Medjool Dates with Walnut Cheese and Apple

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Sometimes, the best raw food can be so simple.

And it’s even simpler if you don’t have to make it all yourself.

I’ve really been enjoying some amazing raw food products this week from a local organic raw vegan producer called Botanical Cuisine.

They take the best organic, raw ingredients and make some of the best tasting gourmet creations I’ve encountered, including raw vegan cheeses, ice-creams, jams, pestos, sauces, pates and desserts.

And they come in these gorgeous jars to boot.

When I was growing up, one of my favourite snacks was a plate of dates, apples and cheese.

And cheese is one of those things that I’ve really missed in my progressively dairy-free, vegan and now raw lifestyle.

But this one makes up for it all.

The assistant at my local health food shop described the walnut cheese as “to die for” and rushed off to get me a sample.  (I guess she knows me too well.)

All it took was one tiny taste and I was head-over-heels in love.

And when I got my jar of cheese home, it occurred to me that it would go perfectly with fresh medjool dates.

I ate quite a few of these babies before I even thought about taking a photo, and I couldn’t wait to finish so I could eat the rest.

It’s a really bold, rich combination, that worked so well that I had to put my head down on the kitchen bench the first time I tried it, just to absorb the impact of the flavours dancing across my tastebuds.

Could raw vegan food really taste this good?

Oh, yeah.

And a slice of apple in between each of these flavour bombs is the perfect way to balance the richness of the dates and cheese, and freshen up your mouth, ready for the next explosion.

Food used to be such a drag for me – I never thought I’d be one to talk about food like this.

But I have discovered the pure joy, the sheer sensual experience that food can be.

And I’m lovin’ it.

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