Check this out! Honest to goji this tastes like the warmed chocolate cake with cream/ice cream I used to enjoy for dessert when we went out to restaurants for dinner. Soooooo damn good!
It’s based on a Raw Magic recipe Chocolate Porringe – this is a fab recipe cos you can make up the recipe and plop it in a bag or tupperware to take it with you travelling – all you need to add is hot water and that’s always available innit? 🙂
Hopefully Kate won’t mind me sharing the recipe with you (RM is my fave raw recipe book so i highly recommend it)
1/2 cup flaxseed, ground (you can buy pre-ground stuff but it’s not as good cos flax goes off quick. i use this machine to grind mine – dead handy for taking travelling too!), 2 tbsp bee pollen (i ran out so used buckwheaties instead), 1tbsp agave (i used zylosweet will explain why in a minute), 1 tbsp lucuma, 1 tbsp choc powder, 1tbs flax oil (i used hemp oil). I then mixed in some cacao nibs and added the freshly boiled water (yes boiled). When you add in the water bit by bit it goes very sticky then more water makes it gloopy then more makes it runny – you get the idea right? I made mine extra sticky with a hint of gloopy and THEN added some very sweet almond milk. WOW! I couldn’t believe how reminiscent of warm choc cake with cream it was. AMAZING. I know it looks like poo with milk in a bowl but it’s soooooo good!
Also been having my wild green smoothies the last couple of days. On days when I don’t have one of these bad boys I totally feel it. Yesterday and today my mood has been more amazing (it’s usually quite high) and after yesterday’s I couldn’t stop laughing! Rod thought I had sun-stroke or something. I definitely think wild greens are a whole new level of nutrition and ultimate feel-good food. I used 1/2 pineapple, 1 banana, 2 celery, sprig mint, 3 handfuls nettles (stingy), dandelion leaves, sorrel, ground elder.
I made a wicked Carrot Pate last night based on a Shazzie recipe (Nori Roses) from Evie’s Kitchen. 1/2 avo blended with 1 carrot, pinch of kelp and 5g ground flax seeds. I got a notion for adding curry powder so added 1 tsp mild curry powder and a pinch of salt and some hemp oil and it turned out BUSINESS TIME! Spread pate on a nori sheet add as much dulse as you can shake a dulse stick at and top with some greens for a delicious dinner. MMMMMMM baby! I am uber crap at rolling nori, it’s hilarious. I don’t bother cutting it up i just munch on the whole thing and hold the bottom so stuff doesn’t dribble out. I could never roll cigarettes or funny ones back in the day – that’s probably why 🙂
Excited about my classes coming up. Just got a couple more recipes to tweak and we’re good to go. I’ve finalised the menu here it is woo woo!
Banana milkshake, Green Smoothie, Mango Pudding, Buckwheat Porridge, Guacamole, Pasta Pesto, Curried Carrot Soup, Tomato & Pepper Soup, Veggie Chilli, Pasta Bolognaise, Veggie Curry, Choc Pudding and Coconut Truffles.
It’s not being touted as a raw food class but more as a healthy eating class. I’m totally in to just getting sexy healthy eating out there!
Oh yes almost forgot – the agave thing. Over the years I’ve heard a few people gripe about agave and how it isn’t actually a health food and to be honest I was a bit gutted. I’m not a proper vegan cos I do eat honey and I really LOVE using honey to sweeten my raw food dishes but sometimes it can affect my skin and leave me feeling a bit hot and bothered so I quite fancy a bit of agave now and then with its lower Glycemic Index. Wild honey is definitely lower in fructose but I don’t always have it to hand. Dates are a total no-no for me as they are too high in fructose and cause issues for me skin-wise so I’ve recently started experimenting with zylosweet (xylitol) and I do actually quite like it. I’ve not had any adverse effects so far and even though it looks exactly the same as sugar it’s a much softer taste in my opinion with a better quality of sweetness. Agave has recently been touted as super bad for you due to the way it’s processed and even likened to High Fructose Corn Syrup! Read Dr Mercola’s full low-down here
HOWEVER there is an agave which due to the way it’s processed is meant to retain enzymes and goodness and isn’t as bad for you. I’ve just ordered some from Raw Living and can’t wait to check it out. David Wolfe talks about how this brand is probably the best and healthiest agave you’re gonna find right now here he also gives information on other types of sweetner, it’s a great article.
OH MY I forgot, David Wolfe is coming to London in October! I’m so excited. When I first went raw I sat night after night watching David on youtube talking about everything raw. I love the information he shares and think Sunfood Diet Success system is probably one of my favourite books ever. See my earlier blog on 10 books that changed my life! Rod isn’t as excited as it happens to fall on his birthday weekend BUT I’ve promised to take him to Saf for a slap up meal and cocktails 🙂
What else? Oh yes! I’m wanting to blog a bit more about not just what you put in your body but on your body so that fits in very nicely with a blog plopping of Vicky Ewbank of Live Native
Live Native produces a range of living organic skin care products for women, men, children and babies and Vicky has kindly sent me a fab recipe which you can EAT and TREAT yourself with. How cool! Here it is…
Spring Cleaning with Green Juice:
3 sticks Celery
1 slice lemon with peel
Small slice fresh ginger
To refresh your skin from the inside: Juice, add a few ice cubes and drink with joy!
To refresh your skin from the outside: Chill the pulp in the fridge for 15 minutes then relax, recline comfortably and enjoy a refreshing face mask while drinking your juice through a straw! You may need to add a little juice and water to the pulp to moisten it, and don’t be afraid to use lots and press it firmly on your face to help it stay. It’s messy – but fun, and it feels wonderfully enlivening for your skin. Just rinse off after 10 minutes and moisturise with Live Native Essential Beauty Serum or Essential Woman for the ultimate in vegan organic living facials.
Cucumber is known for its skin clearing properties, it is astringent and clarifying. It soothes and tightens the skin while sloughing off dead cells.
Celery is a mild anti-inflammatant and analgesic – long used for treating arthritic pains in tea form. It can help decrease skin puffiness.
Spinach is a very rich source of beta-carotene, the orange pigment with powerful antioxidant effects. Carotenes are stored in the skin and protect us from damage caused by UV radiation. Spinach is also a rich source of detoxifying chlorophyll which binds to heavy metals and pollutants and removes them from our skin.
Carrots – more carotene please!
Apples contain pectin which is the glue that enables the rigid structure of plant cell walls – a little like our collagen. It may be useful for soft tissue augmentation.
Lemon – refreshing and enlivening, it helps to balance the skins oil production, reducing black heads and even fading freckles.
Ginger is one of the best naturally occurring anti-inflammatants, and when combined with curcumin from turmeric can have an effect as powerful as hydrocortisone – without the side effects.
Handmade on the Isle of Skye, Live Native is a new and truly unique collection of living skin care products inspired by the life-loving ideals shared by all who enjoy vegan, organic and raw-food led lifestyles.
Thank you Vicky x
Phew what a long blog! I could do with a wee sit down now 🙂
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/