Day 83 / 365
This guestpost is by the ever talented, stunning soul, Carolina Robinson. I first met Carolina at the clandestine ninja wedding of a mutual friend in Paris, we’ve been friends ever since. Carolina lives a soulful sustainable lifestyle in Berlin and has kindly shared this story for our information and inspiration. You can follow her on her blog here. Below are her words (and photos).
turbulent, historic handicap, but when Berliners cotton-on to something they’re
in: hook, line and sinker. Or rather, in the current climate: just plain raw.
didn’t have to look much further than my circle of friends (how’s that for
locally-sourced?) who invited me to dine at their raw vegan dinner party.
to grow, with substitutes for every kind of milk or meat product you can
imagine. My fascination though, centred around the use of the dehydrator in the
kitchen. Keeping things raw, means to say that it should not be heated above 40
degrees celsius in order to keep essential enzymes intact.
oven allows rawists to enjoy crispier dishes (like our delicious pizza)
and conserve fresh produce by drying and storing.
the raw vegan and green scene in Berlin. Frankziska, better known as Superfrans, has just opened her own raw vegan store by the
same name.I knew I was in good green hands with Kerstin as head chef – she runs her own vegan lifestyle
consulting business and workshops, and is a walking beacon of health, having
had her own eating struggles in the past. Using knowledge about health learned
from being a medical assistant in a prior life, her interest in
alternative medicines now puts her in an ideal position to coach others about a
realistic and gradual approach to a vegan lifestyle.
farmers market which is a five minute walk from both or our houses. It might be
also cheating to say that within that distance there is a vegan supermarket, Veganz, which is quickly sewing its seed across Berlin
and beyond throughout Germany.
all shades of organic green. Rounding out the dining table was Benedikt Maschke
who has founded the Nectarbar, which includes products such at the Nut Bag – who knew it was so
easy to make your own (nut) milk? (Hint: all it takes are nuts and water!)
was an appetite and an open mind – neither of which should be underestimated.
– Freshly made
pomegranate, apple and beetroot juice
Cotes du Rhone Reserve, 2014, Famille Perrin
Garden salad with
olives & sundried tomatoes
Raw Vegan Pizza with
a base of dehydrated zucchini, red bell pepper and linseeds, topped with fresh
homemade tomato sauce and mushrooms, avocado, yellow bell pepper, onion and
Rawvegan brownie made from dates, cacao,
natural sweetener, nuts topped with vegan frosting and served with a scoop of
vegan banana ice cream
[On the side]
conversation about all things raw and vegan
While we might not all have dehydrators sitting on our kitchen bench, we are
all able to rustle up a different kind of dinner party that is
consciously-minded toward the Earth. By sharing these experiences between
friends, unbeknowingly, we begin to break down preconceptions about vegan (or
raw) lifestyles. We might not cut out animal products overnight, but if each
individual lightened their footprints, it will allow for healthier lifestyles
and future generations to enjoy the Earth’s splendours.
ensure you’re invited to the next dinner party, why not follow up with a little
thoughtful (&/or tasty) treat? Inspired by the evening, I threw together
some raw vegan chocolate coffee date balls that got the seal of approval from
my two hosts!
|Kerstin & Ludiwg : so cute you could eat them!|