Sorry I haven’t posted for a little while. End of term busy-ness crept up on me and I had a lot of work to get done. Thankfully I’ve handed in all my assignments now, and with just a few classes to go I’m ready for the Christmas break and lots of kitchen time!
I should really have been working on Saturday but naughty me snuck off to London last minute to take part in a Raw Foods Workshop run by Tanya Alekseeva of Better Raw. I’ve talked about Tanya before and reviewed one of here other e-books, “Nourished: Raw Foods for winter”, but this class was focused especially on Christmas recipes!
Tanya demonstrated a whole raw foods Christmas menu, right from drinks through to desserts, and showed that you definitely don’t have to miss out if you want to eat raw or even partially raw this Christmas. We’ll be at my brother’s for Christmas Day this year where the menu won’t be raw or even vegan but my sister-in-law is very kindly insisting on cooking a special vegan dish for me and everyone else to share. All the same, I’m hoping to make some of the raw recipes we tried at the workshop for my family to enjoy over the Christmas period too.
All the recipes came from another of Tanya’s e-books “Festive: The Best Raw Food Christmas Recipes” which has 30 recipes in total.
Tanya in action with the nut loaf before its time in the dehydrator
I thought I knew a lot about raw food already but found I learnt so much in the two and a half hour class. It was so lovely to be in the company of like-minded people too- passionate foodies who care about their food being both healthy and tasty. I’ve been in touch with Tanya for some time too but hadn’t met in person before Saturday. She really has such a wonderful energy and enthusiasm for what she does and her passion for raw foods is certainly infectious. I came out of the workshop simply buzzing and excited to eat more raw meals!
Each dish was prepared in front of us in the lovely kitchen while we sat on comfortable sofas and sipped spiced Christmas tea
So what did we eat?
Sorry for the poor quality pictures. The lighting wasn’t the best in the workshop space and I was keen to get my plate of food!
For the main meal there was:
Cranberry Chutney and
All the Trimmings Salad
Wow! I loved how all the components had been carefully considered to reflect the flavours of a traditional Christmas dinner but in a raw and much healthier form. Unlike the heavy, sleep-inducing food you might be more used to eating on Christmas Day, this meal will leave you with energy for a long afternoon walk (or even a run!).
A celebration always calls for dessert! There are several options in the e-book: traditional Christmas Pudding, Cinnamon Cookies, White Chocolate Orange Cream Berry Cake, Ginger Crunch Cookies, Very Berry Raw Food Trifle….but we got to try the Christmas Mince Pies. These were unbelievably delicious and far superior to the baked kind in my opinion. We were fighting over the last ones! Tanya’s kindly shared this recipe on her website, along with some other raw Christmas recipes gathered from other chefs. None of these require a dehydrator.
Since I’ve been back home I couldn’t resist making the final recipe we tasted on the day- the Nut Nog. This rich, sweet and perfectly spiced drink is a real treat and the perfect way to celebrate finishing my work . It’s made using homemade hazelnut milk so it’s extra creamy. Can you spot my little robin in the background? I think he wants to dive in!
As a special Christmas treat, Tanya’s offering a 25% discount on all her e-books (before December 31st) and has also collaborated with a whole load of companies to bring us discounts on their products. Some of my favourite companies are featured, including Detox Your World, The Raw Chocolate Company and Teapigs tea.
There are also massive savings to be had on kitchen equipment- Vitamix blenders, dehydrators, the Tribest personal blender (this is the one I have and love!), and much more.
There are no upcoming workshops listed at the moment, but keep your eye on the teaching page as I’m sure more will pop up soon. Tanya is, however, holding a very special event in the new year- a seven-course raw supper club! It sounds like a must if you’re interested in raw food and can get to London for the 29th of January.
Have you attended a cooking (or “un-cooking” class before? I’d love to hear about your experiences.