After a really difficult trimester, speaking about both school and pregnancy, we are finally going on vacation. It has been such a long time since just my husband and I have been somewhere other than to visit the family of one or the other. We are going to Tarifa in the south of Spain to get our swim on at the beach and soak up some of the bohemian vibe that everyone says the town has.
Luckily, there are a few vegetarian spots in Tarifa, but we are also going prepared so that I can stick to my high raw regime. We are taking our blender so that we can make morning smoothies in the hotel room and I have been uncooking a storm to take a few snacks for both the train ride and to supplement whatever we decide to eat while we are there.
First, I am making Russell James´ Mediterranean Almond Bread. So easy to make and it smells delicious!
The recipe is all over the internet so I am posting it here as well!
Mediterranean Almond Bread
Makes 18 ‘slices’
1/2c olive oil
1c sun dried tomatoes, loosely packed
3c almond flour*
1c flax meal
3 medium courgettes (zucchini), peeled & roughly chopped
2 apples, cored and roughly chopped
3T lemon juice
3T Herbs De Provence or herbs of your choice
2T marjoram or herbs of your choice
*You can make almond flour a number of ways. My favourite is to save the pulp from any almond milk I make and dehydrate it so I can keep it in a glass jar until needed. You could also use the almond pulp wet. Another way would be just to grind some almonds into flour in a high powered blender or coffee mill.
– Process the olive oil, sun dried toms, courgette, apple, lemon juice, salt and dried herbs until thoroughly mixed.
– Add the almond flour and process again until a batter is formed.
– In a bowl mix the batter with the flax meal by hand. The reason you do this separately (not in the processor) is that you are likely to have too much mixture for the size if the processor at this point, and when you add the flax meal it will become quite heavy and sticky and overwork your machine.
– When mixed, process the whole batter in the machine again in small batches to achieve a light fluffy texture.
– Divide the mixture in 2 and place on Paraflexx sheets, on dehydrator trays.
– Use an offset spatula (aka offset palette knife or cranked palette knife) to spread the mixture evenly to all 4 sides and corners of the Paraflexx sheet. If mixture is too sticky you can wet the spatula to make things easier. With a knife score the whole thing into 9 squares.
– Dehydrate for 2 hours and then remove the Paraflexx sheets by placing another dehydrator tray and mesh on top and invert so that your original sheet of bread is upside down. That will allow you to peel the Paralexx sheet off and continue to dehydrate the underside of the bread.
– Dehydrate for approx 8 hours more (do this overnight so you’re not tempted to eat it before it’s ready) or until bread feels light in your hand. If the pieces don’t fully come apart where you scored, use a knife to cut them.
Then, I am making 2 recipes from http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com
I am going to make Broccoli Bites and Pakoras. Depending on how they turn out, I will post a picture and the recipes 🙂
Enjoy your weekend!