Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Playing hooky

I should have posted this yesterday, four years to the day after someone named "Carl" from Richmond, Va. inquired about the origins of this frequently used term for skipping out on something (I wasn't dishonest or stealing anything, but I did take some time to escape for a bit. I also like the "hide and seek" explanation).

It seems that I am a day late and a dollar short, due to the fact that I was playing hooky from blogging (well, from this blog, but I'll get to that in a minute) and, as a result, I am left with slightly out-of-date text for today's post.

To start, I wanted to apologize to those who may have thought I was ignoring their comments (usually I reply in a timely fashion). I will address these now, beginning with the skewers I made to eat at this past Sunday dinner (my sister's b-day; thanks for the birthday wishes).

Now, they weren't just pineapple skewers (although those would be sweet); they were a raw version of the chicken-wrapped-in-bacon skewers my mom has made for years (no, mine did not contain chicken). In addition to the fruit chunks, I put the usual marinated mushrooms and green onions on mine, as well as more mushrooms wrapped in eggplant "facon." I also added zucchini, yellow squash and grape tomatoes.

The secret is the marinade of orange marmalade (I used oranges and agave), soy sauce (I substituted Bragg's), honey (already put agave in it), garlic and ginger. It's good stuff.

I served my skewers on a bed of cauliflower rice, as you can see in the picture above, with an extra drizzle of marinade.

For dessert, I "rawified" one of my all-time favorite recipes (I'm eating it right now; it's sooooo good), but you'll have to wait until Wednesday or Thursday when it will run on We Like It Raw to find out more about it (so that's what I've been up to). If you're good (and I have time), I'll give you a teaser Wednesday morning.

Speaking of dessert, I had a request for the recipe to one I had pictured in a past post. It's not the most exciting recipe, but here it is anyway:

Strawberry Cherry Surprise
What's the surprise? It wasn't what I was hoping to make in the first place, but I was happy to end up with this yummy recipe.

2 1/2 cups strawberries
1/4 cup dried cherries
4 soft pitted dates, soaked
2 Tbsp. flaxseed, finely ground
1 Tbsp. coconut butter
1 Tbsp. lecithin
1/2 tsp. vanilla
dash of sea salt

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into ramekins and chill until firm (becomes a mousse-like consistency. Enjoy!


mandy said...

As always, such beautiful photos and recipes. I wish I had a wife like you! Mostly kidding, but I do, like your other visitors, marvel at the ingenuity of it all.

I just made your donut recipe, so you are linked in today's blog. I hope you don't mind, I know I haven't introduced myself until just now. If you call a blog comment an introduction anyway.

shannonmarie said...

Thanks. I knew what you meant.

I checked out your blog. I didn't realize that you're doing a 30 day challenge. You go girl.

Hope you like the donuts. It's nice to meet you.

April said...

This looks yummy! Does califlour rice really taste good? I need to try it some time I guess.

shannonmarie said...

April, make sure you make the "rice" right before you serve it. Otherwise, it starts to smell a little cauliflowery, if you know what I mean. I always serve it with strong flavors, so I don't really notice how the actual "rice" tastes.