I happened to spot Going Raw by Judita Wignall at the library in the new releases section. The cover art had a picture of stuffed mushrooms, some kind of raw burger with bean sprouts, and an absolutely delicious looking raw fruit salad with apples, nuts, and figs. I was sold just by the cover photo. I also liked the fact that it came with a DVD. This is really a perfect book for raw food beginners because not only does it have amazing recipes that actually look and sound appetizing, you also get video demonstrations of how to prepare the food and use raw food kitchen equipment. There are lots of great color photos and tutorials in the book but some learn better with a less disjointed format and the DVD provides that.
Some of the amazing recipes included are:
Berries and Cream Crepes
Orange-Cranberry Oatmeal Scones
Thai Coconut Soup
Tacos (with a crunchy shell)
Asian Noodles Stir Fry
Coconut Curry Samosas
Trail Mix Energy Bars
Some of the DVD Tutorials:
Making Nut Milks
Using a Spiral Slicer
Opening a Coconut
I give the book a big thumbs up for offering something unique and sticking with high quality recipes. Some of the recipes from other raw food books look like baby vomit or they require ridiculous dehydrating times. This book balances practical with delicious and I think raw foodies and non raw folks alike would really like this particular book. A+
As I mentioned, I got this book from the library but I have added it to my Amazon wishlist.
When I first started eating more raw foods I was using Agave Nectar in many of my raw desserts. That was all the rage at the time. Now of course many raw foodies have reconsidered this sweetener and decided that it is not the healthy sweetener we once were lead to believe. I went back to my old standby… honey. I missed agave though!
But a few weeks back I decided to try a newish sweetener I had never heard of before… Thai Coconut Sugar or crystallized coconut sap sugar. I ordered a 3 pound tub from Raw Food World and quickly dug in. This stuff is heaven on earth! It is so yummy that you can eat it straight out of the tub with a spoon… just as good as chocolate. It can take the place of sugar and any recipe where you may have been using honey or agave. I imagine you can use it in recipes that call for white sugar too, I am just not sure of the ratio. I look forward to playing with it!
This morning I just slathered some on fresh pink grapefruit and it was yummy. In my house growing up we had grapefruit all the time but my mom would sprinkle Equal packets on each half. When I got older and realized what I bad idea Equal was, I went without grapefruit. I didn’t like them with honey and obviously table sugar was out. My husband uses coconut sugar is his coffee with great success. It melts beautifully and acts much coconut oil/butter in that regard. We keep it in the fridge to extend its life.
This sugar is made from the sap of unopened Coconut blossoms. It is not palm sugar! It is thickened under controlled heat to avoid over cooking which would affect the nutrients and acidity. It contains only 12 % sugars, and has a nutritional content far beyond all other available sweeteners; it is high in Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron, it is a natural source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C and amino acids (specially glutamic acid). Extremely low glycemic (35!). All I can say is YUM!
Doesn’t it look like ooey gooey caramel????