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07 January 2011 @ 01:07 pm
Conversations with Carrots  
BOOF! Just opened a carrot juice and took the first sip. Never had this before - what a punch in the face! ...nice aftertaste, though.

Speaking of being arguably healthy, I want to start eating more raw veg to try and soak up as much 'ealf pointz as humanly possible. What would anyone suggest to eat with them when the veg in question is far too dry to eat by itself? I don't want to resort to just humous because eating a whole tub a day is surely not good for you. Any low fat dipping sauces or anything?

Oop... must've upset the Gods ov Nutrition for suggesting such a thing as I've just spilt some of said carrot juice on keyboard. It's so vibrant, it looks like it could even dye it!

Also, I want to make this at some point:

Spinach Cake! But mainly because the photo looks completely hump worthy. Might taste rank.

Hmmm... nice to see that my carrot juice is 'suitable for veggies'. This reminds me of a time when my future-head-bridesmaid, our friend and I YEARS ago were passing round a bottle of orange juice because it tasted like ham. Suffice to say, our friend drank it all and didn't complain. A real man indeed.
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quartiequartie on January 7th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I seriously miss my blender (mainly because of the cocktail uses!) but I hope to make my own soups. Soups you can buy in supermarkets always seem to be spicy or not chunky enough!
Lilith_De_Sadelilith_de_sade on January 7th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Bunevilbun on January 7th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah Raw food is soooooo good for you. Must eat more! I love low fat cream cheese with my veg, but that's not much good for you either! If you vary the veg, you don't notice it being "dry" so much- celery, cucumber etc are all quite "wet" if you get me, so don't need anything much!
quartiequartie on January 7th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Good point. I love brocolli, you see, and I don't think I could stomach it without anything! Thankyou!
Lilith_De_Sadelilith_de_sade on January 7th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
have you tried eating broccoli with a tomato based pasta sauce? I do it as a snack sometimes and sprinkle a bit of Parmesan cheese on top. :)
Lilith_De_Sadelilith_de_sade on January 7th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
you can get mini pots of low far hummus from sainsbury's. I second the low fat cream cheese. I usually carry around freshly cut up carrots in my bag to snack on through out the day, don't even miss the hummus.

Try making hummus yourself when you have left over chickpeas? Whiz a can of chickpeas with a tablespoon or two of 0% fat yoghurt, a clove or two of garlic, some salt and pepper and if you fancy it a tsp of sesame seeds. It's a lot lower fat.

And try chocolate beetroot or courgette cake instead of carrot. Both are lovely and you use less chocolate with the beetroot cake, so it is a healthier "sometimes" food.

If you ever have a bit of spare cash, we should go here:


It's a raw food, vegan restaurant - it's rather fantastic.
quartiequartie on January 7th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie. You've made realise I'm quite picky about my vegetables because I dislike carrot cake, dislike betroot and can only eat so much courgette as it gets so slimy! I think I prefer it raw!

That resturant sounds utterly DIVINE! We have to go there.
Lilith_De_Sadelilith_de_sade on January 7th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Have you ever had fresh raw beetroot? Not the pickled stuff most people associate with it. Freshly roasted beetroot is lovely, like a deep red, sweeter carrot (similar texture too).

I'll have to get you over one night to try it. You might like stuffed marrow (basically courgette that's been allowed to grow rather than picked small), I can do the Maltese thing of stuffing it with minced meat and tomatoes, or do a greek take on it where it's stuffed with tomatoes, olives and feta.

See, now you've given me a challenge. ;)

Saf do a lunch time deal if you fancy going on a Sunday one day. I think two course set lunches are around £10 mark. I've had the Mushroom Farinata and I never noticed the lack of meat (or lack of animal products for that matter!). I stole a bit of my photographer's pad thai and it was one of the most amazing things i've tasted, they make the noodles from ribboned courgette - you wouldn't have even realised at first.
quartiequartie on January 7th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
Oh my word, this all sounds amazing! I would love to try the proper roasted beetroot and stuffed marrow! They sound far more appetizing than what I've had so far.

I had my eye on that farinata mmmmmm! Plus, I'm always looking for vegan resturants so that I can go dinner-ing with my vegan friends so it's good to hear of a decent one with taste that isn't outrageously overpriced.

When Hal was weening me off my beloved pasta, he used to use cabbage as a substitute for tagelletilieieieie (gave up on trying to spell that word!), so I might try the same with raw courgette tonight for din dins. YUM!
Lilith_De_Sadelilith_de_sade on January 7th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
raw courgette isn't great )I find it incredibly bland unless you cook it), you'd be better off doing it with raw carrot instead and use one of these to make "spaghetti": https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victorinox-Julienne-peeler-Swiss-design/dp/B001U572DM/ref=sr_1_9?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1294420229&sr=1-9

I used to detest beetroot, until I had it cooked properly for me, been in love with it ever since. Recently made beetroot burgers with oatmeal and they were great!

I use cabbage as a noodle substitute in wonton soup when ever I make it at home. :)

This is another awesome vegan place:
quartiequartie on January 7th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
Ah... I get a little perverted kick when I eat totally bland things. I don't know why. So I might enjoy it!

Sounds like I need to try your beetroots, lady friend. And I kinda haven't stopped thinking about those marrows.

I've heard great things about Rootmaster from Christina and Andy (they went there a few times when Andy was guitaring for a vegan)! I didn't realise it wasn't expensive... must be done!
quartiequartie on January 7th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
I was looking at the lunch menu... it's a tad on the pricey side but looks worth it.
Lilith_De_Sadelilith_de_sade on January 8th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
shall we go there when it's after pay day maybe? Otherwise Rootmaster is a definite plan. Let me know when you're free. x
Bunevilbun on January 7th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Beetroot is great in curry :)
Mupstasiamupstasia on January 7th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Honey mustard. Mix honey with french mustard and all veggies are yum in that. I made a pumpkin and chickpea dip the other day, with cumin and other spices. There are loads of recipes if you google pumpkin or butternut squash dip. Saf is my favourite restaurant!