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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Back on the Road (and Grateful to be Alive!)

Howdy folks!

I thought I should touch base before we officially begin our big American adventure later this week…

It’s been an event-full last couple of weeks, I’ll tell ya! Before leaving my sister’s home on Oct. 7th, we gave another raw food class in Rouyn. Mostly the same people as for the previous class attended so we already had established a good base and everything went super smooth.

Meet My Longtime Friend
During our stay in Rouyn, Don and I visited my friend Mario a number of times. He came into my life when I was only 5 (Mario was my brother-in-law for something like 25 years!) so he feels like family to me.

We spent a good chunk of Saturday together before we continued our journey. In the afternoon, I gave Francine, his girlfriend, a little crash course on smoothies.

She then gave me a hand preparing dinner: a raw cucumber soup and an Asian spinach salad. Mario loves LOVES raw desserts, so I had also whipped up an avocado based chocolate mousse which we enjoyed with banana slices for dessert.

Time to Pack Up!
Somehow, we managed to fit everything into the car again. As soon as he saw us packing, Kylo stayed real close by to make sure he was coming with. He’d even sometimes hang out on the backseat of the van! lol

At Shannsu's
Our first stop was a visit to Shannsu, whom I met via our forum, Raw Freedom Community, some time back. It was a much-welcomed pause on our way to Montreal, plus, we had been meaning to connect ever since our arrival in Quebec.

Shannsu and her family live on a small farm in the Upper Laurentians. As we were driving towards her town, the area reminded us a lot of the Okanagan where we lived for a few months. We enjoyed this chance to meet Shannsu’s husband, Claude, and son, Matthieu. I don’t remember having so much fun at the dining table! (Thanks to you, Matthieu!) It was a delight to witness how relaxed and harmonious their relationships are.

They also have several furry additions to their family so we felt right at home. I thought Puss might be traumatized to find herself with so much feline company, so we kept her downstairs, where we slept. She didn’t seem to mind.

Their dog friend, Copine, and little Nickelle. It's actually Copine's bed but she doesn't seem to mind too much. ;-)


Don gets company while munching on Shannsu's delicious apple crumble that we topped with raspberry sauce.

My doing the Tibetan Rites in the morning was apparently of great interest to many of the furries.

Nickelle kept grabbing my face and rubbing her nose against mine everytime I came around. Awwww! So sweet!

We certainly couldn’t have picked a better time for coming as Nature was exploding with the vibrant colors of fall. We actually found out that these were at their peak!

We took Kylo and Copine on a walk around their lovely property.
They had a jolly ol' time!

The sky was stunning that afternoon.

As Shannsu is totally fluent in both English and French, a while back she offered to translate my “Best of RFC” recipe ebook into French. With all that’s been going on for us in the last 6 months, the project had been on the back burner. Our visit was the perfect opportunity to do a final revision of her translation together. I am thrilled to announce that “Les Meilleures Recettes de Raw Freedom Community” should be available anytime now. Woo hoo

Merci Shannsu pour tout ton travail et ta dédication envers ce projet!

We had a fabulous time at Shannsu’s and can’t think of a better way to begin this new phase of our journey. We were even blessed with the very special gift of a hibiscus flower during our stay. These blossoms only last for one or two days!

Off To Visit My Parents
We continued our travels visiting my parents who live on the South shore of Montreal. Unfortunately, it rained all the way there so we couldn't see the colors as clearly.

As we were going to arrive a little late, we decided to make a short stop in Montreal in order to treat ourselves to a dinner at Crudessence.; a raw resto that opened earlier this spring. We shared a salad and lasagna platter.

Crudessence Salad; so colorful and well presented! It came with a few crackers, a bit of spread, sauerkraut, candied nuts and an excellent Asian dressing.

Lasagna with thick layers of zucchini, a sundried tomato sauce and macadamia cheese. It came with a side of carrot salad, a small green salad with dressing, sprouts and a few crackers.

Again, lovely, lovely presentation!

We were a bit concerned about staying with my parents as they really don’t care much for animals, but as is often the case, our worries proved to be unfounded. Kylo quietly chose a spot in the driveway from which he could keep an eye on all that’s going on.

As for Puss, well, she has been making herself right at home!

Her new favourite hanging spot is my mother Jeanne’s bed. lol

Puss had a little adventure of her own one day as she ventured down into the unfinished basement. Here's what she looked like when she finally climbed back up!

All ready for Halloween! lol

Got lots of cleaning up to do, that's for sure!

To my surprise, Jeanne has begun to like Puss! She even jokingly suggested we leave her here to keep them company! hehe (You have to understand that Jeanne is really not a pet lover. As a kid, I always wanted to have a cat and she persistently refused.)

Giving Thanks to Still Be in One Piece
On Thanksgiving weekend, my parents took us on a ride in their car one afternoon to show us the local colors.

On our way back, we had a big accident on the highway; we ended up rolling over a few times and crashing upside down in the ditch. The road was super busy so it is a small miracle that no other vehicle crashed into us.

Thankfully none of us got seriously hurt. Don, Jeanne and I spent several hours at the emergency to make sure everything was okay and were soon released. We woke up a bit stiff the next day, but otherwise unscathed. My dad was the worst off with a sore neck, a broken sternum and a displaced vertebrae. He returned home after 2 days at the hospital. We were told that these will take time to heal, but his condition is improving a little more every day.

The Sunny Raw Kitchen Live in Montreal
Shortly before leaving Rouyn, I was asked to give an uncooking class in Montreal. It all came together in record time and virtually effortlessly! Seven people joined us at Sarah and François’ apartment on Friday the 15th and we took over their kitchen for a few hours. We had an absolute blast as I whipped up some yummy recipes that can be prepped in a flash. Everyone seemed to enjoy their evening. We even got spoiled with fresh organic garlic products that one of the participants, France, had grown on her land in Rimouski.

Here you can see Sarah's two sweet hearts playing in the background.

My invaluable assistant handing over the goodies for tasting. ;-)

Taking Over Jeanne's Kitchen
Don and I pretty much took over the kitchen while at my parents', prepping food and doing the dishes. Jeanne seemed to enjoy this little break, especially since it freed up her energy to focus on Antoine's recovery instead. They would have a fresh juice with us most mornings, sometimes a small glass of smoothie. They almost always enjoyed a raw soup with us, sometimes an occasional salad and whatever else we'd be having for dinner. Don and I feel it's important to adjust and be flexible when it comes to food. Sharing a meal is often a special moment that can be ruined if holding too tightly to ideals of sticking to one's favorite diet of choice. I had made a lovely (cooked) squash soup for lunch one day, which we enjoyed with crackers, bagels and some raw fermented cheeze.

And The Journey Continues...
Our car accident was yet another good reminder how plans are always just tentative at best! We decided to delay our departure for the US by a few days and are so glad that we did! It gave us a chance to recover from that whole nasty business and my parents greatly appreciated our presence and help.

Don getting the van ready for the next phase of our adventures.

And now, well, we’ll be back on the road again in the morning. Our plan is to stay in the Syracuse/Ithaca area for a few days in order to connect with several folks. From what we’ve heard, it is a very special place so we’re looking forward to it!

Of course, Jeanne and Antoine are sad to see us go but also understand that this is the next step for us.

We'll be keeping you posted!


  1. Oh no!! I'm glad you guys are okay!! Car accidents are so scary and traumatizing, even without serious injury.

  2. Wow, what a story you have there. I loved reading this, though, was very shocked when I saw the photo of the overturned car!

    Glad you and Don are doing okay and good luck for your US adventures.

  3. Wow! Your recipes look amazing. I am so glad you weren't hurt in your scary car ordeal. It has been a long time since I've had raw lasagne... must make some soon!


  4. I'm very glad that you and your family are fine after that accident. =o)

    Have a great and safe trip.

    Lau-raw =o)

  5. Thank's God you weren't hurt! God bless you & your family,

  6. Dear Carmella,

    I am also glad that you and your family came out of the accident in one piece. How scary, indeed. Safe travels on your journey South. You will love Ithaca. It is a special place. The farmer's market, The gorges, the lake, and of course their famous vegetarian restaurant- Moosewood- if only they had raw offerings, lol. When I lived in Ithaca they didn't, but perhaps times have changed. Ithaca also has a dances of Universal Peace.
    You'll love it there!



  7. WOW! How scary! I am so glad you are okay after that accident.

  8. At first I thought the picture of the overturned car was a joke, so I was looking for a "just kidding" comment at the end. Oh my gosh! It was real! I am glad that you all are okay. Best wishes to your father for a full recovery!

  9. I am so relieved to read you are all doing well after that ordeal - simply amazing. . . as are you, Don and the wonderful work you do.

    much love,

  10. im so glad you guys are ok! do you have plans for when you come to raleigh, nc yet? safe travels, may angels keep you!!

  11. Hi Faith,

    It's looking like we'll probably be in Raleigh sometime around mid Nov.

    Send me an email to sunnyrawkitchen(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll keep you posted once it all firms up.