Okay, so this is technically a pre-raw warm-up (haha, warm up, is that a pun?). I made a carrot/tomato/miso soup to see how I'd feel about it all, thick with pumpkin seeds and bowl-licking good, and so....
I jumped in headfirst. Would you look at that? It looks like a deep-sea fish it's so pretty. A lot of green, but worth it. The sprouted chickpea hummous in those wraps kept me going for snack times for the first few days, and the minty cucumber dressing from Vegan World Fusion doubled as a salad topper and a soup, before spoiling way too fast as these enzymic dishes are wont to do. Alas, alas!
Avocado was also a life-saver, as I never felt warmer or more satisfied than after a meal that incorporated it. I mashed this one up with rice vinegar, soy sauce and ginger, and made showy crunchy (astoundingly good) sushi rolls. And a fruit salad with loquat and date syrup beside it.
Lunch day 2: Zucchini bites with spicy hummous, a salad of shredded carrot, red pepper, soaked walnuts and red wine vinegar (yum!!), and broccoli tossed with cucumber dressing.
Dinner that night was my first green smoothie. I will admit I thought it the concept very strange at first, at least before I took my first sip. Is it totally an unabashedly weird that I love the taste of green things in my smoothie now? It adds a neat texture and a resonant kind of garden note that makes it more of a meal to me. Especially wonderful with banana and pomegranate juice, I might add.
Dinner 3: My attempt at flatbread without a dehydrator resulted in (of course) a lot of prematurely fuzzy food, but there was a small grace period where it was semi-firm enough to eat as bread and I made little sandwiches with homemade sumac tahini cheese, and some green beans tossed with organic stone-ground mustard and lemon.
Lunch day 5: Possibly in the top 5 sandwiches I've ever eaten, is this Haiku Wrap from Juliano's contribution to The Complete Book of Raw Food. It has avocado mashed with garlic, ginger and lemon topped with wakame, mustard, pickle, burdock, bell pepper, onion, corn and shoyu - and it's a magical, magical combination. (carrot slaw with sprouted peanuts keeping the sammiches upright on either side).
Dinner 5: Another one of those raw standbys I never understood (like the green smoothie), was the zucchini pasta thing, but you know what? It's pasta-like, and not salad-like as I thought it would be! Really good, actually, enough to repeat it later. And the things that look like eggs are crunchy turnip slices topped with nut cheese.
Lunch 6: Cabbage burrito-wraps with cumin and chili sunflower pate inside (along with corn and tomatoes and green onions and things). With a side of Pringle lookalikes (but really it's delicious turnip) and nut cheese again for my new favourite take on nachos. Soaking the slices in cold water gives them the perfect chip shape and makes them sweeter, too!
And that's not to say there were no sweets! I made some tahini-geranium cookies, that I could upload but they look pretty much like little brown discs. The brownies are gorgeous, though! I ground up some sprouted and dried buckwheat into flour and combined it with dates, ground almonds, walnuts, carob powder, salt and vanilla and proceeded to nom NOM NOM them up because they were so amazing!! I highly recommend the buckwheat flour thing, I have a container of the sprouts in my freezer right now and it gives things a more cake-like texture than the usual wodgy raw dessert texture.
And here's a plate full of desserts I took to a raw potluck last night. Clockwise from the top left are salty sunflower seed cookies, then those buckwheat brownies with a banana-fudge frosting, then coconut-cashew-agave crusted pear tarts with gojis on top, and finally like orange & clove oatmeal raisin cookies! So much fun, and so easy to just make a few servings of anything, and experiment all over the place! I definitely got into the habit of whizzing up just a single cookie for after lunch sometimes when I needed something for my sweet tooth.