I ran into this site yesterday. Wonderful place. I originally stuck around to oogle at all of the reccipes, but the forums caught my eye and I spent a large part of my day off running amok in the various sections. My apologies, but there aren’t too many raw foodists up here to banter with.
—Anyway, if you’ve cruised to my profile, you’ll see an odd mix of professions, and a few opinions. I probably don’t fit in perfectly here, as I do eat some non-vegan foods on occasion, but my diet is 95-100% raw, usually just simple snacks of nuts and fruits and occasional salads.
—Being raw is a bit different up here. I live in a ‘dry’ cabin, which means washing dishes is something I prefer to avoid. Blenders and food processors take a lot of water-hauling to keep them clean! If anyone has more simple, mechanical-free or dehydrator-only recipes, they are TRUELY appreciated.
—Good produce is expensive up here. Organic produce is rare. What does make it up here is usually already a few weeks removed from the ground. It’s frustrating, but I make up for it in summer with our incredible growing season. The “Land of the Midnight Sun” does have it’s perks. Even porch gardens grow insanely fast and lush up here.
One thing I do find, I am more attracted to nuts and other oily, high-protein foods in the wintertime. It gets really necessary when things turn obscenely cold (-20 to -60). I tend to crave salmon a few days a week when that happens. Raw (from frozen, we net them in the summer), usually diced with flax-oil, scallions, jalapeno and limejuice. It makes a fire that will take the chill off anything.
—Living in a cabin has taught me a lot about resources we normally take for granted. How much we squander for showers, dishes, and clean cloths. Where the trash goes. How much is generated, and how removed we are from where our wastes go after it runs down the drain or gets taken to the curb. I burn paper and cardboard to help reduce waste and to keep the cabin a few degrees warmer. It is a different kind of recycling, but it keeps the oil-heater from sucking so much fuel when I come home and turn up the heat.
—Right now, it is overcast, with a little bit of blue over the hills down-valley. I live in the lowlands, where the cold tends to settle in. My place is usually 8-10 degrees colder than Fairbanks. Right now it is 21 degrees here, almost eerily warm for this time of year. It should be 20 to 40 degrees colder. Alarming on a global level, but it does make for good x/c skiing.
—The wolves have moved to this side of the valley. It adds a bit of an edge to my treks to the outhouse… but I doubt I’ll see one. They sing their presence, but they are very careful to stay out of sight. Still, I’ll keep an eye out for tracks in the new snow, and see if they’ve visited. Moose are far more common, and there is a red fox in the neighborhood who is absolutely fearless. Camp-robbers (Grey -Jays) and a few enormous Ravens are regulars to the surrounding pine and willow, along with a small batillion of chicadees.
—I work in town as a nurse, mainly dealing with the health problems of older Alaskans raised on white flour, tobacco, bacon and whiskey… The health problems are sobering. Incredibly crippled arthritics, Diabetes in various stages, cancers, kidney and liver diseases… enough to turn anyone from a typical diet.
—My summer job is as a field Archaeologist and Anthropologist, studying the past and present lifeways of native Alaskans. After a long winter, I love getting out into the field. I also do a little winter-work at the museum as an archaeological illustrator.
—Anyway, hello from Fairbanks.