Remember when I talked about detox?
It’s getting closer to that and I no longer worry too much about it.
Simone has been nothing short but very helpful and very informative. We’ve emailed each other back and forth before the scheduled session. Oh, did I tell you the class was a surprise gift from Dan? Yeah, he’s a keeper for sure!
16 November 2013 came and I was excited to get to Simone’s place for the class. Decided I’d take the train since it was the weekend and I thought it would be faster than taking the taxi. Boy, was I wrong! I was a bit late.
Anyway, I got there and the class were just starting. Some women were already there and we introduced ourselves to the class. In total there were 8 ladies for class.
Simone handed me the welcome drink…a green smoothie. Yum and fresh!
We then moved to the ‘classroom’ which is a designated area with chairs curved together nicely in front of her table.
Everyone took their seats and with joyful enthusiasms that quickly infected the whole class, Simone started by introducing what raw food really is all about. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect but I came with an open mind armed with willingness to learn more.
Simone then whips up her mixed berries smoothie and explaining a lot of things we could use to make this versatile and easy smoothie. She suggests that since it is currently mango season in Jakarta, we could just freeze some freshly cut up mango. Brilliant! I will have to try this one.
Seeing how easy and fast to blend something I realized I will need a stronger blender at home.
Also, I didn’t know we can store nuts and seeds in the freezer! See? Knowledge is power, people!
In order, Simone showed us how to make these drinks: mix berries smoothie, almond milk – which is the best almond milk I’ve ever taste! – then a chocolate nut-milkshake using the freshly made almond milk.
After the delicious drinks, in came the delicious raw goodies. That you wouldn’t even imagine they’re raw.
The first menu we had was the fresh Early Summer Salad. The Rosemary Lemon Vinaigrette for the salad smells heavenly when Simone showed it to us. Then she continues to show us how to make Sunny Carrot Pate. Seeing how easy it is to make the dressing and the pate? Surely, this salad will goes into my must haves menu!
Next one was the Burritos with Sour Cream!
Take a look at these babies!
Not only Simone showed us how easy and quick it is to prepare something delicious, it put faith in my “I’m not a cook!” mentality hah! She makes it looks do-able! Not rocket science and raw eating doesn’t mean you just eat grass or salad 24/7!
Hard to pick a favorite because out of everything Simone ‘cooked’ for us that day everything tastes excellent and really delicious. But, the Pesto Pasta was amahzingly delicious with capital letters.
The zucchini tastes just like real pasta. It was mind blowing – maybe because I’ve never try them before – but it was really really that good.
Simone’s Cream of Mushroom Soup was also a winner and definitely something I will be making at home. It seriously tastes just like the cooked ones, almost similar to a specific brand actually.
Last creation we tried was the Raisin Walnut Truffles. This one will be a hit with my boy, that I can guarantee because it was sweet and satisfy the sweet tooth-ness in me.
What I love the most about Simone’s class is how hands on it was. How she answered all of our questions and actually got us into a discussion whichmakes it fun. We were involved, from trying the food to trying to make our own burritos. By letting us giving it a try at the wrapping, the cutting, it makes it very doable. I definitely went home with a changed ways of thinking.
Now, raw eating doesn’t sounds as scary as I initially thought. It’s not that hard! One thing that stick in my mind was when Simone said raw eating doesn’t means deprivations. We can actually still enjoy a fulfilling meals without sacrificing the flavor. Raw eating was demystified that day!
And I am now more mentally prepared to do my detox! Bring it on, Baby!