Celiac

RAW Food Class

by Vashte on February 27, 2014

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With Bryn Morgan and Colin Douglas- the guys behind raw food businesses: RawConnections and Rawthentic Organics.

Raw Food Class www.vashte.com

I love food. I admit it. I am a foodie.

I share my recipes and ideas here on this space, and post my pics via instagram. Food is fun! Food is my friend! I have finally made peace with food and it is no longer war on food or my body because of what I do or what I think!! Ah the sweet sound of …FREEDOM.

On a Saturday morning you will find me mooching swanning around the Burleigh Farmers Markets. Click HERE for details on where they are.

I have my favourite vendors;

  • The apple man with the legitimate free range eggs;
  • The coconut muffin ladies who have recently opened their very own cafe!! Click HERE for their website; located at 1863 Gold Coast Highway- Burleigh Heads. (used the be the Red Frog but now definately improved!)
  • The meditation peps who do the Vietnamese rice wraps although I’m thinking I won’t be able to eat there anymore as I’m just not digesting the rice wrap so well!
  • The kombucha guys and girls and…
  • Last but certainly not least;  Bryn and Colin- the raw foodies with all the goodies from Raw Connections! Click HERE for their website.

My hands-down ultimate favourite is their raw pizza. I just love the base. It is a dehydrated slice made from a load of nuts, seeds and other stuff. Just scrummy! Then they top it with loads of veges and creamy sauces they have made from vegan ingredients. All very clever.

Raw Pizza www.vashte.com

If you are a sugar fan or a self-confessed chocoholic then you will just love their raw chocolate treats, or cheesecakes, or mousses or biscuits..the list goes on. I believe the raw caramel slice is quite famous.  Too sweet for me but not too sweet for most people. I say head down there on a Saturday morning and work through their samples!

Recently Bryn and Colin held a raw food class, so I attended. I am so very glad I did. I have been making treats off the recipes they made on that day ever since and I have been Little Miss Popular as a result! Thanks guys!

Here is a little except from the class via video link. Click HERE.

On the day Bryn made loads of recipes and Colin supervised :) Some of us participated, but I think so many were just in awe of the simplicity of the recipes; that we were busy writing notes and taking photos. I took my big burley 120kg fiancé along too. He was slightly dubious about raw food as a meal- but he left full and satisfied as well! So raw food is not just for those bean poles out there!

We started the afternoon making our own almond mylk. I posted on this recently. Click HERE for that post. I too, had tried making my own almond mylk previously,  but had not bought the nut bag. Big mistake. I just can’t make almond mylk, or any other nut mylk without it. Go get one!

Almond Mylk stages www.vashte.com

Followed closely by Raw Nut Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles tossed in Basil Pesto Dressing. Hello !! Yum. The balls didn’t set as time did not permit Bryn to dehydrate them or set them in the fridge. It mattered not, as the taste was delicious! I have since recreated them and got the balls to set. They went down a treat in my usually ‘’cooked food’’ household!- oh and no meat in this recipe either :)!!

nut balls and pesto zucchini www.vashte.com

Next Bryn made his Raw Fruit and Nut Chocolate: so simple your kids can easily play with this. Let them eat chocolate this way!

And then…his famous Choc Fudge Brownie– oh baby, this is SWEET. Small pieces are all you need over coffee- if you drink coffee but I would choose a green tea to balance out the naughtiness. And yet, the naughty is not THAT naughty… not when you compare the chocolate you would usually be partaking in.

raw Chocolate Fudge Brownie www.vashte.com

More….- he whips up the Raw Cacao Beetroot Cake. BOOM BOOM!

Seriously. If you ever thought raw food was time consuming (as I did) think again. All this food made in the space of two hours- including instruction, answering questions and tasting!!!! On viewing I was sure this cake was not for me as it  looked WAY to sweet for me- but this was the one sweet I could consume all to myself. The topping was the part that threw me, but as the body of the cake was made of beetroot, so there wasn’t that extreme sweetness I associate with raw sweets. Amazing. So amazing I decided to make that cake for my very own birthday party. Belated.

Raw Beetroot Cacao Cheesecake www.vashte.com

Think that is enough? Nooooo-not to be outdone by any other food class.. Bryn continued on and created a new favourite of mine: Raw Rice Free Sushi Rolls with Tamari Dressing. Oh yes! Now we are cooking!! Doup ! Now we are ‘talking’ is better perhaps! No ovens here! Raw Vegan Rice Free Sushi. You have to try it to believe it. And yes, my 120kg burley man LOVES this. I have recreated this dish on a number of occasions! No rice, no meat. All vegan. I bet that confuses some people momentarily….

Wheatfree Rice Free Vegan Sushi www.vashte.com

And finally we finish with a very special dish: Macadamia Crème Cheese on my favourite pizza bases, or cracker bases. THIS crème cheese… Mumma Mia!!! You have GOT to try it at home!!! AMAZ-BALLS!!!

Macadamia Creme Cheese on Raw Crackers www.vashte.com

To totally send us into foodie heaven Bryn and Colin had prepared a take home pack of more goodies they made previously.

Raw Food Take Home Pack www.vashte.com

What a day!

What I particularly  liked about this class was the down to earth approach taken by Bryn. He made it all very simple.  A perfect basic class for everyday people to start experimenting with wholefood, left raw.

There are a lot of food police out there, extolling their beliefs on how you ‘must do this, and must do that’; Bryn encouraged everyone there to just give it a go. He wasn’t there trying to ram raw food down my throat threatening that I will  die and go to hell if I don’t switch to raw food NOW. He was very cool in how he just showed us all some great ideas to get us started in playing with our food.

  • And isn’t that what it is all about? Learning to play with food and have fun with it?
  • When we start to have fun, we start to WANT to make the right choices for our bodies and minds. Well I do anyway.
  • When food is not a chore, but a point of interest, then I want to make it tasty and healthy.
  • When I understand how great natural food tastes, looks and makes me feel- then I’m definitely more inclined to choose those options!
  • When I understand how EASY healthy food is..then I’m sold! I love food made easy! Tasty! Fresh!
  • When I learn that food is my friend and not my enemy– that is when the war ends. On food. On my mind. And on my body.

I quite like thinking outside the box and exploring places I haven’t been. It makes it a lot easier when I have good people there to guide me without being so over the top I just can’t relate; and they can’t be bothered. Have you met people like this? The ones who have educated themselves so much that they become so self-righteous and hoity-toity about their wealth of knowledge. Ewww this tires me somewhat. I like kind people with good hearts who are willing to share. Keeping this a reality can allow us to maintain an open enough thought pattern so we CAN change our minds once we learn something new that warrants that change. THAT is wisdom.

I’m truly very stoked, blessed and appreciative for meeting Bryn and Colin at the markets and I thank them so much for this class- and for any more they have in the future. Click HERE to find out about more classes run by the guys. Know that you are in well educated, caring and experienced hands with well over 25 years in the live food world. I am sure Bryn especially is over the moon seeing how very close to mainstream this great way of eating has finally come, and I am sure he has been a very important part of that movement.

How do you meet them face to face? Get down to the Burleigh Farmers Markets and start buying some of their divine wares on a Saturday morning! Start with the raw pizza. Its scrummy! Raw Connections is found int he LOHAS precinct- in the hall with all the organics.

You don’t have to eat ALL raw to enjoy the benefits of raw food. I try to make sure at least 51% or more of my meal is raw to aid with digestion. And I like salads. With no dressing. Easy. Raw Food. Not rocket science :)

Thankyou Bryn and Colin!

xx Vashte xx

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