I love Raw Food and Natural Health. I work mostly as a private Chef, around Tokyo (Kanto area) and Osaka (Kansai area) Japan. I am part of small community and we have a website that it is all about the Art of Raw Food and Healthy Living
I was at the Queen Victoria Market yesterday and I had a chat with an Organic farmer who is also obseesed with peas. Who would have thought? The coversation started off with how meditative it was to shell peas for an hour or so… and how it could also be agitating if you were a type that had no patience for shelling peas. I asked him if he had any tips for people who like to plant peas. He said: “Organic gardeners eager to plant vegetables after a long winter must add peas to the garden plot. Peas grow quickly and aren’t bothered by many pests or diseases.”
So, if you have the time and the space, go ahead and plant peas in your garden. As for me, I was lucky enough to pick some up from Prahan Market just in time to make lunch for my friends. Oh and guess what! It is a beautiful sunny day here in Melbourne Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
You’re keeping your nutritional needs met in good shape at home now that you’ve worked out a diet that includes all the elements required for good health. You’ve also found the best stores and online sites where you can find them, and you’ve become pretty expert at preparing them, even the sprouts that play such an important role in balancing your nutritional requirements. However, you’re hitting the road now, and you don’t want to waver from your raw-foods diet. Also, you don’t want to jeopardize your health because you might not be able to obtain the nutritional elements your body needs. Following are ten foods to take with you so you can be sure to stay healthy.
1. Bee Pollen: Bee pollen packs a load of nutrition in a small package. Pollen can provide the following nutritional support when you’re traveling:
Assure that your diet includes all major nutritional components.
Improve physical and intellectual output.
Strengthen resistance to disease.
Heal disorders such as those in the gastrointestinal system, glands, and vital organs.
Restore equilibrium to all bodily functions.
Cleanse by eliminating sludge and waste materials.
If you’ve never eaten bee pollen before, test it out for sensitivity. If you’re extremely sensitive to bee stings, you may have a reaction when it gets into your system. Try just a small amount and be prepared to take an antihistamine in case you do get a strong reaction and go to the emergency room if you find yourself in respiratory distress. If you don’t have a reaction, try a little more the next day, increasing how much you’re getting up to a teaspoonful. If you haven’t reacted after five days, you are probably not going to have a problem with it.
When buying fresh fruits, select fruits that are fresh, plump, firm without any bruises, pits or black spots. It is always best to select seasonal fruits like summer fruits in summer months and winter fruits in winter months, as they are rich in nutrients, full of flavor and inexpensive in season. Store them in the refrigerator until eaten and consume within a week. Generally, the brighter the color of the fruit, the more nutrients present in them. So select apples that are well colored, red, pink, golden yellow, or green, grapes that are well colored and firmly attached to green stems, mangoes that are bright yellow or red, bananas that are firm with rich yellow color without any spots or bruises, watermelons that are bright green, cantaloupes or rock melons with yellow or creamy underside, berries that are brightly colored, fresh and firm without any mold or leaking juices, etc. If they are underripe, place them in a brown paper bag at room temperature until ripened and then place them in the refrigerator.
I remember going strawberry picking with my dad, sister and my brother when we were young in New Zealand. It was always a real treat when my dad said to us that we could eat as many as we like while picking the strawberries at the strawberry farm. The most beautiful part for me now is the smell. The smell of strawberries always takes me back to my childhood. It always has a refreshing spring smell and look. Besides these qualities, strawberries have the following benefits:
*Strawberries are bright shiny red heart shaped fruits with a sweet fragrance. There are over 600 varieties of strawberries that belong to the genus Fragaria and family Rosaceae that vary in size, flavor, color and shape.
*The cultivated varieties are large while the wild varieties are generally smaller in size. Wild strawberries have a more intense flavor than cultivated varieties.
*They are soft, plump and succulent with a sweetish sour taste. Ripe strawberries give out a very sweet aroma.
*The size varies from 2 cm to 5 cm in length. Color varies from bright red to deep pink, to deep orange depending on the variety. Shape varies from large heart shaped to elongated and pointy to small roundish to oval shapes.
Some have are sweeter while others are more sour, but overall they are more sour than sweet.
*The bright red shiny outer skin has numerous yellow specks on it, which are actually the seeds, and strawberry is actually a cluster of these tiny fruits. And the edible ‘fruit’ part of strawberry is a false fruit, meaning it is not grown from the ovaries like the other fruits, but the fleshy part that holds the ovaries.
Bartlett Pears with Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce and Spiced Ginger Cream (raw)
Pistachio Loaf is a dense breakfast loaf speckled with beautiful pale green crushed raw pistachios and has a chewy texture. Served with raw strawberry jam and smooth and creamy raw cashew nut milk, it makes a scrumptious, healthy, raw vegan breakfast.
I have to say that a very special lady inspired me to make this recipe. It is because of her wonderful loving sweet conscious presence during the making of this recipe and styling – photography that such joy emanates from the pictures. I hope you enjoy these sweet moment with Monique, pistachio “bread”, fresh strawberry jam & a delicious glass of cashew milk. Some moments are just meant to share with heartfelt warmth.
Serves about 4 people
For the Pistachio Loaf:
2 cups almond flour
1 cup warm water
1 Tsp live nutritional yeast
1 cup raw pistachios, soaked, dried and slightly crushed
Thick and creamy soup prepared with fresh local ears of young sweet corn, celery, carrots and young coconut water topped with diced cherry tomatoes and Italian parsley with a sprinkle of fresh crushed black pepper. Its natural sweet taste and creamy-chewy texture is just like the one of a country corn soup. Gabrielle was finishing work a little early today, and so I thought I should get something special ready for her. For inspiration I went to a the local farmers’ market to see what was happening. And there they were, smiling at me! A little early in the season a farmer was beaming with his young sweet corn. Perfect!
When I surprised her with this lovely creamy and refreshing soup, decorated with a corn flower (the purple flower) she said these words: “Purple and yellow, my favorite colors. Corn is such a treat but where did you find these treats so early in the season ?” “It’s a secret”, I replied. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Smooth and creamy raw chocolate mousse served with semi-frozen raspberries is a perfect combination of raw chocolate and fresh, healthy raspberries and a perfect ending to any meal, or even when lounging around and looking for something refreshing but yet naughty.
This is a raw vegan version of the classic French Vanilla ice cream but without any dairy products. It has a smooth creamy texture, nutty flavor and a not too sweet melt-in-the-mouth taste. It is sure to please anyone’s taste buds. Try it and you will never miss the dairy-containing French Vanilla ice cream again.
Mediterranean sushi is very similar to the original sushi in the way that it is presented but it has an entirely different and a standalone taste. It is completely vegan, made with unique vegetables like Lebanese eggplants, violin heads, and organic brown rice.