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11-02-2006, 01:13 AM
Hehe. Okay tonight I tried the Mashed Potatoes, after already trying the spagetti marinara, Alfredo, which I didnt like at all. I tried the Mashed Potatoes with the Mushroom gravy.
The mash' was just gross tasting, It was watery once all blended, like I had to keep mixing it in the bowl. I put exactly the right amounts. So I thought, hmm maybe the gravy will help. So I made the gravy, which wasnt as easy, It stuck to the sides of the processor, and I had to keep spooning it and starting again, it wasnt really a gravy consistency, so I added more water, it still ended up more like a pate, HOWEVER, I did enjoy the gravy alot. I loved the mushrooms in general. But there was no saving the mashed potatoes. Its weird because I already tried them by Rawvolutions home delivery, and loved them, They were smooth and tasted great. So I wonder if Matt's recipe was different, oh well.
It does make me a lil hesitant to try more recipes, especially the really complex ones, But I will keep pushin on.
Vent over. Lol
11-02-2006, 01:20 AM
Well hon, you gotta ask yourself, "Did I like every single cooked recipe/dish that I've ever tried?"
I've learned the following when it comes to raw recipes:
1. You won't like everything you try just as you didn't like all cooked foods
2. Sometimes the recipes actually grow on you and/or your tastebuds change with time - there are a lot of recipes that when I first went raw, I hated. But later on down the line I decided to try them again and now I like or love them!
3. Sometimes you really have to do some tweaking to recipes to get the flavor or consistency you want or expected.
4. Sometimes it depends on the produce, etc. that you're using. For example, you may make a recipe that calls for tahini and the first time around, you get a really good batch of tahini that isn't all bitter but the next time you make it, it's horrible because you get a not-so-good batch of really bitter tahini that makes the recipe taste awful.
5. It's always best (when trying a recipe for the first time) to make either half or quarter the recipe just in case you don't like it so you don't end up wasting so much.
6. What's one person's "yuck" is another person's "yum" and vice-versa. There are many recipes (and even plain wholefoods) that some people will hate but then someone else really loves it. So, I don't think there are any "bad recipes"...just different tastes.
7. You won't like everything you try just as you didn't like all cooked foods (yes, I know I already said that but it's just SO true, it was worth saying again to drive the point home!)
11-02-2006, 08:25 AM
Very wise words from Rawkinlocs! I agree completely with her and find for me (and I don't seem to like hardly any of the raw main dishes I've made except for the desserts) that I think I still expect them to taste like their cooked food counterparts and that just isn't going to happen. I tend to stick to simple raw, smoothies and salads, and make the desserts for main meals. I still try the main dishes every once in a while and will continue to do so, but I am happy with my simple raw menus and just make the "recipes" for fun now. Keep on trying and I know you'll find some you'll enjoy too, just make smaller portions as Rawkinlocs suggested, I do that too now.
11-02-2006, 09:14 AM
Well, I have to say, I didn't like any of those either. Now, there are some threads on this site where people have asked what their fave recipes were. You might wish to look those up.
Another suggestion ~ on some of the recipes, you might wish to cut them in half instead of wasting food. Can always make more, huh?
11-02-2006, 10:52 AM
There are a lot of different recipes for mashed potatoes. Most use a lot of nuts with cauliflower and some less. I made them once and didn't think they were too great, but then I had a craving for them a few weeks later?! I have noticed that happens with raw recipes, it may take some time getting used to them. Of course like Rawkinlocks said you will not like everything, but I would give them another whirl with a different recipe if you already had them from Rawvolution and liked them.
Sharon in Colorado
11-02-2006, 11:15 AM
I've tried a million different ways of making cauliflower mashed potatoes and they always tasted bad, so you are not the only one.
I have gone through a gazillion raw recipes myself which I never liked. Some I warmed up to, others never.
I agree with trying half a recipe, or a quarter of a recipe. Also if you have a dog, try giving the dog the recipes.
There was actually such a bad recipe that our dog walked away from it with tail in between legs, it was pretty funny!
11-02-2006, 11:20 AM
What Rawlinlocs said is so true. I have tried many of Alissa's "pasta" dishes (with the exception of the Angel hair pasta) and I have to say I don't care for them. They remind me too much of dairy and having not eaten dairy for so long. It's weird.
So don't feel bad you aren't going to like everything. Listen to your body. Eat what it desires.
11-02-2006, 11:27 AM
The cauliflower "potatoes" DO grow on you though. I didn't like them the first time but now they are sooo delicious!
11-02-2006, 11:55 AM
LOL. Yeah I tried the potatoes too and wasn't a fan. Like everyone else said, you can't expect these raw food recipes to taste just like their cooked cousins, but taste buds do change.
I have to say the best recipe I've made so far from Alissa's book are the mini eggplant pizzas. They're so easy to make and are absolutely delicious. They are very satisfying if you are looking for the old familiar feeling of a heavy cooked dinner.
11-02-2006, 11:58 AM
I have found when I started out, and even now, I don't ATTEMPT a recipe unless I know I like the mono food....like mashed potatoes made from cauliflower sound good NOW, but before when I didn't like cauli. I would not have liked them "mashed"...know what I mean? Look for recipes with lots of ingredients that you actually like! If you like mushrooms....try lots of stuff with a mushroom base....and so on....hang in there....your taste buds may BEG for mashed cauli. next month!!
11-02-2006, 12:00 PM
just wanted to offer a slightly alternative recipe for the mashed potatoes: I dont know if it will be as smooth and creamy as youre looking for, and probably not like the one that was delivered for you, but i never measure anything and it comes out ok:
all i use is cauliflower, chopped garlic, rosemary, olive oil, sea salt and coarse ground black pepper. i stick it all in the food processor, salt pepper and rosemary to taste, add enough olive oil to make it spin, and/or to taste, and blend until desired consistency.
then, i also tear up some kale into small pieces and massage olive oil into it to soften it, then mix that in with the "potatoes."
I dont use cashews because I dont have access to them, so ive never tried it with them; nor have i ever tried the mushroom gravy.
i guess this is a different dish then, but maybe if you try something a little different you wont be disappointed that it isnt the same as the one you had once before..... :o
11-02-2006, 02:22 PM
I have also put them in the dehydrator and that dries them out a little
11-02-2006, 02:35 PM
Yeah, I didn't like that one.....AT ALL either. lol
I found recipes with only a few ingredients were the one's I like most. I am finding one's which have certain ingredients in them I am more likely to like.
You've had some great suggestions like choosing recipes with foods you like and cutting recipes in half. Good Luck!
11-03-2006, 01:38 AM
Thanks for the encouraging words.
I dont expect to love everything, but I thought it would be possible to love the RAW version of cooked food I love. * smh* Oh well. I dont know why I loved the mashed potatoes from rAwvolution, but not my own. Man... But I did love the Mushroom gravy. Yummy.
Keep on trucking though...
11-03-2006, 05:13 AM
I wasnt crazy about the mashed potatoes either but i have made probably 60-70 other recipes in Alissa's book and I loved them all!
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