Saturday, February 4, 2012

carrot cashew apple bisque (raw)


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winter & cold weather to me equals soup
as i mentioned in my last post i am trying to incorporate more raw foods into my daily life

raw soup - i thought to myself this may be weird
see, i am not a fan of cold soups

however, after some research i learned that it is okay to gently warm your raw soup on the stove (warm to the touch) as long as it is not heated above 115* - well i can do that!

i was quite pleased with this soup  - colorful, tasty and raw

does it get any better than that
for me - yesterday no it didn't
after a long & late night at work i had this soup waiting for me when i got home

it was exactly what i needed

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carrots & apples are juiced along with a small piece of ginger
carrot ribbons and soaked raw cashews are blended with the juice along with a bit of water
seasoned with pink salt & white pepper and we were on our way to a tasty soup



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after experimenting i am thinking i need to add a vita mix to the must have list
the cashews blended with the soup added a bit of texture - if i had blended the soup with a vita mix i am sure it would have been silky smooth

the texture though was a good thing this time around - it gave the soup a little bit of character
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amazing is all i can say as to how i have felt incorporating more raw goodness into my life
after a raw meal at night i sleep like a baby

summer though, is when my raw creativity will really shine
fresh veggies straight from the garden & picnic rock

can we say super excited




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you can certainly make this soup "unraw"
simply simmer the carrots and apple in a bit of water
add the cashews, season and blend with an immersion blender
this soup would still totally be tasty
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it really is a pretty soup
very photogenic
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Carrot Cashew Apple Bisque
serves 2

you will need:
4 carrots
1 green apple
thumb size piece of ginger
1 cup raw cashews soaked
1 cup filtered water
1 tsp pink salt
1 tsp white pepper

assembly:
juice 3 1/2 carrots & with a peeler ribbon the other 1/2 carrot
set aside ribbons
juice apple & ginger

in a small soup pan or high speed blender add juice, water & cashews
blend with an immersion blender or high speed blender

add carrot ribbons, salt & pepper
blend until smooth or desired consistency is reached

if desired, gently warm on stove top taking care not to warm over 115*
(warm to the touch)

divide between 2 bowls & enjoy!

Yum

16 comments:

  1. What a fun combo! Yesterday was the end of my 10 day raw food experiment, so this morning I had my usual waffle for breakfast--eeew! It sunk to my gut and I feel gross. I guess once you go raw you never go back : ) Or something like that...
    Glad to hear that you are doing more raw stuff for your health. I have a feeling your body is going to LOVE you for it!

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    1. You are too funny- once you go raw you never go back; love it! I am finding that what is working for me is a 75 raw / 25 cooked food ratio - it has been so much fun learing a new way of eating and preparing food- I feel the wrinkles forming in my Brain (did you know for every new thing you learn you get a wrinkle in your brain :) )

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  2. This looks delicious! I have been curious about raw diets ever since my mum has been experimenting with one these past few months.
    I love the simplicity of your recipe and will give it a try.

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    1. That is awesome Gerlinde- thank you for visiting!

      How does your mum feel on her Raw diet - did she decide to try out a raw diet because of health or for a challenge - that is if you don't mind sharing?

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  3. Oooh, so pretty! I love the idea of incorporating more raw foods in my diet, it always makes me feel great when I do, but I always find it hard in the winter. This looks like an awesome winter option though!

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    1. I find the winter to be the most challenging also, in the Northeast this time of year we are limited to local storage crops- many of which are not the best to eat raw- but carrots and apples are the exception :) I cannot WAIT for Summer!

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  4. I have never been one for raw foods but your pictures make it look fresh, healthy and so enticing :)
    Thinking may have to try this :P

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Fresh & Healthy are definitely the right words to describe this soup- thanks uru!

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  5. what a delicious looking soup! i have never been a fan of pureed carrot soups, but i'm sure i would love this one. i have a feeling the cashews and apple give the soup more a complex flavor and texture, which i think is needed when making a pureed carrot soup ;)

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    1. You are so right Caitlin! I remember the first time I tried straight up carrot juice- yeah, it was an experience all right- pure carrot juice, was well just not for me; the cashews and apple are definitely a welcome addition in this soup :)

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  6. What a creative soup! I started experimenting with raw soups last summer when all I wanted for dinner was something cool and creamy...I can't wait to try more this summer! It still seems so far away...

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    1. Summer does seem so far away doesn't it- I can't wait until it arrives! Did you blog about any of your raw soups from last summer - I would love to see what you had come up with!

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  7. Mmm - this sounds great! I went raw for a little over a month awhile back and really enjoyed it. The way I felt, and all the fun I had coming up with raw meals. I hardly felt limited.
    I never made a soup, though, and this looks so tasty! Great post, as always. :)

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    1. Thanks Willow! It has been super fun coming up with different combinations and learning about a new food style :)

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  8. Yummy. That sounds delicious. Your blog is great and I'm in love with your photographs. I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Please find it here: http://www.thelittleepicurean.com/2012/02/lemon-honey-cookies.html

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    1. Thank you so very much for the Liebster Blog Award and for your wonderful & kind words; my Liebster Picks & you will be included in my next post :)

      THANK YOU again!

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