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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mulberry Smoothies

So how did everyone enjoy the long weekend?

I went on an amazing  retreat that I highly recommend. So blessed to have been part of it! Let me know via kontactr if you want to know more about it.

Since other people prepared the food, I wasn't able to eat all raw - had steamed veggies and fish. (Yes, yes, since I am unable to take locally available vitamin B12, I decided to eat raw or steamed fish  - usually salmon - once a week) The first night I ate fried string beans and some sauteed fruit and veggies - I think I ate a little bit of the breading so I started to itch, but praise God nothing other than some redness occurred!

Anyhoo, on to the post...

A few days before leaving for the retreat, I enjoyed a mulberry smoothie - thanks to Monina Carandang of Herbana Farms who graciously offered some freshly picked ones from their tree!

Anti-oxidant Mulberry Green Smoothies


2 cups locally harvested, fresh organic mulberries
4 ripe bananas (or substitute 3 bananas plus half a cup to one cup other berries for an uber anti-oxidant experience)
1 bunch  kangkong leaves
1 cup of water or 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup ice
(I like my smoothies thicker and I often forego water, but you could try this with water and see if you like it this way)


Blend everything in your trusty high-speed blender!

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I love these mulberries on so many different levels!

They remind me of when a friend from New Zealand took me on my first fruit foraging experience in Washington State.  Blackberries are not a big deal there. They seem to just grow everywhere, even in poor soil.  And no one really minds if you forage.

So a-foraging we went! 

(By the way, the blackberry isn't a real berry. It is a compound fruit. Nerd alert! :P)

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And the fact I went foraging helps me forge some kind of kinship with author Canadian Frederic Patenaude and the many California and Las Vegas raw foodists who have foraged before me. 

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I also love that these mulberries  are cheaper than the blueberries at the health food stores/groceries. 

Monina Carandang
Salcedo Market, Saturdays

(I don't get discounts for advertising Herbana farms. Monina is the daughter of one my dad's law school brods, but I have been ordering from her for a long time even before I discovered this. I usually get my veggies from her weekly, but I couldn't during the long weekend since I was away.)


Saturday, August 20, 2011

My Avocado Tree/Bocca B Sunbeam Catcher Beautiful Pink Tea

This is Bocca B, my teeny little avocado tree who loves feasting on coffee grounds and organic compost!

 Bocca B, 
my teeny little super tree,
oh how I like thee!

Green sunbeam 
catchers make beautiful pink tea - 
great for the kidney!

Tea party
guests who try it will all agree -
great tea = caffeine-free!

Ten long years
before you become all fruity - 
that's just fine by me!

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Bocca B Green Sunbeam Catchers Beautiful Pink Tea

7 leaves of the Bocca B
A liter of clean, fresh water (preferably filtered) - not tap water

Bring water to a boil.
Reduce the heat.
Place 7 leaves of the Bocca B tree in the water. Put the lid on the cookware and let simmer until the water turns pink.
Turn off the heat. 
Let the tea cool to room temperature.
Pour into beautiful tea cups!
Call all your fellow Anne of Green Gables fans ages 9 and up to have a mostly raw food tea party! 
Look Ma, no caffeine! This is waaay better than drinking sugar-laden pretend-tea orange juice!

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(I heard that another kidney cleanser tea is the edible weed pansit-pansitan. I usually like my pansit-pansitan raw, in a green smoothie. But if you want to try pansit-pansitan tea, just steep the pansit-pansitan leaves in a nice tea pot filled with boiling water.)

Can you tell I'm happy that my nephrologist said my kidneys are a-ok? :D

***If you have kidney problems, it's best to listen to your doctor, not to me :D


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Unfried rice


amaranth, 1 tablespoon or less soaked overnight
millet, 2 or more tablespoons soaked over night
1 cup or more wild rice sprouted
1 carrot
wakame soaked in water, then rinsed
1/2 patola
thyme leaves
1/4 cup red onion or a handful of shallots chopped
few spritzes of calamansi  (I like mine sour :))
Bragg nutritional yeast or nut cheeze
angel seaweed from Dr. Tam's Vegan Haus
a dash of extra virgin olive oil (optional)
1 clove of garlic


Cut the garlic in half and rub your salad bowl with each half. Discard garlic. 
Toss the rest of the ingredients together in the salad bowl. 

*Low fat raw vegans may choose between olive oil or nut cheeze

This recipe contains RDA:
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12
Pant. Acid

It has trace amounts of:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin E

There is no Vitamin D in this recipe.

It is 11% fat,  13% protein, and 76% carbs


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Pansit-pansitan Experiment

I was super excited to take care of pansit-pansitan especially after I tried it in a green smoothie. 

It is a local edible weed claimed to have kidney cleaning properties. I heard that a well-known archbishop claims that it removed his kidney stones and he likes to steep it in boiling water for use as a tea. 

When I found out some weeds grew nearby,  I tried to transplant them, but  my first attempt didn't go so well.  I remember thinking, how difficult could it be to grow a weed?! 

I waited too long before transplanting so they were too dehyrated. This time, I  am not taking any chances!

I am planting in living soil (read: composted)...

as well as some composted soil along with some regular soil. 

Will the experiment work or not? I guess I will find out soon enough!

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