My grandmother on my fathers’ side turned 88 this week. She lives in Jamaica and, most unfortunately, I have not seen her in over 10 years. I cannot describe or relationship as a very close one, as I really have not seen her much in my life. However, I could describe it as a special one. Special because she is such a special woman.

She has such a wonderful demeanor and grand smile and an air of love about her. When ever my family would visit her home, I always felt welcomed, loved, safe and taken care of, irrespective of the time between visits (which at times was years). We never had any great exchange of words, but this feeling was simply felt and understood. Continue reading “Chewy Coconut Macaroons in the Raw” »

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Coconuts remind me of sunshine, warm weather, palmtrees, blue waters and all that which I currently greatly desire!!! Whenever I got to visit my relatives in Trinidad, the first things that I ALWAYS immediately request are coconut water, sipped directly from the just-opened young coconut and a chicken curry roti, which I will definitely talk about in great detail later on. Once I have my fill of those two things….I know that I have arrived and can look forward to the rest of my stay.

The coconut is also often referred to as the tree of life, and is classifies as “functional food” due to the enormous health properties it contains. I have been using dried coconut to make granola bars, muesli, cakes, cookies and sprinkle over my smoothies.

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Many of my friends are terribly skeptical of the raw-foodie movement, finding it tasteless or resembling nothing at all to that which raw food dishes often claim. I personally love raw food and have spent countless hours in the kitchen using my dehydrator creating various raw breads, cookies and cakes. I cannot at all  agree with the claim that raw food is tasteless. Of course, it ultimately boils-(excuse the pun here), down to the manner in which the food is created. I do, however, at times, disagree with the terminology used within some raw food dishes-such as tacos, or burritos or whatever…taken from cooked food specialties. I feel as if this makes individuals come in with a particular and specific type of expectation, and they ultimately compare it to its cooked-food counterpart. If completely different names were used to identify these wonderful raw-food meals, then I honestly think that many more people would be open to it.

Nonetheless, I just discovered a great website, which appeals very much of my own conscious-living interests (Conscious Living TV)!  I was just flipping through one of my favorite raw-un-cook books by Juliano, a well-known raw-foodist based in California, when I came across this video with Bianca and Michael Alexander interviewing Juliano at his restaurant while he prepares, a delicious “raw taco”. I must say that my mouth was watering while watching the video and I know exactly what I will be making this week!!

Conscious Health: Go Raw in 2010 from Conscious Living TV on Vimeo.

Ps-the picture above is of my latest raw-food creation-sweet raw almond balls. My raw foodie friend makes it and calls it “raw sushi”….hmm, not sure i’m completely convinced….but a delicious treat indeed. I’ll post the recipe in the next post..and in the meantime, if you can think of a better name…do let me know!

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