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Raw Porridge is the Ultimate Comfort Food

19 Mar

I used to love porridge the way my Mum makes it; boiled for a long time in warm, sugary, full cream milk and honey, with a blob of salty melting butter and dash of cinnamon on the top. As incredible as it is – it is a total no go in terms of maintaining a daily raw diet, or even a basic, fat managed diet for that matter, but that only spurred me on to find a raw version that comes close in flavour.

raw porridge is better than cooked porridge!!!

raw porridge is better than cooked porridge!!!

The first place to start when making the perfect raw porridge is to get the base flavour right. The base, of course, is the oats. I took my inspiration from the traditional Dr. Bircher-Benner’s muesli recipes and soaked my oats overnight in a variety of nutritious (non dairy) liquids. These included coconut juice, lemon juice and water, water, apple juice, apple and ginger juice, carrot juice and rice milk. 

In order of increasing sweetness, I recommend rice milk, coconut water or apple juice.

 
The ingredients (for two)
2 cups of raw gluten free (if possible) oats
1 handful raisins
1 tablespoon linseeds

Soak those ingredients in 1 cup of freshly juiced apple juice (I love Braeburns) overnight then add the following for your perfect comfort breakfast:

1 grated apple
4 x almonds (crushed)
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon

How to make it
Mix up and eat up. The raisins are sweet and plump, the linseeds also juice it up while the nuts add texture.

Tip 1

Of course you can add your favourite seeds, nuts, dried fruits (soak them overnight too), fresh fruits and dessicated coconut. Mashed banana is also sensational and maple syrup with pecans or grated 100% cocao make for a decadent flavour.

Tip 2
And – if you like a semolina texture – blend it. It’s really yummy, but personally, I prefer it chunky.

Tip 3
If linseeds aren’t enough and you really need some extra roughage – add pysllium (stir it in the morning and eat it quickly).

This porridge is not the same buttery, hot, comfort porridge as Mum’s – it’s better.  Sorry Mum! It’s just as delicious and a million times more nutritious. Raw comfort food at its best.

Mis Amigos Mexicanos Raw Food Fiesta

12 Feb

When I told my wonderful Mexican friends Cesar and Brenda, that they looked great, I have to admit I expected (hoped for) a typical British response along the lines of; ‘No- I don’t – you however look fantastic.’ I was a tad stunned therefore, when they separately replied; ‘Yes I know. I’m hot.’

mucho gusto yummo pico

mucho gusto yummo pico de gallo

Despite feeling slightly ripped off, I realised that they really are ‘hot’, but not just because they are physically gorgeous. They both have a vibrant energy and warmth about them that makes them a lot of fun to be around. Obviously not every Mexican is ‘hot’ and ‘fun’, but I do attribute some of their very positive attitude to their bodies and life to their traditional Mexican diet, which is amazingly, pretty much 70% raw fruit and vegetables. (We’ll conveniently ignore the fact the remaining 30% of a Mexican diet is made up corn chips and tequila…)

Brenda, in between Micheladas (non-raw beer, Tabasco, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce and salt), showed me how to make this absolutely, incredibly delicious Mexican raw feast.

Pico de Gallo
4 big vine tomatoes
½ cup of fresh coriander
1 red onion
1 small green chilli
Juice of one lime
1 pinch salt
1 clove garlic

Chop everything as finely as possible, put into a bowl and serve.

Guacamole
See recipes below.

Lime radish salad
1 bunch radishes
Juice of one lime
Salt

Chop radishes into quarters, add lime and salt to taste and serve.

Lemon cucumber salad
A cucumber
Juice of one lemon
Salt

Slice cucumber, add lemon and salt to taste and serve.

We ate this with carrot and celery. And yes, we also enjoyed some well and truly deep fried cooked to hell and back corn chips!

Raw recipe: Raw chocolate mousse

18 Jan
100% raw and delicious

100% raw and delicious

The raw ingredients

2 large ripe avocados

3 pitted dates

1/2 cup of 100% raw cacao

 

How to make it
Blend everything together. Pop it in the fridge for an hour and serve.

 

Tips
1. I serve mine in shot glasses with a fresh raspberry or cherry on top.

2. To spice it up – add chilli flakes, a dash of cayenne pepper and a full cup of cacao.