Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

Get your daily dose of super-foods in this easy recipe featuring turmeric. You can use powdered or fresh turmeric root. Both will provide the nutrient boost that this food provides.

Fresh turmeric root

Turmeric deserves it's spot as a superfood. It is high in Iron, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Fiber, Copper and Potassium.  Curcumin, a phytonutrient found in turmeric, acts as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and promotes detoxification in the liver. I recommend using fresh turmeric if available and increasing the amount in your smoothie as you become familiar with the peppery bitter flavor.
Studies have shown adding black pepper and turmeric will increase the bodies ability to absorb the cucumin.  Read more about the relationship between black pepper and turmeric here.
Turmeric is also great combined in savory dishes such as red lentil soup or coconut curry. Time to head back to the test kitchen to use up these fresh turmeric roots,
One note of caution; the fresh root is messy! Turmeric is bright yellow and will stain everything it comes in contact with. I found a good tutorial on wiki with tips for removing stains.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cherry Hemp Nib Bars and a new beginning.

So many changes are ahead that I feel the need to get it all out there somehow.
My job of 7 years is coming to an end June 1st. I am so excited for the new opportunities that have been coming my way yet somehow I am a little sad to let go of what has been my life for so long.
As I go in to sign for my severance package my boyfriend will be 1000 miles away in another state starting his first day at his new job. The timing is uncanny! There is no time to think it through we are just moving forward.
I am nervous about leaving the pacific northwest and extremely excited to explore our new home-base of San Diego!
At the same time I have decided to build my own business! I have been fortunate enough to find a great entrepreneurial community here in Eugene. I have gotten so much support and advice from the members of my group. I am so grateful to the Fertilab program! I hope I can connect with a similar group down in San Diego.
As my job transitions I find myself gravitating back to the ideas that led me to create this blog in the beginning- testing and photographing recipes!
I can see by the title - Symphonious Sweets - and the content contained in earlier posts and the direction I now face with food that it is time for a new name. Something that can encompass more than the cakes and desserts that kicked off my early blogging. I love raw plant based foods. I want to share healthy recipes as well as decadent sweets.
Has anyone else gone through this with a blog? is it best to just start over? I love Symphonious Sweets for all the blog friends I met and the opportunities that came out of food blogging.

This recipe perfectly exemplifies my transitory state of mind! Sweet but healthy. Easy to pack. Quick to make.

Cherry Hemp Nib Bars
Hemp Seeds are considered a  complete source of protein, amino acids, and essential fats. The seeds are easy to digest and contain Omega 3s which can help with memory and cognition.
1/2   cup     pecans raw
3/4   cup     almonds raw
1/4   cup     dates, pitted
1/8     Tbsp   Hemp Seeds Raw
1/2   cup   Cherries, dried
1/4   cup   Cocao Nibs
1     tsp   vanilla extract
               water if needed

1   Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse until pea size.
2   Add the pecans, dates, hemp, cherries and vanilla to the food processor.
3   Pulse the ingredients until it begins to hold together.
4   Toss in the nibs and pulse just to combine.
5   If the mixture is crumbly add up to 1 tablespoon of water. Pulse again.
6   If you add to much water you may add more pecans.
7   Press the mixture  into a plastic wrapped pan. I use a bread pan because I like thicker bars but any  pan will work.
8   Wrap the mixture and press some more!
9   Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Cut into bar sizes.
Processing Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Back to Basics

My oh my it has been a long time since I posted.
I have so much to share. I am excited to see the changes that have occurred in the food blogging sphere since my last post.
I left off when I got an offer which, at the time, felt like my dream job.
I was asked to develop recipes for a local vegan company.
After nearly 6 years the beloved little company I worked for was sold to a very large company.

With the change in career  I can once again share my love of food, photography, local wholesome ingredients, recipes and of course veganized sweets with all of you.
I am amazed and grateful for the new opportunities coming my way!

2015 is going to be off the hook!!! 
I look forward to your feedback and getting to know you!

I leave you with this tasty raw vegan cake that you really will love and should make immediately!
I found the recipe over at Purely Twins

This is a great base recipe for understanding raw cake basics. I tweaked ingredients to make my own varieties such as passionate mango and a crazy gluten free cookies and "cream".

See you soon!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rose Petal Jelly

Here is a deliciously simple recipe to use locally available produce! 

Rose petal jelly tastes like spring in full bloom. It has a sweet  light lemon flavor followed with a gentle floral note from the rose petals. It is quite simply one of the most delightful jellies I have tasted. I have been eating it straight out of the jar (with a spoon of course :p) until I can get around to using it in a cake. YUM!  
You will need to use organic roses that have not been sprayed with any chemicals. I found these in my friends yard. Use the most fragrant roses you can find for the best flavor.
This recipe will easily adapt to any herb or edible flower. Lemon balm, violets, or nasturtiums would be wonderful.
Rose Petal Jelly
3-4 cups of packed rose petals - free of bugs
4 cups of water
4 cups sugar
Juice of one lemon
 1 box of pectin
 Sterilized jars (I got 4 and 1/2 8oz jars)
1.  Place rose petals in a large sauce pan, cover with water. Bring to boil, and simmer for 5 minutes.  Turn off heat and cover with lid. Allow to steep for 60 minutes. .
2.  When rose water has steeped, strain and press out liquid.
3.  Add the juice of one lemon and watch the murky brownish-pink water turn bright pink Its Magic!
4.  Pour back into sauce pan and turn heat on high.  Stir in pectin and stir until dissolved.
5.  Add sugar to boiling mixture. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring continuously.
6.  Transfer the jelly to hot, sterilized glasses and seal according to manufacturer’s suggestions.

I use a water canner. Fill the canner with enough water to cover your jars of jelly by at least one inch and start heating the water. Place your sealed jars of jelly in the canner and bring to a boil, close the lid, and boil for 10 minutes. Remove from the canner and place on a kitchen towel to cool. You should hear "PING" from each of the jars indicating a vacuum seal.  You can also press a finger on the lid to see if it gives to the pressure. If it does you can either reprocess the jar of put in the refrigerator. Theses should keep up to 2 years in a cabinet or up to two week refrigerated once opened.
This jelly would be great as the filling for a cake or macaron. You can also make a syrup by omitting the pectin and use that for a Rose Petal Martini - dressed up with sugared rose petals. For those of you who do not drink martinis the syrup can be used in carbonated water for a home made soda.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Chickens can fly!

I have some sad news to share today.
I lost one of my chickens- Amanda.
She escaped her chicken yard by flying over a 5 foot fence.
Scout was on hand and... well.
Chickens sound and look a lot like squeaky toys. 
Once she stopped squeaking he came and got me with a worried look.
After talking with a friend who has raised chickens I found out chickens can fly. She had chicks escaping a 10ft fence! 
Dewella and Ezmeralda marmalade are a little depressed. I clipped both of their wings this afternoon and gave lots of treats to cheer them up. I had no idea chickens could get so sad. They really have so much more personality than I expected.