Around The World in Raw Food
Mexican food, especially tacos, is surprisingly simple to recreate raw. Use a fresh leaf of cos or little gem lettuce for your “taco” and pile it high with more veggies, walnut “meat”, sprouted (or cooked for a “high-raw” meal) beans, guacamole, salsa and cashew sour cream for a veritable feast or try this light and fresh spring take on the dish:
With a few alterations, you can make the most delicious curry recipes raw. Raw coconut milk from a young coconut can be blended with chilli, lemongrass, lime, ginger, galangal, garlic and other spices of your choice for a Thai green curry or with korma spices for an Indian variation and served over rice or noodles made from celeriac, cauliflower, kohlrabi or any root veg of your choice! The opportunities are endless!
Other Thai options include raw pad thai with almond butter sauce or a classic mango or green papaya salad. Remember a generous sprinkle of activated nuts or seeds on top!
For more Indian flavours, you can’t beat the Wild Food Café signature wild and raw dosas.
Raw sushi, made with vegetable rice, is a fantastic canvas for toppings, fillings and dipping sauces. Anything goes from simple cucumber and avocado rolls to marinated and dehydrated mushrooms and nut pâtés.
We also enjoy a raw version of the Japanese fast food staple the ramen bowl (with kelp noodles) https://www.wildfoodcafe.com/plant-passionate-seaweed-and-shiitake-ramen-bowl/
Continuing the Asian flavours our kitchen is rarely without the odour of a batch of kimchi fermenting, this punchy and super-nutritious condiment adds healthy probiotics and a burst of spice to any dish, not just bibimbap. https://www.wildfoodcafe.com/spicy-fermented-kim-chi/
Italian flavours are some of the finest and easiest to make raw, reliant as they are on fresh and flavourful tomatoes and high-quality olive oil – with just these two ingredients you’d be amazed how satisfying and tastebud –tingling our creations become. Add in some spiralised courgette, sundried olives and tomatoes and pine nuts and feel transported to Tuscan hills! https://www.wildfoodcafe.com/mid-summer-penne-ala-courgette-mixed-bowl/ Pizzas with cracker crusts, cultured cashew-cheeses, rawvioli, lasagne, even minestrone can be recreated raw!
Probably our favourite source of ideas the middle-eastern flavours of hummus, falafel and tabbouleh constantly inspire us to raw-ify and create in the kitchen!
Home to the best and worst of food culture, America is home to some amazing raw chefs who have sought to recreate their childhood favourites and we love being able to enjoy the macaroni cheese, burgers, pancakes and cheesecakes normally found in diners in a fresh and high-vibe way!
By Hannah Phoebe Bowen