I had a powerful awakening yesterday! My raw world opened up! I went to Eternal Abundance, (1025 Commercial Drive, @ Napier) an organic grocer with The Truffle Cafe at the back, featuring some wonderful raw dishes. I'd heard of it, but this was my first experience there. Not only was the produce excellent and far, far cheaper than where I've been shopping, but...
...I ate zucghetti!!
It was the most delicious thing I've ever eaten! It is raw 'spaghetti' made with spiralized zucchini and for sauce, some wonderful dehydrated sesame concoction. I know I'm not selling it here with this description, but trust me it was HEAVEN! It tasted just like spaghetti sauce would! Yes, it was served cold, but this did not detract from the dish at all. I was so excited that I phoned my partner to tell him how great it was, and I'd try to save him some if I could control myself...(I couldn't, we'll have to get more...heheh)
Like anyone researching raw foods, I'd read people exclaim this or that to be delicious, but honestly...I had thought it might be anywhere from a reasonable facsimile to an acquired taste, based on a 'clean' vegan palette, but this far exceeded my expectations of what a raw version of a cooked dish would be like. I got so excited because eating it and having this realization really, really made this raw lifestyle completely viable long term. It's really not all about salads! It opened up the possibilities of a whole other world of delicious foods. Now I *really* want a dehydrator!!!