Spring Has Sprung

It's official - I think Spring is finally here in my northern community where winter visits for seven months every year. During the long weekend we had temperatures up to 12C (54F)! You don't even know how great that feels after lows of -40C (also -40F) just a few months ago.

My hunny and I celebrated part of the Easter holiday with a short trip out to his camp (a cabin in the bush which is only accessible by lake) via snowmobile. It'll probably be the last time this season to drive the ski-doo on the ice - we'll be boating again before we know it, yippeee! We took a snowshoe trek through the forest and saw 2 bald eagles, enjoyed the sauna, walked on the lake (ice) in the sun and got so warm that we were down to our tee shirts! Since there is no running water out there, I prepared most of our food ahead of time - curried carrot nut pate, nori sheets, and sliced veggies for nori rolls, caesar dressing and salad items, cooked yams, and of course, raw chocolate!

On Sunday evening we had a quiet Easter dinner at home. I was in the mood for a Springy dessert so chose to make none other than my strawberry lime mousse cake, but with a slight twist. As you probably already know, this is my all time favourite cake - YES, even above a chocolate one!! Since I didn't have limes and the grocery store was closed, I decided to replace them with lemon. I didn't want toooo much lemon though, so I cut down on the zest a bit. Keeping in theme with the addition of a new flavour and to jazz things up a bit, I used segmented orange, and smashed strawberries for the topping. Normally I go with strawberry sauce, or fresh strawberries (or both), but quite enjoyed something different this time. Booyah, a new winner. If you've already tried the cake, give the lemon version a try...or even orange! I'm thinking about trying that next time. The rest of dinner was simple yet yummy - salad with tomato dressing, and sunflower seed/veggie pate with mixed crackers.

Speaking of cakes, I recently made this birthday cake for a friend. It's the tropical cake from Just Desserts, on a coconut nut crust with black berries, kiwi, and mango on top. It's another light, fruity cake - perfect for spring.

What yummies did you have for Easter? Hopefully you had a great weekend too, and it's warm wherever you are!

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  1. April 14, 2009 at 20:33

    OMG this looks amazing! I need to eat this NOW!

  2. April 14, 2009 at 20:40

    Did you publish a book with desserts... can I have the name of the book so I can make this.. AMAZING! I am 100%raw but have a hard time with cravings, I eat very simple at every meal but crave things like this... I stay on raw because I notice my eyes are brighter my skin is softer and clear but wish I could get over the cravings for cooked stuff like eggs and really hot(temp) pasta and linguine, but I'm staying raw - I want to give myself at least one year and see what my conciousness is like. And raw food diet is the least harm possible way to live...

  3. April 14, 2009 at 21:05

    Hi Honey Love, <br />wow, congrats on trying raw for a year. I totally know what you mean about cravings - I wouldnt be able to eat this way if it werent for raw desserts, because I have a sweet tooth! Yes, my book, Just Desserts features both cake recipes. You can find it on the right hand side bar...the pink book. And if you check through my blog there are many other dessert recipes too! All the best!

  4. April 14, 2009 at 22:53

    Looks so delicious, as always! Sounds like you had a great Easter! Happy belated Easter!

  5. April 15, 2009 at 03:36

    Heathy:<br /><br />Your guys is one lucky guy! The Easter feast sounded [and looked] amazing! I will definitely get your book of desserts. Thanks for the post.<br /><br />By the way, I tried your Italian dressing last week and it was HEAVEN! I have been RAW for one month and I was getting a little tired of my typical olive oil / apple cider vinegar salads. Where have raw dressings been all my life! That is one thing that is WAY better raw. Thanks for the inspiration from your blog and your most generous sharing of recipes.<br /><br />I hope you don't mind, I've added a link to your blog on our own blog.<br /><br />--Ken

  6. April 15, 2009 at 10:39

    Heathy, your recipes just make the best food I've eaten on the raw way of living! I purchased your Dessert book, and though I have searched time again for the recipe strawberry lime mousse cake, I cannot find it. Might you share what page it is on? Many thanks for all you do and share!

  7. April 15, 2009 at 21:44

    These desserts look great! Good for Easter as well!

  8. April 15, 2009 at 21:48

    Thanks Lauren! :) <br /><br />Ken and Jen! I've just checked out your blog - fabulous! Cheers to the raw lifestyle!<br /><br />Villarosa - Hmmm, thats interesting - the strawberry cake should be on page 40....let me know if its otherwise. you can also email if you want. Glad you're enjoying the other recipes though :D !<br /><br />Thanks April! So exciting that you're going to Kripalu!!!!

  9. April 16, 2009 at 03:08

    Heathy: <br /><br />Thanks for dropping by and commenting on our blog. That means a lot to me!<br /><br />Tonight we tried your Caesar Salad Dressing, and though I didn't think it would be possible, you are right: it was even better than the Italian Dressing! YOU'RE truly a RAW GODDESS . . . or at least a RAW food genius! THANKS again!<br /><br />--Ken

  10. April 17, 2009 at 12:45

    Thank you, Heathy ~ found it and make it! Is delicious ~ only two pieces left! thanks so much!

  11. April 18, 2009 at 02:56

    drooling on your blog.. again.. you always make everything so pretty too!<br />deb

  12. April 18, 2009 at 04:32

    Thanks for the beautifully illustrated desserts! I am now ravenous:) I found your blog when looking for recipes that use Nama Shoyu and I'm so glad I did! You are so creative. I'll be checking you out regularly for sure. I just transitioned to 100% Raw and am in a rut. Any good lunch and dinner ideas?

  13. April 18, 2009 at 17:11

    Ken, Im glad you guys tried the dressing and enjoyed! :)<br /><br />Villarosa, so cool that you made the cake! That's my very favourite one!<br /><br />Thanks Debbie!!! :D<br /><br />You're welcome Nicole, Im glad you're finding the blog of use. Congrats on the transition to raw. <br />I think that saw soups and salads make excellent lunches...and I find that the salad dressing really "makes" it...so using different ones every few days can help. Also using different ingredients each time...although I get in my caesar salad kicks a lot, lol. <br />For dinners, I find it handy to have dehydrated breads and crackers on hand, also pizza crusts, so you can pull em out, make a raw dip, add a salad or raw veggies and you're set! Or make tomtato sauce for the pizza and top with veggies, pesto, and or nut cheese. Voila! Lasagna is another of my faves for a treat, as are nori rolls with yummy pate inside! What kinds of things have you been enjoying so far?

  14. April 18, 2009 at 20:52

    At this point it's been a lot of juicing and salads. All of my salads are made with Lacinto kale so I'm getting sick of it and I don't want that. I did get some Raw flax crackers and I eat them with my Raw hummus. I am a lover of bread and I think that's the texture I miss the most. I used love veggies wrapped in tortillas so I miss those now. The ideas you gave sound yummy. I have a couple books with recipes I want to try but I end up with a cart full of food for me and none for my hubby and kids:) I wish I could get them to go Raw but I think that would be a stretch:)

  15. sparkles
    April 20, 2009 at 06:39

    hi heathy i notice you freeze a lot can you maybe do a blog about methods for freezing and what works best to freeze how to store ect.. do you vacum seal or ziplock or containers hows the defrosting process.. thanks for your inspiration

  16. Anonymous
    April 20, 2009 at 22:28

    Oh my! You create desserts that look much more appealing than the heavy cooked sort.<br /><br />So I've been following your blog for about a month now and it's really opened my eyes to raw food. I've been trying and trying to make the transition from cooked to raw but it's just so hard. <br />I have two questions: I was wondering, is it okay to replace the dehydrator for the oven? Not a long term thing, of course, just until I have extra cash.<br />Also, my right huge downfall is Alfredo sauce with pasta; might you know a taste that's similar but raw?<br /><br />Thanks, Tricia

  17. April 28, 2009 at 12:04

    Oh my, you really have a thing for desserts don't you?<br />I've been following this blog for a few months and it's really helped me get introduced to the tasty side of raw living so thank you and keep it up :D<br /><br />By the way, I, too, live up north and I know what you mean by the warmer weather; it's very exciting!

  18. May 12, 2009 at 19:24

    your blog is so fun to read and look at. i am all raw for one year and it is so inspiring!! now I am into raw superfoods and its even better :0 MACA rocks! :0

  19. March 29, 2012 at 21:21

    Hi Heathy, one of your avid ozi fans, thanks heaps for all your amazing recipes.<br />I bought your Just Desserts book a while back and have made many people very happy with treats from your book.<br />Just tried to find the tropical cake that you mentioned above as being in your Just Desserts ebook but it doesn't seem to be there. Are you sure it's in the Just Desserts book or is it in another?<br />Can you let me know? Cheers, Jo.

  20. April 5, 2012 at 02:18

    Oh my goodness Jo - it was SUPPOSED to be in Just Desserts and then was set aside to go into a second volume which was going to be released. So the answer is, it's not... maybe I'll have to dig it up and post for Easter!

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