If you're regulars of my Sunny Raw Kitchen, then you know that Heathy and I 'met' online a couple of years ago. We've been inseparable ever since, writing back and forth about our latest raw food experiments and discoveries (among other things, of course!) We have also been blessed to get together a number of times in the last 13 months.
Heathy's first visit was in the fall of 2007 and turned into a veritable uncooking marathon. Wowsers! It's a wonder we managed to accomplish so much in terms of food prep! We were in the kitchen from morning to evening nearly every day, somehow also finding the time to update our online friends on what all we'd been doing on a daily basis.
Heathy came for her second visit last September, when we were living in our tiny hobbit house at Ashinah. Even though the kitchen was minuscule, we did whip up a few wicked feasts (including several recipes from Russell James' Thai ebook) and pumped out luscious desserts faster than we could eat them. What can we say? There was lots of last minute recipe testing that needed to be done for her ebook. Tough life, eh?
We had gorgeous Indian summer weather for the most part of her stay, and got to spend a lot of time outside sunbathing, doing stretches and walking on the nearby logging roads. We even spent an afternoon at a natural hotsprings in Nakusp. I had every intention to post about our time together, but as soon as Heathy left, I got caught up working on her ebook and our move to another location. Plus, she did a fab job recounting her Adventures to The Sunny Raw Kitchen on her blog, so I figured I could get away with letting her be the spokesperson. lol
As is always the case, each visit has its own distinct flavor. This time around, with the release of Heathy's Just Desserts (the very first thing we did when she got here!), we didn't have anything specific to work on. It was nice to take it easy and not be 'on a schedule'. It gave us the opportunity to play to our hearts' content with the new recipe books I'd recently purchased: Matthew Kenney's Everyday Raw, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw by Mark Reinfeld and Cafe Gratitude's Sweet Gratitude.
Absolutely stunning looking and with an a-ma-zing flavor and texture!
But we didn't limit our dessert making to Sweet Gratitude (although I admit that it was very tempting!) Before I move on though, if you'd like more detailed feedbacks and photos about Cafe Gratitude's dessert book, you might want to pop by this thread.
We also prepared some of my original sweet creations. To think that I'd tried my hand at raw cake making only a couple of times before Heathy's first visit. Look at me now! Can't stop cranking those out! lol It does prove the point that I got to train with the very best, hey girlie!
Heathy had been planning to make my version of Chocolate Orange Cake, but didn't get around to it before she left. Since some folks on Raw Freedom Community had arranged to simultaneously make it in the course of another Project RAW, we hopped along for the fun!
It was the perfect occasion to tackle my Chocolate 'N Cream Charlotte as an extra pair of hands is welcome for this more intricate dessert. We had dehydrated the ladyfingers a couple of days earlier and were all set to go. I thought it would be a good idea to let Heathy assemble the Charlotte, just to see if she'd come at it differently. As a matter of fact, we did stumble upon a slightly different effect; the Whipped Cream must have been less firm than when I assembled mine, as it spread behind the ladyfingers. We added a final touch to the Charlotte by decorating the sides with pieces of dark chocolate.
It was served with a drizzle of Heathy's Chocolate Sauce and a scoop of Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from Matthew Kenney's latest book.
On a less extravagant note, we also had a Sundae night. Simple but soooooooo yummy! We made brownies - somewhat based on Matthew Kenney's recipe - that we warmed up in the D for an hour or so. We then chopped the brownies into smaller pieces and served them along with Vanilla Ice Cream, Heathy's Caramel and Chocolate Sauces and banana slices.
And lastly, we recipe tested one of Heathy's new creations that will be included in her next Just Desserts ebook: Peanut Butter Chocolate Caramel Tart. Pontifex said that of everything we whipped up, this was his favorite dessert! Must be a guy thing as it also especially hit the spot with Darwin, Heathy's hunny.
From the look of it, you'd think we had nothing BUT desserts, but believe me, we did have a bit of savory here and there. Somehow it just wasn't in the flow to take many pictures of main courses. *shrug* Amongst other things, we enjoyed my Cheddar & Smoked Veggies Pizza, Spinach & Mushroom as well as Greek pockets, Matthew's Silken Tofu, Russell James' Falafel and Hummus Wrap, his Spinach & Wild Mushroom Quiches which we served with Elaina Love's Mashed No-tatoes and his Vegetable Samosas with Cucumber & Mint Raita. (Guess we also had a bit of a Russell theme going on too, eh? lol)
Not sure what happened (Mosaica probably put a really good 80s song on Utube!), but Heathy and I dumped our respective projects and threw a little dancing fit in the kitchie.
The girls also found another vocation besides Raw Kitchen Divas. Heathy showed Mosaica and I how to French braid, so we also got to play hairdresser!
We kept the braids overnight and ended up with wavy hair the next day; an extremely rare occasion for yours truly. I mean, my hair is soooooo straight that when I tried to perm it in the past, it wouldn't even take! lol