Monday March 2nd, 2009
I am very tired, and can't think of a witty title, so have decided that unless extreme inspiration strikes, the titles of the blog posts throughout March will be the day and date of the month. Bland, perhaps, but I like to think of it as a base flavour on which to layer the awesomeness of the day and foods consumed therein!!
Today was a good day - tiring, but good. Mondays are my day to make cakes and sweets, and do R&D, for naked espresso in Newtown. Today I made: Carrot Cake Bites from some leftover carrot cake and soy cream cheese - kind of like truffles with a heart of carroty cake goodness; Beesting cake; and version 0.4 of a vegan Vanilla Slice. I'm waiting to hear tomorrow as to whether the vanilla slice set properly - fingers crossed! Can you imagine going to a vegan cafe and getting a pie and a vanilla slice? It's too damned Aussie for words!! Heh.
Tonight I tried an almost raw dish. I took the inspiration from the Vegan World Fusion Cuisine cookbook from Blossoming Lotus - "Aiyah's Garden Living Corn Chowder" (forgive the ridiculous recipe title, just quoting here....)
This thick soup uses a base of corn, with avocado as a thickener, and a little zing from chilli. I changed up the recipe a little.
ZB's Almost Raw Thick Corn Soup
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups corn
- 1 cup avocado
- 1/2 cup celery
- 1/2 cup onion
- 1 tablespoon Braggs
- 1 inch knob ginger, peeled and minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pickled chilli, minced
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 1 can red kidney beans
- 1/2 cup fresh coriander, chopped
Put all of the ingredients, bar the kidney beans and coriander, into a bowl and whizz with an immersion blender until thick and as smooth as possible.
Stir through the kidney beans and chopped coriander. Chill in the fridge and serve chilled.
As I have been doing all of the last week, I accompanied this meal with a ginormous salad.
I've been obsessing with the following salad dressing:
- 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
- 4 tablespoons flaxseed oil
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon Braggs
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
All in all, very happy with my first almost-raw experience, and am looking forward to leftovers tomorrow!