When one of my closest friends said to me this morning “Are you still eating this raw food stuff? Not seen anything on Get Rawcous for ages?”, I decided it was time to make the most of my day off filming and get writing. I must admit, I did have high hopes and grand ideas of doing regular updates of how things are going on set, and getting out some nice pics of all the raw food I’ve been making whilst at work (for those of you who are interested, but then, if you’re reading this I’m guessing you are a little bit..). But after about day three of filming, it was pretty clear I was going to have little time to do anything else other than being Rose Clements (did I really just say that?). I am having the BEST time though, and even though we are working every hour God sends, I wouldn’t have it any other way!!! To finish work after a 12 hour day, and already be looking forward to get back to work the next is something is that makes me happy very much, and I don’t take it for granted. I feel very lucky to be doing what I love, and even though my co-worker and on screen other half Phil Rowson is a complete nightmare to work alongside, I really won’t want this job to finish! (NB: the bottle of champagne you see on the table was in celebration of slate number 200, we don’t just hang out on set getting p****d all day…honest! Plus that one bottle of champagne had to go around 22 people, which meant we basically got an upturned thimble of bubbly, not that I’m complaining… Oh and how glamourous are our locations, huh? Jealous?…)
So have I been able to carry on eating a high amount of raw foods even though we are working crazy hours each day, often until 5 o clock in the morning? Well, yes, I have! It’s not been the easiest thing to do, as the very early starts and late finishes means even more forward thinking than usual, but with a bit of late night prepping and organising, I’ve managed to make it work. All thanks go to my amazing producers however, who have kindly provided me with all the raw ingredients I need, so I don’t have to eat spag bol & garlic bread with everyone else; thanks Sam & Jan, it’s very much appreciated!!! When you’re working long hours, standing under an ice cold rain machine and being chucked in a freezing cold pit of muddy water at 4am (don’t ask), it’s even more important to keep your immune system boosted and bolstered…And yes, I am drinking a lot of steaming hot tea, peppermint to be precise…
I’ve not been 100% raw, but as you know, I don’t advocate or live this way anyway. I’ve been eating mainly raw with the odd portion of chips and bottle of beer thrown in. If this shocks or disappoints you then maybe this isn’t the raw food blog for you…I’m not a raw food extremist and I like to live in the moment. If something feels right, then I’ll go for it, and if that crisp ice cold bottle of Peroni is calling me along with all my friends, then I’ll go for that too. I hardly ever eat so called ‘bad’ things and I don’t drink often either, but if the time’s right, and I fancy it – I will. Obviously, a lot of food other than raw food leaves me feeling sluggish and bloated, which is why I avoid it, but I really think the occasional bar of non raw chocolate, or handful of tortilla chips will not have any detrimental effect to my health! But that’s just me. I encourage every one to listen to there own bodies and go with what feels good for you. We are bombarded with nutritional information nowadays and it’s so conflicting and contradictory that it is hard to know who to listen to. Without wanting to sound cheesy, you really should trust in your body’s infinite wisdom. It will tell you what’s ok for it and what’s not. Just got to keep an ear out….
Anyway, I’ll step off me soap box now – here’s a few pics from filming and if you’re lucky, they’ll be a Raw Chocolate Buckwheatie Bites recipe for you waiting at the bottom. These moorish little beauties kept me going through the second week on set, but I ran out of coconut butter so alas and alack, I could make no more…(for now anyway)…enjoy!
And finally, heeeerrrreeee’s the recipe!!!
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¾ agave
- 1¾ cup cacao powder (or Green & Blacks cocoa), sifted
- ¾ cup desiccated coconut
- 1 cup dehydrated buckwheat (replace buckwheat with chopped nuts, seeds or goji berries)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a blender, place the coconut oil, agave, desiccated coconut and vanilla extract and mix well.
- In a large bowl, pour the blended coconut mixture and gradually add in the sifted cacao powder. Give it a good stir to make sure no balls of powder remain.
- Stir in half a cup of the dehydrated buckwheat or seeds, keeping the other half for topping.
- Pour the chocolate mixture into a tupperwear or silicone container and press down until the mixture becomes around ¾ inch thick.
- Sprinkle with the remaining buckwheat and gentle press down.
- Place in the fridge for 10 mins to firm slightly, then remove and cut into 1inch squares (or whatever shape takes your fancy).
- Place back in fridge and leave to firm up completely.
- When set, break the pieces up and place back in an air tight container.