Wow, another weekend nearly gone – scary! But, it was a great weekend and thanks to the raw fair yesterday, my Amazon wishlist has grown a bit more with exotic raw ingredients – cacao powder, lucuma powder, chia seeds, maca powder and yacon powder. Not cheap stuff, but I’m stocking my pantry a little at a time as I broaden the variety of recipes. I am feeling great after a mostly raw weekend and am thankful that the wide range of new raw foods I sampled yesterday agreed quite nicely with me. :-)
I tried another recipe from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen this weekend, her Spanish Scramble and I was thrilled the end result looked very much like the beautifully artistic picture in the book which I think I’d get extra points for on Raw Iron Chef … if there was a Raw Iron Chef.
Technically this is supposed to be a hearty breakfast recipe, but it looked like a pleasing dinner since I’m not a huge big breakfast person. The recipe takes her Save-the-Chicks almond/sunflower seed based pate and blends it with tomato, onions and cilantro scooped onto a bed of greens and the color and texture of the pate looks very much like scrambled eggs with yellow turmeric blended in. The pate itself was simple and quick to make in the Vita-Mix, no nut soaking required. Then just chop some veggies and toss them in.
The flavor was great, especially when topped generously with fresh cracked pepper. I made a large, 4 serving batch and had one serving right away. It was good fresh, but the nuts were still a bit crunchy since they weren’t soaked, not a big deal. But I let the rest sit in the fridge overnight in a sealed container and had another serving for lunch the next day and I swear it tasted a little better, the nuts were softer and spices seemed better distributed and tasted even more like eggs. It should keep fine in the fridge for 4 days and is a great recipe to make over the weekend for lunches the following week.
Hmm, a raw version of Iron Chef would rock though … why isn’t there such a show or any vegan show on Food Network? Or maybe just a couple of vegan and raw vegan themed episodes? There’s a show dedicated to nothing but Rachael Ray’s vacations, but no raw?! I think Food Network needs to rename themselves to BBQ Network, it seems every time I flip to it I hit a BBQ show, every episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate is BBQ and/or steak … except Paula Dean who seems to equally favor using 67 lbs. of sugar and butter. I’d love to see Alton tackle raw recipes in Good Eats and explain his take on cooking and nutrient loss.