So today is the first weekday that I’ve woken up in over four weeks and not gone to Yoga. My body clock has totally adjusted to a routine so of course I woke up naturally at some unearthly hour and then sat there twiddling my thumbs wondering what on earth to do with myself. Whereas normally I’d be up, out and over at the gym collecting my morning juices before heading off to yoga, now it’s more a case of fending for myself and figuring out what I’m going to eat/do to keep myself at the very least at the point where I’ve got to with the detox.
This weekend was a ‘semi’ blow-out. I did have the Full English breakfast – or half of it at least – and I did have half a Sunday Roast last night. But I found myself totally physically and bizarrely enough mentally hankering for a salad and water so instead of the planned pie from Kallots down the road, I plumped instead for a mixed salad, gargantuan in size thanks to the generous portions from Khun Tom restaurant next door, but still pretty much zero-ish calories and DAMN tasty. I thought I’d treat myself to the indulgence of mayonnaise with my salad, but to my shock and horror, I didn’t like the taste of it and had to scrape my over-sized and a tad-too-eager dollops off the plate as much as I could. It was WAAAAY too sweet and didn’t add anything to the salad. If that had been me a month ago, I’d have been asking for more!!!
In my quest to be healthy and stock the fridge with things that are only good for me, I decided the other day to see what the hell tofu was like. I’ve had it a couple of times, mainly in Miso Soup from Pret A Manger back in London, but never actually cooked with it. I do know that it’s majorly absorbent so I bought a tube from the local Tesco shop (they get EVERYwhere) and set about marinading mine in a combination of soy sauce, a couple of spots of tabasco, a dribble of natural honey and a liberal splash of salad vinegar. Left it in the fridge for 24 hours, popped it on a baking tray a la the instructions from the internet for a couple of minutes at a low heat, mixed it up with some raw baby sweet corn, salad onions, raw carrot and tomato slices, and voila! A healthy little breakfast and the tofu actually tasted really nice! I shall be looking up more recipes to see what else I can do with it and of course consult the oracle that is Mel to see what she recommends as well.
My challenge now is to figure out what else I’m going to eat today. It won’t be all raw but I’ll try to make as much as possible. I’ve got some squash that I’m going to slow roast in virgin olive oil and garlic and then mix in with a salad, and maybe I’ll try to make some sort of healthy smoothie for lunch. I’m going to have to plan a lot more now when I’m buying food – I’m normally just an impulsive buyer whacking things in my basket because they look tasty but with absolutely no idea what I’ll do with them and leaving half of them in the fridge for weeks at a time until they disintegrate.
In the meantime however, here’s another tasty recipe that I got from the Raw Food Cooking Academy to tide the tastebuds over
To make the pizza crust, you need 1.5 chopped red peppers, 1/2 cup of chopped tomato, 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped really finely, 1/4 cup of chopped onion, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 cloves of garlic, salt (to taste – and the crust will taste saltier as it dehydrates so bear that in mind), 1/4 cup olive oil and 1 cup of flax seeds soaked in water.
Mash all the ingredients up in a bowl (or pestle and mortar if you have one). Then spread the mixture out on dehydrator sheets and leave to dry out overnight.
Then it’s up to you entirely what you pop on the top. You can spread raw cheese out as the base, whack on some cherry tomatoes, sprinkle some herbs and chopped olives (although why you’d want olives is beYOND me) on top and you’ve got a delicious ‘Margherita’. Or you could use some raw meat to make ‘meatballs’, mix up some raw herby Italian tomato sauce and make your own ‘Meat Feast’. You can go as mental or as simple as you like but they’re UTTerly delicious, a wicked snack food on their own or as part of a bigger meal with salad on the side. RAWgeous