Sunday, 21 March 2010

March raw food potluck

Today was one of the best potlucks our group has had, with an amazing selection of goodies from savoury to desserts. I made my tropical fruit tart with mango puree, which I've made before but always goes down a storm. Also, I whipped up some brazil nut and sundried tomato "cheeze" and some pistachio pesto.
There was the most enormous, beautiful salad with fresh dill and veggies of all kinds, including beets and cucumber that had been done on a special mandolin to cut them out and make them extra pretty. There was a raw carrot cake and even raw falafel that had all the flavours of the cooked variety. As well, there was a slightly spicy sweet potato dish, a salad with avocado, tomato and basil, loads of sprouts, the most glorious mango salsa and tasty seed crackers.
It was the first time I got to try buckwheaties, which are sprouted buckwheat that have been dehydrated. They are just like a breakfast cereal and perfect with a bit of nut milk or cream, and some dried fruit on top.
My favourite thing of the day were these gorgeous little tomato and fennel tarts, which had a base that included some seeds and some nuts I think. They were just so flavourful and looked so posh. If I had a bigger kitchen and could fit in a dehydrater, this would be the kind of thing I would try to make, along with my own crackers.

Not to be forgetting the beautiful raw chocolate cake, which had pecans in the base and the best thing of all, a layer of raspberry cream (made with almonds). One of the wee foodies got his fist into the cake - my favourite photo of the day. With all the desserts there were a lot of nuts in the dishes, but none of us eat so many of them on a regular basis so as a special treat it was fine.

Next month I am hosting the potluck for the first time. I'm a bit nervous but it should be okay. I've never done another stint of completely raw since last year when I lasted two weeks. But now that spring is here I feel ready to increase the percentage of raw food I am eating.

For now I shall leave you staring at a few plates of deliciousness. Enjoy!

19 comments:

John said...

Is it wrong that I read that eating a pop tart?

PurestGreen said...

Is it wrong that I wrote it while eating a mini egg? I figure I had well over my five-a-day so a little bit of bad chocolate won't kill me. At least that's my theory.

Maria said...

This all looks fantastic. I too am trying to eat more and more raw, have always liked raw food straight out of the ground but interested in learning delicious recipes like these.

Sophia said...

Hey...what happened to my invitation to the potluck?!?! :)

Yummy!

Sausage Fingers said...

I love your pics, they are almost screen-lickable.
Cheers.

Annotated Margins said...

I scoured my email to see how I missed my invitation. I didn't get one. I'm bummed. Wow! What a wonderful looking meal. (Farmer's Market starts here in a week... and I'm ready.)

Julia Christie said...

Looks delicious. Somehow makes one feel better to know you were eating chocolate while composing this...:-)

Smiles
JuliaChristie

i'm the maaaaaaap! said...

i am eating cream of chicken soup from BJs. that is one sexy sentence

Terresa said...

I'm emailing this post link to my sister-in-law. She is a raw foodie and everything she makes is delectable!

Mmmm, the pictures are great. Pass the plates of deliciousness!

PurestGreen said...

The next potluck is at my house and you're all invited!

Lucy said...

Almost everything you post I find myself wanting to say 'delicious'!

I think I fancy food like this more now it's spring.

Marcheline said...

I love the way raw food dishes have to be explained before you have any idea what they are. It's like visiting another planet.


Word verification: "gismstsi"
Definition: When the tsitsi fly is having a really good time

Pia K said...

this looks simply amazing! i've never tried raw food like this and the other week i started thinking why i have so very few - if any - close friends or family that are pure vegetarians. people proned to vegetarian food yes, but not completely. strange, strange it is...

and yes, gooey baby hand is a great pic, what great food habits he'll get!

i'd love to pop by when it's your time to host, but let's say i'll be there in mind at least:)

Lena said...

I love the idea of these completely raw (which is often how my hot meals up anyhow!)dishes. I could live like that. 'Specially with my hand squishing the chocolate bit!

Marie S said...

I am coming, what is the addy??
LOL!! If I lived by you I would, I love raw food, but I am the only one in the house really that does.
Time to move out!
LOL!!
Thanks for visiting Green! And the lovely comment.
Love and hugs my dear, be well!

CP-1970 said...

i'm listening to Spandau Ballet so all of you europeans better snuggle up.

Eternally Distracted said...

Those dishes look fab :)

Murr Brewster said...

Well, it all looked so good, I went right out to my compost pile to see if I could rustle up some grub. Sadly, only grubs.

Barry said...

Reminds me it's just about lunch time here. I shouldn't read blogs like this on an empty stomach, then anything I eat just seems disappointing!