Musings on a raw food fast, stropping and the 2014 Island DJ awards.
This month my Synth Lover and I decided not to go to the Cotswolds. Last August we had two gorgeous weeks in England’s beautiful countryside, which was wonderful. Our stay at Barnsley House in the little cottage, the Potting Shed, included herds of cows passing by the gate in the morning and some of the best Spa treatments I have had (and I’ve had a few!). However, this year we chose our ‘home’ as the destination and are spending the budget on Gourmet Raw Food from down the road. With magnificent results. Weight loss and more energy for him and teenage acne and weight fluctuation for me! We both have the symptoms of ‘cleansing of mucus inducing cheese and energy robbing wheat’. The fresh, uncooked and yummy food we are eating is giving our bodies the energy (normally used in digestion) to do some serious ‘limpio profundo’, deep cleaning.
Average Days Food on an 80% raw ratio.
Breakfast Lemon water, ginger tea (him), coffee (me), oat cakes
Snacks Fresh fruit/nuts, smoothie/shake (him). Raw cheesecake/cookies (me!).
Dinner Something from the Gourmet Menu.
Example A starter and entrée ie. a warm soup followed by raw Quesedilla.
Plenty of fresh water and herbal teas.
Want to try making something really easy and totally delicious, then try this…….
Raw Vegan Walnut Cream Pie
By Kathy Patalsky of http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com
I love this blog, her recipes (vegan) and pictures are amazing (esp. the ones of the cat!)
- 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup, grade B
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 11oz coconut cream, chilled
- 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup raw walnuts
- 2 1/2 cups raw walnuts
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup, grade B
- 1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (or use cacao powder for raw)
- In a blender or food processor, blend the walnuts and oats until a fine crumbly mixture forms. Pour this mixture into a large mixing bowl.
- To the bowl, add the remaining crust ingredients: coconut oil, salt, cinnamon and maple syrup. Fold until the mixture becomes thick and pliable, like a dry cookie dough.
- Grease an 8″ pie dish with coconut oil. Then spread the crust along the bottom of the pie dish. Set aside.
- In a blender, add all the filling ingredients and blend until silky smooth. It is ok if the chilled coconut cream melts a bit, it will just re-firm up when chilled. Pour the mixture into the pie dish.
- For the chocolate, malt the chocolate chips and the coconut oil together and stir until silky smooth. Use a microwave for easiest melting. Stovetop is your next option.
- Swirl the chocolate over top the walnut cream filling in one big spiral. Then using a toothpick or a butter knife, glide from the center of the spiral outwards, continue all the way around. You can swirl a second time by going in the reverse direction with the toothpick or knife.
- Place the pie in the freezer for about 30-45 minutes. Or until the pie is soft and fluffy, yet chilled enough to slice. The key to the texture is to chill it to the perfect amount. If you over-chill and it is too hard, simply leave it out at room temperature until softened.
Yield: 1 pie Prep Time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.
Last Monday was the DJ Awards ceremony, with all it’s usual tralala. Dressing up and drinking! I managed to wangle an invite via someone (who is a DJ) and was due to be presenting an award (to another DJ).
Like a teenager about to go to a dance, I fussed with choice of clothing. As so much of the Mega Club Scene seems to involve dressing like a hooker, I decided to go for understated elegance instead! But then, I got another damn outbreak of ‘detox’ – all over my chin! Now aware that the colour of my jewellery would be highlighting the imperfections on my chin, I was in a complete quandary. HILFE!
Whilst I was rooting around my make-up bag for some ‘schminke’ foundation, the phone rang. I heard a one sided conversation….
“Hi, shall we all meet for dinner before the Awards?”
“Really, with who? When?”
“Ok, well seeing as we were only going to see him, I guess we don’t need to go” (said with relief)
“Never mind, we’ll catch up soon, bye”
Then, to me (note, I was looking forward to it, my Synth Lover not),
“We don’t have to go to the ceremony, we can stay at home and chill out eating lovely food”
Me “what, but, why, but I want to go” (said in a petulant voice, whilst stomping foot)
This was followed by a bit of stropping from myself at the DJ divas and ensuing egos that led to my staying home with Kelp Noodles. A schism, harsh words and everyone believing that their version of life is the correct one, humbug. Well, I did get told by a manager, once that ‘you don’t usually get more than a couple of DJ’s at dinner table together because of the egos involved’. Ever read any of the hotel Babylon series? Well, I think DJ Babylon would be a best seller, of course there are the good, the bad and the really rotten, but I still think it would be a hoot!
I put it to you, was it divine intervention so I could ‘detox’ in peace (spotty chin and all) or just a bit of bad behaviour from big boys? Or was it a bit of both? They should all hug more!
I’ll leave you with this from a very lovely young man (sans ego) whom I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of times. Enjoy……