Woodstock is an interesting place in Cape Town. I’m never quite sure how I feel about it. It looks at you with those old, dirty eyes and then smiles sweetly as it hands you a sweetie out of nowhere, for no reason. At least that is how I see it.
Woodstock handed me a little sweetie the other day in the form of Raw and Roxy at the Woodstock Co-Op in Victoria Street. Having played around with vegetarianism for the past 7 years or so and recently added loads of fish and seafood back into my diet (because Cape Town), I’ve become lazy with my creative vegetarian cooking.
I popped into Raw and Roxy for lunch to try out their ‘vegan special’ displayed on the chalkboard outside and was very pleasantly surprised. All fresh, organic and raw, each dish is a treat in itself and a health kick of note. A dollop of each dish is piled onto your plate and called a ‘vegan special’.
The thing with cooking without meat is that you need to take texture, interesting flavours, taste combinations etc. a whole more seriously in order to create a delicious and satisfying meal. This is even more so in raw vegan food preparation and the creativity levels shoot through the roof. E.g. How would you create a lasagna without meat, eggs, dairy and without any cooking?
Well Raw & Roxy did it quite majestically and it was incredible. Add some fresh juice to your lunch and you’re well on your way to food heaven. This was my ‘small’ vegan special (more than enough for a hungry, healthy human):
Also, kale chips are a thing. They’re incredibly high in protein, carb and fat free and yum. They’re also stupid to try and make at home as you need a dehydrator or about 12 hours oven time. Raw & Roxy pump out bags of them and they’re delicious.
*Side note: What really baffles me is that people always say to me that they would really love to have a healthy vegetarian diet, but it’s just too difficult to cook delicious meals. Yet this banting bullshit comes along and they’re suddenly spending over an hour on a meal, transforming every day veggies into carb replacements and buying expensive ‘banting-friendly’ goodies. Apparently being part of a craze is more appealing than clean eating that doesn’t involve animal slaughter. Baffled.
Another thing worth trying (mostly to see how crazy you can get) is the Hot Tonic. This is a nutrient rich drink created as an alternative to caffeine. They should rather call it the Hot Rocket because you will shoot off into outer space, I swear. You can buy it ready made or grab a bag of the mixed powder to make at home. It’s mad.
You can also find them at the Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill on Saturdays.
Eat clean, not mean, guys.