Sunday, October 11, 2009

Thankful


Marinated Kale and Daikon Salad

Yesterday morning before work I wanted something savory and spicy, yet raw and substantial. Insert kale salad instead of my normal green smoothie. I shredded kale, carrots, ginger and daikon and rubbed it well with a bit of toasted sesame oil, braggs, and siracha and let it marinate while I showered. I sprinkled it with sesame seeds before eating. Super delicious. The leftovers are great too (I just had some for breakfast)... I will say that I have a love/hate relationship with daikon. I love love love the way it tastes and stands in for noodles in raw dishes. I hate hate hate the way it smells after it sits for a day. I remember a while back, I made a quart of daikon pickles. Even enclosed in a mason jar the entire fridge smelled so bad I had to throw them away after two days. Oy.

Just a simple veggie burger. The delicious yellow split pea soup (with smoked paprika and tarragon) below was turned into 4 burgers.
Now that it's Fall, I am cooking lots of soup. Anyone who has read me for a while knows that soup is one of my favorite foods and split pea tops that list!

This is an old pic, but one of my favorite dishes. Lentil sprouts, daikon and zucchini noodles all dressed up with a spicy peanut sauce. Pad Thai high raw style!
Blueberry banana soft serve. A month or so ago I actually made a raw ice cream pie with this filling. It was outstanding. No picture of that though...

The last two weeks have been hell on earth for my family. My younger son went in for what we thought was going to be a routine foot surgery. He had a large cyst/tumor on the bottom of his hell and they thought it might be malignant. After 9 long days and four pathologists, we got the final report that it was definitely benign and he had it removed in his second surgery in 10 days. He's on the road to recovery and is a real trooper. He runs track and will be ready run in the winter. I am so incredibly thankful he is going to be OK.

This experience has made me re-evaluate things in my life and I've made some changes that will be much better for me and my family.

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  1. What a relief it must be that your son is recovering now.
    All the food is gorgeous, as usual.

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  2. the raw pad thai looks awesome!

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  3. Mm, that blueberry banana ice cream looks great. I love making chocolate banana "ice cream" but it mostly turns into a smoothie. Oh well!

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  4. I'm so glad to hear that he'll be fine! I hope that he is up and running again soon.

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  5. I can't imagine what you must have gone through - so good to hear that he's gonna be ok.
    ps - that blueberry-banana softserve looks outstanding! I've never had daikon before and now I'm wondering whether to!!!

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  6. Geez, I am sorry sorry you had to go through that. I am so happy to hear he is okay!

    I've been making soup almost every night! My hubs and I just love soup too. This is the best time of year for it!

    Sending you love and light~!

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  7. The food looks great, and I'm glad to hear that your son is doing well.. Take care :-)

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  8. Mel, I'm praying hard that everything keeps getting better - stay strong.


    On a brighter note, I loved your guest post on Gena's blog :)

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  9. Love your blog! I just discovered you from Gena at Choosing Raw. I can't wait to read more and learn more. Keep up the great work!

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  10. I am also thankful your son is on the road to recovery!

    That kale salad looks yummy. You are so creative with food!

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  11. Every dish looks fantastic as always! The marinated kale and daikon salad looks so delicious and it sounds so good.

    Sorry about your son, hope everything keeps getting better:)

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  12. Mel, I'm glad your son is OK!

    Your nearly raw pad thai looks fantastic! Yum.

    I love soup so much, too! I think we're on track to making a big pot every single week this winter! Yum.

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  13. Glad to hear your son is okay!

    Everything looks so fantastic.

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  15. I am so glad that your son is okay Mel. As a parent, there is nothing worse than when our children are sick. I hope that he has a speedy recovery!

    Your food all looks gorgeous!

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  16. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    The pad thai and sorbet: yum, seriously.

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  17. I am so glad to hear that your son will be ok

    what a relief!

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  18. All the best for your son!
    Can't say much more as this is hitting too close to home, but really all the best and to a speedy recovery!

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  19. I'm glad to hear your son is okay!! There's no worse stress than a sick family member :(

    I love your kale salad! Yum!!

    And I'm still in awe of your marvellous veggie burger out of anything skills! I wish I posessed them!!

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  20. Melodie: So glad to hear your son is on the road to health! Your food looks fantastic! Keep up the good work. :)

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    On a food note, I could so go for a mess of marinated kale salad right now- wow!

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    I made a variation on the kale salad yesterday and it was delicious! Thanks for the inspiration.

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