Posts Tagged ‘Wild Food’

How I Did Less and Ate Better, Thanks to Weeds ~ Tama Matsuoka Wong at TEDx Manhattan

This was fun! Thanks to “And Here We Are.” David and I attended a Goshen event that aired this conference, but somehow we missed this one.

“Tama Matsuoka Wong is a professional forager and the principal of MeadowsandMore, which she founded to connect people with wild plants and natural landscapes. She won the New Jersey Forest Stewardship Award in 2007 for her work on stewarding her own property in western New Jersey. She collaborated with New Jersey Audubon on producing a booklet Meadows on the Menu about how to work with nature to turn lawns or fallow fields in to meadows. Tama has advised and worked with schools, conservation groups and private individuals to assess, steward and restore natural landscapes on their properties.

“Tama recently authored the book Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in your Backyard or Farmers Market about her several year project with the chef de cuisine at Restaurant Daniel in NYC to turn edible “weeds” from nature in to delicious cuisine. Tama has lectured about food and nature across the country and has led educational programs for schools, conservation groups, foodies and homeowners. Her “weed” work has been profiled in the NYTimes, NPR, CBS Sunday morning, among others.

“In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)”

Raw Vegan Mexican and Birthday Celebrations

Mmmmhmmmm, I have been quite the kitchen witch lately, prepping all manner of elaborate raw food feasts. I’m not sure what’s gotten into the Lazy part of my Raw Foodist nature. Actually, this feast only took two hours total to prep, not counting passive dehydrator time for the tortillas. Just thought I’d share some of the goodies I made, so David and I could have a pre-birthday dinner for him after my Vision and “Visions” class this past Sunday.

On the menu: Spinach Flax tortillas from Cafe Gratitude‘s book, “I Am Grateful.” Yum! Only 4 ingredients (loads of spinach, a tablespoon of flax and lemon juice and some sea salt). They’re kind of delicate on the dehydrator screens, but I love their flavor. I used these to hold some walnut-pumpkin seed taco “meat,” topped with tomatillo-chia seed salsa, homemade guacamole, and a simple purple cabbage slaw made with apple cider vinegar and a hint of birch sweetener. The chia seeds were an afterthought, since those tomatillos got extra juicy. Too much liquid and delicate tortillas are a no-no. I learned about adding chia seeds to salsa from Jerri Hastey of Santa Rosa’s “Seed Restaurant.” Then I made a goji berry-olive oil-balsamic vinegar dressing to top a side salad of spring greens.

We got two meals from this prep, but here are photos from the first night:

Mexican Tacos and Cabbage Slaw

Cabbage Slaw with ACV and Birch Sweetener

Spring Greens with Goji Balsamic Dressing

I also made a simple walnut-date-raw cacao cake for David last night (on his actual birthday). I think that recipe originally came from my dear friend Tania Marie: 1 cup walnuts; 1 cup dates; 2 TBSP raw cacao; process together in a food processor. I usually make some sort of icing, but last night we opted just for the cake. I had soaked and dehydrated walnuts last week, which made it extra creamy and delicious.

The sweet treats didn’t stop with the cake, though. Our friend Ingrid makes THE best raw granola on the planet. When we headed in for chiropractic appointments yesterday a.m., Dr. Ingrid gave David a jar of her tasty “Namaste Granola” to go along with a case of coconut water from Dr. Brian:

Namaste Granola

And truth be told, we’re just getting started. With David’s birthday on the 7th and mine on the 22nd, we’ve got two weeks of yumminess planned. This Friday, we’ll be enjoying some homemade chocolate pie by our Raw Mama friend Sarah. Then we’ve got a (cooked) Wild Edibles Gourmet Dinner at the Wildwood Institute on May 19th and a road trip on my birthday that involves at least one stop at our friends’ Danny and Kathy’s Borrowed Earth Cafe. So grateful for sweet friends, lots of love, Mother Earth and her yummy foods!