Tropical Fruit Gazpacho

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Here, in the midst of Summer, we are finally back to regular posting. Quite honestly, we missed all of you, as well as the process of creating a post, birthing it and releasing it out into the world. Back in June, our initial plan was to take a couple of weeks off  from our recipe development projects, especially the creation of so many yeast-based recipes. Between finalizing recipes for our upcoming book and our participation in the wonderful TWD group, we felt a little overwhelmed.

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Strawberry Delight

This is one of our very favorite desserts. It meets all the criteria we look for in making a dessert. It is generally loved by young and old alike.  It doesn’t require baking, there are no gluten free flour ratios to balance out, no added sugar,  free of lengthy preparation and complicated steps, and most importantly so delicious. In our globally connected world, you can now find strawberries almost year round. We generally prefer to eat foods as they are available seasonally, and locally grown if at all possible. Continue reading

Energy Soup

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When most of you land on our website, your have come to expect yet another gluten free dish, ideally in a baked version. Don’t worry, we are still developing gluten free recipes and plan on doing so for some time to come. However, in our own home, we also prepare many raw food dishes as well. We especially enjoy the many nutritional benefits they offer.

I was first introduced to raw foods about 25+ years ago,  through friends and acquaintances and through their convincing arguments, enthusiastically  purchased a champion juicer. I loved making vegetable and fruit juices, as well as the occasional nut butters. Some of the resulting vegetable pulp was used in making delicious vegetable burgers, blended with spices, seeds and some rice, or spelt. But my all time favorite comfort foods have always been salads. Continue reading

Persimmon Pudding

Many of you landing on this page today are probably looking for our gluten free version of the Finnish Pulla. Time just did not allow us to develop yet another yeast-based bread recipe. We hope to deliver this sometime in the new year. After reading about this recipe, we thought it was somewhat similar to a traditional challah bread, which is doable gluten free, but probably not in a ring shape. Braiding anything gluten free, without the excess use of starch, while still having it turn out light and fluffy, can prove to be very challenging. But enough said. Continue reading

Go For the Green

For those of you that are enthusiastically celebrating, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of the day, we found a couple of interesting videos to share. Click here, for a short history of the holiday, and here for one explanation of why today everything in sight has suddenly turned green. (Well, maybe not here, where finding a shamrock would be a more daunting prospect than finding a needle in a haystack.) If you are looking to further indulge with a recipe, check here for a great green smoothie. So sit back with your favorite drink, and enjoy.

Tropical Acai Bowl

Açai is a family favorite throughout the year, but is especially welcome during the scorchingly hot summer days. It has become quite popular over the last couple of years and has been credited with many health and anti-aging benefits. We value it as a high anti-oxidant fruit that is adding nutritional value to our diet and also tastes delicious. One of the main plant chemicals in açai getting all the attention is a compound called anthocyanin, which is a flavonoid lending a red to purple color to fruits like grapes, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and, of cource, açai berries. Continue reading

Coconut Milk with Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have been a welcome addition to some of our morning breakfasts for a long time now. One of our favorite ways to prepare them is using coconut milk, or fresh almond milk. We were first introduced to the almond milk version in a raw food, gluten free and vegetarian  restaurant in Seattle called Thrive. Check out their website here.

Chia seeds, botanically known as “salvia hispanica,” are a member of the mint family. Continue reading