my felipe


my felipe

Originally uploaded by jaimecru

My baby truly colors my world. Every day there are new discoveries, new words. Thursday he added “bllllack” to his color vocabulary while sifting through his crayons with Daddy. Also on Thursday night, my hubby, my mom and I got together to wish my little Felipe a big happy second birthday.

After reading Rawdorable’s blog earlier that afternoon, I decided to add a rainbow theme to the dinner menu. I had already made the sauerkraut last week, adapting a recipe from I Am Grateful. I made a “potato” salad using diced jicama dressed with pinenut mayo and tossed with fresh dill and parsley. The carrot salad has chopped raisins, cider vinegar, and olive oil. It all seemed so German, so I had to toss some gherkins onto the platter and indulge my obsession with goofy translations: Regenbogensalatbüffet!

rainbow salad buffet

My mom insisted that I bake a traditional cake for the day. It was the first time I’d turned on the oven in months. The process felt odd, but I have to admit that the smell of cake baking was lovely. After the candles were blown out and cake eaten, it was time for Felipe to drive his car! I can’t believe that I’m that parent, the one who buys her baby a crazy commercialized, over-priced hunk of landfill-destined plastic, but Daddy discovered this toy and we knew that Felipe would love it…and love it he does.

There is something absolutely adorable about a baby driving a car. We live on a quiet, dead-end street, so Felipe was able to drive down the block and back. At the end of his joyride he said goodbye to all of the beauty around him as he cruised home. ”Bye-bye tree, bye-bye flower, bye-bye bird”. I’m so blessed to have a beautiful, healthy boy who always finds joy and brings it to everyone around him. He’s my little rainbow.


June 22, 2008 at 6:29 pm 1 comment

quick cookie

carob and fruit granola rounds

Originally uploaded by jaimecru

Just posting a recipe I made this weekend…

1 c almonds (measured after soaking)
1/4 c buckwheaties
1/2 c dates
1/4 c dried fruit (I used mix of cranberries and blueberries)
1/4 c carob chips
1/4 c flaked coconut
1/8 c agave
2 T coconut oil
1/8 t salt

Pulse almonds and dates in food processor until well combined. Empty into mixing bowl and add all remaining ingredients. Mix well. Empty onto sheet of parchment or wax paper. Roll into log approx. 8 inches long. Press dough tightly and cinch roll ends (like a Tootsie roll wrapper). Chill until firm. Slice into 1 inch thick rounds.

June 16, 2008 at 12:56 am 2 comments

my five


my five

Originally uploaded by jaimecru

Look at these grungey gadgets! Here are my top five useful tools for the RAW kitchen (minus the power tools!).

1- A beat up old knife for cracking Thai coconuts. Believe it or not, I actually broke the tip of the knife on a papaya, not a coconut!

2- A hand-held reamer to juice citrus.

3- A small bamboo cutting board. I love small boards…so much easier to clean.

4- A mesh sieve to catch shell bits when draining coconut water, to rinse fruit and nuts and lots of other random uses.

5- A star tip for piping pates, cookie batters and other whipped foods into nice designs.

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June 11, 2008 at 11:12 pm 3 comments

Balkan chopped salad


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Last night after a lovely conversation with a friend who is of Hungarian descent, I was inspired to break open my new tin of paprika. Not in any way ambitious enough at the moment to rawify goulash or some other traditional paprika-laced stew, I decided to create a salad inspired by ingredients from the Balkans. The ingredients are all familiar staples in the raw pantry, but the combination was quite special. This salad was a nice deviation from traditional Mediterranean flavors, and the paprika was a sneaky little Eastern addition. I chopped all the toppings into small pieces to allow each forkful to include several flavors!

Bed of baby spinach and mixed greens
1/2 cucumber
1/8 C red onion
3 sundried tomatoes
3 Turkish apricots
handful of soaked almonds
handful Kalamata olives
1 greek pepperoncini (not quite raw, but nice)
10 basil leaves
1/2 lemon, juiced
heavy-handed pour of olive oil
sea salt
big shake of Hungarian paprika

Years ago, when I was an Army gal, I spent some time serving in Bosnia. I was newly married and not too eager for a deployment. The good news was that I was able to spend about a month of that time in the heart of Budapest! What a fabulous city. Incredible architecture, super sexy accents, and exquisite food. My hubby got away from his duty station in Italy to visit me for a long weekend in Budapest. We gorged ourselves on 5-star SAD food and wine and apricot palinka. This salad is a far cry from the mad foie gras of that weekend, but a wonderful symbol of fresh beginnings. My hubby has been working out of the country for some time, and will be returning home full-time next Sunday. This salad will be a perfect celebratory meal for us…totally fresh but with a hint of warm nostalgia. Egészségedre (to your health!)

June 8, 2008 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

mid-day mojito


Originally uploaded by jaimecru

I’m totally digging this lovely beverage. I made a pitcher to share with some mama friends at lunch last week, and now I’m obsessed and drink a Vitamix-full every day! Here’s a scaled down recipe: Juice 2 limes into pitcher, add 6 mint leaves, 2 T agave or 1 packet Stevia, 2 cups water, 2 cups ice. Blend to virgin slushy perfection.

June 5, 2008 at 2:33 am 3 comments

banana pancakes

banana pancakes

Originally uploaded by jaimecru

I officially started my raw food journey nearly a month ago, and now I’m wishing I would have gotten my butt in gear and documented the adventure. I know there have been ups and downs, but I honestly am unable to recollect. I originally attributed my lack of blogging motivation to the fact that I’ve been working on the landscaping at my parents’ house. (Gosh, I should blog the progress of that, as well.) However, after tonight’s impromptu food styling and shoot, I think my hesitation to post is my lack of a good photo! I’ve received professional training in video composition and some basic technical stuff, and I’ve been a professional cook. One would think, voila…and natural born food stylist. Let me tell you, I’m really struggling here. I’ve been spending a great deal of time preparing exciting and creative raw dishes, as well as eating some plain ol’ awesome, totally photo worthy produce. Where’s the evidence? OK, well I’m going to just throw it out there tonight. I whipped up some of the bananas from my yard to make Alissa Cohen’s crepes, but I spread the batter too thick. Good mistake! My home-grown bananas whipped up super frothy, and what I ended up with was the most delicate raw dish I’ve ever had. Yummy banana pancakes with fresh Georgia peach and maple hazelnut cream!

May 28, 2008 at 2:26 am 2 comments

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