Julia's Kitchen

Nourish your body, feed your soul.

Golden Porridge January 28, 2013

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IMG_0792This is a delicious and nourishing porridge inspired by the healing beverage Golden Milk and some leftover cooked grains. Eaten as a brothy, very lightly sweetened porridge, this feels incredibly nourishing and balanced. The turmeric and spices ease digestion and balance blood sugar, help to decrease inflammation, and help to build immunity. While many porridges and hot cereals are quite sweet, this recipe is more balanced, offering flavors to satisfy each of the six tastes:

sweet (grains, almond milk, coconut, cinnamon)
salty (salt),
sour (unsweetened berry sauce)
bitter (turmeric)
pungent (ginger, turmeric, chia seeds)
astringent (berry sauce, turmeric)

Although consistency is a matter of personal preference, this is intentionally made with a thinner consistency. Eating something with a lot of liquid in the morning helps to combat morning dehydration; and soupy foods are healthy for digestion in general. I often garnish it with a fruit sauce made from blended frozen berries thickened with chia seeds, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and drizzled with additional almond milk.

For 2 servings:

  • 1 cup of cooked brown basmati rice, or other grain
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups, or more, of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger, or to taste
  • pinch salt, if rice isn’t already salted
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk (or 2 Tablespoons coconut butter)*
  • toasted coconut to garnish, optional
  • fruit sauce to garnish, optional

*If you have some soaked nuts available, you can make your own nut milk by blending about 1/4 cup nuts with 1/2 cup water until very smooth. If not, you can stir coconut butter in for the creamy consistency, or use any milk you have available.

Put the grains, water, turmeric, ginger, salt, and coconut sugar in small saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, then simmer for about ten minutes. Have your teapot filled and ready in case you need to add more hot water to keep it soupy. The cereal should be a deep, but not fluorescent, yellow; add small amounts of turmeric as needed. Be sure to give it a minute to permeate before adding more or you might end up with too much. Stir in the cinnamon and nut milk or coconut butter. Pour into bowls and garnish. Enjoy hot with a deep cleansing breath and am moment of gratitude.

 

Free soup and kitchari January 26, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — adaba @ 1:02 am

We made too much soup for a warm week! Rather than waste, it’s up for grabs…you’ll just have to put down a jar deposit; we have curry and kitchari…

While we try to avoid this situation, it will undoubtedly happen, so we would love your suggestions regarding places that would take and use donations of healthy food.

Have a lovely weekend and, as always, you are invited to Julia’s Kitchen!

 

Curry on sale January 25, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — adaba @ 1:51 am

We need to make a new batch of Red Lentil Coconut Curry tomorrow, so it’s going on sale tonight! Any scones ad muffins remaining also going on sale and all will go through tomorrow. Come and get it!

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Yummy Cakes and Daily Specials January 5, 2013

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photo-3 Do you know that we make birthday cakes? Sidney puts not only her beautiful energy, but also her artistry into every cake she decorates and they are all truly one of a kind. Of course, our cakes are vegan, organic, and gluten free, and made with the same integrity with which we prepare all of our food, because what better day to nourish your body and feed your soul than your birthday? Incidentally, the birthday girl who ordered the cake pictured also ordered a big standard sheet cake, which she expected most of her guests to eat, but it turns out she has 3/4 of the sheet cake left and most went for and loved the “healthy” cake. So don’t worry, they taste as delicious as all of the amazing ingredients from which they are made, plus all of the love that goes into them!

If it’s not your birthday and you need a healthy lunch or dinner, here are the specials for today…

Thai Black Sticky Rice
Sprouted Mung Bean and Millet burger or, when they run out, Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with chipotle ketchup and hemp seed sour cream
Sprouted Buckwheat and Millet cherry waffles with caramelized apples and coconut cream
Sprouted Lentil Chipotle Chili with hemp seed sour cream and millet bread
Plus, Raspberry apple scones, Buckwheat Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Blueberry Lemon Muffins, Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Biscotti, and Raspberry Cashew Mini Cheesecakes

Enjoy the beautiful sunshine…

 

Welcome to a happy and healthy 2013 January 2, 2013

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photo 1-1Are you ready to begin 2013 in good health? We are here to support you and our stove is packed with steaming goodness…

Ground yourself with a bowl of Kitchari…
Warm yourself with a bowl of Red Lentil Coconut Curry…
Treat yourself (well) with a bowl of Creamy Coconut Spiced Rice or Sprouted Grain Waffles or Crepes with fruit and nut toppings…
Nourish yourself with a Sprouted Mung Bean and Millet Veggie Burger on a fresh Sprouted Grain Sourdough Bun…
Enjoy yourself with a Sprouted Lemon Blueberry Buckwheat Muffin, a Cinnamon Roll made from Sprouted Quinoa, or a Cherry Pie Scone made with freshly ground sprouted grain flours…
Relax with a cup of Hot Herbal Chai…
Balance yourself with a Saute of fresh vegetables, sprouted beans, germinated grains and a yummy house-made sauce…

We hope to see you soon. Have a wonderful day!

 

Impromptu thank you at cafe today…. January 1, 2013

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IMG_0722Good morning and happy new year! I hope the year 2013 brings you whatever you need to be your happiest, fulfilled, and most compassionate self!

I’ll be at the cafe from 1-3pm today getting things ready to reopen tomorrow and I invite you to come by and enjoy a bowl of Hoppin’ John, Julia’s Kitchen style, on me! One year ago today, we were moving into the cafe and I want to offer a gesture to express my thanks for all of the support I have received. Even if you can’t stay, bring your own bowl and take it with you!

Hoppin’ John is a traditional Southern New Years Day dish that symbolizes the manifestation of a prosperous year filled with luck. Whether you make it today or not, I wish you a year filled with every kind of prosperity and I thank you!