Vegan MoFo 2014 Day 1

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True to form, I completely forgot this ever existed or that I planned in doing it until today! Plus I am still on vacation. Halfway home, but still in Houston with family. My eats today have been truly atrocious as we have been on the road all day long, but there was a forgettable salad for dinner. Instead, I’ll leave you with this ganoderma we found in my aunt and uncle’s backyard this evening along with my most fervent desire to get back in my kitchen.

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Raw Food Delivery Menu for August

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We’ve been wanting to give some love to the catering side of Sacred Strawberry, but it has always seemed to take a back burner to other stuff we have going on.  Finally, for the month of August we bring you the Sacred Strawberry Cosmic Catering Menu!!  We are starting off fairly simple to gauge interest, so expect to see the menu grow with time.

For August:

Savories:

RAW PIZZA with Goji Marinara, “Roasted” Seasonal Vegetables, Garlic Cheeze and Fennel/Lemon Gremolata

personal pizza crust- $12

whole sheet – $45 (serves 4)

PASTA DEL VERANO

Angel hair yellow squash with seasonal veggies in a garlic herb cream sauce.  Served with wilted greens.

$10 per pint (serves 1-2)

Juices:

Yellow Watermelon/Cucumber/Lemon

Greeeen Juice (Collards/Cucumber/Celery/Green Apple/Lemon

$8/pint

Dessert:

Chocolate Berry Shortcake Bars

$7

Ingredients are organic and/or local wherever possible.

You can place an order by messaging us via the facebook page, emailing at emilynmc@yahoo.com, or calling 318-658-0949!

Minimum order is $25 and most orders will require 3 days notice.

Wild Plant Walk at Stoner Boat Launch

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Sacred Strawberry hosted our third Wild Edible Plant Walk with PermanentGardens.com last Sunday! We had a wonderful time introducing people to some edible plants growing wild! We met willow, oxalis, dewberries, red and white mulberries, dandelion, toothache tree, chickweed, possum grape and yellow dock. Fun times!

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Spring in Full Swing!

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Here in Shreveport it is getting hot! Most of the wild spring greens we love are gone now, but we are making due ;)

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We are also growing lots of plants this year. And collecting fruit trees :)
This is one tiny part of what we have going on here, but I love this recycled chest planter. It has tomato, two types of hot pepper, two types of basil and purslane.

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Mulberry season is in full swing, too! We are so lucky to have red and white ones growing all around here!

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Foraged mulberry smoothie! :

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My favorite harbinger of summer- watermelon juice!

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We are gearing up for the summer market season here, and have some fun event in the works.
Come connect with us over at Facebook and like our page to keep abreast of the happenings!

Lunch at Be Raw in Dallas!

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Last week during out quick trip to Dallas, we took advantage of being there and went back to BeRaw. I blogged about our fantastic meal the last time we ate there, about a year to date. I’m glad to see they are still up and running! This time, we both started with a green juice. Dan got cucumber, celery and ginger. I got cucumber, celery, kale, lemon and apple. I think these juices were the only disappointment in our meal. They weren’t good, and I can down some green juice. That’s ok though. This little cutie drank some:

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Then a cucumber pineapple gazpacho with avocado:

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Dan got the burger, and I got the tacos and we halved them:

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Everything was so good! Can’t wait till we go back again.
For the long drive back, I stopped at Whole Foods for a proper green juice, cold brew and raw cacao truffles. I knew I needed to be wired for that trip lol.

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We also stopped back at the same spring we went to on the way there and refilled. It was a quick trip with a lot of driving but we had fun!

Spring Water Harvesting and Matt Monarch

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When I saw that raw food legend Matt Monarch was going to be in Dallas, I knew that I would be going. It had been a while since receiving any raw food inspiration, plus it was an excuse to get out of town!

We decided immediately to visit and fill up at a spring in Canton, TX which is about an hour outside of Dallas. The water was amazingly clear, delicious and hydrating. We will be going back regularly!

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There was a beautiful sassafras tree right across from the spring. I used some leaves to infuse in my water bottle. Wonderful!

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After all that, we made it on time to the event!

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In fact, we had a little time to pop into the amazing library next door and let Amethyst run off some energy and play in the kids area. Oh, and play in the wildflowers, too.

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It was wonderful to see Matt in the flesh, chat with other humans on similar paths to us, and listen to some healthy inspiration. Even though we left a bit early ( poor Ami was DONE lol) we still enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Of course I bought treats, too ;)

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Next time- our epic raw food meal at Be Raw in Dallas.

Wild Edible Plant Walk at Mahaffey Farms

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Our second wild edible plant walk was a success!
It took place at an amazing family farm.
We had an amazing turnout!

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Our fam <3

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We met and sampled clover, red sorrel, greenbriar, yellow dock, sassafras and so much more!

We are doing another one May 18th on Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport, LA. We’ll be meeting at the boat launch at 1:00.

*All photos by one of our walk participants and all around wonderful human, Lani Duke.

Upcoming Wild Edible Plant Walk

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Sacred Strawberry are hosting our second Shreveport-Bossier City Wild Edible Plant Walk alongside our friends at PermanentGardens.com.

This time, our walk will be out at Mahaffee Farms in Princeton, Louisiana (right outside of Bossier City).  Evan McCommon is in the process of restoring his family’s land back to health using holistic farm and land management techniques.  We met them at the Shreveport Farmer’s Market where they sell produce and meats raised there.

Above all, it will be a fun afternoon!  I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday. If you are in the area, join us!

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/526035620840835/526113347499729/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

Food!

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I wanted to share with you some of our eats around here the past few months!
Of course there have been smoothies!

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This one was a Chocolate Peach situation with shilajit and lucuma topped with bee pollen.

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Banana, peach, blueberry, lucuma, amla berry and coconut water for the little.

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Frozen banana, fresh mango, aloe Vera, snow pea tendrils and chlorella with bee pollen. I am loving bee pollen this Spring!!

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Another banana, mango, aloe and chlorella smoothie. So healing for the gut lining. It’s just an amazing plus that it tastes truly incredible! There were many more, but this is what has been recorded for posterity’s sake.

There were also juices. Lots of wild greens.

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Pretty much all of these has some combination of chickweed, cleavers, cucumber, celery, apple and lemon.

Also, there has been food. Much more than this, too lol!

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Cauliflower and jicama in a wild garlic cream sauce, spinach with coconut aminos, olive oil and lemon and some raw bread I made using psyllium husks for the first time!

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That bread going into the dehydrator.

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Some high raw wraps with greens, sprouts, quinoa burger and green Gaia dressing.

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Green juice and raw brownies. Love.

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Red bell pepper gazpacho with spirulina and bee pollen.

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Kelp noodles in a cheesy sauce with black pepper and scallions. Amazing :)

I’ve been feeling pretty incredible recently with all the green juices and wild spring greens. Having large quantities of it daily really just changes everything! So worth it!

Sacred Strawberry goes wild!

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I don’t think I ever posted that Sacred Strawberry was in the Shreveport Times again. This time it wasn’t for raw foods, but something else that has become a big part of what we do- foraging.

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20140319

A few recipes of mine were included, too, my Chickweed-Cilantro Pesto recipe that you can find in the Recipes section of this blog as well as a Wild Green Lemonade with cleavers.
Check out the article!

Reading this blog and searching in the archives it is apparent that finding and consuming wild edible plants is something we have been doing a while. We have had the good fortune of being interested in wild plants at such a time that we have been able to forage in three countries and amass a decent library and store of knowledge. Anyway, we thought it was time to start to share what we know and teach again a little.

We led our first official edible plants walk, with our friends over at PermanentGardens.com, who are blowing up the permaculture scene here in SBC. It was wonderful to collaborate on it and we look forward to doing more soon!

My friend and one of the walks participants, Nancy, took some great photos and has kindly allowed me to share them:

The guides:

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Everyone ready to go-

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We found lots of edible plants, but one of my favorites is the Yaupon holly (ilex vomitoria) the North American cousin to Yerba Mate. Local and free caffeine source, holla!!

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We found a lot of old favorites like chickweed, dandelion, sow thistle and clover, but some relatively new to me edibles as well!
This is the spiderwort- lovely to look at and slightly mucilaginous but perfectly edible.

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And one more- Pennywort. This lily pad looking herb is related to Gotu Kola (Indian Pennywort) and has a lot of the same properties- increases blood flow to the brain thus mental clarity, memory enhancement etc. It also has a fresh parsley like taste.

All photos of plant walk: Nancy Koshnick Dinsmore.

This Spring here in North Louisiana is really amazing. We’ve had rain so things are lush and green but it hasn’t gotten hot and humid yet. We are taking full advantage of the season and get outside together as a family as much as possible. Amethyst loves it so much and I am so happy to be sharing with her something so dear to us. It took me many, many years on this planet before I really opened myself up to Mother Nature. I hated being outside, thought it was gross and generally resisted it. I am so, so thankful that that changed, that I changed before it was too late! :)