Cacao boosted Raw Chili and ”Reality” Check

Posted by: on Nov 22, 2012 | 26 Comments

Radical upgrading =

High on gratitude

It has almost been a year now. A whole 12 months, 4 seasons and many wild dreams. One year in our little house in the forest – ONE YEAR! This week I head back to a childhood flavor combo both as a celebration and as a soothing comfort. Everything goes by so fast..

Ok, let me rephrase that. Time does not fly by. Time comes and time is. Plus there is actually no other place in the whole wide world I would rather be than in this yellow house, with a small garden and the love that surrounds it all. But as the winter cold hits our little space in this universe I find myself in need of more comfort and less of being focused outwards. I want to light many fires and read many books. I feel like staying up all night writing, thinking, editing photos or trying to figure out how the *** to reverse a picture in Photoshop (help?). Visiting family often does the trick and childhood flavor combinartions (we used to eat tomato soup with a dash of roasted cacao) are also spot on to meet Maslow’s primal need of safety.

Even if that’s kind of going backwards to seek comfort, I believe the thing is not to be too sad/devastated for the things or times that pass. Rather to give them many heartfelt thanks and look for the place that is now. What does it hold and what possibilities do you have right NOW? Upgrading our way of perceiving our time/space reality with gratitude sends us straight into a situation of gifts and presents, after all – it’s called being present. This particular moment is giving me a cacao boosted raw chili. Not bad at all. Yup, universe, you can be sure. That’s gratitude I’m high on all day long.

Fun & Fabulous Facts

Now onto the Hot, Healthy and very loved Chili pepper! You can find a gazillion different varieties of this plant – a member of the Botanical family Solanaceae (same as potato, eggplant and tomatoes)-. With names like banana pepper, hot portugal, yellow cheese pimento, black stinger and billy goat, they have given me many laughs while sowing, watering, planting and harvesting these hot honeys. One time Fabian even thought I had come up with the ridiculous names myself. That was fun.

When incorporated in food or drinks (such as the Golden Detox Drink) Chili has a very powerful effect on the body. Your digestion will be greatly helped by it’s capsaicin, as will your immune system and circulation (perfect for these cold times in other words). The medicinal benefits of capsaicin is much discusses and studied. It has been found that capsaicin can even protect against chemical carcinogens and reduce cardiovascular disease.

Just be mindful when handling chili, that same capsaicin is the one thing that can make your eyes and skin burn like it’s on fire. Been there. Not fun

Cacao Boosted RAW Chili

Just because a dish is uncooked or ”Raw Food” it does not mean you’ll be presented with a big cold salad. This chili I actually heated up on the stove and removed from heat when it reached body temperature. When food is at body temperature you get the sensation that it’s actually warm (plus no nutrients have gone lost) – Bingo! The hint of Cacao deeply intensify the flavor in a way that if it’s not there, something is missing but when it is added you can barely taste it. It completes the palette of flavors. And when the produce is so amazing (last harvest of Swedish tomatoes) few things can go wrong.

4 portions

Vegetable base
2 cups green lentil sprouts
1 cup sunflower seed sprouts
2 cups shredded parsnip
1.5 cup shredded beet root
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

1. Rinse the sprouts one last time, peel and prepare the beets and parsnips and then halve the tomatoes.
2. Set aside in a large mixing bowl while making the sauce

Chili sauce
3 small stalks of celery, finely sliced
4 small fresh dates, pitted
6 sun dried tomatoes, soaked for 1 hour (or more)
4 large tomatoes
3 tbsp tamari
3 pinches of hot chili
2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp virgin olive oil
2 large tsp raw cacao (or roasted but then you loose that ”health boost”)

1. Prepare all ingredients and put them in a high speed blender, food processor or use an immersion blender to make the sauce. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour the sauce over the already prepared vegetables and let marinate for at least 20 minutes. (The flavors intensify tremendously and this chili actually tastes more the day after. Hello leftovers!)
3. Over low heat, put the chili in a saucepan on the stove . Stir constantly and remove from heat when it has reached body temperature.

Raw sour cream
2 handfuls soaked almonds
1 tsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp lemon juice
1 pinch of salt
dash of freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 cup water

1. Blend all ingredients and add more water if necessary.

Top the chili with some sour cream, a dash of raw cacao and a generous amount of fresh parsley. Serve immediately as it is or with additional greens, diced avocado and a raw seed cracker.

 To tie up any loose ends,  my now is all about understanding time, memories and traditions that pass, to remember them with plenty of gratitude and to see them bring new moments and gifts to life. After all, that´s what Thanksgiving is all about, eh?

Do your have a particular cherished moment that you remember with gratitude and that still bring gifts to your present day self?

Do give them a little shout out in the comments below. I think they are worth that, right?!

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A bucket load of LOVE

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  1. Sarah B
    22 november, 2012

    AMAZING recipe Elenore! Love the raw these days – but so smart to enjoy this warm too.

    One of my cherished memories would have to be meeting you in person for the first time. Riding up to you on my bicycle, and just knowing in that split second that we were sisters. And here we are, of course still bringing gifts to each others lives, and knowing we will forever. Giving thanks for you today!

    Always, Sarah B

  2. Emma
    22 november, 2012

    Loved this post. I’m constantly trying to live in the here and now more instead of worrying about what’s been or what’s to come. This dish looks fabulous- I actually made ”Rawmazing”‘s soaked lentil chili a few days ago but yours is quite different and just as delicious I’m sure :)

    • ElenoreEarth
      26 november, 2012

      Oh, wonderful Emma! So glad to hear that you are! Lots of chili coming your way this week then;) Enjoy”!

  3. Gracia
    22 november, 2012

    Hello :) wonderful post, I’m still looking for a place in Mexico where I can find raw cacao beans… Anyways, for your question about Photoshop, after you open the image there’s a Layer’s panel usually on your right; you must duplicate the first layer, since it is usually automatically locked. You do this by accessing the menu that pops up with the right click on your mouse, then clicking on ”Duplicate Layer”. After you’ve done this, you just click command-T, which will allow you to transform your image; you give right-click again and you choose the option ”Flip Horizontal” or ”Flip Vertical”. After it has flipped, you do a double-click or hit the return key on the image and you’ll be set :)

    • ElenoreEarth
      23 november, 2012

      Oh wonderful you! So many thanks <3 <3 <3 I did hope someone would give me the answer!

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Andreia
    23 november, 2012

    Dear Elenore,
    You have such a nice voice :)
    Winter in Sweden might be hard..I´m used to snowy days and temperatures around -10ºC but -30ºC? I can´t imagine! I guess i wouldn’t be able to walk on the street :x
    Hot Portugal? never heard that.. we call them chili..just chili hehe
    I always make my chili with cacao and roasted sesame´s more cozy, specially when its cold outside or we´re tired/sad :)
    We should be thankful every day and keep the memories alive.
    Have a nice weekend :D

    • ElenoreEarth
      26 november, 2012

      you are the sweetest, thanks! I have to say though that the coldest we usually get arund where I live is -10 degrees so it’s not that bad at all.. Actually I am really hoping for a bright, light and cold winter.


      • Andreia
        26 november, 2012

        A friend of mine has friends studying in Sweden and some teachers told them to be prepared for that kind of temperatures..they´re enjoying been there but the hardest challenge is the lack of sun light :x
        -10ºC is bad but it´s not so bad…the place where i´m living right now, has a mild winter (around 13ºC) and it seems that swedish lunch beat are very famous around here :p

  5. Jess Hay Flugvel
    24 november, 2012

    Cannot wait to try this recipe. The photographs of your home are incredible. It looks like a scene out of a fairytale. x

    • ElenoreEarth
      26 november, 2012

      It feels like a fairytale, this earth.. we just have to look close enough,,

  6. Magdalena
    27 november, 2012

    love, love, love

  7. Magdalena
    27 november, 2012

    Fantastiskt gott!

  8. Tess
    27 november, 2012

    I LOVE you and Sarah B…you continue to inspire me and my tai-chi class go mad for youe recipes and creations, thank you so very much for what you do…I also found a soul sister when I moved down to St Leonards by the sea, I am a passionate vegetarian chef and she is a yoga teacher..:-) keep on rockin Eleanor X

    • ElenoreEarth
      28 november, 2012

      Oh, is that true? Wow, you are one lucky girl! Ride that wave of love!

      Thank you for your amazing words <3

  9. Sherilyn @ Wholepromise
    28 november, 2012

    Gosh – you never fail to disappoint. Sounds like a great way to use up some of the heirloom tomatoes in my fridge – thankyou!

  10. Susan
    28 november, 2012

    Wonderful site! You are doing some fun stuff here!

    • ElenoreEarth
      29 november, 2012

      Hi Susan,

      Thank you dearest! So are YOU! I have been a fan of your photography for many years now! I love love love the way you always seem to capture the magic of this earth!

      Hugs and best wishes /Elenore

  11. Kelsey
    11 december, 2012

    Can I come visit your little yellow house of light and love in the woods? You are wonderful. Truly. Happy to know you.

    • ElenoreEarth
      18 december, 2012

      Come, love, come on over! Your are like a piece of my puzzle, gorgeous one <3

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  15. Amy Jo
    9 januari, 2014

    Great post and LOVE those cups! Where did you get them?


  16. Donna
    13 januari, 2014

    THIS …simply must be made in my little French kitchen…Do you have any tips on sprouting the lentils and sesame seeds?

    Your stellar images continue to astound and leave me speechless. Gosh, I gush…but what photographic AND culinary mastery here! I am so fortunate to have found your blog…I feel as if I have ”come home” every time one of your enriching posts makes an appearance. Lucky me…lucky us!

  17. Natalie
    23 juni, 2014

    Hi, I just love the photos on this page. In particular the red spinning skirt. Such a vibrant pop of colour in a bleary landscape.


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