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Raw Vegan Christmas Tarts

Imogen Taylor - Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Everything is possible on a raw food diet; I have made the tart cases with nuts, dates, linseed, a pinch of mineral-rich pink salt, and some coconut oil.

For filling; half the tarts have a mashed banana filling (which has a surprisingly good effect); and the other half a fruit mince filling - add a splash of alcohol if you choose.

On top I have added a chocolate ganache; melt coconut oil with cocoa powder and some maple syrup (you can melt some dark chocolate as well but then it's no longer "raw").

Garnish with red Xmas fruits et voila!

           

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Zoodle salad with cashew sauce and raw parmesan crisps

Imogen Taylor - Thursday, December 22, 2016

            

The raw food diet is just so exciting; and the benefits to our health go without saying.

Can you imagine how the body must appreciate food that is still "living"?! (has a pulse? lol)

And if the ingredients are organic; your chances of a rich vitamin/mineral intake are splendid!

This Zoodle salad comprises raw zucchini noodles, a cashew-based sauce, rocket, activated almonds, and basil-pinenut "parmesan" crisps.

All vegan; all raw; all plant-based.

What's not to love?

                   

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Raw coconut chutney.

Imogen Taylor - Thursday, December 22, 2016

      

Here is the recipe for this raw coconut chutney. I have served it on chunky slices of cucumber nestled in spinach leaves๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒฑ

Recipe: First you blitz a whole lemon plus quater of an onion. Then add 1 cup of coconut (which should be soaked in water overnight). Add 1 tsp each of cumin-seed and mustard-seed, a pinch of salt and half a de-seeded red chilli.

Now add 1 bunch of mint, and a bunch of fresh coriander or any other herbs you have in abundance.

Add a little water and continue to blitz in the blender. I like to add 4 dates to this but check for flavour before you do this.


       

Once it is thoroughly amalgamated; form into quenelles and place on top of the cucumber slices for a cool, refreshing Summer treat!

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Raw carrot cakes with cashew citrus icing served with fruit tea

Imogen Taylor - Saturday, December 17, 2016

I don't have much to compare these with cos i don't have a history of eating cakes and muffins; but i reckon these were fairly awesome!

The ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg contributed a little magic and alot of complexity.

Don't you just adore spices?

                          

The icing is made with soaked cashews and loads of freshly squeezed orange juice (and some rind), plus coconut oil and maple syrup (so refined-sugar free).

         

I have served the mini carrot cakes with a fruit tea and some really nice quality dark chocolate. Go figure! 

 

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Raw Pad Thai

Imogen Taylor - Saturday, July 30, 2016

     

I can't be sure I've ever eaten Pad Thai before; but I certainly haven't had a raw version till I made this one. The Satay sauce is reminiscent of a satay sauce I used to make in a restaurant long ago; and i have recreated the recipe to some degree. 

      

Ingredients

Coconut cream (or coconut water if the cream is too rich), a splash of soy sauce, coconut sugar to taste, shallot, fresh lemongrass - bruised, fresh ginger, garlic, ground turmeric, fresh red chilli, lime juice, galangal, and a yummy organic peanut butter. Blitz together in high speed blend (or food processor if you want to keep it lumpy)! It's quite nice to have crunchy bits in the satay sauce!!

    

The Pad Thai Recipe

I have grated courgette and carrot on a mandolin (no; not the musical instrument); sliced some red pepper, red cabbage, spinach and red onion "julienne-style",  then added fresh mint, roasted peanuts and fresh coriander.

One of my all-time favourite dishes; soooo delicious!


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For the love of vegetables..

Imogen Taylor - Friday, July 29, 2016
                

Even in Winter it is rewarding to celebrate Nature's bounty in the form of fruits and vegetables.

I have used the under-rated cauliflower and tossed it in spices; then served it up with an array of lettuces, rocket, and fresh pear, herbs and basil flowers.

This Chermoula spice blend is made up of the warm earthy end of the spice spectrum; which lends itself to root vegetables and Winter cooking generally

   

NB, the warming spices in this instance be turmeric, cumin and paprika (three of fifteen spices I use in this Moroccan blend).

Spices each have different personalities, and different roles to play in any given situation. (I like to think of them as people)!!

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Cauliflower pizza crust with assorted toppings

Imogen Taylor - Sunday, July 24, 2016
   

Once you find a plant-based, gluten-free pizza crust recipe you like; the possibilities are endless. This one is made with raw cauliflower, activated buckwheat, linseed, and ground almonds. But i also make one with red capsicum, buckwheat, red onion, sundried tomatoes and chilli etc, which I top with tomatoes, olives and artichokes, for a more Mediterranean style pizza (see instagram post of 4th July).

Here you can see the spiralized courgettes and carrots, with lettuce leaves, avocado, chillis and radishes. Then adorned with the tasty-as-heck cashew dressing I use regularly ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜ (using cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, miso, water and garlic). ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒบโœŒ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ This base is designed for dehydrating but if you dont have the equipment you can bake it in the oven on low heat. On this occasion i cooked it at 180 degrees celcius and it is golden and crispy; friggin awesome!!!

  

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Buckwheat bread with cashew cheese and tasty coriander salsa

Imogen Taylor - Sunday, July 24, 2016
   

I've been wanting to try out this raw dehydrated buckwheat bread only i don't have a dehydrator. I ended up slow cooking it at a low temperature with quite good results.

On top i have spread my cashew cheese (using cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, miso, water and garlic); followed with a coriander salsa verde with coriander, lime juice, red onion, x.v. olive oil, chilli and more garlic. Phenomenal phlavours!! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ˜

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Shepherds Pie made with leeks, courgettes, adzuki beans and an almond crumb

Imogen Taylor - Sunday, July 24, 2016

  

- hard to describe how good this was! I have sauteed together some blanched yams, with onions, garlic, eggplant, courgettes and leeks; then added "Berbere" spices till gorgeously flavoured; then thrown in the cooked adzukibeans and added all to the pan. On top is a potato and pumpkin mash. And to finish; a breadcrumb, garlic and almond crumb; combined with nutritional yeast, lemon juice, herbs and capers. Seriously tasty

 

         

  

 

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Raw cauliflower pizza crust with porcini mushrooms and deepfried Brussels sprouts

Imogen Taylor - Sunday, July 24, 2016
              

Can you guess what this is? (hope i can answer my own question adequately)๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

Short answer; vegan pizza. Long answer; gluten-free pizza base made with raw cauliflower, #activatedbuckwheat, linseed and ground almonds, with salt and pepper; made into a dough and rested overnight. i have cooked it for 15 to 20 minutes at 200 degrees celcius, then turned the oven to 150 degrees and cooked another 10 minutes till golden.

For the top; deep fried leaves from Brussels sprouts, as well as purple broccoli, shitake mushrooms and wild lettuces. Sprinkle with pinenuts! ๐Ÿ˜The dressing is the cashew cream from previous posts. (refer back for recipe) ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒฟโœŒ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ This pizza is like a walk through the forest (if you get my drift?!)๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸŒพNB; ive always been heavy-handed with "sauce"!!! ๐Ÿ˜

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