A Dash of Rosemary

August 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — rosehebrew @ 9:11 pm

A New Start Here On WordPress

Filed under: raw food, raw food recipe, wild food — Tags: — rosehebrew @ 8:47 pm

I just thought that I would move my blog over to wordpress because of more bells and whistles so here I am.  I got that new Blendtek high speed blender and am having tons of fun with it.  Yummy sunflower cheeses, easy to make crackers, green smoothies, and wonderful raw ice creams are just fighting for room in my tummy.  I just don’t have the ability to eat all the things that are so good because I just get too full that I can make now but it has been a true blessing.  I am going to give you my favorite green smoothie recipe but of course that will change day by day because that is how it all works.

 

1 ½ cup of water

A big handful of great weeds (malva, dandelion, and purslane) oh, don’t do this unless you know your weeds without a doubt

2 large curly kale leaves

1 frozen banana

1 small apple with seeds removed

About 1/3 cup of frozen mango

I also added the seeds from a cantalope I ate the day before for the nutrition but that is optional.

 

If you don’t positively know your weeds you can use other greens instead in their place.

 

I wish I could give you a sample but the taste is so sweet and after you drink this, which makes about a quart, other food is just an idea that you can choose to do without if you so wish.   I am committed to make a green smoothie of different fruits and greens for a full thirty days so I can form a firm habit of it.  I know my health will benefit greatly so it is worth the effort and it takes very little time.  If you would like to know what this is all about and why it would benefit you just get the book Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko.  A great read and she will inspire you to take control of your health!

 

 

 

August 19, 2008

Finally a post and a video.

Filed under: drying tomatoes, food drying, high speed blender — rosehebrew @ 12:55 am

MMMm… I don’t know what is going on here but it used to be that you could embed a video on your blog but I guess that is not happening now so I am going to give you this link to my youtube blog for this post. It is,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pgUlkt1hfg
I have not posted for awhile because I guess I have just been too busy. The last few days I have been drying tomatoes because the paste type tomatoes are just now hitting farmers market in quantity. I have been enjoying the summers bounty with lots of salads made with heirloom tomatoes, Chinese cucumbers, red bell peppers, onions and greens. I plan on greatly enjoying the summer produce until hopefully this late fall I will be ready for more of the root type veggies. I wish I could have this variety all year but that is just not how nature works now sense the fall so I am determined to make the best of it.
The time has finally come and I ordered my high speed blender. The thoughts of green smoothies everyday, raw nut butters and seed cheeses are just dancing around in my head. I had made up my mind to get a Waring Xtream but that morning I was going to order I got an email from Nomi Shannon saying that she had some Blend-tek blenders for 100 dollars off so I ordered one of those. I think that I will be very happy with it. I am also looking forward to saving money by making my own raw nut butters and tahini. I hope the next post will not be as long coming as this one and may all of you be blessed.

July 9, 2008

The Cost of Raw Organic Food

Filed under: medical costs, raw diet costs, raw food equipment, raw olive oil — rosehebrew @ 6:07 pm

I get many questions asked to me about the cost of a raw diet so I thought that I would just address that issue today. The cost of organic food can seem high in contrast to non-organic produce and in reality it can be about 30% more than conventionally gown produce. Also a really raw olive oil is more expensive than off the shelf cold-pressed olive oils that are in fact heated up to filter them. In this lifestyle you do have to learn about how your food is produced. Another issue is that eating real un-processed raw food is more expensive, or so it looks, because you are not buying cheap flour, corn, bad veggie oils and high fructose corn syrup or sugar.
OK, here is my big “but”. I have medical insurance that of course I pay for but my co-pays are 15.00 a visit so you can tack one of those on a month because of medication checks and also 10.00 worth of gas to get there from where I live. Add on to that prescription drugs at 15.00 for each so that was at least 60.00 a month. Also, SAD eaters tend to buy a lot of junk food and restaurant food and that can add up to even more than the medical costs. I also do not use any supplements because I believe they are actually unnatural and counter productive to health so I don’t spend the huge amount of money for these that some people do. For some reason when people estimate their food costs they seem to leave out these huge costs. I guess that they just do not see that what you eat today builds your health for tomorrow either positively or negatively and that is going to impact their bank balance.
Now let’s talk about the cost of food preparation. Both SAD eaters and raw foodists need a very sharp knife so we will not count that. I have bought a 210.00 food dehydrator because I wanted something crispy for a change once in awhile and you do need to make your own dried fruit (even raisins) because the ones in the store are not really raw. On the property I live on I have a number of fruit trees so I went for the larger model so I would have the room when harvest came in and when certain things are in season locally. I also plan on springing for a 350.00 high speed blender. Raw foodists use them because they are not really just a better blender but a whole different kitchen tool. It is like comparing a Honda to a John Deer tractor. They both have four wheels and are called a vehicle but they are used for different things. With a high speed blender you can make raw nut and seed butters (to buy them is just too pricey for many) and do a variety of raw soups and green smoothies which many raw foodists use to pleasantly take in lots of raw greens. If you look at it though in reality a range is much more expensive than this but it can be an issue for people because usually people already own a range. If you do buy the dehydrator and high speed blender and don’t stick with this lifestyle you will find that they have a good resale value unlike some things.
To sum it up, with the saving I enjoy not spending my money on medical issues, junk snack foods and restaurants; I think I am way ahead on the food purchases for my lifestyle. As far as the kitchen equipment, you can do the math, it is much less expensive and I won’t even add the power issue.

Here is a few sites that could be helpful to you raw food newbies.
http://www.rawschool.com/basics.htm
Here is a place to get some rawsome organic really raw olive oil (cold pressed is heated for filtering).
http://www.barianioliveoil.com/index.php

July 1, 2008

Don’t Hurt Yourselves!

Filed under: knives, raw food, sharpening knives — rosehebrew @ 2:17 pm

I have been observing something lately that is just bugging me so I though that I would get it off my chest. While watching Youtube videos I see everyday people using the dullest knives I have every seen. For example, when you place your knife on whatever you are cutting and if that knife does not grab it and just sail through with little pressure, that knife is way too dull. This is a dangerous thing to do. If I did that I know I could seriously cause a bad cut and I have seen many people have this happen. They push down hard and the knife slips and cuts them. No wonder people don’t enjoy preparing food, with cutting being such a chore and all. A sharp knife will leave your food much more attractive also. My recommendation is, pay the money and get a handy-dandy electric sharpener or go to the sportsman’s section of a large store and get a $5 hand held knife sharpener and use it often. A good chef’s knife can be up to $100 but I have seen decent one’s on sale for $10. I would rather pay $10 and get a cheap chef’s knife and sharpen often, than have an expensive knife that is never sharpened. Oh, and never fall for the serrated “never needs sharpening” knives that I have seen on TV. Serrated edged knives are for meat, never veggies or fruit and they do not stay sharpened. I actually saw someone trying to use a steak knife to cut a carrot (it was painful to watch). I was appalled and had to speak up! With a sharp knife and a meditative spirit, all that cutting can actually be therapeutic.

June 27, 2008

Food Drying Bliss and Gratitude

Filed under: buckwheat, figs dehydrated food, raw food — rosehebrew @ 9:47 pm

Tuesday was an exciting day, my dehydrator came! I ordered it on Friday night and by Tues it had already gotten here.It turns out the factory is in Sacramento and it must have been dropped shipped from there. I got the nine tray Excalibur and because I ordered it from http://www.rawveganbooks.com/ it came with 9 teflex sheets which I knew I would need. I cannot praise them more highly because when I had a question they got right back to me and they were very helpful.
Tuesday afternoon I got some raw buckwheat groats out and started them sprouting in my $1.25 nylon paint straining bags (it sure beats the $9.00 ones that are sold as nut milk bag). It takes about two days to fully sprout buckwheat so while I waited for that to happen I soaked some different seeds and on Wed I made some seed crackers. It takes about 24 hours for the crackers to dry thoroughly and I was so happy when they were finished. I used fennel seed, celtic sea salt, and onion to flavor them and they were really yummy. Yesterday I used 4 cups of fresh corn and the sprouted buckwheat to make some chili-lime corn chips. That turned out well too. I also made some chili-lime, and wasabi flavored almonds that turned out nice. I figured out how to process the sprouted buckwheat to make the flavoring stay on the nuts and I think I am on to something. I plan to post the recipe on goneraw.com when I get a hold of a digital camera. You can see I am getting a little crazy with the dehydrator but what can I say but that it is my new toy. I am sure that I will not be snacking so much on this stuff after awhile so right now I am just having a good time with it. You will find that after your body gets detoxed some that you tend to be able to eat much more intuitively. All the raw foodists I talk to say the same thing. Once in a while I really want avocados but then it seems like I get it out of my system and start wanting something else. I used to eat fruit every morning but now I eat what I am hungry for, and at night sometimes after I have had richer food during the day, I just want some fruit for dinner so I just sort of go with it. One thing I do hold myself to though is that I never eat melon with any other food because it just kills me. Others experience that too. I do appreciate my hubby for sacrificing to get my dehydrator. For a carnivore, he is very supportive because he knows that it makes me well.
I have been researching buckwheat and I have come to the conclusion that in it’s sprouted form it is the perfect grain for me ( although it is a fruit in the rubarb family). It has 18 % protein and it is a complete protein form so it helps out other proteins you have eaten in the last day be 100% usable also. It is fast to sprout but must be rinsed very well at least 3 times a day. Whirled up in the food processor it makes a smooth textured batter like thing that can be used to make the base for cookies and crackers. You can also dry the sprouted buckwheat to make “buckwheaties”. They can be eaten for breakfast with nut milk and fruit for a very filling breakfast type thing. And, like I mentioned above, I can use them to do a coating on nuts. I bet in the future I am going to figure out many more uses for it. After sprouting it does not have a “raw flour” taste either. I think that many people when they first hear about raw food that you are just forcing yourself to eat all sorts of unpalatable raw stuff. I heard a story about a girl that was invited to a raw potluck and she brought a bowl of raw cake batter mixed up. She was embarrassed but I am sure they understood.
My hubby brought home yesterday some fresh local figs, about 3 pounds worth. I had advertised on craigslist my need for organic produce and listed some of my talents in trade. I am going to give her 8 year old some sewing lessons in exchange for more in the future. That will be fun as I really like to teach the next generation life skills. I have to get the figs in the dehydrator and I can’t wait till they are done. You can use figs instead of raisons if you cut them up small so they are going to work out great for me.
Thinking back yesterday, sort of doing an inventory of where I am at, I came to the conclusion that I am very happy to be doing this and plan to do it for life. I am never hungry at all, I no longer have a love-hate relationship with food, I actually feel much better about eating in general, I don’t struggle with weight anymore, and as I observe people around me I believe that I enjoy the taste and experience of food so much more than they do. I am so grateful to the Lord for leading me here.

June 13, 2008

Organic or not organic, that is a question.

Filed under: conventional produce, cost of raw food, organic produce, raw crackers, seeds — rosehebrew @ 9:44 pm

This is a post about why I don’t eat totally local and organic. I am committed to eating local as much as possible but my farmers market has many sellers that are conventional growers too and it seems like the organic produce is pretty scarce there. I don’t like to buy from these local conventional growers because even though it is fresher they have no one to be accountable to as far as their pesticide use. At least large veggie farmers are tested and hopefully a little more cautious in this area because there own bottom line is at stake. I know many home gardeners that never found a pesticide and herbicide they did not like and dumped them on at whim. What it boils down to is that I am just afraid to buy from these growers. I will buy from those who say they grow organically locally, if I can at all afford it (even though they are not certified because of hassle and cost). I do try to ask some questions though about their methods and if I don’t like the answer I move on. I have also stopped buying strawberries and other berries because I know these are heavily sprayed crops. Once in a while I will get organic ones but this is very rare.
I would love to be able to go to the store and buy all organic produce but because of the cost, if I did that I would not eat much and end up going back to SAD (Standard American Diet). I know that it is not the best but I believe it is much better than eating the SAD. Sometimes people have to make measured choices about what is best, sorta best, and really not good. I am not writing these posts to complain but to maybe help people navigate these issues better.
Unfortunately I will have no apples, cherries or plums on my trees this year. I planned on drying some with the dehydrator that hopefully I am getting in a week or so but looks like that is not going to happen because they all froze. Oh well, I can hope for next year as hopefully we will not have a weird late hard freeze like we did this year. I do have a large patch of blackberries that are blooming so if I get to them before the local foragers do, I will eat some fresh and dry some. YUM!
I am so looking forward to getting that dehydrator though. Thoughts of sprouted seed crackers made with all kind of flavor combinations keep dancing around in my mind. I really can’t wait. I want something dry and crunchy now!

May 29, 2008

A Doctor’s Visit About Raw Food

Filed under: dehydrating food, organic gardening, raw food — rosehebrew @ 10:06 pm

Last Friday I went to the “Oh so dreaded” doctor’s appointment. I broke the news to him gently that I was not on any med now other than my hormone (because I have had an hysterectomy) and waited for his reaction. He was a little skeptical I think, about the whole diet thing but he took my blood pressure, blood sugar and then weighted me and we talked a little more about how I got there. My blood pressure is in the normal range, just a little higher in the normal range, and my blood sugar was normal. My weight was down 45 pounds from my visit about 6 months ago. My doctor is a Seventh Day Adventist so I think that he is a little more aware of lifestyles impact on health. He was also interested in the fact that I needed no psyche meds or pain meds. I was surprised too that he had never heard of the raw food approach. He generally just gave me the thumbs up so that was a big relief.
I went to the hardware store today and picked up my “monster tool”. It is a pick thing that has a flat head on the other side. I have not been able to do any gardening because the place I am going to plant has been just grass and weeds for a very long time. I knew that it was going to take a big tool to get through it. The price was ridicules but I plan on keeping this tool the rest of my life. I figure if I just dig on hole a day, in a week I would have gotten in seven plants. I am going to mulch on top of newspaper around them later when I can get some mulch. I thought that I could get free mulch but after checking around I found out that was not going to happen. The local green-waste place is now sending it to a worm farm so I have to buy it from them at $20.00 for a cubic yard. It will be chopped so I don’t think I will have to lay it down really thick. I am thankful though that I have a pickup so that I can pick it up as I go along. I am a little late getting my plants in but I think that is going to be fine. I am planning on getting a dehydrator so that I can dry some of these tomatoes. Some of the ones I planted are the San Marzano kind which is supposed to be a yummy paste tomato for drying. It is the one they dry in Italy. When I get my mulch on I also plan to plant some greens including some kale for winter use. Some of the pepper seed that are also an Italian variety came up so I plan on getting them in as well as a few plants from a nursery. Thinking about the dehydrator, I tasted some raw crackers from the natural food store that were so delicious. They were made from sprouted seeds that were left in their whole form. They had sesame, flax and sunflower seeds plus a little onion and spice. I better get a dehydrator because at five bucks for two servings I just cannot buy them. So anyway, can’t wait to start churning those things out but I am going to add pumpkin seeds to mine, as for some reason, I am really into pumpkin seeds.
I do encourage all of my readers to go to the http://www.goneraw.com/ site for some great recipes and support for raw-fooders. I am on that site almost every day in anticipation for new recipes being posted and also for the forum activity.

May 6, 2008

A thought about water

Filed under: chlorine, flouride, pure water — rosehebrew @ 1:56 am

Water should just be part of the bounty and provision that God has provided for His creation but I to have found it to be a challenge. I think that some think that clean, pure water is just a problem in developing nations but here in the US it is also a problem. Our water is contaminated by the addition of fluoride and chlorine, and of course all the chemicals that farming and industry have dumped into our environment for good measure. I live in the city so am pretty much stuck with what comes out of the faucet. The best solution to this is to go downtown to a purified water machine and get my water by the gallon using gallon water containers that I have saved. This machine has two filters and reverse osmoses systems to get the junk out of my water. Maybe it is not the perfect solution because the water does not have a correct electrical charge but it is the best solution I have come up with. This is my choice but I don’t believe it should be this way. Fluoride and chlorine both have negative effects but they are added without my permission for my own “good”. Gee what would I do without the government making those choices for me? After all maybe I am just too stupid to make my own decisions on the matter.
I have decided to start moderating my comments, not so much because I want to control everyone’s opinions but so that I can keep track of responses on my previous posts. I don’t want to miss any so that I can dialog with all of you.

May 4, 2008

A thought on the poisening of the population.

Filed under: chemicals, food supply, MSG, organic gardening — rosehebrew @ 3:30 am

I did not know what a tough issue this was until I started eating a raw pure food diet. Two of my “incurable” diseases were cured but the challenges of such a journey was surprising. I live in California so I have to go to farmers mrkt to buy raw almonds from the grower because you can not legally buy them in the store here. I then learned that most all the nuts in the store were heated until dead, even if they are labeled as raw. Even the shelled nuts usually heated before sale. I stopped eating all packaged food and did research on all those Frankenfood ingrediants and found out they were poisoning people with MSG, an excitotoxin that causes diabetes, depression, and other disorders. MSG has over thirty names and can even be on the label as “spices” or “natural flavorings”. I also learned that the chemical in white flour that makes it white is used to induce diabetes in animals. This is a crime against our temples and the deception of satan to kill God’s creation. I try to tell people about this and they just look at me like I am crazy while they chow down on there processed food. I am angry. I am angry at our government for allowing greed to run their policy decisions. I am also angry at the individuals that are profiting on the poisoning of our people. Don’t I have the right to know what is in my food such as genetically modified organisms, chemicals and drugs? Maybe that is the point here. In this country we may think we have rights but it seems to me in a lot of cases, this is just an illusion.
What am I doing about my anger? Well, I am voting with my dollars by purchasing mostly fresh organic foods from local producers whenever possible, using pure “real” soap without chemicals added, and drinking pure water (believe me, that is another topic). I have to pay more for these choices than the person who does not care and I am a lower income person but I count it as doing what is right unto the Lord. I could eat better if I was a little more well-off but I do the best I can in the place that I live. I do eat 99% raw and would like to eat 100% organic but to run out of food and fast because of lack instead of for the Lord makes it very hard, at least for me.
I do hope that maybe this post will make you think on this issue every time you have a food choice in front of you.
Rosemary

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