Saturday, June 21, 2008

Raw Solstice Party!

Our local Memphis vegetarian group, Food Awareness, had a Raw Food Tasting/Solstice Party/Vegan BBQ last night. We have a tendency to go a little crazy with the themes ... like "raw" and "BBQ." But it worked ... especially that raw part.

We met at Judith's house, and she's 100% raw. She's a great un-cook, so she prepared several raw dishes, like this awesome Pesto with Roma Tomatoes:


And these spicy Jalepeno Flax Seed Raw Crackers:

These were my favorite! I couldn't keep out of them. She actually made three varieties of crackers, but I only photographed these because they were the best. And I didn't think you guys would want to look at a million cracker pics.

Here's Judith's Raw "Tuna" on Cucumbers:


She told me what was in this, but I don't remember. I know it had some nuts or seeds and some nori. Really, really tasty! Sorry the picture kinda sucks. It was taken inside with a flash.

We also nibbled on cherries:


And these organic blueberries that Judith hand-picked earlier in the day:


Everything was so amazing, and it was wonderful to celebrate the first day of summer with veggie friends. We also roasted veggie dogs over a fire, but it was too dark for pictures by then. Vaughan brought some yummy chutney rice dish and Judith prepared black eyed peas for the un-raw folks.

If I could afford to hire Judith as my personal raw chef, I'd have no problem giving up cooked food!

16 comments:

Melody Polakow said...

Yay for Raw Food!

I'm sooo getting into it!

sarchan said...

That tomato with pesto looks lush. Sounds like fun.

romina said...

Mmm, summer is awesome for raw foods! And there's nothing better than freshly picked berries!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Yay for the first day of summer. And raw food! The pictures are so fresh and beautiful, I can almost taste those gorgeous blueberries.

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Being a good raw chef has to be so difficult! But everything you photographed looks amazing!

poopiebitch said...

Aw man, I am so sorry I missed it! All of that food looks and sounds AMAZING.

I had a good excuse though - I was getting interviewed for an article in the Commercial Appeal! Totally inferior to The Memphis Flyer, I know, but a girl's gotta take what she can get ;)

I'm looking forward to Saturday's outing though, I want me a Huey's veggie burger!

poopiebitch said...

Oh yeah, and your imaginary conversation surrounding the sugar magnifying glass had me cracking up! You so crazy, girl.

kindkitchen said...

Raw food is so delicious...especially in the summer!

Re: Hemp seeds-I store mine (and also my flax seeds) in the freezer to extend their shelf life/so they don't go rancid.

Cyn said...

That looks really good. I usually like raw food when I eat it, but I never have the patience & equipment to make it for myself.

Avery Yale Kamila said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate the solstice! The raw dishes look amazing. And you're so right, the world be super cool if we all had our own personal raw chef.

jessy said...

wow! everything looks amazing! raw food = rock'n! and i'm interested in what is in the "tuna" salad. that looks & sounds really tasty! i like how it was stacked on the cucs. so cute! i would have put some of the salad on those crackers, too!

hooray for a glorious solstice, and a successful & fun celebration. sounds like everyone had an awesome time! sweeeet!

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

HOW FUN! It all looks so good. Especially all that fresh fruit. I love all the different colored cherries!

Theresa said...

Those berries are beautiful! Happy summer, enjoy it while you can and think of me shivering down here in the southern hemisphere!

Vegan On Stage said...

wow all that looks good... totally an inspiration for my raw food detox!!!!

Vegan_Noodle said...

This looks like a raw food meal I would actually enjoy! Love all the fresh produce!

Sheridanna said...

Hmmmm....Cherries! Yum!