Tag Archives: Raw foodism

Ninaberry

14 Apr

Not only does little Nina purr like it’s going out  of style when we feed her carrots,

 

I can haz carrots?

 

She’s apparently also really into strawberries, cuz while Husband, some friends and I enjoyed a bottle of buttery, delicious wine the other night,

 

With a label like that, it HAS to be good!

 

Little Miss Nina pilfered a strawberry from our snack stash and thoroughly nommed it.

 

nom nom nom

 

I’m beginning to think we’ve gone and adopted ourselves a vegetarian kitteh…

 

...maybe it's a squirrel flavored strawberry?

 

 

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New Year, New Look!

11 Jan

You’ve probably noticed by now that A Happy One’s got a brand spankin’ new look for the new year!  Here are some other changes you’ll be seeing in 2011:

1. I’ll be blogging more via Kevin, which means my typing skills are going to decrease dramatically when I use this *teeny, tiny* bluetooth keyboard (as evidenced by my dropped parenthesis on the Hand Warmer post… oops):

my fingers aren't that small, but it was so cute and squishy I just couldn't resist!

2.  I’ll be discontinuing the Rabbit Recipe series.  As it turns out, you people like to read about raw food *just* about as much as I like writing about it (which is to say, not at all).   You’re probably bored reading this right now, actually.  Maybe you should go microwave something – I hear it helps.  I’ll still be experimenting with my food intake (cuz I love it, yo yo you know yo), but unless I discover something ultra-awesome you probably won’t hear about it.  Are you still reading?  Wow, impressive!  Did you know that I don’t have a humidifier big enough to de-staticize my whole house?  Oh, it’s totally true!  Instead I’ve got the shower running incrementally throughout the day… I wonder if someone’s done a study about what’s more environmentally friendly – showers or humidifiers…  hmm…  Still with me?  Really?  Okay, well, anyway (gosh, I feel like Kelly from The Office right now), last night Husband and I organized a whole bunch of computer cables!  Oh yes, it was SO exciting.  We wound them up, put them in bags, labeled them, and stored them.  Oh man, you have NO IDEA how exciting it was.  After that we checked our e-mail and went to bed.  We got cold because the window was open, so some time in the middle of the night I got up and closed the window.  Then we got too hot.  After that, Husband’s alarm went off and we listened to NPR for awhile.  Then, we got up.  OKAY, stop.  This is hurting me.  Move on to bullet point #3.  Please?…

OMG, and then like, I totally had to put on lip gloss!

3. I *suppose* I could probably post a few more pictures of my awesome kitten (currently 15 wks), Nina Simone.  You just have to promise not to call me a cat lady, okay?

Nina nomming on her Christmas present

Okay.  That’s enough things.  Peace out, yo.  })i({

Rabbit Recipe: Spinach Dip

21 Dec

In an effort to improve our diet Husband and I are attempting to replace at least 50% of our meals with raw food,

or as my daDdy affectionately refers to it, Rabbit Food.  Each Tuesday I’ll share my latest Rabbit Recipe, along with our raw food successes (and failures).

Enjoy!  })i({

Rabbit Recipe: Spinach Dip

– 5oz fresh spinach

– 1 cup crushed, dried soybean nuts

– 2Tbsp. lemon juice

-2 Tbsp. mayo

-2oz. goat cheese

-a splash of water to thin, if needed

*So anyway, this is delicious, and I definitely didn’t cook it, but I’m pretty sure there are raw foodies out there who would nail me for the mayo and the goat cheese.  The thing is, the more I get into this whole raw food movement, the more I realize that most raw recipes involve either dehydrating things (which, if you ask me, counts as just cooking them at a really low temperature for a really long time, thus negating the “raw” aspect), or smashing up a ton of things in your food processor and calling it soup, dip, salsa, or some other sort of related word.  I don’t feel bad about the goat cheese.  I don’t feel bad about the mayo.  I don’t even feel bad that the thing we dipped in our spinach dip was Papa John’s breadsticks!

I do sort of feel like a raw-food-fraud, though.  I mean, I certainly enjoy eating, say, a bowl of fruit for dinner, but… uhm… what about FIRE?  I really, really like FIRE, and catching things on fire.  I also enjoy cooking things, and cooking things with FIRE.  I mean, my spinach dip was tasty, don’t get me wrong, but all I could think while nomming was how much better it would taste if I melted it into a warm, oozy, cheesy-and-spinachy wonderland.

Anywho, it appears I’m having a raw food ethical dilemma, or, I guess, discovering that raw food just isn’t for me (though Nina *adores* it).  I mean, really.  It just makes my heart sad to think that raw foodies can’t ever have even one kernel of popcorn.

 

what does a raw foodie eat at the movies?

 

I think for the new year I’m going to revamp Rabbit Recipes a bit, though I’m not sure exactly how just yet.  I’m thinking a good first step would be to add fire.  Luckily, Mr. Bun-Bun is all over it…  })i({

You can never be too prepared...

Rabbit Recipe: Awesome Picnic

7 Dec

In an effort to improve our diet Husband and I have decided to replace at least 50% of our meals with raw food,

or as my daDdy affectionately refers to it, Rabbit Food.  Each Tuesday I’ll share my latest Rabbit Recipe, along with our raw food successes (and failures).

Enjoy!  })i({

 

 

 

 

 

Occasionally, Husband and I discover that none of the food we currently have in the kitchen is in any way appetizing.  This time, we had a weekend literally filled with take-out meals.  I think we hit every major category – Italian, Chinese, Indian (I mean, we have to try out all the places that deliver to the new apartment, don’t we?), and by Sunday night vegetables were in high demand.  Sunday evening grocery shopping, especially when the bulk of your purchase is produce, is a terrible idea, so we ended up with a pretty eclectic dinner…

The raw bits included bowls literally packed with baby carrots, snap peas, and grape tomatoes, which we supplemented with some rye bread, a few bits of delicious cheese, and the last of a bottle of delicious Spanish malbec.

There is no recipe for this meal other than to make sure you wash your veggies before you nom them, but I highly recommend eating  on your couch… That way it feels like a picnic and you don’t have to think too hard about the fact that nothing you are eating actually goes together.

HOORAY, VEGETABLE PICNIC! })i({

 

picture this, only with less organization and less variety, then add wine.

 

Rabbit Recipe: …er… Kitten Recipe…

30 Nov

In an effort to improve our diet Husband and I have decided to replace at least 50% of our meals with raw food,

or as my daDdy affectionately refers to it, Rabbit Food.  Each Tuesday I’ll share my latest Rabbit Recipe, along with our raw food successes (and failures).

 

 

 

 

Instead of sharing a people-friendly recipe (oh, hang on.  Nina Simone just got herself stuck between the wall and the bed… brb…)

Okay.  Aren’t kittens fun?

Instead of sharing a people recipe, I’m going to share a few websites I’ve been frequenting lately about raw diets for cats.  Unless you’ve found yourself a killer holistic vet, your kitty’s doctor is probably going to tell you not to feed a raw diet (Nina’s vet told me yesterday that if I fed her a raw diet she would give the entire world Salmonella poisoning and everyone would die.  Subtle).

Direct quote from the vet:  “You know she has to eat bones and organs and stuff, right?  I know they do that in the wild, but she lives inside!”

My reply:  “Yes, I know.  But a kitten eating processed kibble is the equivalent of a person eating at McDonalds, like, EVERY DAY, and that is just uncool.”

What I should have said:  “Well, *what* did all those pet cats eat before 1957 (the year the Ralston Purina company *invented* cat food)?”  And *why* is it better for me to feed my cat feathers and diseased animals than a scrumptious bit of sushi?  Hmm?”

Anyway.  My internal dialogue is much more aggressive than my actual verbal output, I guess.  Here are a few websites for your viewing pleasure:

Cat Food Uncovered

Raw Fed Cats

And because YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT, here’s a short and sweet article about what happens when people eat processed food:

The Dangers of Processed Food

 

Sushi, anyone?  })i({

 

Rabbit Recipe: Raw “Caesar” Dressing

23 Nov

In an effort to improve our diet Husband and I have decided to replace at least 50% of our meals with raw food,

or as my daDdy affectionately refers to it, Rabbit Food.  Each Tuesday I’ll share my latest Rabbit Recipe, along with our raw food successes (and failures).

Enjoy!  })i({

 

 

 

 

Raw “Caesar” Salad Dressing

 

You’ll need:

-2 Tbsp Olive Oil

-the juice from one lemon

– 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, ground

-2 Tbsp. Agave

– a pinch of chili powder

– sea salt to taste

 

(sorry about the teeny tiny picture… my dinner was much bigger than this IRL, I promise! I served my salad with split pea soup — not raw, but still DEEEElicious)!


Rabbit Recipe: Tomato Salad

16 Nov

In an effort to improve our diet

Husband and I have decided to replace at least 50% of our meals with raw food,

or as my daDdy affectionately refers to it, Rabbit Food.

Each Tuesday I’ll share my latest Rabbit Recipe, along with our raw food successes (and failures).

Enjoy!  })i({

 

 

Friends!  We finally got our interwebs hooked up again last night, and BOY am I glad to be using an actual keyboard!  As I haven’t had time to scavenge food yet, I had to make this week’s recipe with things I already had on hand.  Luckily, this is one of my favorite recipes, so I almost always have the key ingredients!

TOMATO SALAD

You’ll need:

-as many tomatoes as you’re hungry for, in whatever varieties you like.

-a few Tbsps. of olive oil

-a bunch of fresh basil, chopped

– sea salt & pepper

Chop up your tomatoes & toss with the rest of the ingredients.  Take bets as to whether or not the bowl will make it from the kitchen to the table (ours rarely does). YUM.

Pro Tips:

If you’re feeling a little crazy, try throwing in a handful of corn or chopped onion

If you’re feeling a LOT crazy, toss in some edamame or soaked beans

If you’re feeling HELLA CRAZY, throw in some chili powder & lime juice or some balsamic vinegar

If you’re feeling a little too much like a crunchy vegan hippie, chop your tomato bits smaller, toss in some fresh mozzarella bits, let marinate for a half-hour or so, and serve with toast.

 

 

Tomorrow: Pictures of our new deluxe apartment in the sky (assuming I can find the usb cable for my camera, that is…)  })i({