Cracked Young Coconut Have you ever eaten a whole coconut? Young Thai Coconuts, are the big green ones, in the city you'll find the green outer layer husked off to make them easier to pack. Found at Asian markets and health food stores, the perfect specimen will be white and not pink, especially on the bottom. Water is filtered in through the plant as it grows and stored within the coconut's hard shell. The living water found within hydrates due to naturally occurring electrolytes and contains vitamin C, iron and calcium. Coconuts are low glycemic and delicious. You'll need guidance to open one of these babies. The cheapest route is a cleaver, they're about $20 at most kitchen stores. I use this method at home, ELove can give you a demo, she taught me. For cleaver free access try the Coco Jack, we use this tool in store and at our events. Scrape out the beautiful meat, enjoy as is or freeze and use in recipes. We also sell whole coconuts at the Goods if you want to try, we can even give you a Coco Jack demo.

20131004-111205.jpg Everyone could use a little help in the kitchen sometimes, ya get bored and need to switch it up. Here are a few of my favourite cookbooks... or un-cooked books if you need some inspiration.  Elaina Love's Pure Joy Kitchen, Vol 1 & 2 The Complete Book of Raw Food Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet ReFresh The Art of Raw Food Annie Nichols' Healthy Vegetarian, Healthy Life Now with your freshly stocked pantry and a few new recipes in hand you'll live it up all winter long.

Elaina Love Gazpacho Soup Hey hey! THE GOODS is taking next week off! Well we're stepping away from our usual duties for a few days to take care of a growing To-Do List. Exciting to switch up our routine nonetheless. On that note, why not try this recipe! A fantastic summer soup from Elaina Love, my dear teacher, magic worker and raw chef extraordinaire. She posted it on her Facebook page yesterday.  Raw Gazpacho Soup 4-6 medium to large ripe tomatoes, purée in blender 1 large tomato, dice 1 medium stalk celery, dice ½ cucumber, peel, seed, dice ¼ red bell pepper, dice 4 radishes, thinly slice 1 green onion, thinly slice 1-2 tbsp parsley, mince 4 tsp lemon juice 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 clove of garlic, mince Mineral salt or to taste Cayenne pepper to taste Avocado (optional) Cilantro (optional) Blend only the first 4-6 tomatoes until smooth. In a bowl, combine the rest of the chopped veggies and spices including the blended tomatoes. Cover and chill for an hour or more, it tastes even more amazing the next day. Prior to serving, top each bowl with 2 tbsp chopped avocados and a bit of cilantro if you like.  I will be eating this all next week. See you September 9... the new menu has been posted if you wanna place your order.

Sprouting with a nut milk bag Other than my chef knife and cutting board the item I use the most in the kitchen is a nut milk bag. Basically it's a washable fine mesh bag that makes food life way easy. But don't be fooled, it's not just for milking: 1. Make nut and seed milk 2. Juice veggies and fruits using your blender 3. Sprout 4. Ferment raw nut and seed cheese 5. Make nut and seed flour (well that's just pulp leftover from milk that's been dried) Some health food stores carry the bags, like the Carrot Commons, Elaina Love sells her Amazing Nut Milk Bag online plus I have a few on hand for sale or Juicerless sells a great quality bags on their site or through eBay. A fun kitchen tool to play around with, the blender juicing option alone makes it worth it.

Melon Cake Triple P strikes again, this time she hit us with a dessert which was devoured with glee! Finally something good comes of her obsessive Pinning... Super easy to make, chop a watermelon in half, flatten out the bottom and clean off the rind so you have a nice round cake shape. Ice with a vegan whipped cream or if you're up for an intermediate raw recipe challenge try Elaina Love's Sky High Whip Cream... it's beyond delicious, sugar-free and good for you! What the?! We decorated the cake with berries, but you could consider doing it Parker-style with some rainbowed fruit. Keep in mind watermelon moves fast through your system, so eating it after rather than before consuming two burgers and a mini keg (or in our case bowls of Mexican riced cabbage, hummus and gluten-free crackers) will make for pregnancy scare bloat-out for sure. Or try it yourself if you don't believe me... Happy Monday! It's gonna be a good week.