VegFest in Florida 2011 and Brownie Recipe
The second annual Northeast Florida VegFest on Saturday November 5th brought me back to Jacksonville, Florida for a short little visit. While in town I had a chance to visit some friends, harvest reishi mushrooms, go surfing and make some brownies during my food demo at VegFest.
Saturday started out with a visit to WJXT News 4 Jax studios for a quick interview on the morning show. The morning anchor and weather lady Rebecca Barry confessed to me she was a burger and pizza kinda girl. I told her I ate that stuff too back in the day but you can’t get away with that forever… especially if you are on TV… well maybe if they don’t show you below the neck. I was impressed by how she would jog in high heels between the morning show couch and the weather set and then back all while on the air and even talking. That must be how she works off the burgers. I gave her a copy of the book and left a bag of granola with the other morning host (not sure of his name). The next morning show guest was a group of Zumba ladies. They asked me if I’d like to join them during their segment for some Zumba dancing… hey, why not? What’s a “Zumba” anyway?
While we were waiting between segments I watched the male morning anchor chowing down on the granola. I assumed he was enjoying it but before I could ask him he blurted out, “this stuff tastes like dirt.” That had me confused because he just kept eating it… he must like eating dirt. The old saying about “throwing pearls to swine” comes to mind. His comment didn’t bother me much because he seemed more like the the Froot Loop fan than the raw granola type.
The morning show finished up before 9am so I headed over to VegFest to catch everyone setting up. I said my “hellos” and slipped around the corner to a breakfast spot where I could warm up with some tea and eat a pomelo I had bought the day before.
Pomelos are a favorite fruit of mine. For those of you not familiar with pomelos they’re the oversized grapefruit looking things you’ll find seasonally at the grocery store. Pomelos differ from grapefruits in a couple of ways:
- Their skin is very thick and can be easily removed in one piece
- They don’t come apart in clean slices like grapefruit and oranges. It’s best to peel the fruit, split it in half by pulling it apart from the middle and then peel each individual slice to free it of the thick skin that surrounds it
- They taste sweeter than grapefruit
- They don’t make as much of a juicy mess although once you’ve finished eating one there will be a pile of peels and pith
With breakfast and the surreal land of the mainstream media behind me I walked over to VegFest for my demo. Fortunately this year they had a sound system for the food demo. The year before we had to battle the amplified main stage for the attention of our audience. This year we had a microphone on a stand. Not ideal for a food demo but better than nothing. I actually liked the hand held microphone because it made me feel like I was doing stand-up comedy. My friend Natacha volunteered to assist me in my brownie making which allowed me to narrate the process. I was pleased to see a standing room only crowd gather for the no-bake brownie demo. I did a variation of the brownie recipe on page 176 of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox. There’s also another variation of the brownie called the “Bomb Dot Com Brownie“. Here’s the recipe I shared on Saturday at the VegFest:
- 1 C Walnuts
- 1 C Pecans
- 1/2 C Dates
- 1/4 C Cacao Powder
- 2 T Mesquite Powder
- 1 T Ground Chia
- 2 t Maca
- 2 t Vanilla
- 1 t Cinnamon
- 1/4 t Pink Salt
- 2 T water or maple syrup
- Combine all ingredients in food processor using S-blade
- While the processor is running add the water or maple syrup until the mixture binds into clumps
- Press mixture into a casserole dish and even out
- Cut into even slices
- Brownies will firm up when placed in refridgerator