjoy the meal not only with our taste buds, but with our eyes as well. Sharing with others who are investigating this path makes it even more fun, and we are finding so many people interested, curious, and recognizing that it’s time to do something different for better health and for the rejuvenating effects that smoothies and the raw food lifestyle offers.

Sorbet Dessert

Sorbet Dessert

Along the lines of  being aware of what we are eating, Jamie Oliver’s American Food Revolution will premiere Friday evening on ABC from 8-10PM. I saw the sneak preview Sunday night, and it promises to be worth viewing. He’s gone to the town in West Virginia that has statistically the worst health and obesity issues in the country. He’s working with the school lunch program in one grammar school to see if he can introduce healthy eating, and will do the same with a very overweight family who asked for his help. Since he was able to turn around the whole lunch program in all of England by doing the same thing several years ago, this should be a really fascinating series that brings lots of information about nutrition and healthy eating habits. Even though it isn’t about raw food, it’s about food consciousness. And that can only be good!

Brainwashed in America

March 25, 2010

A friend visited this morning and told me about her husband, who had recently been hospitalized for congestive heart failure. He is also diabetic and overweight. He’d recently gotten off diet Pepsi, which he was addicted to, and been drinking a Vita Water drink instead, and had lost weight and had his blood sugar drop significantly. While in the hospital, he was given pancakes for breakfast each morning with a portion of egg that was the size of two quarters. The rationale for the pancakes was that there was syrup that had reduced sweetener. In addition, when he wrote down the things he had been eating for the dietician, she got very upset that he was drinking Vita Water, claiming it was the worst thing on the market, and that he should go back to diet pepsi, because it was perfectly fine for him. When his wife commented that aspartame is shown to have negative effects on the body, the dietician said, “Oh, no…it is just fine.” When I heard this, I was FURIOUS. If you look at the studies done with aspartame, you will see that it binds fat cells together and causes retention of water. In studies with lab rats, this has been proven without a shadow of a doubt.

My friend was frustrated because since her husband got out of the hospital and went back to diet Pepsi, he has regained the same bulbous stomach he had before switching to Vita Water. His blood sugar also increased. What part of this doesn’t western medicine understand? Do you see why it is SO IMPORTANT to do the research about our bodies and NOT be brainwashed by the straight medical community? They don’t have enough training in nutrition, see drugs as the answer to all problems (along with surgery), and do not understand that the FOOD WE EAT is either a healing agent or the great destroyer of our bodies. If you are hooked on diet drinks, do yourselves a favor – go to Dr. Mercola’s website and learn about the effects of artificial sweeteners in “diet” drinks and food. It is eye-opening and quite astounding.

 http://search.mercola.com/Results.aspx?k=aspartame

The bottom line with my friend was that she has done the research and has tried to show it to her husband. He won’t listen. He has told her repeatedly, “My doctor said this is good for me, and he’s a doctor. You aren’t.” End of subject.

How many of us are living our lives and finding our health deteriorating because of information that we were told was true, only later to be proven false? Bottom line is that all the so-called degenerative diseases have a root cause, and most often it can be traced to what we are putting in our bodies, so it is our job to find out WHAT the body wants (not what the invaders like yeast, bad bacteria, and fungus choose) and rebuild our temple on a strong foundation. That is where raw food comes in, and that’s why Steve and I are taking this journey. Here’s to better health and better health choices for all of us! (KJ)

Delving Deeper Into The Raw Food Lifestyle

March 24, 2010
Raw Hummus w/Endive and Raw Corn Chips

Raw Hummus w/Endive and Raw Corn Chips

We’ve had some wonderful successes with the raw food diet, weight reduction being one of the most immediate ones. We are also seeing our skin coming into a healthy glow and feeling better. I have had one area of concern, which I mentioned previously – the elevation of my blood pressure since being on this change of diet. What I am seeing through my research is that many issues crop up that appear worse before they get better, and as the health care practitioner I’m working with told me, the blood pressure medicine I was on is no longer being tolerated by my body. In fact, it is blocking something else that is trying to occur. So, I’m waiting for the new protocol of pills I’m going to experiment with to arrive, and in the meantime, trying to learn all I can about raw food and the why’s of eating this way.

The road to raw is not a straight line. It’s got a lot of twists, turns, and exploration as part of it. Even though we are both very good “cooks”…and food preparers…we still periodically want to return to regular meals and see what happens. We did that last night. We have a favorite Thai organic restaurant, and we had soup and some cooked food, including fish and chicken, and the result was that neither one of us slept very well. I have noted on the nights that we have ONLY raw food, we sleep very well.

I went to Google this morning to try to find some answers to what is causing my blood pressure to suddenly be elevated on this new diet, and found all kinds of links to raw food and videos that show how it has helped multiple numbers of people get off blood pressure meds and how one of the causes of high blood pressure is too much protein in the body. That makes sense. I’ve been a big meat eater all my life. I have never been attracted to junk food, so processed food isn’t a problem, but the meals containing some kind of meat most every night may have been. Plus, until we’ve gone on the raw diet, Steve has been a huge salt lover, and when he cooked, there was a lot of salt in the food, even though we only use sea salt.

The reason I’m even bringing this up is that I see how we can become enthusiastic about something and see results and then see other areas that may not be showing an immediate shift, causing us to question or to become afraid. Unfortunately, there aren’t many physicians around who are raw food advocates, so there is not a great support system for when we question or are concerned about what we are doing. Also, I see that even though we get off most of the things that aren’t good for us, we may go through a period of questioning and trying out things that we used to like to see if they are “okay”. The journey into raw is a process, just like life. We don’t have the magic bullet that immediately brings everything into harmony. It takes time. We didn’t get to the state we’re in overnight, and the repair and regeneration of the body will take time to heal. It has to learn to trust us. After all, we’ve been dumping things into it that are not even real food, so the body wonders if what we are doing is just a momentary fad. Body is extremely intelligent, and is wonderfully forgiving to a very large extent, but there are limits. And rebuilding trust takes time.

I’m taking the rest of the day to read more of the Live Food Factor. I find that rather than being put off by my questions and concerns, I’m wanting to go deeper into finding out about this extraordinary way of eating and being. It has caused me to want to not only find answers, but now also to create a garden of veggies, fruit and herbs that may be a place where other people can also come to work and share in the results of our efforts. In addition, I see that the body is the living temple of the Divine. It is a gift to us that we take for granted, yet if we want to honor our Creator, we need to honor this incredible vehicle we are given. Exploring the questions that arise is only deepening my understanding and commitment to finding the best road possible for continuing excellent health and rejuvenation in mind/body/spirit. So far, I’ve not been disappointed. Now, it’s a process of unraveling the knots and letting the body come into its full potential…one step at a time! (KJ)

Good Food, Good Books!

March 23, 2010

I got a call from my daughter this afternoon – the one with the two-year old. Apparently, Phoebe had a half glass of the first smoothie she tried, but wouldn’t drink any again until her mother followed the formula of 60% fruit, 40% dark leafy green veggies we suggested. She let Phoebe choose the fruit and they put quite a good amount in the drink. The spinach was already in the bottom of the blender, so she didn’t see it, but once the drink was made, my daughter told me that Phoebe wanted two glasses. This for a child who will NOT eat vegetables….and they are vegetarians!

We had friends to dinner last night and made a mostly raw meal, except for Steve’s Lentil Veggie Burgers. He has created a knock out recipe that we’ll post soon. It’s going to be on a recipe page with pictures of each of the dishes…so be patient, we’ll make it available. In the meantime, everyone who tastes our raw food and smoothies is completely taken by them, and we’ve been asked if they can purchase some of the things we make. Oh, my…what next? I am considering buying the large version of the Excalibur dehydrator because we need more for kale chips and the crackers we make. Five shelves is okay for people who don’t make much, but we have been giving crackers and kale to friends who have asked for them, so it appears to be time to ramp up to the next level. Raw Daddy Cones

Veggie Burger

Steve's Veggie Burger

We met friends at the Palo Alto Farmer’s Market today and they tried the Raw Daddy Fun Cones and loved them. If you are in our area, it’s worth going to the market on California Avenue on Sundays and try those cones. I have not yet ordered a dessert cone because I’m hung up on the Thai Veggie cones and Italian Cones – both really good. Steve always gets the polenta mushroom cone and loves the taste – and the price is right. They gave samples of lemonade with ginger drinks – very good, too.

Sampling Purple Kale Chips & Kale Corn Crackers

We got an e-mail from friends who read about the Capay Farms booth on our BLOG where we get our kale, and they found out that the Capay Farm people deliver organic produce to people’s homes where they live. They were thrilled because they’ve been looking for an organic produce delivery – so again it shows how a little networking with links and a comment can bring things to people that they would really like. We gave the Capay Farms people some samples of our Purple Kale Chips and Kale Corn Flax Crackers.

The Live Food Factor

The Live Food Factor

Now for my picks on Raw food books. I have four I’d recommend right now. The first is The Live Food Factor by Susan Schenck. It is a 660 page compendium of the raw food experience, studies that have been done, recipes, different theories from extreme to moderate, and all done with a very readable and informative style. I’ve learned a ton, and I’m still only on page 100!

Green for Life

Green for Life

Green For Life, by Victoria Boutenko is what turned Steve on to the green smoothies. He’s a big fan of the Boutenko’s, and the book is informative and a great introduction to going green.

The Green Smoothies Diet

The Green Smoothies Diet

The Green Smoothies Diet by Robyn Openshaw is another excellent one for showing how to get on the green smoothie program and what to do to make it interesting and manageable. Her style is good, and she has lots of great information and facts that will make you take a second look at what you are eating and how it is truly affecting your body.

The Raw Truth, The Art of Preparing Living Foods

The Raw Truth, The Art of Preparing Living Foods,

We will do a links page and book suggestion page – all to be up soon. However, I thought these four were worth mentioning as good books to consider for your Raw Food library.

Happy Spring, and Good Eating! (KJ)