Coconut Celery Soup with fresh coriander

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Coconumt puree - my new "inside-fillers", Book tip: "coconut oil" with a lot of knowledge about the healing power of coconut and a super coconut and Superfoodies-source - the health food store Staudigl in Vienna.

Hi everybody! I'm back into Blogger life after a long Christmas break with a new post about a super vitamin-giving soup, which provides lots of energy and fresh nutrients for the cold season. A coconut celery soup that has it all: The celery plant has detox and healing powers, and coconut oil ensures the cellular water supply - and is therefore a real fountain of youth.

During my Christmas break I reda two very interesting books about the coconut:

These two books by Bruce Fife -

The author explains why the ingredients of coconut strengthens the immune system, and that the plant slows down the aging process. And the coconut oil has the ability to detoxify and heal a long list of health problems. In addition to all this knowledge about the brown fruit, you can also find  recipes and many practical tips for the use of coconut products.

For me personally, coconut puree - processed either in a soup or in a smoothie - is something like an "inside-filler". I allways get the feeling, that it charges my inner batteries. Maybe this feeling is based upon the fact, that cocunut oil is good for the cellular water supply. I don't know - it' energizing and tasty anyway :-)

A super source for several coconut and other superfoods in organic quality is  - for all of you who live in Vienna and Lower Austria - the health food store Staudigl in Vienna's historic center. Here you can find everything what your raw - and superfooddemands ever have been asking for: nuts, seeds, teas, superfoods - and not to forget several times a day freshly-mixed smoothies, juices and healthy snacks. Especially the Matcha-coconut-smoothie convinced me personally :-)

 

Coconut celery soup with fresh coriander

Inspired by Nordisch Roh

1/2 cup coconut meat (or 1/2 cup shredded coconut plus 1 tablespoon coconur puree or coconut oil)
1/2 celery root
1 lime
1/2 ripe banana
1 piece of chilli (green)
1 handful fresh coriander
250 ml coconut milk
250 ml of water
2 celery stalks
1 tsp salt

Superfood coconut: This is a prevention against many degenerative diseases, is effective against viruses, bacteria, fungi, boosts energy and the immune system, helps with weight loss, promotes digestion, prevents premature skin aging (according to Bruce Fife, "coconut oil").

Squeeze the lime and cut the vegetables into big cubes, process all ingredients in a blender to a creamy soup. Garnish with a few coriander leaves, slices of lime and celery cubes. You can enjoy the soup cold or slightly warmed (max.45 degrees).

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My new blogger life: day 193

Published in Desserts & Cakes

Food Blog Award, collaborations, invitations, followers, new plans - and of course some christmas cookies :-)

A few days ago I got a box, which came in with the postman - from Germany. I was quite surprisedwhen I unpacked it and saw the content: superfoods, nuts, raw cacao, raw confection - all kinds of expensive ingredients I've always wanted to have, was in this case. It was like Christmas ...! Therefore, I want to thank Keimling with this blog post: For a beautiful Award evening in Hamburg, my trip there and plenty of goodies. Since my blog was chosen among the top 15, I traveled to Hamburg in early November. I was visiting my dear cousin Isabella, looked at the city, and met many new, interesting people. You can see a few impressions of this evening below or reed it on the Keimling-Award-page.

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My cousin Isabella and I

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Keimling award winners and jury

Among others I met the author of the book "Go Raw - Be Alive" - Boris Lauser ( Go raw - be alive!: So schmeckt gesund ), who sent me a review copy of his new book. Besides, I got to know some very nice bloggers and talk with the staff of the company Keimling about raw food - in short, we had a great eventing. Of course I would have liked to be among the four - useless to pretend anything else ... ;-) But on the other hand: The winning blogs were all very good and deserved it to win. And I think my output of this award is very impressive too: I spent three nice days in Hamburg and returned inspired, with raw food gifts and new partner agreement back home. So I'm happy to get among the top 15 for an important award. Not bad for a five month old blog so far, isn't ist?

My 193-day résumé of blogging is: 1 Award nomination, many new followers (nearly 500 on Pinterest, 270 on Twitter, 100 on Instagram), which I got without much effort, interesting cooperation partners: The alga-vegan.com, Biohof Adamah and especially Keimling, who is sending me a long desired dehydrator for testing, with which I want to produce a series raw breads, which I am really looking forward to!

So as a christmas present - here are my first super Christmas Superfood raw food balls which are a real eye-catcher and a super tasty chocolate sensation! I hope you enjoy :-)!

Super Food Christmas Cookies

Inspired by Julie Morris

1/3 cup acaiberrypowder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons agave syrup
¾ cup soft dates (if they are not soft, soak in warm water before)
2 tablespoons cocoa nibs
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 pinch of cayenne pepper

Decoration:
Desiccated coconut, Acaipowder, cocoa nibs

Process all ingredients in a food processor or a powerful blender to form a smooth paste. Put some coconut oil or water on the hands and form small balls. At the end toss the balls in grated coconut, cocoa nibs or acaipowder.

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Raw Sweet Potatoe Soup from "5 Elements"

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This soup warms you, nourishes and gives power in the cold season!

Inspired by my visit to the Viennese soup restaurant Suppito, in early October 2015, and by their magnificent 5-elements-soup cookbook : "2 women 5 elements and 44 soups" (Suppito: 2 Frauen 5 Elemente und 44 Suppen ) , I decided to create my own 5 element soup creation that I put together in a "best-of-mode" from several recipes. 

But I'm still asking myself why TCM and raw food actually don't go together. The TCM says: Eating cooked food takes less energy for digestion. Raw food experts beliefe, that raw is better for our digestion, because raw food has more enzymes than the cooked food. Anyway - I love raw soups, because they provide me with pure energy - and they are quickly prepared - just like green smoothies. You can also use the raw soups for weight loss or detox, if you want. And if you want to have a properly balanced diet schedule, follow this rule and alternate red, green and yellow soups in your diet. 

Raw Sweet Potatoe Soup with 5 Elements 

Earth:
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons coconut oil melted,
200 milliliters of coconut milk
½ avocado
½ mango
Small, red pepper, coarsely chopped

Metal:
1/2 red chilli deseeded,
1 tablespoon grated ginger
½ teaspoon cumin

Water:
½ teaspoon sea salt

Wood:
½ lime squeezed,
1 orange, peeled

Fire:
1 teaspoon of turmeric
100 milliliters of hot water

Put all ingredient into a blender until the soup is smooth - if necessary, you can add some more water. Garnish with finely chopped red peppers.You can enjoy the soup slightly warmed (45 degrees Celsius) - which i would recommend. 

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Tomatoe Gazpacho and "A Grand Day Out" for me and my blog!

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My blog and I have experinced a "Grand Day Out": First we visited a presentation of "Integral Bianco", the new whole grain flour that tastes and looks like white flour, then we were invited to "Suppito" - a Viennese soup restaurant where they cook according to TCM (and the soups taste incredibly delicious :-) !!)

I just noticed that I am talking about my blog, as if it were alive. Is this actually something to be worried about? Suspension I obviously spend too much time in front of my computer, don't I?? Yes, probably! Well anyway, we - that means me and my blog - were invited to two press events, which remembered me on my former occupation as journalist and gave me the feeling: "Hey I'm back!" Honestly spoken, I had no idea, that blogger could be invited to such events, but on the other hand my time as a journalist is allready some years passed...

Anyway I really enjoyed this interesting and inspiring day: In the morning there was breakfast at Integral Bianco.This is the name to a white flour, which is actually no white flour, which has similar properties like wholegrain flour and is healthier because it reduces the blood sugar level.

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 I spent the evening at Suppito, a manufactory for soups and stews near the Viennese market called "Naschmarkt". It was a super cozy place with a nice atmosphere, many cookbooks, jars and delightful fragrances from the giant soup pots. We were invited to taste the delicious soups, that were prepared after TCM (= Traditional Chinese Medicine) and the five elements. And what made me especially happy: I was allowed to take the soup cookbook with me!! The owner of the restaurant was  Dr. Andrea Scholden, she was originally a doctor, and had established this soup factory, because she had faced health problems several years before which she could solve thanks TCM soups. Today she is not only sparkling with health and full of energy, but also a proud owner of the restaurant "Suppito" and author of three cookbooks!

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The only thing I do not like about TCM and Dietetics by the five elements is, that there actually is almost no room for raw food. Their argument: Only cooked food is easy to digest for the body. So I ask myself, of course, immediately, then why has raw food such a healthy impact on my personal health? But I feel respect for these millennia-old art called TCM and keep the question to myself. But at home, alone with my brand new cookbook, I note that the spice combos of soup recipes in Mrs Scholdens cookbook are awesome, and I really want to try these recipes - but with raw ingredients ;-). Because even if the TCM has no place for raw food - in raw food there is always plenty of room for TCM ... ;-)

In order to complete my series of soups, I would like to present my recently created tomatoe gazpacho to you today.Tastes delightfully fresh and invigorating! :-)

What experience do you have with soups? Have you ever tried Raw Detox diets with raw food soups? If yes, please comment below! Looking forward to hear from your experience!

Tomatoes Gazpacho

5 tomatoes
1 red pepper
1 handful basil
1/4 Chili
1/2 lemon squeezed,
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
1 pinch of cayenne pepper


Decoration:
Pepper slices, very thinly sliced
Arugula flowers or other edible flowers,
Basil leaves
freshly ground pepper

Put the ingredients for the gazpacho in a blender and mix it briefly, season with spices, salt and pepper. Garnish with red pepper slices, arugula blossoms, basil leaves and freshly ground pepper. You can enjoy it chilled or fresh out of the blender (I never keep tomatoes in the fridge, so they are not cold!) - which is my preferred version! :-)

 

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My very first raw vegan Linzer Cake :-)

Published in Desserts & Cakes

Best of Raw & Superfood is nominated for the Food Blog Award and goes to the top 15 finale in Hamburg in Germany!! A great time for the first appearance of my raw vegan Linzer Torte - my own recipe creation!

May I introduce: Her Majesty, the Linzer Torte. Raw and vegan - and my own recipe creation :). Why I'm introducing this cake so formally has a special reason: First, I am invited to the Food Blog Award 2015 in Hamburg - my blog is among the top 15!! You sure can imagine, that I feel sooo honored that my 5-month-old blog is invited :-) !! And I'm glad to finally get to know Hamburg, a city of which I have heard so many good things, but never have been there! So please: Keep your fingers crossed for me on November the 4th 2015.

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And as I allready mentioned, my raw vegan Linzer cake is something special :) - firstly because I love Linzer cakes, because they are so incredibly delicious, and the other reason why I am proud of it is, that my Google search showed that it might be the first raw vegan one! :-)

I have skipped eggs, flour and the butter I replaced them with ground almonds and coconut oil. Oh, and the jam I made from currants, some agave syrup and chia seeds. So I hope you will enjoy this raw vegan speciality, which tastes great! 

conclusion to this post:'m really looking forward to the trip to Hamburg and about the nomination !! Thanks in advance for keeping your fingers crossed, that my blog an me will be successfull:) !!

Many busserl (that's Viennese for "kisses") and love,

your Petra Elisabeth

Raw Vegan Linzer Torte

3/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
½ cup dates (chopped)
½ cup agave syrup
1 cup grated almond
1 cup almond flour
½ teaspoon lemon zest (grated)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch of cloves (crushed)

Filling:

4 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup currants (fresh or frozen) mashed
2 tablespoons agave syrup


Mix the dates in a blender, add the remaining ingredients to form a smooth dough. Press 2/3 of the dough in a springform pan bottom with a 1-2 cm border, form long strips out of the remaining dough and put them aside. Meanwhile prepare the filling: put 4 tablespoons chia seed into the pureed currants (with a blender) and soak them for 10 minutes and stir occasionally, until the sauce thickens. Pour the thickened fruit sauce over the dough on the bottom. Put  the cake in the freezer for about an hour, then take the long dough stripes and lay them on the frozen cake to form a grid. Dry the cake in a dehydrator or in the oven at 45 degrees Celsius for about 2 or three hours until it is dried but still a little bit juicy in the middle. The cake can easily be kept in the freezer for several weeks.

Maybe I was too fast in calling my cake "the only raw vegan" - perhaps you have already found another raw vegan version somewhere or even invented one by yourself? If yes, please comment here!! :)

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Raw Apple Crumble Pie with Maplesyrup-Cream

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Apple Crumble is just so delicious ... But: Can you make money with it? Honestly: I’ve no idea yet, but again: this crumble is delicious .. ;-)

"Can you make money with it??" People often ask me this question, when I’m talking about my Food Blog. It’s a great topic and an icebreaker for conversation - people mostly like to hear nice stories about food, photography and healthy nutrition. But this is not a real hot topic, to be honest. You can furthermore receive real sparkling interest around the topic "Can you make money with your Food Blog?" I know, that this is possible – at least theoretically. In practical terms, however, not a single penny has curled up on my bank account yet. Thinking about all this, I mostly answer this question with: "Sure you can," and I tell my conversational partners about my recent Amazon partnership and cooperation with Affilinet and my future plans for my own cookbook and maybe even cooking classes. Then I mostly change topic, as not to overtax my listeners, who maybe had wished a more concrete answer to this simple question.

But I don’t want to complain here, because until now I've really just cooked, photographed, texted, and eaten and kept myself busy with blogging and a healthy diet. Without an E-Shop, Advertisements or anything like that, you cannot make money. I would have known this even without the expensive online marketing seminar, which I attended a few years ago. That's why I'm all the more strained whether this will really work. Because in hopefully a few days or at most some weeks my Amazon shop and my Affilinet advertising partnership will go online ... And I'm looking forward now with anticipation, if someone will buy his / her blender, cooking utensils, seed devices or superfood ingredients via this blog. Each Click will be money for me… So if you have plans to buy some of this stuff, I really would be happy if you could do that via my Shop-Link :) …

But for now I want to return your attention back to the food and my dish of the day: The Apple Crumble - raw apples with nuts, dates, and a wonderfully creamy maple cashew sauce! My guests (the Norwegian relatives plus my always hungry Austro-Swedish invited extended family) loved it! With Vanilla Ice Cream the Crumble even tasted twice as good, they said.
The court is relatively quick to prepare and is also suitable for beginners - and you can surprise your party guests with something new - an alternative for desert, which everyone will love.


Apple Crumble with Maplesyrup-Cashew-Cream

Inspired by Judita Wignall Going Raw: Everything You Need to Start Your Own Raw Food Diet and Lifestyle Revolution at Home

Date-nut mixture:
1 cup walnuts, coarsely ground
¼ cup palm sugar or beet sugar
¼ cup dates, chopped
¼ cup raisins
1 pinch of salt
½ cup oatmeal (alternatively: crushed almonds)

Filling:
2 tablespoons agave nectar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon gingerbread spice (or cinnamon, clove, cardamom mix)
3 whole apples (unpeeled, thinly sliced)

Maple syrup cream:
1 cup soaked cashews (2 hours)
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup water
½ teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder

For the Date Nut Mix chop dates and walnuts separately in a blender, then mix both with raisins, sugar and oatmeal and put the mixture aside. For the filling mix agave nectar, lemon juice and gingerbread spices and marinate the finely chopped apples in it.
For the cream put syrop and water in the blender and put only a part of the cashews in it, and mix until you get a fine, smooth cream, then add the remaining cashews successively until you get an optimal smooth cream, if necessary, add a little more water or maple syrip. The marinated apples are served in a bed of date-nut mixture and a few teaspoons of it to sprinkle above and maple syrup cream as a sauce.

Tip: vanilla ice cream is a super fit to the crumble! For raw food purists: The ice can also be a raw food ice cream :)!

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COLORFUL RAWFOOD salad with avocado and mango - delicious, healthy and super easy!

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My new motto is: raw (OK, probably somebody has already noticed that .. ;-)), quickly and easily. Because let's face it: Who among us has time to stand in the kitchen all day long?

The idea to this series gave me a recipe from my friend and neighbor Inge. When I saw the colorful mango avocado salad at her home, I knew immediately that I had to get this recipe. And Inge did not mind, so I'm looking forward presenting it to you. The preparation is I guess less than five minutes. Result: The combination mango / avocado is not only colorful and a real eye-catcher on any table but also very tasty in connection with basil and balsamic vinegar.

In future I want to share recipes with you that follow the motto "quick and easy" - in order to keep the focus on what is really essential. Therefore I've changed my photo-setting and put away the background-items to highlight the food. Because the food is  eye-catching enough anyway. So this is my new blog style : Cool recipes, photos and relevant information about raw food, superfood, vitamins and nutrients. I hope you like it :-)!

Super Food Facts:
Avocado: Especially the B vitamins, potassium, vitamin E and folic acid make the green fruit a super nutrient supplier. Effect: the unsaturated fats are anti-inflammatory, lower cholesterol levels and can aid in the conversion into vitamin A.
Mango: contains large amounts of Vitamins A, B and C and is therefore often used in medical nutrition. Effect: Good for high blood pressure and anemia. According to TCM the fruit should also act drying, which is why it is used against diarrhea and excessive sweating.

 

Avocado and mango salad

Inspired by: Inge :-) (friend and neighbor)

  • 1 ripe (!) Mango, cut into cubes
  • 2 ripe avocados, cut into cubes
  • 4 sprigs of basil, cut into strips or in whole
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, freshly ground pepper

Mix mango and avocado cubes in a bowl and marinate with oil and Balsamic Vinegar, season with salt and pepper and a few fresh basil leaves to garnish the salad with it.

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Raw food does not need "fast food fakes"!

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Why should one imitate pizza, hamburgers and make raw food dishes look alike? Red Salad with curried cashews is one of the best examples that raw food doesn’t need any fake.


I hope, that you’ll understand me, if I say that I have no problem with substitutes. When I replaced the pasteurized cow's milk in our family through rice milk, this was a real improvement for the health of our youngest daughter. Her digestive complaints rapidly belonged to the past, when we started with it.  I have therefore nothing in principle against healthy herbal alternatives.
But ... and here comes a big BUT - I do not think that any court should be converted into a raw version. This means for example - please no raw food pizza for me! Although this cold replacement product may look like pizza, but: In my opinion the taste is far away from what we generally mean by “pizza”. I appreciate most of the really great recipes, which the raw food community has established. But - some bread recipes, which are made out of various minced vegetables and nuts and formed into a slippery loaf - I do not understand how anyone could even come up with the idea to call such a thing "bread"!
So my conclusion is: The raw food diet doesn’t need to imitate fast food! Because raw fruits and vegetables are so intense, flavourful and delicious and recipes should emphasize that! Just because they are not cooked and denatured... And if you combine these natural delights with spices, herbs, oils, nuts or seeds you can produce food that provides not only health benefits, but also high taste quality plus a beautiful vivid look. So why would you want to transform this into a pizza?
One of my favourite raw food recipes is "Red Salad" - a brilliant mix of red cabbage, red beet, seaweed and marinated curry cashews. I think, this is a good example for the thesis,  that raw food is unique in flavor. The inventor of this dish, Raw Food Chef Matthew Kenney (http://www.matthewkenneycuisine.com), has mastered the art of creating balanced taste in raw food cuisine to perfection. The aromas of red cabbage and beet go well together - and the turnip can act as turnip here and does not have to pretend being a bread or a slice of bacon on a pizza;-)

Tipp: You can get usefull informations about the health benefits from seaweed on this page: http://www.balancemebeautiful.com/wakame-seaweed-health-benefits/

Red Salad

  • 1 red beet (raw!) - Cut into thin strips with the julienne
  • ½ head cabbage, finely planed
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • A pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup Wakame seaweed (superfood!)*or other algae, soak in ½ cup full of water for 30 minutes, then drain
  • Fresh herbs for garnish (optional)

* Read more about superfood "Wakame seaweed"http://www.wellnesstoday.com/nutrition/wakame-the-sea-vegetable-you-should-be-eating


Mix the beetroot, red cabbage, the soaked seaweed, mint, oil, vinegar and salt and let the mixture marinate for 15 minutes.

Curried Cashews

  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch of salt

    Mix the oil with cashews, curry, cayenne pepper and salt. After that you can mix the salad with the nut mixture. Garnish with a few mint leaves and a few extra cashews on top.
    Tip: If you prepare the salad for about 2 hours before eating, the tastes and flavors of this dish will come out even more intense!



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