Dishing up health ‘in the raw’

2008-07-24 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURGERS won’t be able to complain about being left out in the cold when raw food chefs Peter and Beryn Daniel come to the Karkloof next month to offer their raw food course at Dovehouse Organic Farm.

For health-conscious foodies, or for anyone looking to revolutionise their eating habits and lifestyles the two-day course is a chance to get to grips with the raw food movement, which is just starting to gain a foothold in South Africa.

The course will also teach you to prepare healthy, tasty raw meals, some of which will impress your guests and make a big impression at dinner parties.

Some of their favourite meals include mushroom and nut burgers, pesto-stuffed mushrooms and raw butternut soup.

Based in Simon’s Town in the Cape, the Daniels are the owners of raw food company Soaring Free Superfoods, which has a growing range of nutritious foods (try organic Goji berries, raw cacao powder and raw coconut oil) available to order.

The United Kingdom-trained couple also run the “Elements of Health” raw-food programme at various centres around South Africa and are now on your doorstep.

The programme promises to help you reclaim your health (if you’ve lost it), lose weight, gain energy, enhance your mental focus and “increase your vibration and awareness”.

You will also learn how to cleanse and detoxify, how to juice to “maximise success”, how to prepare energy-boosting smoothies, what to exclude from your diet and why, and how to avoid the pitfalls of a standard vegetarian diet.

Following a raw-food vegetarian lifestyle will also reduce the amount of waste generated by individuals.

The visit by the Daniels to the midlands is the result of an invitation extended by Shereen Duncan of Dovehouse after she attended their course held in Durban earlier this year.

“Our interest is human health as well as environmental health and I knew we would have many interested customers,” said Duncan.

Dovehouse is situated on the Karkloof Road and is farmed according to permaculture principles.

No chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides are used in food production. The farm also has a wholefoods, all-organic health shop.

In an interview with Peter said: “It is the food lover’s online guide to shopping, cooking and entertaining at home.”

He said that the couple try to eat organic food whenever possible because organic food “has double to 10 times more flavour, minerals and goodness than non-organic food.”

course: COST AND how to book

The Elements of Health course runs from Saturday, August 30 to Sunday, August 31 from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Saturday’s session includes lunch and dinner while Sunday’s session includes lunch and a dessert. The cost is R1 250 per person and includes a two-hour morning and afternoon lecture on both days.

To make a reservation, contact Shereen Duncan at 033 330 3554 or 082 868 4517, e-mail za or visit the Superfoods website and register online at At least 15 participants are needed to make the course viable.

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