Feed Me - Joolz Raven Stewart of Raven’s Retreat
Welcome to your monthly slice of #FoodHeaven: Feed Me.
Hello, hello fellow foodies. Welcome back to another delectable and edible edition of #FeedMe! The column where I - Christie Heaven - will be filling my face with the most mouthwatering treats that South Wales has to offer.
There is a foodie first time for everything readers! This month we ventured to a charming canal-side kitchen, on the outskirts of Swansea in Neath, to devour a vegan feast lovingly cooked and prepared by the inspirational Joolz Raven Stewart of Raven’s Retreat. You can read more about her fascinating life story in this month’s ‘In the Spotlight’ feature, but this is the place to be for delectable details of the foodie kind!
First up, confession time! I have never tried or tasted anything vegan. I’ve always had the preconceived idea that it would be lacking in flavour, oddly textured and a bit too bizarre for my taste buds, even though I consider myself quite an adventurous foodie.I am however, also open-minded in giving everything a try, and I was baffled and pleasantly surprised by the numerous tasty dishes Joolz prepared.
There were couscous stuffed peppers - vibrant and light with a delicious crunch. A choice of salads: couscous showered with spring onion, and an avocado one with a zingy dressing. A vegetable pȃté which would be the crowning glory on any buffet table. And a warm, spiced dish similar to the taste and texture of pulled pork, yet made with jackfruit. Jackfruit you ask? FRUIT??? Yep. It was scrumptious and did a perfect job in highlighting the lip-smacking savouriness of the accompanying sauce.
The same can be said for the seitan dish that our vegan cookery master served up. This protein-rich food is a meat substitute made from wheat flour and was steamed to resemble a meatloaf. This neutral base is ideal for tailoring to your favourite flavours - peppers, herbs and spices completely transform this simple dish into a delectable one. Joolz pan-fried and simmered slices of the seitan loaf into an unbelievable lip-smackingly delicious,, homemade BBQ sauce. I’ve deduced that the secret to delicious vegan cooking lies in the sauce!
I couldn’t end this month’s column without mentioning the super duper vegan chocolate cake! Without divulging any secret recipes this was a pure delight to eat! The sponge was moist, sumptuous and laden with vegan white chocolate chips and fresh strawberries! However, you must remember that vegan does not necessarily mean less calories so your sneaky third...fourth...fifth slice will still add to the waistline.
Food-curious? Vegetarian, vegan or not, learn more about Joolz Raven Stewart and her divine vegan dishes over at:
Video filmed and edited by: Shannon Heaven
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