Raw Vegan Cacao Goji Power Truffles

Because most of the white and brown sugars on the market are not really vegan, and just because I also try to stay away from processed foods as much as possible, I use natural sweeteners in all desserts – pure dates or pure maple syrup do the job very well. Here’s a really good recipe for natural raw power truffles that doesn’t use a pinch of sugar. They’re great and filling, amazing snack for travelling long distances when there’s no time to stop for food, or also great for exam preparation times if you, like me, oh absolutely need those sweets when studying. So here goes:

Raw Vegan Cacao Goji Power Truffles

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Vegan Pilaf

Here’s my simplified version of this traditional Middle-Eastern dish. In USSR we were usually making an Uzbekistan/Tajikistan version in which rice is cooked with the rest of ingredients. I omitted adding dried appricots or raisins in this case, but those can definitely be really good in plov as well.*

Vegan Pilaf

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Petitions – please spread the word!

Hi guys, here are the current petitions for some of the issues at hand in Canada. Some are for the beautiful ancient forests in BC, some in Ontario, some for Alberta (reposting 2 of petitions from my previous post as a separate one). Please please sign those, it’s just a couple clicks but together we can change something!

1. STOP Wind Turbines in Bruce Peninsula, Ontario – “the Bruce Peninsula is one of the few UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Canada with towering limestone cliffs, ancient cedars and some of the world’s rarest species of plants and animal life. Migratory birds and bats continually killed, as Bruce Peninsula is a major migratory corridor” – petition is here http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-wind-turbine-expansion-on-bruce-peninsula/
As the data on the internet shows, the turbines kill much less birds than any of the other sources such as cats, automobiles etc; however taking into account the uniqueness of Bruce Peninsula biosphere and its importance as a Major migratory corridor for birds, turbines should definitely be stopped in that rare area.

2. STOP – Rural Municipality of Big Lakes Alberta began offering a $300 bounty on wolves in September 2010. In just 6 months 53 wolves killed and claimed! (Action Alert Big Lakes Alberta).

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Raw Vegan Smoked Salmon Tarts

Made this yesterday as I wanted to already start trying recipes with fresh sage from the garden. A pretty good and light snack, slightly resembles smoked salmon, you can reinforse the taste by adding more of the dried kelp and/or fresh sage leaves. This amount of ingredients would make enough mini tarts for 4 or 5 people.

Raw Vegan Smoked Salmon Tarts

Raw Vegan Smoked Salmon Tarts recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup walnuts or macadamia*
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 3 tbsp fresh dill
  • 1 ½ medium tomato
  • 2 tbsp sundried tomatoes
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • Salt and black peppers to taste
  • 2-3 large leaves fresh sage
  • 1 tbsp ground dried kelp.

* Walnuts taste is very strong in this mix, so if you would prefer other tastes to stand out more better use macadamia or cashews.

Raw Vegan Smoked Salmon Tarts

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients in a powerful blender, I use VitaMix. Add water as needed to create a thick paste. Serve on cucumber slices, letucce leaves or your favourite crackers, sprinkle with some sesame seeds, and I also like adding some kalamata olives. Really good as a quick snack!

Raw Key Lime Pie

Well, despite of not having any access to real Florida key limes, I decided to give it a try with grocery limes. Inspired by Crudessence raw restaurant in Montréal, I’ve been wanting to try my own version for some time already, so nothing could stop me now. Ah well, it worked out pretty nicely!

Raw Key Lime Pie

So the given ingredients make enough pie for 6 large pieces, so could easily fill 3 people.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup brazilian nuts
  • 1/4 cup almonds – all nuts could be soaked for couple hours, I just used them dry
  • 2 large medjool dates (if using other types of dates just double the amounts)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • (optional) a tiny bit of water just to have everything stick together to get a dough

Cream:

  • juice from 1 or 1.5 limes
  • 5 large medjool dates
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preparation:

You’ll need a food processor with S blade. To prepare the crust, mix all ingredients together and the mix is too crumbly, add a bit of water and mix again to have a dough. Then in a pie form press the dough to create a base layer. Then in the same food processor mix all ingredients for the cream layer. Try the mix and adjust sweetness by adding more dates. When it’s ready, pour it on top of the crust and spread evenly. Cover the pie form and freeze it for couple hours. You can decorate the pie with several lime slices. Enjoy!

Vegan Vegetable BBQ

While summer is still here I wanted to make something relevant, and what could it be if not a vegan vegetable bbq?
So, just playing it by ear, I tried two versions – one simply bbq’d vegetables sprinkled with some oil and spices, and another one with marinade. Vegetables in marinade totally win, but the first version was quite good too and probably healthier, so will be a good one for when I’m too lazy to deal with marinades.

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Garden update

So, just after 3 weeks of planting those tiny little things at my backyard I’ve got several overgrowing herb planters! yay!

Basil is doing great, despite of permanently being eaten by earwigs and snails…I have too much pity for those guys to get rid of them, so they continued eating and I thought the basil was not going to grow, but apparently earwigs trimming did magic, and my 3 basils are flourishing! Maybe lots of rain also helped, but anyhow they’re like 5 times taller than they were originally. On the left are also some parsley and cilantros which are quite happy together as well.

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