Sunday, May 13, 2018

Spiralized Kohlrabi With Bear Leek Hemp Pesto

This is my last fresh bear leek recipe in this year. We are in May and bear leek is almost out of season. You can still forage it, but in May bear leek begins to bloom and the leaves turn stringy and loose their aroma. The flowers are edible and you can use the in salads and desserts. 

I made bear leek pesto before, but this recipe is different. The pesto turned our surprisingly tasty and I thought that kohlrabi would be the best vegetable to serve it with.

  • 1 cup roughly chopped bear leek (wild garlic) leaves, packed 
  • 1/3 cup hulled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
  • juice of 1/2 lime (add more if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup cold pressed hemp oil
  • Celtic sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 medium large kohlrabi 
  • 1 Tbsp whole hemp seeds 
  • handful of bear leek flowers for garnish 

  • Peel the kohlrabi and spiralize it. If you do not have a spiralizer you can use vegetable julienne peeler to make kohlrabi pasta. It is a bit more difficult, but it is doable. 
  • In a food processor whiz chopped bear leek with lime juice and hemp oil. More lime juice or more oil may be necessary depending on your personal preference. When you are happy with the consistency, add salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Add the hulled hemp seeds and mix again. 
  • Roughly crush the hemp seeds. Use mortar and pestle or a food processor. The seeds should look like a freshly crushed black peppercorns. 
  • Portion out the kohlrabi. 1 medium kohlrabi makes a wonderful portion. Scoop a generous amount of pesto and place it in the center of the spiralized kohlrabi. Sprinkle with crushed hemp seeds and garnish with fresh bear leek flowers. Enjoy in good company! 

I hope you will have a chance to try this dish. The mild, clean taste of kohlrabi harmonizes nicely with the lightly garlicky taste of bear leek. Pity the season is over and I wish I could save some of the pesto for later, but I love my raw food to be really fresh. Freezing is not an option for me. I will have to wait till next March to make another batch. In meantime, I will enjoy whatever I can grow, forage, or find at the farmers' market. Hope, you do too!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2018


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day Salad And A Few Words About The Carbon Footprint

Happy 48th Earth Day everybody! I hope that you are doing fine and are really busy doing the best things possible for your body and the environment. 

Like every year on this day I consciously prepare food that does not require any kitchen appliances. I love simplicity and try to use as many ingredients in their natural state as possible. I know that many raw food lovers and chefs use their cooking skills to turn out the most amazing concoctions. Blenders, food processors, dehydrators, and many other tools help you make your raw food taste great and look like nothing raw. I use them too, but on Earth Day I try to minimize my carbon footprint.

To make this beautiful salad I used
  • wild and garden herbs from a farmers' market
  • some wild herbs I foraged 
  • baby greens
  • edible flowers
I whisked a simple vinaigrette using a home made kombucha vinegar and hemp oil. The fresh, green taste is all I wanted on this beautiful day.

Earth Day is a perfect occasion for good resolutions. Here are some useful tips:
  • Ditch the plastic. 
  • Get the coolest reusable shopping tote bags you can find and show them off.
  • Reuse glass jars. 
  • Recycle whatever can be recycled. 
  • When shopping, choose organic, locally grown produce that is sold in bulk. Only buy exotic fruits when they are organic and fair trade. In this way you will support the environment and the hardworking people in other countries. 
  • Avoid packaging whenever possible. 
  • Grow your own food if you can. Herbs grow amazing well on windowsills or balconies. If you have enough space you can even grow edible flowers and tomatoes. It's not difficult.
  • Do not over-process your raw food! Use as many ingredients in their natural state as possible. 
Whatever you are up to, enjoy it consciously!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2018


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