Unprocessed Challenge 2012 – Update #2
As I’m doing this whole Unprocessed Challenge, there’s that inevitable thought of “what the heck can I make?” I’ve rounded up some recipes I like, and some I find intriguing. I’ve also included some experiences I’ve had over the last week as well. And a small rant.
Here’s some highlights of the food we ate, along with some recipe links:
I was craving ice cream, but wondered if I could make it with honey. Oh yes we can…
Orangette makes that happen:
This goes well with figs, my personal obsession for the week…
Also, this moist looking cake sweetend with honey is lighting my fire (I’ve yet to make it, but I will!):
I found the above recipes from this post from David Lebovitz:
Tonight, I had some pizza dough that needed to be used, and I happened to have some unprocessed hot dogs (yes, it’s possible) I had purchased which also needed to be used. So, we wrapped that pizza dough around those dogs….
Look for the Tomato Paste Ketchup (it was the taste test winner.)
I’m loving the idea of a maple syrup sweetened ice cream:
Lastly, I am intrigued with this pumpkin pie ice cream made with coconut milk:
We have a swim team party tonight for Halloween, so I made these Pesto Dinner Rolls. LOVE THEM. (I’ve made them before, and a recipe with my twist on it is coming soon.)
Things I’m reading:
Some things you should know:
We are still taking a little liberty on the weekend. I had some cheesecake over the weekend. A tiny little sliver, and oh baby, it was good. I am inspired to make it from scratch, and with honey. Come to mama.
We also attended my sweet niece’s birthday party. We had cake, and some ice cream, and a lovely time.
I hate it when someone comes over, and you offer them food, and they have some lame excuse… “Sorry dude, I don’t eat frosted death on any day, so keep that to yourself,” or “Um, is this made with pastured eggs? Because that’s all I put in my body.” Puh-lease, if you are invited over, and people offer you food (unless it’s uranium cakes frosted with weed killer), just say THANK YOU. Food connects us to each other, and chances are, when you’re offered something at someone’s house, they put a lot of thought and work into that event. Whether it’s bought or made from scratch, there’s thought and caring in it. So eat the damned cake, or politely say “no”. And use your manners. K?
We did eat out a couple times.
We choose a local burger joint that prides itself on local food, sustainable practices, and real food. Oh yeah, it was tasty. We also ate at a local french style bakery. They make almost everything from scratch (and even have cage free eggs!) We had a lovely time.
We also tried out a Japanese place my husband and I had been intending to visit for over a year. It was well worth the wait. Oh joyous day that I find a decent bowl of ramen within an hour of my house. *contented sigh*
Couple things I’m not sure on:
We’ve been drinking sparkling mineral water (unsweetened). Could we make this at home? Is this unprocessed? Um, I’m honesty not sure, but I’ve left it alone. We drink it on occasion, also with a splash of juice in it, over ice. YUM.
I’m in LOVE with figs. LOVE. I’ve been eating them with mascarpone cheese. I’d love to find a good unprocessed brand. The one I have is a bit marginal (I think. Anyone?) I’ll use it up, but next time I put mascarpone in my basket, I’m looking harder for something else. (Italian grocery has this? Who knows.)