Weekend of Food and Fun

This past weekend was such a great time! It started on Friday, with time spent in the kitchen (my favourite place, of course), for a savory "D" day. Yippeee!!! The following day its always so much fun to see how things turned out after all the hard work and time spent dehydrating. Here's what I pumped outta the D...

I recently came across a recipe for "Cheeze-Itz" crackers on RFC, and while I've never eaten one before, I love all the cheezey dips, so figured this would be a fabulous recipe. I was right, these crackers are excellent! Next time I will make them a bit thicker though, as mine are thinner than I'd like, and a bit fragile.
Cheeze-Itz (From Gone-raw)
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup brazil nuts
1 cup almonds

1 big tomato
1 cup red pepper, diced
1/4 cup ground flax
cumin, to taste
2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
Soak and dehydrate nuts/seeds. Process all ingredients and spread on teflex or parchment paper as thin as you like, after a few hours score with a pizza cutter and leave until dry on top then flip and leave until crispy.
Heathy's Notes:
I used soaked sunflower seeds and almonds - I never bothered to dehydrate.
I used brazil nuts, without soaking them
I added 1/4 cup soaked, sundried tomatoes
I used ground yellow flax (the recipe never specified which kind)
I added 1 small clove of garlic, minced

I added onion powder, to taste
Some of my favourite crackers are the Just Like Ritz Crackers - very similar to a recipe in Pure Food and Wine, and the Zucchini Crackers in Carol Alt's, The Raw 50, which I've also made and enjoy. These are sooo easy to throw together and turn into crunchy crackers.
Just Like Ritz Zucchini Crackers
2 1/2 cups walnuts
2 1/2 cups cubed zucchini, peeled
1/2 cup ground golden flax
1/4 cup hemp seed (sometimes I use part sesame and part hemp)
2 tsp sea salt
In a food processor, grind walnuts into small bits. Transfer to bowl.
Grind zucchini down to small bits - do NOT process into a puree, keep texture. Add to walnuts.
Stir in the remaining ingredients, adding a bit of water, if needed for spreading.
Evenly spread on a teflex, score and dehydrate until crisp, flipping after a few hours.
I finally got around to making Ani Phyo's Black Sesame Sunflower Bread - although mine was made with white sesame seeds, since I couldn't get the black ones. I still remember the first time I had this - Carmi gave me a "to go" lunch of the bread, tuna salad and lots of veggies, while I was travelling home from her house last Fall. Perfect travelling food - it all held up really well. I left mine in the "D" longer to achieve thick, hard crackers, rather than a soft bread. Yummm!
The second bread I tackled was a slight variation of Rawvolution's Onion Bread that I usually make. I noticed on RFC that someone had created an "Even Better Onion Bread". I liked the idea of adding the carrot and zucchini to flesh it out a bit, since I personally find the recipe too oniony and always cut down on the amount anyway. (I can't stand raw onions, even if they're dehydrated). Using Rawvolution's recipe as a base, I cut down to 1 large onion (regular, didn't even bother with a sweet onion), and added 2 medium carrots, (processed down to really small pieces), in addition to some water and extra sunflower seeds. I didn't have zucchini to add, like the new recipe calls for, but I will definately try that next time.
The third bread recipe I made was Russell James' famous Sundried Tomato Herb Bread. I've enjoyed this recipe ever since he brought it into creation....hmmm, musta been almost 2 years ago. Anyway, it's always tried and true in my books. The only alteration I always make is less herbs than called for. I made it once with the full amount and it was just too herby for me, since I prefer a more neutral tasting bread that I can use as a base to create fun tasting sandwiches.
In addition to that I made Almond Toasts from Cafe Gratitude - Crumbled up, these make the absolute best croutons (raw or cooked) I've ever had! No pics yet, as they are waiting in the freezer, until I decide to make bruschetta or something. But more on that to come...
Whew, after a long day in the kitchen, Nori Rolls were on the dinner menu. I've been using the tuna salad a lot lately whenever I make rolls, and its wonderfully amazing, but I was in the mood for something a bit different this time. Welcome, falafel pate! This was really yummers. In a food processor, I blended: soaked sunflower seeds, soaked pumpkin seeds, and soaked almonds, along with tahini, olive oil, sea salt, cumin, coriander, cilantro, garlic, and lemon juice. Rolled up with julienned carrots, peppers, cucumber, & avocado - ready to eat! A little nama shoyu on the side for dipping is always optional, but I find I don't often need it, since the pates have lots of flavour.
After a morning of shopping on Saturday, I prepared for the arrival of my childhood friend, Marcy who came for a visit from out of town. We alternate from my town to hers for visits, and this time I invited her up to attend a wedding social along with Darwin and some other friends. I have to admit that I love margaritas so we enjoyed a drink before heading out.
I went out with crimped hair that night - such an 80's thing, I know, but I've had fun frizzing my hair over the years. Would you believe, I've had the same crimper since I was 5 years old?! Still going strong!
We had heaps of fun that night!!!!

On Sunday it was "dip mode", to have spreads for all the wonderful breads and crackers. It was time to get back into the kitchen again, to whip up more tasty delights. I made another batch of the deviled eggless dip using half macadamia nuts and half soaked almonds. The colour isn't bright yellow but the flavour is still the delicious. Then I made the best raw hummus I've had so far. It's the one that Carmella makes, from living-foods.com, and now that I've tried it, I'm not sure I need to search out any other hummus recipes - oh, besides trying Cafe Gratitude's recipe, which is on my "to do" list. Another batch of tomato salsa was on the list too, with lots of cilantro!

Zucchini Hummus

2 cups peeled zucchini, chopped
4 Tbs. olive oil
1 and 1/2 lemon, juice of
3/4 cup ground sesame seeds
3/4 tsp. sea salt
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp. paprika
1 t ground cumin
Cayenne to taste
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Heathy's notes: I omitted the paprika, cumin, and cayenne, since I prefer a more plain tasting hummus. I also just use 1 clove garlic and that was plenty for me.

I've enjoyed the spinach dip so much, that I made it for the third time. The dip is sooo great on thick slices of tomato... Mmmm....with cucumber too, oh, and on raw crackers...and by the spoonful!!! Well, you catch my drift, it's a winner all the way around.

What a fabulous weekend - fun memories and lots of food to enjoy in the coming weeks.
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  1. May 6, 2008 at 13:24

    Wow, you were busy. Everything looks great. How the heck do you get your nori rolls to look so perfect? I would love to know the secret. I make them all the time because I love the taste but I have a hard time rolling them. Any tips?<br /><br />Love your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. May 6, 2008 at 18:50

    Hey fun hair! lol! I never had a crimper so I'd braid my hair while wet and let dry then shake it out. Not the same I'm afraid. hee hee!<br /><br />Anyway, all the breads and crackers looks delicious! I'm still wanting to make Ani Phyo's sesame bread but just haven't had the time yet but it's definitely on my to-do list.<br /><br />Looks wonderful - so glad you share. They make me want to be in the kitchen RIGHT NOW!

  3. May 7, 2008 at 18:29

    I really dig your hair crimped out like that! It's so cute!<br /><br />And I will definitely be D-Daying (as you say) very soon. As soon as I can get home to my dehydrator!

  4. May 9, 2008 at 00:44

    I used to have a crimper too! Now that I see your hair, I wished I had of kept that crimper! LOL Love the blog! You do very well in gathering crowds for your classes and dinner parties. Here in Sault Ste. Marie, I can't seem to find anyone who wants to come over for a vegan gathering. There isn't even a veg restaurant here. You should come do a class here - I'd definately attend!

  5. May 16, 2008 at 03:51

    michelle - In regard to the nori rolls, I always try to roll them up as tightly as possible, then i let them sit a few mins before cutting, so that the nori can soften slightly. The key is to use a really sharp knife to cut them. Hope that helps!<br /><br />rosie - i do that too!!! braid for wavy hair, although i havent done it in a while. you definately have to make ani's bread, you'll love it!<br /><br />s.- Enjoy your D day when you get your dehydrator!

  6. May 18, 2008 at 03:07

    Did you make all of those things in the Flickr photo group?! They all look ammmmaaaazzing! I'm just starting to seriously look into raw foods. what do you suggest as a first book for me? thanks, ariella

  7. May 20, 2008 at 16:59

    hippie girl - thanks! Hmmm, have you tried putting up flyers for a vegan potluck? Do you have a health food store in your city? If so, you could always talk to people there. Good luck! :)<br /><br />living inspired - lol, yes, I do have a flickr page with food that I've made, all but 5 pics which were from a raw restaurant. Congrats on becoming interested in raw foods. I highly recommend Alissa Cohen's - Liivng on Life Food, as a starting point. It covers all the basics and has heaps of recipes. I also recommend Gabriel Cousens, Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine. Better yet, I recommend going to his Tree of Life center to learn and experience the lifestyle!

  8. July 27, 2008 at 23:36

    Mmm...I just made the like Ritz crackers and they're super yummy! Thanks for sharing!<br /><br />Hey, where you been? Hope the summer is going well for you.<br /><br />Take care sweetie!

  9. August 24, 2008 at 00:00

    I was going to ask you on the cheese-it's recipe where you added the 1/4 c sundried toms...is that in place of the fresh tomato or is this just an addition to the listed ingredients?<br /><br />Thanks!

  10. January 24, 2009 at 01:50

    Hi there! I totally admire vegetarians and raw foodies like you since you could maintain healthy eating all throughout. I'm also planning to eat healthier, so I wanna ask tips from people like you on how to get started wating healthier. One of my concerns about raw food eating is you need to get a dehydrator. I can't find oone in our local mall (I live int he Philipines), so what other alternatives could you suggest? I hope you'll take time to repond to this, because I admire people like you who can resist meat without the hassles. BTW, I changed my blog address to www.justsweeterthansugar.blogspot.com./ Feel free to visist ir anytime ;) Thank you and keep posting ;)

  11. April 10, 2011 at 15:53

    whoa those cheez itz look spectacular. I've actually been craving those..haha<br />GOTTA TRY UM!

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