so seemingly small,
to the whole universe
as tiny whispers
like the sounds
of butterfly wings,
and the clear voice
of the living truth.
Rex and I recently discovered that we can soak and dehydrate almonds to produce a texture much like their roasted cousins. No oily, overly salty almonds here—these are lighter and more delicate than plain raw almonds, and yummy to bite into for a satisfying crunch! By cutting the almonds in half, the drying time is reduced to just a few hours.
The soaking process nullifies the enzyme inhibitors (not good for humans in large amounts) that are present in the nuts, and brings out the natural sweetness. Cutting the nuts in half took us about five minutes to do. Without cutting, the drying time takes much, much longer!
These dried almonds make a great garnish for salads or veggie dishes.
2 cups raw almonds*
4-6 cups pure water
Soak almonds overnight (or for 8-10 hours).
In the morning rinse and drain.
Chop in half, and place on dehydrator sheets.
Turn temperature to 110 degrees for several hours.
Add salt and create your favorite seasonings. Try any of the following: cayenne, black pepper, chili spice, curry, or a touch of honey, and enjoy!
Store in the fridge in mason jars.
*Some sources for unpasteurized almonds are Trader Joe’s, Raw Food World, and Natural Zing. Some health food stores carry truly raw almonds—be sure to ask.
A Little Story: Holiday Joy
Food and love—so deeply entwined and often inseparable. Bringing out a platter brimming with a delicious repast and sharing it with family or friends is a gift that we can give.
For us, keeping the holidays simple equates to less stress. Finding ways to engage in the season—one that’s filled with breathing space, peace, and pleasure—like hugs and good music—can be a balm for the soul.
A house with merry decorations (we use lights, candles, and evergreen branches that have fallen during storms) and nourishing foods are some of the main ingredients by which we can create a magical experience.
Meals that are prepared lovingly and presented with care will hold the energies of health and healing, and fill the heart with the goodness that life can bring—making a holiday season of joy.