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!
- 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
- Juice the celery to give about 400 ml water (1 + ⅔ cups)
- Put celery juice into a blender jug and add the black pepper, the dates, lemon juice, nutmeg, pine nuts, miso, cinnamon and salt.
- Blend all to make a smooth mix.
- 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.
- Add the mixture from the blender jug, and process until there are no big chunks and the mixture is smooth.
- 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.
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”