Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wishing You Holiday Hugs & Kisses!

I've got mine!!!!

And in the spirit of Christmas, I leave you with this beautiful carol...


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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Raw-Food Marzipan For The Holidays

One of my absolute favorite memories, as a little kid growing up in Europe,
was the Marzipan I would get at Christmas!
It came in the shapes of little red apples, yellow bananas, green pears, etc..
It made my heart smile.

Imagine my excitement, when I discovered the recipe,
in my newest raw-food dessert book!! (I did the happy-dance!)

Here are the ingredients the recipe calls for.
What is in the blurry bottle, you ask? I'll never tell. :)
(It was something I needed for a sauce I was going to make and accidentally
stuck it up there with everything else. Duh!)

I put the shredded coconut into my very cool BlendTec blender -
and blended it until it was a powder. (All of two seconds.)

I placed the remaining ingredients (minus the mystery-bottle stuff)
into the blender and let it blend until they were smooth.
Then I transferred it to the food-processor.

I let it do its thing, until the mixture began to stick together.

It was a bit moist, so I placed it on a paper towel and let it soak-up some of the moisture.
(I took a little nibble... ok... a big nibble. Mmmmmmm!!)

I rolled it into two logs.

And sliced them into little pieces.

I made a tiny apple, banana and pear - for the kid in me. :)

I rolled the remainder into little balls.

Then coated some in shredded coconut.


I wondered how it would taste, rolled in raw cacao.
(Can't go wrong with chocolate, right?!)

I put the Marzipan balls in the little plastic bag -
And gave them a little shake, rattle & roll.

And here they are.
I liked the ones dipped in the coconut.
I really liked the ones rolled in cacao.
But my favorites were the original ones, without any coating at all.
I suppose it's because those are the ones that hold the kid-memories for me.

This is my newest, favorite raw-dessert book! (With the Marzipan recipe.)
It's by the fabulous raw-food chef, Matthew Kenney.
He has several raw-food books, which are sooo good!!
This will take you to his website with a ton of recipes!
(By the way, Matthew puts a raspberry center in his Marzipan!!)

I hope that whatever desserts you decide to make,
they'll turn out better than anything you've ever made before!
(And if not, there's always someone whose taste-buds are shot.)

I wish you and your loved-ones a wonderful, happy and healthy Holiday Season!
May all your dreams come true!!!!

"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day.
Don't clean it up too quickly."

- Andy Rooney

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