MoRAWccan salad + radical cha-change

Posted by: on Mar 16, 2013 | 15 Comments

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Even though there really are no ”lasts” I can’t seem shake off the melodramatic feeling these days. We are moving. We are moving (maybe if I say it enough times it will be easier).. So as I sit here in our bed on a Saturday morning watching the sun shine through the crystal in the window, making rainbow colored stars float around on the walls, that feeling hit me again. It’s a mixed sensation of giggles, pure joy, teary eyes and a heart so full of emotions I feel like exploding. But I don’t, the build up of all of these emotions seem to swim around in me creating little sighs of happiness instead. A completely relaxed feeling – all is well. I trust that the inner tree hugging forest gal in me is making space for new adventures, adventures that will take place by the sea. This baby better be an ocean baby (you hear that, mini sprout?!)

Talking about radical change really fits this recipe as well. I used to hate Cilantro and believe me, I use the word ”hate” extremely rarely, so for a girl that has been hanging out a lot in South East Asia this has been quite the obstacle. I could not even sit beside someone munching away on a cilantro smelling creation, let alone order something with cilantro myself and simply not eating those green leaves. There are a few extremely potent foods in this world and cilantro is definitely one of them with it´s in-your-face smell and taste. BUT THEN a radical change took place. As I moved to Spain two years ago, something about cilantro became beyond appealing to me. I planted and grew insane amounts of this herb and probably included it in my meals every single day. Then I paired it with cinnamon and orange = a full blown food orgasm. Conclusion, change? – pretty damn good.

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

There could be a million reasons to why I suddenly fell head over heals in love with cilantro because this lil powerhouse can do a ton of amazing things in the body. Coriandrum Sativum, which is it’s name in latin is widely but most commonly used in the warmer parts of this world (like say morocco). It´s brilliant medicinal benefits include treating nausea, soothe inflammation, mental stress and headaches but that´s only the beginning of the genius of this plant. Cilantro is often used to safely remove heavy metals and toxins from our body, something quite necessary in the world and environment we live in today. Toxins seep into our system from skin ”care” products, non organic foods, the polluted air and even our houses (not to mention there can be a lot of quite toxic thoughts floating around in our brain from time to time). Now, I’m not saying you need to dress in a piece of hemp textile and move to the forest – simply grab a bunch of cilantro and chose to live consciously in an environment that supports all of You. As a bonus, both the seeds and the leaves are tridoshic which means that they support all three of the auyurvedic doshas aka body compositions.

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MoRAWccan carrot salad with cinnamon dressing

A salad like this with a ton of really gutsy flavors is perfect to pair with something more mellow like whole grains or some sprouted bread and a bean dip (cooked amaranth with ghee would be perfect for example). Go find some fresh cilantro and make yourself a beyond exciting raw winter salad.

Salad
7-8 large rainbow carrots

a large handful fresh coriander leaves
2 large handfuls pea shoots
2/3 tbsp cinnamon

1. Peel and julienne cut the carrots (here is a pretty smart video showing you how to do this)
2. Rinse the pea shoots thoroughly and cut them in half or more finely if you prefer that.
3. Now add all ingredients to a big mixing bowl so you can get that cinnamon all over the carrot sticks.
4. Arrange the salad onto your bowl/plate of choice and drizzle over some of the dressing and leave some of it for people to add themselves.

Dressing
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp raw honey
a pinch of chili
1 orange, zest and juice

1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a high glass until the honey is dissolved. Done!

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Change, weather it’s a home or cilantro is good I have decided and in the grandness of all. I’ll always carry with me the mornings in the forest watching the animals and I’ll always be supported by what has been given to me here.

You’re letting go of at least something, right? Identify it and name three spectacular things in the comments below that this something has lead to in your life.

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15 Comments

  1. Heartybite
    16 mars, 2013

    Change, almost always contains something good or better and lets one grow and reflect. In my case these changes were to let go of processed sugar five years ago and which opened a new and more exciting door of natural sweeteners. I met the phenomenal coconut sugar! Then three years ago I let go of all animal products which again changed my life completely for the better,brought me to a delicious new plant based world that I am so happy and grateful for to explore. And last but not least it lead me to all these wonderful blogs, like yours!
    Where are you moving?
    Trying the salad tonight maybe together with millet!

    Happy changes & love to you,
    Gina

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    • ElenoreEarth
      18 mars, 2013

      M-mm it does! Radical changes almost always reviles a few diamonds that you get to welcome into your life, you are so right!
      Oh and millet with this one = genius! Good luck and have a glorious week!

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  2. Thess
    17 mars, 2013

    That is so funny! I also used to hate cilantro, and no I LOVE it!! It is sooo yummy and I use it all the time :D I love your blog, beautiful pictures and well written text. I have just started my own food-blog, feel free to check it out ;) Last spring I decided to take a leap and travel to the Bahamas to take a yoga teacher training course on my own. It was such a different thing for me to do, suddenly to take a break in my studies and just thinking about meditation, yogic philosophy and yoga. I loved it. The change was really on an inner level, because I have always driven myself pretty hard when it comes to school, and to take a break was never really a part of my plan. However, the change lead me to meet some amazing people, and gave me enough confidence to travel alone to India and to start the food blog. I am sooo grateful for everything and I can´t wait to keep on living and learning!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      18 mars, 2013

      What a beautiful blog! ..and I am SO happy to hear that you are taking thinks a bit more slow and carefully listening to all that you are!
      Keep shining!

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      • Thess
        18 mars, 2013

        Thank you so much, and thanks for your comment :) I am too, life is a journey, not a race :D Wishing you a beautiful day :)

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  3. Ivelina
    17 mars, 2013

    Changes often take place so fast that there’s not much you can do about them. Except accept them and may be think them over. They will often leave you with no time whatsoever to try and resist or reverse them and there you are – dazzled and dizzy, wondering how things got that way. Like when loved ones leave you for one reason or another. Some of my dearest friends are abroad and we only rarely get to see each other and have great time together, but then again we both appreciate it even more now. And there’s one more reason to travel, too!

    Oh and just the sight of these purple carrots is enough to make me feel boosted! When I was kid I remember I didn’t like fruit /along with olives and mushrooms/ and my family had to go to great lengths to include them in my diet – a shame, I know! Thank goodness that tastes also change over time and mine surely changed since then!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      18 mars, 2013

      Gosh, I could not agree more ”dazzled and dizzy” beautifully describes this state of mind/soul.
      Thank you for sharing your stories! Hugs!

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  4. Amy Jo - Pure and Simple
    18 mars, 2013

    Wishing you peaceful and joyous transition during your move. The salad is beautiful and looks so nourishing. Thank you for sharing your piece about cilantro. I just started adding it to my smoothies for all its glorious benefits.

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  5. Magdalena
    23 mars, 2013

    Love!
    Thank you!

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  7. c
    16 april, 2013

    What a lovely post!

    You mentioned ghee. I have a couple questions, wondering if you could help me.

    Not sure if you make your own but do you know if raw butter can be used? Also can goat’s butter be used?

    Thank you so much.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      16 april, 2013

      Hi Caitlyn!

      You can use either cow, goat or sheep butter to make ghee and it’s really so very easy and better than store bought.
      Weather or not you can use raw butter I am not sure.

      Wishing you the best of luck!

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      • C
        16 april, 2013

        Thankyou lovely! I really appreciate it. Do you notice a big difference between cow and goat?

        Oh and a super big congratulations on the pregnancy! How exciting, amazing and wonderful!

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        • C
          16 april, 2013

          PS sorry for so many questions. I was not interested in ghee until recently, as I do not consume animal products really. It’s hard to find butter that isn’t from factory farming, and raw butter is at a local farmers market so I’d feel more comfortable as the conditions of the cows are better than a store bought butter, you know?

          Anyways, thanks again for your reply.

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