Saturday, December 24, 2016

Two Festive Raw Food Recipes For Christmas

For many people Christmas is the most beautiful time of the year. If you went to Tokyo, Singapore, Warsaw, Sydney or New York today one thing that would definitely strike you would be the Christmas decor and the festive spirit that unites people around the Christmas tree even if they aren't Christians. No other holiday has a power to do this. Christmas tree, candles, carols, and the smell of spices... Most beautiful childhood memories... 


To celebrate I always create something special. Some recipes are very elaborate, some very simple. Here are two recipes that you may want to try out. 

~ Festive Raw Cacao Truffles ~

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups medjol dates, soaked in water until soft
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, soaked in water until soft
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao 
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao butter (melted in water bath)
  • 1 1/2 raw almond flour
  • juice of 1/2 orange (use more if needed)
  • 1 Tbsp mixed spices: allspice, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, dried ginger, cardamom 
  • 1/2 tsp organic vanilla essence 
  • 1 tsp freshly grated organic orange peel 
  • 1/2 tsp Celtic salt
  • coconut flakes for garnish (optional)
  • almond flour mixed with spices for garnish (optional)

Method: 
  • In a food processor combine dates, apricots, almond flour, and cacao butter. Process until well blended. Add salt and mixed spices and blend again.
  • Divide the fruit mass into two equal halves in order to make two kinds of raw chocolates. 
  • In a bowl mix half of the fruit mass with 2 Tbsp raw cacao. Add orange juice, pinch of mixed spices, orange peel and the vanilla extract. Mix well. If the "dough" is too flowing, add a little more almond flour. If it is too hard, add a little water from soaking dates. Understand that the consistency depends almost entirely on the quality of your dried fruits. Some are plumper and juicer than others.
  • Take about 1 Tbsp of the "dough" and roll out a small ball. Continue until you finished the "dough." Roll each chocolate in a mixture of almond flour and spices. Place chocolates on a tray and refrigerate for about an hour. 
  • Mix the second half of the fruit mass with raw cacao and spices. Add more almond flour if the mass is too flowing. If it is too hard, add a little water from soaking the dates. 
  • Use about 1 Tbsp of the "dough" for each chocolate. Garnish ready chocolates with raw coconut flakes. Place chocolates on the tray and refrigerate for about an hour.
  • Remove chocolates from the fridge, arrange on a platter and serve right away. Enjoy in good company!



~ Gingerbread Spiced Raw Date Butter ~

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups medjol dates, soaked in water until soft and well drained
  • 1 Tbsp gingerbread spices (use more if you prefer)
  • 1 Tbsp freshly pressed lemon juice
  • pinch Celtic sea salt
  • 1/3 cup raw almond or walnut butter (optional)


Method:
  • In a food processor blend dates into a smooth paste. Make sure that all pits are removed before you start your food processor or blender.
  • Add all the gingerbread spice, lemon juice and nut butter, and blend again. 
  • Transfer the ready date butter into a jar and refrigerate. Use generously on raw breads, with crispy apples wedges, in smoothies or simply eat it straight out of the jar. Enjoy in good company!

Tip: Both, the raw confections and the ginger spiced date butter are extremely perishable. Make small batches, consume quickly and keep refrigerated all the time.

Wishing everybody a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May this be a Feast of Peace and Light for you and your loved ones! ~ In radiant health, passionately raw ~ Dominique


 Merry Christmas!

Dominique Allmon©2016


   



Monday, December 19, 2016

Announcing: The Passionately Raw 2017 Wall Calendars

One of the joys of any blogger is to see your works published and sold. With a dwindling popularity of raw food recipe book may not always be the right choice, but a colorful raw food calendar might make a difference, if not in a cooking pot than at least on the kitchen wall. 

http://www.redbubble.com/people/sweetdominique/calendars/23422509-raw-food-lovers-2017-monthly-wall-calendar?asc=u&c=592193-calendars
 Raw Food Lovers 2017 Monthly Wall Calendar

When I started this blog years ago the first thing I wanted to do was to have a raw food calendar printed, but this project proved too costly in the past. Like many other foodies every year I bought a food themed wall calendar especially for my kitchen. In 2017 there will be one designed by me!

By pure chance I discovered the RedBubble which is an Australian marketplace for print on demand and so, my dream to have my own calendar printed came true. In fact, I couldn't resist the temptation and created two wall calendars for raw food lovers and one for any vegan or vegetarian who loves pumpkins. 

http://www.redbubble.com/people/sweetdominique/calendars/23422509-raw-food-lovers-2017-monthly-wall-calendar?asc=u&c=592193-calendars
Raw Food Lovers 2017 Monthly Wall Calendar, back

When I finally got my Raw Food Lovers calendar in the mail I was positively surprised at the quality of the the print and the paper on which my photographs were printed. A decision was made right away! There will be a raw food lovers calendar every year. But will it sell? This question can be answered objectively only by those who need a wall calendar. I consulted two friends. 

Pro
  • beautiful images
  • fantastic quality 
  • great inspiration to a healthier lifestyle
  • not a mass market item 
  • spiral bound
  • not too large - width 11.7" (about 30cm) height 16.5" (about 42 cm)
  • clutter free - no holidays of any kind marked in the calendar
  • perfect for individualists who want to mark their own important dates
  • with $23.00 - great value for money

Contra
  • calendar does not have the popular holidays marked in it
  • there are no moon phases marked in the calendar 
  • if someone does not like veggies they will not like this
  • too small
  • cheaper offers on the market

What can I say? I am actually happy that for the first time my calendar is not crowded with Australian, British, Canadian, American, or Indian banking holidays. I will put my own mark on it and celebrate what really matters to me. This will take a little effort, but can be done in no time. 

Missing moon phases... If you are living in accordance with the moon phases this calendar is not for you, unless of course, you want to mark the moon phases yourself or wish to consult another calendar. This might be time consuming. 

http://www.redbubble.com/people/sweetdominique/calendars/23496685-passionately-raw-2017-monthly-wall-calendar-for-raw-food-lovers?asc=u&c=592193-calendars
Passionately Raw 2017 Monthly Wall Calendar

For each calendar sold I will receive a small royalty. Not enough money to finance my recipe book project, but enough to donate it to good causes. Each image in the calendar is copyrighted, of course, but can also be purchased as a greeting card or a notebook. RedBubble ships worldwide.


In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique 

To see the entire collection please click here


      



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