I’ve been experimenting with raw foods recently. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw has been a good introduction. It covers ingredients, tools, techniques. Its recipes, though fewer than many cookbooks, sounded interesting. This weekend I tried and enjoyed several:
- Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette
This is a low-fat, tasting salad dressing that’s based on orange juice.
- Fig Arugula Salad with Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette
The arugula was freshly picked from my garden, and I added some homegrown leaf lettuce. This was good, but I prefer to enjoy fresh figs just on their own.
- Indian Spice Samosas
Based on cauliflower, plus fresh coconut, cashews, onion, peas, and spices. I dehydrated these for about 10 hours, but will shorten that the next time I make them. Spicy, but not overwhelming.
- Cucumber-Green Apple Chutney
The cucumber-green apple combination is refreshing. The sauce is based on orange juice and dates and is almost too sweet. Next time I’ll cut back on the dates and/or add some lemon juice or vinegar for a more piquant flavor.
I also made my favorite carrot salad: shredded raw carrots, chopped parsley, lemon juice, a little olive oil, and salt. This is good right away, but better after it’s been refrigerated for a few hours or overnight. Makes a tasty sandwich with some natural peanut butter and whole wheat bread.