Tuesday, July 24, 2012

There was a picnic at the kitchen!

From the red and white check table cloths, to the apple cobbler with ice cream, this was a great picnic!

My chef friend, Denise, owner of the Raw Intentions Kitchen, is just so creative when it comes to food. And the last Dinner and Movie Night she did at the kitchen was no exception! It was over 100 degrees outside, so a picnic inside was in order.

The menu for the night looked incredible and as each course came out of the kitchen we were not disappointed.

First out of the kitchen came the Deviled Eggs and the Crimini Mushrooms. The deviled eggs were made from lemon cucumbers cut in half and stuffed with Denise's phenomenal Eggless Egg Salad. I LOVED these! And my husband was hooked on the Crimini Mushrooms that were stuffed with an avocado mixture. 
You have to admit it, they really look like deviled eggs, right? And they were delicious!!

A Summer Salad arrived next. This was a perfect mix of greens - spring mix, spinach, and watercress, garnished with tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, sprouts and almonds, topped with a wonderful herb dressing.
Next we were served what I think was the most amazing course of the meal: a "basket of goodness" as Denise named it! It came in a red plastic basket that was the perfect presentation for this course. I had to share a basket with my husband and I could have easily coveted the entire basket, along with a few others on the table, all for myself! It even came with honey mustard, ketchup and mayo on the side! I dipped in all of them. 

OK, so check this out...
... starting at the bottom: onion rings, kale chips, sweet potato chips and hiding under the tongs and paper is fried okra. All of these were brilliantly prepared in a dehydrator. I don't even like okra but I sure liked this okra. 

Ah, here's a picture that shows the fried okra...
Seriously, does that not look like fried okra!!! The only thing this course did not need was the tongs, because our fingers worked great!!

Now when you think of a picnic or cookout, hamburgers come to mind. Well, us raw food vegans do not eat meat, or cheese, or even bread, so you would not think that a burger would be part of this meal. But out of the kitchen came the burgers.  I just don't know how she pulls this off! 
This is Denise, explaining to us how the burger, cheese and bun was made along with the ingredients. (She really was not asleep when this picture was taken - but it was the only shot I got so I am using it!!!!) Again, she used the dehydrator to prepare the burger, cheese and bread and it was loaded with all kinds of ingredients. So here is the close up shot. Look at that slice of "cheese!"
I put the ketchup on one side of my bun and the honey mustard on the other side, with all the fixings added. It even dripped like a juicy burger. It was very dense, and very filling, and my plate was totally clean when I finished!!!
Looks good even with a bite out of it! If you look hard you can even see the first drip!

Now it was movie time. The featured presentation was Supercharge Me. This is a documentary about Jenna Norwood's 30 day raw food journey. She is a former public relations consultant turned independent filmmaker, heath educator and raw food chef. The discussion following the movie was very interesting. And those attending the "picnic" shared some of their own stories about their experience of raw food that were very inspiring. 
Of course, no meal is complete without dessert, including a picnic. And this was the perfect ending to a perfect evening. Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon Dulce Ice Cream.
The ice cream was my favorite part of this dessert. And no, there was no dairy in this ice cream.

As usual, I am amazed not only at the benefits of eating a high raw diet, but also at there results of what can be created from combining simple living foods. 

If you are in the Tulsa area, consider attending the next Dinner and Movie night at the Raw Intentions Kitchen. It is on Saturday, August 18th. You will need to make a reservation, and it fills up fast, so watch the website to sign up. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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