Le premier blog post: from routine to raw

Le premier means “the first” in French.

After frequent prods over the year by my husband, close friends and newly-met acquaintances to start a blog… I have finally taken the plunge and dived in.

So yes, hopefully this is the first of many upcoming posts by moi.

I’ve always had an uncanny preference for raw or very slightly cooked food.

Even when I was in single digit years, I recall liking soup at room temperature and other traditionally hot dishes such as pasta and toasted sandwiches chilled!  It has only been in the past few years that I discovered this preference of mine is actually quite a widespread food philosophy often called the “raw food movement”.

I’ve read several books on the subject and won’t go into the health benefits here.  But I’ve met a few people who healed themselves of various diseases and ailments such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, tumours to name a few.

Vegetarian since I was 15, transitioned to vegan for a while now, and consuming about 80% raw – I’m feeling great!  The choice to stop eating meat came unexpectedly and abruptly.  One day I was eating a burger, looked down at it half-eaten and felt thoroughly disgusted by it.  And myself.  What had become my favourite go-to meal since childhood now repulsed me.  I threw it away half-eaten and have never looked back.  Just like that.  So yes, a very rapid conscious decision.  What can I say, I’m known to never do things by halves.

I come from a family that eats anything and everything (from turtle soup, sheep balls, frog legs, chicken gizzards and everything in between!) whether it be breakfast, lunch or supper, you can be sure at least one dish has parts of animal in it.  Needless to say, they continue with their eating habits while I have mine.  For many years they couldn’t understand why I no longer ate meat, and did their best to offer me traditional Asian delicacies such as BBQ pork, sizzling beef or crispy skin chicken.  I did not waver and several years later… they have accepted it and are sure to order more veg, tofu and tempeh dishes when we dine out.  Hurrah.  Only took half a decade.  LOL.

Anyway, just last week I brought some home-made cookies to a potluck dinner at a friend’s house.. and again to a raw food picnic.  It was gobbled up by all, and the recipe was requested by many so here it is.  I luuuuuuuuurrrrveeeeeee my desserts, however a little sweetness goes a long way for me so if you find you need it, add 2 tbs agave or stevia.

Raw Oat ‘n’ Fruit Cookies
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups chopped dried apricots
1/2 c chopped prunes
1 c dessicated or shredded coconut
1 grated apple (I used green granny smith)
3-4 tbspn coconut oil (to bind)
1-2 tbs lemon zest (you can add more if you prefer)
1 tsp vanilla essence
pinch of sea salt
Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until well combined and a rough ‘dough’ is formed.  Taste.  Tweak flavours to suit  your palate.
Using your hands, shape into balls and press down to form a cookie shape.  You can also shape into bars.. kinda like a muesli bar.
That’s it!  You can even dip half the cookie in melted raw chocolate and let it cool.
I don’t have a dehydrator, so I set the cookie at room temperature for a few hours somewhere warm or in sunlight, then put it in the fridge.
Lasts for 4-5 days in the fridge.  Freezes well.
Till next time!

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