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Pure Food and Wine & Sarma Melngailis June 24, 2007

Filed under: food — Jung @ 11:46 pm

Jung Lin and Sarma Melngailis
(photograph by Rob Riemen)

Took my dear friends Kirsten and Rob Riemen of the Nexus Instituut from the Netherlands to Pure Food and Wine tonight for another scrumptious dinner. This place has become my home away from home ever since I turned raw vegan.

Chef Sarma herself and her book Raw Food Real World have been great inspiration to me. And, how I adore chefs — especially a beautiful chef like her!

I had Creamy Cauliflower Samosas with Banana Tamarind Sauce with mango chutney, garam masala and mint for first course, Lapsang Smoked Portobelo Mushroom with Caper Potato Salad with hawthorne valley ruby kraut, wildflower honey mustard for second course, and a most decadent Chocolate Molten Lava Cake with mocha mousse, chocolate sauce, vanilla pink peppercorn ice cream for dessert… This is actually the first time I ever had raw potatoes, and they are delicious! I have been very fond of the pink peppercorn ice cream for its perfect touch of nutmeg… yummmm! Love love love love Sarma!

Sarma Melngailis

Sarma signed my copy of her book last summer Smile

Raw Macaroon October 1, 2007

Filed under: food,Video — Jung @ 3:48 pm

Made Sarma‘s Blonde Macaroons for the NYC Rawfood Group MeetUp film screening event yesterday. It was a last minute decision that I didn’t have enough time to dehydrate them properly when I brought some to the potluck (taste fabulous already though, they were all gone in a few minutes!). But by midnight (12 hours dehydration) they were amazing!!! Better than any Macaroons I have ever tasted, and, do I have a thing for Macaroons! — funny, they never tasted as good as I wanted them to be until I tried this raw version… no sugar high to say the least, they are actually good for you Smile (made of Almond flour, Shredded Coconut, Coconut Butter, Vanilla, Maple Syrup (does not effect blood sugar), and a dash of Sea Salt.)

The Film screening was for “Supercharge me, 30 Days Raw” by Jenna Norwood, quite funny, and it does touch many aspects of the rawfood lifestyle, if you are interested, watching it may help you get motivated.

For me, I started because I just couldn’t bear contributing to animal cruelties any longer (had real hard time separating all animals from my kitties as I grow to love them and understand them more and more), but it ended up being a really fascinating journey of researching and awareness.

This was my first time to a rawfood group meeting. It was so well organized by some really nice people, I even won a big bag of raw cacao powder at the raffle — never won anything in my life! Now I can make raw chocolate Macaroons Wink

Favorite book used:

More things that may interest you:
“101 Reasons Why I’m A Vegetarian” By Pamela Rice

"Meet Your Meat:"
Don’t watch this if you don’t wish to feel grossed out about your dinner tonight. I find information powerful, but I have no cause — I have no need to stop others from doing what they want. It is just very heart breaking to know these things, and also shocking to know how little we know about the world we live in…

Yerba Mate Latte September 17, 2007

Filed under: food,Toys — Jung @ 2:47 pm

May I say I am officially addicted Wink

Saw Yerba Mate Latte recipe at We Like It Raw decided to give it a try. It is fantastic!

Mate is supposed to be the most perfect plant, the leaves of the rainforest mate tree naturally contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants viagra sans ordonnance. Well, this is what I found about it on internet, but I like its mild taste and low buzzing effect (less caffeine then white tea).

Instead of the instant Cashew Milk in the recipe from WLIR, I use Sarma’s Brazil Nut Milk Recipe from her book Raw Food Real World. This milk is a big hit with all my students as I did a taste test last week Smile

I have slowly added lots of links to all my toys since people never stop asking me “where did you get this?” Wink

Favorite book and toys used:
(VitaMix to blend, Nut Milk Bag to strain, and Capresso 1500 (discontinued model) to froth the nut milk)

Vita Mix 5000 Nut Bag Capesso 1500