May’d me Smile May 25 – not needing a jacket on my walk to work for the first time this year. Welcome summer, I’ve been expecting you.
On the long weekend I had a chance to have a little date with my friend Colleen. We’ve been trying to make a regular routine of sneaking off to our favourite Ethiopian restaurant to catch up over injera and colourful piles of lentils and greens. Nazareth doesn’t have much ambience but the food is fantastic. I’m almost afraid to tell you that for two people the cost is about $11.00 and you leave feeling very full. But this place is tiny and we have to arrive at 5pm to make sure we get a table. It is totally worth the extra effort.
The vast majority of my meals are made up of fresh fruit and vegetables but a few months ago I decided that in order to find a place of balance for my body I needed to be a little more flexible about the rules that govern my existence. I know a lot of other people who are strong advocates of the living food lifestyle who are also considering adding some cooked grains and beans to round out their nutritional sources. These foods are high in fibre and nutrients and can help to balance the sugar and fats in a diet dominated by fruit and nuts.
In Becoming Raw, the authors provide the information you need to get all of your necessary nutrients from raw food sources but they also advocate the addition of whole grains, beans and legumes. I decided to recreate the flavours from my Ethiopian meal in a way that would fit within my regular meal plan.
If you want to make this meal entirely raw you can use sprouted lentils. I decided to boil 2 cups of water and add the dry lentils. I turned down the heat slightly and let the lentils cook for about 12 minutes, until they were soft.
In my blender I combined the sun-dried tomatoes, soak water, cashews, seeds, oil, salt and Berber spice.
In a large bowl I combined the vegetables and tossed them in the lemon juice. Add the lentils and the blender mixture and stir. The results are a rich, spicy stew that can transport you to Addis Abeba.
Have you ever tried to recreate your favourite restaurant meal at home? Success? Failure?
Are you a fan of Ethiopian food? Have you given it a try?