Just now, several weeks after graduation, I've really been able to absorb what was a whirlwind month. Really let it all sink in, and reflect on not only what I've learned, but also how this raw food culinary experience has truly changed me.
You see, as I started down this path, I had the dream of starting my own raw food business, which I still plan on doing. And thanks to this program, I feel like I have the skills to prepare raw food for a successful business. But there's more to it.
Through it all, I've seen the biggest change in me.
Today, I realize that there was so much more, and over the next months I'll be sharing more of my own personal journey of some very unusual, yet pretty intense health challenges this last year. And how organic and raw food has helped me get back to health. No more hot flashes or night sweats. Increased energy. And a miraculous reduction in food allergies.
Southern Garden Vegetable Cakes going into the dehydrator
But for now... week 4 (read about week 1, week 2, and week 3). So, week 4 came and went in what seemed like moments, while we were getting ready for our final projects. But even until the last day we were still learning about and preparing food, no slackers here!
Spice Cookies for the Hummingbird Ice Cream Sandwich out of the dehydrator
We had a great lesson on menu writing. And even worked on creating a few new recipes (which will be coming to the blog soon). We made an amazing Banana Chia Pudding with Chai Cream (see first photo), which still makes me wonder how something so healthy could taste so darn good.
And a beautiful fruit parfait using our buckwheat granola and coconut yogurt.
Vanilla Coconut Yogurt Parfait with Buckwheat Granola
Near the last day, we all said "cheers" with an Apple Aid shot (which had no alcohol, but was potent enough, thanks to pretty hefty amounts of ginger and cayenne pepper, to feel like one).
Finally, we prepared our two dishes and video taped them for our final presentation. Plus took our final written exam. Which as you can see by my graduation badge in the sidebar, I passed- a 96!!!
And then, on the last day, I cried. I cried because I was exhausted (the good kind of exhausted where your feet hurt, but your heart is full). And then I cried again... because it was over.
Best experience ever.
Best experience ever.
Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
Cashew Pimento Cheese, Black Pepper Chia Crackers, Pumpkin Seeds
Southern Garden Vegetable Cakes
Cashew Hollandaise, Dilly Beans, Coleslaw, Local Asparagus
Hummingbird Ice Cream Sandwich
Banana, Pineapple, Cinnamon, Maple, Pecans
Raw food cuisine is the most beautiful culinary expression of food in its purest and truest form. As art, creativity... and mainly for health.