Friday, March 28, 2008

I need some catchphrases (Win a Prize!)

Hi folks!
I need to think of some fun quotes to put on the merch I'm going to have made up for cookbook release time (tees, aprons, magnets, buttons, maybe mugs and water bottles... oooh, the possibilities!).

What follows are a few I've thought of. Please pipe up for any you like, or throw out your own suggestions (related to popularizing whole foods, the vegan diet, etc.).

• Got veggies?
• Kale and Quinoa are my Comfort Foods
• ... it’s pronounced keen-WAH.
• Just the flax, ma’am.
• contains minimal amounts of vegan righteousness
• (a pun about spelt - maybe you can think of one?)

If you're on Facebook, hop on over to the "i wanna Get It Ripe" Group Discussion Board and vote away!
Or, if I use your slogan (which you should also post on the board), I'd be happy to send you a piece of merch (like a tee or apron) that features it.

If you're a Facebook avoider, vote and/or suggest here (in the Comments) and I'll transfer the info to the Facebook group page so people can account for your say!

Thanks in advance!
Friday, March 21, 2008

Munching on the road

Okay, my new goal is to get back to posting regularly at a reasonable pace of every-other Friday. Another goal, is to get you guys commenting more often. The more of you pipping up, the more I'll be encouraged to post again.

Anti-Ox Raw Trail Mix

(if you make this and can think of a better name for it, please let me know)

Raw Trail Mix
Here's a sweet (but not too sweet) little snack that's delicious and full of good things. Carry it with you wherever you go and there'll no longer be any need to panic when you're out of the house and your blood sugar levels are low. All the ingredients should easily be found at your local health food store.

3 parts gogi berries
3 parts raw cacao nibs
3 parts raw pumpkin seeds
1 part unsweetened shredded coconut
1 part bee pollen (optional)

Mix all ingredients up in an airtight container. It'll keep for a few months at least. Carry it around in yer backpack, but also keep some at home - maybe you'll want to sprinkle some over a less-than-exciting cereal.

Feel extra-good about eating this with the awareness of the nutritional virtues it provides:
Gogi berries "contain 18 kinds of amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen) and all 8 essential amino acids (such as isoleucine and tryptophan), as well as up to 21 trace minerals (the main ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus)."

Raw cacao nibs have "14 times more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine, 21 times more than green tea or black raspberries, 30 times more than blueberries, and 7 times more than dark chocolate! Anti-oxidants remove free radicals known to cause damage to living cells."

Raw pumpkin seeds "are a very good source of the minerals phosphorous, magnesium and manganese. They are also a good source of other minerals including zinc, iron and copper. In addition, pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein and vitamin K." They have more protein than other seeds - about 29%.

Unsweetened shredded coconut contains fibre, B vitamins, iron and zinc.

Bee pollen is "made up of approximately 35% protein, 35% carbohydrate, 2% fatty acids and 3% minerals and vitamins (A, B, C, D and E) as well as trace elements and other micronutrients." It's also high in anti-oxidants, possessing immune-boosting properties.

(I grabbed direct quotes from a few websites that specialize in raw food nutrition.)

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Take the cake!

This blog has been without a new recipe for far too long. I'm mortified! I won't bother offering you some raw trail mix (as tasty as it is, it'll wait till next week), I'll give you a whole cake! Or rather, a cake with a hole! (My favourite kind.)
The one photographed below is the actual cake from the food photoshoot for the cookbook (only I took this pic myself - you'll have to wait till next month to see it taken by the fancy professional).

Spice Swirl Bundt Cake with Buttahmilk Glaze

Swirl Bundt Cake
Enjoy this cake for dessert or at a special afternoon tea. It's very pretty.

Vanilla batter
2 cups light spelt flour
1 cup organic sugar (fair trade preferred)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 cup organic non-dairy milk or filtered water
1/2 cup softened non-hydrogentated coconut oil or sunflower oil
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp. cider vinegar

Spice batter
2 cups light spelt flour
3/4 cup Sucanat or organic sugar (fair trade preferred)
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
3/4 cup organic non-dairy milk
1/2 cup softened non-hydrogentated coconut oil or sunflower oil
1/4 cup organic blackstrap molasses
1 tbsp. cider vinegar

Buttahmilk Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar (fair trade preferred)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
3-4 tbsp. organic non-dairy milk
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350oF.
Lightly oil and flour a large (2.5 litre) bundt pan – you’ll want to make sure you do a thorough job of this so that the cake doesn’t get stuck later on. (There are few things as heartbreaking as a bundt cake coming out of the pan broken. Sigh... it's happened to me on more than one occassion!)

Pull out two large bowls. (There’s some back and forth here in the directions, but don’t worry - it’s not all that complicated.)
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in the first bowl (let’s call it the Vanilla Bowl).
Whisk together the flour, Sucanat (or sugar), cinnnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda and salt in the second bowl (the Spice Bowl).
Add the milk (or water), oil and vanilla to the Vanilla Bowl and mix just until all the flour has been absorbed.
Add the milk (or water), oil and molasses to the Spice Bowl and mix just until all the flour has been absorbed.
Add the vinegar to each of the bowls and mix the one, then the other, just until the vinegar is evenly distributed.

Pour the Vanilla batter into the bundt pan, tilting the pan at a bit of an angle. Pour in the Spice batter in an uneven sort of way. (We’re trying to get some unevenness going here so the two batters don’t mix so much as they “swirl”.)
Set the pan down on your table or counter top and then gently draw a swiggle through the batter to help that swirl happen (don’t over-do this though or the batters will just mix!).

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside to cool for at least 30 minutes before inverting the cake onto its serving plate and removing the pan.

Combine all ingredients for the glaze. Gently pour over the cake (I pour the glaze from a liquid measuring cup and I don’t worry about the stream of glaze being completely even).

Makes about 12 servings.


Now in other news, since I've got your attention, knitting has come back into my life in a major way since Christmas. If there are any knitters who're out there, who've been following along with Domestic Affair since back in the day when it was a knitting blog (three whole years ago!), I hope you can appreciate this:
Circles Blanket, beginnings
It'll be a blanket (someday), inspired by one I saw at The Knit Cafe. It's a great project for someone like me who doesn't knit for the love of the action so much as the feeling of accomplishment when something's done. Every hour or two I get the satisfaction of another circle - done! (I put the fact that I will need hundreds to create a whole blanket, plus the patience to crochet them all together out of my head, for now at least.) It's also a great way to use up the tonnes of Lopi in myriad colours, that I bought back in 2001/02, when I first learned to knit and had no idea that far less rustic yet still affordable yarns existed (family and friends suffered with extremely itchy toques for quite some time until I discovered Lamb's Pride).

And finally, I am in love with this website (Laura's a friend of a guy who's a chef who comes into Ryan's restaurant). Foodies (vegans, try not to get offended), DIYers, those of you interested in sustainable living projects - go check out Urban Home on the Free Range!

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"Domestic affair... do you think it's a funny title?" I asked a friend.
"Funny ha-ha?" she responded, "well, no not really."
"But 'domestic affair', it's like what's going on in the nation, but it's also me, being drawn to all these domestic tasks - knitting, cooking, caring for small children..." I tried to explain.
"I like that it has the word affair in it," she concluded.

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Get It Ripe cover Have you seen my award-winning whole foods cookbook Get It Ripe: a fresh take on vegan living (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008)? Keep your eyes peeled for it!
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