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Spotlight: EARTHCANDY

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JAMILA CRAWFORD- owner of EARTHCANDY* food.fashion.flyness

Well, what do you know; Creative Loafing Magazine got ‘hip’ to my movement and requested an interview with me!

Needless to say, I was totally excited and very honored. The publication sent food photographer James Camp to my home to get a few pictures for the feature story and we knocked it out in NO time!

‘Twas fun!

I enjoyed going to the garden, whipping up an herbal bouquet (the one you see in the pic) and I even made a kelp noodle pasta w/basil pesto medley for the shoot. It didn’t make the cut (womp womp), but the fact that I was getting a story was enough for me 🙂

Watch out world; I’m building my empire- one VEGGIE at a time!

Click here to read the full article…

Extra Extra, Read ALL About It!

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Extra Extra, Read ALL About It!

Hello EARTHCANDY readers!

 

It’s been a while, I know, but I just HAD to share something with you!

This morning I woke up to the release of my interview with Frugivore Magazine, a magazine for men and women looking for a fresh approach to fitness and healthy living.

Take a look and support Frugivore Magazine. Hey; YOU may even have something well worth contributing to their publication!

Ciao! 🙂

http://frugivoremag.com/2012/10/black-female-vegan-jamilia-crawford/

 

Thai Red Curry w- Vegetables

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I’m excited to present the next installment of Earthcandy* food. fashion. flyness. Take a tasty journey with me through Southeast Asia. In this episode, I’ll show you how to prepare my recipe for Thai Red Curry w- Vegetables (from my forthcoming cookbook CULTURE CLASH: globally-inspired recipes by EARTHCANDY GOURMET VEGAN CUISINE©).  It’s easy, quick, and delectable. All it takes is a little preparation and a healthy appetite!

Though I’ve given cooking demonstrations and lessons in the past, filming my first cooking segment was quite an experience. The “behind-the-scenes” aspects of a cooking show takes meticulous planning and on-point execution. Having two or three of each item on hand is a must, because you never know when you’re going to either spill, burn, or butcher (literally and figuratively) the ingredients! I have the utmost respect for culinary icons on cooking channels.

It was a great experience and I now know what to do (as well as NOT to do) :-). My favorite part (as well as the crew’s) was eating after we wrapped the taping….hey; I’d gladly bear the “woes” of a cooking segment ANYTIME for that!

Well, here it is. Happy eating!

Thai Red Curry w- Vegetables  (serves 4)

2 tbsp. sesame oil

1 med. yellow onion, peeled and sliced

½ cup each: red bell pepper, zucchini, snap peas (fresh), slivered

½  cup carrot, peeled and matchstick-sized

1 cup bite-sized broccoli florets

2 Tbsp red curry paste

1 can (14 oz.) coconut milk

¼ cup shiitake mushroom, sliced

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 tsp. raw sugar

cilantro and scallion (both chopped) for garnish

Set a wok over medium-high heat and add the sesame oil. When the oil is quite hot, add the onion and saute for about 2 minutes, or until the onion is softened.

Add bell pepper, zucchini and snap peas and stir for 2 minutes. Next, add carrots, broccoli and curry paste and blend into vegetables. Pour coconut milk and soy sauce.

Add mushroom and carrot and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to simmer, about 15 minutes.

Turn heat off and add cilantro and scallion for garnish, mixing well.

Serve directly from the wok over individual bowls mounded with jasmine rice (optional)

ENJOY!!!

It’s earthcandaaaaaaay!

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It’s earthcandaaaaaaay!

I know, I know; long time no see, right? It’s all for a greater good though!

While I was ‘away’,  I was focused on manifesting a dream. The stars finally aligned and I set in motion the beginnings of something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m elated, anxious, and eagerly anticipating what’s to come from this. I KNOW it will be big. Shoot, I’m like a smoker at a gas station: I’m about to BLOW UP! 🙂

Arrogance? Naw. Call it confidence. It’s been a long time coming, yet I’m contained enough to take baby steps. Today  I am pleased to launch the first episode of my web-based show called… you guessed it; “earthcandy* food.fashion.flyness.” It’s a show that features everything I love. From preparing some of my favorite recipes to some of the city’s best cultural events and exclusive interviews to my all time favorite activity: SHOPPING! Think of it as my blog in motion.

I hope you will enjoy  taking this journey with me. Soon we will venture to other cities around the country and around the world, eating, engaging and experiencing new adventures and ideas in true earthcandy style!

Well my friends, without further adieu, I present to you, earthcandy’s FIRST webisode! Enjoy 🙂

soul food summer

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The first day of summer is here! Hooraaaaaay!  *reflecting* Ahhh, summer. My favorite time of year….hands DOWN! To bask in the drops of golden sun just feels so right. I wish summer was year-round where I live. Hmm….I think a move to the islands is in order. Alas, I’ll enjoy what Atlanta has to offer by way of the sun. Afterwards, I’ll chase it wherever it may be. 🙂

You know I can’t very well enjoy the launching of an ATL summer without sharing some goodness with my fellow ATLiens, right? Sooooo….my “HAPPY SUMMER” gift to you is a 50% off coupon to dine at Soul Vegetarian, Atlanta’s premiere award-winning soul food VEGAN restaurant! Yep, there’s something better than chitlins and hamhock-infused collard greens to deem as ‘soul food’. And you can’t beat that with a wiffle ball bat! 🙂

So kick off summertime with a nutritious meal, cool?

***the fine print*** (Poncey-Highland location only. Offer expires MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (the clock is ticking), but coupon (once obtained) is redeemable until 9/20/11.

Hurry up and click the picture below for your coupon!!!

pictured: Soul Vegetarian’s (left): salad sampler of beets, carrots, and eggless “egg salad” (right): fried tofu cutlets, served with collard greens and sweet potatoes.

You CAN Cook!

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Let’s face it:  a lifestyle change such as going from a STANDARD AMERICAN DIET (SAD) to being vegetarian or vegan is not always easy.  Many times, the mere thought of making adjustments to your shopping, cooking, and food prepping regimen is enough to scare most people right back to their comfort zones. Well, I’m here to show you that the fear is not necessary. Most people’s diets are 40-70 percent vegetarian to begin with (that’s if you’re eating balanced meals). Transitioning to a veg/vegan diet just takes a little education.

That’s why I am happy to offer –for the first time– EARTHCANDY Classroom– in-home diet consultations for those interested in making that change.

This in-home service will help new and experienced vegans and vegetarians learn not only how to prepare delicious, healthy vegetarian or vegan meals, but I will also coach you on how to shop for staple products and foods from your friendly neighborhood grocery store or Farmer’s market.  I will ensure you always have a hearty and delightful meal on the table!

***My Earthcandy Classroom Package includes a two-hour in-home consultation***

First, I will come to your home and discuss your particular dietary goals; Are you looking to be all or partially vegetarian? Is your goal to go completely vegan? What dietary restrictions you have? What are some of your favorite foods? What are some of your dietary concerns? We will discuss these and other questions and you will walk away with a customized grocery list to help you get started on your new diet.

Additionally, during our two-hours together I will provide you with a recipe printout and teach you how to prepare two quick and easy dishes that are sure to be a hit with you and your family. A list of necessary items to prepare these dishes will be provided to you prior to our appointment.

Earthcandy Classroom In-Home Consultation is $85 (per person) for the two-hour session. The first 20 people to schedule an appointment will benefit from a $10 discount making it only $75!!!

Should you want to continue your sessions after our initial meeting, Earthcandy Classroom sessions can be booked for $50 per hour per-person.

Act now, as spaces will fill up fast! To schedule your consultation email: eatearthcandy@gmail.com

As a courtesy, I require a 24-hour notice (by phone please, in case I don’t catch the email) to reschedule any booked class.

***Classes can be held in any home kitchen in metro Atlanta (within a 30 mi radius. beyond 30 mi is available for an add’l fee)***

HAPPY EARTH DAY TO YOU!

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Earth Day is special, for it’s a day that we acknowledge and honor our Mother Earth. The name EARTHCANDY itself is my ode to our planet since she provides ALL the sweet things in life. I merely transform it into delicious vegan dishes (food), vibrant wardrobe pieces (fashion) and advice on where and how to obtain all FLYNESS 🙂

I feel that we should honor the Earth daily. We can start by:

* keeping streets litter-free,

* decreasing toxic exhaust fumes from cars and factories,

* saving some of our forests which generate healthy breathing air

* reuse, reduce, recycle and

* avoiding pesticides in the growth of our fruits and veggies…a.k.a. ORGANIC GARDENING!

What better way to develop an appreciation for all the wonders that is mother earth than by getting “in touch” with her, literally and figuratively. Gardening is a great way to implement some of the previously mentioned tips, and it’s also a rewarding and common sense activity that has a multitude of benefits.

Honestly, I’ve never really had a green thumb. I once made an attempt at maintianing a garden and I failed. Horribly. Funny because one of my fave books, “Country Ways and Wisdom“, features a collection of seemingly lost ‘words of wisdom’ that are saturated with a centuries-old understanding of the patterns of weather, seasonal changes and the behavior of plants and animals around us. It also speaks of plants that work well together when planted side-by-side and plants that repel certain insects. Unfortunately, there isn’t a place in the book that instructs verbatim on how to plant a garden. So, with much studying and reconfiguring of my garden blueprint, I’ve totally mapped out my dream organic garden!

*scratching my head* I’m gonna do it right this time. Now if only I had a plot of land…hmm….

It’s gonna take quite a bit of time for me to claim myself as master gardener, so until then take a look at a few organic garden blogs that will help “sprout” some gardening ideas!

A Way To Garden  – Gorgeous photos paired with good garden knowledge

Cold Climate Gardening – A great resource for people who live in cold zones
Garden Fresh Living – A fun look at how gardening becomes more than just an action, but a lifestyle…
Life on the Balcony – gardening without a yard
Seasonal Wisdom – A unique look at combining the wisdom of seasonal eating and gardening
Don’t forget to share your tomato, squash and bell pepper harvest with me; I’ll even create a recipe in your honor :-)!