Remember my last post about Vilcabamba?
I do! I remember Vilcabamba so well, that I can't stop thinking about it and certainly can't wait an entire year till May 2012 for the next Raw Food Conference, so guess what!!!!!....
Elliot, myself and my sister are all heading there to see mum and dad for Christmas! Woooo! Waaahoooo! A warm Christmas! Family! Raw cacao and coconuts in December! Another holiday! Reunion with Kiwi the puppy! So many exclamation marks in one paragraph!
Right... now that I am breathing [semi] normally again... in my last post I mentioned that I will be having a separate blog entry about the Monarchs' Potluck. Keeping my promise :)
|Matt Monarch, Tanya Alekseeva (me), Angela Stokes-Monarch
The Raw Food World's Matt and Angela's potluck was very much one of my Vilcabamba highlights, easily. There was something very special about the evening too, a really pleasant electric energy vibe created by all the amazing individuals brought together in one place, sharing their delicious clean raw and organic creations full of love.
Forgive me for sounding dorky, but how else do you describe an evening that really is that 'pleasant' and 'full of love'?.. just a feel good atmosphere, where everything flowed in a seamlessly relaxed fashion and unfolded into what one may have thought to be the most pre organised event of meal courses and performances.
Look look look at all the food:
Oh and something else I really wanted to show you... check out Matt & Angela's incredible outdoor bedroom and en suite! They've had the structure with durable netting custom built as an addition to their property. Can you just imagine what breathing pure air not just during the day but at night will do for your health? Wow!
My contribution was 'raw hummus on dehydrated crackers' with a twist (I made them to look like Monarch Butterflies for none other than Monarch butterflies Matt & Angela). Here is the recipe for you...
LIVE SPROUTED HUMMUS
1 Cup Sprouted Lentils (see below)
4 Tbsp Tahini
4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Medjool dates, pitted
2 Lemons, juiced
Optional: to the Monarch Butterflies hummus I added parsley; to the hummus in Savoy cabbage leaf I added sundried tomatoes
-chickpeas take 4-5 days to sprout, lentils 2-4. Plan accordingly
-soak chickpeas/lentils in water overnight, rinse, transfer to sprouting bag/jar and leave in a dark spot at room temperature
-run water through the sprouts daily, twice a day in summer. Do not leave sitting in water
-transfer all the ingredients into a high powered blender
-use the tamper during blending
-if you have a basic blender, you’ll just need more liquid (eg. water and oil), pulse while blending
-Either serve in a Savoy Cabbage leaf with carrots and celery sticks or
For Monarch Butterflies:
-Score your favourite cracker recipe into equal size squares
-Scoop a spoonful of hummus onto each cracker
-Cut tomatoes into equal slices and then cut each slice in half (I dehydrated my tomato slices first)
-Gently press each tomato slice into the hummus, rounded part towards the middle
-To create antennae, I used sunflower shoots, see what you can find :)
The Raw Food World has a TV Show on YouTube and of cause this very potluck was a feature...