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DIY Almond Milk

Published June 4, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party


I woke up today wanting to eat some cereal, knowing full well that we were out of almond milk. Now, I’m not above eating cereal with just water, but I had bought plenty of raw almonds for our raw food cleanse before we went to Portland, so I though I might as well finally give making my own almond milk a shot. I originally bought a nut milk bag a long time ago to aid in making juices with my vitamix because I refuse to buy a juicer, and my attempt using a cheesecloth was effective, but annoying. However since that purchase, it had just traveled from Boca to Fort Lauderdale to Seattle, unused.

I decided to go with a basic 1:3 almonds to water ratio for my 1st attempt here. Since I usually buy unsweetened plain almond milk, I also decided to forgo the date & vanilla extract additions I often see with raw nut milk recipes.

DIY Almond Milk
makes about 3 cups

1 c. of raw almonds
3 c. of filtered water

You will need:

high speed blender
nut milk bag
3-4 c. jar
large bowl


Blend water and almonds in high speed blender until smooth. Pour mixture through nut milk bag over a large bowl to strain. (Twisting the bag seemed to help squeeze out the milk best!) Pour milk into a jar, and freeze the almond meal for another use.

Milk will keep for 3-4 days in fridge.


This was fast, easy enough, and pretty cheap to boot. I could see that a date or a little vanilla would give it some oomph if you’re just using it for cereal, or to drink. A little carob or cacao would make it a great raw chocolate milk too! You do miss out on the extra vitamins they fortify the boxed kind with, but hey, this is fresh! And I take plenty of vitamins daily. This may just become part of my kitchen routine. I’d love to try this with raw hazelnuts. (Which I was munching on as I made this.)

Do you make your own nut milk? What are your favorite recipes?





It tasted great in my cereal! Way better than just water :)

It tasted great in my cereal! Way better than just water 🙂

Raw Vegan Veggie soup

Published May 20, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party


Thomas turned to me this weekend and asked if we could do a green smoothie detox for a few days to “reset”. I thought this was actually a great way to prep for the insanity that will be hundreds of vegan bloggers running around Portland this weekend at Vida Vegan Con 2013, eating everything in sight. Oh yes, it will be glorious.

We decided to do green smoothies along with raw food for variety. I decided to start out with a raw celery soup from Raw Food, but didn’t realize that I was running low on celery, so I tossed in a few carrots, extra tomato, some miso, garlic and a little bit of jalepeno and cayenne for kick. I love how flexible raw food is, and I love how full you can get on good fat like avocado.

Raw Vegan Veggie Soup

several stalks of celery, chopped into large pieces, about 2 c.
3 carrots, chopped large
3 small tomatoes, quartered
1 clove of garlic
handful of fresh parsley, about 1/2 c.
1 ripe avocado
1 c. filtered water
1 tbsp. of tamari (or shoyu or Bragg’s or red-sodium soy sauce)
1 tbsp. of lemon juice
1 tbsp. white miso, optional
1/4 fresh jalapeno
dash of cayenne pepper


Add all ingredients to high speed blender and combine until warmed through and creamy. You’re done! 🙂


January Raw Kickoff: Day 3 and a Raw Carob Peanut Butter Dip recipe

Published January 10, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party


Well, as things sometimes go…

Day 3 of my raw didn’t really happen. We had leftovers of the carrot slaw for lunch (no breakfast, a more common occurrence than these nicely planned days I had accomplished) and ended the night with some delivery pizza. 🙂


We split an extra large roasted garlic, spinach and basil pizza sprinkled upon delivery with nooch (nutritional yeast) and crushed red peppers!

However, my raw carob powder did get delivered and I was able to put together a nearly raw carob peanut butter dip/sauce recipe to share with you! I decided to order raw carob powder instead of my usual raw cacao since caffeine just sends me into anxiety mode. I used a recipe from Raw Food as a guide. Her recipe called for tahini, and since my tahini was roasted anyway, I figured I may as well use some of the peanut butter for a nice chocolatey combo that I knew would go over well with Thomas.

You can easily make this completely raw with any raw seed or nut butter you can find. I don’t buy them because they’re so expensive, but you can make your own. If you want to make your own raw peanut butter (you can buy raw peanuts on amazon), or any other raw nut butter for that matter, just toss the raw nuts in a food processor or high speed blender, and blend until smooth. You may need to add a little oil. Google it.

[Nearly] Raw Carob Peanut Butter Dip

1/2 c. peanut butter   (or preferred seed/nut butter)
7 tbsp. raw carob powder
2-3 tbsp. raw agave
1/2 c. of water, plus more to desired consistency (I ended up with about 2/3 c.)


Mix all ingredients in a small, resealable jar. Adjust water to desired consistency.

It will thicken up in the fridge, so you may need to thin it out again. My inspiration recipe said keeps for 1 week in the fridge, so halve this if you don’t need so much.


This recipe made about a small jar of peanut butter’s worth. We’ve been using it on toast and rice cakes, you can add it to your smoothies or stir it into nut milk.


It also made a great dipping sauce for fresh cut apple slices, and would be amazing drizzled over banana slices, marshmallows, or on a [raw] sundae! I also happen to know it is perfectly decadent eaten off of a spoon! 🙂

January Raw Kickoff: Day 2 & a Raw Apple Cobbler recipe

Published January 9, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party


Day 2 started out much like Day 1, with the buckwheat groat porridge, though this time I ran it in the Vitamix until it was warm.


For lunch I made us some celery soup. You can see most of the ingredients above! It was delicious and the avocado kept us full for a while.


Dinner came from Matthew Kinney’s Everyday Raw Express. I made the Curried Carrot Slaw, Endive, Pine Nuts, Golden Raisins.


Only minus the endive, because it is too expensive, with regular raisins, and with ALMONDS instead of cashews for the sauce because Thomas is allergic to cashews. (I do this all the time now as a straight substitute and have had no problems. I’m going to try to make some artisan almond cheese one of these days based off of a cashew recipe.) I served it on romaine leaves as incredibly fresh and tasty burritos. The pine nuts gave this the necessary filling ingredient. The sauce on this combined with the mint was just so flavorful.


For dessert, I made this apple cobbler, very similarly to the way I made the pear blackberry one the day previously.

Raw Apple Cobbler

2-3 apples, cut into bite-sized pieces
drizzle of raw agave
sprinkle of cinnamon
pinch of ground ginger

1/2 c. almonds
1/2 c. raisins
pinch of salt

1. Place apples in a 2-3 quart dish. Drizzle with lightly with agave and toss with spices until lightly coated.

2. For the topping, add almonds, raisins, and salt to the small bowl of a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of fruit.

Fearless – Organic, Raw Vegan Chocolate!

Published October 6, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party


I discovered Fearless at the well stocked nutrition store I love to frequent whenever we hit Thomas’ home town of Winter Haven. This delicious chocolate has the best of everything going on for it… raw vegan and organic to boot! The packaging couldn’t be cuter, and the chocolate wrapper is printed with adorable multicolored elephants and the chocolate is stamped with stars.

The chocolate is not only cute, but incredibly good too. The first one I got was the Sweet & Hot Hibiscus Ginger, which we loved, and I’m pretty sure is my favorite. It hits you with ginger and leaves you with a floral Hibiscus aftertaste.

After looking for it at our Whole Foods here, and striking out, I was thrilled to find it at the local organic market, despite the higher price. Here I picked up the Matcha Mint and Exploding Coconuts. The Matcha Mint is really good if you’re into mint chocolate, which I am. The Matcha part refers to the matcha green tea, which is yummy, but I think got me a little too hopped up on the combination of cacao and tea caffeine! Mind you, I’m more sensitive than average because white tea is usually as caffeinated as I get, which is pretty darn minimal. The Exploding Coconuts is just what you’d expect, smooth dark chocolate bursting with shredded coconut bliss!

If you can’t find Fearless near you, you can always shop them through their website online. They’re a great company and donate 10% to worthy causes, as well as take a very environmentally conscious approach to their business. You can read more about that here! 🙂

Cream Corn Chowder & Jalapeño Parsley Pesto – Matthew Kenney’s Everyday Raw Express

Published October 5, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Week 1: High Raw mini-theme continues in VeganMofo post #4 with a delicious and filling raw soup and fresh pesto from Matthew Kenney’s Everyday Raw Express, but first…

I’m going to start off by saying sorry for the picture of the finished soup with the big shadow [of me] across the bottom. I tried to clean it up in Photoshop, and it made the soup unnaturally lemon yellow. I do hold an Art degree, but it was strictly in studio arts. No technology.  So I’m going to just go with the fact that I am after all the “camera phone vegan” and hope I’m off the hook until they start making better camera phones!

Since I’m off on a tangent right now anyway, I’ll tell you something else that has nothing to do with this soup, and everything to do with vegan blogging and technology. I realized today that I WILL be in Seattle for the Vegan Vida Con Tech seminar! It’s a pretty steep $150 for a 1 day “on the technical aspects of serious Internet veganism: blogging and social media”, but I think it’d be really beneficial. Two of my soon to be neighbor tweeps, Helen of Vegtastic, and Dawn of Vegan Moxie, are going to be doing presentations. In fact, they both also just gave away free tickets to the seminar, but unluckily, I didn’t realize that I’d be in Seattle for it until today. (Feeling generous? You can donate to my cause here! hah!)

In addition to that, while we’re on the topic of Vegan Vida Con, I realized last night that I had said if we made it out to Seattle this year, then I’d definitely go to Vegan Vida Con in Portland, Spring 2013. And well, now that it IS happening, I’ll be needing to buy a conference ticket soon too! Pretty exciting! It’s going to be held over Memorial day weekend.

And now on to the soup!


Jalapeño pesto consisted of parsley, pine nuts, lime juice, agave, jalapeño, nooch, olive oil, salt & pepper. It was unbelievably delicious, and made plenty!


More than enough for two recipes of the soup!


Soup was made from corn, pine nuts, almond milk, miso, olive oil, lemon juice, agave, salt & pepper.


I ran it on high in the Vitamix until it was steaming and warm-hot.



Wow! Except for the soup being a bit too sweet with the full amount of agave called for in the recipe, this was absolutely incredible!  I did cut back the olive oil just slightly on the first go, as well as added some Braggs to counteract some of the sweetness. The pesto gave this a spectacular contrast, visually, as well as in taste and texture. The pesto seemed to keep really well, because I made another batch of the soup [with less agave] a week later, and I swirled plenty of it in, with no problems! It’s like drinking amazing, spicy cornbread! Like most raw food, it made for a surprisingly filling meal with robust flavor.

I really like this book. The recipes are quick, simple, and flavorful, and best of all, don’t require a dehydrator to deliver professional tasting results. More recipe reviews to come from it! Yum!!

Oh, and before I forget, here’s a picture of our kitten Ganon, doing one of his most favorite activities of all. He’s 15 weeks and extremely exhausted from a long day of sleeping! Gotta throw in a kitten picture here and there for good measure! 😉

Gourmet Greenhouse – Hollywood, Fl

Published October 2, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

I decided since I didn’t have a theme for this month, I could maybe do mini-themes? So, at least my 1st two posts will be from raw vegan south Florida restaurants that I had eaten at a while back, and totally forgotten to tell you about! 🙂 Then I may stay on high raw posts for a bit, so it would seem that I have a direction. Maybe.

So my friend Jake says he likes this place because it’s weird. And really, the setting is strange…

Gourmet Greenhouse is located behind a costume shop, in a metaphysical center off of Hollywood Blvd. In order to gain access to the restaurant, you have to park around the back, walk through their garden area, take a trip across the gift shop, and finally climb a staircase in the back. The restaurant is located on the second floor overlooking the aforementioned garden. When we got up there, we found we were the only patrons, and nearly alone. We made our presence known, and the one person staff came out to greet us and give us menus.


He brought us this tasty nut pate and carrot sticks right away. Unfortunate[for Thomas]ly, it was made with cashews, so Thomas was left out, and I gobbled it all up by myself.


As it turns out, this place isn’t all raw. The menu was about 50/50 raw and cooked foods. Thomas ordered the Portabello Mushroom Sandwich [sic] $8 (Perhaps to get even for the cashew spread? Yes, we both have a food sensitivity, and mine is grody mushrooms!) It came with sautéed onions smothered in spicy mango bbq sauce, served with crackers and a pickle. He liked it, but we didn’t find the sauce to be very spicy. A good or bad thing, depending on your palette!


I had the Raw Yellow Squash Spaghetti and Almond/Flaxseed Meatballs with a side salad $8, which was really tasty! I thought the prices and serving sizes were really reasonable, especially compared with other such niche restaurants in the South Florida area. In fact, if it weren’t so out of the way, and open so few hours, we’d probably have been back more often.

Who knows, maybe we’ll pay them another visit before we leave for Seattle? Oh, and speaking of that, I haven’t done a single thing to prepare. I fly out of here on October 30th, so my real them for VeganMoFo is blogging while simultaneously preparing for our move to Seattle. Which means that since I’ve now gotten my 2nd post ready and taken care of, I should really go work on my closet, and stop looking at antique china on eBay! 😀

Gourmet Greenhouse is located at 5809 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood FL 33021. (954) 518-0551. Open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.

Greenwave Cafe – raw food in Plantation, FL

Published October 1, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Happy October, and Happy Vegan Mofo (Vegan Month of Food)! I have a ton of food pictures and blog posts that should have been, waiting in the archives of my phone and laptop. So along with getting ready for my move to Seattle at the end of the month, I’ll also be doing a catch up and clearing out of all the blog posts from over the summer and of this month. It’s going to be the usual mix of restaurant reviews/recipe reviews/recipes along with a shift into more fall and pumpkin goodness. A big hello to all of you fellow Vegan Mofo-ers who are just finding me for the 1st time!

Greenwave Cafe is a great little raw place in west Broward county. When I felt myself headed for another raw eating kick a couple of months ago, Thomas & I came here to ease back in. They’re open as a cafe Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am-9pm and Monday as a produce market from 8am – 2pm. They also sell produce during the week, and their amazing dehydrated onion bread that I used for my raw vegan nachos!


I love their warm, yummy soups! I’m always starving when I go here and the fact that they bring you a tasty soup right away while you wait for your meal is very much appreciated!


This time Thomas got the raw pizza. If I remember correctly, they made the “cheese” for him with almonds instead of cashews. This was, as expected, really good!


This time I got what Thomas had the previous time, the extraordinarily tasty burrito! So good! Though you really can’t go wrong here. The service is about as slow as you can expect from most raw places, as the food is prepared to order, and is clearly a bit more labor intensive, but the food is bursting with flavor and creative and fresh.

Kaia Foods – Kale Chips, Chile Lime & Barbeque (Kaya Super Foods)

Published September 9, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party


I had been wanting to buy some kale chips lately, but was too cheap to pay the high price, and thus have also successfully resisted the urge to buy a dehydrator. So when these kale chips went on sale at Whole Foods recently, I picked up both flavors.

These are a little different from regular dehydrated kale chips in their texture. Up until now I’d only had the house made kind from restaurants that are flaky, flavored dehydrated leaves. These yummies are a bit more like kale crackers. They’re really nicely seasoned, and have a sesame seed coating on one side. In fact, you end up with so much of these nicely spiced sesame seeds at the bottom of the bag, that I was able to save them from both bags (~1/8 c.) and use them in my Spicy Kale salad. So hang onto your leftover seeds! 🙂

Here’s the Kaia / Kaya Super Foods website. Apparently the company is transitioning the name soon, and their products will continue to be available, just under the Kaya name instead.

Go Raw – Assorted raw snacks

Published September 1, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Have you had any of Go Raw‘s line of dehydrated salty or sweet snacks? If not you’re definitely missing out. I first got hooked on the Pizza Flax Snax. The seasoning and seeds remind me of the Pizzeria Pretzel Combos I loved so much as an adolescent!


For a sweeter taste, try the Pumpkin Super Chips. They are subtly sweet and still slightly salty, for a really delicious, nutritious treat! I can’t wait to try all of their other flavors. I definitely want to check out their carrot cake cookie ones too. I found these at Whole Foods, but if you do find a favorite flavor you can order them in more economical 6 packs on amazon.com here: Go Raw


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