Raw Food Feast and Workshop with Sarah Barber

This Saturday I treated myself to a Raw Food Feast and Workshop with the lovely Sarah Barber from Pure People. The workshop was run in her homely kitchen in Hove and I was joined by 5 other raw/vegan/health foodie people.

When we arrived all of the ingredients were tantalisingly laid out:

Ingredients for the day

Ingredients for the day

While waiting for everyone to arrive it was great to get a chance to flick through someone else’s raw food cook books. I really liked the look of the ‘Uncook cook book’:

Selection of raw food cook books

Selection of raw food cook books

We had been encouraged to arrive hungry as breakfast would be the first thing on the menu. We started with a purple green smoothie – purple from frozen blueberries but still full of green goodness:

Purple green smoothie

Purple green smoothie

The smoothie included sunwarrior vanilla protein powder which I hadn’t come across before:

proteinpowder

Apparently adding protein to your smoothies and shakes helps slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream helping to avoid a sugar rush. Sarah also uses vanilla powder in a lot of her recipes as a calming background flavour.

The smoothie was then swiftly followed by a demonstration of making almond milk:

Making almond milk

Making almond milk

Which we then enjoyed over some delicious buckwheat granola and grated apple topped with goji berries:

Raw food buckwheat granola

Raw food buckwheat granola

After breakfast, the next obvious step was to move straight onto puddlings! We started with an amazing avocado based chocolate pudding:

chocolate pudding in the making

chocolate pudding in the making

This was followed by a demonstration of making a fruit tart with an oat, nut and date crust topped with a creamy pineapple filling:

Raw food fruit tart

Raw food fruit tart

Next were the main courses with one of my favourite dishes: Olive, Tomato and Pumpkin pate:

Pate in the making

Pate in the making

This has wonderful strong flavours and looked a treat too:

Olive, Tomato and Pumpkin Pate

Olive, Tomato and Pumpkin Pate

Sarah then gave us a useful talk about the benefits of eating a raw food diet (apparently providing a great source of enzymes which we need to digest our food and have also been linked to a long life expectancy). She also covered equipment, tips for introducing more raw into your diet and places to buy the more unusual ingredients.

The fun really started when we got to sit down together and share a lunch of the treats that had been made including nori rolls and cabbage wraps which were laid out for us to help ourselves:

Wrap ingredients

Wrap ingredients

Cabbage wrap filled with pate and sprouts

Cabbage wrap filled with pate and sprouts

Nori wrap

Nori wrap

Tamari seeds

Tamari seeds

All followed by the chocolate pudding which had now set:

Raw food chocolate pudding

Raw food chocolate pudding

Topped with a divine cashew nut cream:

Cashew nut cream to die for!

Cashew nut cream to die for!

Somewhat full from the day, we were then given a slice of the fruit tart to take home, along with a comprehensive handout with detailed recipes and resources. It was a great workshop and I am now feeling inspired to try some new recipes and ingredients.

It was also great to learn about some of the pop up restaurants that are cropping up locally including: Gourmet Girls Pop up @ Fanny’s of Hanoveroffering vegan and raw food, and Pure Taste in Haywards Heath offering “gourmet gluten-free and paleo-friendly food (that’s dishes that are free from gluten, dairy, grains, legumes and refined sugar!).”

Thank you Sarah, and if you are tempted to join one of her workshops (which I would highly recommend) you can find out more at: http://www.pure-people.co.uk/workshop-dates.html.