I’ve been experimenting with more raw foods, particularly since getting a copy of RAW: The UNcook Book by Juliano. He’s kind of a kook! But a lot of the recipes are really intriguing, and for some reason the bread recipes seem so much more approachable than in other raw books. That could just be my mood or the time of year or the fact that I had my very first successful sprouting of oat groats and rye! (Other times it hasn’t worked, or it’s gone off.) I woke up early today to find little tails growing out of those suckers, and I’ve never been so happy at 7.30am before!
So a dehydrator day began in which raw oatmeal cookies, pumpernickel essene bread, and “garlic bread” went into my big black box. The essene bread and the cookies aren’t quite done yet, but here’s a closeup of the garlic bread, which is thinly sliced jicama topped with a walnut-flax-garlic-bell pepper mixture:
They were garlicky and rich, and the jicama underwent a real transformation in the dehydrator, from crispy and crunchy to watery and soft to papery-delicate (almost like baked phyllo dough!). I had a few alongside a Butternut Squash Soup (pictured above) from the same book that was spiced with curry, sweetened with mango and a few dates, and topped with sliced banana, more chopped mango, mint and jalapeno. So good! But also unusually like a spicy, liquid mango sorbet. I’m excited for the leftovers tomorrow.
*Zine Update* Above you see a variation on one of the recipes for the upcoming zine (Coconut Red Beans and Quinoa is the first version).
As you can tell by this being yet another post about “I’m working on it, don’t worry, it’s coming!” — I’m not very good at staying focused when I’m only dealing with my own deadline. So, I’m making this public so all of you have to hold me to it! I will finish drafting and laying out the zine by the end of February. Then I will work on screenprinting the covers with my friend Dan during the first half of March and hopefully have them ready by mid-to-late March. Sound like a plan? I think so!
As it currently stands, there will be 13 to 15 recipes. There are tons of cookbooks coming out soon that are far fancier than my little “art project” and people in the vegan blogosphere seem to be testing left and right! So I’m gonna be sneaking a few extra recipes in that my poor, neglected testers probably won’t or can’t get to. (And if you have made and given me feedback on any of the recipes in the past, expect to hear from me soon!)
Hooray for handmade projects!