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a wonderful recipe loosely based on one from a great book

Monday, July 25th, 2011

There’s a great vegan recipe book out called Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook. I’ve made several recipes from it and while some of the recipes are tofu- or seitan- heavy, all the recipes I’ve tried so far have been tasty and it’s really nice to have a cookbook like this to make things to switch things up a bit in the food department. Tonight I had some zucchini and wanted to do something new with it so I did their zucchini fritter recipe. They suggested to make the cucumber dip to go with it and serve it with a salad. The dip recipe is a raw vegan recipe and I made it and it is VERY tasty.

It goes without saying that when I make a recipe from a book, I change lots of things and I hardly ever do the recipe the way the book recommends. This recipe is no exception. Mainly I don’t do the recipe as follows because I’m a rebel at heart and because I can’t be bothered to do all the many steps that the recipe lists. I love making food, love being in the kitchen but I never want recipes to rule my time there. I just want to make the food and go. So even with the fritter recipe, I did it altogether differently and I changed many of the ingredients. I typically just use the ingredients as a guideline. LOL

So here’s the recipe. This can be found on page 66 of the Veganomicon book but please realize that I’m writing what I did so I don’t forget for the next time.

This would make an EXCELLENT dressing or sandwich spread as well as the dip that it suggests. It’s creamy and smooth and very tasty.

  • 1 euro cuke, cut in half and then chopped (I used a little more than 1/2 of the cuke)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 super large cloves garlic
  • 1 drizzle olive oil (I just drizzled)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 large drizzles of lemon juice
  • good pinch of cayenne
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh dill

I just literally put everything into the VitaMix and blended until smooth and creamy. I didn’t bother with grating and straining and whatever else they recommend. It would be nice to do if you were making it a chunky dip but this was such a creamy smooth and thick enough sauce that it just made the whole dinner so lovely.

For dinner, we had:

  • the zucchini fritters from page 51 of the book although I followed the directions even less than the above recipe. I didn’t deep fry them either.
  • lots of local greens which were washed, chopped and put in a bowl
  • local carrots which were spiral sliced to look like carrot pasta
  • sauerkraut that I made a long time ago from locally grown cabbage
  • cucumber dip recipe from above

Here’s how I put it all together:
I put a whole bunch of lettuce on the plate, added some carrots, sauerkraut and added a fritter on top with a couple dollops of the dip. Everything tasted so good together. It was a great meal that was fast to make and easy to clean up. I’m excited to have leftovers!

Enjoy and please let me know what if you make this or other recipes. I love to hear what people do in the kitchen.
xoxo

this week’s ASK LINDA: top 10 foods

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Great question this week: What are your 10 top foods in YOUR diet?

Answer: This is a very fun question in that it helps me to reflect on what I love to eat each day plus it helps me to notice where I’ve come from and where I’m headed. Here’s the list in the order of importance as it is to me presently. Please note that this list will probably change as I do. This list also is very different than the list of my top 10 must haves when I first started on this raw/living food journey. For example, raw nuts and flax seeds would have been first on the list in the beginning along with avocados. Raw nuts and seeds are #10 now and I almost didn’t even include them although there are some good ones that I like to eat each day. The myth that people have (I think because I used to have it) is that you have to eat lots of nuts/seeds to survive and thrive as a raw vegan and that’s not true. In fact, I think it’s the sure fire way to get yourself fat and unhealthy if you kept eating lots of nuts/seeds each day. The myth is also that you have to find a way to exchange all that animal protein you once ate with vegan protein alternatives and while that is probably true in the beginning, it’s not the way you’ll be eating 10+ years from now for sure.

1) Greens, greens and more greens.

This means green sprouts, kale, collards, spinach, lettuce leaves, wild greens (in the spring and summer), chard, etc. Anything green so this also means broccoli, celery, cucumber, too, to name a few. For me now, a meal doesn’t feel like a meal unless I have greens in it. I have greens with every meal. The idea is to vary your greens each day, each week but if you can’t then use a rotation of every week or two to incorporate different greens in your diet. Remember: variety is the spice of life and that includes greens! Eating loads of greens is what has helped me release around 50 lbs and got me back to walking/exercising after 7 years of pain and inflammation. I eat a LOT of greens. The entire plate at dinner is packed with greens and then I add other things on top of it. I’m serious when I say that if I eat something that doesn’t include greens, it’s not a meal to me – it is considered a snack. 🙂

2) Seaweeds. Otherwise known as sea vegetables.

This includes: irish moss, spirulina, blue green algae, dulse, nori, kelp, kelp noodles, kombu, alaria, arame, hijiki, wakame, sea lettuce, VM Green, etc. One or two meals per day contain some form of seaweed. I make crunchy, delicious nori snacks, I have blue green algae and other seaweeds in my morning smoothie, I make desserts with irish moss, I’ll add dulse to meals, and so on. I don’t do a lot of seaweeds but I do include a little bit of them each day. Seaweeds help my thyroid, help to get the junk out of my body, helps to give me iodine and other minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and other good stuff (including Vit C and Vit K!)

3) Cultured Veggies/Fermented Foods:

The list contains: kombucha, coconut kefir water, kefir puddings/yogurts (non-dairy), miso, sauer krauts and kim chis. (I’d add tempeh to the list but they are all pasteurized unless you make them yourself. Same for miso. Best thing to do is MAKE YOUR OWN CULTURED VEGGIES AND FERMENTED FOODS!) My morning smoothie contains some kind of fermented drink: when I make/have coconut kefir water, I use that in my smoothie each morning. If I don’t have that, I use a bit of kombucha in my smoothie. I have some kind of cultured veggies in my meals each day. Lunch and dinner will have some kim chi in it. I learned how to make kim chi a few years ago and have been so overjoyed to make so much of it that I now sell it and use it in my cafe. Cultured veggies help to give me not only probiotics for healthy gut flora, but also to provide me with a slew of B and C vitamins and other things to help me digest all my food well. Each meal must have some natural probiotic food in it for me to call it a meal.

4) Fruits.

Fruits are the cleansers and greens are the healers. That’s what I learned and while I’m much more inclined to eat more greens than fruits, fruits are so freaking delicious, beautiful to eat and definitely part of the top 5 list. My smoothie contains fresh and frozen fruit each day. I can’t tell you how amazing a big, crisp, crunchy apple tastes or a perfectly ripened pear. Gorgeous mangos and avocados and dates are proof that there is divinity in and all around us. I love dried fruits, too, but tend not to have a lot of them in a day or week. Fresh ripened fruits are where it’s at.

5) Water

Though technically not a food, it has to be in the top 5 for me. When I first started eating raw foods around 10 years ago, I noticed that I didn’t need to drink my gallon or so of water each day because so much of the food I was eating was so hydrating. It was actually difficult for me to drink water because I wasn’t ever thirsty (amazing to note because when I was eating my local/organic/cooked/whole foods about 10+years ago, I was always SOOOO thirsty.) I drink now at least 64 ounces of water a day plus my smoothie in the morning is 32 ounces and I use water in my smoothie vs. other types of liquid. I drink more water when I am exercising more. We have great water here but if you don’t, it would be good to invest in a good water filter.

6) Bee Pollen & Coconut Oil:

I add bee pollen to my morning smoothie each day. It is a perfect food, an excellent traveling food and so super nutritious. I’m grateful to the bees for attracting the stuff to their legs and bodies and for the safe way to get it off them so we can have some to eat. I found that when I ate bee pollen by itself, it is rather intense nutrition. I think that that’s why it makes great travel food. A tablespoon eaten a day is a great pick me up. When I add it to my smoothie, it feels like I’m taking a multi-vitamin.

Coconut oil is something that I find myself eating a little bit each day of, too. I take about 1 TBSP and add to my morning smoothie. Fats help to make things taste better and typically it’s good to have fats from their whole foods vs. eating refined fats (meaning fats pressed out of the whole foods.) Coconut oil is a pressed oil so it is not a whole food fat as a nut, olive or avocado would be and yet I eat it and love it just about every day. Coconut oil helps me feed my brain and I also use it as a moisturizer every day to feed my skin both internally and externally. When I make a smoothie and forget the coconut oil, I can taste the difference. The smoothie goes from being good to f*&#ing incredible. (Pardon my language but it really does make a difference.) P.S. I should say that I love young coconuts: I love the water and the meat from them, however I don’t live in a place where they are readily available to so I eat the coconut oil until I am able to get fresh (so I can make coconut kefir pudding and water. YUM!)

7) Green, Veggie Rainbow Juices.

I am being honest when I say that I go in and out of the habit of making juices each and every day. When I am doing great, I am having a big satisfying smoothie in the morning and a juice in the afternoon. Of course the juice has a boat load of greens in it, a beet, a couple carrots and some ginger. Green & veggie juices are so nutritious. Whenever I drink them, I feel as if I have just had instant nutrition into my brain, body and blood stream. I don’t think it could get any better unless I could some how have the green juices go in intraveniously! LOL Why do I get out of the habit? I don’t know, to tell you the truth. I love my “rainbow” juices and yet I love smoothies more. I’m more apt to make an afternoon smoothie to drink than a juice. I’m working on it though. I want to have at least one 12-16 juice per day as my life long habit… and then I’ll go from there. I can tell you that when I have one juice per day, I’m feeling so vital so it makes my top 10 list even if I might go a week or two without a juice.

8) Cooked Grains/Beans.

About 3 or so years ago, I started incorporating some cooked grains and beans back into my diet and it was a super great inclusion to make. My meals became much more varied and satisfying. I was able to drop nuts/seeds from my dinner and that felt very good for weight maintenance. For those that are worried about the protein myths that abound in US culture, eating cooked (or sprouted) grains and cooked beans are jam-packed with protein. They also have good fiber in them and thus a little goes a long way to filling you up. I started adding 1/2 – 1 cup cooked grains in my dinner (wild rice, brown rice, quinoa, etc.) and 1/2 cup of cooked beans (black beans, chick peas, cannelini beans, hummus, etc.) I don’t eat anything cooked before dinner. Right now that’s what works for me. There are some nights when I eat all raw but I enjoy having a choice of adding some cooked things. Plus this also ensures that my kids and I will eat the same things at the dinner table and I don’t have to make meals just for myself and meals just for them. I never imagined them being 100% raw, particularly as they are growing.

9) Cooked Veggies.

There are a few vegetables that I enjoy and so I eat them. This includes sweet potatoes and broccoli and other potatoes too. I know how to make raw versions of everything cooked so I will marinate veggies to resemble a stir-fry and it is satisfying and delicious. However, I do NOT enjoy eating lots of raw broccoli, sweet potatoes or regular potatoes (and same goes for squash like butternut squash or acorn squash.) I don’t mind a few nibbles of raw broccoli or raw sweet potato but I don’t like a meal of them. I’ve tried many ways of doing them and it just doesn’t suit my taste buds. SO, I will cook the broccoli and add it to my greens on the plate. I will bake a sweet potato and add it to my greens on the plate. I will bake some squash and other root veggies for a change and add it to my plate piled high with greens. These things don’t make up the majority of my meal. Remember, my meal is mostly greens and a little of these added things go along way. I also don’t do a cooked grain with a cooked root veggie together in the same meal. That’s something I learned from Dr Fuhrman and it works for me. One 1/2 cup to 1 cup serving of a grain —OR— a cooked root veggie a day. Notice I didn’t say in a meal! 🙂 Grains and cooked roots don’t make up the majority of my daily intake. They are small sides to ONE meal and for me, that’s dinner.

10) Nuts and Seeds.

Like I wrote above, I almost didn’t include nuts/seeds to the top 10 list however there are some seeds that I love to eat every day. The love list is hemp seeds and chia seeds. I will have 1 TBSP of either hemp seeds or chia seeds each day because they provide for me the omega fatty acids that are sooooo key for a woman my age. They are essential for everyone (hence the name: essential fatty acids!) I also include 1 tbsp of nut butter in my morning smoothie, particularly in the winter time. I make a lot of items in the cafe that have nuts/seeds in them. They are fun to make and they are very versatile. Nuts give texture and flavor to foods and they are brilliant and beautiful. Cashews contain Vit E, walnuts are good for the brain, almonds give you good magnesium, to name a few. So nuts/seeds are good to eat, but eat them sparingly. Make yourself a grand nut pate, dessert and share it with others or freeze into small portions to eat later.

p.s. here's what chia seeds look like!

p.s. here is what chia seeds look like!

So, that’s the top 10 list. It will be fun to look at this list in a coupla years and see how it has changed/grown. Thanks for the question! I love questions that make me think. <3 <3 <3

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Ask Linda! Please feel free to submit your questions to linda AT vt-fiddle.com. Questions don’t have to be completely raw food related but please bring questions on health, recipes, diet, weight issues, nutrition, parenting, nursing, pregnancy, spirituality or whatever it is you’d like to ask. I’ll do my best to answer and will most certainly learn from this as much as I can give.

this week’s ASK LINDA – question about sprouting & rejuvelac

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

QUESTION: Linda,
Can u tell me if it is ok to use the kefired soaking water from soaking seeds and grains and such?  Do I keep reusing it adding fresh water each time or do I toss it with each batch? Thank you so much!
I am looking into takin one of your workshops to get a better sense of all this sprouting 😉
Warmly,
T

ANSWER: Hi there!

To be honest, I’m very knew to the kefir world. I’ve just made my first batch of  coconut kefir water and fermented coconut meat pudding. I don’t use dairy products so I’m not going to make any kefir creams. Kefir is a culture that is added to water and sometimes sugar/honey is mixed in to feed the kefir culture.  Here is a link for kefir: http://www.bodyecology.com/kefirinstructions.php

If you are soaking grains for making rejuvelac, it is the fermented water that you use for making your cheeses or soups or smoothies. You sprout the grains for a few days and filter out the grains (remembering to catch the fermented water in a bowl) then add fresh water to the grains to make a second batch of rejuvelac. Let the water stand for a couple days to ferment and then use that soak water as the rejuvelac liquid. You can get a coupla batches from the grains. Here is a link for rejuvelac: http://www.ehow.com/how_2320602_make-rejuvelac.html – My friend Natasha has some good rejuvelac instructions in her book SimplyRaw Living Foods Detox Manual. You can pop in anytime and check it out.

Typically though, as far as regular hydroponic sprouting is concerned, you always want to rinse grains/seeds/beans and not reuse the soak water. The only time I’ve ever used soak water is when I soak raisins or dates or sun dried tomatoes. But not for sprouts (unless it is rejuvelac!) If you are just sprouting grains or seeds to have them to eat, you would always rinse out the water and not keep them in the water for sprouting. We have a link on how to easily sprout with our nut milk bags: http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/how_to_sprout_using_nut_milk_bag.php#sprout – the idea is to keep the water away from the sprouts so that they can grow their little tails. You want to rinse the sprouts so that they will be kept clean. The rinse water goes down the drain for this type of sprouting.

Hope that helps! Happy sprouting!

Linda

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Ask Linda! Please feel free to submit your questions to linda AT vt-fiddle.com. Questions don’t have to be completely raw food related but please bring questions on health, recipes, diet, weight issues, nutrition, parenting, nursing, pregnancy, spirituality or whatever it is you’d like to ask. I’ll do my best to answer and will most certainly learn from this as much as I can give.

we’re in the times argus today!

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

here’s the link: http://www.timesargus.com/article/20100720/FEATURES17/707209971

and here’s how it looked in the paper itself.

check it out!

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

a fun little interview of lil ol me:

http://wholefoodeater.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/talkin-raw-with-linda-wooliever-vermont-fiddle-heads/

Lunch/Drink Specials, Web Sales, New Items and Recipes – life at VT Fiddle Heads

Friday, January 15th, 2010

This week’s newsletter…

Hello Fiddle Heads People!

Hoping you are well and happy! Today’s been a day to get caught up with things: cleaning/organizing around the cafe, getting blog posts up, Facebook pictures up, making food and now this newsletter. It was a great week – I’m stoked to meet the good people that come in for the first time and also the repeat lovies have a special place in my heart. This week ahead we have these current specials posted and I’m thinking about making a raw meatloaf wrap and some RAWvioli so please stop in for some lunch or TO GO items. I’ve also made some gRAWnola, Breakfast Buckwheat Bars, LORAH balls and the dessert this week is the incredibly decandent HEAVENLY Layered Cake.

I also have new products in and sales going on! My FAVORITE things – YIPPEE! I have local soaps, lotions and massage oils from Honey Bee Soaps in Morrisville VT. I also have more Sea Chi skin care products. They are from Matt’s hometown so they are extended local! 🙂 I have the most amazing meditation cards ever from 2 beautiful peeps that actually paid us a visit this week! They are called Cloud Dancing Cards. I have BEAUTIFUL, fair trade, palm wax, aromatherapy Chakra candles and I have Sandra Lory’s Mandala Botanicals – her elixirs are so glorious – I felt they were made just for me…

Check out my blog for recipes:

• my smoothie today – goji pink smoothie

divine chocolate mousse pie

Hours of operation

Tuesday – Friday: 10 am until 6 pm

Saturday: noon until 4 (unless you see the open sign out – if you see the open sign/flag, then come on in!)

Now for the specials: http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/fiddle_heads_cafe.php

This is my UN-Pizza! My Original Recipe!

The crust is dehydrated but everything else is fresh.

My motto is to keep the water in the food as much as possible…

Hydrating food makes for the best eats!

Menu Items for this week and next:

Drinks:

  • Good EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) Milky Shake

  • Pink Smoothie (Calcium Rich and full of sprouts)

  • Chocolate Smoothie (Calcium/Magnesium Rich and yes, full of green sprouts!)

  • Green Smoothie (Calcium, Potassium, EFAs – green nutrition!)

  • My Favorite Juice

  • Drink Your Facial Juice

  • HEAVENLY Layered Cake

  • Kefir Soda

  • Ginger Kombucha from Toll a Bell Farm

  • Hot Cacao

  • Hot Teas/Coffees

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Lunch Items:

  • The Dipsters: 2 choices of Cheddary Cheeze and Italian Garden Cheeze. Ginger Crackers will be what you use to do the dippin’! ginger crackers: flax seeds, bragg’s liquid aminos, ground ginger, garlic powder
  • RAWsome Wrap: Pick your potion: Cheddary Cheeze and Italian Garden Cheeze. The wrap is kale or collard leaves. The filling: dollop of your choice of salad or cheeze, house kim chi, carrots, sprouts, dulse and some of the best black olives ever.
  • UN Pizza – wheat and dairy free! crust: sprouted buckwheat, flax, ground ginger, italian seasoning, garlic, mild chili powder, sea salt, lemon juice. Cheddary Cheeze. raw pizza sauce: sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, mild chili powder, agave, sea salt, italian seasoning, cayenne. marinated veggies: onions, mushrooms, red peppers, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, agave, Bragg’s liquid aminos, italian seasoning, cumin, sea salt and garlic.
  • RAWsome Chili with “Sour Creme” – sprouted barley, bell peppers, red onions, corn, carrots, garlic, yellow onions, tomatoes, oranges, dates, sun-dried tomatoes, Bragg’s liquid aminos, curry, cumin, italian seasoning, chili powder, cayenne. Sour creme is made from cashews, onion and sea salt.

heavenly layered cake!

Have you seen the inside of our cafe/store yet? Well, here it is!

The inside of our cafe. For more photos, check out our Facebook page here!

ALERT! We are adding all our cafe products online so you can order them “to go” – give us a lunch order or a bulk order and we’ll fill it for you. Let us know the approximate time that you will be picking it up and we’ll have it ready for you. For now, call us or email us if you’d like to place a lunch order…

New Products and Sale Items

Check out what is new and what is on sale!

Be sure to check out the calendar pages to see what is going on in our little world here.

Everything that I sell are items that I personally use and love. That’s my whole “shtick”. We pride ourselves on being a “green” business (which means biodegradable/compostable packaging, among other things) and for selling local and “extended” local items! Come in and see/feel the fun colors and feel of the place. We are getting lots of compliments and thanks from many for being here in Worcester. Thank you!


NEED A NUT MILK BAG? Get your wholesale/retail nut milk bags here. Check out our hemp and nylon filtering bags. GREAT NEWS! We now have 100% compostable bags to package our bags in! As you know, it is our mission to be a sustainable company and that’s not just for our business sales, but for our business practices, meaning our packaging and shipping materials. MORE GREAT NEWS! We now have OVAL shaped bags in both nylon and hemp! YIPPEEEE!!!!
NEED SOME

HOW-TO’s?

http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/how_to_make_nut_milk.php – at the top of the page, you’ll see links to do various things with your nut milk bag and VitaMix. Recipes included! YAY!

Thank you for your RAWsome time and energy! Please contact me for information or other raw goodies (both bulk and prepared.)

In joy and in health,

Linda

Vermont Fiddle Heads

18 Worcester Village Road

Worcester, VT 05682

802-223-2111

802-408-1000 (fax)

http://www.vt-fiddle.com

Please check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Worcester-VT/Vermont-Fiddle-Heads/63781489465?ref=nf –  Become a fan and check out photos, events and notes. MM-kay?
P.S. Keep checking back on the shop. Adding products as we speak! http://vt-fiddle.com/shop/

P.P.S. Need some bulk food items? Or great reading/educational material? Hella awesome skincare products? We’ve got: Healing Cancer from the Inside Out DVD, Pacifica Perfume Products, Candles and Lotions, WiseWays Herbals, Sea Chi skincare, The China Study book, Joel Fuhrman books and audio, heavy duty dehydrators, new products by Health Force Nutritionals, really raw oats, raw nori sheets, chia seeds, turkish mulberries, dandy blend (a dandelion coffee substitute), wasabi powder, kelp noodles, dandelion leek miso by south river, garlic red pepper miso by south river, Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe, Naked Chocolate by David Wolfe and Shazzie, Sun Warrior Biofermented Rice Protein powder (in natural and chocolate flavors),  marine phytoplankton, lucuma powder, yacon slices, really raw cashews, artisana coconut butter and goji berries. Please contact me if you are interested in getting any of these items.

With everything we sell, items can be picked up or I can mail them to you.

RAWliday Greetings and many new things happening at our store/cafe

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Hello Fiddle Heads People!

Happy RAWlidays to you! This is a crazy time of year but a fun time of year. We’ve had lots of snow here and it’s been C-O-L-D the last couple of days. I’ve got my layers on and I’m making lots of good food to keep our tummies full and our bodies healthy. I wish you could each come out to our cafe so’s I could make you some good food.

I also have more products in. My FAVORITE things – YIPPEE! I have local soaps, lotions and massage oils from Honey Bee Farms in Morrisville VT. I also have more Sea Chi skin care products. They are from Matt’s hometown so they are extended local! 🙂 I have the most amazing meditation cards ever from 2 beautiful peeps. They are called Cloud Dancing Cards. I have BEAUTIFUL, fair trade, palm wax, aromatherapy Chakra candles that are flying off the shelves and I have Sandra Lory’s Mandala Botanicals – her elixirs are so glorious – I felt they were made just for me… More new things below…

Hours of operation

Tuesday – Friday: 10 am until 6 pm

Saturday: noon until 4 (unless you see the open sign out – if you see the open sign/flag, then come on in!)

NOTE: Next week we will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We’ll re-open the week of January 4th at our regularly posted hours. (Although you might see an open sign up next week. Call first to be sure.) HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO!
Now for the specials: http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/fiddle_heads_cafe.php

This is my UN-Pizza! My Original Recipe!

The crust is dehydrated but everything else is fresh.

My motto is to keep the water in the food as much as possible…

Hydrating food makes for the best eats!

Menu Items for this week and next:

Drinks:

  • Good EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) Milky Shake

  • Pink Smoothie (Calcium Rich and full of sprouts)

  • Chocolate Smoothie (Calcium/Magnesium Rich and yes, full of green sprouts!)

  • Green Smoothie (Calcium, Potassium, EFAs – green nutrition!)

  • My Favorite Juice

  • Drink Your Facial Juice

  • HEAVENLY Chocolate Mousse Pie

  • Kefir Soda

  • Kombucha

  • Hot Cacao

  • Hot Teas

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Lunch Items:

  • The Dipsters: 2 choices of NOT Tuna, Sunshine Salad, Sunflower Seed Cheeze or RAWvarti Cheeze. Ginger Crackers will be what you use to do the dippin’! ginger crackers: flax seeds, bragg’s liquid aminos, ground ginger, garlic powder
  • RAWsome Wrap: Pick your potion: NOT Tuna, Sunshine Salad, Sunflower Seed Cheeze or RAWvarti Cheeze. The wrap is kale or collard leaves. The filling: dollop of your choice of salad or cheeze, house kim chi, carrots, sprouts, dulse and some of the best black olives ever.
  • UN Pizza – wheat and dairy free! crust: sprouted buckwheat, flax, ground ginger, italian seasoning, garlic, mild chili powder, sea salt, lemon juice. Sunflower Cheeze. raw pizza sauce: sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, mild chili powder, agave, sea salt, italian seasoning, cayenne. marinated veggies: onions, mushrooms, red peppers, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, agave, Bragg’s liquid aminos, italian seasoning, cumin, sea salt and garlic.

another picture of the UN-Pizza and oh! I made the plate, too! 🙂

Have you seen the inside of our cafe/store yet? Well, here it is!

The inside of our cafe. For more photos, check out our Facebook page here!

ALERT! We are adding all our cafe products online so you can order them “to go” – give us a lunch order or a bulk order and we’ll fill it for you. Let us know the approximate time that you will be picking it up and we’ll have it ready for you. For now, call us or email us if you’d like to place a lunch order…

Still have time for the RAWlidays:

Along with the new products mentioned above, we have gifts from Dryad Design, incense, soaps, lotions from Sea Chi and Pacifica, gorgeous handbags by Offhand Designs, essential oil perfumes, candles, books and more

• Dryad Design – a local wood carver and artist, Paul Borda, turns his gorgeous creations into statuary, placques, jewelry and more

Pacifica Perfume – my absolute favorite for essential oil lotions, soaps, perfumes and candles. I fell in love with them immediately and if you’ve ever tried these lotions or perfumes, you’ll know how incredible they are. My favorites are Tibetan Mountain Retreat Body Butter, Tahitian Gardenia Body Butter and Waikiki Pikake Body Butter (and I love/have the essential oil perfumes, soaps and candles, too!)

Vermont Fiddle Heads t-shirts – made from organic cotton and low impact dyes, these shirts look hella cool and feel even better.

Reusable Tea Kit – let us put together a gift for you of some of our favorite teas and two of our Reusable Hemp Tea bags. We have it all together in little boxes that make perfect little gifts for folks at work or home.

Sea Chi – the only lotion I use on my face. It feels like silk and you can eat the ingredients (but your skin eats them instead.) Many people comment on my skin and I thank them profusely. I think my diet plays a key role but I also think this Sea Chi helps a great deal, too. It has kombucha in it.

Offhand Designs Bags – My friend introduced me to this wonderful company. I love the bags and I have several to choose from.

Everything that I sell are items that I personally use and love. That’s my whole “shtick”. We pride ourselves on being a “green” business (which means biodegradable/compostable packaging, among other things) and for selling local and “extended” local items! Come in and see/feel the fun colors and feel of the place. We are getting lots of compliments and thanks from many for being here in Worcester. Thank you!

What else is new?

HERBS, GLORIOUS HERBS! Medicinal and Culinary Herbs are now available in bulk. We have chinese herbs, ayurvedic herbs, medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, herbs for making incenses. They will get posted online soon, we are having fun just getting them into the jars and labeling them at the moment. Stop in to see the colors and gather some for your home apothecary.

Bulk herbs – OH I’M IN HEAVEN!


Still on! A few of my paintings are still up for the entire month of Decemeber at the Shoe Horn. These are hand dyed silks. Here is one that I did below: it is 4 feet by 6 feet.

You can check my Facebook page for more pictures. I have to take some good close ups. There are many other silks to look at. Some I hand sewed glass beads on and some I didn’t. A lot of the silks are based on some medieval paintings that have inspired me.

NEED A NUT MILK BAG? Get your wholesale/retail nut milk bags here. Check out our hemp and nylon filtering bags. GREAT NEWS! We now have 100% compostable bags to package our bags in! As you know, it is our mission to be a sustainable company and that’s not just for our business sales, but for our business practices, meaning our packaging and shipping materials. MORE GREAT NEWS! We now have OVAL shaped bags in both nylon and hemp! YIPPEEEE!!!!
NEED SOME

HOW-TO’s?

http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/how_to_make_nut_milk.php – at the top of the page, you’ll see links to do various things with your nut milk bag and VitaMix. Recipes included! YAY!

Thank you for your RAWsome time and energy! Please contact me for information or other raw goodies (both bulk and prepared.)

In joy and in health,

Linda

Vermont Fiddle Heads

18 Worcester Village Road

Worcester, VT 05682

802-223-2111

802-408-1000 (fax)

http://www.vt-fiddle.com

Please check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Worcester-VT/Vermont-Fiddle-Heads/63781489465?ref=nf –  Become a fan and check out photos, events and notes. MM-kay?
P.S. Keep checking back on the shop. Adding products as we speak! http://vt-fiddle.com/shop/

P.P.S. Need some bulk food items? Or great reading/educational material? Hella awesome skincare products? We’ve got: Healing Cancer from the Inside Out DVD, Pacifica Perfume Products, Candles and Lotions, WiseWays Herbals, Sea Chi skincare, The China Study book, Joel Fuhrman books and audio, heavy duty dehydrators, new products by Health Force Nutritionals, really raw oats, raw nori sheets, chia seeds, turkish mulberries, dandy blend (a dandelion coffee substitute), wasabi powder, kelp noodles, dandelion leek miso by south river, garlic red pepper miso by south river, Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe, Naked Chocolate by David Wolfe and Shazzie, Sun Warrior Biofermented Rice Protein powder (in natural and chocolate flavors),  marine phytoplankton, lucuma powder, yacon slices, really raw cashews, artisana coconut butter and goji berries. Please contact me if you are interested in getting any of these items.

With everything we sell, items can be picked up or I can mail them to you.

breakfast the past few days

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

I’ve been out of greens at home so the past few days, this has been my breakfast:

It’s a very thick and filling shake:

coconut water
1 banana
~2-3 Tbsp nut or seed butter
~ 30 or so chlorella tablets

Blend in the VitaMix and drink and enjoy!.

Day 3 – I’m sure I’ll be losing track of days… :-)

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Well It’s Monday and I woke up early in a bright bright room. I’m so happy and grateful for the warmth and sun. What a great thing to have before the winter begins in VT. (We’ve had some very frosty nights so far.) It was 70 degrees here yesterday and I’m like sweating and feeling all warm. What a wonderful change.

This morning I had my hot cacao drink. I threw in a pinch of Matcha (stone ground green tea), some immuno-mushroom blend, camu-camu berry powder to really help get the mushrooms activated, cacao powder, agave and this time I used a bit of coconut oil for kicks and grins. I’m really not used to oil in the morning but it was nice. I also had some of my ayurvedic herbal paste, some other lovely herbs and flower essences – my healthy woman elixir that I love from Mandala Botanicals (I’m selling her stuff now! YAY! I love her elixirs SOOOOO much.) And then before I left, I made a green smoothie to sip on throughout the rest of the morning. Green smoothie is: lettuces, banana, green apple with seeds, chia seeds, cashews, water, agave, & bee pollen. One man looked at it this morning and said, “well, I know it’s not pea soup because it’s morning. So what is it?” Very cute.

There’s about 20 people here. The workshop teachers said this is a small group but it seems like a great size to me. There’s 2 people from Quebec, 1 from Montreal, someone from Colorado, Texas, San Luis Obispo, Michigan, Spain, Bethesda, MD, NJ, Astonia (now living in Brooklyn), 2 peeps from VT (me included), VA and other places I can’t recall at the moment. Age ranges are 20s to late 60s. It’s wonderful. One gray haired momma said she’s been having visions for 6 years – got tested for everything and no, she’s not crazy and no she doesn’t have brain tumors. She said she decided if she has to live with these visions she might as well learn what to do with them. Love that attitude. Sounds very sensible. 🙂

Well, I’m off to the morning classes. I’m very excited and yet calm about this. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my spirit guides for 2 weeks! Last night’s journeys were wonderful. This morning at 6 am, I rolled over and was startled to hear big bird wings flapping – like I startled a bird. Windows were closed and of course no big bird in the room. I went down to make my hot cacao drink – came back in the room and heard the bird’s wings flapping again. So maybe I should put a little something out to honor the bird spirit in the room.

OK, I’m off! Have a great day! I’m sure I’ll write more.

hugs and kisses,

Linda

writing about the weekend last weekend with natasha kyssa of simplyraw in canada

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The kids are in bed and it’s quiet now so I thought it would be a good time to write a little bit.

So I wanted to write about the wonderful weekend that we had Natasha here. Wow! Can’t believe it was a week ago now!

Natasha Kyssa is a glowing and healthy woman I met about 4 years ago at a class we both attended. I remember when I first met her, I thought she was so radiant that I totally wanted to know what she was doing because whatever it was, it had to be good! We’ve kept in touch a little here and there over the years. I was going to attend her SimplyRaw Festival a year ago but it just didn’t work out for me at that time. I was totally bummed because I know it was great fun and I’m looking forward to when she has one again. I’m hoping to have my act together more so I’m fully prepared for doing these shows. (But probably I’ll be winging it!) 🙂

Natasha bought several of our hemp nut milk bags to have at the festival and I’m super grateful for her support of what we’re doing here at VT Fiddle Heads. She didn’t do a festival this past spring/summer because she was putting out a BOOK! OMG! How freakin cool is that?! I was so excited to see it! It’s absolutely beautiful – done so well with the 2 color printing inside and the full cover glossy cover (can you tell I’ve been into the whole corporate marketing thing? I was/am the marcom girl… LOL) You can totally check out the book via her facebook page.The name of her book is The SimplyRaw Living Foods Detox Manual and I’m so ordering some for my store and website! It’s such a good book – user-friendly is the term we’re all using here!

So she said that she wanted to come to VT as a part of her book tour and would I mind helping her by doing a casual potluck and/or meet at a book store or health food store that might want to have her book. She wanted to be in Burlington so the natural place that I thought might be eager to carry her book was Healthy Living. I contacted them and they asked for a copy so I sent them one. (I bought a few copies just to have after Natasha graciously gave me one. I just wanted to have them around, ya know?) Turns out they dug the book and wanted to carry it! YIPPEEEE! So they made a date to have her there and told me it was all set.

The book signing at Healthy Living was scheduled for a Saturday and then there was her request for a potluck. I haven’t done a potluck since about February or March and yet I knew of this wonderful couple named Joshua and Carrie-Anne who have been putting them on for a few months right in Burlington! They’ve sort of teamed up with another woman named Geniel who also does raw food and who *also* is in Burlington! (Can’t believe VT is getting more raw-conscious!) 🙂 I had been hoping to get to one of Joshua’s potlucks since he started them and we’d been in contact here and there for a few months. I wrote to him one day saying that Natasha was coming and would he mind doing a potluck for her since she was going to be in Burlington. He asked Geniel about it and she said YES! This was so wonderful that the dates worked out and the timing worked out. Natasha sent us some posters and I posted them up around various towns with my kids – it made for a fun few hours. We felt like we were a in a band or something… 🙂 We also posted up the Matt Monarch and Angela Stokes posters up that same day.

Saturday came and I arrived at Healthy Living to see where this book signing was going to happen. I thought they were going to put her in the middle of the store, kinda where the books are. NOPE! They put her right by the front door! Not what I was expecting but so totally awesome! Here’s a photo from Natasha’s FB page (I hope she doesn’t mind! FULL Photo props to her husband for taking these pictures. They were just too nice.) There was raw food woman in the middle of barbeque stuff for sale! I loved that endorsement of health right there, smack dab in the middle!

Natasha Kyssa of SimplyRaw in Ontario Canada with her first book just out now!

Natasha Kyssa of SimplyRaw in Ontario Canada with her first book out now!

It was great to see her again – she looked as wonderful and healthy as she did 4 years ago! We totally chatted. My friend Joyce was there too and we all chatted for quite a while. (Thanks for the patience of Healthy Living, our husbands and my kids for the 2+ hour chat at the front of the store!) Natasha had little samples of raw carrot cake (which was a recipe from her book) and you know it’s good because my kids were asking for seconds!

So if that wasn’t cool enough, the next day was Sunday and the day for the potluck! I brought some of my RAWsome chili with the sour “creme” and brought it with me. The potluck at Geniel’s house was absolutely wonderful. It was a great, relaxing setting to meet and chat with people about anything. The food looked incredible too and I was gifted by Fern and her hubbie some of their delicious fennel pesto! Joyce also made a gorgeous raspberry lemon pie (you can totally see it right there on her blog.) Everyone’s food was gorgeous looking and I’m sure delicious tasting. I so wish I was hungry that day! Anyway, I got caught up a little bit with Natasha on the past 4 years and we totally agreed it would be hella fun to take a little road trip together (with PATTI — another woman we met at our class.)

It was a lovely social occasion for sure, all the way around. GREAT to meet Geniel finally – great to see Joshua and Carrie-Anne – great to see everyone faces there at the potluck!

three very RAWsome people! :-)

three very RAWsome people in a room full of RAWsome people! 🙂 This is Natasha, Carrie-Anne and Joshua

I also found out that night that Natasha was at other book signings at book stores in Burlington! Way to go, Natasha! That’s very cool! I’m super pleased to know you and wish you many many blessings. You are very down to earth and you are doing good good things. Keep up the great work!

Joyce, Natasha and me at the potluck.

Joyce, Natasha and me at the potluck.


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