20 Feb 2012

hippie haven highlights & hemp sauce

Well folks, I have returned from Tofino on Vancouver Island. 

It was an awesome vacation that was much needed, and I wish more than anything I was back there right now... listening to the ocean, walking in the rain, hiking through old-growth forests, laughing til my abs hurt with the fam, and drinking smoothies on the beach. Instead, I'm back here studying for midterms and worrying about trivial matters. 

Ah well. C'est la vie. 

I won't give you too many details about the trip because you probably don't care, but here's some highlights: saw a pet pig, watched a fire dancer, played hours of Settlers of Catan, laughed until we all cried, my brother bought me a vegan cinnamon from The Common Loaf, gave my mom a foot massage when she got poisoned by a sketchy calzone, hugged a lot of wise old trees, made delicious veggie meals every night, survived a wind storm, watched my brothers do dishes, visited the all-new vegan health food store/gallery and bought RAW JUNGLE PEANUTS! 

(Only in Tofino will some guy come to your door and say:
"Hey dudes, my buddy's a fire dancer if you wanna watch.")

A couple crazy things that happened - I saw a guy from one of my university classes at The Common Loaf! C'mon, what're the chances. 
Also, avocados are 5 for $5 at the Tofino Co-op!!! ARE YOU KIDDING? That's cheaper than here. How does that happen!?

My mom let me bring the Vita-Mix this year so I was able to make green smoothies every morning =)
The family had some too! You can see their fruit smoothies in the background. Mmm.

This smoothie was a bunch of dino kale, a banana, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, raspberries, peaches and water.

I also ate a lot of seaweed, since it's delicious and stuff... ya know. Plus, we're surrounded by it on the beach so how could I NOT? My brother said it looked like stained glass in the sun - I agree. It amazing how often I have the thought "Wow, I am eating art."

Tofino is such a great place. Everything is local, hand-made, organic and friendly - landscape included.

All the people are so chill, and predominantly hippies. So it's makes sense that the health food store is all vegan, and substantially raw. It's called Green Soul Organics, and they're expanding! This year they added a top floor, which is a total chill zone. It's got funky tunes, tons of old couches, vegan potlucks, 420 Sundays, and a gallery of what residents think "humanity" means to them. 

Yeah. I belong here. 

We bought prayer flags, raw jungle peanuts, and were GOING to buy glass straws; but they were too small for my thick smoothies. So we're gonna buy them online at Upaya

Besides our trip to town, we basically just relaxed in our cabin, visited beaches, and went on some hikes. 

Now, on to the stuff you're really interested in: food! While we were in Tofino, I brought along some killer hemp sauce, and used it to make some awesome raw veg wraps for dinner one night. The whole family liked them so I KNOW you will. 

And I have some special news! I am going to be featured in an E-Book! I will give you more details soon =) For now, just enjoy these wraps. 

NOTE: You can use this hemp sauce on ANYTHING. Dip, sauce, marinade, add more water and an avocado to make soup, use it on kale chips, and anything else you could possibly think of. Seriously. This is a go-to sauce. 

Hippie Hemp Sauce: makes about 1 1/2 cups or so

1/4 cup plus 2 Tb hemp seeds
3 Tb nutritional yeast
2 Tb miso
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 date (or 1 t honey, agave, or maple syrup)
1 Tb mustard 
2 Tb nut butter (or 3 Tb nuts)
2 Tb tamari
1/2 cup water
1/8 - 1/4 t chili powder/cayenne
2 t sun dried tomatoes (optional)  
1 t hot sauce (optional) 
Pinch salt & pepper
3 Tb black sesame seeds 

Blend all ingredients EXCEPT black sesame seeds together until smooth. Also, be sparing with the water; add it only as needed to get a creamy, saucy consistency... you can always add more. Then mix in sesame seeds with a spoon. They add nice contrast and texture. Taste it! Sooooo good, right?

Veggie Seaweed Wraps: serves... ?

Bell Pepper
Hippie Hemp Sauce
Nori Sheets

Chop all the produce and mix in enough hemp sauce to coat them all. Add salt & pep to taste. Wrap in seaweed. Enjoy! Best served by the ocean.


Unknown said...

I am having my midterm exams too. It's so stressful...I hate it. I love your pictures and your hemp sauce.

Em von Euw said...

Bluh, tell me about it =/
I don't get to too stressed normally but I have to get them done early this year because we're going to Mexico!
Thanks btw =D

Anonymous said...


Love your blog and this recipe! How long do you think this sauce lasts for?

Em von Euw said...

Thanks! =D Maybe a week or so?

Anonymous said...

Hey emily, love your post... Julien and I were just in Tofino thur/friday. We miss you guys, hopefully we can hang out soon :) Congrats on the book, that is so exciting!! - Charissa

Em von Euw said...

Hey, Charissa =) Yeah I'd love to see you guys! I'm glad you had a good time. It's the perfect place.

Anonymous said...

Is there anything that can replace the nuts? This sounds incredible and I absolutely love hemp, but I'm allergic to nuts :(

Em von Euw said...

Yeah you could use coconut oil I suppose... or you could even just leave them out completely and see if it tastes good without any replacement. :)

Suezie said...

Genius! Love it! Thank you!!

Tatiana said...

This sauce was AMAZING!!! Thank you

theholisticwoman said...

Hi Emily, Just wanted to tell you that my daughter pre-ordered your book for me this past Christmas, and I was so excited! It arrived a few months ago, and I absolutely love it! Thank-you for doing this work:)

apersonwhocares said...

I made this today and it was divine! I may experiment a little with adding some tahini and maybe some thyme and rosemary to make it a little more savory...we'll see. Thanks for yet another stellar recipe! You're awesome Emily!

anoude said...

I tried this dip yesterday and just wanted to let you know it's fantastic! Tons of umami, thanks for the recipe!