Good evening! How was your day?
Apartment Update: I signed my part of the lease this morning! We get the keys on Tuesday when they have Steve’s signature and we’ll be good to go. I can’t wait to start moving. Check out my non-food related post from yesterday if you missed it!
The rest of my day was filled with some favorite tasty things:
- 1/2 oats
- 1 c homemade pumpkin seed milk
- sprinkly of cinnamon
- drizzle of yacon
- drizzle of Udo’s 3-6-9 oil (awesome stuff)
- black sesame seeds
- 1/2 banana sliced
- Greenmarket strawberries
Perfect for the stressful morning. I was so terribly nervous on the train ride over that something was going to go wrong, but fortunately, all possible crises were averted!
Here are some leftover greens from Peacefood yesterday with a little balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Have you ever tried the strawberry/balsamic combination? It’s definitely one of my favorites, up there with grapefruit plus avocado.
After my gig late last night, I had to run into Whole Foods Columbus Circle to pick up bananas, but I was happy to come across this unusual suspect:
I have only used baby Thai coconuts once previously in an incorrect manner. The culprit recipe called for coconut flesh for a chilled cucumber soup, so I had purchased one, but the soup turned out terribly. I think it probably needed the flesh of a mature coconut since it did not specify. Thus I was deterred from buying young coconuts for a long, long time. They are also not usually stocked where I shop for groceries, so naturally I was very pleased to see them and that they were not as expensive as what I assumed.
I used Ani Phyo’s quiet-ish method for cracking one open. Here is a good action shot courtesy of my roommate Anna who is currently doing a cleanse! Yay for her!
What you do is cut the fibrous top part off with a very sharp knife, then tap the exposed crown with heel of the knife until it cracks open. Next…
Use whatever glass you feel is appropriate to enjoy the fresh coconut water full of electrolytes while you whip up the following…
Creamy, garlicky, spicy-sweet, and perfect. This sauce is love at first bite.
Raw Noodles and Awesome/”Peanut” Sauce
- 1/3 c raw, unsalted almond butter
- the flesh of one young coconut (about 1/2 c)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper, with or without seeds…try it without seeds first, then see if you need more for your personal spice needs. Wear gloves and don’t touch your eyes!
- 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled
- juice of 1 lime, plus zest, if desired
- 1 tbsp tamari or nama-shoyu
- filtered water to reach desired texture
Drop everything in your blender. Blend it until smooth and pour over your choice of the following if you can restrain yourself from licking it all off the spatula…
- 2 zucchini, spiralized (new spiralizer came today, yay!)
- kelp noodles
- a favorite cooked noodle-buckwheat soba would be great, I’m sure
- finely sliced veggies of your choice-carrots, cucumber, bean sprouts, raw or lightly steamed broccoli…whatever you have on hand will be awesome!!
- Any combination of the above that you find exciting! The sauce is enough for two people.
For optional garnishes:
- chopped fresh cilantro
- red chili flakes
- finely sliced scallions
- sprinkle of sesame seeds
What a perfect way to end an overwhelmingly amazing day!