Eating raw is apparently a great way to boost energy levels and stay looking and feeling young. You only have to Google avid raw foodie Mimi Kirk (go on, bet you cant guess her age) to see that there could be something in this no cooking lark.
Research has shown that when food is heated above 42 degrees it starts to lose its nutritional value, natural enzymes start to be destroyed in the process.
But raw food doesnt have to be all sprouts and no fun, we called on 42Raw, a new London restaurant, to share a few recipes for you to try. Every day this (working) week well share a new raw food recipe from 42Raw with you. Youll be surprised how mouth-watering they look and taste
Monday: 42Raw Lasagna, makes 12 portions (you can alter the quantities to make fewer portions)
10kg courgettes, sliced lengthwise on a mandoline
3kg of sliced tomatoes
Tomato and walnut sauce
Recipe for the cashew creme layer
2kg chopped yellow bell pepper
400ml Olive oil
150ml Apple Cider Vinegar
5g ground black pepper
Clean and cut yellow bell pepper into large pieces. Roughly chop half yellow pepper pieces in a food processor and put aside. Blend the rest yellow peppers and other ingredients until smooth. Mix the smooth blend with the chopped yellow peppers.
Recipe for tomato and walnut sauce
1kg sundried tomatoes
1700g beef tomatoes
500ml olive oil
150ml apple cider vinegar
20g fresh oregano
20g fresh thyme
5g ground pepper
150g red onion
1kg walnuts, roughly chopped
In a large blender add tomatoes fill with water and add all other ingredient except for the sundried tomatoes and walnuts. Blend oh high for at least 1 minute. Add the sundried tomatoes and blend on high until smoothe. Pour sauce into a large mixing bowl. Chop the walnuts into rough chunks by hand or machine and add the walnuts to the sauce and mix by hand.
The assembly of the raw lasagna is as follows...
From bottom to the top:
1) Brush bottom of plastic lasagna tray with oil
2) Layer of sliced courgettes
3) Layer of cashew cream
4) Layer of spinach mixed with a little olive oil
5) Layer of sliced tomatoes
6) Layer of sliced courgettes
8) Layer of tomato and walnut sauce
9) Layer of pesto
10) Top layer of sliced courgettes - brush top layer of courgettes with olive oil.