Friday, February 28, 2014

*Creamy Mushroom Spinach Stack*....ALMOST.

Gooood afternoon my friends,


Yep, still sick, (What the?!? I know, I'm starting to get pissy about it haha) ANYWAY, so here I sit, in my pjs....in bed.....with a cup of green tea............once agaaaaain and I thought I would share a recipe with you guys real quick. I was doing some recipe searching, which I normally do, ("Yes it's true, my name is Shauna and I am a vegan recipe cookbook addict") and I found a gorgeous and yummy looking recipe that had veggies stacked up together.....kinda "French" like, you know, when they put everything in a round ramekin and sqwoosh the ingredients down together to form a tight, pretty shape?.................ok, so, that probably wasn't the best description haha. Sorry my mind is drawing a blank on what the technique is really called.


Buttttt......the original recipe and pic was from Alissa Cohen's book 'Raw Food for Everyone'. If I remember correctly her recipe, and where I got the inspiration from is called 'Land and Sea'. Her recipe is MUCH fancier than mine, and used lots of different mushrooms and I think she used sea veggies....I used Spinach instead and only used regular white button mushrooms. I did not replicate her recipe, I just got inspired by it. ;)


I have no clue what to call it yet lol. Perhaps, 'Creamy Mushroom Spinach Stack'?......orrrr....'Brazil Cheese Mushroom Spinach......?? LOL. Oh heck, I'll go with the first one for now. :)


*MAJOR UPDATE!!...a TOTAL 'WTF' BLOG MOMENT!*


OOOOH MY GOSH! This is absolutely beyond ridiculous!! UGH! I JUST tried to post a picture of it and for some stupid reason my Blog page isn't posting it!! Every time I click on the picture upload button, my computer freezes up! Oh my god, what the heck man? This is just stupid. ALRIGHT, WELL....I'm going to post this page anyway and go try to figure out WHY I CANT POST PICTURES!! {{Grumble Grumble}} G'ugh, I tell ya, if it's not one thing it's another.....man, now, I'm cranky, lol.


SOO HOLD ON PEOPLE, I'LL TRY TO BE BACK AS SOON AS I CAN WITH THE RECIPE ETC....


........grrrrrr.

OK....here's goes nothing......I'm going to try something.....wait for it.....waaaaait.........


ANNNNNNND BAMMMM!! FINALLY!

Ok, Here is the pic I was trying to post earlier and couldn't. After hours and hours of trying to figure out why in the world I couldn't post pictures and whhhhy oh why my blogger template was having 'errors', I found out that it was my Browser. G'UGH I say, just g'ugh! Damn man, so frustrating.
Anyway, I had to log onto the internet with a different browser.....

ok ok....now I think I need a glass of wine. ;)

So before something else goes wrong haha. Let me share the recipe with you :) The recipe is REALLY forgiving, I just cut and chopped veggies to my liking and appetite and then put everything together. You'll see ;)

*RECIPE*

*Raw Vegan Creamy Mushroom Spinach Stack*

  • Handful Spinach, wilted with a little Tamari and gently squeezing with your hands to soften.
  • White Button mushrooms, marinated with a little splash of Tamari, EV Olive Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Asparagus, tips, washed in hot water.
  • Brazil nut cheese with Thyme (see *note below recipe) 
Wash Spinach and drain. In bowl, add a splash of Tamari (not raw but gluten free) OR Nama Shoyu (raw) to the spinach and gently massage to break down the spinach leaves. Nothing major here, just soften a bit. 

Slice button mushrooms  and put into a bowl, (I used about 6 mushrooms) Put equal amount 'splashes' of Tamari, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar together over mushrooms. Marinate for about 10-15 minutes. OR if you are in a hurry....just go right a head and make the recipe. :)

Wash a couple spears of Asparagus in hot water, (helps soften the raw asparagus) and chop the tips. And put them aside for now. 

Now, to get to the creating. Take a round ring mould or( if you are like me and don't have any fancy shmancy circular food moulding devise....then use a tin can, just use a can opener at both ends and wash. POOF, you now have a handy dandy food press thingy) (HA! Omg, I'm not describing things that well today) 

Put your round ring mould onto a plate and start filling it with the goodies. First a layer of Spinach, pressing down gently on the bottom, them a little bit of the Brazil nut Thyme Cheese, then some Asparagus and Mushrooms.....cheese etc...... Continue until you have a stack of yumminess! 

Carefully and gently lift off the ring mould. And Voila'! You have a gorgeous dish for you to nosh!

SOOOOO goooooood! 

*NOTE: About the 'Brazil Nut Cheese'.

I LOVE making raw nut cheeses and almost always have some sort of cheese in my fridge all the time. You could easily use any raw vegan nut cheese you have on hand for this recipe. But what I used and LOVED was this simple, quick Brazil Nut Thyme Cheese"

*Recipe*

*Brazil Nut Thyme Cheese*

  • 1 cup Raw Brazil Nuts, rinsed and soaked in water for 1/2 hour. 
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp Fresh Thyme. (or dried.....and to taste)
  • pinch of salt and pepper (to taste)
  • filtered water, enough to help mix and create a thick cream.
Put soaked and rinsed Brazil Nuts into high powered blender and blend until nuts are crumbly. (I use my Vitamix) Then add in the lemon juice and enough water to create a thick cream. Blend well. NOTE: You may add the Thyme in now or wait until later and just mix it in, so you can see all the pretty leaves. Whaaaatever, no biggie, I promise :)

Once mixed, and I tasted and adjusted any seasonings. Once, I liked the results, I put my Brazil Nut "Cream" into a bowl and let it sit on the counter, covered, for a couple of hours. This will help it get more "cheese" like and ferment a bit. IF you can't wait......then by ALL MEANS, use this lovely cheese now and just call it a spread. Still WAY yummy. :)

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Alrighty then! PHEW! I'm glad my computer and Blog are working again........I hope ;) 

So before, my computer crashes, or my blog explodes...lol, I'll post this for you guys and see if it goes through. {{CROSSING MY FINGERS!!}} I'll go over everything with a fine tooth comb again later, just to make sure everything is posted correctly. 

Until then my friends, I'm off to go drink that well deserved glass of wine! 

Until next blog!

*Happy and Healthy Eating to You ALLLLLLL!*
*Shauna* 


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sick rant, vent and good ol' ramblings

So here I am......sick. It's been a week and my 4th day in bed....whomp whomp whomp. Yeah, I'm totally not having fun. (ha! yes I said 'totally'.....can't help it, it's true I am a Norcal girl. <3 )


So like I said, here I am, curled up in bed, with the Food Network playing in the back ground, three of my kitties at my feet, my curtains open so I can see the snow falling.....agaaaain.....and I thought, whelp, since I'm feeling a tad bit better today and still taking it easy, I have NO excuse to not blog.


............then comes the question, of what to blog??......where do I begin?? It's been so long since I have really done any blogging. I'm feeling kind of lost lately with the blogging, video things. See, even now, as I type this, my brain is going blank. (I somewhat blame me being sick...cough cough lol) But seriously, I sit here and think to myself, what am I doing? And why am I doing it?


My main reason for starting a Youtube channel and this blog was because I had so many (wonderful) people, from friends to family, to strangers here and there, ask for some of my recipes, as well as just being curious with what the "Vegan", "Raw Food" thing was all about. I love being able to share my journey and my path with others, not from a selfish point, but because I wouldn't be here without the help and guidance of others myself. I am so grateful to all of you whom have helped me along the way. So if I could ever 'pay it forward'....what ever that 'it' is....from help, guidance, support, (I think all those things are the same haha)....a recipe here and there, a tip, a laugh, a hug,......then that would make me a happy camper. (now yes, that is now me coming from a 'selfish' point lol )


Ok, wait......I have to go grab some tea. I'll be riiiiiiight back!..dun dun dun. (sorry that always makes me giggle when I say that, it reminds me of that horror movie where they said that "I'll be riiiiiight back..."................and they never do. Ok, if I get whacked while going to go get a cup of tea, I'm gonna be upset. ;) Soooo.............."I'll beeee riiiiiiight baaaack....."


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Alright :) I'm back. Got my tea, didn't get whacked, all's good.


So where was I?


Hmm....perhaps start off with "What to blog?"


I've been playing with this question for awhile now. Of course I want to blog and share Vegan and Raw food recipes etc... but I guess the thing I have been struggling with is, should I have a more direct agenda...just make the page/and videos, simple, plain and to the point when it comes to recipes. Or should I just reeeelax and chill out haha and keep my blog/video 'real'? With a little bit of everything, from my thoughts, my recipes, my ramblings lol, things that I have learned and things I struggle with, tips and personal thoughts etc....etc....and etc.....??


Ya know I ask this question seriously.....because.....{{sigh}} and I going to be honest here {{gulp}} I don't know if I have the thick skin it takes to put all of myself out there, on the internet, to the world, to a zillion strangers (ok, that was a far off number...a 'zillion'? please, I barely have 10 people reading this at it is haha).....I have had one, horrible, nasty comment about my channel.......and it crushed me! SEE, I don't know if I could hack it haha!


I just DON"T get haters, and people crawling the net for blogs and pages that have nothing to do with their personal lifestyle, just to say something cruel, nasty, hateful and disrespectful. Just don't get it. It makes me sad, shake my head and laugh all at the same time lol.


BUT....this is my blog damn it haha! And like dear ol' Cartman on South Park says...."I'll do what I want!"...........lol, or something like that, xoxo!


Anyway, I think I'm rambling. I guess that's what sick days and blogs are for ;)


I could probably ramble on and onnnn and on today, and I might haha. But for now, I guess I will go try to remember where I left off with my recipes and figure out what to 'post' and blog next.


WHICH brings me to say, I have been having MAJOR issues with my Youtube channel and uploading videos. I'm SO frustrated and am at the point where making new videos is becoming a major pain to make and publish. For some unknown reason, it takes somewhere around 5 hours to upload a '5' minute video. UGH! What the heck man?? How can that be?? I would LOVE LOVE to be able to be one of those bloggers that continually post videos, but geeze man, it takes me almost two days to do one stinking video....with the editing etc... {{Shaking my fists!}} The funny thing, is, although I LOVE putting new recipe videos out there, I am not always a fan of putting my little ol' self in them, lol. Yes it's true, I'm self conscious and whelp.....a tad bit camera shy. It's truuuuue. I'm horrible when it comes to making videos and am my own worst critic. Nope, not a fan of the camera, haha.


But, videos, that is another day, hopefully another day,,,soon. As for now, I'm gonna chill and try to get my sick self better. With that I say, I wish you all many blessings, happy and healthy, good eats and lots of sqwooshy LOVE! Thanks for reading my rants and ramblings xoxo!


Til next blog!


Huge cyber hugs and real hugs to you all!
*Shauna*

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It's been a long time....

Hellooooo again my friends,


Thank you SO much for being patient with me. I'm sorry I have been away for so long. This last year has been a challenging one. I don't really want to go into to much about it here or now, but I would like to share some of why I have been away these past few months. XO!


With a heavy heart, I am saddened to say that my Step Dad recently passed away in September 2013 from a 2 year battle with Lung Cancer. (I love you Pops <3 ) During his illness, I took a couple months off here and there through out the years to fly out to stay and visit both him and my Mom. (My fam lives in NorCal...I am living in Ohio, for now)


My last visit was for a stay of a few months Sept/Oct/Nov 2013 (after his passing) to be with my Mom and help and give support. I have to say, it was thee most bittersweet, loving, honest, blessed, spiritually enlightening time I have ever had with my Mom. I am SO blessed and grateful to have been able to go out and stay with her for a few months. She is truly thee most wonderful, courageous, beautiful, strong and loving person and Mom.


(I LOVE you Mama, thank you for crying so hard we laughed and laughing so hard we cried. I will ALWAYS be there to "help lift that boulder"..................and.....do "The Hustle" in the kitchen while making our Raw Veggie meals. {{GRIN}} XOXO!!)


AND with that my friends, I also say THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU as well! I appreciate all the support, love and blessing that you have shared. It TRULY means more than you will ever know.


I hope to re-start this Blog again soon (well, I guess by posting this, I already have started lol!)....I miss it and miss sharing in the Vegan food journey with all of you!


*Til next Blog!*


*LOVE AND HAPPY, HEALTHY EATING TO YOU ALL!*






{{{HUGE CYBER HUGS!}}}
~*~Shauna~*~