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Raw Mexican Corn Chips and my lighting woes

6 Comments 25 November 2013

Raw Mexican Corn Chips and my lighting woes

It has been a while since I posted a recipe. I have all sorts of posts in my head to share. I even have recipes scrawled in my kitchen journal to tell you about. But I have a serious case of blogging aversion. After analyzing the situation I think I figured out what the problem is. I’m struggling with a crucial piece of my creative process.

(If you don’t want to hear me complain, skip down to the first photo to read about some delicious chips.)

While I’ve enjoyed playing in the kitchen, despite it’s small size, I have not had fun photographing my creations since moving to NYC. Why? Because I have one window with limited light due to the tall building behind our house that blocks the sun for all but 2 daylight hours. And that one window has a narrow windowsill. I can’t fit much on a tiny windowsill, so creating a well-lit, mouthwatering food scene is out of the question. I did try to balance my cutting board on the windowsill with my foot for a little extra play space. It wasn’t pretty. And everything is backlit which is not my favorite lighting effect. I have some awesome light stands which are inconveniently in a storage unit. So I need to figure out a solution, a small solution since every square inch of storage space has been filled.

Until then, please forgive my uninspiring photos!

I’m done complaining. Let’s get on to the food.

Every time we go to one of my favorite vegan restaurant we order Living Nachos.

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And every time, the Husband asks if I could make raw chips like these. Thin and crispy yet scoopable.  Just as I was experimenting with a corn-based chip for the first time, Janet of The Taste Space linked these babies up to Raw Foods Thursdays.

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She calls them The Best Raw Corn Chips, and the name fits perfectly! They meet all of my requirements for a corn chip without any added fat. Plus, they have the most delicious corn flavor I’ve ever tasted in a corn chip. One bite makes me think happy summer thoughts like corn on the cob, picnics, and warm sunshine. These chips truly are The Best Raw Corn Chips, and I suggest you hop over to The Taste Space to get the recipe!

So while I was fiddling to replicate Living Nachos I had a little help from Janet! I love her idea of using a bag of frozen corn as the base. So easy during the winter months!

My version is called Raw Mexican Corn Chips as I added a little spice. I also added some sunflower seeds for durability.

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They’re extremely hearty and easy to scoop with.

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You can either break them apart in a variety of shapes, or score them into triangles part way through the dehydrating time to make the perfect “tortilla chip” shape.

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And they’re still thin enough to be considered a chip and not a cracker.

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Raw Mexican Corn Chips

by Heather (with inspiration from Janet of The Taste Space)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. ground flax
  • 1/4 c. water

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients except for the water in a food processor and process. Slowly add up to 1/4 c. water until the batter is spreadable.

2. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to allow the ground flax to gel.

3. Spoon onto 2 teflex-lined dehydrator trays, and spread the batter to the edges of the tray with a flat spatula, leaving a 1-inch borders. Be patient. This may take up to 10 minutes to spread evenly.

4. Dehydrate at 118 for 6 hours or until dry enough to flip and remove from teflex sheets and place on mesh trays. You can score it into triangle shapes with a knife.

5. Continue dehydrating for 18-24 more hours or until desired crispiness is attained.

6. Break along score lines and store at room temperature in a sealed container.

Makes a big bowl scoopable happiness.

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Readers, dish!

  • Have you ever made raw chips?
  • What’s your favorite kind?
  • What inspires you to write?

Your Comments

6 Comments so far

  1. *HUG* I understand your kitchen/blogging woes, although you definitely have the odds stacked against you for pretty photos. But photos are not the be all and end all – these look great! If I am in a kitchen slump, I don’t make anything exciting at all… but at least you are still making exciting meals.
    I knew you loved the chips based on your comment you left, but I love your version, too. Thanks for the shout-out. :)

  2. Those look amazing!! Add them to the menu for the next retreat! No kidding. Just sent you a bunch of lighting/photo ideas my friend. :-)

    xo,
    Shilry

  3. Betsy says:

    Those look so good! I love corn chips, but hate all the fat.

    I have issues with lighting in my kitchen too. It is so frustrating not having a big window in my new kitchen. I only wish I had that problem in NYC. :)

    Betsy

  4. These look wonderful, I need to get our dehydrator out to try. Thanks!

  5. amber says:

    Hi Heather,

    Well, light is crucial to photography, but in all honesty, your pictures in this post are amazing! I think they look great and you captured your little window of 2-hour sun well my friend.

    And this recipe is too cool. I can’t wait to try. Two days ago I set out to make raw sweet potato chips. I had the perfect flavor (cinnamon and coconut sugar) and put them in my dehydrator but they turned hard as glass! I guess I missed the opportunity to make them out before they turned so hard. I was sad about this flop. I’m such a chip fanatic. LOVE them. So I can’t wait to try your corn chips.

    Hugs,
    –Amber

  6. Ugh, that sucks :/ I’ve been not having as much creative energy either as I’m finding the shorter days are harder to get good pictures in. But I can’t really complain, as I do have a decent window near my kitchen. I’m sure you’ll figure something out – you are a resourceful gal. In the meantime – your nacho plate picture is beautiful =)
    These sound SO GOOD. I can’t wait to try making them!


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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, friend, fitness fanatic, foodie, high raw vegan, child of the King, and Mama Cat. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. And now I have another challenge ahead...I'm moving to New York City! I look forward to Living Raw Vegan in the City and sharing my experience with you.

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