Day 11 of learning raw food fundamentals has been completed!
I started the day with some lessons about how to make raw vegan versions of cheese. This was very insightful. I have seen other recipes in the raw food community about fermented nut cheeses, and this course has allowed me to do some fun experiments with that, as well as learn some great techniques. I can now re-create comfort foods and as an added bonus, get some extra probiotics in my diet. I will never complain about that. 😉
Here is some “swiss cheese” spread out on the dehydrator sheet ready to go in. We’ll see what it looks like tomorrow.
After this, I started the process of soaking and sprouting some buckwheat for use in a later recipe. After the soaking is done, it still has to be dehydrated back to a crispy state. I am excited to see what it will be used for.
Next came the assignment I was most eager to work on. CHOCOLATE! That’s right, we learned how to make chocolate truffles, and we got to select our own toppings. The texture and flavor of these is amazing. They aren’t overly sweet either, like the truffles you might purchase in a chocolate shop. I think they had just the right amount of sweetness.
The recipe for the batter to make the truffles is in Matthew Kenney’s book, Raw Chocolate.
In the photo with the truffles on the big round plate, the center truffle has pecans on it, and the flavors on the rest, starting clockwise from 12 o’clock position, are:
- cacao nib/chili powder/applewood smoked sea salt
- bee pollen
- maple candied pineapple
- lime zest, dried coconut, coconut sugar
- cinnamon, ginger, orange and lemon zests
- cacao nib / Pirate’s Bite spice blend from Spice & Tea Exchange in Winter Park, FL
I sampled a few to make sure they were safe to eat. I have some other taste testers coming to visit tomorrow. 😉
After my fun afternoon of truffle rolling (which may or may not have been accompanied by a lemon honey margarita), we made pancake batter. They’re all ready to go into the dehydrator! I was really excited to see this. I haven’t had pancakes in a long time. I can’t wait to see what they taste like!
I’m all set for big day #12! I can’t wait to have more fun with the fermented cheeses and see how these pancakes turn out!