Lilacs have always been my favorite flower, and while some think they’re overpowering, I LOVE how they smell. I bring arm loads in, in the spring. I even planned my wedding for when the lilacs are in bloom here. So, I was thrilled to discover my favorite flower is edible. And they taste just a bit like they smell.
When using edible flowers, make sure you know what you’re picking and that it’s nontoxic. Also make sure they haven’t been exposed to any contaminants, such as pesticides, etc.
First, make the cashew cream. In a small bullet type blender, puree the cashews, agave, salt, and water until very smooth and creamy. This can take several minutes. Cover and store in the refrigerator until needed.
For the cupcakes, in a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the cashews, raisins, and coconut until the mixture starts to stick together. Put about a 1/4 cup of the mix into cupcake liners, and press into shape.
Spoon a small amount of cashew cream over the top, add a mound of coconut flakes, and garnish with individual lilac blooms.
fat: 22 gr carbs: 47 gr protein: 13 gr
Just about anything is pretty with a garnish of a few lilac blossoms.
Salad with Lemon Tarragon Dressing
serves 2 ~ $2.98 per serving
1 avocado ($1.49)
1/2 large cucumber ($.69)
1/4 medium onion
juice and zest of one lemon ($.69)
1 tablespoon agave ($.10)
1 teaspoon tarragon ($.10)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 -1 cup water for blending
1 head green leaf lettuce, chopped ($1.89)
1/2 large cucumber, sliced ($.69)
2 carrots, grated
3/4 medium onion, diced ($.05)
6 radishes, sliced ($.25)
salt and pepper to taste
I’m starting to really love salads to the point that they’re what I picture in my head when thinking about yummy food. And lemon and tarragon is my current favorite flavor combination. Oh yeah, this is going to become a staple.
In a blender, puree all the dressing ingredients until smooth and creamy. This can be a very thick dressing or a bit thinner, depending on how much water is added. I used all the dressing on two salads, but any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to a few days.
The salad is just the salad ingredients tossed together and topped with the dressing.
calories: 315 fat: 15 gr carbs: 43 gr protein: 8 gr
serves 4 ~ $2.25 per serving
2 tablespoons oil ($.20)
18 oz sliced mushrooms ($6.87)
2 medium onions, sliced ($.20)
8 flour tortillas (see recipe below to make your own) ($1.20)
vegan mayonnaise (see recipe below to make your own) ($.20)
several lettuce leaves, chopped ($.30)
salt and pepper to taste
Nope, this isn’t raw. But I’ve included it here because I wanted to show you how easy it is to make your own tortillas, as well as pass along a recipe for your own homemade veganaise.
Making your own tortillas is one of those “kitchen tricks,” like homemade pasta, that is both satisfying and impressive, as well as amazingly easy. Use the recipe below to make your own tortillas, or use your choice of store bought.
Heat the oil in a skillet and fry the mushrooms and onions over medium high heat until the onion is translucent and the mushrooms tender. Spread about half a tablespoon of mayo on each tortilla and then fill with the mushrooms and onions and some chopped lettuce. Salt and pepper to taste.
fat: 23 gr
carbs: 35 gr
protein: 10 gr
makes 8 ~ $.15 each
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour ($1.00)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
1/2 cup water
Burrito shells are basically the same thing as chapati bread and couldn’t be simpler to make. These will turn out just a bit less pliable than the packaged flour tortillas.
In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Add the oil and stir to distribute evenly. Pour the water in a bit at a time, kneading it into the flour. On a floured surface, knead the bread for about 3 minutes. Place in a covered bowl to rest for 15-20 minutes.
Cut into eight equal pieces and roll each piece to about six inches across. Perfectly round is a good shape to aim for, but they taste just as good if they’re a bit lop sided like mine.
Heat a nonstick pan over medium high heat. Place a tortilla in the pan and let it heat until bubbles start forming inside the dough. Check the underside and flip when just lightly browned. There will be some darker brown spots in places. Repeat on the other side making sure the dough is cooked through in the center. There will probably be quite a few bubbles or pockets, and if the heat gets high the dough can even expand like a balloon. The bubbles will flatten out once off the heat.
Remove to a plate and cover with a towel to retain the heat.
makes 24 tablespoons ~ $.05 per tablespoon
1 cup oil ($.59)
1/2 cup soy milk ($.30)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon agave ($.10)
1 teaspoon vinegar ($.10)
This is a flavorful version of a vegan mayonnaise. It takes all of about two minutes to make and can be customized to your own taste. Soybean oil is what is used in most commercial mayos, but any liquid oil can be used keeping in mind it will change the taste accordingly.
Place all ingredients in a bullet type blender and process for a minute or so. It will very quickly turn into a stiff mayonnaise. Stir well and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Banana Mango Ice Cream
serves 2 ~ $.97 per serving
3 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen ($.45)
1 cup frozen mango chunks ($1.49)
pea blossoms or other edible flowers (optional)
I never get tired of making the banana ice creams. It’s one of those rare things that seem too good to be true, but isn’t. And even with making this so often, I’ve never had the exact same recipe twice.
I used a couple pea blossoms and vines as a garnish (only use blossoms from edible pea vines, the fragrant sweet pea blossoms are poisonous). It was almost too pretty to eat … almost.
In a food processor with an “S” blade, process all ingredients until smooth and like soft serve ice cream. It can take just a bit of scraping and adjusting to get it to process completely. Add just a tiny bit of water if needed to help blend. Serve with an edible flower garnish if desired.
fat: 1 gr
carbs: 53 gr
protein: 3 gr
Total cost for the day: $8.18
total calories: 1,293
total fat: 61 gr
total carb: 178 gr total protein: 34 gr
I forgot to take photos of the garden this week, but I DO have lots of tomatoes blossoms and a few little green tomatoes! Yes, I’m totally excited!
I also wanted to take a moment to say a word about my raw goddess friend, Penni Shelton. This weekend a few raw folks paid tribute to Penni and what she does in the raw community … like THIS video from Matt Monarch and Dave the Raw Food Trucker.
Penni is the creator of Raw Food Rehab and an inspiration and motivator to many. I’ve known Penni to be giving, generous, humorous, and not to mention absolutely gorgeous inside and out. She also has an impeccable code of conduct that could/should be a model for how to best interact in online communities. I’m fortunate to know her.