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!
- 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
- 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.
- Stir to combine.
- Season with fresh black pepper and more salt if needed.
- Ladle in to soup bowls and serve, or refrigerate to chill and then serve