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Two Weeks on Raw – Day Twelve

 

Jack's Raw Creamy Cauliflower Soup

If I was worried about how Jack and Sally would get on without me when I’m gone before, I’m certainly not now! I have just left the dinner table after being served a.. (wait for it).. a  five course meal made exclusively of raw, living foods prepared by non other than Jack himself!!! And let me tell you, it was absolutely amazing! We had Raw Creamy Cauliflower Soup to start, which was so unbelievably delicious I just had to get the recipe off him to give to you (see below!). To say we’ve not been in the kitchen that much together, I was doubly blown away by what he brought out. But before I go on to tell you about Jacks raw culinary delights, I need to tell you that our fourteen day journey together will now be ending tomorrow. I have to get back to the mother land that is Yorkshire. I was hoping to go back on Monday, but circumstance has made it that the only time I can get back is Saturday night. We will still be having a raw day until the evening, and Sally is coming with me to the land of the white rose, so we shall be having a reet raw feast when we get there; and a raw breakfast on Sunday too (or maybe I might let Sally have that egg she’s been fantasising about…hmmm…). But still, check the site on Sunday as Jack and Sally will be giving you their own thoughts and feelings about how the two weeks personally went for them! Should be interesting! (Argh!)

Although Sally and myself are heading up north, Jack will be staying here, so as of Saturday night he is free to do as he pleases. What is fantastic though, is the fact that he isn’t really craving other foods anymore. He has no desire to go out and get junk food. That’s a pretty huge step in the right direction, I’d say! He feels like he has really got somewhere during these two weeks on raw foods, and he doesn’t want to loose all the progress that he has made. He say’s he has no interest in getting a kebab or anything like that. He wants to carry on eating raw by himself for a few days and slowly bit by bit reintroduce healthy cooked foods back into his diet. Very wise. He now feels like he has a wide spectrum of healthy food options available to him, and both him and Sally now feel far better equipped to lead a healthier life style.

But anyway! It’s not all over yet! Let me get back to telling you about Jack’s raw food masterpiece that we had tonight. Prepare to be mightily impressed. Here is the menu…

Jack’s Raw Living Cuisine

Raw Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Feathered Mushrooms with a Garlic Sauce, served with mixed leaves

Avocado and Cashew Cocktail in a Beetroot Dressing

Chilli Hummus with Baby Plum Tomatoes, Basil and Julienne Carrots

Chocolate Mousse with Hazelnut Crumble

I mean, what?! It was incredible! All this from the man who was mainly living off packets of ham and takeaways only a few weeks ago. It’s amazing what’s possible, isn’t it? It was such a joy to eat this and seeing what Jack created filled me with even more inspiration and enthusiasm for raw foods. Other than the Raw Creamy Cauliflower Soup and the Chocolate Mousse with Hazelnut Crumble, Jack didn’t use a recipe for any of the meals. The Garlic Sauce the mushrooms were in was heavenly. The Avocado and Cashew Cocktail in a Beetroot Dressing came out looking just like the 70’s classic dish it was aiming to replicate. So clever! The small bowls of Chocolate Mousse were smooth, creamy and decedent, and I especially loved the cheeky little layer of maple syrup at the bottom. Mmm. But the star of the night, other than Jack himself, had to be the Raw Creamy Cauliflower Soup. It was such a treat for my taste buds that I shall definitely be making this one on a regular basis; as will Sally and Jack. Here’s the recipe so you can, too!

Raw Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Use good quality firm, fresh cauliflower to make this delicious creamy soup! You don't have to wait for anything to soak, which is always nice.
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3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 head celery
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 5 dates
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp white miso (or dark, the soup won't be as white though, obviously)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 medium cauliflower to give 4 cups of florets
  • A handful of parsley to garnish
Instructions
  1. Juice the celery to give about 400 ml water (1 + ⅔ cups)
  2. Put celery juice into a blender jug and add the black pepper, the dates, lemon juice, nutmeg, pine nuts, miso, cinnamon and salt.
  3. Blend all to make a smooth mix.
  4. In the food processor, grate the shallots using the grater blade (or use a standard grater). Replace the grater blade with the S blade and process the 4 cups of cauliflower florets, along with the shallots.
  5. Add the mixture from the blender jug, and process until there are no big chunks and the mixture is smooth.
  6. Pour into soup bowls and top each with some finely chopped parsley, some very thin slices of shallot and a generous serving of ground black pepper.

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Sally – “I am so impressed with Jacks five course raw dinner tonight, the food was just delicious! He is a really good cook, but normally when we have vegetables they’re swimming in cream or butter; which of course is very tasty, but not very good for your health… The raw garlic sauce that went on the mushrooms tonight was so tasty, after I finished eating it I really felt like I had eaten something cooked from an Italian restaurant! Very satisfying. It’s lovely to know that we will be able to eat raw when we want to, and that it isn’t such a scary unknown world anymore. It’s become part of our lives and we’ll be able to dip into it whenever we like. Amazing!”

Jack – “I enjoy getting creative in the kitchen, I very rarely stick a recipe so it was fun getting to create something raw by myself for the first time. There is no way I would have been able to do this before these two weeks though; the idea of raw food was just so bizarre, I wouldn’t have known where to start. But after eating only raw foods for two weeks, and seeing what is possible, I now feel very confident to make raw meals for Sally and myself now. I know we won’t stick to it 100%, but we will definitely be eating a much higher amount of raw foods; be it in the form of a fresh juice, smoothie or a full on raw dinner like tonight! I’m really not craving any ‘bad’ foods now, and that is amazing”

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Check in tomorrow to see how our last full day together went, find out what we had for lunch and check in for a melt-in-your-mouth Peppermint Chia Chocolate recipe!!!

Two Weeks on Raw – Day Eleven


Jack  – “I think I’ve turned a corner, Elaine. I feel really good this morning. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I feel really happy!

 HALLELUJAH!!! I made Jack and Sally a Raw Chocolate and Coconut Milkshake for breakfast to celebrate (see below for recipe!). Jack woke up first thing feeling energised and ready for the day.There was no grumbling, in fact there were smiles all round. He said he felt completely different to how he has felt for the last few days, it was as if something had shifted. He wasn’t craving other foods so much and he felt in a really up beat mood. I made him a fresh juice and another portion of his beloved Gazpacho Soup for his lunch. I received this text from him after he’d eaten it – “That was tremendous, superb, amazing, incredible, edible, delectable, vegetables. Thanks!“.

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Sally was happy and much more centred today, too. She had a simple salad and a couple of pieces of fruit for her lunch today. She says she is really enjoying the feeling of being healthy. She no longer has any massive cravings (apart from the egg, obviously), but her biggest concern is when I leave. She is worried that she’ll just end up staring at the fridge thinking “Help!”. So tonight she was in the kitchen with me making the Raw Pesto for the courgette spaghetti. This is her favourite dish and one that she is really keen to learn how to make for herself. She couldn’t believe how simple it was, I mean, it really is just whizzing a few ingredients up in a food processor. Anybody can do it. The most taxing part may be the fact that you need to soak the sunflower seeds. A lot of people go “Ooo, soaking seeds? I’m not sure about that… Oh, that all sounds a bit much for me that… Sounds too much like hard work”. Does it? Really?!  It only takes about 30 seconds to pour some sunflower seeds in a bowl and cover them with water 🙂 It’s just the fore thought that might seem something like ‘hard work’, but once you’ve done it a few times, it’s very easy. Promise…

Raw Chocolate and Coconut Milkshake
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Milkshake
1-2
Ingredients
  • 500 ml Brazil Nut Milk
  • ½ coconut (as in a normal brown one that you can buy easily in the uk!)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 dried figs
  • 1 tsp suma (or other superfood of your choice)
Instructions
  1. Place everything in a blender and blend!!

 

Two Weeks on Raw – Day Nine


 

I think it is safe to say that today was a far better day than yesterday. We didn’t go to the gym this morning, and Jack feels much better for it. I think doing exercise on top of all the raw food is maybe too much for him at this early stage. No more gym trips, then. Well, my pass had run out anyway… It was nice while it lasted. Anyway! Back to the raw food.

After being woken up at 4 am this morning by a drunk couple arguing outside the house, I decided to make the most of my frustrated wide awake state and head down to the kitchen. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you’re trying to make yourself so knackered and worn out that you’re able to sleep through incoherent loud mouthed ranting…I re-arranged the kitchen, put a tray of Raw Chocolate Macaroons in the dehydrator, prepared Jack and Sally’s breakfast and also came up with these new little beauties –  Mini Raw Chocolate Tiffin Slices. It’s because of these Mini Raw Chocolate Tiffin Slices that I am now glad of the fact that I am not in possession of a Vita-Mix. Had it not have been for my bog standard £25 blender, these moorish slices of tea time goodness may never have been created. You see, when I make my Almond Milk in said £25 quid blender, the almonds don’t really blend very well. At all. A few do, and the others just whizz around shouting at the blades “You can’t catch me! You can’t catch me!”. So what I’m left with is a kind of chunky almond pulp mush. I normally dehydrate this* and leave it sat in a tupperwear doing nothing for weeks. But at 4.30am this morning, I saw the chunky dehydrated almond pulp through new, half closed eyes. I thought “Hang on a little second…that chunky dehydrated almond pulp looks cannily like…biscotti!” And it didn’t stop there. From then I started thinking “Hmmm, maybe if I pour chocolate all over it, it will taste like a chocolate biscuit type thing… and if I add some pistachios, chopped brazils, a few raisins and gojis, it might resemble something close to….TIFFIN!!!” Which it absolutely does – WIN!  Here’s the recipe –


Mini Raw Chocolate Tiffin Slices
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Tea Time Treat
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of chunky dehydrated almond pulp
  • 1½ of liquid chocolate**
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup agave or maple syrup
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup chopped Brazil nuts
  • ½ raisins
  • ¼ goji berries
  • pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Put everything in a bowl and give a good stir to make sure it's all coated in chocolate.
  2. Spoon mixture out into a large rectangular glass dish, about 1 inch thick.
  3. Leave to set in the fridge for a few hours.
  4. When set use a sharp knife to cut into small squares, or how ever big you fancy.
  5. Using either palette knife or metal frying spatular, lift the squares out of the tray.
  6. Enjoy with your favourite cuppa mid afternoon!

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Sally – “I feel great today. I loved my lunch of onion bread topped with avocado. Simple and delicious. And I love the scones you made in the dehydrator. In fact someone at work today said “Oi! You’re not allowed to eat that! And is that cream in the middle?” And I said, “I think you’ll find I am, and no it’s not cream; it’s coconut butter thank you very much”. My cravings have definitely subsided, although I am still looking forward to having an egg. Don’t want meat at all though. My friend told me tonight that for her dinner she had turkey fillet with mash, fried mushrooms and tomatoes and I have to say, I thought it sounded revolting! I was very happy with my raw meals today”

Jack – “I feel so much better today from not going to the gym. I feel like I have had more time to reflect on the changes to my diet and I have to say I feel very positive. I haven’t eaten much today, but have still had a great amount of energy, and that is a wonderful feeling. I can’t say I have experienced the crazy raw buzz that you talk about, but maybe that is because it’s early days. I don’t know whether I would want to stick with this 100% though to find out. I just miss meat too much. I’m not craving ‘bad’ foods today though, which is good. I would just love a fillet steak with new potatoes… and a salad, too! Salad and meat, that will do me. I do feel really good on raw food today, though… ” 

* Yes, I have a dehydrator. I find you’re either a Vita-Mix person or a Dehydrator person. One day I’ll be a fancy pants and have both.

** Here’s how to make the liquid chocolate. Just omit the orange oil (or leave it in, that might be quite nice actually!)-

 http://getrawcous.com/recipies/chocolate-orange-hearts

Two Weeks on Raw – Day Seven

 

We have finally arrived at the end of the first week. Seven full days of eating nothing but raw food! We decided to have a very light day today, having nothing but juice until dinner time and avoiding nuts. We’re all feeling the need to cleanse even further, although this isn’t always easy to do. I personally felt great today from only having juice until the evening, I had a lot of energy and felt very happy within myself. I love the beautiful cleansing taste of juice combinations such as celery, cucumber, mint, apple, and lime or pineapple, spinach, kiwi and lemon. Mmm. You can literally feel your body soaking up all the nutrients, I love that. But enough of me harping on about what I love and don’t love – More importantly, how are Jack and Sally feeling?…

 

Sally – “Well, today was painful. I found it really, really hard. But you got me through it. It’s not that I literally feel in pain, I feel very healthy but I have been close to running out the house to buy myself a big block of cheddar cheese. I just want to dive head first into a bowl of dairy produce. I think it is because it’s a Sunday, when I’m at work all this is quite easy, but being at home I find myself thinking about food more. However, the food you have made us today has been amazing, especially the Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho Soup. That was superb. And the peppermint raw chocolate with chia was delicious. They really helped with my cravings. More of that please!” 

Jack – “I’ve been wanting to eat out of boredom. I have been dreaming about chip butties and things like that. But if I stop and listen to my body, I know I feel really good. It’s just cravings I suppose. It’s not like I don’t enjoy the food, I do. Especially the really fresh, pure tasting food. Like the Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho Soup that we had for dinner. That (and you can quote me on this) has to have been one of the nicest things I have ever eaten. And that includes cooked food, too. It’s definitely the best soup I’ve ever had. The flavours were intense but subtle at the same time, and I loved the heat from the chilli and ginger. I found it very revitalising and I knew it was just what my body wanted. Can we have that every night for dinner please?” 

It seems the Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho was a hit! I feel guilty taking any credit for it as it is so ridiculously easy to make. Plus it’s not one of my own recipes! It is a recipe from Matthew Kenny and Sarma Melngailis’s book – Raw Food, Real World. Here’s the recipe if you haven’t already got it. Whether your into raw food or not, there is no denying this particular gazpacho is a cut above the rest. Try it for yourself!


Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho
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Starter or Main
4
Ingredients
  • 3 cups watermelon, seeded and pureed in a blender
  • 1 cup seeded watermelon, diced small
  • 1 cup seeded tomato, seeded and diced small
  • 1 cups cucumber, diced small
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced small
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 small bunch of coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp finely grated ginger
  • ½ small jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced small
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the watermelon puree with the diced watermelon, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, lime juice, coriander, ginger, jalapeno, spring onion and salt.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Season with fresh black pepper and more salt if needed.
  4. Ladle in to soup bowls and serve, or refrigerate to chill and then serve

 

 

 

Two Weeks on Raw – Day Six

 

Sally – I could fancy an egg.

Jack – Me too. With some anchovies.

Sally – And cheese. A cheese and fried egg sandwich.

Jack – On white bread or brown?

Sally – I don’t mind really

Jack – I haven’t eaten meat for 10 days…

Sally- Or a yoghurt. I’d quite like a yoghurt. 

Jack – Chicken satay…that’d be nice.

Sally – I just want any dairy. Cheese, cream, yoghurt…

Jack – Crisps. Do you fancy crisps?

Sally – Ooh no… I just want dairy in my face.

Jack – Well I could do crisps. 

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So, looks like all those cravings I warned them about have started to kick in! Fantasising about their favourite foods has been a hot topic today. It was going to happen sooner or later. I am surprised they haven’t started talking like this earlier really. But it is nearly the end of the first week and I  also think the fact that it a Saturday makes it even harder for them. Under normal circumstances they would have probably got a takeaway in, like most people in the country. So the prospect of being served a raw meal tonight wasn’t really appealing to them. Jack was asking for avocados and olives, something oily, salty and of substance. I decided to make them a really big saturday night salad, one that was packed full of flavour and different textures.  Sally mentioned that she would’ve ordered pizza tonight if she wasn’t doing this, so I made sure the salad had loads of yummy toppings on, including her favourite – capers. She could sit and eat a whole jar (I could, too…).

As soon as I they started tucking into the salad, they felt loads better and stopped talking about cheese and crisps. Thank God. As well as the big mound of salad, they had a side portion of onion bread too. This is where the dehydrator comes in handy if you are new to raw foods. It make life a lot easier if you are able to eat things that are dense and have a similar taste and texture to cooked food. It definitely helps with the cravings. However, as much as they loved the salad, Sally said afterwards “That was amazing. But I could really eat a trifle now”. Ok so I couldn’t give her that, but I went straight into the kitchen and brought them out this – 2 mugs of fresh lemon and ginger tea, some raw chocolate hearts and a plate of juicy orange slices. And I have to say, it was just what the doctor ordered. Sally said “Oh, that was lovely. I just think I needed a treat. That has really sorted my cravings out. Mmm, yum”.

Two Weeks on Raw – Day Five

I’m feeling a bit guilty as I’m having to leave Jack and Sally to be left to their own devices until dinner time tomorrow… Well, if you call being left millions of pieces of paper with instructions written on all over the kitchen being ‘left to your own device’. I have had to flee the raw nest for one day as on the side of all this raw food business, I am an actress (said very earnestly, of course). I had to go to London today for a coupe of auditions, and it is also a very close friends birthday tonight in the big smoke too – so I’ll be here until I head back tomorrow lunch time. This morning was pretty frantic, I just wanted to make sure they were completely sorted and felt as though they had plenty to snack on, ect. I made them a litre of Almond Milk, some Maple and Cinnamon Buckwheat Crunchies, and prepared sushi in advance for their lunch. There is also raw chocolate, walnut burgers, guacamole, ginger and garlic dipping sauce, onion bread, fruit and veg in the fridge. And in the freezer, there is a mahoosive tray of this – Pineapple Icebox Dessert – one of my favourite raw puddings ever. It’s an Ani Phyo recipe, but I actually think the title lets the pudding down a bit. The fact it’s described as an ‘Icebox Dessert’ makes you think it’s some sort of sorbet, but it’s not. It’s reeeally creamy and vanilla-ry. This pudding is always a winner with people. I made this for the yogis during my demonstration out in Bali last year for my raw chef training, and they loved it! (Did I mention I went to Bali?..)

Everyone should give this a go, not only because it’s ridiculously easy to make, but because the end result is just so, so good. I bet you anything you’ll say in between mouthfuls “I just can’t believe this is raw!'” 

PINEAPPLE ICEBOX DESSERT

Recipe by Ani Phyo. http://aniphyo.com/

CRUST

  • 2 cups cashews
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean or 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp agave or honey

FILLING

  • 1 1/2 cups cashews
  • 1/3 cup agave or honey
  • 1/4 liquid coconut oil
  • 1/4 water, as needed
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped pineapple

To make the crust, combine the cashews and vanilla in the food processor and chop to a crushed wafer texture. Add the agave syrup and process to mix well. Sprinkle half of the crust onto the bottom of a loaf pan.

To make filling, combine the cashews, agave, and coconut oil in a blender and blend until smooth. Add water if necessary so you can create a creamy smooth texture. Pour over the chopped pineapple in a bowl and stir to mix well. Spoon the filling into the loaf tin and sprinkle on the remaining cashew crust. Pat lightly. Freeze for 2 hours before devouring..

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 Check in tomorrow for Day Six of ‘Two Weeks on Raw’ to find out whether Jack and Sally managed to keep it raw, or whether they dived head first into a 14inch pepperoni!

Ps. Just got this text through from Jack –

“Ryan (Jacks work mate) hasn’t stopped going on about spirulina…He’s rushing out to Holland and Barrett to get some and he’s outraged he didn’t know about this sooner. He’s sat next to me with more energy than normal wanting more!”

LOVE IT! 

 

Two Weeks on Raw – Day Four

 


“FRUIT? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE FRUIT!!!”. These were the words that Jack said as he burst into the kitchen at the crack of dawn this morning. No points for guessing what film they watched last night. (Obviously there is some slight change to the actual dialogue in the film). So, someone woke up feeling energetic this morning! I like to think that all the raw food and spirulina has something to do with that. As well as being in an upbeat mood, Jack put extra time in at the gym, too. He had a very positive energy about him which was lovely to be around. However, although the day started off well, later on in the day Jack starting having  cravings for other foods. He told me that someone at his work brought in a Gregg’s Cornish Pasty, and that he couldn’t lie… he wanted one. That’s the tricky thing with what we’re doing here. We’re not in a retreat in Bali, or hidden away from the rest of society in Arizona. Jack and Sally are in their own home, going to work like they normally do and having all of the usual temptations laid out before them. That is why I am even more impressed with the two of them. They are so dedicated to this, and are sticking to it even when people waft pasties in front of their noses. And yes it is tough having cravings, but they are both starting to feel some positive changes – enough to make them want to keep on with this and see just how good it can get. So he didn’t give in to temptation, and came home to this instead – A massive mound of courgette spaghetti, with left over Marinara Sauce (see recipe below!!!), Macadamia Cheeze, olives, capers, hemp seeds and a side portion of Onion Bread. I reckon that’s a definite contender to a Gregg’s, don’t you?

Sally went to work with her Chocolate Chia Porridge, with figs, raisins and cinnamon. It’s the first time she had tried it, and I have to say it’s not for everyone. Personally I love it but the texture can be a little..strange. However, I got this text from Sally at 12.30pm saying “It has the consistency of frog spawn but I really thought the chia was delicious!”. Hurrah!  She also got a large glass of freshly juiced apple, carrot, beetroot, lime, and ginger as soon as she came though the door from work. She’s saying her skin is feeling softer and that she’s feeling great within herself. I personally can see that her eyes are looking really bright, too..

But the biggest thing to happen today was this – remember I told you about ‘The Sausage and Chips Man?’, the man who never eats anything green ever? Well Jack actually persuaded him to have dinner with us. That’s right! A TOTALLY RAW DINNER. A man who has avoided eating vegetables his whole life had dinner with us tonight. We had Walnut Burgers topped with Macadamia Cheeze, avocado, salsa, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts and all tucked into an ice burger lettuce leaf for a bun. And this is what he had to say whilst eating it –

“Well, it’s a very strange feeling. I don’t think I’ve actually ever bitten into a piece of tomato before. It tastes good, but it’s a weird feeling. It would take some getting used to with the textures, but the taste is really nice”

Now, if ‘The Sausage and Chips Man’ can give raw foods a try and actually like it, then anyone can!!!

Right enough talk for one night, here’s your recipe!

MARINARA SAUCE

  •  2 cups sun-dried tomatoes. (If your using dry ones, soak them for an hour. If using ones in a jar, squeeze all the excess oil off first)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 3-4 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp paprika

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend! Serve with raw courgette pasta, on crackers or as a burger topping.

See you tomorrow for Day Five of ‘Two Weeks on Raw’! Plus, want to be able to make this delicious, creamy pineapple pudding that we had for our dessert tonight? –

 

– then check in tomorrow for the recipe!!!

Two Weeks on Raw – Day Three

Jacks lunch!

I’d say we were all a little bit tired and tetchy today. Jack and myself made it to the gym again, but I knocked on his door too early and this didn’t go down too well. Oops. Nothing serious of course, but I am under strict instructions not to knock on the door until 6.45am. Right you are then! Sally and Jack both had the Maple and Cinnamon Buckwheat Crunchies (see below for recipe!!!) again with lashings of their favourite Brazil Nut Milk. Got a text from Sally when she got to work saying, “I feel v good, it’s a great start to the day”. Excellent. Shame we’re all out of cereal now though… They’ll be having good old Chia Porridge tomorrow morning. Jack comes home from work for his lunch so I am able to make him something a bit fancy, where as Sally just gets a pack up. She’s not a big eater during the day though, so a simple salad works well for her. Jack, on the other had nori rolls filled with Ginger and Garlic Slaw, avocado, red pepper and romaine lettuce for his lunch today.

Jack put a request in for a spirulina smoothie to take back to work with him after lunch. He loves it!!! How good is that? Normally you have to force it down peoples necks, I mean I even struggle for flippin’ hecks sake! But he doesn’t mind the taste and just loves the energy boost that it gives him. He say’s he will definitely continue to have daily spirulina after I’ve gone. Good eh? For dinner we had Onion Bread topped with Marina Sauce, Macadamia Nut Cheeze, avocados, capers and fresh basil. This went down very well with the two of them, as did the selection of raw chocolates that was brought out for desert… After dinner Sally said, “I’ve had a really great day, but I am very sad that we’re out of that scrummy cereal…”. So if you’d like to make the cereal that we’re harping on about, here is the recipe! You will need a dehydrator for this though…

MAPLE AND CINNAMON BUCKWHEAT CRUNCHIES

(Recipe modified from Matthew Kenny and Sarma Melngailis – http://www.oneluckyduck.com/)

  • 2 cups un-toasted buckwheat, soaked for at least an hour
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp salt

Drain and rinse buckwheat in a sieve. Rinse well to get rid of the starchiness. Place in a food processor along with all the other ingredients. Mix together, but don’t over do it. You don’t want it super smooth. 

Divide between too teflex sheets and spread so it’s about 1/8th inch thick (thin, but not too thin if that makes any more sense!). Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 8-12 hours. Then peel off the teflex sheet and continue dehydrating for a few hours until it’s really crisp. Once done, break up in to little pieces and store in an air tight container. Preferably in the fridge, too. Serve with delicious nut milk, figs, pecans and strawberries. Mmm. 

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Jack – “I’ve felt very tired today, but not because I’m hungry. I don’t feel weak, just a bit sleepy. I had to have a nap when I got in from work which isn’t like me. Just need more rest I think, especially as we’re doing the early morning gym sessions.  But that spirulina stuff is just brilliant. It’s amazing” 

Sally – “I’ve had a really good day. Had the perfect amount of food today, too. I don’t like to eat a lot during the day and the portions have been a bit too big but today was just right. I’m totally in love with the Brazil Nut Milk. It’s the best thing ever.” 

Tonights dinner! Onion bread topped with Marinara Sauce, Macadamia Cheeze, Avocado, Capers and Basil.

See you tomorrow for Day Four of Two Weeks on Raw! Check in for a new recipe too!!!!

Two Weeks on Raw – Day Two

Did we make it to the gym? Did we ever! I didn’t even need to knock on Jack’s door to get him out of bed. We were out the house at 6.45 am and on the treadmill by 7.05am. Get in! Gym, swim and sauna all packed in before starting work at 9.00am. Sally stayed at home, but this was a decision she was content with and I wasn’t going to force her into something she didn’t want to do. So after a cracking start to the day, what was for breakfast? Maple and Cinnamon Buckwheat Crunchies with fresh Brazil Nut Milk… Sound good? It was. On the menu for lunch today was Simple Raw Hummus with a salad of grated carrots, raisins, lemon juice, coconut, chilli and a touch of salt. If you’d like to make the hummus for yourself, here is the recipe!

 

SIMPLE RAW HUMMUS

  • 2 small courgettes, peeled and roughly chopped.
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
Place everything in a food processor and blend! Place in a nice serving dish and drizzle extra olive oil on the top. Sprinkle some more cumin on with some black pepper and serve.
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Sally – “Well I’ve definitely felt more awake and alert. I’ve not felt drowsy this morning which is interesting. I’ve had a headache but nothing too serious. I have found it difficult to focus at work though. Not sure what that’s about. But the actual raw food itself is just delicious. The breakfast cereal is my new favourite. And I definitely want to learn how to make the nut milk! I could happily sip away at just that…” 

Jack – “I’m definitely noticing a difference already. My thinking feels quicker, but not necessarily more efficient. It’s racing about quite a bit. Also I’m feeling really amazing one second and then the next I get a lull. I haven’t felt deprived or like I’m missing out, although today I had a yearning for a ham sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise. But I haven’t had a ham sandwich in months so I don’t know whether it’s got anything to do with the raw food! I’m definitely not feeling like ‘Oh let’s get these two weeks out the way then we can have a fry up and a roast dinner!’. I’m really enjoying it and dinner tonight was very tasty”. 

The dinner Jack is talking about was this, a mound of tantalising courgette spaghetti with raw pesto, olives and pine nuts. Bellissimo!

Check in tomorrow for day three of Two Weeks on Raw, and for another scrumptious raw recipe to add to your collection!!!

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Mushroom and Olive Pate with Flat Leaf Parsley

I think I’ve been overdoing it on the avocado’s recently. Not in any sort of “ooo, I’m gonna get fat from eating avocados every day” way, more of a “I’m sick to death of eating avocados everyday” way. So last night for tea, I fancied something other than my usual ‘avocado and sun-dried tomato salad’ or ‘avocado smoothie’ or ‘creamy avocado sauces’. I wanted MUSHROOMS. Not the kind your thinking of, no – I fancied something reminiscent of a wild mushroom risotto but without the rice, cream, butter or heat. Which pretty much left me with, err…raw mushrooms. So how was I to get that rich mushroomy hit without cooking up a feast? Easy! Raw mushroom pates and dips are really rich in flavour and incredibly simple to make. When blended with olive oil, soaked seeds or nuts, olives, fresh herbs and a touch of miso or tamari – the mushrooms flavour really intensifies. Yeah I know, that may sound hard to believe but what I made last night fulfilled my ‘shroom cravings and actually tasted even better the next day. Especially when scooped out the bowl with some avocado slices…

MUSHROOM AND OLIVE PATE

  • 1 pack of chestnut mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds or walnuts, soaked
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Half a jar of pitted black olives
  • 1 tbsp brown miso or tamari
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Generous amount of black pepper
  • Handful of chopped flat leaf parsley

In a food processor or blender, mix everything except the flat leaf parsley. Add a little bit of water if necessary to blend. Miso and tamari are pretty salty, but add a touch of sea salt if needed. Stir in the flat leaf parsley, and add some extra chopped black olives if you have any left over.

Ideally this would be spread on a dehydrated flax cracker, but as I’m on the road at the moment and without most of my equipment, I had to think outside the big black box. Instead of crackers, I used squares of very thinly sliced butternut squash. I spread a layer of pate, added some extra chopped olives, scattered some parsley and drizzled some olive oil. This pate also doubles up well as a dip!