& a vintage letter from Mark Twain...
Fresh Cream of Corn Chowder with a Kick... + a side of my secret recipe Raw Vegan Onion Rings!
Fresh Cream of Corn Chowder with a Kick is a celebration of summer in a bowl!
This simple and delicious recipe takes full advantage of local farmers' markets, currently overflowing with the plumpest, juiciest ears of succulent corn. Golden jewels so honey-sweet and tender they're best fresh off the cob. If you've ever eaten corn fresh, standing in the middle of (an organic) corn field you understand perfectly why subjecting these pale golden delicacies to steaming kettles of boiling water or smoking hot grills is a practical crime. Besides, who seriously wants to deal with hot steam or smoking grills on a beautiful summer day?!
**Do you spot my napkin (below) on which a vintage letter from Mark Twain is printed? More on this in my personal comments after the recipe :)
Beautiful, fresh foods brimming with life force have taken me to physical, mental & spiritual levels I never imagined possible!
This cool, creamy bowl of goodness boasts a wonderfully thick chowder texture, the freshest, sublime corn flavor and a perfect kick of smoked paprika & tabasco. I've paired it here with my Raw Vegan Onion Rings (the recipe for which I'm equally excited to share with you soon!). As with all StyleNectar raw vegan dishes, Fresh Cream of Corn Chowder is incredibly nutritious. Sweet corn is loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that promote healthy vision. Corn also contains significant amounts of vitamin B1, Folate, Vitamin C and dietary fiber.
Of course, this fantastic chowder needn't be relegated to summer months only. Simply substitute organic, frozen corn, which has been frozen at the peak of ripe flavor, retaining all it's amazing enzymes and nutrients, and warm up to 105F (the temperature of a baby bottle) to keep it raw.
Recipe for Fresh Cream of Corn Chowder with a Kick
- 6 ears organic, sweet corn on the cob (make sure it's fresh, no more than 24 hours out of the field)
- 1/2 + cup almond milk (click here for nut milk instructions) or sub filtered water which is just as tasty (add additional liquid beyond 1/2 c, slowly, til reach desired consistency, I'll guide you thru this below)
- a dash or two of your favorite hot red pepper (I used a tiny dried tabasco from last year's garden)
- frehly snipped chives, chopped & reserved for garnish
- smoked paprika, reserved for garnish (if you're a stickler for 100% raw use unsmoked)
- Place a kitchen towel over your cutting board and slice the corn off the cob with a sharp knife. The towel is a great trick to prevent the kernels from bouncing all over the kitchen :)
- Reserve 2 ears worth of kernels and set aside.
- Place remaining 4 ears worth of kernels into high speed blender along with 1/2 cup almond milk (or filtered water depending on what you're using) and a dash or two of your favorite hot, red pepper. Buzz it up til thoroughly combined. Taste to check & adjust seasoning/consistency. You'll probably need to add a touch more liquid til you reach your exact consistency. I start with 1/2 cup so as to not add too much too soon. This is a cream of corn chowder after all :)
- Mound the reserved kernels from 2 ears of corn into each of the two serving bowls.
- Ladle the blended chowder mixture carefully around the mounds.
- Garnish with freshly snipped chives and a dusting of smoked paprika.
An update on my summer adventures... living without air conditioning is still a dream come true. I simply won't tire of feeling the fresh breeze on my skin, the scent of nectar and rich soil deep in the lungs, twittering baby robins caressing my ear... The closer we are to nature the more abundance we experience. magical life force. that which scientists are still unable to discern. the mystery of life. and great unknown.
the challenge of uncertainty. in a perfectly, beautiful, big Adventure.
So what are my tricks to stay sane during these last few days of high humidity in the mid 90's? A couple well placed (and pretty) fans are key. Also, taking advantage of when it's cool... It's truly remarkable how much the temperature dips at night, so letting in all that fresh, clean goodness overnight creates a fantastic cooling affect in the home. Of course this nocturnal cooling creates for gorgeous mornings, so I take full advantage of the shady 6:45 am calm on a long walk serenaded by birds. After that, a refreshing cool shower. During the day... Fresh juices on the rocks, frosty smoothies, cool crisp salads, juicy fruits, chilled soups and creamy Nice-creams. So delicious and perfectly designed to keep body temperature balanced, hydrated and comfortable. (check out the StyleNectar Recipe Index for 50+ Juice, Smoothie, Chilled Soups & Salad Recipes!) The body grows responsive and adapts to the fluctuations of nature if we let it. We're part of nature after all - it's not as though there's the universe, earth and then MAN. No, we're all life, part of a cycle that works in harmony. By resisting the wisdom of life, in our futile attempts to control it, we cause ourselves much unecessary suffering. Conversely, letting go of all our conditioned (no pun intended) beliefs and assumptions allows us the spaciousness to tune into a much higher vibration of wisdom, an intuitive knowing with which we're all equipped. A peace and all-encompassing love in which all is perfect just as it is.
We have so many friends around us. The tiniest of spotted baby deer wobbles zig-zagging about after Mama. Black and white woodpeckers wearing great red beaks slide up & down tree trunks in stacatto calling out tropical cackles. A few days ago, Jim found a huge, slow turtle the size of a tire crossing the drive to reach the other side of the small brook that winds about our property.
PS. Did you happen to spot the napkin in my photos on which a letter from Mark Twain is printed? It's one from a vintage set by great authors including D.H. Lawrence, Jack London & Emily Dickenson. How fun to read correspondence with my lunch, trasported to London in the mid 1800's, via beautiful words from Mark Twain in New York. It's the sweetest of love notes. Here it is in entirety (click image to enlarge text & read):
A letter from Mark Twain with my lunch - what a treat! (click image to enlarge text & read)
Have you ever eaten corn fresh off the cob?
What's one of your favorite moments from summer so far?
Thank you for visiting :)
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