I know its been awhile. I just finished midterms and finally have some time to work on things that I love. I feel the load of stress slightly lift itself off my shoulders for a quiet, creative breather...one that I feel as been gone for too long.
Its been a beautiful fall day. I awoke to a thick fog blanketing all the homes around me. The air is crisp, and all the fallen leaves that have been drowning in the buckets of rain, are starting to dry. Its one of those fall mornings where you just want to get bundled up and go for a long walk.
And thats what I did! With my Ipod playing Wailin' Jennys, and all my favorite fall layers on, I walked the mile and a half to the local coffee shop to write. My fingers tingled in the cold, and my hair collected the mist in the air. By the time I reached Cafe Ladro, I was looking forward to my warm brewed coffee and milk.
The simple things in life make each day so special.
Not only is today a beautiful fall day, but it is also Election Day. Tears will be shed either with joy or with sadness. Who knows what the future brings. All I know, is that I am happy. I am happy to be writing and photographing again, and allowing myself some Selva time.
Although I have been creating recipes left and right on a daily basis, I have not had the time to photograph or share the recipes with you. A few days ago I made my favorite breakfast staple. One that can be tweaked and changed depending on your mood or ingredients. It is my raw granola. Instead of full of fat from butter, coconut oil, olive oil, etc, it contains only the oils held within each ingredient. It is full of fiber, full of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, and a lot of other vitamins and minerals to boot. This recipe is very versatile, use what you have at home, get creative, and add your favorite flavors, nuts, herbs, spices, chocolate? coconut? whatever :) Have fun!!
Oh and I forgot to mention....it's gluten-free, vegan, and raw...so anyone can enjoy this breakfast staple!
Rose Hibiscus Raw Granola
Makes about 8 cups
3 cups raw buckwheat groats
1 cup flaxseeds (golden or brown)
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup dried chopped plums (or any dried fruit of your choice)
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/3 cup raw honey
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla
dried rose petals
1. Place buckwheat groats into a large bowl and fill with water. Allow the groats to soak over night. In a separate bowl place flax seeds and allow to soak overnight. In an additional bowl place walnuts and almonds and soak with water overnight.
2. Rinse all the following morning, EXCEPT the flaxseeds. They are hard to rinse because they are so small. The raw groats make a "jelly", as do the flaxseeds.
3. After rinsing, mix all the nuts and seeds together in a bowl.
4. Add all the remaining ingredients into the bowl and stir well.
5. Taste test your granola. If you want more vanilla, or more sweetener adjust to taste. Be creative!
6. Spread the raw granola mixture onto dehydrator sheets and dehydrate for 24 hours or until crispy.
7. Remove the granola from the sheets and break it into "chunks".
8. Enjoy with yogurt, milk, or even as a topping on ice cream.
Optional: You can also reduce the amount of honey or other sweetener you use by supplementing with additional stevia drops. A few drops wont over power the flavors but also help reduce sugar.