Friday night we had dinner at Cafe Samana with Brian and Megan. I think Megan and I will be great foodie friends! Then Megan and I headed to Whole Foods for a raw food class with Denise of Raw Intentions. Great tasting do-able recipes and always a new tidbit to learn.
Saturday morning we headed to the Farmer's Market and to Natural Farms to pick up our co-op share. I love pictures of fruit and vegetables. The colors are amazing. This is a picture of my "pharmacy!"
I picked up Mom and we headed out for a delightful afternoon. We went to lunch at Dilly Deli and Mom loved the activity of the area, checked out the Gadget Company, a stop at Mecca Coffee for gadgets, and then Stitches for buttons and a new pattern.
Then . . . yes! time to play in the kitchen!
I love my new Matthew Kenney book, Everyday Raw Express, and picked his Zucchini and Avocado Tartar to be my first creation.
This is a nice combination of ingredients and makes a nice presentation when put in a tube so it is plated like a round column. And it tastes great. Thanks MK for another great recipe!
This basil is just beautiful and makes my kitchen smell great. Pretty as a picture!
Next, Watermelon Mango Soup. This is one of my weekend favorites.
Great summer raw soup. Anything with watermelon in it is good to me! I just love watermelon any way I can get it! So this soup is already on my favorite list. Thanks Denise!
A red cabbage in the refrigerator was jumping out of it's skin just asking to become a slaw. So how could I not??
Simple easy slaw with red cabbage, carrots, and red peppers. Slaw goes with anything!! Which brings me to the next picture, my dinner!
What a great meal to end a great day!!!
Of course the weekend wouldn't be complete without at least one dessert. But two. . . whewhooo! Both are courtesy of Raw Intention classes at Whole Foods.
First up, Chocolate Mint Ice Cream. OMG . . . need I say more?
This is my second time to make this. Last time I just left the whole batch in a bowl in the freezer. It was so rock hard that I actually broke a knife trying to dish it out! So this time after making it in the ice cream maker, I put the remaining ice cream in a muffin pan, froze it, then removed the individual servings onto a plate to store in the freezer. This is very rich and a small serving is more than enough. I loved it with a fresh strawberry. This is a dessert worthy for company.
And lastly, I made a Chocolate Chia Pudding. It is like a chocolate tapioca. Chia gels when added to liquid and has a wonderful consistency. Chia seeds are amazing. They are a nutritional powerhouse with a lengthy list of benefits: Omega 3, fiber, antioxidant and rich in essential fatty acids. Click this link for the real scoop on chia seeds. I love them. I put them in smoothies, make a "cereal" out of them, crackers, and now chocolate pudding!
Man I love raw food . . .
And, RAWking in the kitchen!