Baja Fresh Taco Boats Filled with Cilantro Cashew Cheeze, Fresh Corn and Tomato Salsa, and a Ground Almond Taco Meat
Mango Breakfast Cobbler
adapted from p 215 of Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen
1 1/4 cup almonds
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup pitted and packed medjool dates
2 Tablespoons coconut oil or butter
4 cups Mango, pitted and diced
1/4 cup agave syrup
To make crust, place almonds, vanilla, and salt into food processor. Lightly process into small pieces. Add dates and coconut butter, process to mix well.
Sprinkle half of the crust onto bottom of a loaf pan.
To make filling, toss together all ingredients. Scoop onto crust. Top with remaining crust.
Thai Spring Rolls with Almond Dipping Sauce
(makes 4 servings)
Thai Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
4 kaffir lime leaves
1 Tablespoon Nama Shoyu
2 Thai red chilies, to taste
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons raw almonds
1 lemon’s juice
1 cup water, as needed
1 zucchini, julienne
1 cup mung bean sprouts
1/2 bunch basil, de-stem
1/2 bunch cilantro, de-stem
1/4 bunch mint, de-stem
1-2 Thai chili, finely chop
3 large collard green leaves, de-stem and half
To make dipping sauce, place sauce ingredients into your blender, adding water as needed. Blend smooth.
To wrap, place leaves onto flat surface. Layer with fillings, and roll.
Serve with dipping sauce.
Ani’s Garden Pate
(makes about 4 servings)
1 cup almonds
1 1/2 cup celery
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp garlic
1/4 cup carrots
1/8 cup onion
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
Place all ingredients into your food processor, then process to mix well. Wrap a few tablespoons of pate inside a collard leaf with a sheet of nori.
Eat with your hands!
My recipes for Cobbler Crumble Topping and also my Fresh Taco Wraps ranked numbers 4 & 5 for Delicious Living Magazine’s Top 10 Gluten-free Recipes of 2009.
Read more about the 2009 Top 10 at Delicious Living.
Read my original article Classy Raw Cuisine with 7 recipes in the July 2009 issue of Delicious Living Magazine.
It’s rainy season in Bali, so it downpours buckets of rain for 20 minutes to a couple hours almost every day. It’s warm, so I don’t mind it. On my first rainy day, I decided to visit a local grocery store, where I found a new fruit called salak. It grows on palm trees.
This is salak. It has a brown snakeskin that’s really thin. You peel it away to find what looks like garlic cloves inside. These pods of fruit contain a small seed, and taste sweet and tart at the same time.
The meat of the salak fruit is not juicy, but rather dry and firm. It has a texture similar to a pear, but not as firm and crisp, smoother in texture, and dry. Interesting texture and delicious flavor.
This brightly colored, hairy fruit is a rambutan. I love lychees, and the rambutan is very similar in texture and flavor. Rambutan is very cheap in Bali. I bought a big bag for about 50 cents. The rambutan, even at the grocery store, is always covered in crawling ants. I guess this means there’s no pesticides on the fruit, a good thing.
Here in hot, muggy Bali, I live off fresh tropical fruits (durian, salak, rambutan, mango, papaya, pineapple, and banana), and enjoy only occasional greens when I find them. Back home in the States, I had been cutting back on my sugar intake over the past several months. I was concerned about eating so much fruit. But, my body is thriving on this raw food fruit diet. Combined with swims in the warm ocean, walking everywhere, and the sunshine, all this fruit is making my body leaner. I like this effect.