What to do with all those tomatoes?

food Aug 28, 2016

It's tomato season in all those countries where it's Summer right now. Here in Dorset, in the Southwest of England, we have the most delicious and juice organic tomatoes from our local grower, so I bought several kilos the other day at the market.

When a fruit or vegetable is in season, and therefore at it's best and cheapest, I like to stock up and preserve for the winter months. In the raw food kitchen this means either freezing or dehydrating. Home-dehydrated tomatoes are amazing and a completely different experience to the shop-bought sun-dried tomatoes.


But what else can we make. As tomato season often goes with bell pepper (capsicum) season, it's a good ideal to combine the two. I find peppers on their own a bit intense... tomatoes add depth and lightness to recipes containing peppers.

3-in-1 recipe idea with tomatoes and peppers

So I thought I share with you the Creamy Tomato and Red Pepper Soup from my book Food...

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Melon Berry Medley

food Jul 26, 2016

Galia melons are at their best at the moment, and I was lucky to by a few of them really cheap the other day because they had just reached their best before date. Of course, for me, reaching the best before date is the best date, as it means the fruit will be beautifully ripe and fragrant.


The most obvious thing to do with a really ripe melon is to just cut it open, take a spoon and spoon out the juicy, sweet melon flesh. But with only a few ingredients and a good strong blender, you can create a very impressive dessert for guests or even just a simple vegan ice cream treat for your kids. Note that there is no added sugar in the ice cream, the sweetness simply comes from the melon, so you do really need a very ripe fruit! 

Simple & quick vegan, no added sugar, melon ice cream


Ingredients (makes 4-5 portions)

1 super ripe Galia melon
100g macadamia nuts (soaked for 30mins in water)
2 tablespoons baobab powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon...

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Raw Broad Bean Falafel Recipe

food Jun 18, 2016

Broad beans (also known as Fava beans) are in season in the UK and it's the best time (and actually the only time) to eat them fresh and raw. You can just removed the young beans from their pods and scatter them over a salad or marinate them in lemon juice, cayenne pepper and olive oil for a protein fibre rich addition to your meal.  Broad beans are also rich in folates and B Vitamins, so you can only win with this unique legume.


I've been experimenting with falafel lately, as I'm always on the hunt for a new dish that give me a different texture to the usual crunchy vegetables and that allows me to smother it in delicious dressings such as cashew herb mayonnaise, basil avocado guacamole or preserved lemon tahini dressing. 


So I'm delighted to share with you my recipe for Raw Broad bean Falafel. Enjoy them as part of a raw food feast, on your salad or just as a quick snack to pop in your mouth when you're on the go. 


Raw Broad Bean Falafel Recipe

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1-Day Easy Cleanse

food health Jun 01, 2016

You have most likely heard, read or even done a juice fast. It's a great way to detox, lose weight quickly and give the digestive system a break. 3 to 7 days of just juice a couple of times a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn, is often recommended as a regular cleansing detox. 


Some people go for up to 21 days of juicing and if you are healing from a serious health condition you may have considered juicing even longer. Watch my video for a short explanation of the difference between juices and smoothies. 


For me and my husband, juicing is now a daily part of our lives. A large green juice is our first meal of the day, supplying our bodies with rapid, easily absorbable nutrition, giving us already a minimum of five portions of veg and fruit early in the morning.


Now, if you are on a standard diet, including grains and animal proteins, then juicing will most likely throw you into quite a bit of a detoxification. So...

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Eating the rainbow!

food health Apr 24, 2016

Eating the colours of the rainbow makes me feel alive. It's not just that a colourful plate of vegetables pleases my eyes and makes my mouth water (an important prerequisite to creating valuable enzymes when producing saliva, to help digest food further down). By eating the colours of the rainbow I nourish my body with essential macro, micro and phytonutrients.


Phytonutrients were only discovered fairly recently, and more and more are being discovered as I write. Scientists now agree that while phytonutrients alone don't keep us alive, they help us to thrive and may play a significant role in protecting us from disease and making our bodies function optimally.


Phytonutrients help us to stay healthy, young and vibrant well into our later stages of life.

If you haven't heard of phytonutrients, you will have heard of antioxidants. Most people now understand that they are important for healthy cells and reducing the risk of cancer, heart...

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Spicy Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Bowl

food Feb 08, 2016

I don't know about you, but at this time of year (British cold damp weather) my joints definitely make themselves known to me. I'm actually doing really well with my knees, given that I had surgery on my right knee when I was 19 (a whopping 39 years ago) and refused a second surgery a couple of years later. I'm rarely in pain. But recently both knees have been complaining and so has my hip. So it's time to upgrade my food intake to even more anti-inflammatory value.


Of course a raw, plant-based lifestyle is already rich in foods that are anti-inflammatory, alkalising, anti-viral and immune boosting, but at times of pain, we can do a little more. So if you find your joints are hurting, try read on and try my recipe below.


Papayas contain the enzyme papain which aids the digestion of proteins. They also contain another enzyme called chymopapain. Both these enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties.


Papayas are a real powerhouses when it comes to antioxidants,...

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Medicinal Mushrooms for Super Immunity

food health Jan 17, 2016

Medicinal Mushrooms for Super Immunity
January 17, 2016
Gabriela Lerner
Have you tried using medicinal mushrooms yet? These include chaga, reishi, cordyceps and agarics blaze, with the main benefits being to increase immune function, help to fight viruses and infections and even combat cancer growth.


Medicinal mushrooms grow on trees, in fact they have a symbiotic relationship with the tree and are deeply connected with the earth’s energies. They often take a long time to grow, so it’s important to buy medicinal mushrooms from reliable, sustainable sources. As medicinal mushrooms become more popular, the demand increases and often leads to unsustainable harvesting practices that destroy eco systems. See below for good sources to buy your mushrooms.


My two favourite mushrooms are chaga and reishi because they are versatile and can be brewed into a tea, used in vegan hot chocolate drinks, can be turned into tinctures or powders to use in a...

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My kids don't like broccoli, my husband wants meat

food Mar 10, 2015

Participants of my raw food retreats are often parents concerned with the food their children eat. This usually leads to conversations about how to get children into better eating habits and also how to enrol the other parent into supporting healthy eating at home.

At one of my retreats a guest had recently decided to upgrade his family’s food intake towards higher nutrition after both his parents had been diagnosed with cancer. It was a wake-up-call for him and after a lot of research he came to the conclusion that the best he could do was to create excellent nutrition for himself, his wife and his young children. Now I usually have people in my class who are already quite familiar with eating raw vegetables and they really enjoy the foods I prepare. I was therefore particularly delighted that this participant openly stated that he didn’t like the food. ‘It all tastes really strange to me’ he said. But then followed it with ‘but I know...

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