I have had the most fabulous time in Margaret River, if you ever get the chance to visit, it’s such a beautiful place! While I was on the winery tour, I was talking to our guide Jaime about my blog, nutrition and wellness, and he mentioned that they had just hired a new driver, who was an ex-raw chef at Samudra! What are the chances that he was running a raw cooking class the next day!
Of course, I instantly signed up, and on Sunday I attended a truly incredible raw cooking class run by the amazing Brad Sawatzki from Harmonious eating. Brad is a talented chef, educator and passionate raw foodie. It was inspiring to learn about raw food cooking, as well as his food philosophy. Brad created the most amazing 3 course raw meal, which comprised of: Macadamia nut and caper feta on cucumber wheels with a balsamic reduction; a Napoleon stack-with cashew nut bechamel, semi dried tomato ragu, eggplant and zucchini crisps and caramelized onion; a finally a raw pumpkin pie with candied pecans and cashew cream.
The process of creating the dishes was really incredible, so much time and effort was put into each dish-it made me appreciate the quality and beauty of the food much more. Some of the components of the meal took a few days to prepare, which I think really shows Brad’s passion and love of food, and throughout the class, it became evident that he wanted to pass on that passion and love for food to us. The tomatoes were prepared a few days before, to allow them to dehydrate and be ready to use. Its that care and love for our food that we need to get back in our society. To rekindle the act of preparing our food with love and care, rather than feeding our bodies garbage.
I have biased opinions about the raw food diet in its entirety, however I really love some of the raw food philosophies, and I endevour to include more of the raw food concepts into my everyday diet. I plan on purchasing a dehydrator-hopefully the excalibur (which I hear is the Rolls Royce of dehydrators), so I can learn to lovingly prepare food a few days in advance.
If you want to get on board and join the Harmonious eating community, visit their facebook page. I hear that there may be raw food classes with Brad happening in Perth in the near future, and I plan on attending as many as I can!