Raw Live and on the Road
- by Mele Aloha
I awoke this morning to the hum of the motor of the dehydrator and sweet and succulent fragrances blessing the the tropical breeze as it moved through the tropical Coconut Kidsz, whose lives are never dull and always an adventure. Total lifestyle revolution is an everyday occurence for these kids and such is fostered by the blessings of island life.
Aloha from Maui's Coconut Kidz as they prepare for their latest road trip to Thailand and the Far East. Traveling together, Sarah - manager of Maui's largest health food store, and Jasmina, who came to the Hawaiian Islands via a network offering live-in organic farming experiences, are preparing for their journey. The challenge of staying Raw & Live on the road is before them.
The first simple and sweet selection the Coconut Girlz have chosen is the plentiful and delicious Maui "apple banana." Cut into thin strips lengthwise and dehydrated, these treats require no extra sweetener. Maui offers a host of variety in the family of bananas. These lightweight and durable delicacies willl provide the mainstay for snacks for the girls during their travels. Bananas make a good foundation for fruit roll ups, as well and may be blended with additional fruits and poured onto a solid sheet and dehydrated, then rolled. Yum!!!
To follow was a batch of savory Pesto Squash rolls, which look alot like sushi at first glance. The first step in this preparation is to slice fresh organic zuc squash lenghwise, then spread with a delicious live basil macadamia nut pesto, sprinkle with finey diced tomato pieces and herbs, and dehydrate overnite. These make a succulent and savory snack that is satisfying for any traveler.
Of course, the Coconut Girlz backpacks will include a few zip lock bags, a couple sheets of paper towel and an assortment of organic almonds, green peas, and adzuki beans, and other nuts, seeds, and beans for sprouting while traveling. This is a great way to get the protein needed for hiking and enjoying the splendid views that travel has to offer. After a short soak in the zip lock bags, the peas, beans, or nuts may be nestled in a moist paper towel and carried in one's back pack during travel for up to a few days before dining.
At home, upcountry in Kula, the Coconut Boyz will be awaiting the return of their Girlz and harvesting plenty of coconuts and feasting on the organic tropical cornucopia of delights the island has to offer. On island there are many varieties of Cocos and it takes experts, llike Dan and Christopher, who have been harvesting Coconuts all their days, and sometimes nites, to harvest and prepare these delights for the most optimum usage.
A Coconut is not just a Coconut! Harvested young, Cocos make a splendid base for smoothies as the Coconut water - a "jelly meat" - may be blendid together and then supplemented with other island fruits, such as the apple banana, fresh Kula strawberries, and of course, some Kona grown spirulina for maximum green power. Coconut milk, which so many of us are familiar with, is made form blending the more mature Coconut juice with the mature meat and then straining to obtain a thick rich milk which may be used in a variety of preparations, such as energy soup base, fruit sorbets and more.
We welcome you to visit us again for more on tropical Raw Live Cuisine and traveling tips for Raw Live fooders.
An invitation to the islands and an invitation to One Who Has Awakened,
Grand Mother & the Coconut Kidz