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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

Monofruit week fasting

Hello, dear everybody,

 

I’ve been wanting to post recipes and stuff but I haven’t been too actively preparing anything as I was fasting for a week on monofruits mostly! So I thought to share this with yous instead 🙂

Most people have asked me simply why? Well, detox is always useful every once in a while. And if you don’t like fasting on water then rather have something light and easy for the digestive system. And what could be easier than whole fruits, the same kind, for a whole day? Plus, if you think about it – it is just so simple, you don’t have to think or worry about what to eat, as you’ve already decided what to have the whole day!

Here’s what I had for the whole week:

Day 1 – 20 (or 21) bananas

Day 2 – 3 kg carrots (about 300g boiled)

Day 3 – 28 peaches

Day 4 – 2.25 pineapples + 1.25 l of pineapple juice (and a handful of watermelon)

Day 5 – 14 bananas

Day 6 – 4.5 mangos

Day 7 – 600 g medjoul dates + about 300 g cheapest pitted dates

 

That was my menu for the week. And it was fabulous! At day 1 I got quite a bit tired of bananas though as I decided that I want to have them as whole fruits. So I kept on eating them. By the evening I was quite sick of bananas…

Day 2 was interesting. I love carrots, and by now – I love them again! I thought I had quite a lot of carrots at home, but then I started peeling them in the morning and realised it was only around 700 grams. It was enough for breakfast, as I didn’t have more time to chew anyway. After work I went by Sainsbury’s to get 3 more bags of the organic carrots. I ate about 1 kilo straight after. Then the jaw started getting a bit tired… As you might imagine. So I boiled some to have before work – because I only have the limited 15 minutes for a break at work thus not much time to chew through another kilo of raw carrots. By the end of the day I had a wee handful still left and I shared them with my flatmates as I couldn’t even bear the sight of them…

Day 3 was my favourite day of them all. Sainsbury’s had just reduced so many boxes of peaches so I bought them all – 7×4 there were. They were so perfectly ripe, nearly every single one of them. And after the rather low in calories carrot day, they went down a storm, kind of. Eventually. I had 6 for breakfast and had to stop as I was just so full! But throughout the day I kept on eating them I had the last 2 after work at home – so it all worked out perfectly well, and the calorie amount was around 1800 so pretty much as much as I need in a day 🙂 So nice!

Day 4 was the most interesting one I have to say. By then I really started craving for salt, anything salty, anything savoury food. But my mind was set and I didn’t have any cheating… That I could help.
So, I had a pineapple for breakfast before work and chopped another one up to take with me to work to have on my break. After the first pineapple my tongue was okay as it nearly always is after just one pineapple. When I had my break at work about 2 hours after I had had my first pineapple, the tongue started to get a bit sensitive, but I still managed to have the second one without any damage and thought that the break until my next chance to have the next one would be enough to recover. However, my second shift at work was cancelled and so the lunch came a bit earlier than expected. However, it was a decent time indeed for lunch. So there I was, sitting outside in our garden in this wonderfully summery Aberdeen weather, having my pineapple and my flatmate eating his watermelon, as it was his melon day, when my tongue gets really sensitive again. Nothing compared to the pain of the first tattoo getting done though so naturally I continued. How bad could it be after all? Well, worse than I expected. I had only managed to go through maybe a fifth or so when I tried to have a look at my tongue (not that easy with the nose on the way and everything…) and my flatmate insisted I stopped, that there was blood on my teeth. And then I tasted it – yes indeed, that was the sweet taste of my own blood ^^ The bowl was removed from my reach and a piece of watermelon was given to cool the tongue down. Honestly, I was rather surprised of the turn it all took. Then he put half of his watermelon in front of me and told me to eat that instead. So, well, I did a bit. But being as determined as I am, I didn’t eat much and soon enough went to the supermarket anyway and besides more bananas, bought a pineapple juice. So I firstly juiced the last remaining pineapple I had – which I had to dilute with water as my mouth started bleeding once again. And then finished the evening off with the store-bought not from concentrate pineapple juice – also diluted with some water. All in all, I’d say the excitement was pretty much worth the blood 😛 And it made me come up with a theory (that I haven’t researched yet to see if it’s backed up with anything but makes the most sense to me anyway) why the pineapple makes your tongue hurt:
The most ripe pineapples are the sweetest and rarely make the tongue sensitive, but with rather unripe fruits it can happen quickly or very quickly. Therefore with the ripening of the fruit the acidity levels would be dropping, in the sense that maybe the PH is rising closer to 7. So with not perfectly ripe fruits the acids might slowly burn the skin on the tongue through, so it get a lot more sensitive to what it touches. Thus with enough acid it can actually penetrate the skin and thus make it bleed! And even though mouth injuries heal the quickest, a couple of hours is not enough to restore the top layer of the tongue which makes anything non-neutral hurt at least a bit. <- that’s my thought anyway! 😀

Day 5 was low in calories but I just didn’t feel like eating much at all. I took a bunch of bananas in the living room to have for my breakfast, I could just about finish my second one and pushed down another one, when I decided it was time to stop the torture and just make a smoothie. And that’s how the rest 11 bananas went down. Not to mention that it’s easier to drink the amount bananas compared to eating them, it is also more delicious. 🙂

Day 6 was somewhat of a disappointment to me as I love mangoes. But after I had had 2 for breakfast I didn’t feel like having anything at all. I was really full. And would have rather appreciated a different kind of mango, but there’s only one that most stores stock. So I had 2 more before work that evening and took one with me to work, and exchanged one for an unripe one so I could have it in a few days instead. The one I had at work was from M&S and I had hopes that it’ll be really nice. It was realllllllly fibrous though and got stuck in between the teeth and was just so watery, it was a pool around me. So I chopped it into pieces and had to eat half of it around the stone as it was rather difficult to cut there. So that’s the half of the fifth I ended up eating and gave the rest to my workmate. So that was day 6.

Day 7 I was kind of looking forward to because I have this huge box of the cheap dates in my room where I often have a handful just like that, and had to stop myself from doing that every day, reminding myself of the fasting 😛 I had two 200 g boxes of organic medjoul dates from Sainsbury’s and about 200 grams of more medjouls that I had for breakfast, then lunch and dinner at work. And in between indulged on the cheap ones whilst at home. It was nice indeed to just have the dates. People made comments that I’ll be running between the toilet at work then but I think my body got used to the amounts of dates I eat long time ago, anyway, proved them wrong – except with the amounts of water I’ve been drinking I still need to go every so often.

And I started on day 8 as well – bananas again as I just have so many, I survived through the lunch and everything with cheating just to eat some amazing blueberries and strawberries, but could not resist much longer when meeting up with a friend, so there it ended. I’d say with the exception of the watermelon a solid 7 days of monoeating. Pretty amazing 🙂 I didn’t feel much different with digestion or anything,  except a really bad headache the second day, but it was gone by the third day, so I took is as a sign of detox for I was drinking loads and loads of water so couldn’t have been dehydration. So if you want to detox but not juice all the time or make smoothies then this might be a great alternative – very easy, reasonably cheap if you think about it, and you’re not restricting yourself in calories – eat as much fruit as you want! 🙂

I still have about 20 pears in my fruit bowl waiting to be ripe enough – and when they are I shall have another solo monofruit day. And if I won’t do a whole week of monofruits, I will definitely carry on doing occasional days like this. All hands up! 🙂

I hope this has been reasonably interesting for you to read! Maybe of an inspiration even.

Comments always welcome! Let me know if there’s another kind of experiment you find fascinating – I just might try it and let everybody know of the outcomes and my experience. 🙂

Eli x

Raw breakfast ideas

Happy new year my dear followers!

It has been an immensely long time since my last post, but the idea of this specific one I have had for a while already as people keep on asking me, besides what do I eat in general, what do I usually have for breakfast.

So this is a post about my usual breakfasts 🙂

1. A melon. It’s that simple. I try to vary, have honeydew one morning, cantaloupe another, galia on another one. Just half it and start spooning the delicious juicy flesh, or cut it into slices 🙂

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2. A pineapple. I love pineapple. And usually have no difficulty in having a whole one for a meal. Usually breakfast. Just spend that 5 minutes peeling and cutting it and enjoy!

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3. A smoothie. I am quite fond of smoothies as they can be very varied and require little effort. Just blend 3-5 bananas with dates/berries/greens, add some superfoods like spirulina/chlorella/chia seeds/maca and you’ve created yourself an amazingly nutritious and filling breakfast! 🙂 One of my favourite combinations is banana-spinach-blueberry with some parsley. YUMMEEE!

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4. A glass of juice. It’s incredibly healthy to start your day with a nourishing glass of freshly made juice. For example carrot-ginger-orange. Or spinach-apple-cucumber-ginger-lime 🙂 Or just have it as an addition to any of the other breakfast items!

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5. Raw porridge. There are a couple of ways to make raw porridge. I have once before tried just soaking oats overnight with raisins and other ingredients and then eating it in the morning cold. Close enough to actual porridge but I found out that most oats are heat-treated to make them into oat flakes which means it would not be exactly raw.
Thus I have tried to use raw buckwheat instead! And it’s pretty amazing! Just soak the buckwheat overnight so it’s nice and soft by morning, and blend it with some soaked dates, and then add raisins or anything else on the top, or blend it with bananas (and dates)! I also added a handful of goji berries and raisins on the top, as well as buckhorn syrup, which is not raw, but it’s healthy, and sweetens it as well. Not necessary in any way to add though 🙂 Amazing!

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6. Raw muesli/cereal. It is very easy to make and tastes amazing! And I think is quite cheap as well, depending on what you like to have in it of course. I have made my muesli base by soaking and dehydrating raw buckwheat groats. And then adding raisins, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, desiccated coconut, chopped almonds/cashews/brazils… Whatever you desire basically! On another occasion I actually made sort of cinnamon cereal. I soaked buckwheat and blended it with some vanilla, agave and cinnamon and then spreading it on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrating it, half-way dry I drove lines inside there to make it better to be broken into pieces afterwards. And then I add all the good stuff again 🙂 And you can serve both of them with water or juice or freshly made nut-mylk! (just soak a cup of nuts for 4 cups of water which you will blend and separate the pulp from – remaining the liquid of the milk!)

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8. Something nice and sweet. Sometimes I like to have a self-indulgent sweet breakfast. For example make some toffee and have it with apples (or make them into sandwiches). Or I remember having done this quite amazing mango-delight – base and top was a mixture of dates, raisins, cashews and coconut, I reckon to process it roughly together, and in between have sliced mango. I do remember eating it, pretty amazing indeed.

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So that’s my raw vegan breakfast guide 🙂 Very easy, quick and nutritious, the way it’s supposed to be! I hope it gave you some ideas or motivation to have your breakfast raw 😉

Enjoy!

Eli x