Taste of Raw
I am living in the land of enchantment and loving it in Albuquerque, NM!
I am currently offering classes in Albuquerque to share the wonderful tastes of Raw food cuisine
and the health benefits of Living Foods!
My next class is "Tastes of Exotic Asian Cuisine" reserve a space now!
Sunday December 15th 2013 1:30-4:30 pm, $50.00 +3.50 tax
See all the Raw vegan classes coming up below...
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Teaching raw and living foods to add spice to your life!
Chef Karen Hammer
I am so excited they wrote an article in the Albuquerque Journal about me on 9/11/13 called "Turn off the Heat"
HI! I'm Chef Karen Hammer and I love fresh healthy, healing foods and I also love to prepare them. I am a graduate of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and received my certification as a Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef in February 2010. A lifelong interest in food and heath and a believer of the quote from Hippocrates which states "our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food". I am interested in sharing with you foods that taste delicious and create better health and healing for many people all over the world. At this time I find it is important to find ways to stay healthy through wonderful whole fresh and organic foods. Fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, sprouted grains, seeds and beans. Sea veggies provide so many minerals that we need and I believe can help to keep us well. Eating at least 50% to 75% raw vegan foods or more is what I recommend for people who want to improve their health. I am passionate about sharing this lifestyle where living or raw foods can be delicious, satisfying and beautiful using natural whole living foods. These are the foods that will sustain us into the future.I offer group classes, personalized training, products, and private chef services.
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I have always loved to cook and experiment with foods and flavors, but changing to a raw had some distinct changes. Soaking nuts and seeds to remove the enzyme inhibitors. In raw the raw means fresh foods that are uncooked, like salads and raw vegetables. We also use very low heat below 118 degrees and this low temperature preserves the enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Preparing foods that are satisfying and have variety is not as challenging as you might think once you get the hang of it. It is a change, but, exciting and fresh living foods are wonderful and for me and allowed me to lose weight while feeling so alive and healthy. It's amazing how much variety you can have. There is the rainbow of fresh foods to choose from.
I was eating a living food diet for a year when I went to Ann Wigmore Foundation in NM. and then attended Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. After hearing a talk in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I decided to try going raw vegan right away and I became passionate about raw vegan foods enjoying this adventure with fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds and a few other foods. This kept me feeling vibrant and energetic and that drove me to continue eating this way.That year I was hungry for information about preparing this cuisine and experimenting with flavors. The change to Raw Vegan didn't seem like such a stretch for me as I was vegetarian for years.
My desire for a healthy diet and learning about healthy food started in high school. I had decided to become a vegetarian, but was convinced by family (my parents) that we need cheese or fish at the least to be getting the protein we need. It seems to be an obsession with many Americans to worry about whether they get enough protein. Have you ever heard of a protein deficiency in this country? I haven't.
Since I started as a raw vegan more than 5 years ago , I have now released about 44 lbs and I feel great. I just eat fresh and healthy raw foods in whatever quantities I felt I needed and the pounds melted off.
One of the most important people in this raw food and living foods movement is Ann Wigmore who started healing people of many diseases including herself of cancer starting in the 1960's. She was the founder of Hippocrates that was in Boston. Her foundation then moved to New Mexico after she passed away from smoke inhalation from a fire. The Ann Wigmore foundation, is just an hour west of Albuquerque. I recommend this program to many people who are in need of healing from disease or learning how to stay healthy. They come far distances and nearby to learn from the foundation all the basics of the living foods lifestyle. They follow the protocol that Ann Wigmore developed, the concept of using raw foods such as fruits and vegetable's, sea veggies, sprouts and wheatgrass juice and other protocols to regain or maintain their health.
I'm also looking for the perfect space and a partner to open a raw vegan restaurant in Albuquerque so let me know if its you!
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View to the west from my home with zoom.
Extinct volcanos and the beautiful New Mexico sunset! I took this as I had never seen a sunset like this one in the first few years living here, now I realize it was probably was created by Chemtrails or geoengineering the sky, I am starting to have showings of the documentary film "What in the world are they spraying? This is an important issue! Our air, food, and water is at stake!
Right now since March 2013 I have taken on the challenge of being a local coordinator for Food and Water Watch and their "We Will Decide
campaign to Label Genetically Engineered foods in New Mexico. I believe we have the right to decide what foods we put into our mouths and they should be labeled. Check out food and water watch NM on facebook!
Please check out these of websites www.abouttheesky.com or www.californiaskywatch.com. www.carnicom.com
I am so energized to be sharing Living foods by giving raw food classes for
health. The foods taste wonderful with fresh natural flavors
Upcoming Raw Vegan "Taste Of Raw Classes"
with Karen Hammer
Classes for October 2013 to January 2014
Register now for classes below to reserve a space. All classes have a 7% sales tax
3 hr classes $50.00, 1 1/2- hr hour classes are 35.00- 40.00 plus tax
Remember all of my classes are Raw Vegan
So no dairy, no refined sugar or refined flour
If it sounds like cheese it is made with a nut either raw almonds or cashews or other nuts or seeds
If it sounds like milk or cream it is also made from nuts or seeds or even the milk of coconuts
Taste's of Exotic Asian Cuisine!
Sunday, December 14th, 2013
1:30- 4:30 pm
$50.00 + 3.50 tax
Vegetable Sushimaki, Teriyaki Vegetables with Teriyaki Sauce, Cucumber Sea Vegetable Salad, Topical Fruit Tart
Learn how to open a young coconut
Learn how the sauce is key to the flavors of an ethnic dish, how to create them and more.
Taste's of Indian Cuisine!
Foods from India are so flavorful and delicious and now I have a class with all of those exotic flavors!
Onion Flatbread, Cilantro Chutney, Curried Coconut Soup Pea Cashew Curry, Sweet Burfi Balls
Coming on Sunday February 9th, 20141:30- 4:30 pm
Sprouting, Wheatgrass and Sunflower Greens!
Learn how to do indoor gardening, sprouting and grow them at home to fit into your schedule and add these amazing super nutritious foods to your lifestyle and feel healthier and younger.
using the freshest ingredients available
YOUR PAYMENT IS YOUR RESERVATION, Call Chef Karen with any questions you have and send a check or payment to reserve your spot. Looking forward to hearing from you soon! 505-363-4288
To register for classes: contact Karen by phone or by email.
Pay by mail to Karen Hammer, 699 Bluebird Ln NE Abq. NM 87122
Contact form-below the Garden Gossip section below
__________________________________________ See picture of dish from my Asian Cuisine class below garden gossip.
Garden Gossip and More...
Gather the Harvest, now that fall is upon us its time to keep composting, gather all of the fruits and veggies you've had, leave the cold weather veggies, Kale, some herbs survive, but if you want herbs bring some into your home with a pot and keep them watered so you have them nearby when you want to add flavor and nutrition to your creations..Since January I've been working for Food and Water Watch and now this April 2013 started being a coordinator in the NM office to work on Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods and Genetically modified foods (GMO's). We've had several events and are planning more. We had a film screening at the Guild Cinema of "The Future of Foods". Recently in October we had a campaign reboot at Winnings Coffee Shop in the University area. We will be out there petitioning on November 12th for the March Against Monsanto starting at Robinson Pk farmers market to get a snack and support our growers, then on to March to Tiquez pk. Our foods are just too important to fool this and nature has provided us so much wonderful nutrition and variety. We don't need animal and unnatural combination of DNA put into our plants. These are not healthy or in balance with nature and they have a history of using even more pestides, that cause disease and cancer. The big agribusiness has to return to more natural and sustainable ways that won't hurt animals, people or the honeybees. We deserve the right to know what's in our foods. Let us decide! Gmo's means that through genetically engineering some foods they go into the DNA and add pestices using the DNA of animals, insects or even other plants. Its not natural or healthy for us. In fact animals get sick when they eat GMO's and then they give them antibiotics which people then ingest. But if animals get sick, so can we! I think we all can make the effort to buy organic unsprayed foods,and the seeds used are so important too. We need natural, non gmo seeds that are crossbred naturally to survive in a climate area that you live in. We can work to get labeling, but the best way to make a difference is just to not buy anything with GMO"s or genetically modified organisms unless we're sure they're safe. The answer is to buy organic or from local farmers you trust.
The best thing we can do right now is grow some of our own food if we have a space and the experience is amazing and fulfilling. Natural seeds are amazing and self propagating through creating their own seeds that grow new plants. Speaking of this I am truly grateful for the work farmers do, especially organic and sustainable farmers as we depend on them. The high desert terrain and our success depends on keeping some moisture in the soil and keeping pests out in addition to providing some shade as the sun is so intense. I also think we need to feed our soil with compost from our food scraps.This natural way is very important to the success of our garden. One tip I can give that I saw someone do is planting sunflowers between rows and they provide shade from intense sun for certain plants.
Indoor Gardening-Besides sprouting indoors and growing wheatgrass. I find watching the sprouts and living plants grow is such a gift that shows us the miracle of nature as it is intended! If anyone has tips on gardening in New Mexico, please share as this can help others and I will post your tip's here.
Look to your Farmers Markets for more foods Look up- Farmers Markets NM on the web to see where they are closest to you.
Garden stores sell seeds and starter plants many with heirloom or organic seeds. Check out Plants of the Southwest! CSA's such as Los Poblanos and Skarsgard farms are going strong (community supported Agriculture or coop's for organic produce. In the spring summer and fall I buy as much local produce and fruit as I can find for our use. Buying this way saves energy use for transportation. It's one of the freshest ways to sustainably buy your food. We also make a difference when we buy organic and send a clear message to our farmer producers about what we need for our health! They will get it promptly and we control what we choose to put into our bodies to keep them healthy and I choose not to ingest pesticides in or on my food. There are other ways than chemical pesticides!
I am so thankful for the hard work farmers of the world put into working with nature to bring us wonderful foods that give us the nutrition we need to live.
Below picture of Vegetable Terriyaki with Pinapple skewer from my asian class - mmm good!
Below that a picture of my potted flowering basil flowers which are edible. and info on lemons alkalizing properties.
It is good to include some Citrus fruits such as lemons and limes which are some of the most alkalizing fruits. They taste sour but once they go into your mouth and mix with your saliva and go through the digestion process they turn alkaline inside your body. We try to achieve a balance, but a body that is on the alkaline side keeps us healthier. You can include it in your preparation of foods or add lemon to juices or water, in addition to dressings, sauces, and most dishes in raw food preparation. Its easy to substitute lime and a tip is you need much less salt.