No, this post has nothing to do with the famous documentary about Scientology even if eating is a religious matter in Italy.
This post is about a type of cousine that is considered detox, so, good to clean yourself or at least your stomach. And it talks about chocolate, one of my inalienable passions.
Few years ago there was a vegan raw patisserie in Torino, a few minutes walk from Porta Nuova Station.
What can you find in a raw patisserie?
Since they did not use animal milk, it was perfect for those like me who are lactose intolerant. Funded by a chef, Vito Cortese, the counter was full of pralines and ice-cream processed at less than 42°C.
Prices were a bit higher than average. But considering they used pure and raw ingredients such as cocoa, fresh, dried and shell fruit, these delicacies were definitively value for money.
Moreover, each portion was an explosion of flavours.
They also served coffee, which of course is not raw. I also had the possibility to taste three different types of homemade chocolate and their daily made almond milk.
This patisserie also organized raw vegan cooking courses. I took part in one of them, led by the pastry chef, actress and inspiring woman Patrizia Romeo.
Learning how to cook raw food.
What I loved about Patrizia is that she didn’t present her cuisine as the best or something you must absolutely follow.
And I don’ think I will ever embrace the vegan philosophy. But I’ll certainly explore this world as what I have seen is a genuine, colourful and tasteful way to present fruit and vegetables.
Raw doesn’t mean it is fast and easy
And don’t make the mistake to think that just because it is raw, you do not have to work to prepare these recipes.
Here, food is simply processed in a different way. You dry, marinate, mix, cut and blend. Be sure that what you use is fresh and mature at the right point since you can’t use heat to adjust or cover blemishes.
Schedule and price
My course lasted from 10 am to 4 pm, with a couple of coffee breaks. You are invited to arrive with food containers to bring home what you prepare. I had a welcome snack (a surprise prepared by Patrizia) and lunch at school and then I took home what became my dinner.
I paid 100 euros which included food and course. I definitely recommend to follow a cooking course. You bring back not only lovely dishes and new recipes but also good memories and new friends.