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Sweet and Sour Tofu

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We had some fried tofu bits in the fridge that I felt like using.

The great thing about these is that they were ready battered and were crispy. Reminded me of a sweet and sour pork I used to have when I was still into eating animals. I really like that crispyness.

I fried up some spring onions, carrots and chopped ginger to soften them first.

Now, the sweet and sour effect depends on getting enough sweet, and enough sour into the recipe. Seems obvious, but really.

Pineapple is a great food that is already both sweet and sour. Yellow pepper is nice and sweet. These ingredients were chopped and added raw after the cooked ingredients were cooked.

Tomatoes give sourness, as does a generous squeeze of lemon. Finally for extra sweetness I added one smallish apple. All of these ingredients were blended together raw as the sauce for this dish.

Add the tofu and some noodles, and mix the sauce with the rest taking care that the raw ingredients don’t get cooked (this is for health most of all, but I also happen to like the taste more).

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December 14, 2010 at 11:42 am

Raw Birthday Cake

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Me and my friends made a raw cake for Tiago’s birthday. Everyone loved it.

Raw Vegan Birthday Cake with pears, dates, and hazelnuts

Raw Vegan Birthday Cake with pears, dates, and hazelnuts

This raw vegan birthday cake was very easy to make, though a little time consuming. First we grabbed a bowl which would make a good mould for the cake – not too big unless you want to spend hours preparing dates. Then we filled it with alternate layers of dates, sliced pears, and  chopped hazelnuts.

We pitted the dates and then chopped them into rough cubes about 1/2 cm to a side. We ended up needing about 1 KG of dates for this cake.

The hazelnuts we smashed up in a coffee grinder until they were broken up but not quite flour – still crunchy and nice to bite into.

We sliced the pears quite thinly and arranged them so that they fitted together nicely in their layers. We also added a generous squeeze of lime juice so the pears wouldn’t oxidize (go brown) and also mint leaves and chopped lime zest.

We pressed the whole thing down well and when the bowl was full, we just turned it over and gave it a tap – it came out perfectly.

Finally, we adorned the birthday cake with raw walnut halves and mint leaves. Yum 🙂

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August 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Raw pasta

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raw pasta

Hi guys! 🙂

I decided not to make “The Spiritual Vegan” a professional path like with my lightworker’s site http://www.lightworkersconnection.com but I do enjoy putting up recipes from time to time.

Currently I’m on the raw food diet. My ultimate goal is to go breatharian, which is as it sounds. Most people freak out when I tell them this, but I assure you that so long as I consistently lose weight on a no-food diet, I will take that as a sign I can’t live off air yet, so I won’t push myself. 🙂

Today’s raw recipe was inspired by my lovely friend Joy, who is as she sounds. 🙂

How to make raw pasta

Raw pasta is easy: you get out a peeler and attack a cucumber with it. (Zucchini work too I hear). You can get the long pasta like strips as seen in the picture this way.

I made the raw pasta sauce by liquidizing three or four tomatoes with a minipime. I added spring onions and some green pepper to this, plus salt, olive oil and provençal herbs (you can use oregano or your choice of herbs if you can’t find this delicious ingredient). All blitzed together.

This was topped, as you can see, with my beloved alfalfa sprouts. ❤

Liquized tomatoes make a great base for many “sauce” type recipes. Try blending in curry paste too, maybe with some coconut.

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April 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm

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Raw vegan chocolate date cake

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A while back I made another version of my raw cake, this time with chocolate. Unless you can find raw cacao, this won’t be a 100% raw recipe, but it is close enough. Probably the healthiest chocolate cake you’ll ever have. 🙂

Ingredients: 200g dates

100g chopped hazelnuts, raw or toasted according to your preference

2 modest tablespoons cocoa

You can add honey or the sweetener of your choice (be healthy!) if you find the resulting mixture too bitter. I like it as it is, dates are quite sweet.

(Some copying and pasting of the original recipe follows)

You want to get the stones out of the dates. Just get a knife, slit them and take the stones out – and in so doing, tear the dates in half, so that for every date you stone, you have two pieces of date flesh in your bowl. Make this a round, decent-sized bowl that will take all the dates, but not too big – you’ll see why soon.

Add the hazelnuts and cocoa.

Now, clean your hands and put them in the bowl. Press the dates down with your fists, knead them, mix them, and knead them again. To start with you’ll just have a load of sticky dates and nuts, but eventually it’ll soften up and make a dough which you can easily collect up into an even ball. Do that. You can keep kneading for a while after if you want to make it softer, but it’s not necessary – try different ways of doing it, I guarantee you’ll come back to this recipe.

Place the ball on the plate which you’re going to be serving the cake on and with your hands flatten it into a cake.

Enjoy!

Related posts: Raw chocolate spice date cake

The original raw cake recipe

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February 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

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…Vegan strawberry ice cream!

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This article is part of the Strawberriad Trilogy.
1. Vegan strawberries and cream
2. Strawberry vegan milkshake
3. Vegan strawberry icecream

NOW we’re talking.

Strawberry vegan icecream, utilizing avocado to make creamy while still vegan

We proceed, to begin with, like the vegan strawberry milkshake previously mentioned.

As I said,

You take half an avocado, about 7 strawberries (the idea is to about double the volume of avocado in strawberries), 3 teaspoons of brown sugar (I got tired of honey), half a lemon’s juice and a few drops of vanilla essence. Liquidize.

Don’t add water though! Keep it like that.

Now, place this in the freezer in a container that won’t break as the mixture freezes and expands.

There are two methods to make icecream from this: the lazy way and the quality way.

For the picture, and in order to realise that avocado and strawberry is a killer icecream combo, I just waited an hour or so – I was too lazy to count how long – then took it out, broke it up a bit, and tried to liquidize it.

I didn’t actually succeed to start with, on the second batch. The first batch I left less time and I DID succeed. The second though, I left to defrost for a while then liquidized it with the minipime. It was good – if a bit crystalline.

WikiHow explains how to do non-half-assed icecream:

1. Pour the ice cream mixture into a deep baking dish, or bowl made of plastic, stainless steel or something durable in the freezer.

2. Put it in the freezer for 45 minutes.

3. Check the mixture. When it starts to freeze at the edges, take it out and stir it vigorously with a spatula or whisk until all the ice crystals are broken up. If you can, use a whisk or a hand-held mixer.

4. Check and stir every 30 minutes until the mixture turns into ice cream. This might take 2-3 hours.

For me, actually, the half-assed method was pretty OK. I think maybe the next thing to do is to buy an icecream machine, which of course combined with the mixture I’ve given in this article will make healthy, additive-free vegan icecream incredibly easy.

If I can earn some money doing diet coaching I may well get one 😀

Enjoy

Andrew

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January 27, 2010 at 10:52 pm

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…Strawberry vegan milkshake…

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This article is part of the Strawberriad Trilogy.
1. Vegan strawberries and cream
2. Strawberry vegan milkshake
3. Vegan strawberry icecream

OK, this was a bit more like it.

Avocado and strawberry vegan milkshake

You take half an avocado, about 7 strawberries (the idea is to about double the volume of avocado in strawberries), 3 teaspoons of brown sugar (I got tired of honey), half a lemon’s juice and a few drops of vanilla essence. Liquidize and add water until you have a the thickness you want for your milkshake.

It really is… kind of milky. And you don’t notice the avocado flavour. It is, effectively, vegan milkshake.

I wonder if it would be even better with cashew nuts instead of avocado… anyone want to try and report back? These, I admit, are some pretty experimental recipes I’m pumping out right now. But definitely interesting and good.

Check out Andrew’s other site, Lightworkers‘ Connection, if you consider yourself to be a highly conscious individual. You know there is more to life than meets the eye. You are not alone.

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January 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm

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Vegan strawberries and cream…

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This article is part of the Strawberriad Trilogy.
1. Vegan strawberries and cream
2. Strawberry vegan milkshake
3. Vegan strawberry icecream

Yes, we could also call this perhaps more accurately, if less romantically, “Strawberry and avocado fruit salad”.

The idea of combining strawberries and avocados popped into my head from nowhere and I endeavoured to get this right. This was a pretty cool recipe – visually very appealing. The idea is that fresh, ripe avocado would provide the “creaminess” we want to have with our strawberries, making this half a strawberries-and-cream substitute, half an original recipe in its own right. I made this using avocadoes, strawberries, and a dressing made of lemon juice, honey and vanilla essence. I think I could have also tried liquidising avocado with vanilla and honey and lemon and some water to make a creamy sauce, though I haven’t gone there yet. No, I thought there was something else I could do with the creamy strawberry and avocado combination…

Check out Andrew’s other site, Lightworkers‘ Connection, if you consider yourself to be a highly conscious individual. You know there is more to life than meets the eye. You are not alone.

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January 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm

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