Monday, February 1, 2010

Spice up your life!

Just picture a beautiful market full of various aroma's of herbs and spices. Your walking through looking at the beautiful display of incredible colors, and textures that the market has to offer. As you glance over at each sample of spices, you quickly reminisce to the last dish that you used that spice in or you may be a little more daring and conjure up some whimsical recipe in your mind of a spice that you have yet to try but drawn to getting. You smile at the chance to be able to embrace the bounty of the earth and to have the power at the same time to create a little piece of heaven through the yield.

What if you could have that same picture in the luxury of your own home. What if you could have the flavor of the world at your fingertips? Well, you can. Check out Pendery's World of Chilies and Spices. They have been around since the 1800's, s that means they know what they are doing. I know that I love the quality of having spices and herbs that are truly from their place of origin and not growing in someones lab. Pendery's values itself on its incredible products that you can't get anywhere else. A great example of this is their granulated onion, Which has been carefully grown and harvested to be used in some of your most flavorful dishes.Visit their site and see what I am talking about. Interested in other items as well? They also have a wonderful selection of gourmet foods, books, skin balms, and rubs. As a matter of fact, I think I will go over to Pendery's site right now. I need to take a stroll along their (Internet) market and see what other fresh creations I can come up with.

Monday, January 11, 2010

AWESOME RAW Indian Carrot Curry Soup!

Look at that soup... Doesn’t it make you want to snuggle up with a good movie or book by the fireplace? I fell in love with this soup. As a matter of fact, the first time I made this soup I cut the recipe in half and was so disappointed that I didn’t make the full recipe. It brought my taste buds to a new level of enjoyment with the different spices. The sweet yet savory flavor for the red onions, raisins, and cilantro made me so want more. The creaminess of the avocado and the crispness of the carrot gave this soup a very filling yet not heavy undertone. and it packed a powerful punch with the ginger, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. My husband is not a RAW foodist and he thought the soup was very good. My three year old was all over this soup. I had to make another batch (this time the full recipe) and have frozen half of it to have a couple of days from now. This soup is good kept in the refrigerator for about two days, however, I have learned that in my kitchen I make so many different things that I may not get to have this soup again for about four or five days (though I think that this one wont make it that long). LOL! Enjoy and tell me how you like it!

RAW Indian Carrot Curry Soup

(Serves 4-5)

2 carrots (chopped)

1/4 c red onion

1 clove of garlic

3 c tomatoes (diced)

2 avocados (pitted and peeled)

1/2 c fresh cilantro

1/4 c tahini

2 T curry powder

1/2 t freshly ground black pepper

1 t garam masala (spice)

1/2 inch of ginger root (peeled)

juice of 1/2 a lemon

2 t sea salt

3 T sesame oil

2 T apple cider vinegar

3 T agave nectar (or raw sugar)

2 T nutritional yeast

1/2 t fresh green chili (chopped)

4 c hot water (not boiled)

1/3 c raisins (put these in after the soup is blended)

Mix half of the ingredients and half the water at a time in a blender and pour the contents into a large bowl or pot to combine them (this is only done because most blenders are not big enough for the whole recipe). Serve at room temperature or heat on low only until it gets warm because you don't want to lose all the amazing enzymes in this soup! Garnish with tiny cubes of chopped up red onion, shredded carrot, fresh cilantro, raisins and freshly ground black pepper. Serves 4 or 5.