Valentines Day Vegan Chocolate

Valentines Day Vegan Chocolate

Hello from Hawaii! It’s my 4th month here, and it seems like I’m busy all the time, either off on adventures, shipping Bikinis all over the World, preparing Raw Vegan Recipes or planting my new gardens full of Greens.

As you know, I’m VERY excited to be growing all kinds of Greens, especially Tropical Greens! And herbs, we’re growing all kinds of herbs. I donated my baby Fruit Trees, my beloved Mango, Lychee, Longon, and Soursop to a local eco village where they’ll be in good hands.

Raw Vegan Chocolate for Valentines Day 

And I’ve been making TONS of super delicious raw Vegan Chocolate for all my friends. Yum!! Experimenting with different flavors (like orange essence) and different sweeteners too.

Glorious Tropical Green Gardens

So far I’ve planted (all from cuttings!!) Brazilian Spinach, Okinawan Spinach, Moringa, Katuk, Edible Hibiscus (Pacific Spinach), Purslane, Ong Choi.

I’ve planted baby Dandelion and Chicory plants. Herbs we’re growing are a few types of Mint, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, We still need to do lots more including Rosemary, Dill, Fennel, Taragon, Savory.

My Yacon Roots have been planted and I’m eagerly awaiting their development 🙂

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Happy Noni Year

Happy Noni Year

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Hawaii! I’ve been here for 2 months so far and I’m so excited about all the new & different super nutritious Super Food Greens I’m growing & using in my Green Smoothies!

On Christmas I celebrated by making a Green Smoothie with Katuk, Moringa, Dandelion, Plantain, Arugula, Ong Choy, Turnip Greens, Sunflower & Buckwheat micro Greens, apple Bananas, Noni Fruit in a fresh squeezed Orange Juice with Liliquoi & Strawberries. It was yummy!

I’m trying to add fresh Noni Fruit and Aloe into my smoothies whenever I can too 🙂

My Raw Vegan Diet in Hawaii

Since I’ve been here I’ve been getting exceptional Beets and Daikon Radishes with big huge greens attached, Swiss Chard, Kale and Tat Soi at the Farmers Market, along with fresh Ginger & Turmeric Root. Just recently they’ve had lots of Cucumbers.

And beautiful red Rambutan! It has been a wonderful Rambutan season here and you see them in all the markets and roadside stands. Papayas & Liliquoi seem to almost always be in season. I love all the different kinds of bananas!

My roommate’s Avocado tree has given us tons of delicious creamy avocados for our dinner Salad. And it has been a crazy year for citrus! Everyone has so much they’re giving it away.

My friend has been letting me pick pounds and pounds of incredible Tangerines, Navel Oranges, juicy Limes and Meyer Lemons from her lovely organic Orchard.

So I’ve been super busy juicing all these and filled up the entire freezer with frozen juice cubes to use later!

I’ve also been making Green Vegetable Juices with lots of Ginger, juicing Wheatgrass with Noni Leaves and Fresh Pineapple. Wow!! 

I get my super sweet large Pineapples at Costco. They smell like perfume!! And bags of frozen organic Mangos, Cherries and Berries for making Smoothies.  

Sprouts & Micro Greens

So far I’m growing Wheatgrass, Sunflower & Buckwheat Greens, and Lentil, Pea, Mung, Fenugreek, Broccoli, Red Clover Sprouts.

Greens & Veggies

I’m growing Turnips and Carrots from seeds and the rest from starts friends generously gave me! Moringa, Purslane, Katuk, Ong Choy, Arugua, Malabar Spinach, Brazilian Spinach, Okinawan Spinach, Pacific Spinach (edible Hibiscus), Yacon, Basil, Oregano, Mint.

Fruit Trees

Again, my wonderful friends gifted me with beautiful baby free trees!! Longan, Lychee, Mango, Papaya, Soursop and I’m also growing Lime, Meyer Lemon, Tangerine, Navel Orange and Liliquoi from seeds. 

Super Snacks

I just bought my roommate a dehydrator and I’ve been making Kale Chips and Flax Crackers. For seasoning I’m using the herb cuttings of Mexican Oregano and purple Basil I’m growing from cuttings a friend gave me!

I’m making my 2nd batch of raw vegan Kim Chee now, with Carrots, Beets, Daikon, and Ginger.

So it’s been very fun, growing and eating all these new Greens and still plenty of time for Hiking, Bikini, Swimming and Exploring!! 

 

 

 

 

Would You Eat This Slimy Super Food?

Would You Eat This Slimy Super Food?

Fall is Fabulous on the Farm

All my favorite Fall fruits are ripe on the Farm! White Sapotes, Jujubes, Figs and yellow Strawberry Guavas. And TONS of sweet organic Tomatoes. All sizes, shapes and colors! Too many to pick, yet so hard to leave such perfect, heavy, bright red ripe fruits on the vine.

I’ve had to be very creative using all the Tomatoes I’ve been picking. I even made a Tomato Veggie Soup from scratch!  Plus sugar sweet Orange Persimmons are right around the corner 🙂

Jujube Jubilee

Recently I got to pick fresh Jujubes from a 16 acre Jujube Farm! It was thrilling to be able to sample so many different varieties!

Jujubes are VERY good for you, they help with insomnia and promote relaxation and can also lower your blood pressure, aid your liver and digestion and may prevent tumors. They have 20 times more vitamin C than any citrus fruit and they also have magnesium, potassium, copper, niacin, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron.

This farm also had Cactus Fruit, Dragon Fruit, Longons and some extra large juicy red Surinam Cherries. YUM! I planted my cherry pits and hopefully they’ll sprout 🙂

What’s Slimy, Prickly and Good for You?

I’ve also been incorporating some NEW and exciting veggies into my diet and recipes! Vegetables that I’ve either NEVER eaten or hardly ever eat.

I’ve started juicing Beet Greens, Turnip Greens, Radish Greens, & Jicama (which adds sweetness & a wonderful texture) and I recently made a Fermented Veggie blend with Radishes.

Slime Time Can Be Sublime!

And I chopped up the SLIMY SUPERFOOD, Nopal CACTUS leaves, which I’ve never eaten before! It turned out really good. Quite slimy 🙂 ha!! But great.

The FRUIT from Nopal Cactus, called Prickly Pears, or Tunas, is fabulous. I’m addicted to it! I love the Magenta ones best. They’re like a bright fuchsia purple color! I make smoothies from Cactus fruit several times a week. I just cut the ends off each cactus fruit, drop them into the blender with some juice and strain the seeds out. YUM!!!

I sliced the Nopal Cactus leaf in with thinly sliced Carrots and Radishes and I am now completely in LOVE with fermented Radishes. Wow!! They’re SO delicious. So now I’m making 2 huge batches of Fermented Carrots, Radish, Korean Radish, Jicama, Ginger, Garlic & Cabbage. Excited to see how it turns out!!!

Nopal Cactus is being called a Superfood because it can boost weight loss, your immune system, fight cancer, help with diabetes, arthritis, muscle pain and make your skin look younger. Wow!

It’s nice you can get these terrific benefits from the sweet Fruit too, because I just can’t get enough of Prickly Pear Smoothies lately!

I’ve also been making WAY too many Kale Chips, since I can never pass up a pretty bunch of Kale 🙂 so I have about 4 different batches right now that need to be eaten!

 

Wild Greens of the Pacific Northwest

Wild Greens of the Pacific Northwest

I can’t believe Summer is over! I’m going to pretend it’s not  🙂 and we usually have a warm beautiful fall here in S. Ca so I can keep pretending for awhile longer!

I just got back from the Pacific NW and a had a wonderful time with family & friends, picking Blackberries, Evergreen Huckleberries and harvesting wild Greens like Stinging Nettles, Dandelion, Burdock, Plaintain, Curly Dock, and Horsetail.

I even picked some salty Sea Beans from an island in the Pacific NW San Juans and have been adding it to my salads! It adds a tasty salty crunch.

Jack It Up

I was very pleasantly surprised to find that both Jackfruit & Rambutan make excellent travel foods! Who knew?? I brought a few pounds with me, and was overjoyed to enjoy these Luscious Tropical Treats and share them with everyone!

Oh Deer!

Besides the usual adorable menagerie of squirrels, raccoons and birds, we actually saw a family of Deer on the road just up from my parents house, a mother & two fawns. Which is a rare sight for that area!

It makes me wonder, where did they come from? Do they have to travel through neighborhoods & busy roads just to find enough wild plants to eat?

A deer is a large animal that ideally, in the right environment, can eat up to 7 lbs of greens per day!

Who’s Paving Over the Pacific Northwest?

It’s hard for me not to get depressed when I see how much development is happening where I grew up, north of Seattle. It used to be a lot greener when I was growing up, with forests and meadows to play in everywhere!

It seems like the Forests and natural green habitats are being clear cut one by one, to make way for huge apartment complexes, enormous storage facilities and strip malls. 

Forests that my brother & I grew up playing in have been cut down, paved over and turned into neighborhoods.

These wooded areas and empty lots full of weeds are thriving ecosystems of native plants, flowers and creatures being bulldozed to the ground.

My heart goes out to the animals & birds who are displaced when their homes are destroyed. A lot of people don’t realize that animals are very territorial, just like humans. And they compete over the same resources.

We destroy their territory and food sources then wonder why bears, coyotes and raccoons invade our neighborhoods.  It’s because we clear cut their neighborhood and their food too. They can’t buy their next meal at the grocery store like we can!

Grow Your Own Chocolate Tree

Lately I been obsessed with growing everything; greens, vegetables, fruit trees! Which is strange, because although I’ve always greatly admired gardeners, I never actually wanted all the work & dirty fingers of growing things myself. I just wanted to eat them!

But when the cute little Black Sapote seeds I lovingly planted actually sprouted and started growing, something changed for me….and now I want to grow everything, all at once!

Do things have to grow in season? Can’t I just grow every fruit & vegetable right now and the same time, continuously all year round? I’m excited!

You’re lucky, because soon I’ll be selling a few of these beautiful little Black Sapote Trees. They’re getting bigger every day!

Please subscribe to our Newsetter (top right) to find out when these go on sale.

Super rare & exotic, these Black Sapote trees can do very well in our Southern CA climate and produce a lot of fruit. And you could have your VERY own Chocolate Pudding Fruit Tree 🙂

 

 

 

What Color is Your Summer

What Color is Your Summer

Each Summer seems to have it’s own fruit super star. Sometimes it’s Cherries, other summers it’s Figs, and some summers it’s Apricots, Peaches, Plums & Nectarines!

The Starring Fruit is whatever I find the most of, that looks and tastes the best, that’s hopefully also on sale.

This summer I thought it was going to be Cherries, then Figs, but they haven’t been as plentiful in the stores as I hoped, and also without the sale prices I’ve been dreaming of.

So this summer the new stars emerged….Mangos & Jackfruit!

Plentiful, incredibly sweet and juicy and on sale. Perfect!

I’ve been absolutely loving these Kent Mangos in fruit salads and by themselves. We decided to be brave and buy 2 whole Jackfruit ourselves and learned how to cut them open!

It’s easier than you think with a little preparation and now we’re obsessed with them 🙂

Besides one of the sweetest and most fabulous flavors ever, Jackfruit is very filling and so nutritious! A few bites and I’m usually full. Not that I stop at a few bites though! But if you had better will power, you could.

Which fruit is your Summer Super Star?

Red, White & Buckwheat

Red, White & Buckwheat

Happy 4th of July! I’m busy getting my Fruit, Veggies, Smoothies & Juices ready for the big weekend.

See my brand NEW Recipe for raw Vegan Sugar Free Chocolate Brownies.

I’ve been SO delighted with my beautiful Buckwheat Greens, Wheatgrass & Broccoli Sprouts lately!

These greens are so EASY to grow with just a little time, dirt & effort. Ha!

And such superior nutrition.

Raw, living baby plants give you so much energy & tons of nutrients & enzymes!

When I’m traveling, I just bring the whole tray of growing greens with me. Silly, but this ensures they stay alive & fresh until I eat them.

Ask any of my neighbors how many HEAVY bags of Fresh Fruit, Greens, Juices & Smoothies I take with me every weekend. Ha!! It’s Ridiculous.

I travel with a LOT of fresh food.

But I always have healthy snacks 🙂

Have a super FUN safe healthy & Happy 4th of July!