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Two Weeks on Raw!

I’d like to introduce you to two very good friends of mine, Jack and Sally. They are awesome. Jack is a comic legend, and Sally is one of the most uniquely wise and interesting people I know. The reason I am telling you about them is because as of monday, they will be eating nothing but raw foods for two whole weeks! After expressing a desire to have a bit of a detox, they said they were up for “giving this raw food thing a try”. This is all very new to them, but they are both willing to give it a go and see where it leads them. Neither of them are aiming to be totally raw, they are just wanting to expand their knowledge on healthy eating and boost their intake of nutrient dense foods.

It can seem very hard to get started when you’re wanting to eat healthier. But when you are wanting to give raw foods a go that can be almost terrifying! So as of Monday 20th February, I will be their personal raw food chef for the two whole weeks. During those two weeks I will be preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for them – and all of it will be raw. On top of that we will be having juices, shakes, smoothies and a constant supply of raw chocolate! Can’t be bad, eh? They will be learning how to make most of the meals, so that when I leave they feel fully equipped to start leading a healthier life style on their own. Jack is a very good cook (his nut roast with whole almonds and raisins is amazing!) so he is very keen to be hands on in the kitchen. You never know, we might have a new raw food chef in the making here! In fact, at the end of the two weeks Jack and Sally will test their new found knowledge of raw living cuisine and create a three course meal for the last supper! Watch the blog for the photo’s – I already can’t wait!

I have so much admiration for anyone who decides to take control of their health, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to help two people dear to me do just that. So I invite you to follow Jack, Sally and myself as we embark on this raw food extravaganza together. And you never know, they may hate every single minute of it and go running to the nearest pizza hut as soon as it’s finished. But I have a sneaky suspicion it will be a different story… Watch this space!

Two Weeks on Raw – Day One

I think the fact that Jack has spent most of the day singing this – ‘ODB – Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ (*contains strong language) says a lot about how today went! Jack had fruity chia porridge for breakfast and Sally had an almond milk smoothie with strawberries and kiwi’s. Jack said the coldness of the chia was a shock to his taste buds, but I got a text from him at 11.30am saying “I feel great…bit erratic, but it’s a pleasant sensation” – so I guess something went right! Sally, who has a banana phobia text me from work saying “was there banana in that smoothie?…”, to which I replied “No!”. She then sent one back saying “Good, as it was tasty…”. Phew. Lunch was a big salad for them both which got two thumbs up. Jack said he already feels a bit clearer in his mind, he feels like he is being more articulate to people on the phone at work. He didn’t feel so great on his way back from his  dentist appointment though – I got this through on my phone “I’m 46 minutes away, but I can’t eat for 2hrs. Your sincerely, numb dribbling farter’.

Sally got home in good spirits but said she’d had a head ache for most of the day. Other than that, she had no problems and she thoroughly enjoyed the food (as did her dog Jess, who we found with her head in a tupperwear finishing off Sally’s left over salad)

Mexican was on the menu tonight and Jack really wanted to help out in the kitchen. But just as we were about to get stuck in to making the ‘Better than beef’ chilli, there was a knock at the door. It was Sally and Jack’s friend who shall go by the name of ‘The Sausage and Chips man’- because that’s what he brought round. Wonderful! Apparently he’d got the go ahead from Sally before he came, so I couldn’t really mind… But come on, not the best smells to be wafted round the house right now! ‘The Sausage and Chips Man’ was lovely though and it was good having him here as he is the complete antithesis of everything to do with raw food. ‘The Sausage and Chips Man’ refuses to eat anything green. Ever. At first I was a little bit concerned that by having someone this far removed from what we are doing may make things difficult for Jack and Sally. But if it’s possible for them to eat these foods when carrying on as normal, then there is more chance of them sticking to eating healthily when I’m gone. And they did carry on as normal… Jack couldn’t get over how good dinner was (as you can probably tell from the photo). We had Better Than Beef, Cashew Sour Cream, Guacamole, Salsa and big romaine lettuce leaves to wrap it all up in. They found it strangely filling, too. So filling in fact, that their dessert which was Chocolate and Hazelnut Pie remains untouched in the fridge! After dinner, I came upstairs to work on my blog when Jack called up (in a fake Yorkshire accent which he gets a lot of pleasure out of doing) saying “I feel really alert Elaine!!” And to say this after dinner at 9 o’clock at night is pretty good going I’d say! I just hope he wakes up with the same amount of enthused energy when we set off for the gym at 6.45 am tomorrow…

(ps – raw recipe coming with tomorrows post!)

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!!!

Ahh, how Raw'mantic...

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 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 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 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 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 Eight


There was tension in the air between Jack and myself this morning. I wanted to go to the gym. He didn’t. I don’t have a car. He does. I could have gone for a run outside, but I’ve got a seven day pass and I want to use my freebie up before it runs out. Plus I thought it would be a good idea for him to go, too. So he went, reluctantly. The thing is, we’re at a really tricky stage at the moment. Jack is understandably quite up and down with his moods, and all it takes is one slight push too far from me and then it’s grumble, grumble, grumble for the next half hour. We got into a very small debate in the car home on the way from the gym, about how much you should exercise and when. The conversation wasn’t really going anywhere, but I think we both just needed to vent ever so slightly. When Jack left for work, I did start to feel guilty though. After all, I said I wouldn’t make him do anything he really didn’t want to do, and he really didn’t want to go to the gym this morning. He only went for me, which was very kind of him. So I sent him a text saying “Thanks for going to the gym with me this morning. I do appreciate it x” . He then sent one back saying “No worries, don’t mean to be grumpy…I just hate everything. Quote that ya b*****d! On the flip side though I’ve lost over half a stone this week…Not bad eh?!” Not bad? That’s amazing! And I know he doesn’t really hate everything. Each time I serve him a meal, he always thoroughly enjoys it and is very appreciative. There may be the odd “Ooo, this’d be great in a big white bap…” but other than that he doesn’t complain. In fact when he came home from work tonight, he was in such a great mood and was cracking out jokes like there was no tomorrow.

As much as it’s difficult at times, there is no getting away from the fact that Sally and Jack are starting to look really healthy. Jacks skin is glowing and Sally’s eyes have got so bright and sparkly. Seeing this makes it all worth while for me; because there is visual evidence already of the positive changes raw food is having upon their bodies. The only trouble we are facing now is the thing I was most concerned about when embarking on this – that they will both want to go crazy and eat 5 curries, neck 7 pints and polish of an entire tub of Ben and Jerry’s in the space of one hour as soon as the two weeks are up. Sally say’s she has no desire to do this; she just want an egg. But Jack said he has been having slight niggling worries that something similar to this may happen. So we decided it was essential that at the end of the two weeks, we have a couple of days of intergrating healthy cooked foods back into their diet. Jack says that no matter what happens, he will definitely keep up with the daily juices and smoothies with spirulina; the new love of his life. He also wants to cut back on his meat consumption, and have more vegetarian meals during the week. Sally isn’t craving meat at all, and say’s she will happily eat a high percentage of veggie meals when this is over. So if these are the only changes they make and stick with, then I personally will be very happy. The simple act of cutting back on meat and having regular nutrient dense fresh juice with blue-green algae will still be massively beneficial for them both.

But anyway – it’s not all over yet!!! Our raw dinner was scrumptious tonight, even if I do say so myself. We had Portobello Mushroom Steak, served with Broccoli and Pistachio Mash with Mushroom Gravy. Desert was Peppermint Chia Chocolate and Chocolate Coated Brazil Nuts. Only one more week of torture to go then….

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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