Uncooking 101 – Raw Food Made Easy

Remember when I talked about detox?

It’s getting closer to that and I no longer worry too much about it.

Honestly, I was quite anxious about doing the whole detox thing but luckily, Dan enrolled me for Uncooking 101 Class from The Wellness Warung.

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.

Chocolate Nut-Milkshake

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!

Early Summer Salad

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!

How do you feel about raw food eating? Have you ever try them?



  1. November 21, 2013 / 9:52 am

    wooooooowwwww….that pesto pasta was zucchini?!!! mauuuuuuu!!!

    • November 27, 2013 / 2:36 pm

      Yup, it was a pasta zucchini 😀 So delicious!

  2. November 21, 2013 / 10:08 am

    I’m definitely open to his way of eating, especially since I’m clean eating, and there’s very little cooking involved (except for the eggs). I definitely want to try the zucchini pasta, since we are pasta lovers here! Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • November 27, 2013 / 2:39 pm

      The little cooking was also one of the reasons why I think I will incorporate raw eating in my life because when I’m short on time, I just throw some things on the blender and get a breakfast/dinner served. It’s quite interesting to learn the different things. You will love the zucchini pasta, Alison!

  3. November 21, 2013 / 11:10 am

    A lot of days two of my three meals are raw but it is a smoothie and a salad. Just because I really like those two things. However, the salad might have cooked meat in it sometimes. Other times I use mushrooms as “meat”.

    I would love to be taught how to make almond milk. I’ve always heard that making your own is better!

  4. November 24, 2013 / 11:38 pm

    I have honestly thought about trying it, but I don’t know that my body could take it…which probably means I am the ideal candidate! ;)-Ashley

    • November 27, 2013 / 2:46 pm

      LOL Ashley 😉 I know what you meant because I was a little well skeptical but it’s actually works really well for me.

  5. November 25, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    I would love to do more raw food. It’s such a great and healthy way to eat. This is total inspiration for me!

    • November 27, 2013 / 2:48 pm

      Thank you so much Ilena! 🙂

  6. November 26, 2013 / 2:12 am

    The food looks so yummy and healthy! It’s amazing what you can do with raw foods. There is a restaurant in NYC that doesn’t cook food over a certain temperature and it’s all vegan. The food was surprisingly good!

    • November 27, 2013 / 2:50 pm

      I bet NYC have some fantastic raw food restaurants, Maria. Would be so awesome to dine there and try out different delicious food.

  7. December 2, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    Hi Maureen,

    Gosh… How irresistible! 😉 Sounds like fun all the way at kitchen!

    Honestly, I’d love to have some Raisin Walnut Truffles right now 😀 lol…

    I was admiring raw eating and my best cook, MOM, never kept me unsatisfied so far. Have been enjoying foods and drinks made out of veggies and flowers. Now I gotta show this one for her too.

    BTW I didn’t know we can store nuts and seeds in the freezer too. Good tip for my mom 😉

    You have a delicious week Mo! 🙂


  8. December 11, 2013 / 7:24 pm

    As I look upon your pictures my saliva literally dripped from my mouth! Anyway, I was searching for some methods on how to prepare raw foods on Google, and I was brought to this post. I want to switch my snacks/meals into a healthy one so I decided to prepare raw foods. I have some ideas on hand but I am still looking for additional ones. This post taught me new things. Thanks Maureen!

  9. April 8, 2014 / 5:55 am

    Maureen! It’s Eva Rawposa from Uncooking101… and I just stumbled on this. Just wanted to say “HI!” and tell you how much JOY 🙂 this post brought to me. Simone is such a gift, and it’s no surprise you enjoyed her class so much! You have such a gift for sharing your experience, and I’m soooo glad it was a good one!

    Eva Rawposa

    P.S. I love your website and have bookmarked it!

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