Episode 42 Show Notes

Mock Salmon Cucumber Cups with special guest
Jessica Fitzgibbons

Courtney: Hi, I’m Courtney Uncooked here with my dear friend, Jess, and today we’re having a tea party and we’re going to show you how to make mock salmon pate cucumber cups. They are delicious and they taste just like real salmon, don’t they?

Jess: Really, really good.

Courtney: Stay tuned.

Intro:  Courtney…Courtney Uncooked. I’m Courtney Uncooked cause that’s how I like my food. The vitamins and the minerals, you know they all get through. Absorbed into the body so that nothing gets lost when you start eating raw of your health you’ll be the boss. Raw vegan for my health and you know that health is wealth. To help you stay your best, we will welcome special guests. So let’s go make a recipe and have lots of fun, your healthy living journey has just begun cause I’m Courtney…Courtney Uncooked. 

Courtney: Hi, I’m Courtney Uncooked and this is my dear friend, Jess Fitzgibbons now.

Jess: Hey.

Courtney: And Jess has been my dear friend for over 10 years, we just figured out.

Jess: Yeah.

Courtney: And the way we met….

Jess: That’s a longtime, it’s a decade.

Courtney: It’s over a decade.

 Jess: Yeah.

Courtney: Yes.

Jess: I know.

Courtney: And it is going well.

Jess: Excited for you hun.

Courtney: So, you know, I don’t know if you remember how we met, you just called me out of the blue and were like, hey, let’s do business and I was like…

Jess: That’s right.

Courtney: Meet me tomorrow at 12 o’clock or something.

Jess: Yep. And I was there baby.

Courtney: She showed up and we’ve been friends ever since.

Jess: Yep, I was. I know.

Courtney: So, Jess, how have you been making it through this crazy time? What’s getting you through?

Jess: Yeah, so we did a big renovation…

Courtney: Okay.

Jess: Which I’m really excited about.

Courtney: Okay. What did you do? What did you do?

Jess: We blew out the whole second floor and opened it up…

Courtney: Okay.

Jess: Opened our kitchen and living space.

Courtney: Nice, nice.

Jess: Yeah. It was really exciting and completely got a new closet…

Courtney: Oh, wow.

Jess: Big bathroom, it’s just bright and pretty so I’ve been enjoying that a lot.

Courtney: Yay. Okay, cool.

Jess: Yeah, excited.

Courtney: And what about with work? Like how have you had to adjust with that?

Jess: You know work, we’ve been working from home a lot, so like I find myself sitting a lot, you know where I’m trying to like, make sure I practice my posture ….

Courtney: Oh, yeah.

Jess: And breathe well, you know, so I’ve been doing like a lot more yoga, which I love. But yeah, just, you know, making sure that I’m getting moving and like, I used to go out all the time.

Courtney: I know.

Jess: It’s just a little bit different…

Courtney: You were..

Jess: for work.

Courtney: like the only person I know more active than me,

Jess: Yeah, we networked like crazy.

Courtney: Yeah. You were everywhere.

Jess: We were like maniacs, we were.

Courtney: Well, one thing I have always loved about you is that you’re always down to put on a great Lilly…

Courtney: And have a tea party.

Jess: I love the colors, they’re beautiful.

Courtney: We love having tea parties.

Jess: You look like a rainbow babe.

Courtney: Oh, thank you. Thank you.

Jess: Yeah, you’re welcome.

Courtney: So, today we’re having one of our tea parties. How do you like my new, butterfly tea set here?

Jess: Courtney, they are so beautiful.

Courtney: Oh, thank you.

Jess: I absolutely love them.

Courtney: Thank you.

Jess: Actually, when I saw this, I thought about my grandmother who I adore. She’s actually Lebanese so we called her Sittee.

Courtney: Sittee.

Jess: Sittee, yeah. I know, it’s like Arabic for grandmother. It’s S I T T E E, Sittee.

Courtney: Like Sittee over here. Sittee over there, Sittee with your grandma everywhere.

Jess: Yeah.

Courtney: I’d be like Sittee, whad up?

Jess: Yeah, but she was one of my like heroes.

Courtney: I’m sure she was amazing.

Jess: She was, and any way, when she first passed away, I was seeing butterflies everywhere and I got these chills and it just felt so good. I felt like she was actually giving me some love and telling me she was there and then like a month later I finally told my mom and my sister and they were like, J did you know that Sittee’s last thing that her skin touched was butterfly sheets?

Courtney: Wow.

Jess: And I was like what? I know it was just so special. So anyway, every time I see butterflies, it gives me happy feelings and I love it.

Courtney: And butterflies are new beginnings.

Jess: Yeah.

Courtney: You know, we’re coming into the fall, it’s pumpkins and it’s all that stuff.

Jess: Love it.

Courtney: But man, it is never to… A new beginning is never out of season.

Jess: That’s right. Absolutely. I 100% agree with that.

Courtney: Yeah. You can always bust out your new beginning butterfly tea set…

Jess: That’s right. It’s a choice. You just do it if you want, you know?

Courtney: Yes, absolutely.

Jess: Yeah.

Courtney: So, since…

Jess: I’m so excited about this, this new for me.

Courtney: Yes.

Jess: I mean, all this like learning about all of this, this is all super new for me.

Courtney: I’m so proud of you.

Jess: Thank you.

Courtney: Jess isn’t vegan yet.

Jess: No.

Courtney: She’s getting there.

Jess: I’m loving to learn all of this. I am.

Courtney: Yes.

Jess: I am doing that.

Courtney: Yeah. So, today we’re going to make a mock salmon, cucumber mousse, which we’re going to serve in cucumber cups.

Jess: YUMMM.

Courtney: So, this is the best thing to take to any tea party. You show up with these and you’re going to be the Belle of the ball.

Jess: Who doesn’t want to be a Belle? I do.

Courtney: Yes, you do. You are a Belle.

Jess: Southern Belle.

Courtney: Alright, so the first thing we’re going to put in is actually two cups of almonds, which we’ve soaked overnight.

Jess: Okay. So, what if you forget to soak them overnight?

Courtney: That is a great question. You only have to soak them for two hours minimum, but the longer, the better.

Jess: Okay.

Courtney: So, these were overnight and now we’re going to add some carrots. We’ve got four cups of carrots.

Jess: Hmm, carrots. Hey Court, why did the carrot start blushing?

Courtney: Why did the carrot start blushing?

Jess: Can’t guess? Because it’s saw the salad dressing. Isn’t that funny?

Courtney: Hey, Jess, speaking of salad dressing. You know how I like my salad dressing?

Jess: How?

Courtney: Like I like my ladies, on the side.

Jess: Me too.

Courtney: You do?

Jess: I do… I like it on the side of my salad. Love it. It’s my favorite.

Courtney: Because you know, and then you don’t use too much.

Jess: Exactly. I don’t like to overdress because I like to taste the vegetables. It’s really good. Yeah, totally.

Courtney: Alright. So, we’ve got, our almonds, our carrots and then we’ve got some green onions here.

Jess: And this is making the paste, right?

Courtney: Yeah, so this is going to be our mock salmon paste and the carrots are going to give it that orange flavor.

Jess: How many green onions was that?

Courtney: I think that was four green onions.

Jess: Okay Yes.

Courtney: And now we’ve got…

Jess: Lemon juice.

Courtney: The juice of three lemons.

Jess: Three. Like how big?

Courtney: Yes…I’m glad you asked.  And I’m just going to use my pampered chef…

Jess: I love that thing.

Courtney: You see, it goes longer than any other ones.

Jess: So, it squeezes it all out?

Courtney: Yes. Yes, it does.

Jess: That’s awesome.

Courtney: It’s so good. And we’ve got some tamari here.

Jess: And that’s like a soy sauce, right?

Courtney: Like it but healthier.

Jess: But it’s better for you. Cool.

Courtney: Yes, it is celery.

Jess: Celery. Oh yeah, how much is that?

Courtney: That is two stalks of celery finely chopped.

Jess: Two, okay. Salt.

Courtney: And then we’ve got some salt to taste. I don’t know how salty you like…I’m kidding…

Jess: For a second. I’m like, yeah, I know it’s salt.

Courtney: Is that good?

Jess: Yeah. So, it’s just a couple of sprinkles of however salty you want it to be.

Courtney: Yes. And then one tablespoon of nori, which is about one sheet of nori and you know, nori is dried up seaweed and it is so good for you.

Jess: Okay. Why is it so good for you? Obviously, I want to know.

Courtney: Well, one of the things I really like about it is that, you know, it delays hunger so that can help you keep the COVID 19 off you know what I mean?

Jess: Gotta  stay slim and trim.

Courtney: But nori is great for your thyroid. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, it’s got everything in it.

Jess: Cool.

Courtney: I mean, you want to look at how healthy this is.

Jess: I mean, yeah.

Courtney: Carrots, almonds, nori, celery. I mean, this is the picture of health. You’re always going to start off on low. Look at that.

Jess: Yeah. Good job Court.

Courtney: Now you can turn it up faster.

Jess: Cool.

Courtney: Okay, let’s take a look at that.

Jess: That looks so…

Courtney: Doesn’t that look like… imagine like in the deli section of a grocery store…

Jess: That looks like a salmon that totally does.

Courtney: You have that little plastic pad, you know, like a little container…

Jess: That looks perfect.

Courtney: So, all we’re going to do is take our pampered chef melon baller and take out the center…

Jess: Okay.

Courtney: of the cup.

Jess: I’m trying to do it with this.

Courtney: Yep.

Jess: This is so easy Courtney.

Courtney: So, then you just take that.

 Jess: Okay. What do you want me to use?

Courtney: And put that in there.

Jess: Thank you. It looks really good Court.

Courtney: Yes, I’m really going to stuff yours.

Jess: Okay cool.

Courtney: I don’t want you to feel cheated.

Jess: I don’t want to feel cheated either.

Courtney: So, the seaweed’s going to give it that nice… okay, I gave you a big, big one.

Jess: That’s a really big one, yeah.

Courtney: I know. Because I just wanted you to really..

Jess: That’s okay. I can’t wait to try it. You know what? I love dill.

Courtney: Here we go…

Jess: I bet dill would be good sprinkled on this.

Courtney: Ooooh dill probably would be good.

Jess: Cheers.

Courtney: Cheers to health and wealth.

Jess: Yay.

Courtney: Oh, you know that’s good!

Jess: Courtney. Yummmm.

Courtney Rapping: Stop what you’re doing, I hate to interrupt, but me and Jess cucumber cups. They taste and look just like a real fish but we’re serving them in a cucumber no need for a dish. It’s the perfect thing to take to any tea party but they’re going to go so fast don’t be tardy. No, you don’t need a stove or an oven to cook. Just a blender, dehydrator and Courtney Uncooked.Jess: Don’t be late!