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Super Flapjack

Published March 14, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

These are popular with adults and children alike… well they are here anyway!

Ingredients

1 cup cashew nuts

1 cup goji berries

4 cups whole oats

1 dsp hemp protein powder

1 dsp baobab powder

1 dsp honey

3 dsp agave nectar

2 dsp melted coconut oil

Method

Soak cashews and goji berries for an hour

Drain and add the rest of the ingredients

Spread into a tray and score with a pizza cutter

Place in freezer until firm

Keep in the fridge. Will last a couple of weeks if kept covered.

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Flour Power

Published March 9, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I do have a bit of an issue with “all purpose” things – how can something be good for everything?

Well, I have developed a type of raw “flour” that I can use for most things – generally in place of flaxseed (which I’m not terribly fond of) in cakes, crackers, granola etc.

Here’s my recipe for Most-Purpose Flour and two recipes using it.

MOST-PURPOSE FLOUR

Ingredients

Almond pulp (from making almond milk)

Oats

Maca powder

Baobab powder

Optional sweetener

Method

Dry the almond pulp on the dehydrator until it is really dry.

Place in the almond in the food processor, with the S-blade. Add some oats, a spoon of maca and a spoon of baobab.

Process until the mixture it a uniform texture and store in a sealed jar until use.

Quantities are vague for this recipe because it really depends on how much you have. I used about half-and-half almond and oats and a tablespoon of each of the superfoods.

For variation, try using other nut pulp, seed pulp, alternative superfood powders, etc…

Now for the recipes:

MACANOLA

Ingredients

Dried fruit (I used apricots, figs, cranberries, pineapple, plum and mango) soaked until nice and squishy

Most-purpose flour

Mixed seeds, soaked overnight or for several hours.

Method

Place the soaked seeds and fruit in a bowl and add sufficient flour to coat everything. Hang on to the fruit soak water for other recipes, but discard the seed soak water.

Spread the mixture over non-stick dehydrator sheets and place on rack in dehydrator on 115℉ overnight.

In the morning you with have a lovely crunchy granola which can be eaten as-is or as a cereal with milk.

Store in a sealed jar or box for up to a week.

CREPES D’AMANDE

These are like crispy, slightly wholemeal crepes.

They’re not light and fluffy as pancakes should be, but serve a similar purpose.

Ingredients for each crepe:

1 Banana

4 dsp/tbsp Most -Purpose Flour

A drop of water, fruit juice or fruit soak water

(multiply quantities to as many crepes as you want to make)

Method

Chop the banana and place in food processor

Add the flour and process with S-blade

Add liquid if required to form a smooth, just-pourable consistency/

Spread into a circle on a non-stick dehydrator sheet and dehydrate for 4 hours.

Flip and dehydrate for a further 2-4 hours until the right consistency is reached.

The crepe should hold together and roll around a filling without breaking.

Serve with your favourite filling.

I ate mine with cashew cream and fresh raspberries. They were absolutely divine!

Radish Crackers

Published August 20, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey
INGREDIENTS
15 radishes
1 cup of sweetcorn
2 or 3 large tomatoes
a pinch of sea salt
1 dsp lemon juice
about 1 cm fresh chilli, de-seeded
INSTRUCTIONS
Combine all the ingredients in a blender until the mixture is smooth.
Spread the entire mixture onto a non-stick dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 105 for 6-8 hours. Turn the sheet over and flip the mixture onto a mesh sheet. Continue dehydrating until crispy, about 12-24 more hours.
Keep in an airtight box. I usually freeze mine. They thaw super-fast whenever they’re needed.
Originally published on www.pollyskitchen.blogspot.com

A Good Drying Day

Published August 9, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

The dehydrator has been used to dry and preserve foods for many years.
When you have a glut of something, it’s useful to have a raw-food way of preserving some, and keeping all the nutrients.
Here are some of the foods I preserve in the dehydrator:

Tomatoes
Slice into 4 or 5 slices each
Dry as they are or…
Dip in olive oil
Sprinkle with salt and chopped herbs
Keep in a jar and use just like sun-dried tomatoes

Plums
Cut in half
Remove stone
Dip in olive oil and mixed spice

Apples
Cut into slices
Either dry as they are or…
Dip in olive oil and ground cinnamon for a spicy Autumnal treat

Root Vegetable Crisps
Use a vegetable peeler to slice carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnip and beetroot
Dry just as they are, until crispy.

Garlic
Peel a lot of garlic cloves
Chop finely in a food processor (or by hand, if you can be bothered)
Dry in a nut milk bag or a dehydrator tray until completely dry
The pieces will clump together, so use an electric mill to crush them
Keep in a jar and use anywhere you’d use fresh garlic

Bacteria Are My Friends

Published August 5, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

I have recently been learning a lot about the beneficial bacteria in cultured and fermented foods and have been introducing these foods into our diet.
One of the biggest benefits I have noticed is the improvement in my digestion.
I no longer have gas, whereas I used to – a lot! I notice now that if I don’t eat these foods for a couple of days; my digestion plays up.
I used to feel sick whenever I ate anything. Since switching to raw food, I do not feel sick anywhere near as often. Beneficial bacteria help this situation dramatically.
Another improvement is in my skin, hair and nails. My skin is smoother and softer – on my body, as well as my face; my hair and nails are growing faster and are stronger. Additionally, my hair, which used to be quite dry, now rarely needs conditioning. (I have changed some of the products I use, but this is not the only reason I believe my hair has improved.)

Here are some of the fermented foods I’ve been making:
Sauerkraut and Kimchi
In addition to the sauerkraut I discussed in an earlier post, I have also been making Kimchi. This Korean dish uses miso instead of salt-water. It’s just as easy to make and I have been using a variety of vegetables, layering them in the jar. It is just as delicious as sauerkraut and a perfect way to make some of those hard greens more palatable.
Some people can manage  crunchy, crispy foods, but I have never ben able to get on with it; I like my food quite soft. Culturing it helps me enormously!

Cultured Water

When I have eaten all the kimchi/sauerkraut from a jar, I bottle the leftover water and use it in savoury recipes, instead of regular water. It adds nutrition and flavour.

Kefir
Water kefir grains are amazing. I bought a small packet on ebay and started making my own Kefir.
Just add a couple of spoonfuls (1 packet) of kefir grain to a glass Kilner jar of filtered water.
Add a couple of spoons of sugar (you could use any sugar, maple syrup, fruit sugar etc.) and leave it for a couple of days. It is ready to drink then, either on its own or added to fruit juice or a smoothie.
The grains grow and multiply. I was amazed at how big some of them got.
In no tome at all, I had enough grains for two jars, then three, then four and now I have five jars on the go, spaced a day apart, so there is always some ready. I even gave my mum some grains when she visited.
I’m not sure I entirely understand exactly what kefir grains are; some sort of bacteria, but I’m no scientist and even though I live with one, I haven’t yet figured it out! What I do know is that kefir tastes good and does me good – all I ask from my food.

Miso
Although miso is not a raw food, it is a living food; at least, if you buy an  un-pasteurised variety.
I use it quite a bit in kimchi, sauces and sometimes just as a drink. I have been a fan of miso for many years.
One of my cousins once asked my what my secret to eternal youth was (he hadn’t seen me for 10 years and asserted that I hadn’t aged!) I told him it was miso, and promptly made a cup to drink!

There are other fermented foods I want to try and I will let you know how I get on when I do.

 

 

Originally published on www.pollyskitchen.blogspot.com

Salade de Marmande

Published August 1, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

After all that dehydrated food of the past week, I was craving something fresh and pure.
We had this gorgeous Marmande tomato in the organic veg box this week. Just one, but oooh! How lovely:

I knew I didn’t want to process it, so I sliced in neatly and made this simple layered salad:

* first, a handful of baby spinach leaves,
* next, a spoonful of fresh home-made raw hummus,
* then the Marmande tomato, sliced (I had to share mine with Mr H, but there was plenty!)
* finally a couple of spoonfuls of the Cultured Vegetables I made last week
a drizzle of olive oil completed the dish…. Mmm, just what we wanted!

Dehydrated food is all very well and really does add texture and interest to food, as well as making some things more edible (eg aubergines) but as with everything – in moderation. It would be maybe not dangerous, but certainly unwise to rely too heavily on using the dehydrator, or any other appliance, in making a meal. Sometimes it’s good to just get back to easing fresh food. In fact, our diest should consist mainly of fresh vegetables, so no wonder my body was craving that juicy purple tomato!

The Cultured Vegetables are really delicious. I couldn’t believe it! I thought they would smell or taste a bit ‘off’ but they are soft and sweet. I confess I have always had difficulty with raw cabbage, but this makes it palatable and more easily digested. I recommend it. Easy to make, easy to store (pop the jar in the fridge to slow down the process once fermentation has started) and so delicious to eat!

 

 

Originally published on www.pollyskitchen.blogspot.com

You Get Me Through

Published June 18, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

A very busy and rather stressful couple of days for me, finishing off a sculpture for an exhibition which opens on Monday and getting all the loose ends tied up for the end of my course.
As is often the case when I’m really busy, I forget to eat! However, my body is getting better at telling me it’s hungry, so I have made a few quick, tasty and healthy snacks this week, some of which I will share with you here:

Mango Power Juice
Peel and de-pip one small melon
Peel an de-stone one mango
Place in a blender with a bit of apple juice
Blend until smooth and drink
Makes a couple of pints (ish)

Quick Chocolate Fix (for those times when…  well, you know!)
In a tea cup, mix the following:
1 tsp tahini
1 tsp agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener if you prefer)
1 tsp cocoa powder.
Eat it straight out of the cup or spread onto a cracker.

Cocoa Comfort
Blend the following:
1 banana
about half a litre nut milk (I used pistachio milk and it was lovely, but almond, cashew or any other will do)
1 dsp cocoa powder
Drink it out of a mug and pretend it’s cocoa like Granny made (it’s better!)
Use warm milk if you want extra comfort.

Avocado Dip (spread, mayonaise substitute, whatever…)
Blend the following:
1 avocado
1 banana (Use one that is not too ripe – learn from my mistake!)
a few flakes of dehydrated garlic
a splash of soy sauce or similar seasoning
juice of half a lemon.
Spread onto slices of cucumber for a delicious quick snack

And finally…
Multi-Berry Orgy Snack
1 punnet blueberrues
1 punnet raspberries
1 packet dried goji berries (you won’t need all of them)

Stuff a dried goji berry inside a blueberry
Stuff the blueberry inside a raspberry
Do this to the entire punnet
And eat!

Now that School’s Out and I can relax, I’m going to get back in the kitchen and start creating again… watch this space. =)

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