We finally picked her up today. Nick had to cuddle her up inside his jacket because it was so cold outside. I melted. She is littler, softer, cuddlier and cuter than I could ever have imagined. We are in love. She’s a Birthday/Christmas doggie. Welcome home Honey <3. (more pictures to come, I have to make a birthday cake tonight. Lemon with strawberry,lemon filling and cream cheese frosting.)
This diet has really put a damper on my food blogging. But the end is near and there are birthday cakes and Christmas cookies in the not so distant future (tomorrows blog).
This is one of the raw/vegan recipes I tried out so far (not nearly as fun as Key Lime Cake). I was interested in the idea of a vegan mayonnaise. While it tastes nothing like real mayo, it is a tasty alternative, kind of like humus. This is a slightly altered version of Gena’s recipe. Check out her blog if your into this kind of stuff, it’s kinda cool to check out raw/vegan alternatives to traditional dishes (Like the raw blt, carrot fries, and “chocolate” pudding)
1 cup cashews, soaked overnight
3 tbsp – ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic
3 tbps Almond milk (or water)
2 tbsp mustard (Gena doesn’t call for mustard but I think it can be a bit bland without it)
Food processor: Blend nuts, garlic and lemon until the mixture is combined. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil until the mix takes on a creamy texture. Check the consistency: if it’s still too thick or coarse, keep blending and drizzle in some almond milk. Keep going until it’s rich and creamy.
For the potato salad:
Boil up and chop some baby red potatoes. Toss them in the vegan mayo, sprinkle on some sea salt and dill.
The game plan is Dec 14-21 “Raw Foods” only. Kind of. We are doing our own variation for a week as sort of a cleanse. Hoping to jump start exercise and weight loss though this change in “food behavior”. For the most part we are only doing raw foods, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds. No dairy, eggs, sugar, caffeine or anything processed. And yes that means I haven’t had coffee today. We may try some cooked vegan meals if I find a recipe I want to try. We ordered our juicer today for those green breakfast drinks.
Dec 21, is Nick’s birthday. We have a big dinner party at Maggiano’s planned. Pasta will be served and wine is a must. We can stop the madness for one day to celebrate my loves birthday. Then we will carry on until Christmas day when I will have my first Filipino Christmas dinner.
So far I am pretty uninspired by the cuisine. I have found a couple good blogs for inspiration that I will add to my list for a few weeks. On the up side the dishes are bright and pretty. I’m looking forward to juicing. Maybe the preparation and specific ingredients involved will make me a better cook in general.
- Breakfast – Fruit smoothie or green smoothie, containing four or five cups fresh fruit and green vegetables, ice, and two to three cups water. (Optional: add one raw egg.)
- Snack – Raw nuts, fresh fruit such as oranges, apples, or pears
- Lunch – Large salad based on green leafy veggies, including three celery stalks, two large tomatoes, any color bell pepper, and avocados, sprinkled with sunflower seeds. Salad dressing can be a drizzle of cold-pressed olive oil and/or freshly squeezed orange juice.
- Snack – Four cups berries, or pineapple, or three peaches
- Dinner – Spinach salad, with baby spinach leaves, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, and orange segments. Freshly made vegetable juice containing mostly green veggies.
- Dessert or Evening Snack – Ten raw pecans or walnuts, banana
- Beverages – As much water as you’d like, freshly squeezed fruit juices, freshly made vegetable juices
Do you know anything about raw diets?
I came across this recipe while I was in Georgia for work. A woman who works in the Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Benning made it for the Sgt. Major. He was raving about her “green cake” begging her to make another one. I was surprised by the ingredients and couldn’t wait to try it myself. It’s a pretty cake for the summer time or holidays, very bright and moist. It’s also good for people that don’t like chocolate (like my boyfriend).
*1 box lemon cake mix
*1 1/3 cups canola oil
*1 (3 ounce) package lime flavored Jello
*3/4 cup orange juice (or any juice you feel like! I actually used lemonade)
*1 bag of key limes
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients, lightly grease and flour cake pans (I only made two layers, so it looks closer to a key lime pie) and pour in cake mixture. Bake for 35 minutes or test with a toothpick in the center. Toothpick will come out clean when the cake is done. Let cakes cool before you begin to frost them. I would even put them in the refrigerator for awhile.
Juice about 6 key limes into a bowl. When the cake is cooked and cooled, spoon some of the juice on to the entire top of the first layer to give it some zing.
*1 stick butter
*1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
*1/2 can cream of coconut (optional but gives it a slight tropical flavor)
*2 cups confectioners’ sugar (other recipes call for more but I think it makes it too sweet)
Add room temperature butter and cream cheese to mixer, whip until incorporated. Add confectioners sugar to taste and texture. Add cream of coconut to taste but mind the texture. (I made my frosting a bit to runny and I had to refrigerate it to stiffen it up enough to stick to the cake.)
I love bittersweet movies. I cried my eyes out (loudly) in the theater with my best friend Jamie when we saw The Notebook and it’s one of my favorite memories with her. There is something about a good “movie cry” that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Although for me it’s easy… I cry sometimes while watching “My First Place” on HGTV. Pathetic.
This clip is from an 80’s movie that is one of my favorites. My mom and I used to watch it all the time. In Stella “The title character is a vulgar and unfashionable single mother who, determined to give her daughter Jenny all the opportunities she never had, ultimately makes a selfless sacrifice to ensure her happiness” (wiki). The clip enters with Stella crying in her living room. She just pretended to not care about Jenny in order to force her to want to live with her father who Stella believes can give her a better life. The wedding scene breaks my heart every time.