Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Another Raw Picnic and Other Happenings
Hello! Last sunday was another raw picnic and it was sensational! I do love living in Perth - it is supposedly WInter here but the day was so warm and sunny that I wound up taking my shoes and socks off and wiggling my toes in the grass! It was brilliant!
Oh and then there was the food... Y U M! It's raw - really it is! I know I know, look at that pizza and you won't believe it but it is. I didn't get to try quite everything because there were so many people there (which was excellent) but I didn't mind. Also, one of the chocolate pies was made with honey (I always ask if anything has honey) so I gave that one a miss. Some of the stuff was AMAZING but to be honest, some of it tasted too 'real' - I ate a single forkful of the coleslaw, which contained somehing have never had before, apple cider vinegar. To me it tasted sour and 'off,' like it had been sitting around fermenting (which, I suppose, it had!) And I had some guacamole which was nice but if I hadn't already taken my socks off I reackon the salt would have knocked them off, lol - I was trying to get the taste out of my mouth all afternoon. The pizza tasted insanely realistic and was also super salty. I'm just so used to the simple pure deliciousness of fruits all by themselves! The lasagne was INCREDIBLE though, and I'm actually planning to make it tonight for myself. I took an apple pie and some chocolate, whch everyone loved. There was a little cake left over and my mum took it to work for a birthday celebration - she works with a (non-raw) vegan who absolutely ADORED it, which was nice. :-)

Without further ado, pictures:

This is my apple pie. Just add this t the list of recipes I promise to put on the other blog soon, lol!

Okay, at 12 o'clock we have the pizza. Moving clockwise are brownies (in the rectangular blue container), a chocolate pie thingy (in the oval white dish), a little teeny bit of the honey-pie is visible to the right of that, then my apple pie again, down the bottom are some books that Dani bought to lend to people (I borrowed Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko. Read it. Now.) The large glass bottle contais grapefruit juice, then there's some sliced tomato and avocado, at about 9 o'clock are some flax crackers wit a dip that was actually leftover filling from the INCREDIBLE lasagne which is just to the left (did i mention it was DELICIOUS??). Above that and to the left is the innards of a durian - I looove durian but I thought I'd let thoe who had never tried one eat it. Apparently it was very good (new season, only just shipped in from Thailand). To the right of that is a salad and above it is the coleslaw. Smack bang in the middle is dip, from recipe in Alissa Cohen's book Living on Live food. It was yummy, but a bit too rich and (again) salty for me. Phew! Did you get through all that??

Right, this one shows you the whole Honey-pie (at about 11 o'clock), some fruit nut balls rolled in coconut, the chocolate pie, and some spiralised zucchini pasta with two little pots of garlic sauce to go with it. Too hot for my little tongue!!

This one's just a close up of some things you've already seen.

Lastly here's something I made last week. I thought it looked stunning (why you get 2 pictures) but tasted pretty yuck. Pooh. I think my young coconut was past it's best, which doesn't help matters but as I said to mum - I keep seeing young coco in savoury recipes and trying it, but I just don't like it. Young coco is amazing alone and great in sweet reipes o frm now on that's the only way I'm eating it!

Have a fantabulous day everyone!


At 6:01 am, Blogger erica said...

Hey Girly,
Have you been to www.goneraw.com? It's recipe sharing and raw forums. Amazingly wonderful stuff.

The picnic spread looks amazing, I have yet to attend my first raw potluck - it will be next month, I think. I am, however, attending a cooked meat eaters potluck this saturday (boyfriend's family), and have no idea what to bring. Probably a salad :)

At 9:31 pm, Blogger Johanna3 said...

The picnic looks amazing !!!!

At 10:52 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from Boston, Massachusetts! I have a question about the durian. I've never tried one, but my friends who have say that they smell so bad that they can't eat them inside their homes because the kitchen will stink! :)

I enjoy your blog- you're an inspiration!

At 11:54 am, Blogger Freedom said...

Hi Erica, I had never been to that site before, thanks for the web address. Oooh, bet you're excited about your raw potluck! Take something really fantastic to the meat eating picnic, wow them all!

Thanks Johanna! :-)

Hey there anonymous! Thanks so much, I love to think I'm inspiring people to move to an incredible, cruelty free lifestyle. Yes, durian does stink. Especially when it's really fresh and good. It's a fact of life. DO NOT allow the smell to put you off though - don't judge a book by its cover! Durians are soooo good, you don't want to miss out. Hope you drop by again, have an awesome day! :-)

At 9:38 am, Blogger aTxVegn said...

What a great looking array of food, and I must say your pie is the prettiest of all! Be sure and post the recipe!

At 9:14 pm, Blogger jenniem said...

Great post Freedom. All that food looks fantastic. I'm definitely going to make a raw lasagne soon. I keep putting it off... lazy bones!

How are all of your animals going? Have you found any guinea pigs to rescue yet?


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At 12:05 pm, Blogger Cherry said...

Wow, it all looks so great! Sounds like a fun picnic.

At 8:59 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your pictures and ideas are very inspiring, and we all need to think about the environment and animals a lot more than most of us do! However, the diet appears to lack enough nutrients and fat, since girl- you look rather anorexic, not matter if it is intentional or not... Maybe a bit of extra peanut butter would do you good :)! God luck with the blogging all the same!

At 10:18 pm, Blogger bazu said...

That picnic looks so fun- and delicious! I'm experimenting with raw foods this month, and that pie and that pizza and that lasagna are calling my name- yum!

At 8:27 am, Blogger veggie barbie girl said...

Wow. Raw huh? I need to learn more about that. It sounds interesting and all.

Thank you for your comments on my blog, that was nice of you. Stay tuned, Barbie has many more adventures to come...

At 9:39 am, Blogger Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

I'm always so jealous of your raw picnics! You have so many fabulous food options, good company, & nature all around!

At 11:25 pm, Blogger Freedom said...

Hey Diann, thanks for that - I will post the recipe eventually, promise! :-)

Hey Jen, ooh yeah the lasagne is good. Hugs!

Thanks Cherry, the picnics are awesome!

Hey there anonymous, thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog, I appreciate your concern. On the other hand, I believe it is unfounded. I guess maybe i do look 'anorexic' when compared to the average person these days, since the average weight is skyrocketing with our current 'obesity epidemic.' But I am full of energy and feel super-excellent. Thin does not equal unhealthy! I did suffer with an eating disorder for 3 years and it was only finding raw food a year ago that allowed me to heal myself completely - I no longer think I'm ugly and wortheless and I have actually gained weight, while on a raw diet. Finally, I think it's simply inaccurate to suggest my diet lacks nutrients - I eat piles of raw leafy green vegetables and fruits every day, all of which still have their nutrients intact because they haven't had them cooked out. My diet is low in fat compared to the average person, but this is not a bad thing. And I don't eat peanut butter as it contains sugar and salt and is processed at very high temperatures - yuck! I'll eat some truly raw cashews for you though! :-)

Hey Bazu, thanks for the comment -since I left you such a long one earlier today, I'm not going to say anymore here, lol! :-)

Yeah raw is awesome VBG, just when you think veganism is the best thing ever, BAM here comes raw food. It rocks! Can't wait for Barbie's next adventure, lol!

Thanks Vicki, I am very fortunate to get to enjoy the wonderful picnics. It's amazing that they are held smack bang in the capital city of our state - it's wonderful that some areas of nature are left for our enjoyment!

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