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Just experimenting with raw cruciferous vegetables

November 16, 2005

It would be absolutely no problem for me to go on and on about the conceptual and nutritional inconsistencies of the raw food (culture) diet, but I have to admit that this raw food culinary experiment has seriously increased my intake of *cruciferous vegetables. And that’s good a thing because all cooked cruciferous vegetables taste to me like fart. And that’s a bad thing.

* cabbages, kale, broccoli, bruxelles sprouts, cauliflower, get it?

Cabbage leaves stuffed with almond/cashew cheese. Raw foodists would call it a ‘cheddar’. I suddenly understand why they give the foods they design all these funny substitution names. You can’t very well call everything in your kitchen ‘nut cheese’, ‘nut loaf’, nut case.

Is the recipe not self-evident?

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  1. when i was in florida earlier in the year i ate a over the counter crudite pack of raw vegetables with a processed blue cheese sauce. It was amazed at how delicious the raw veges tasted despite the mediocre sauce. Brocolli raw did not have the “fart” taste you mentioned. I still like the taste of “fart” in the vegetables you mention above,some with butter and some with the odd sprinkle of cinammon(brussel sprouts):)

    Comment by james — November 18, 2005 @ 9:23

  2. Sooooo prettyyyy! Pitty it’s raw. Raw food to me tastes like fart.

    Comment by Kristi — November 18, 2005 @ 11:43

  3. Raw brock is amazing delicious, although at a point of fanatcism I juiced a brock and discvoered that this is really a flavour only for those that like a concentrated broccoli experience. Raw cauliflower is the only way I’ll eat it, the cooked stuff…blih. Except for in India. Idem ditto cooked carrots - inedible to me (although not cruciferous) whilst raw, they’re delicious.

    Comment by debra — November 19, 2005 @ 10:39

  4. Kristi, you’ve never eaten a piece of raw food in your life. Except a salad, and I’ve seen you tucking into one of those like there’s no tomorrow. This winter I”ll make you some stuff - and you’ll be amazed. It won’t make you raw, it won’t make me raw, but it will be a welcome addition to the recipe repetoire.

    And a good use for all of that excess zucchini and leafy green and… all the good vegetables that we grow down in ‘O’.

    Comment by debra — November 19, 2005 @ 10:45

  5. Raw foodists claim so many things that are nutritionally impossible. I am so sick of seeing this diet everywhere. If you think eating all fruit is good for you, just look at rescued greyhounds whose teeth are falling out and damaged because of all the sugar from the fruit they were given. When you make juice from an orange, what do you see left? All the vitamins!

    Comment by Katherine — April 16, 2007 @ 2:56

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