Wednesday
Jul162014

Got Raw Ice Cream?

Cinematography: Vincent DeVries

Are you craving ice cream, but without all the sugar? I was recently introduced to raw ice cream by Glaser Organic Farms in Coconut Grove, Florida. It was delicious and inspired me to come up with my own raw ice cream concoctions. I just need to get my hands on some good coconut meat to give it body!

Ice Cream: Food process coconut meat, cashews, coconut water, dates, maple syrup, raw agave, whole vanilla beans using locally sourced ingredients when possible.

*Try substituting the maple syrup and raw agave with yacón syrup and/or coconut nectar for low glycemic needs.

Topping: Handful of fresh chopped mint, small handful of homemade coconut granola, chopped pecans and frozen blueberries - locally sourced ingredients when you can find them.


Health Benefits of Raw Coconut Meat: 

1. Fatty Acids: Contains medium chain fatty acids rather than the long chain fatty acids that are commonly found in other foods, which means that the saturated fat in coconut meat will not affect your cholesterol.

2. Fiber: It is recommended that you should consume 14g of fiber for every 1000 calories you eat. Consuming foods high in fiber helps keep you feeling full so you are less likely to overeat. 

3. Manganese: Manganese is used by the body to metabolize protein, fat and help the body make use of vitamin E, iron and thiamine. It can also help to ensure that your body has stable levels of blood sugar and assist with immune and nervous system function.

4. Copper and Potassium: Copper helps to produce the sense of taste and producing red blood cells. Potassium helps to maintain the proper level of fluids in the cells and maintain sodium levels.
Source: Med Health

Xoxo, KK


Thursday
Jun192014

Zucchini Spaghetti


Videographer and Editor: Vincent deVries 

I'm excited to share one of my favorite dishes with you... Zucchini Spaghetti! This dish is entirely plant-based and you wouldn't even know it. I totally fooled my husband, he really thought he was eating actual pasta!

Here is a serving size for two, in case you want to create this dish on a date with your loved one or spouse.

Noodles:
2 large zucchini
1 summer squash

Use a Julienne peeler to peel long and even strands of your zucchinis and summer squash.
Boil for 3 minutes or less for "al dente."

Marinara Sauce:
2 generous handfuls of cherry tomatoes
1 ripe tomato
5 garlic cloves
Dried oregano
Fresh basil

Warm over medium heat on the stove
Use blender or food processor
Top your sauce with fresh chopped basil

Parmesan "Cheez"
2 generous handfuls of raw cashews
3 garlic cloves
Himalayan salt to taste

Set oven at 275 F.
Use a food processor to blend cashews, garlic and salt.
Gently warm in oven for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle as much as you'd like all over your finished pasta.

I love that you can eat this dish without any guilt!
Buon appetito!

Xoxo, KK

Friday
Jun132014

Indiegogo, Kickstarter or Slated? 


I am currently in the pre-production process of producing my first film, Model Deception. In this video, the first 30 seconds is a sneak peak of our trailer for Model Deception, along with words from some of our actors that will be included in my upcoming crowd funding campaign. 

Why I Created Model Deception:
Basically this project was created because I was inspired by a model, who bravely shared her personal story with me. This young woman came to Miami from a small town in Virginia and almost fell into the wrong hands… unfortunately a friend of hers got pulled into a dark and ugly world of human trafficking. My friend was fortunate to get out of a very dangerous situation, but her friend wasn't so lucky. This piece is meant to build awareness about an issue that needs some attention: human trafficking. 

Check out Polaris Project for more information on current human trafficking statistics.

Not every woman is going to have a “Chloe” to get her out of a fear-driven world of slavery, so this project is meant to wake us up to this issue, reminding us to be more aware of our surroundings… and getting back to the basics of street smarts. If something doesn’t seem right, to really trust that instinct.

Model Deception speaks to young girls, and young women - who will quickly see that they need to develop street smarts and set up a protocol as a response to any potentially dangerous situations that could arise. They don’t want to be in a vulnerable situation like the girls in our film. 

This film also has a message for parents, especially those with young daughters, some might be stepping out into the world of modeling…many times they are traveling and on their own, placed in vulnerable situations that can turn them into prey. I was fortunate to have a father who was a police officer, so these street smarts were instilled in me at a young age, and my hopes are that other girls have the opportunity to learn this. We want the best for our children, and it all starts with education. 
Behind the scenes of Model Deception.
Photo credit: Angelshine Photography

Should I go with Indiegogo, Kickstarter or Slated? What do YOU think? Please post comments below.
Xoxo,
KK


Thursday
Jun122014

Raw Salted Caramel "Cheesecake"



Can you believe this dish is totally raw?! I discovered it recently on my anniversary and I'm ready to make another batch! It's layered with rich, yet delicate flavors that may remind you of a Reese's butter cup when you eat it with a spoon of peanut butter (or sunflower butter, which reminds me of peanut butter).
Crust:
1 c raw almonds (soaked overnight, drained and rinsed)    
1 ½ c raw walnuts  (soaked overnight, drained and rinsed)                                                                   
½ tsp sea salt                                                                                                                                    
½ c pitted baking dates (soaked in hot water for about 15 minutes to soften then drain)                
½ c desiccated coconut                                                                                                                   
pinch of cinnamon                                                                                                                                  
1 Tbsp cacao nibs                                                                                                                             
Tbsp cacao powder
Filling:
 2 ½ c raw cashews (soaked 3 hours, drained and rinsed)
¾ c pitted baking dates (soaked as above)
½ c coconut nectar (or yacon syrup)
 1 c coconut oil (melted)
¼ c tahini
2 inch vanilla bean (scoop from the bean)                                                                    
½ c filtered water                                                                                                                                
1 c coconut oil                                                                                                                                    
1 Tbsp cacao powder                                                                                                                      
1 Tbsp cacao nibs
pinch of sea salt
Topping:
½ c cacao powder                                                                                                                            
2 tsp cacao nibs                                                                                                                              
½ c coconut oil                                                                                                                                  
2 tsp coconut sugar                                                                                                                  
pinch of sea salt to taste
Helpful Tools:
1. Food processor - Use a quality one like Magimix, it will last you.
2. Springform pan or silicone mold - You can use an (8") springform pan, (12") springform pan or a non-stick silicone mold for tartlets.

Directions:
1. Crust: Process the nuts into small pieces with the salt in a food processor. Blend. Slowly add dates, desiccated coconut, cinnamon, cacao nibs, cacao powder, blend. Press crust into the bottom of a springform pan or non-stick mold and place in freezer until needed.

2. Filling: Blend all ingredients in your blender/food processor until it blends to a smooth creamy mix. Pour onto the crust in the dish and place in the freezer for about two hours until it's firm. 
3. Topping: Over low-medium heat, melt coconut oil with coconut sugar, add cacao powder, cacao nibs. Add pinch of salt to taste. 
4. Freeze: Let it sit for at least an hour and it's ready to serve. 
5. Salt and Nut Butter: Just before serving this decadent treat, warm up a new batch of cacao topping to drizzle over your slice, then  give it a sprinkle with sea salt.  Don't forget to add a small spoon of peanut butter or sunflower butter on your plate to fully enjoy your raw salted caramel cheesecake experience!
Serve with your favorite nut milk and enjoy your sweet and nutty indulgence!
If you cut small slices, this dish will last you up to 3 months when storing it in the freezer. 
Have you tried a raw dessert before? What's your favorite? 
Xoxo, KK

Tuesday
Apr222014

Organic Farming with KK



Happy Earth Day and greetings from St. Barts! I recently spent some quality time working on an organic farm for the first time in my life.  It was such a beautiful experience to learn some farming basics. My local farmer gave me a tour of one of the most gorgeous farms I've ever seen (I have yet to visit more farms). We planted lettuce seeds, tended to basil, mint, tomatoes, you name it. It's extremely gratifying to work on a farm and enjoy a dish with ingredients directly from that farm.
A Few Farming  Tips:

1. Lettuce is one of the easiest plants to grow, it only takes about 5 weeks from the time you plant the seeds. 

2. When growing basil, you want to cut off the sections that start to grow flowers, my farmer calls them "suckers." Cut off them "suckers!"

3. Use Neem oil to prevent garden pests. 

One of my goals is to grow a green thumb so I can start building my own organic micro garden. I didn't realize that farming could be so peaceful, you really feel connected to nature when you are nurturing it with love.

Find out what's happening in your region of the world on Green Cities events. It's all about learning what our cities can do to become more sustainable and how your can get involved. 


Photo Credit: Orlando Fernandez

Happy Earth Day, share the love! 

Xoxo, KK