Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Happy 2010, Everyone! I hope you all were safe, warm, and festive on New Year's Eve. I start the new year blogging about breakfast.
I have two recipes I tried. I loved them both. The Coconut Breakfast Cakes are from page 78 of Ani's Raw Food Kitchen. They are inspired by pancakes. Consisting of flax meal, coconut oil, agave, sea salt, cinnamon, and water, they took all of five minutes to make. They tasted like gingersnap cookies, minus the crunch. Easy and delicious.
Maple Cinnamon Buckwheat Crispies is from Raw Food/Real World by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis, page 272. I learned from the book that buckwheat is not a grain, but an edible fruit seed.
You soak the buckwheat for at least an hour. Mixed with maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, stevia, and sea salt in a food processor. Then the mixture is dehydrated for 8-12 hours, or more. I was looking for cereal, and I got it. I mixed mine with raisins, banana, and apple, topped with maple syrup and almond milk. (I'm eating it now). Sooooo good.
At some point, I plan to write an open letter to this former couple. I've read through Raw Food/Real World at least half a dozen times. It really is a work of genius. It's a cheffy/ restaurant book full of food made at Pure Food and Wine Restaurant. When I was a green newbie, I found it intimidating. No way could I tackle any of the recipes. But over the New Year's weekend, I made three simple smoothies from the book. They rocked. I have a new appreciation for this text. Call it a mini-review, but I give Raw Food/Real World 9 out of 10 Mocha Angels. Maybe I'll give it a longer review in the future.
Also, I got nominated for a Happy 101 Award by Bitt at http://bittsblog.blogspot.com/.
To accept my award, I must list 10 things that make me happy, and pass the nomination along to 10 bloggers who make me happy too. Look for that next week.