Our daughter kept asking me to make Italian Cannelloni. I felt a sting of blushing guilt but said nothing. I had pulled a well-deserved Swifty on her a few months earlier, cooking up a storm before she arrived home, all packaging evidence hidden in the outside bin. The cannelloni had been simple to make with blended organic Tofu - Yes, That Tofu! - fresh spinach, cashews, lime juice, hummus, onion, garlic, cumin, garam masala, parsley, oregano, nutritional yeast, hemp plant milk, maple syrup and maybe two chickpeas. I marinated the herbed-up tomatoes for the sauce in half a cup of red wine and made the topping separately with one slice of blended sour dough bread, walnuts and more nutritional yeast (with a tiny pinch of mustard powder).
If she had known the ingredients used, well, we won't even go There. One doesn't get to win many, if any, debates (or battles!) with a teenager so I smugly held my smiling secret close to my heart for months. In fact, the truth is, I never wanted to utter a word about The Kitchen Process. Some things are best left unsaid! Through. Peaceful. Creations.
Pic below represents our daughter's freedom in this life time. Have we given her too much? Most probably, Yes. But we can't change those decisions now, nor would we want to. She has an inquisitive artistic and generous soul. A Sweet Miracle of Creation. No. Control. Freaks. At. Our. Place. We. Hope.
My friend George enjoys the cannelloni recipe and is helping me write and finish a cook book which may be called The L&G Do-It-Yourself Book of Dynamics between Spirits and Real Food. He understands the connection of body based healing through Dinner. One of my other recipes that people like is garlic mushrooms made with hemp milk, nutritional yeast, scallion and parsley. We have the mushrooms on toast, or as a side dish with cannelloni. Also a roasted pumpkin and pine nut salad with balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, allspice and juice from a small Mandarin orange.
Pic below represents the ONE door and choice we make every day regarding which place we choose to buy our food and drinks. One Hell of a Picnic OR Rocket Fuel. There are Other Options y'know.
What's your favourite recipe and how do adventurous snacks and meals make you feel in the evening, or at lunch, maybe even mornings/brunch time? Tell me your cooking stories @ www.hunterksmith.com and thanks for reading my blog. If you enjoyed it, please Share. If you would like tips on healthy recipes, please contact me.
PS: I regularly write through my book characters, and from experiences in my home life disguised as Fiction! If you would like to read more about how our family went from chronically ill to well again on a plant based diet, my latest book is titled Creating with a Bang! which received Three 5 Star Reviews from The International Review Panel.
If you don't like the food, have more Wine!
All the Best,
*The Views expressed by Hunter K. Smith in this fictional blog or in any other form or media are based on her own interpretation of 15 years' science and medicine research including The 26 Year China Study and Forks Over Knives DVD. They are personal views only. Please consult a Nutritionally Qualified Doctor, Dentist or Vet for advice and before using (or ingesting) any food, drink, plant, nutrient or natural recipe remedy, on humans and/or animals. Thank You. And. Please use alcohol responsibly.