Posts tagged ‘fruits’
Esterlina Winery had their annual picnic in Philo of the Anderson Valley. They had the usual picnic fair, but their side dishes of salads and fresh fruit were the most interesting and delicious.
The trip to Esterlina was a good break for Archie. He works so hard on our Great Room. Right now he is putting up redwood siding on the house and building a new hearth for the fireplace. He is making it to where you can sit on it and warm up if you are cold. In the winter we will group chairs around it as everyone will want to chat in comfort.
This week at Living Light we are having the 2011 Showcase where twelve of the top raw food chefs will demonstrate their best raw vegan recipes. If you can not make it to Fort Bragg, you can still watch the event by purchasing a Gold or Silver package and viewing it on your computer. You can also upgrade the packages by adding the DVD selection to your cart and get last year’s showcase as well. Now that’s a deal!
One of the raw recipes from Living Light that Archie and I enjoy is the Green Giant. We grow our own kale, spinach and romaine lettuce. This year we will also try to grow our own celery. We did last year, but it was the wrong kind and didn’t taste good. (Oh well, the compost liked it.) Sometimes we add ginger root but we rarely add lemon as I am not a fan of a lemony taste. Come into our cafe on St. Patrick’s day, and whether you like lemon in your juice or not, you may be able to get a great deal on a Green Giant – we’re having all kinds of specials on green stuff that day!
Archie has most of the seedlings for our garden in small pots in the greenhouse right now. Their names are on popsicle sticks. Names like delicata squash, space tomatoes (the seeds actually went into space), a bumpy winter squash called Galeux d’ Eysines (a french heirloom that gets bumps that look like warts – the more bumps, the higher the sugar content!). My girlfriend hates the look of this squash, but Archie and I like it. Archie told Sandi that he will scrape off the bumps to make it look more appealing to her! What do you think? Do you like the bumps or not?
Tami is going to UC Davis for her doctorate and working to help the people of Bangladesh to grow tangerine trees. Why? She is setting out, along with her colleagues, to prove that mothers who eat tangerines while nursing their babies not only have better health, but their babies are healthier as well. Assuming this is true, they can then advise the country to grow tangerines as there will be a local market and they will not have to be imported. A new industry could conceivably be birthed. This would truly help the economy in Bangladesh.
Today’s environmentalists, economists and politicians are thinking “outside the box”. Not only does every country need to be “green”, but they must be self sustaining as well. It is not fair to demand that a country stop their best industry because it is contributing to the unhealthiness of the planet and not help them start a healthy industry that will benefit planet Earth. Tami’s group is one of many who are working on this predicament.
As I have said before: you do not have to help others in a big way – Archie and I are giving our extra plants and harvested veggies to others, and it is very much appreciated. Some naysayers are heralding the end of civilization as we know it; but I see too many people reaching out and helping others.
Have you placed your vote for the Hot Raw Chef Sweet Valentine Video Recipe Contest yet? I will do it this weekend when I have the time to watch the videos. Not only will I get to watch the videos and vote, but I will also get the recipes in eBook form – how exciting!
This is the last blog of the year. What will the New Year bring? Will Archie build the Great Room? If so, I get to get a piano, ooooooooooh! I can hardly wait! So! What are your New Year’s Resolutions?
Will you go raw for 30 days like some of the people in our office are doing? If you do, be sure to do so with a buddy so you will make the stretch.
Living Light International is having another Hot Raw Chef Video Contest. This time, the theme is Sweet Valentine. Send us your video starting January 1st – we are giving away over $5000 in prizes! Details are going out today. If you have not subscribed to our free e-newsletter, do so now by going to our website, www.rawfoodchef.com, or for contest details visit www.hotrawchef.com.
What are my resolutions? To enjoy each moment as it comes, and if they are not full of joy, to give them a kiss and wish them well.
One of the most fun things to do here on the coast in December is to take the Candlelight Tour. The inns in Albion, Mendocino, and Fort Bragg open their doors to the public, show the rooms that are decorated for the holidays and serve goodies. The public buys tickets to the event and the proceeds go to Mendocino Unified School Enrichment Fund (MUSE) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mendocino County (BBBS) We at Living Light always enjoy opening our doors so others can see our fine craftsman style inn. We take great pride in restoring the Inn and making it green; not only is our kitchen vegan-raw, but the linen and mattresses are made from organic materials.
OK, it is soapbox time. So many of us, Archie and me included, rant and rave about how many people are not concerned about the planet and one another. It is true that so much of the news is negative, and that remains in our thoughts for a long time. I remember one time someone told me that it takes three positive statements to get rid of a negative one. I believe this is true, which is why we strive to be as positive as possible.
Last Tuesday I saw a headline in the newspaper: San Franciscan Philanthropist Dies. “Who was that?” I asked. Richard Goldman, co-founder of Goldman Environmental. So I went online to see just what it was that he did. He and his wife founded Goldman Environmental in 1990. Every year the foundation gives money to six areas: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, South and Central America. They award money to “grassroots heroes”.
“The Goldman Prize views ‘grassroots’ leaders as those involved in local efforts, where positive change is created through community or citizen participation in the issues that affect them. Through recognizing these individual leaders, the Prize seeks to inspire other ordinary people to take extraordinary actions to protect the natural world.”
They have been doing this for thirty years, yet this is the first time I have heard of them. This got me to thinking that there must be a lot of other people on our planet that I have never heard of that are doing things to help as well. It doesn’t have to be big: Archie and I grow only organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers and give away what we do not eat. What are you doing?
This weekend we harvested as many veggies as possible: pumpkins, green and yellow zucchinis, tomatoes, red bell peppers, jalapeños, and our dahlias. We still have lots of winter squash growing, garlic, green onions, chard, Red Russian Kale, lettuce, and cabbage. Though the pretty green worms got to the cabbages first, so we have decided to let them have a feast!
This year’s garden was not as good as we had hoped, due mostly to the extra rain we had. Usually the rain ends by mid April; this year it was the end of June. Even our greenhouse veggies did not do as well. That is all right, however, as each year brings different challenges and we learn from them.
Winter is a great time to dream about next year’s garden. We get out catalogs; look over the seeds we have left over; even look at recipes to see if we should grow certain kinds of veggies: will we really use that much chard? I love the dreaming part, but by February we start the seedlings and by March are ready to plant!
Another thing I am looking forward to is Pastry Arts – Unbaked! 2. This is a recipe development class and it will be so much fun to see what the students create. One year a student in RawFusion Spa Cuisine created a banana slug: it was beautiful, but not enticing to eat! Pastry Arts will be different!
If you read my blog last week, you heard about my Dad, and his journey in America. Today, as part of our Day of the Dead observance honoring our ancestors, I’ll tell you a little about my mother. She was born Virginia Ruth Rowell, and when she was twenty-five (in 1938) she discovered a new religion called the Science of Characteristics that made sense to her (and at the time to my father as well). Everyone in the family changed their names in accordance with the new religion; I am the only one who was born with a “true” name. Her new name became Helen HZ Schuler. I was born Hilloah Heigh Pheigh in 1948.
She really was an amazing woman and ahead of her time. One of the benefits of her religion was that everyone was health conscious (they were the brave new world after all). We were vegetarians and did not eat head lettuce. It was not until I was 21 that I realized that not eating head lettuce, and eating leaf lettuce instead was beneficial to my health and had nothing to do with religion!
During World War II, my mother Helen wrote a column about Victory Gardens and instructed people on how to black out their windows so that enemy planes would not be able to see the lights at night and therefore drop bombs. As you know, Archie and I have a garden of our own. Everything we grow is organic. We love our fresh fruits and vegetables. Here at Living Light, we only use organic produce, as I always inform my potential students. It makes such a difference to the individual and the planet to shop locally, eat organic and grow your own vegetables if you’re able. It’s still a victory!
I was born after the war and my mother went to work for the State of California. When I was two she and my father divorced, and neither ever remarried. My romantic soul wonders what their hearts are up to now.