Thursday, April 27, 2006

Raw Food Wednesday Thursday: Caribbean Style

Raw Food Wednesday Thursday 4/27

because of the catering gig last night, RFW got pushed back a day... so, I'm going to live blog it today...

We're going with a Caribbean theme tonight, so first up this morning -- Jerk Burgers, which I'm sort of making up as we go along, so this'll be good documentation when it come time to make them again ;)

the ingredients: one very ripe plantain, one carrot, one shallot, half of a yellow bell pepper, one jalapeno, three key limes, two garlic cloves, one tsp. ginger -- along with 1/2 cup soaked sunflower seeds and 1/2 cup of soaked almonds (not shown) all about to thrown in the vita-mix with spice mixture (pinch each of annatto seed, clove, cumin seed, allspice, salt, pepper) plus one tbs. bragg's liquid amino.

here's the mixture after processing and shaped on the teflex sheet (ring mold alert)...

Right now (10:40am) they're dehydrating at 110F, and I'll check them around 1pm and flip them. It looks like some kind of a Mango chutney will go on top, because I can already tell these guys are going to be spicy...

1pm Update: Things are progressing nicely -- They look as if they'll need to go until at least 5pm.

for now, flip the burgers over and onto the regular rack and back into the dehydrator...

now to figure out the rest of the menu...

UPDATE: 5:30PM: into the home stretch... Liz gets home and we decide to go with a yellow tomato soup after it went over so well last night at the catering gig -- made Cascadilla Soup (gazpacho-ish) from Renee Underkoffler book -- yellow tomato, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, coconut water, garlic, cilantro, mint, corriander, cumin black pepper, lime juice, olive oil, salt

The young coconut gives up the juice

Liz starts on the Chutney (mango, red bell pepper, key lime juice, ginger, cilantro, salt and pepper)...

...and quickly knocks it out

6PM: getting ready to plate -- the romaine lettuce is from Ohio -- called speckled romaine -- supple and tender

The finished plates

The Arugula Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing -- Liz did this when I wasn't looking ;)

The Cascadilla Soup

The burgers are out of the dehydrator -- we decide to try a little of the cashew "cheese" that we love so much on top of some of the burgers -- sort of a "jerk cheeseburger" if you will -- the cheese offsets the heat from the burger perfectly.

Jerk Burger with Mango Chutney

* collapses *


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