I should back up, though... I was born in a little town in Queb...oh wait, not that far! I woke up with the intention to pee and go back to bed, because I thought the digital clock said 1:30 a.m. So I did that, and then laid there wide awake, with my brain zipping around everywhere.
I remember reading somewhere that if you are wide awake at night, you shouldn't just lay there for too long trying to fall asleep...at least, not to the point of frustration. You should instead get up and do something productive. So I did. I sat at my computer and before the thing turned on, I noticed, with a very puzzled feeling, that it was light out. A tiny WTF and a raising of the blinds, I sat there puzzled, just when my computer came on and I saw the time. It was 7:36 a.m. I don't wear my glasses to bed is my only defense. I must say, I was somewhat relieved, and suddenly filled with the energy of a person who is supposed to be UP.
I decided to make freshly squeezed orange juice, practically used up a bag of oranges to make 2 glasses with my electric citrus juicer. Just in time for my boyfriend to wake up. He loved that; said it made him feel loved to walk in and be handed fresh juice. (Note to self: do that.) It was sooooo delicious.
Then I felt kinda on a roll...and decided to make Spinach Palak (second dip on the page)...with no particular plan for it...lunch/dinner, whatevever. Just been kinda craving it for the past week, as I've been going over my old stand-by recipes, and I kept threatening to make it, and well, today was the day.
It did not disappoint! It's really fuss-free & easy to make, and takes no time at all. Do eeeet. It's so tasty, you will love it. All you need is a food processor, yay!
After I finished making the palak, I put it in the fridge and turned my attention to my growing hunger. I enjoyed a smoothie, and I popped a Vitamin D3, which I've just started taking this week, as I've mentioned. No ill effects, or any effects yet, to my little eye, anyway...so...so far so good.
Yesterday, I'd made some eggless egg salad and so when we came back from visiting our friends, it was lunch time and I decided to use the egg salad, and the palak, and smear it onto large lettuce leaves, with chopped red pepper, alfalfa sprouts, and shredded carrots. It was so great! As you can see in the photo, the palak blends right into the color of the lettuce leaf (from the spinach in it.)
Looky what I got today! Brigitte Mars' 'Rawsome'...a book I've been aiming to own since quite a while back...last year, I think...I got it out of the library and loved it. I've made several recipes from it before, and have always been blown away by the flavors. It was only $18.95! What the heck have I been waiting for?! So we're driving home and I started flipping through it and I immediately read a recipe that caught my attention, 'Rawvioli'. I've seen this recipe online and it always appealed to me, if not for the name alone.
So we stopped at a grocery store (insert screeching brakes and u-turn sound here) and picked up the ingredients. It wasn't for this evening's dinner, it was for tomorrow's dinner, because it takes 12 hours in the dehydrator. (Sheesh!)
Rawvioli - Brigitte Mars, Rawsome, page 197
3 zucchini, sliced lengthwise into thin strips (I used a peeler)
1 cup pine nuts
1 cup young coconut meat or an additional 1 cup of pine nuts (which is what I did)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp celtic salt
1 clove garlic
2 tsp fresh rosemary
3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3 Tbsp water
Here they are, a tray and a half of the rawviolis...just as they're going into the tanning booth, um dehydrator. It says it yields 6, but not around here. Those are already gone in our minds. :)
My bean mix in the sprouter is showing real promise, with cute little tails showing up already. There are three tiers of this and I look forward to these in my salads this week.
So onto the other stuff my happiness is made of...
My funky new Value Village find...these hightops, sitting upon my paint box. And while I'm at it, my cherished box of creative expression, my paints.
Enjoy your day, Rawkers!