On the weekend my sister and I taught Savoury Sensations on Saturday evening and we had a blast. The class was jam packed with soup, nut cheeses, smoothies, raw burgers and chia puddings. The group was great as always and I just LOVE the energy of raw food events.
These are some of the cucumber rolls that we made. Super easy and very delish. Back in the day I used to love having a bagel with dill and cucumber cream cheese. Although I do not eat bagels now, I still love the mixture of dill and cream cheese. These hit the spot.
To make a BASIC nut cheese you will need:
1 cup of nuts (brazil, cashews, macadamia nuts)
2-4 tbs herb of your choice or mixture
1/4 tsp of salt plus a pinch or two
enough water to make it into a thick and creamy texture-start by adding tablespoons at a time.
lemon and garlic are optional for added flavour
For the one above I blended the cashews in the food processor until it started to form into a ball on the sides. Then I added all of the other ingredients and kept adding tablespoons of water until I got the texture that I liked. If you are gong to use lemon you can reduce your water intake. Generally a couple of tablespoon of each will make a creamy texture. Taste and adjust as needed.
Serve on fresh vegetables or crackers. If you have a mandoline you can slice your cucumbers length wise to make long strips. Then fill them with your cheese. The sky is the limit with nut cheeses and I will share many more with your. However if you are looking for detailed book to get started right away go to my favourite resource Russel James and get his e book dedicated to CHEESE.
Since we were having raw burgers, I needed to make some raw ketchup the night before.
This is an adaptation from Rawvolution. This is still one of my favourite books. Really you can make raw ketchup any way that you like. With a combination of raw tomatoes and sun dried tomatoes. You can add garlic, pepper, salt and sweetener. I adapted the recipe a little to include some more heat.
2 raw tomatoes
1 cup of sun dried tomatoes plus a few more
1/2 clove of garlic
1/4-1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
coconut nectar to taste
pinch of salt
splash of chipolte
Put all of the ingredients into your vitamix or high speed blender. Blend until thick and creamy. I am not going to lie, this is going to give your blender a workout. You may need to add a touch of water, however be careful not to add to much then you will have tomato sauce. I put this ketchup in a squeeze bottle. As you can tell it is a little thick from the photo above but free of any preservatives or anything unnatural.
There was many more yummy dishes in this class. Soups, smoothies and salads. We also had a mango kissed chia pudding.
I don’t know about you but all this talk about burgers and cheese and summer food has gotten me eager for the summer weather and get togethers. I would love to hear from you and how your weekend went? What are your favourite summer dishes?
Thanks to all of the lovely ladies and gent who came out for our fun evening! Don’t worry if you missed this class there will be another one coming up before summer.