Not Food Just LOVE!

November 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

This project from architectural office AMID cero9* in Madrid, has got to be one of my  favorite pieces of speculative architecture so far…! The architects themselves has this to say about the project: (Biotechnology Techniques) “For the covering of the outer shell of the power plant we propose to use the growth of the living matter as a base in a grid of recycled polypropylene pallets, measuring five by ten feet and three inches thick. Each one has a structural box girder at the base containing the necessary subsoil to help the plants grow, attached mechanically to the reinforced concrete walls of the power station. In order to facilitate pruning and upkeep by the gardeners a perimeter pathway is cleared between the shell and the walls…a piece of landscape inside the city, totally covered with a membrane of roses, lights and honeysuckle shrouding and unifying them with a silhouette and a single common material…Like a real mountain, the membrane tries to attract the most important butterfly species, right on the southward migratory route on the American continent. And will provide a resting place for migrating birds and turn into an artificial alternative to the disappeared forests and wetlands…” 

I really hope that projects like this are not something that`ll just stay speculative, but that various government officials and the common public in general, will be open to and see the usefulness in clearing the way and find the funding that can bring life to architecture transcending the classical notion (of architecture).

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C-Vit Power Bullets

November 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

(Pictures coming shortly!)
Being an early bird as I am, taking a nice, long walk before dawn has become one of my favorite morning rituals before breakfast. I rarely set-off walking without having eaten something, as I am usually rather hungry after sleeping for the last 7-8 hours. I´ve often struggled to decide exactly what to eat at this hour though, as I do not want to spoil my appetite for a hearty breakfast-to-come, and I don´t really like the feeling of being too full either, as the pace I am walking in is rather brisk.
I really want this before-walking-foodstuff to be easy to put away, and to be something I can grab on my way out the door, at the same time as I want it to provide my body with good-sourced energy. Temperatures here in Scandinavia are getting lower and lower at this time of year, and for the last couple of the days the temperature at the time I am out walking is around 4 degrees Celsius, so it wouldn´t hurt if what I eat at this time of day contains a good portion of C-Vitamins to boost my immune system. So today I made these C-Vitamin Power Bullets, loaded with C´s from pressed Rosehip Powder and Goji Berries, and beneficial fats from coconut oil. I think, at least for me, that one or two of these will give me a good start of the day.
As for the recipe:
  • 2 deciliter pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 large tablespoons of Rosehip Powder
  • 1 deciliter Goji Berries
  • a pinch of Sea Salt
Put all the ingredients except for the Goji Berries in a good blender, and blend until you have a fairly smooth date-paste. Then remove this paste from the container, toss the Goji Berries in instead, and grind them finely. Mix the Goji Berry `flour´ in with the date-paste, and make small bullets using both your hands.

Winter Bullets

November 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

As temperatures are getting lower, and the Christmas season is yet again nearing, I tend to crave foods and beverages that taste heavily of the present time of year. Ginger, cinnamon and carnations are all spices that I associate with the colder seasons, as they, at least to me, bring back childhood memories of hearty family gatherings around some fireplace, or the simple joy I found in making gingerbread-cookies with my two brothers. So it was in the same spirit that I suddenly felt the urge to make a RAW alternative (I`ve been quite in a RAW-kind-of-mood lately) to the gingerbread-cookies I made (and consumed(!); although more dough than the actual cookies went down my throat) as a child.

Next time, I think I will try alternating the recipe a bit, and include Orange Oil and/or some ground chili to the mixture, to give it that extra Wintery flair…

And to the recipe:

  • 2 dl.pitted dates
  • 2.5 dl.almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 4 tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
  • 1 pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 good teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 equally as good teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 0.5 teaspoons of ground carnations
Put the pitted dates, all the fluid and the dried spices into a blender, and blend them all well together. Remove from the container, and grind the almonds into an almost flour-like texture. Then mix the almonds in with the rest of the date-mixture, and use your hands to make small bullets. You might want to roll the bullets in coconut flour, again to add to the general wintery feel.

Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce

November 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

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The recipe goes like this:

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 small handful of Date Tomatoes
  • 1 date
  • 0.5 dl.Almond Milk
  • 1 good teaspoon of Lecithin powder (adds thickness)
  • 3 teaspoons of dried chili flakes
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground paprika powder
  • Sea salt to taste
Simply blend all ingredients well together so it´s all nice and smooth, and serve this burning, red-delight with e.g RAW Rice Paper Wraps, RAW Pasta dishes, or RAW Lasagna.

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