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agave cake to celebrate rosh hashana

17 Sep
1517547172_72670f1a07Eating apples with honey are a tradition during the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana. The apple has been known to symbolize the sweet smell of the apple orchards in the Garden of Eden, and the honey symbolizes wealth and good living. By eating these two together, the sweetness is insurmountable! These traditional foods are consumed to wish each other and the world a sweet new year.

Another traditional food that is eaten at this time, is honey cake. While it’s certainly easy to pick up one that is already made, we are going to share with you a great recipe, that is gluten free, and uses agave instead of honey to impart sweetness. This recipe will serve 6-8, and was adapted from Elana’s Pantry.

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ cup agave
  • ¼ cup grapeseed or canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F. Add coffee to a filter, then pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over it. Compost or discard the grounds, then let the liquid cool. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves to a large bowl. Combine agave, oil, eggs and coffee in a separate bowl. Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then add in your raisins, and mix it all up. Use a drop of grapeseed or canola oil to grease a 9 inch cake pan, then sprinkle some almond flour for a thin coating. Pop in your oven for 30-35 minutes, and let cool. Best eaten the day after!

Photo courtesy of Muffet

Raw broccoli salad

9 Jul

2638500179_b488d51970Summer is in full force, and with summer comes high temperatures and the urge to turn off the stove, and cook light.

In winter when you look at broccoli, you may be more inclined to sauté, steam or roast it. In summer, broccoli can take on a whole new realm of possibilities (you can of course make this recipe in winter too!). How about transforming your broccoli into a flavorful salad?

Broccoli contains loads of vitamins and minerals, and when eaten raw this veggie powerhouse will retain the most nutrients, compared to its cooked form (when cooked, steam for 2 minutes and remove once bright green). Another great reason to make this refreshing salad!

Here is how:

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium to small head of broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons tamari
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • as much sesame seeds as you like

Directions:

Rinse your broccoli well. Cut up into small florets, and chop up the stems. Add to medium sized bowl. Mince the ginger. Mix salad dressing ingredients together, and whisk well. Pour dressing over your broccoli and mix it up so that all pieces are covered. Garnish with sprinkles of sesame seeds. Yum!

Photo courtesy of Linda N.

Watermelon agua fresca

4 Jun

Our June table top is dedicated to staying hydrated through out the hot summer months!. We have shared a wonderful watermelon agua fresca recipe care of our friends at Randall’s Island who taught us how to make it last summer at our food & garden camp.  The children loved smashing the watermelon and squeezing it with their hands, although we think they enjoyed drinking the watermelon juice even more!