Saturday, October 17, 2009

Wedded Bliss

I attended a wedding reception for Gogi Girl and Frankie G. Although I "know" these people through their blogs and the raw food community, I had never met them until this afternoon. I was thrilled to be a part of their special day and had fun preparing my contributions.

Raw Broccoli Salad
My own creation

2 bunches of broccoli cut into small pieces
1 minced onion
2 large carrots chopped in small pieces

1 c. cashews
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1 lemon
1 c. water
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/4 c. nutritional yeast
sea salt to taste
Blend dressing and pour over broccoli mixture.

Raw Tabouli
adapted from Matt Amsden

1 large bunch parsley or as much as you like ( I used 2)
1 cup chopped tomato, more or less (from my garden, the last of the cherry tomatoes)
1/2 cup hemp seeds, more or less (1.5 cups, which I soaked for 30 minutes)
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

1/2 cup lemon juice (3 lemons through the Champion Juicer)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
garlic cloves, put through garlic press to taste (4 large cloves)

In food processor chop parsley
Transfer to bowl and mix in remaining ingredients.
Add dressing.

Raw Hawaiian Balls

2 cups raisins
1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup coconut
cacao powder

Put raisins through blank juice so that they're mashed.
Add sesame seeds and half of the coconut.
Form into balls.
Roll balls into coconut and/or cacao powder.
Freeze and enjoy

The wedding cake, which mother Aimee ( made, was a 4-layer beauty decorated with gogi berries. The berries formed a heart on the top layer! How appropriate and special.

The groom made a short speech before cutting the wedding cake with his bride. As he looked around at the 75-100 guests who filled the rooms, he commented that although he didn't know most of the people gathered, he felt the warmth as we were all part of the raw community at that moment. Yes, one of our own got married and we celebrated the occasion.

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