|Raw Dark Carob Truffle Tart on Living Coconut & Walnut Crust|
(recipe way below!)
And so I'm back from yet another long hiatus. As much as it pains me to admit it, I don't think I can ever be a diligent blogger. I try though. I try.
And I'm not making excuses so please consider this post more of an explanation, or actually better yet, just a narration of what I've been up to lately and what's been keeping me insanely busy these past few weeks.
This February, the Mister and I actually made real one of our long-term dreams: an organic, sustainable cafe. :) We are so very blessed and lucky, and truly very, very grateful for this chance. We decided to call it the Earth Cafe because really, as cheesy as it might sound, the Earth Mother and all she gives us was really what inspired us to create and open this cafe.
We plan to make the Earth Cafe, not just a place to get good organic, healthy food, but also a venue for educating or showing more people that there are lots of sustainable dining options for us all, if only we made a bit more of an effort. It doesn't even have to be an extreme change in the way we all eat. If I had my way, I would serve only vegan or vegetarian dishes, but we didn't want to impose that on everybody so we'll be playing around with our menu a lot, offering lots of sustainable options: free-range chicken, fish, gourmet vegetarian dishes! We try to make everything from scratch: bread, pasta, all our sauces, etc etc.! And we try to make use of only organic, natural and local ingredients.
It was a lot of work (it still is and will continue to be!) but we are so happy with what we have created so far. :)
But anyway, so that's what we've been up to. So you see? I wasn't just being too lazy to blog. :p
|our brand spankin' new "green" kitchen! <3|
Oh and apart from the cafe, we've also been busy "greening up" our kitchen! With the help of my very talented sister (who's about to graduate with a degree in Interior Design -- I am such a proud sister hen!), we now have a brand spankin' new sunny little kitchen! It's very open with lots of windows and sky lights to let the light in (we never ever have to turn on the lights except at night!) and also to let the breeze in so it hardly ever gets too hot. We have little pots for herbs that always find its way into our meals and we now have more space to make breads, pasta, and all sorts of stuff in! Needless to say, the Mister (who's a chef!) and I have been having way too much fun in the kitchen lately!
In the last week alone, our lunch and dinner menu at home have consisted of:
- Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms with Herbed Rice (vegan)
- Coconut- and Almond-crusted Tofu in Ginger Honey (vegetarian that's super easy to make vegan, just replace the honey with agave nectar!)
- Living Banana & Cacao Chip Ice Cream (raw, vegan)
- Spinach- and Feta Cheese-stuffed Mushrooms with Homemade Caesar Salad (vegetarian)
- Eggplant Tempura (vegan)
- Jicama, Papaya & Pomelo Salad in Citrus Mint Vinaigrette (vegan)
- Raw Buckwheat Crispies with Bananas & Blueberries in Carob-Almond Milk (raw, vegan)
- Spicy Potato Salad (vegan)
- Tofu Mexicali Scramble (vegan)
- Living Carob-Cashew Freezer Fudge (raw, vegan)
- Spinach in White Wine & Cream Sauce on Organic Penne (vegan)
|homemade caesar salad with soy breadsticks,|
spinach- and feta-stuffed mushrooms and
a glass of organic Chateau Guiot Rose
Most of the recipes I used came from Ani Phyo's Raw Food Kitchen and Kim Barnouin's Skinny Bitch -- books I considered my food bible these past few weeks! The thing was, since these books are written in the US, not all of the ingredients the recipes require were available (or in many cases, affordable) back here in the Philippines so I did have to tweak most of the recipes a bit.
|jicama, papaya and pomelo salad with a citrus mint vinaigrette|
makes a 9-in. tart that serves about 8 to 12 slices (depending on how big your slices are!)
For the crust:
1 cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut
1 cup raw walnuts (unsoaked)
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 pitted medjool dates (I soak my dates for about 10-15 minutes to make it a bit softer and easier to process)
Process coconut, walnuts and salt until finely ground, then add the dates and continue to process until mixture begins to stick together. Press crust onto a 9-in. pie tart and pat down firmly.
For the truffle filling:
1 1/2 cups raw carob powder
1 1/2 cups raw agave syrup (agave syrup here in Manila is so expensive! So I substituted 1/2 cup medjool dates for the extra 1/2 cup of agave syrup - came out fine!)
2/3 cup virgin coconut oil
a pinch salt
Process all truffle filling ingredients until smooth. Pour the truffle mixture into the crust and spread it evenly. It should have a toffee-like texture and a bit of a sheen from the coconut oil. Put the tart in the fridge for atleast 2 hours before serving!
I swear, this has been the best thing I have ever made, raw or cooked. Even my dad, who usually refuses to eat whatever I make since he knows it's mostly raw or vegan, loved it! The entire tart is supposed to keep for 5 days in the fridge but this one was wiped out in two days! (I ate most of it!). Do keep in mind though that it still is a very rich dessert (remember how much coconut oil you put?). The good news is that it's full of vitamins and enzymes that it's still much, much better than its cooked versions!
I love this recipe and can see myself making this every single week! It is THAT good and super easy to make! Probably the easiest raw recipe I have ever come across. It took me less than 30 minutes to make this, and only had to wait a couple of hours before we can eat it!
I'll be posting more yummy recipes soon! But for now, consider this a peace offering. I feel guilty for not having been able to post much lately but I do hope this recipe makes up for it. :)