Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day! - Fresh Strawberries Dipped In Raw Chocolate

It is a beautiful day in Roswell. Love is in the air, sun is shining, everything feels just right. We have started the day with a bowl of fresh raspberries that was followed by hastily made fresh strawberries dipped in raw chocolate. 


I wanted to surprise my husband and there was no way I could prepare the strawberries ahead of time without him discovering them in the fridge. I hope you have a bit more time to make this incredibly tasty and sensual dessert. 


Ingredients: 
  • 1 pound organic strawberries, preferably with green tops
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao 
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao butter
  • 2 Tbsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp organic raw maca powder
  • 1/3 tsp pink Himalaya salt
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey (use more if you like your chocolate really sweet)
  • 1/4 cup raw coconut flakes for garnish (optional)


Method:
  • Wash and pat dry the strawberries. Set aside. 
  • Melt the raw cacao butter using bain marie method. If you do not have a special bain marie pot, use a regular pot. Bring water to boil. About 1/2 of the pot's capacity. Place a smaller pot over it, making sure that contents will be warmed up with steam from the boiling water. Place raw cacao butter in the smaller pot and let it melt. 
  • Once the cacao butter has melted, add raw cacao and all the remaining ingredients and mix well until smooth. If your mixture is too thin, add more cacao powder and adjust the taste.
  • Dip each strawberry in a warm chocolate mass and set it on a drying rack or a sheet of waxed paper. 
  • Garnish each strawberry with coconut flakes and place them in the fridge for at least half an hour, or in the freezer for 10-15 minutes or until the chocolate cover solidifies. 
  • Once your strawberries are chilled, remove from fridge and arrange them on a platter. Enjoy with your loved ones!


Tip: The chocolate cover will melt in warmer temperatures. Keep the strawberries refrigerated until you are ready to eat them.

Fresh organic raspberries

Wishing everyone a very happy and sensual Valentine's Day 
- in radiant health, passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2018

         



Saturday, February 3, 2018

Mixed Greens With Creamy Creamy Vegan Red Onion Dressing

Winter has been really mild in Roswell. If you consider the temperatures, we even had our first day of summer in January. 74°F makes you crave all the foods that we normally eat on hot summer days.


But temperatures fluctuate and it really gets cold at night. Here and there you hear of people getting sick; some even caught the ugly flu that currently runs rampant across the country. I have been lucky so far. No cold, no flu. I follow my motto: stay warm, eat well, rest, and protect your immune system. I start taking double amounts of raw honey, elderberry syrup, vitamin C and zinc around November and continue with this regime till end of March. I hardly ever get sick. Raw food helps a lot. Fruits and salads whenever I can!


~ Creamy Vegan Red Onion Dressing Recipe ~

Ingredients:
  • 1 medium large red onion, roughly chopped
  • freshly pressed juice of 1 orange
  • 2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar or freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp virgin olive oil (use cold pressed hemp oil if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp chopped hot red pepper, seeds removed (I used red habanero)
  • 1/3 cup cashew nuts, soaked in purified water overnight
  • pink Himalaya salt to taste

Method:
  • Toss all ingredients into a blender bowl and whiz until creamy and smooth. Add more orange juice or purified water if the dressing is too thick, or more nuts and oil to make it more velvety.
  • Pour dressing over tossed greens, green asparagus, sliced leeks, radishes, and wild herbs. Stir gently and enjoy in good company! 


Red onions are rich in sulfur compounds, chromium, and antioxidants such as quercetin and anthocyanin. Red onion may help you detoxify your body, prevent tumors from growing, lower blood pressure, dissolve blood cloths, reduce levels of bad cholesterol, and prevent infections. They are better for you than the yellow onions and are best consumed raw.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2018

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease. 

    




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