I love chocolate. Dark chocolate, rich and earthy, deep and expressive.
The skinny –
Single “origin” chocolates and raw chocolates.
To take another bit –
I have a gravitational pull to dark chocolate and this one from Papua New Guinea is delicious.
What makes it interesting? It starts with the process, according to Mast Brother’s packaging “After harvest, these beans are uniquely smoked. This post-fermentation process imparts incredible flavor; think hickory smoked bacon and aged scotch.”
The volcanic soils and diverse landscape provide a complex start for these cocoa beans. In addition to the soil and tropical climate the preparation techniques only add to the rich earthy base of this chocolate.
The gut check –
To add to what has already been described…
I feel I am walking into a floral shop when I smell and have the first bit of this chocolate. I get the wafts of moss, the vivacious green plants, the cuttings from roses and plants that are facing withering death, the bright geraniums and fresh earth that each of these plants are potted in along with the coffee that the shop keeper drinks while telling me about succulents that have arrived…oh and the chocolate still lingers on.
Seasonal vegetables are critical and should provide the main focus, especially herbs and greens. The following are some of my favorites:
wild mushrooms, beets, spaghetti squash, carrots, dandelion greens, fennel, endive, kale, spinach, parsley, cilantro, mint, basil, dill, watercress and sprouts.
Fats are often misunderstood and misused, however are a vital part of the diet as well (use them in accordance with your own bodies needs and restrictions, daily moderation)
High quality butter (nothing fake, the real stuff – amazing, I despise anything but)
Olive, sesame and coconut oils
Raw milk cheeses – sheep, goat and cow (I use in extremely small amounts in spring & fall)
Full fat yogurt sheep, goat or cow (very small amounts in spring)
Raw milk or nonhomogenized grass-fed and organic (monitor how your body reacts)
Spices & sprouted seeds are a huge part of my diet too: turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, cumin, sea salt, pepper, cardamon – try something new…
Other items to experiment with and include:
Grains are a must (steel cut oats, quinoa, faro, wild & other rices, teff)
Apple cider vinegar
Miso (I like yellow)