Freedom's Raw Recipes

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Cirrus Salad
Some of you may realise that cirrus clouds are the soft, fluffy, wispy looking ones and that is just why this is named cirrus salad - the dressing is pure white and has a creamy but almost fluffy texture. Divine!

For the dressing
-slightly less than 1/4 cup really raw cashews
-juice of half a lemon or lime
-half a small clove of garlic
-about 2 or 3 tablespoons of coconut water
-1/2 a medium sized stalk of celery
-a three or 4 centimetre (1 1/2 inch) piece of cucumber, peeled

For the salad-apple

For the dressing
Grind the cashews to a powder in the coffee grinder attachment of your blender** then add the other solid ingrdients and blend again. Finally, add the lemon/lime juice and coconut water and blend till it is a smooth consistency - I advise adding the coconut water in small amounts until the dressing is a thick/runny as you desire.
For the salad
Chop the celery and cucumber (I don't normally advise peeling things because a massive amount of nutrients are located just beneath the peel - it is necessary to peel the cucmber for the dressing but I add the peel into my salad to make up for it!) Slice the apple using a mandoline or by hand and turn the zucchini into pretty spirals with a spiraliser (or slice it however you desire). Pile the cucmber, celery and apple in the middle of the bowl, surround with zucchini and pour dressing on top. Voila!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Mushroom Pizzas
I don't know why I call it a pizza - because pizzas make me think meat, cheese, grease, fat and death for both what's on it and the person eating it. These amazingly delicious little guys have none o' that!

- mushrooms. I would prefer to use two large mushrooms, eg field mushrooms or portobellas, but these little ones were all I could get at the organic markets so I went with it and used about 6.
-1 1cm slice of fresh pineapple
-some fresh basil leaves

For the white sauce (aka 'cheese' minus death and grease)
-1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked then dried (Or just use them straight)
-1/4 cup raw macamdamias (as above re soaking)
-1/2 clove of garlic
-juice of half a lemon
-coconut water (can use young or mature but I prefer mature, find young is too sweet)

For the tomato sauce
-1 quite large tomato
-1/2 a small carrot
-4 tbsp chopped red capsicum (I would never actually measure this, but I would say this is about how much i use)
-6 slices of semi-dried tomato (I dry my own)

For the 'cheese'
Put the nuts and garlic in the coffee grinder attachment of a blender and process until they are finely crumbled. Then add the lemon juice and some coconut water, about 3 tablespoons. Process again, then add more coconut water until you reach the desired consistency. If you don't have a coffee grinder attachment, you can use a regular blender or a food processor.

For the tomato sauce
Put all ingredients in a food processor and process until it reaches the desired consistency.

For the construction
Spread the 'cheese' sauce on your 'pizza bases,' aka mushrooms, until it is all used up. The spread the tomato sauce over the top of this. Tear your basil leaves into small pieces and place on top of the tomato sauce, then finish with pineapple sliced into approximately 1x2cm cubes.

If you cna bring yourself to share, little mini versions like those in my picture would make a nice appetiser at parties, pot-lucks etc. Or you can just sit and gobble a whole plate by yourself, loL!