Spring Brunch

This weekend I put on a buffet style brunch for out-of-town visitors. Putting on a meal like this for others gives me absolute pleasure! Weeks ago I planned the menu and got to work, dehydrating crackers and breads, along with some of the sweet things, all of which keep well in the freezer. I'm always amazed at what a process it is to create a full gourmet raw meal, or better yet - a whole buffet. A few days ago I continued preparations, making the cake and various creams that would be used, and finally, on the morning of the big day it was just a case of putting things together - making the salads, quiche filling (which would turn brown if I made it even the night before), plating, etc. Fortunately I had the help of my friend Denyse who is eager to learn about raw food...and is the most amazing chocolate maker!

Here's what was on the menu:

Fruit Salad - A mix of watermelon, red/green grapes, orange, mango, pear, orange honeydew, pineapple, apple, dates.

Green Salad - Romaine, spinach, red cabbage, red and green pepper, grape tomatoes, cuucmber, and sunflower seeds tossed in a lemon/olive oil/sea salt dressing.

Spinach Mini Quiches - Carmella's amazing filling with Elaina Love's zucchini almond crust. Herby velvet green cream, gently mixed with chopped sundried tomato, garnished with dehydrated mushrooms.

Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms - Normally I go for Alissa's wonderful basil pesto, but with lack of basil this time, I opted for a Basil/arugula/spinach pesto.

Buckwheat Pancakes with Dilly Cream -

Vegan (not raw) buckwheat pancakes with cashew/dill/lemon cream swirled on top. Garnished with minced red pepper and fresh chives.

Cracker Platter with Salsa, Cheese and Veggies - An assortment of crackers: sundried tomato herb (really a bread but I dehydrated it longer for a cracker), Cheeze-Itz, Zucchini Walnut, Sprouted wheat, and Sarma Melngailis' corn tortillas (which I sometimes dehydrate into chips, but this time kept soft and pliable). A simple salsa of tomato, red/green pepper, cilantro, lemon juice, and sea salt; served with cheddar dip and veggie spears (cucumber, celery, and carrot).

On the Sweet Side...

Strawberry Lime Mousse Cake - On a walnut/macadamia/coconut flour crust, garnished with fresh strawberries. My all time favourite (even though I'm a chocolate lover). I just had to make this for the ladies.

Cookie Platter - Chocolate covered jicama balls, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate vanilla ice cream sandwich cookies, and banana nut brittle.
Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a Sunrider recipe that comes from a friend of mine who sells their products.

1 cup walnuts (soaked)
2 cups almond pulp (from making almond milk)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup raw honey
1 cup cacao nibs

Blend the walnuts, salt, oil, and honey in a food processor until mixed. Add the almond pulp and mix until blended. Stir in the cacao nibs. Scoop the batter onto teflex and flatten - dehydrate for 12-18 hours, or until dry enough to hold together.

This is a good recipe - I made sure my cookies were still really soft and moist, so dehydrated them for less than 12 hours. I'd like to try it with maple syrup or agave in place of the honey, which I found to be a little strong (perhaps it was the type of honey I was using or that I don't use honey very often). Also, I used less salt than called for.

Ice Cream Sandwiches - The ladies particularly ooed and awwwed over these. I have to say that I, too, was impressed with the way they turned out. It was completely by "accident". I started out with a different idea in mind for the cookie part - which didn't work, so I kept adding ingredients, therefore, I don't have exact measurements, but I can tell you what I do remember. They've got: walnuts, pecans, coconut flour, cacao powder, carob powder, dates, agave, sea salt, coconut, wee bit of spirulina, almonds...processed together, chilled, rolled, cut out, and then sandwiched together with vanilla ice cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream - A blend of young coconut, macadamia nuts, cashews, agave, pure vanilla, sea salt, and coconut oil.

Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies- These cookies were made with part of the dough from the ice cream sandwich cookies, minus the shredded coconut, spirulina, and some of the nuts, creating a really smooth, dense cookie that I rolled into balls, thumbprinted and dehydrated. The filling was simply raspberries, pureed with a bit of lemon juice and agave, that was spooned into the cookies just before serving.

Banana Berry Bites - Two fun finger foods using the same ingredients. Triple berry cream made of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, lemon, cashews, and coconut oil, pipped into hollowed out banana slices. Also, banana leather rolled with the berry cream and fresh banana to create berry crepe bites.

I think everyone enjoyed the brunch just as much as I enjoyed making it- and now I get to enjoy some leftovers ๐Ÿ˜€

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16 Comments
  1. June 17, 2008 at 11:14
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    Oh my! Looks soooo good! Especially the desserts! I wish you could cater a party I was attending! :)

  2. June 17, 2008 at 14:12
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    This looks amazingly good! You are so talented!

  3. June 17, 2008 at 18:15
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    Oh my goodness girlie!!! You've really outdone yourself this time! My only regret, as always, is that I couldn't be there with you to give you a hand and partake in the feast! ;-)<br /><br />Love and light, sweetie pie<br /><br />Carmi

  4. June 18, 2008 at 07:06
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    omg, amazing. somebody, help get me up off the floor! You are amazing!<br /><br />~Sam

  5. June 18, 2008 at 15:54
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    I'm swooning!!!!!! Wow x infinity! I wish I could've been there too.<br /><br />I mentioned you my blog recently...I want to be like you when I grow up! (even tho' you're way younger than me)

  6. June 18, 2008 at 19:20
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    O my gosh, everything looks a-ma-zing!

  7. June 19, 2008 at 20:37
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    wow, ok, yeah, uhhh, that looks good! lol

  8. June 20, 2008 at 15:51
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    one word:<br />DROOLING.<br /><br /><br /><br />i wish i knew you, so i could have dined along with that very lucky crew of peeps...

  9. June 24, 2008 at 19:14
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    WOW! I wish the hotel I stayed at on vacation had a menu like that! I would have been in heaven for sure. Yummers. And you know my favorite is that Strawberry Lime mousse cake..... mmmmmmmm. When's the book coming out??

  10. June 25, 2008 at 01:32
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    you are adorable! where can i get some of these recipes? especially the strawberry-mouse cake!!! thanks so much - i want to make it for my boyfriend's birthday!

  11. June 25, 2008 at 13:56
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    Thank you so much everyone! It's always fun to be able to make food for a group of people - I think I thrive on that!<br /><br />Leah - Hmmm...yeah, the book is slow in it's final stages but i really do want it out this summer :)<br /><br />Mimi - the strawberry lime cake will be in my raw dessert book. :D

  12. June 26, 2008 at 15:13
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    Wow, your food looks so decadent and tasty! Especially all of those cookies and crackers. I'd love to see some of those cookie and cracker recipes!

  13. June 26, 2008 at 17:48
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    Thanks IK - here is the post with the cracker recipes, some of which have links :) http://rawgoddessheathy.blogspot.com/2008/05/weekend-of-food-and-fun.html<br /><br />If you search through my blog you'll find more recipes for both of them :D

  14. July 3, 2008 at 01:15
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    This blog is inspirational! I have to start trying to make different types of raw meals :)<br /><br />xox

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