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First of all – all credit to the name goes to Samuel Lee, my comi at bhuti.

It has again been a massively long and tiring week, and once cancelled pop up dinner was rescheduled for the last day of June, Thursday the 30th. My initial plans to go with a specific cuisine did not happen as I decided to go with something simple for me to prep, but good, and thus thought that as raw lasagna had been a winner at my last pop up dinner, people should have the chance to also try the raw pizza. As I had another event to do canapes for the same evening, it was non-stop indeed until it was 7.30pm – the estimated time for commencing the dinner service.

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There were very few people present, but most had booked days in advance, and only an addition of two came on the day making my life easier. Also everyone was able to have a chat with all the people present. Welcoming nibbles included battered vegetables, raw courgette hummus, and a beetroot-carrot-orange-lemon-ginger juice.

The first course was courgette rolls, two kinds, both filled with pesto, one with a cherry tomato, the other with carrot, pepper and sprouts. Pesto really works so well with courgette, it is a match made in heaven. And a little canape of candy and purple beetroot layered with cranberry cheese sauce and topped with sprouts. And SUMAC! I love sumac.

The second course was the raw pizza. I made a tomato-oregano raw base with base ingredients such as carrots, red onion, sunflower seeds and flax. The toppings included hand-pitted olives, sweetcorn, red peppers, walnut mince (tamari, agave, smoked paprika flavoured), crispy aubergine (marinated in tamari, EVO, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, chilli -> dehydrated), layered on top of sundried tomato marinara sauce, and topped with basic cashew cheese sauce and some oregano and sprouts. This is way more filling than one might perceive from its looks.

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Third course was a selection of desserts. I did a coconut-carob-chocolate tarts, essentially coconut butter with some coconut milk (from the canned coconut) and some coconut sugar for the base, a slice of banana, and topped with carob chocolate – coconut oil, maple syrup, and carob powder. I got this pack of carob at work which was of such a superior quality I digged the flavour so much I could not stop myself from making the carob chocolate. And also carob truffles. They are also the ‘bhuti balls’ at the time, truffles the tea room sells at all times with changing the recipe with each batch, this time containing sunflower seeds, coconut, cashews, carob, hemp seeds, hemp protein, and dates. I think this is the exhaustive list of ingredients… And the last pieces were fruit roll-ups. The rolls were something in between fruit leather and raw wraps, basically a fruit smoothie with very little of flax blended in, as it looked too liquidy for my liking, and then dehydrated. For the filling I did coconut cream (tinned coconut milk with agave and vanilla) and sliced strawberries. After it had stayed in the fridge for an hour, the ‘leather’ soaked in some of the moisture and yum with the intertwined and infused flavours! And then topped it with a chocolate swirl and edible flowers.

Fourth course, and may I add – respect for the guests to have made it so far – was cultured cream cheese – basic cashew cheese recipe with added probiotics, left to culture for a day in a warm place. I separated the yield in half and chopped a heck of a lot of chives and parsley in one. It was served with raw bread, which was a mixture of carrots, courgette, spinach, onion, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flax, and herbs/spices. All this accompanied by a handful of grapes and pineapple.

Similar to last time, I decided to serve a hot drink to top it off, this time our Golden Elixir from the menu, which is essentially a spiced turmeric drink including cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg and cardamom. Together with that I had a spur-of-the-moment idea and did some chocolate covered strawberries to put the cherry on top of the evening.

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From the feedback received, everyone seemed to enjoy all parts of the dinner, and it quite likely beat the option of fish and chips. I think the only part I still need to master is the amounts, for four courses, be as small as the nibbles are, is still rather filling. Me and Andrea, the newest chef addition at bhuti helping me out that evening, had a pizza for our dinner, and only that filled us up to the brim. Thank god for take-away options!

All in all, my ride at bhuti has been an educative one. I do not think I would have had the chance to start as a head chef so soon had it not been for a new startup such as this. And thanks to the steep learning curve I now can value my time and area of expertise much more, and am content with moving on from there to new challenges, and new chance to help up another start-up, this time just around the corner from where I am currently based. I would not have survived as long as I did without my dearest kitchen crew, and all the other colleagues who have lent me a shoulder to cry on and reasons to laugh until my eyes water.

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Kitchen’s angels. My kitchen team of Andrea, Sam, myself, and Junko there in our minds.

Thank you bhuti for offering me all the chances I had to improve myself and the business; and welcome to Rawligion, my new head chef challenge in the raw vegan world.

PS, last chance to catch me at bhuti next week Mon-Fri! After that you will find me on 3 Tottenham Street!

Gracefully yours,

Eli xx

Dinner for 50

Howdy-ho people,

I was thinking that I should possibly show you some awesomeness I have cooked for when I’ve been asked to do some catering. Here’s a couple of photos (taken from Sustainable Future’s photos, not mine) from a Dine in the Dark dinner that I did for about 45 people. I’ll post some more stuff of the events soon 🙂

First course – Selection of bread (rye, Mediterranean, olive) with dips (two different cashew cheeses, red pepper hummus)

Second course – Lentil-stuffed peppers with side salad

Third course – Cheese platter with celery, olives and grapes

Fourth course – Selection of fruit

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The three main courses

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As the people were eating in the dark, some explanation of what they were eating was in order 😛
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Even had a vegan cheese platter for the couple of vegans!

Lasagne recipe

Hello again!

 

It’s been a while! Sorry about that. But, I thought that as I’ve recently not been that much on raw food at all as I’d like, I could at least share some of the cooked food recipes that I think are pretty delicious 🙂

So here’s a first one! Vegan lasagne!

Ingredients:

3 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 pack of lasagne sheets
2-3 medium carrots
1 onion
1 tbsp vinegar
3 tbsp date syrup (or alternative sweetener, or sugar)
50 g soy mince
4 heaped tbsp white flour
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
spices – paprika, chilli, salt, garlic, pepper, jerk seasoning….
2 cups soy milk (optional)
water
vegan cheese
Filling of your own choosing – mushrooms, vegetable mix, squash, butternut squash…

First I suggest you make the tomato sauce (unless you want to use ready-made sauce, not as good, I tell you!). For it, peel and chop the onion and start frying it in tiny bit of oil. Meanwhile chop the carrots into small pieces and add to the onions. Add all the tinned tomatoes and mix in some spices like paprika, pepper, salt. Let this simmer until the carrots are soft. Then blend it all (using a hand blender preferably, careful with the splashes). Add some vinegar (balsamic for example) and balance the flavour with the sweetener.
Pour some boiling water over the soy mince and leave for a few minutes, then drain. Mix in with the tomato sauce – that’s then ready! 🙂
For the white sauce, mix some spices into the white flour and then add tiny bit of water or soy milk to make a thick paste. Once it’s all mixed, add some more liquid to make it thinner. Heat up a pot with some oil in the bottom. Pour the flour mixture to the pot and make sure you have more water and/or soy milk handy. As soon as the flour is in the pot, you ought to keep it in motion – mix, mix, mix. A whisk is a useful tool here. When you feel it starts getting thicker, add the water or milk. Continue doing it for the next 5 minutes or so, when you think the flour has expanded as much as it will. Then mix in the nutritional yeast – which might make more liquid necessary. Add some grated vegan cheese (if you wish, it’s totally fine without as well), definitely have a taste and see if it lacks some spices perhaps. And that’s the white sauce done.
If you wish to add some mushrooms or frozen chopped vegetable mix, you can easily mix it in with the red sauce. I grated some courgette and mixed it in with the red sauce. And once before I roasted thin slices of aubergines and butternut squashes and used them as layers as well, so it was layerlayerlayerlayerlayer. 😛 Beans would work well also!

And then it’s time to mount the whole lot! Layer it in whatever order you wish in a deeper dish. I did: red sauce, pasta, white, pasta, red, pasta, white, pasta, red, cheese. If you want, you can as well mix the red and white sauce together, so you only have one kind of sauce in between the pasta. It’s gonna be fabulous no matter what!

Cook the lot in the oven for about 20 minutes, but you can poke it with a knife to see if the pasta is nice and soft. All that’s left is to eat! Serve it with a nice bunch of fresh salad (carrot-beetroot-orange on the photo) and with a couple of friends.

Lovely!

 

Eli x

 

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Hello my dear followers! Time for another variety of raw noodles with a nice bit chilli cheezy sauce. It ain’t exactly 801010, but I really felt like something bit more stodgy and honestly ate it guilt-free 😛 Plus, the sauce would be plenty for at least two portions, I used up half of it for kale chips which are currently dehydrating, pictures when they’re ready.

 

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Pasta – as many zucchinis as you’d fancy. I used only one but sauce would cover 2-3 plenty. Use a spiralizer to get the noodle shapes or peel with a peeler. When using a spiralizer use the middle and end part in the sauce so nothing would go waste. 

Sauce:

1.5 cups cashews soaked (a few hours or express method in warm/hot water)
1/2 lemon juice
1 garlic clove (or 1tsp garlic powder)
1 green chilli
1/2 cup water or as much needed to get the consistency you like and blend it all
nutritional yeast to flavour, I like it alot so I used about 1/4 cup
1 tsp sea salt

Blend everything, taste and see if you’d like to add something more 🙂

For garnishing I’ve added some cilantro, parsley and basil torn to smaller pieces and a bit more nutritional yeast and serve with anything you’d like, I’ve done it with two tomatoes and some fresh salad from ‘the garden’ (pots on windowsill :P). DELICIOUS! I have nothing else to say, I loved it so much!

I hope it will appeal to your taste buds as much as it did to mine 🙂

Eli x