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Now Selling Lard and Tallow Based Soaps

24 Sep

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I am creating bacon grease and lard soaps with fantastic results. They lather up more than Castile soaps and feel more moisturizing to me too. I like to explain it this way: if Castile soaps feel milky, then my bacon grease and lard soaps feel creamy. Both are equally gentle on my skin. I will certainly be expanding Mama in the Kitchen soaps based on animal fats. For now, I have three new soaps with bacon grease and lard.

Bacon Grease Soap

Pure Bacon Fat Soap

Saponified Bacon Grease. No hormones, no antibiotics.

$7.00 per approx. 4.5 oz.

SOLD OUT in LESS THAN 24 hours! This is the most popular soap ever. If you think pure olive oil soap feels milky, bacon fat soap is oh-so-creamy and gentle. It is my favourite soap and my customer’s too!

Please reserve your bar by pre-ordering here or clicking the BUY NOW tab below for the next batch.

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Amber Crystal

NOW MIXED WITH LARD!

The amber scent is my favourite scent of all my soaps. An amber crystal has been added as part of the design of the soap. Although the crystal is hard when you first use the soap, the crystal will soften and melt afterwards as soon as it touches water.

A customer says: “My soaps arrived and last night the shower was fragrant with amber.  Love the amber fragrance  of the soap.  So exotic yet clean and fresh.  Love that soap and it feels so good on my skin.  Cut it in half so I can use half, use half of another time!”

Saponified olive oil, lard, and coconut oil, phthalate-free fragrance oil, mica, amber crystal.

If you want small ones, there are still some Castile versions available.

$10.25 per approx. 5 oz.

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Honeysuckle THIS 2

Honeysuckle Bacon and Tallow Soap

Saponified Bacon Grease and Tallow, fragrance oil, spices and mica for colouring.

$8.00 per 5 oz.


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Ice Pop Bars

Saponified Bacon Grease and Tallow, mica, fragrance oil.

$4.50 per 2.5 oz.

ONLY 3 BARS LEFT!

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Lavender Lard Salt Bars

Lavender Lard Salt Bars

Saponified lard, Himalayan Salt, activated charcoal, lavender essential oil.

$4.00 per approx. 2 oz.

Only 1 left.

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Lavender Fields

Now with Hungarian Lavender!

Saponified olive oil, tallow, and coconut oil, mint tea, lavender essential oil, dried lavender buds, and mica.

$5.50 per 2.5 oz bars

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$12 per 5.5 oz bars


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 Lemon and Charcoal

NOW a Bastile mixture with lard to make a harder more moisturizing soap! This is my second favourite soap these days.

Masculine in aesthetics. The scent is mild and fresh. If you have acne or bumps, this soap is for you. I made this initially for my brother who complained of acne on his back and arms. It disappeared after using this soap.
Another customer says: “Okay I have been using this soap since Thursday and it is incredible. I wish I had taken a before picture so that y’all can see the difference but I have always had red bumps on my chest and under my arms really bad and it is completely clear for the first time in my life I do not have red bumps under my arms and on my chest. I’m a Believer.”

Saponified olive oil, coconut oil, and lard, activated charcoal, lemon peel, essential oil.

$9.90 per approx. 5 oz.

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Lemon Coconut

Cleansing with wonderful lather (and without the activated charcoal like the bars above).

Saponified bacon grease and coconut oil, lemon peel, and lemon essential oil.

$9.25 per approx. 5.25 oz.

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Patchouli

Perfect to lift your mood with this holiday leaf design.

Saponified organic tallow fat, coconut and olive oils, patchouli essential oil, mica.

$12.50 per approx. 5.5 oz.


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Now Selling Skin Care

24 Sep

When I turned 40, my skin was problematic and I wasn’t happy with the way my body felt. I have since changed my diet and my lifestyle. Previously Vegan, I am now adding meats and animal fats in my diet. I have also discovered that my skin feels its best when I use animal fats on it. It had been feeling dry and undernourished. For the past couple of years, I’ve tried different products from high-end, low-end, organic, mainstream and nothing made it feel that great again. The Korean Beauty Regime came close to making my skin feel better but it lacked something I couldn’t pinpoint. I decided to try animal fats on my skin and immediately, my skin soaked it all in. Not only did it feel nourished, moisturised, and hydrated, it also didn’t feel like crepe paper anymore. I got my tribe of testers to help me and they confirmed that my experience was not a one-of.

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My skin has visibly improved within months by the simple addition of high fats both internally and externally.  Look at my hand whipped face cream!

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Here is how I use my products:

Face Serum:

Mama in the Kitchen Serum 5

Unscented. Pure pork fat only. No added ingredients. No hormones. No antibiotics. For face and body. A little goes a very long way. Only requires a very small amount for your whole face. One little dot of serum per cheek, forehead, nose, and chin and spread out thinly. It is easily absorbed by the skin and will not be greasy. I swear by it and so do my tribe of testers (see below). I also have friends who have treated their children’s rashes and eczema with this serum.

Face Balm:

Lip Balm

Face Cream:

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Both balm and cream: Unscented. Organic and non-GMO tallow, extra virgin olive oil, and beeswax. For lips and other dry areas of the body. A small amount goes a long way so this will last a long time.

Lip Balm:

Both are made with organic and non-GMO tallow, beeswax, cold-pressed avocado oil, castor oil, peppermint essential oil. The raspberry lip balm also contains lip-safe mica.

Difference

Left photo is of lips without anything on them. Right is the same lips with Raspberry Tinted Lip Balm. You can see that it appears more moisturised, glossier, and a darker shade of natural red. Same with the photos below. Left and top photos are naked lips. Right and bottom are with the Raspberry Tinted Lip Balm, again more moisturised, glossier, and a darker red. The colourless lip balm works similarly but without the addition of more colour.

Skin Care is suitable for all skin types.

What testers and customers have said (will update as I get them):

(Serum) Ok, I have to say, I love it! It takes so little, I added a drop or 2 of lavender essential oil but honestly prob didn’t need to. Pores really did look smaller, especially around my cheeks and nose. The dog did sniff me a bunch! Lol!

(Serum and Face Cream) You are not crazy! When I researched it some last night I quickly realized that it’s been used by women for decades and that animal fat of some kind is still routinely used in cosmetics today. With your way though we can get the benefit of the animal fat without all the byproducts and preservatives. I’m totally on board!

(Serum and Face Balm) My skin is happy in winter again.

(Face Balm) I love this stuff! I’ve never used lotion because I hate the greasy feeling, but this is great!

(Face Cream) I lather this on at night. This is the best thing (on my feet)!

(Serum) I used it on my son’s diaper rash and it was so much better the next day.

(Serum) I used it on my son’s eczema and his face was so smooth the day after.

(Serum) I love it under my eyes especially. Feels great!

(Serum) This is so good, I am buying 10 to give away to all my friends!

(Serum, Face Balm, Soap) I’m on day 4 of the [serum] and day 2 of also using a bit of [balm]. I feel like I’m at a spa when I use it, it feels amazing. The [balm] is more of a lip balm type consistency but it feels amazing too. The only downside to my [serum] is that it smells like bacon. I mix frankincense into it but can still smell the bacon throughout the day. After the first time I used it [my husband] said my skin looked happier, more nourished. We have been using the lemon [charcoal soap] bar for a couple of days and I love the lather, feels luxurious. [My husband] is worried he’s using too much and that it will run out too fast haha. I think it’s helping my eczema red dots on my triceps but still too early to tell. That rash I was getting a week ago after showers around my elbow is not happening anymore thank goodness. Overall I’m hooked on all of it!!”

(Serum) But who doesn’t love the smell of bacon?!

(Serum) My skin is currently so incredibly dry. I’m using the serum on my arms and, WOW the difference. I’m going to work it into my routine for my face too. Thanks for making the video.

(Face Balm) I covered my nose with the balm last night because I had blow my nose so many times yesterday, it was raw, from all the pollen and it felt so much better in the morning.

(Face Cream) The cream is great on sun burn! Two days of your cream and no more flakiness and peeling.

(Face Cream) The dryness and crepe feeling on my hands are gone!!!

(Serum) I use SK2 which is from sake but I have to keep using it for it to work. However, I use Carissa’s serum at night and my skin looks supple in the morning! I have no water retention, like puffy eyelids or eye bags.

(Face Cream) I am using the cream on my hands.  A little does go a long way and I like the way it feels on my hands.  Will use some on my face maybe tonight.  Before going out the door I have applied the cream to my hands and it is absorbed and what is left is not at all slippery and I can drive my car without fear of my hands sliding around the steering wheel.

(Lip Balm) I love it! Makes them nice and smooth. I’ve used a couple of times and it doesn’t seem to make my lips “depend” on it like other chapstick. 🙂

(Lip Balm) Better than Lanisoh that was recommended by online beauty blogger.

(Lip Balm) I really do love it. Find myself reaching for it throughout the day.

(Lip Balm)  I was leary to try to chocolate peppermint because I dislike artificial smelling flavors but i could only smell the chocolate just the right amount!!!!

I keep a very small amount of these skin care products. If you are interested in purchasing, please join my FB group for more information!

Waste Not: Serum and Soap

16 Mar

I try not to waste what I purchase. I don’t throw excess grease away. I use the lard and tallow for my Mama in the Kitchen business.

Bacon Grease Soap

I make animal fat soap bars and these are actually my favourite of all the soaps I make. In fact, they are also my number one selling soaps these days. They sell out even before they finish curing. If pure castile soaps are milky, these are oh-so-creamy!

Mama in the Kitchen Serum 5

I also recently added my special Mama in the Kitchen serum from animal fats and have discovered that my skin just loves them. Animal fats are more compatible to our skin than vegetable fats. They nourish our outer layers and keep the moisture in without a greasy feel. I am now making balm, serum, and cream.

 

Artistic Handmade Soaps for Women

16 Jan

Amber

Amber Crystal

The amber scent is my favourite scent of all my soaps. An amber crystal has been added as part of the design of the soap. Although hard when you first use the soap, the crystal will soften and melt afterwards.

Saponified olive oil, fragrance, turmeric.

$5.50 per approx. 2 1/2 oz.

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Amber Rose

The amber-rose scent is very mild on this soap.

Saponified olive oil, phthalate-free fragrance oil, activated charcoal.

$4.50 per approx. 2 1/4 oz.

 

Indian Salandwood this

Indian Marble

Mild, marbled soap with a touch of sandalwood. This is my personal favourite: luxurious and rich.

Saponified olive oil, phthalate-free fragrance oil, clay, activated charcoal.

$6.75 per approx. 3 1/4 oz.

 

Lavender

Lavender

Lavender Fields

This soap relaxes and calms. One of the most requested soaps!

Saponified olive oil, lavender buds, essential oils.

$5 per approx. 2 1/2 oz.

 

$9.50 per approx. 5 oz.

 

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Salt and Charcoal Facial Soap

This facial bar helps exfoliate, as well as cleanse and soothe the skin. Use 1 to 3 times a week depending on your skin.

Saponified olive oil, saponified coconut oil, salt, bentonite, activated charcoal.

$6 approx 2 1/2 oz.

Ylang Ylang Castile Soap

Tropical Flower

If you want a gentle soap with a scent of the tropics, this is for you.

Saponified olive oil, phthalate-fragrance oil.

$5 per approx. 2 1/2 oz.

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Vanilla Honey & Oats

 Honey moisturizes and oat exfoliates. The vanilla honey scent is light and mild on the small bars. This is another popular one.

Saponified olive oil, phthalate-free fragrance oils, oats, honey.

$5 per approx. 2 1/2 oz.

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Handmade Soaps for Foodies

16 Jan

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Apple Pie

Saponified olive oil, phthalate-free fragrance oil.

$5.10 for approx 2 1/2 oz rectangle

$5.60 for approx 2 3/4 oz oval

Beer

Beer

Beer soothes the skin. It also creates a much better lather. You won’t smell like beer at all.

Saponified extra virgin olive oil, beer.

$7.80 per approx. 5 1/4 oz.

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Cinnamon Toast

 This gentle soap smells like the real thing! My son and I love the scent and feel of this soap.

Saponified olive oil, phthalate-free fragrance oil.

$4.30 per approx. 2 1/4 oz.

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Corn Bread Anyone?

With calendula and plantain infused extra virgin olive oil, this soap is extra soothing to the skin and promotes healing.

Saponified extra virgin olive oil, calendula and plantain herbs.

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Hot Chocolate

A gentle soap for any kid at heart. Kids cannot wait to use these.

Saponified olive oil, goat’s milk, cocoa powder, fragrance oil.

$4 per approx. 2 oz.

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St. Patty’s Day Beer

Beer creates a better lather and soothes the skin. The scent is mild.

Saponified extra virgin olive oil, beer.

$6.50 per approx. 3 1/8 oz.

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Honey Oat Vanilla

Vanilla Honey & Oats

 Honey moisturizes and oat exfoliates. The vanilla honey scent is light and mild for the small bars, but heavier and stronger for the big bars. This is another popular one.

Saponified olive oil, phthalate-free fragrance oils, oats, honey.

$5 per approx. 2 1/2 oz.

$9.75 per approx. 5 oz.
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Handmade Soaps for Men

16 Jan

Thinking of buying soaps for the men in your life?  Try these!

Beer

Beer

Beer soothes the skin. It also creates a much better lather and cleanses well. Your guy won’t smell like beer at all.

Saponified extra virgin olive oil, beer.

$7.80 per approx. 5 1/4 oz.

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 Greek

This is gentle on the skin. Olive leaf powder is added for its healing properties. This is my husband’s favorite this soap.

Saponified olive oil, olive leaf powder.

$6 per approx. 4 3/4 oz.


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Lemon Charcoal $9

Lemon and Charcoal

NOW A 100% Olive Oil CASTILE SOAP!
Masculine in aesthetics. The scent is mild and fresh.

Saponified olive oil, activated charcoal, lemon peel, essential oil.

$9 per approx. 5 1/2 oz.

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Salt and Charcoal Facial Soap

This facial bar helps exfoliate, as well as cleanse and soothe the skin. Use 1 to 3 times a week depending on your skin.

Saponified olive oil, saponified coconut oil, salt, bentonite, activated charcoal.

 

$6 for approx 2 1/2 oz

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Honey Oat Vanilla

Vanilla Honey & Oats

 Honey moisturizes and oat exfoliates. The vanilla honey scent is heavy, strong and masculine on the big bars. This is another popular one.

Saponified olive oil, phthalate-free fragrance oils, oats, honey.

$9.75 per approx. 5 oz.
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And for the Star Wars Fans?

Check this out.

Star Wars 100% Olive Oil Castile Soaps

14 Jan

Individual Figures: saponified olive oil, activated charcoal and/or indigo.

The Millennium Falcon (6 x 8.5 cm), Big R2-D2 (6.5 x 9 cm), and Big Han Solo in Carbonite (4 x 9.5 cm) are each around 2 oz.

5 Darth Vader or 4 Storm Trooper heads together are around 2 oz.

Please specify your choice.

These are very popular so if your choice is not available, I can make them to order.

$4 per approx. 2 oz.

$6.30 per approx  2 1/2 oz bars.

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Mama in the Kitchen Soap Shop Open for Business!

8 Jan

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Now licensed to sell soap!

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As a sufferer of hand eczema, I started making my own soap in search of a solution to my skin condition. On my soap making journey, I have discovered that pure 100% olive oil Castile Soaps are the mildest and gentlest soaps. In fact, it is the only soap I can use without dreading fissures on my skin. Today, Mama in the Kitchen Soap Shop focuses on creating 100% olive oil Castile Soaps for you.

100% olive oil Castile soaps moisturize and hydrate the skin. Their gentle and mild properties benefit all skin conditions from dry to oily.

 

HANDCRAFTED IN SMALL BATCHES

My soaps are handmade in small batches to ensure quality. They are cured for a couple of months to ensure gentleness.

My soaps are also attractive and luxurious. They are not over-the-top creations, but remain understated in their beauty and simplicity.

NATURAL and CLEAN

Simplicity and purity are key: the less ingredients, the better. No: Preservatives, Parabens, SLS, SLES, Unnatural Colours, Palm Oil. Non-toxic and gentle on the environment.

MILD SCENTS

If any of my soaps are scented, the smell is mild and not overpowering. I choose to use quality essential oils over fragrance oils when economical. When I do use fragrance oils, they are without parabens. Unlike strong perfume, my soaps do not give me a headache when I smell them.

VEGAN and VEGETARIAN SOAPS

No animal fats used.

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This Vegan Mama Cooked Lamb

31 Oct

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I chopped a lamb’s leg yesterday morning. I haven’t done that in over 7 years. It was a weird feeling. I had gloves on, washed my hands really well, and even showered, yet the odor of meat still stuck to me for the rest of the day. I roasted the meat for dinner and the smell pervaded the house even more.  I had forgotten how cooked lamb smells. I had forgotten how much cleaning is involved in preparing fresh meat. I had forgotten how the rubbish smells the day after, and worse, the days after that.

Vegans: don’t judge me.

After three years of Vegan food at home, my family has started craving animal products with an intensity I had not seen before.  It was time for me to be sensitive to their wants and needs too. They have asked for meat once a week. They also asked for more Vegetarian meals. It has been a difficult transition for me. I am relearning how to cook with butter, eggs, dairy, and meats. I struggle having to create two separate balanced meals: one for them and one Vegan for me. At certain times, I have broken down and eaten some of their foods because I honestly had no time left in my day to make any for myself.

As I strive to understand my family and how our kitchen is changing, I remember what my friend Ian told me: it is important that I grow together with my family, and not grow apart.

Yes, this is what I choose to do.

Is Veganism Safe For Babies?

9 Jul

HuffPost Live

First of all, thank you Nancy Redd and HuffPost Live for having me for a much needed discussion. Watch the video here!

My thoughts to:

  • @chubbyveganmom – wish we were closer! I totally see our kids having fun in the kitchen together!
  • @FatGirlPosing – enjoy looking at your photos!  I thought you’d be interested in the new study out by National Health and Nutrition Examination
    Survey (NHANES) that states it is the lack of exercise, not food intake, that causes obesity.

Vegan Mamas out there: Are your Vegan Babies Healthy? Would love to hear from you!!!

NOTE: My Twitter is @MamaInDKtchn! Also, our family members are ranked rowers (NOT national rowers… wish we were though)! 🙂

 

Mama’s Now Cooking!

18 Feb

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Yup, this Mama is cooking again! After a few years on a highly Raw Vegan diet, our family’s wants and needs have now changed.  

No More Tree Nuts

Our son has become highly allergic to cashews and pistachios, and we want to make sure there is no cross-reactivity, cross-contamination, nor cross-contact reactions to any other tree nuts. This change rules out many Raw Vegan recipes. We also discovered that his allergies to dairy and eggs have cleared. The test also showed a mild allergy to soy. I see no good reason to make my son feel we are controlling and restricting his diet further. We are now allowing him to make more food choices for himself. He is still trying new things and figuring out what he likes and what his body prefers. So far, he is enjoying his rediscovery of raw goat’s milk and cooked eggs. He’s also since tried store-bought beef and bison jerky, which he says he absolutely loves.

Raw vs Cooked, Vegan vs Vegetarian Foods

As for my husband, he is pretty tired of raw Vegan food, although he still enjoys our faves. It’s nice when he does request for them. He prefers cooked Vegan and Vegetarian foods.

Where do I fit in?  I’m the Vegan Mama who buys and prepares/cooks the Vegan and Vegetarian food for a son who loves goat’s milk, a hubby who prefers soy milk, and for myself who can live on raw foods. Cooking for three people with different food preferences is not admittedly such an easy task when our homeschool days are full.

Keeping Mama in the Kitchen and she ain’t cookin’

I have decided to keep this blog, along with the research and the recipes on Raw Vegan foods, in hopes that the information can continue to help more people out there. My future posts, however, will reflect the new changes in our family’s dietary choices.

Hoping you stick around to watch us on our journey!

What is Vegan Mainstream’s Online Magazine?

29 Apr

Please allow me to flatter myself just for a wee moment. I was asked to contribute to Vegan Mainstream‘s new online magazine!  This Mama made it to VStream‘s first issue’s “Top 10 Vegan Bloggers” list!

Contributors to VStream's Spring/Summer 2012 Issue

So, what is VStream?

VStream is Vegan Mainstream‘s new online magazine full of articles from vegan bloggers, community leaders, chefs, and activists. Articles vary from kitchen issues to fashion ideas to recipes to facing vegan opposition and to making a difference in our own communities.  It’s only $2.99 to download the issue.  Take a sneak peek here or buy an issue here.

And if you’re wondering what Blogger Snippets look like, here’s mine:

My Blogger Snippet in VStream's Spring/Summer 2012 Issue

On The Road Again: Eating Healthy on Vacation (Twitter Party)

7 Jul

Summer is officially here and the kids are out of school…it’s the perfect time for a family getaway! Are you planning a trip this summer? Will you fly, drive or sail? Whether you’re traveling by planes, trains or automobiles, making healthy choices when you’re away from home can be a challenge.

Join us Thursday July 7th at 6pmPST/9pmEST to tweet about healthy eating tips while on vacation. We’ll talk about your traveling experiences, best foods to eat on the go and more!

I am the only Raw Vegan (maybe even Vegan) Mama on the panel.  Come join in the conversation!

Sign up HERE!

Help This Mama Be a Hot Raw Chef! Please Vote For Me!

2 Jul

What’s in it for you?

You’ll receive a FREE 5 in 5 eBook of the contestants’ recipes when the contest ends JUST for voting! PLUS, a FREE DRAWING to win a Living Light FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods class for two, along with a weekend stay at the Stanford Inn by the Sea!

What do you have to do?

Simply register to vote for the next Hot Raw Chef on HotRawChef.com till the 15th of July. Watch the 5 in 5 Video Recipe Contest Entries, scroll down to input your information and vote for Carissa Leventis-Cox’s Raw Coconut Gazpacho! That’s Contestant Lucky #13! Feel free to pass this great opportunity to your co-workers, friends, and family so they can vote, have their name entering into the drawing, and receive their very own copy of the Next Hot Raw Chef eBook.

What’s in it for Mama in the Kitchen?

20% of the points are from PEOPLE’s VOTES! I can show that Mamas can still be Hot Raw Chefs! I can get more people interested in what I offer here and let them know about the benefits of adding more RAW Vegan foods into our family’s diets!

Ready? I know you’ll love this recipe!

Raw Coconut Gazpacho

Perfect for a hot summer day!


The Video

The Recipe Here.

Please VOTE for me! I truly appreciate it!

Babble.com Reader’s Choice Mom Food Blogger 2011

27 Apr

Thank you to everyone who nominated and/or voted for Mama in the Kitchen.

We made Babble.com Reader’s Choice Mom Food Blogger for 2011!

I appreciate all your support!

Another Mother Acting Up In The Kitchen

25 Apr

So, I love being another mother acting up in the kitchen.

Here I am on the Mothers Acting Up Website.

Check it out!

Guess Who Wrote The Latest Raw Mom Club Menu Planner?

4 Dec
Yours truly.

Check it out on RawMom.com!!!

My Grandmother's Love For Food

26 Oct
This article was featured in the Holistic Moms Network Magazine, 

 
As a young girl, I would look forward to seeing the look on my Chinese grandmother’s face at meal times.  I could eat seven bowls of salted fish fried rice and one whole order of sweet and sour pork (yes, including the last bits of peppers and pineapples) in one sitting.  ‘Mama’ would beam at me.  That look she gave me made me feel proud because it was the one thing I did that pleased her.  My older cousin Snow White was her favourite, with her white complexion, dark thick hair and red lips.  Her second favourite was my younger brother because he too was fair and well… he is a boy, the favoured gender for the Chinese.  Snow White’s younger sister, Tomboy, and I were at the bottom of Mama’s fave list – probably because we were the darker ones of the brood.  Still, I did make Mama proud when I ate a meal for three!  And I loved to please her.

Then I went off the college.  I gained my freshman 30, turned vegetarian and while trying to lose weight, I started dreading meal times with Mama.  I dreaded sitting next to her the most because that meant having to eat everything she put on my plate, non-vegetarian items included. She would pile my plate high with food.  And when dessert came and I declined, she would say: “Why?  It’s good for you!”   My college I-know-it-all attitude would speak up “THAT is good for me? Are you kidding? I don’t think so!  I need to lose weight! Besides, I don’t eat meat or fish.” Mama wouldn’t beam at me anymore.  Her looks across the table (I’d choose to sit far away) would be a contorted grimace my way.  Sigh.  I was definitely at the bottom of her list now.

Recently, my husband, son and I visited my grandmother.  She is quieter and more timid these days, but food still is the most important part of her day.  Food brings her closer to others.  It is during mealtimes that she takes pleasure in sharing experiences and thoughts and feelings with friends and family.  It also pleases her to watch others enjoy food.  During our first dinner together while visiting Mama, my son was sound asleep.  Mama fretted that he wouldn’t have enough food to eat afterward.  Then, just as we were about to leave the restaurant, my 3 year old son woke up and devoured the leftover pineapple slices on the table and quickly asked “More please!”  From  the corner of my eye, I saw Mama’s body suddenly come alive.  I glanced at her and saw her face transform into that familiar beam.  Was it to me?  Or was that beam for my son?  I’m not sure.  I watched as Mama’s smile seemed to grow wider every second as she watched my son eat four more orders of pineapple slices.  She was obviously so proud of watching her great grandson enjoy his food.

Mama and I may have very different views on nutrition.  Although she has accepted that I am a raw foodie, I don’t think she would ever agree with my diet choice.  She loves canned Vienna Sausage, candy and fried pork rinds too much.  But when I see my grandmother’s eyes sparkle, her cheeks glowing full of pride and her whole body bursting with energy and delight at watching my son eat pineapple, I realize we are more alike than I thought.

(Hmmm, now I wonder if having a son who loves to eat increases my ranking power with Mama?)

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Recently, our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) gave us a pound of peanuts.  I don’t like raw peanuts, so I cooked them – just the way Mama used to eat peanuts when I was growing up.  She would  sometimes sit at the table in the late afternoon, shelling and eating boiled peanuts.

Although boiled peanuts are clearly not raw, they are a local, in-season, unprocessed and unrefined cooked food.  Yesterday, my son asked to eat cake for breakfast instead of the usual raw fare (we were at a sugar filled birthday party the night before).  He stopped asking for cake as soon as I brought out these boiled peanuts.  I don’t know about you, but I would prefer my son to eat this than a piece of  processed cake!  This recipe is simple, easy and truly addictive.  Enjoy!

Place in the slow cooker on high for at least 8 hours until tender:
1 pound raw unshelled peanuts, clean well
1/4 cup sea salt
4 cups water
Keep checking water level to make sure there is enough to just cover the peanuts.  Serve hot or cold.