Monday, September 29, 2008

Palm Beach Gardens Raw Food Group Meeting

This Thursday, we will be having a raw food group meeting. We are able to use a community room in the library for this meeting. I am hoping we have a good turn out. Although, we are limited to only 30 people.

Please contact me, if you will be able to attend. I will give you all the details.

I am also hoping for us to decide upon the date for our first raw potluck. We will discuss this at our meeting.

Raw Lasagna

Yesterday I made raw lasagna for the first time. I found a recipe on the internet and wanted to give it a try. The recipe was called Vegetable Lasagna with Cashew Ricotta & Marinated Portabella. I already had the marinated Portabella mushrooms from Friday's dinner.

The cashew ricotta turned out great. I put just a little less salt and fresh basil than it called for. The marinara wasn't quite to my liking, so I added 2 dates and a small clove of garlic.

I changed the recipe slightly as I added a couple layers of fresh spinach. I massaged the spinach in a little oil first to give it more of a "cooked" texture.

Originally, I had hoped to duplicate the taste of the raw lasagna from the Soma Cafe. I knew it wouldn't be just like it since it also had the mushrooms. However, I got a different taste, but this was an unexpected good thing.

I liked everything about this lasagna. It is good that I can have something different at home and still can look forward to the other lasagna at the Soma Cafe.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Marinated Portabella Mushrooms

I have found something very easy to prepare that both my husband and I love. I tasted these before, but have just gotten made them for awhile.

I marinate Portabella mushroom slices in oil, Nama Shoyu, & some fresh orange juice overnight. Then I put in the dehydrator the next morning. I made these a couple of days ago. I dehydrated them for about 5 hours at 105 degrees. I think another hour or so would have made them a bit warmer, but not necessary.

I also made creamed spinach. I got this recipe from the Hipprocrates raw food class I took. This is delicious. Last week I made this as usua
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l, but but in the dehydrator while my nut loaf was dehydrating. The creamed spinach was absolutely delicious this way. It reminded me of spinach quiche. Of course, I have had that in over 5 years (since I became a vegan).

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I am looking forward to going to The Soma Cafe tomorrow night. I not only will enjoy a wonderful raw lasagna, I will also get to hear Paul Nison speak and share the evening with like-minded people.

This coming Thursday at 6:30, our Palm Beach Gardens Raw Food Group will meet. If you are interested, please contact me for details. Space is limited, so I need to make sure our space will be large enough to accommodate everyone.

Monday, September 8, 2008


It is a good thing that I took a picture of the cheesecake because it is gone. Luckily, I shared it and didn't eat the whole thing myself--though I could have.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Strawberry Cheesecake

Here is a picture of the cheesecake before I put on the topping.

Here is the finished strawberry cheesecake.

I made the cheesecake, and it was better than I anticipated. My friend, Cathy, came over, and I gave her a piece to try. I think she liked it as much as I did.

I did think that the strawberry topping was a bit sweet for me. Next time I make it, I will use either half as many dates as it called for, or no dates at all.

This was the first time that I made this recipe. I have to say that it is the recipe that I've been looking for ever since I had a piece of raw cheesecake in San Francisco about 5 years ago!

Sunday Updates

I continue on my raw food journey. I have made so many new friends since becoming raw again. I am staying more than busy. In fact, I don't have enough time to do everything that I want to do. But I am having fun.

Last Sunday night, I went to a raw potluck at Graziano's Italian Cuisine. I saw a lot of people I have been meeting lately and met some new ones. We sure had a feast!

The owner, Fay, will be serving some raw food items on her daily menu. I am looking forward to eating there soon.

Here is a picture of the carrot cake that I took to the potluck.

This last week, my laptop crashed. I had to use my (unused) desktop computer for a few days while my laptop was being repaired. I didn't realize how outdated it was with all the programs. Also, it seems so slow compared to my laptop. I spent a few days updating all the necessary programs on the computer. At least I had it to use while my laptop was gone.

I got the laptop computer back and have spent the past 4 days installing and downloading programs and software that I use on my computer. Some I had cd's, some I had on an external hard drive, and some I downloaded from the internet to get the latest version.

Unfortunately, I hadn't backed up pictures, passwords, and documents for a few months. I've had to spend lots of time remembering passwords and configurations for web hosting accounts, etc. Luckily, I did have some of these saved from a while back.

About a week before my problems, my daughter, Denise, had some computer problems. After that, I thought it would be wise to do a new backup for my computer. Well, I didn't get around to it (and I thought about it the day before the "crash.") Live and learn. When was the last time you backed up photos, documents, passwords, etc.???

I have been making more crackers in my dehydrator. The other night, I tried a new recipe that tasted good. Last night I doubled a batch of crackers, because a few of my friends expressed a desire to buy some the next time I made them.

Last week I made some apple leather, and my daughter and granddaughters enjoyed it. I made another small batch last night to have on hand for my granddaughters, when they visit me.

I have been making my wheat grass juice daily. (I buy the wheat grass from Hippocrates.) Monday I will be getting some sunflower sprouts from a local grower. I am excited about this. This will be a weekly thing.

I just finished making a raw cheesecake. I guess I don't have to say it's raw since the name of my blog is Viveca's Raw Food Journey. It is a recipe I never tried before. I found it on the internet, and it looked like the recipe that I've been hunting for. It is in the freezer now. I will let you know how it turns out. Also, I'll post a picture of it here.

I need to go in the kitchen and clean up my mess now. Then I'll look for a main course type recipe to make. Something like walnut burgers. I'm tempted to make the nut loaf recipe again, but I want to try something different.

I'll try to post more often. Especially, now that the bulk of my reconstruction of this laptop has been completed. Oh yeah, now to also start on my Fitness Motivator Newsletter for September!