Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Mock Tuna or Not Tuna Pate

There seems to be no end to yummy pate blends. And non-raw food folks unknowingly appear to like these dishes too when I place them out with chips and dips.

I swear this mixture smelled like tuna when I unleashed the food processor -- or perchance it was my vivid imagination.

Be that as it is, here is the RECIPE

I soaked the following for about an hour or two in one container, using fresh water:

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (hulled)
1/4 cup raw almonds

Then into the food processor I tossed, the above seeds/nuts (drained)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
about 2 tablespoons minced celery
and 1 tablespoon minced onion
and a handful of chopped cilantro
and a shake of sea salt

Give it a whirl and yum, yum, yum

I served this several ways -- as an appetizer in the photo above;

as a sandwich using my soon to be posted raw onion/rosemary foccacia bread and young baby greens

in a salad, just as you would add a scoop of tuna (only here, a small scoop is enough)
or as a dip for crudities or crackers

and you can probably think of other ways too....

1 comment:

  1. Wow! What a CHEF you have become! This sounds delish. When can you come see my garden? I'll take your picture amongst the green growing things and feed you a lunch based on your recipes. Miss you, dear girl.


The Story Behind the Garden of Eden Vegan Blog

For those of you who knew me prior to December 30, 2009, I was a veteran of the fast food culinary institute. My son, when he lived with me would ask if I had ordered the "Shabbat pizza" yet as the sun was setting Friday nights.

My idea of a good meal was a McFish sandwich, fries with extra salt, and a medium diet coke.

Everything was better covered in a rich creamy sauce and the idea of a naked baked potato was as foreign to me as walking naked in Manhattan.

In June of 2009 I decided to formally become a vegetarian. Although I had dabbled with this, it was not until I read Skinny Bitch that the gauntlet was thrown.

Now being a vegetarian does not sign you up for good health. I was proof of that. Chubby when I started, I indulged in pizza, french fries, cheese, cheese, butter, cheese, pizza......and became very over weight, tipping the Toledos at 200 pounds at 5'4". And taking an assortment of meds for cholesterol and GERD and who knows what else.

As the decade was waning, and with my 60th birthday approaching in the year 2010, there was a perfect storm that snapped my beak and got me in gear. The same friend who gave me Skinny Bitch, turned me on to the John McDougall website. At the same time, there was a Grand Round lecture at the hospital where I work on the book Eat to Live, and at the same time, I was tired of how I looked and felt and needed to make a change.

I regret that I did not start this blog when I changed my lifestyle, but it is better late than never.

My weight is down about 35 pounds, my size has gone from a tight 16 to a loose 12. And I am on no meds, although my vegetarian doctor and I will review my blood work within this month to see if I need anything (like b12) boosted.

I began as a Vegan Minus. Or what I call a Garden of Eden Vegan.

As you know, a Vegan eats no animals nor animal products - none. But then I subtracted oil, sugar, and processed foods.

That is a big subtraction -- but it is this subtraction that helped with weight loss, lack of cravings, increased energy, health, and vibrancy.

Now I am dabbling in raw foods and have signed up to learn with Russell James (google him).

I like the taste and health aspect of raw foods, but worry about the increased calories. So I will (hopefully) use the raw creations as a supplement to my Gan (Hebrew for Garden -- I am in a Hebrew mood today) Eden Vegan lifestyle.

My doctor said that I should write a book about this since most of her patients need it. I said, "Who, or how many, would want to do this?" We shall see. It has been easy (no cravings) and exciting as life and energy unfold before me, just as it was meant to be. (It didn't unfold over a fried fish sandwich, extra tarter sauce.)

Join me or not. Walk with me the whole journey, day trips, part of it, or not. This is my 60th year -- buckle up life, here I come.