Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Mommy & Beckett, Kailua, HI 2004

Today I will be going to my mom's house for lunch to celebrate Mother's Day. This is going to be my first raw family holiday, and I'm excited to be bringing a couple of raw dishes to share. When I talked to my mother yesterday she said that we would be doing our traditional family holiday meal: steak, baked potato, and salad. When my father was alive, he owned a small town grocery store, and was the neighborhood butcher. I grew up eating the best cuts of meat, and have always had an appreciation for great steaks.

I told my mom she didn't need to buy me a steak, and that I would bring the salad, a fruit, and a dessert. That will be my Mother's Day meal, and a chance for me to show the family how delicious the food is that I've been eating. My brother commented a few days ago that I looked like I had lost weight. I'm happy that it's already starting to show. But what I really think that he was noticing was that I wasn't sluggish and tired, and I was actually smiling. I think smiling definitely makes you look skinny!

Amazing Spinach & Pear Salad

With a wonderful rosemary and parsley dressing, fresh pears, and a few blue cheese crumbles (for your friends who are not raw), this is a wonderful starter salad for a nice dinner with company, or great as a dinner salad.

The pears and the spinach together are just sweet and tasty.

Amazing Spinach & Pear Salad
1 large bag of spinach salad greens
3 medium pears, ripe
2 TBS rosemary, finely chopped
2 TBS parsley, finely chopped
4 TBS olive oil
4 TBS red wine vinegar
4 TBS rice vinegar
1/4 cup bllue cheese crumbles
Salt and Pepper to taste

Wash your spinach and shake gently in collander to remove water.
Slice pears very thinly, leaving the skin on. If you like smaller bites, cut to the size you like.

In a blender, small food processor, or a cup with a tight lid add the rosemary, parsley, oil, vinegars, salt and pepper. Blend until thoroughly mixed, or shake until thorougly mixed.

Toss the pears into the spinach greens.
Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss using your tongs.


Dreaming of Donut Holes
from Ani

I'm serving this topped with the Berry Compote, which is also in the book.

I went to the library to check out a couple of new raw food cookbooks, and picked up this wonderful book by Ani Phyo. The recipes are just what I was looking for: easy, fresh, and most of them don't require any fancy pants equipment. A blender, a good knife, and maybe a food processor (if you have one) will get you through most of the recipes in this book.

The other thing I love about this book is that Ani tells you how long things will keep in the fridge after you've made them. Oh, and there is a VERY HANDY page on substitutions for those of us who live in places that don't have easy access to things like dates and vanilla beans.

And OH MY LORDY! I made these donut holes when I got home to see if they would be good to take as dessert for this Mother's Day lunch. Let's just say I had to make another batch so that there would be enough to take for the party. Holy Dunkin Donuts, Batman! They are GREAT!

I'm definitely going to put this book on my gift list. And I'm going to return this copy to the library, and buy one for keeps. You can click on the picture of the book below to buy a copy of the book on Amazon. Or Click Here to Buy Ani's Raw Food Kitchen.

Bunny Loves This Book!


Wendi Dee said...

Happy Mother's Day to you! It sounds like it's going to be a great (and YUMMY!) day for you!

I like to borrow books from the library, first, too. I purchased Ani's book, because it was a "keeper" for our family, too. Another "keeper" was Matt Amsden's Rawvolution! I love that book so much that the pages are all falling out!

Lots and lots of love and laughter to you, Beth!


Lisa, aka Pixywinks said...

I have Rawvolution too. It is a keeper! Happy mother's day to you. That is a cute pic of you and Beckett.
Pixy Lisa

Antony Heaven said...

I hope you had a great Raw Mother's Day Bunny :-) And I hope your family thought well of the raw food you brought with you. I find people either love it or hate these dishes BEFORE THEY EVEN TRY THEM ...

I agree about Ani's book, and I absolutely LOVE Matt Amsden's Rawvolution. Home of onion bread and a great recipe for soft tacos with tomato salsa!

Love, Antony xx

Isle Dance said...

Yippee!! Just what I need to hear. I'm waiting to buy my raw food books until after I move into my cabin, so until then my ears are open. I can't wait to hear how the food went at the family dinner. :o)

Kristen's Raw said...

Happy Mom's Day, your menu sounds wonderful :)


Penni said...

Good for you for exposing dear old mom to raw food! I haven't made those donut holes, but when I am done with this juice extravaganza, you better believe I'll make them! Thanks for sharing the salad recipes too. sounds really yummy!


loulou said...

Hey Bunny

Glad to see how well you're doing on your raw path. Eating raw with family can be a challenge. They can be so critical (and hypocritical) of your food choices and not get that vibrant health is an amazing gift and no, you're not 'depriving' yourself!

You mentioned Ani's substitutions. If you can't get vanilla beans locally, then I totally recommend you use The Organic Vanilla Bean Company. I ordered half a pound and even with shipping to the UK they were a fantastic investment. - because you are totally worth it ;)

Keep it rawsome, sista!

Corazon said...

Yesterday I made Ani Phyo's Ginger Almond Pate' and Sundried Tomato Marinara. Both were super yummy! I'm on day 4 of my new raw adventures and feel fabulous. Thanks for the motivating posts.

HiHoRosie said...

Hiya Bunny! Sounds like you had a great M-Day! My hubby was commenting one time after a family holiday how good it was to not feel sluggish and tired and bleh while everyone else stuffed themselves and wanted to take a nap! :)

I just blogged about this on my blog but did you know that Ani Phyo is currently featured in Food and Wine magazine? Super cool if you ask me!

LittleGirl l BIG VOICE said...

This was my first raw book as well and I loved how approachable her food is. Some other books have fantasic gourmet recipes, but I don't have the time or money to do gourmet (at least like that) on a daily basis. Ani was the perfect solution! Glad you thought so too! And seriously, how bomb are those donut holes! Maybe someday it'll be Ani's donuts instead of Dunkin's!!!

Disa said...

Ani is the best. I picked up her book from the library first too. I was on a kick about only buying used books and wanted to check it out first. I love how simple and kid friendly her recipes are. I made the cheesy sauce one week and dipped everything in it, then that weekend I took my first trip to Erewhon market in LA and after being amazed by all the raw goodness in that store I actually passed Ani as I was walking out and she was walking in. She looked pretty focused so I didn't take the chance to be a raw celebrity fanatic. But she looks awesome. Maybe next time I see a raw celebrity I will have the guts to say Hi.