Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Un-cooked

I've been eating a higher percentage of raw food in my diet since our Greek vacation. Fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch. Not everyday because I'm lazy and shiz. I've long been interested in raw food recipes. Recipes beyond you're smoothies and salads. Actually I think I began flipping through raw food books before I became vegan. It was all very fascinating but it sounded too hard. It still seems a little challenging to me. Probably because it's not familiar yet and my husband is not into going raw so I have to sneak bits in here and there. Mostly it's been tasty, not that I've made a lot.

Let's start with what I'm not really into so far. Savory cream soups. I've tried a couple and although I like the ingredients separately together the flavor is almost too rich. It might be something I'll like later but next I think I'll try a more veggie broth type soup and see if I like that.
This one did come out pretty though.
Ani Phyo's Garlic Walnut Soup

Ok, I know I said more than salads but I love salads so I made one.
Wilted Spinach Salad with Marinated Onions in Mustard Seed Dressing
I loved this. Ate a big ol' bowl full myself. Oh this is another Ani recipe. If you have the book then make it.

So I've mostly focused on deserts. Who doesn't like desserts. Raw deserts are soooo nice.
I had some figs so I made Fresh Mission Fid and Pear Tart. This has a cookie kinda crust. I had a hard time not eating all of this before I pressed it into the pan. It's a little ugly due to laziness. I wanted dessert fast and didn't want to press it nicely.
I made this one a while ago. The Real Cheezecake. This is so rich but oh so good.

Like I said, I'm new to this but I'm going to keep going for it. I have a few raw books now but for this post I'm going to recommend Ani's Raw Food Kitchen. It's full of tasty looking recipes and great information.


Anonymous said...

Those desserts look awesome! Especially the tart. Yum.

Anonymous said...

Everything looks really good. I also really like Ani's book (but all the pictures of her get annoying...). I was doing a lot more raw this summer, but now that it's really cold again I've been moving into more seasonal stuff. I'm regretting the figs aren't in season anymore because I want to make that tart!

Sanja said...

I've been trying to incorporate more raw food into my diet as well. Your dishes look delicious!

aTxVegn said...

I made that spinach salad and I loved loved loved the onions and dressing. Thanks for reminding me to make that again.

Anonymous said...

The desserts look great as does the salad. I also tried to eat more raw food during summer and it was really great.

Ginger said...

holy cow, it's like the universe is knocking at my door right now! i've been incorporating more raw as well and it's been popping up like mad for me everywhere i go. i will buy this book asap. i have a raw tomato soup recipe on my blog (recipe column on the right) that was really good...not creamy though.
i just tried raw hummus yesterday and didn't like it so i made regular hummus today. after reading this post i want to make some raw desserts though. the great thing is that you don't ever have to feel guilty when you're eating raw because it's all real make all the desserts you want!

did you have to use a dehydrator for that cheesecake crust? that's a big challenge for me.

Anonymous said...

The dessert chapter is, without fail, always the first place I turn to in raw cookbooks!

Anonymous said...

Mustard seed dressing sounds amazing - no wonder you ate a big bowl of that salad!

Great job with your raw desserts and meals.

The beverages in Ani Phyo's book are all quite tasty.

Vegan_Noodle said...

Glad you posted this!! I'm going to try more and incorporate raw foods and I just bought that book!! Would love to know what your favorites are.... I'm doing a raw food day for mofo next week!

Bethany said...

I like raw foods, but not when they are super rich. which is probably why I don't like the desserts so much or anything w/ a ton of nuts in them.

I like raw foods best when they are light. Probably why I love salads so much.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a big fan of raw desserts, but that cheesecake looks crazy good.