FreeWrite Friday ~ 5 Eazy Peazy Steps to Transform & InspireYour Life with the Secret Habits of Jazz Living ~ Step 1 Responsibility with Oprah on Taking Responsibility for Your Life featuring New Age Jazz – Inner Peace

FreeWrite Friday

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry its own weight, this is a frightening prospect.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Step 1: Taking Responsibility for Your life

When I conceptualized my blog last November, I knew that I wanted to write posts focusing on mindfulness meditations about life and how I could actualize my dreams. I began clearing all the cobwebs from my past that no longer applied or stained my perspectives when preparing for the present and the future. I realize that I have carried around images of myself that have been tainted by my breast cancer, reliving my mother’s death in 2003; and the complications from my GBS and BrCa that continue to haunt me affecting my image of my body and life. I realized I must take responsibility and accountability of my life to flip the script to creating who I am. before I can change my life, first I must take full responsibility.   It means to stop blaming others – the demanding employer, ungrateful children, unpredictable weather, irritating spouse, unreliable friend, useless government, unfavorable circumstances, an unjust God – and instead realize that you are the creator of your own life story.  So I see myself living through the worse aspects of breast cancer and the complications associated and see myself  making healthier choices and to deal with the issues as they arise.

Life Lesson from Albert Einstein
Life Lesson from Albert Einstein

 

Consciousness raising is the key element here. We are conditioned to conduct our lives unconsciously resembling watching a movie of living life on auto pilot and automatically reacting to everything and everyone.  What we can do now is take a deep breath, realize that we have a choice and that the first choice is whether we want to simply react in a reflex-like manner or whether we want to make a conscious decision of what the best course of action is. Begin by taking responsibility for everything that has happened in your life so far. The difference is that in the past we unconsciously created undesired effects by not being present and behavior we have learned from others.  Realize that we can intentionally have thoughts to create the lives we have always dreamed of.  Responsibility means that it is not based on duty and assigning blame and guilt but embracing your life through your thoughts, your actions and your decisions. It is a question of cause and effect and hopefully a shift from unconscious creation to conscious creation.  The quality of our decisions is a totally different story and will be discussed in future posts.  Once we have decided to become the conscious creators of our lives, a whole wide world of opportunity arises and opens up its gates to an ideally purposeful life.  Please have a look at Oprah on Taking Responsibility for Your Life – Oprah’s LifeclassOprah Winfrey Network.  What do you create in your life?  Are you living the life you want?  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 😎 & ❤

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Moveable Feast Monday ~ Totally Rawsome Mediterranean Salad with FullyRaw Hummus! featuring Keiko Matsui – “Mediterranean Eyes”

Movable Feast Monday

Hey JazzFoodies, I am so sure by now that I have been eating healthy and eazy to chew and prepared meals.  Since my last visit to the hospitality suite of the Emergency Room just two weeks ago, I found that I have been told over the years that I have “anemia”.  Here’s the riff, I have a specific type of anemia also known as Thalassemia.  The diet I have been following has been rich in iron because I could not tolerate taking iron supplements.  Whoa!  FYI, if you have Thalassemia you have to avoid iron and iron rich products when you have the T type anemia.  What distresses me the most is that it has been decades of eating the wrong foods.  But, as I improvise my life and in turn not get stuck, I love creating dishes that truly make me feel good. And to me, that is the blessing in all of this.  It is sometimes difficult when you are born to a multiethnic background and living in a black and white world.  So I am going to honor and recognize my Mediterranean roots and discover super kool and delicious dishes from around the globe.  Gear up we are in flight and here is a lovely totally Rawsome Mediterranean Salad   To wit, I wish you all an Eazy Peaczy Monday!  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 😎 & ❤

Mediterranean Salad with FullyRaw Hummus! Celebrate culture, family, life, passion, and raw food, and share this colorful salad with your family and friends!

A few words from our Chef…I am half Lebanese and half Ecuadorian, and my family loves to celebrate our culture and LOVES to eat! In my culture, sharing food is a part of our culture; it’s a part of the bonding experience. Sharing food is sharing love. When I first went FullyRaw, one of the most difficult things to surpass was denying my mother’s Lebanese food. It wasn’t that I was desiring the food, but I missed the cultural aspect of sharing a dish and that bond with my family and friends. Also, I wanted to be able to share my new passion for health and raw foods with them. Therefore, I came up with this Mediterranean Salad with Hummus recipe to share with them! Eating cultural dishes doesn’t have to be unhealthy, but it can be delicious, colorful, and savory! Hummus is an all-time Arabic favorite, and you can use it as a side dip or a salad dressing! Raw food is beautiful food!

This salad is EPIC, savory, and tasty! It’s all about the flavors coming together to celebrate taste, culture, family, passion, and love!

There are a lot of ingredients in this salad because it is all of the flavors that make it absolutely delectable! An infusion of flavor is the Mediterranean way! 🙂

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Tell it Slant Tuesday ~ Self Imag(I)nation by Jannat Marie featuring Herbie Hancock – Survival Of The Fittest

tell it slant tuesday

 

Happy Veteran’s Day!  I think this poem identifies the men and women who fight for our freedom and peace and who like my father suffered unspeakable experiences that forever changed his life and the life’s he came in contact with.  These brave folks, past and present, will always be a place in my heart of strength and grace, but more importantly LOVE.  I am so grateful to know that sometimes our biggest opponent is OURSELVES.  I hope you enjoy your day and this poem.  Peace and Love Out!  JBC 😎 ❤

Josephine Wall Paintings
Josephine Wall Paintings

Self Imag(I)nation

by Jannat Marie

I don’t care how many masters exist.

I am curious to know if you have discovered

Who You truly are or

are you still trying to fit in and find yourself?

I am curious to know if you have felt misery or

can you hear it in our children?

Are you living in the world?

or are you of this world?

With its oppressive nexus to

make you conform when reflecting

through fine tuned ears,

Proclaiming THIS IS WHO I AM!

Are you improvising how to

thrive in the cultural inferno by

leaning in to the center of your dreams

Accepting to live in every present moment

remaining rooted in a universal love

fully aware you can consciously re-Create

the misguided missives

that originated in Cultural deceit.

Japanese translation for meaning
Japanese translation for meaning

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Jazzin’ Thru Thursday ~ Jazz Utopia by Jannat Marie featuring Miles Davis’ ~ “So What”

Jazzin' thru Thursday
Jazzin’ thru Thursday

I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life. ~ Miles Davis

This exemplifies our life when my father moved our family from the east coast to the west coast.  The jazz sound in the late 50’ to the early 60’s reflected the change in the social atmosphere of the times which transitioned and sparked revolutionary of styles and cultural cadence from swing, big band to bebop.  Miles Davis when he was young moved to New York and became enamored with Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonist Charlie Parker’s sound.  The two top bebop architects and arrangers of the emerging were  Tadd Dameron and. Gil Fuller who composed and their arrangements were characterized by a fast, inventive soloing and dynamic rhythm variations. Bebop was the new sound of the day, and Miles followed suit. Shortly after Miles’ arrival in Manhattan, he began playing in clubs with Parker and he decided to trade in his academic studies at Juilliard to become a full time jazz musician initially joining Benny Carter‘s band and making his first recordings as a sideman.  Davis described meeting and knowing both Carter and Fuller as band leaders were not to mess with in St. Louis.  They refused to succumb to racial discrimination, tension and when Carter and Fuller were instructed to enter the clubs through the backdoor kitchen entrance, both leaders responded It’s the front door or no door….  This poem inspired by Carl Sanberg’s Jazz Fantasia reflecting the perfect society where jazz was the main event.  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 😎 & >3

Jazz Utopia

by Jannât Marie

 Dance to your dreams and desires,

strum the samba on your jazz box.

Wail on the shores of the trumpet bell,

Let it rip you jazz cats and chicks.

 

Swing and sway those hips the night away like you

desperately need it.  Tap your cymbal, tsss, tsss tss

caressing the shores of your soul, like a baby’s

lullaby that cries out hungry for their mother’s love

 

All you jazz players of the sea  — play in fortissimo

striking cliffs and beach in 4/4 time.  Waves of

cadence signal the jazz cruise is about to set sail,

launching an acoustic sensory alchemy on a voyage

to islands in your mind that send jasmine, lavender

and freesia bursting with color, heat and flavor that

lift eyes to enchanted starry heavens.  The orange

moon tides are casting a spell like a midsummer

night’s dream.

Now that’s jazz… cerebrally and viscerally in every

sense of the world.

 

©July 26, 2013 by Jannât Marie All Rights Reserved

Japanese translation for meaning
Japanese translation for meaning

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Moveable Feast Monday ~ Raw Kale n’ African Black-Eyed Pea Salad n’ The Mack Raw Hoppin’ John ~ w/ extra tasty byte Raw, Vegan Pecan Pie by Chef Gena Hamshaw ~ Accompanied by Herbie Hancock – “Dolphin Dance”

Movable Feast Monday

I want to share my Raw Kale n’ African Black-Eyed Pea Salad improvisation that is a regular part of my healthy and wellness lifestyle.  I think the original word for improvisation was “Resourcefulness” which means taking something and imprinting your own style to create something extraordinary out of something that is a naturally occurring event of life challenge.   This recipe was quite popular last year.  I like to ring in the New Year on a weekly basis.  The black-eyed peas are delicious little white legumes that have a mild taste and smooth texture that can be enjoyed year-round. This simple, refreshing pea salad recipe makes a delicious potluck dish. I add cauliflower* and sliced avocado and chopped chives to make it a complete meal.  Now to put on the sounds and you guessed it!  Let’s Jam!  Bon appétit!  Just remember, “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”  ~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist  In Peace & Love Out!  JBC 😎 ❤

Raw Kale n’ African Black-Eyed Pea Salad

kale-hoppin-john
kale-hoppin-john

Ingredients

  • 2 cups defrosted black-eyed peas rinse and drain and set  aside.
  • 10 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 red and yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 serrano peppers or 1 Habanero or Scotch bonnet chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Bunch of raw kale chopped finely

Dressing

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 2½ limes, juiced)
  • 1 cup chopped parsley (I like cilantro sometimes to give it a nice kick)
  • ¼ to ½  to  cup olive oil 1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard * See note below
  • 1½ teaspoons honey
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Teaspoon of Fresh Thyme to give it that Creole appeal

If you want to make it an entrée add

  • Cauliflower* with 1 tsp. turmeric  in food processor blend to the size of rice kernels orRaw Vegan couscous mix with rest of ingredients
  • Sliced avocado  as garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice and parsley. Continue whisking as you slowly drizzle in the olive oil to make a smooth dressing.
  2. Add the black-eyed peas, scallions, bell pepper, tomato (try not to transfer the tomato juice and seeds to the salad), cucumber, and minced pepper to the bowl. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and use a big spoon to toss the salad. Cover and set aside at room temperature for at least 1 hour, or refrigerate up to overnight to marinate and meld the flavors. Add raw chopped kale.  Serve chilled or at room temperature. To make this salad a main dish, add raw cauliflower* and top with avocado slices. and chopped chives for garnish.

Notes

  • Adapted from Saveur Magazine, May 2012.
  • The original recipe called for one cupcanola oil, which seemed like way too much oil. I reduced the oil by half and used olive oil instead. You might be able to get away with just ⅓ cup oil.

Raw, Vegan Pecan Pie

Gena's Pecan-Pie- Courtesy of Food52.com
Gena’s Pecan-Pie- Courtesy of Food52.com

Author Notes: An easy, forgiving, and absolutely delicious vegan spin on pecan pie. Creamy medjool dates and coconut oil perfectly approximate the flavor and richness of a traditional filling.  – Gena Hamshaw

 Serves 8 to 10

For the crust

  • 3/4cup raw pecans
  • 3/4cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4teaspoon sea sat
  • 1/4cup shredded coconut
  • 1cup pitted medjool dates, packed

For the pie filling

  • 1 1/4cups medjool dates, tightly packed, pitted, and soaked in warm water for at least an hour
  • 1/2cup plus 3/4 cup raw pecans, divided
  • 1/4cup melted coconut oil
  • 2teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4teaspoon nutmeg
  • Big pinch sea salt
  1. To make the crust: Place the walnuts and pecans, sea salt, and coconut in a food processor and grind roughly. Add the dates and process until the mixture is thoroughly broken down and sticks together when you squeeze a bit in the palm of your hand. Press mixture evenly onto the bottom and sides of a pie plate (alternately, you can press it into a 9″ springform pan).
  2. Drain the dates, reserving the soak liquid. Transfer the dates to a high speed blender or powerful food processor. Add the 1/2 cup pecans, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and about 1/4 cup of the date-soaking water. Blend until the mixture is totally smooth.
  3. Pour the filling into the crust. Smooth the top over with an inverted spatula. Place in the fridge for at least four hours to set. Decorate the top with the 3/4 cup pecans, and continue to chill till ready to serve.

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Free Write Friday ~ H.A.T.E.R.’s, Jazz, The Fog of Breast Cancer, and BFF’s Sounds by: Gil Fuller & Monterey Jazz Festival – A Patch Of Blue – Feat. James Moody

FreeWrite Friday

 Music is the space between the notes…”  ~ Claude Debussy

My mother and I were more than best friends forever (BFF’s), we were sister warriors in the battle against breast cancer.  This journey began over sixteen years ago on October of 1997 after dad died.  I was truly blessed because mom taught me the significance and grace of unconditionally loving another person, and she has always encouraged me and supported me in every aspect of my life.  We stemmed the tides of loss, grief and pain throughout the whole process.  We were each other’s caregivers.

Romare Bearden Collage1
Romare Bearden Collage1

If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”  ~ Paulo Coehlo

Dad introduced and taught me using valuable jazz lessons how to handle the rigors of the harsh realities of choosing to live a creative life.  Initially, I was confused about what I wanted to be when I grew up.  My father didn’t want me to go into music, dance, acting, blah, blah blah because he was angry at the way the “Arts” treated women.  He thought it was safer to be a doctor.  He would get angry and tell me that it was no place for a lady!  In my father’s case I believed that he wanted to become a doctor.  He was a man of intensity and commitment and I never really knew that he felt he was protecting me.  Looking back I realized it was his way of preparing me to stand my ground and confront my ego, negative thoughts, fear, failure and the challenges that we all face by accepting that like change it is necessary for us to connect with our God given spiritual gifts.  Leaning in and coming face to face with a challenge it signals that you have to awaken to those gifts using them to overcome it.

The rutlandcitypublicschoolsdotorg Jazz Music
The rutlandcitypublicschoolsdotorg Jazz Music

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” ~ Paulo Coehlo

The possibility of living a creative life transformed me by using mindfulness improvisation!  is when “Jazz” the Catalyst”  has ability to interact in a manner specific to the intensity of the vibration frequency of “Cancer” connecst with the higher consciousness “mindfulness improv” that will enlighten, inspire, provide the energy that becomes the “substrate” that changes you.  Listening is a portal giving you the ability to discern the egos “chatter of negativity from what resides in the heart of fear.  It wasn’t an option in that moment.  It was like breathing.

Pablo Picasso Painting
Pablo Picasso Painting

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Fortunately I discovered I have to write because it gives me the sense of who I am.  It was the response to the Call to the life that was given me.  When I combine the blessing my father gave me “jazz” when he took me to rehearsals, festivals, recording sessions;  and his introduction to the players like, Dizzy GillespieJames MoodyCount BasieIgor Stravinsky, and Ralph J. Gleason and  Charles Champlin of L.A. Times that  individually and collectively inspired and nurtured me to devote myself to a creative life.  I thought I was secretly writing in my journals — poetry and lyrical prose/essay that I created when dad was composing songs on the piano downstairs in 1963.  I was surprised to found that he knew all about my writing secretly in my room when I found in the Gibson guitar case he gave me when I was 9.  I opened it up and found all of my writing nestled between sheet music.  It was my Aha! Moment when I realized what a blessing my father gave me of living wonderfully enchanted life of musical thinking where my words can separate sound from music. Writing was my Response to my life’s adversities like cancer, writer’s block

I am truly NOT a H.A.T.E.R.(Having Anger Toward Everyone Reaching Success) of Breast Cancer….

The minute the word cancer entered our house, everything changed. I felt desperate and frightened by the prospect of cancer and another death.  But I refused to take this lying down.  I dove directly into the cresting wave of the unknown and sprung into action—there were logistics to deal with and mom needed support.  I moved back in with her after dad’s death and we struggled with missing dad, but also dealing with taxes and issues related to her therapy.

Chemotherapy is brutal. Radiation was something way beyond that.. The goal of these therapies is to kill everything in your body before it kills you. I wanted to take the burden off her. When dad had his massive stroke he was on a respirator and in a coma we asked my brother to make a tape of dad’s music to play continuously in his ears.  After ten days, he was out of the coma and was breathing on his own.  You can’t tell me that God didn’t have a role in that.

Surreal Last Exit

‘My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,’ the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky. ‘Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.‘”  ~ Paolo Coehlo

Chemotherapy makes everyone suffer.  Facing fear and suffering I decided to bring a tape of my father’s music into the chemo suite when she had chemo and radiation therapy and it majestically made the most terrifying moments evaporate from both of us. It not only served as a connection between the two of us, it was a connection for the other patients and the hospital staff as well.   We laughed and interacted with one patient in particular, Pat.  Pat had colon cancer.  It had metastasized and spread to her bone.  I met her when I had my mastectomy and she lay in the bed next to me after surgery.  Mom came in and waited for me to come around.  I opened my eyes and there they were.  What a beautiful sight.  Apparently mom and Pat formed a bond.  When mom had the pick put in, Pat hovered over me like a lioness guarding her cubs.  After the pick was in mom, she developed a serious infection they could not control.  After a week, mom was moved to a nursing home in Paramus New Jersey for 90 days.  I couldn’t drive so Pat would come and sit on my bed holding the phone while we talked to mom and talked until the nurse came in and told us she would have the phone removed. Mom had two daughters now.  That spring all we did was laugh and act silly….More to come… See you between the words…, Peace and Love Out! JBC -8) & <3.

Japanese translation for meaning
Japanese translation for meaning

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Moveable Feast Monday ~ JazzFoodieBytes ~ Macadamia Nut Cheese Raw Vegan Eggplant Lasagna ~Accompanied by Eric Dolphy’s “Something Sweet ~ Something Tender” 1999 Remaster

Movable Feast Monday

I love Moveable Feast Monday mornings because it is my day to kick my week into gear listening to jazz and conjuring up recipes that comfort the soul.   So get your groove on with…M. Dolphy

 

 

Now for the Pièce de résistance!  Bon Appétit! Peace and Love Out!  JBC 😎 & ❤

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Jazzin’ Thru Thursday ~Mindfulness, Improv and Jazz: The Wow Factor ~ Oh My! Featuring Ballet Dance Jazz J. Company – Mindfulness Meditation Jazz

 

Jazzin' thru Thursday
Jazzin’ thru Thursday

 

I found out you have to study the culture of the music as well in order to learn jazz.” Regina Carter: Improvising A Life In Jazz

 

jazz improv

 

You know you are immensely creative?  No seriously.  Don’t deny it.  Since you were born, you were given the gift to constantly create your reality.  Some of us engage in it more than others.  Sometimes folks tell you that you are not creative or even you don’t consider yourself a creative type well the truth is that you are constantly creating ideas with every breath that you take.  Jazz can teach us about mutual respect, to nurture our own creativity, spontaneity and how we interact with ourselves and one another and accentuates our innate ability to thrive and build our sustainability skills.

Mindfulness is an invitation to become aware of the constant flow of the universe both inner and exterior and gives us the choice to acknowledge it and either get into the rhythm or to choose to let it flow outside in harmony.   When we become aware of ideas from a sense of serenity at the shore of the ocean or stream you are more likely to develop a different perspective and with that insight will see things in the light of all the commotion that is swirling around us.

 

When mindfulness is combined with jazz’s art of improvisation you become engaged in the process of creating thru words, numbers, music, art, or movement you will never get lost in a concept you actually become a part of the process in its purest form of creativity and enlightenment.  Mindfulness allows us to awaken to the world with childlike wonder and amazement giving us the joy to play with new concepts and seeing and being things from a new perspective.  Judgment and critical thinking is set aside for analysis.  Mindfulness is the ability to let things evolve and not interfere.  It allows you to be patient and know that things are about to happen and not having any expectations of how things will turn out.

The Wow Factor according to Collins dictionary is an informal striking or impressive feature that stimulates us to become creative. Information, trends, media, iPod, iPads, Surface tablets, android or smart phones have invaded our space and taken over our ability to rely on our own devices.  I am so much more connected and happier when I turn those devices off.  Check into a good book, not an e-reader, and watch the television with a big ol’ bowl of my homemade Vegan Ice cream with mangos and pineapple and coconut cream and of course in my p.j.’s.

So let’s get into the Jazz – Just follow what Count Basie said to me at a rehearsal for the Newport Jazz Festival in 1967… “It’s the way you play that makes it . . . Play like you play. Play like you think, and then you got it, if you’re going to get it. And whatever you get, that’s you, so that’s your story.”  We are all story’s waiting to be told.  Mindfulness just gets your head back into the process.   There is fullness in every moment filled with possibilities and is unburdened by our expectations.

It’s easy to make mindfulness improve a part of your life. You already have it!  Just close your eyes and remember those moments when you played until your mom or dad had to pry you away.  Losing all sense of time, space, and everything that was outside of the moment you were fully engaged in.  Just go back.  Don’t think it is silly, maybe it is.  So what!  I know when I got the horrible news that I had breast cancer my mind froze.  Then I felt I was thrown into some vortex of fear, denial, loss, anger, betrayal and the fear surrounding death.  I knew in that precise moment that I had to go back to the times that mom and dad came to the tennis courts at my high school at nine o’clock at night to bring me home because it was dark and I was still hitting those iridescent yellow balls against a junior from Northwestern University who was an alumnus of my high school.  That is what being in the Jazz or in full WOW FACTOR MODE is all aboutAre you ready, then gear up, bring whatever suits your fancy ‘cause man this is gonna be out of sight!  See you there, keep looking for the space between the notes or words or artistic expression.  You will see that you are beyond WOW, You are Amazing!  Peace and Love Out!  JBC 😎 and ❤  It is like an Oreo, it’s Wonder- filled…

Japanese translation for meaning
Japanese translation for meaning

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“Moveable Feast Monday” ~ JazzFoodieByte ~Totally OMG Raw Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Vanilla Cream Frosting! Featuring Pivio De Scalzi – “Cook Tail”

Movable Feast Monday

 

“When I play I think of how the phrases move as a dance, or something in nature like a bird or a shooting star. …… “I find my inspiration in myself. ~ Count Basie

I hope you had an awesome week.  There was nothing like my mom’s pineapple upside cake.  I learned how to make carrot cake when I was I was in 7th grade but hands down it could not top mom’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  In 1989 I had a Vegetarian friend who lived on Central Park West in a penthouse apartment. in Manhattan who made this a carrot cake without any dairy.  As soon as you hit the hallway the smell made you feel as though you were  entering into Heaven’s bakery.  If the smell didn’t blow you away, the view from the picture window of Central Park sure did!  This is a twist on the Carrot Cake with Tofu Cream Frosting it is awesomely raw!  Peace Out & Love JBC 😎 & ❤

Published on Mar 13, 2013

I’ve made FullyRaw Vegan Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Vanilla Cream Frosting just for YOU! Just WAIT until you try these bite size party favors that are absolute PERFECTION!

These desserts are PERFECT to make for any occasion and perfect to share with family, friends, kids, and more! The cupcakes are also perfectly portioned for those who want to keep true to a low-fat raw vegan lifestyle; a few cupcakes meet your requirements for a low-fat day so that you can have your cupcakes and eat them too!

Ingredients for the Carrot Base:
Food Processor
Cupcake Holders/Fillers
Approximately 2-3 Cups of Shredded Carrots (Food Processed)
1.5 Cups (According to You) of Fresh Dates
Half Cup of Walnuts (Less if You Want Lower Fat)
Cinnamon
Fresh Slice of Ginger
Dash of Turmeric

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until the mixture reaches the consistency that you want. I like mine gooey, so I let the machine run for longer. Most will want more of a “bread” type consistency, so don’t let it go for too long as to get the proper texture.

Press this mixture into the cupcake liners and refrigerate. Get ready to make your frosting!

For the Orange Vanilla Créme Frosting:
Approximately 2 Cups Soaked Cashews
1 Cups Pitted Dates
Small Stem or Scrape of Fresh Vanilla
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice from 2-4 Oranges

Blend in a Vitamix or Ninja Ultimate powerful blender like me!).

This is VERY thick and creamy and may take a while to get perfect!

Spread this frosting onto your cupcakes with a spatula. You can also use a piping bag as shown in the video to apply the frosting on top. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can always cut off the tip of a ziplock bag and apply your beautiful design from there!

Enjoy immensely! Thank you for sharing in my birthday celebration with me! I am so blessed to have you in my life! HUGS!!!

 

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Moveable Feast Monday ~JazzFoodie Bytes ~Rockin’ with Raw Zucchini Pasta and Meatballs featuring Dizzy Gillespie’ds– “Manteca”

Movable Feast Monday

One of the best features of jazz living always involves having jazz playing in the living room when planning meals and menus that promotes wellness and sustainability especially when times are hard and cost of food continues to rise.  That being said, in the Manteca Backstory the video of the live performance but this version will awaken your visual and acoustic sensibilities. For this post I just wanted to bring the cool acoustic vibes and Dizzy’s signature horn sound in concert with Afro Cuban rhythms that will set the tone for a party of one or just a party of your closest friends and family.  Holiday season is just around the corner and pot lucks will abound. No worries I will continue to find or create healthy delicious recipes under the category Jazz Bytes.  So let’s get back to today’s dish.  Mind you this pasta ain’t your nona’s recipe – but it’s also way better for you. Add in some amazing sauce and raw vegan “meatballs” and you’ve got yourself a meal. I am willing to admit that the first time I made alone.  I  usually make this dish for New Year’s to kick off things with a different beat! Bon Appétit! With Love & Peace Out …JBC ❤ & -8)

Raw Zucchini Pasta and Meatballs Recipe

In The Mix

Pasta:
3-4 zucchini squash
½ t salt

Meatballs:
4 cups Portobello mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 cup walnuts, soaked overnight
½ yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 T apple cider vinegar
¼ cup parsley
2 t cumin
1 T Nama Shoyu
½ t salt

Marinara sauce:
1 cup Brazil nuts, (I use raw Cashews they are easy to find here in Seattle) soaked overnight
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked overnight
1 medium tomato
3 T lemon juice
3 T olive oil
1 T agave nectar
1 t red pepper flakes
1½ t salt

Puttin’ things all together:

♪      Spiralize or use a mandolin*, or a peeler shave zucchini into noodles. Toss with ½ t of salt and set aside in a colander to drain. *I use a mandolin and then I lay the zucchini flat in a stack and thinly (linguine size) slice through.  I don’t peel the skin, just scrub it clean of debris and it looks festive.

♪      Drain walnuts and add all meatball ingredients (except the Portobello mushrooms) to the food processor and blend, then add Portobello mushrooms and blend for a few pulses.

♪      Roll meatballs into balls, place in dehydrator overnight or in the oven on parchment paper for about 1-2 hours at 200F, depending on your oven’s temperature.

♪      Drain Brazil (Cashew) nuts and sundried tomatoes and add all sauce ingredients to food processor. Blend. Set aside in a bowl.

Assemble everything on a plate. Now it’s time to let your creative spirit soar.  Let your inner culinary artist free.  This is the part that puts my signature onto the plate

Credit Recipe: Laura Miller

Here is the video for you folks, like me like to see what it should look like…

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