Russell James

Russell James

I have made clear my intention to be a raw chef and have trained as a kitchen apprentice at the world’s leading raw food culinary arts school - Living Light International . It was on return from that trip that I had an email from The Fresh Network waiting for me, inviting me to work with them to create some ‘raw goings-on’. That offer lead to me moving to Cambridgeshire and being part of the hugely successful Raw Dinner Parties. I am now back on the South Coast of England and have taken many more opportunities to train at some of the most exciting places ( in raw food terms) in the world. This included a 3 month trip to New York at the end of 2006.

GreenChef Russell James | Marbled Chocolate Orange Tavoletta

orangemarblecake GreenChef Russell James | Marbled Chocolate Orange Tavoletta

I was inspired to create a raw version of this after seeing something similar ‘cooked’ in a cafe one rainy afternoon. The mix of chocolate and orange is a classic and can really hit the spot when you’re looking to spoil yourself or your guests.

For the Crust:

¾ Cup Carob Powder

1 Cup Almonds

½ Cup Dates

4 TB Coconut Butter

2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

2 Tsp. Cinnamon

¼ Tsp. Sea Salt

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GreenChef Russell James | Fennel and Cherry Tomato, Balsamic Crust Tart with Macadamia Cheese

cherrytarttomato GreenChef Russell James | Fennel and Cherry Tomato, Balsamic Crust Tart with Macadamia Cheese

Fennel and Cherry Tomato, Balsamic Crust Tart with Macadamia Cheese
(Raw)

Makes 8, 11cm tarts.

For the Base:

2 Cups Cashews

1/2 Cup Pine Nuts

2 TB Flax Meal

2 Tsp Italian Seasoning

1 Clove Crushed Garlic

1 TB Nutritional Yeast

1 TB Olive Oil

1 Tsp Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 Tsp Salt

3 TB Water

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GreenChef Russel James | Cacao Pistachio Florentine Mint Ice Cream Sandwich

mintice GreenChef Russel James | Cacao Pistachio Florentine Mint Ice Cream Sandwich

Cacao Pistachio Florentine and Mint Ice Cream Sandwich
(Raw)

Serves 4

For the Ice Cream:

2 Cups Cashews

1/2 Cup Coconut Butter/Oil

1/4 Cup Agave Nectar

1 Vanilla Pod

1 Cup Almond Milk*

1 Tsp Lemon Juice

1/2 Cup tightly-packed Fresh Mint Leaves

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ChocolateGreenChef Russell James | Raspberry Cake with Ginger Chocolate Mousse

chocheaven ChocolateGreenChef Russell James | Raspberry Cake with Ginger Chocolate Mousse

I’ve got a bit of a treat for you this week: Chocolate and Raspberry Cake with Ginger Chocolate Mousse. I’m sitting here snacking on the left-overs from that, feeling quite happy with myself as I plot and plan some big changes in my life over the next 12 months.

I’m sure I’m going to get some email about my choice of featured ingredient: Maple syrup; but I feel it’s important to look at ingredients that aren’t necessarily 100% raw sometimes, as they do offer a health benefit, and certainly have a lot to offer in terms of taste.

Chocolate Raspberry Cake with Ginger Chocolate Mousse (raw)

Makes 4 cakes

For the Base:

1/4 Cup Oat Flour*

1/2 Cup Cashew Flour**

2 TB Cacao Powder

2 TB Maple Syrup

1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

3 TB Water

1 Tsp Lemon Juice

Pinch Salt

1 Small pack of Raspberries for the centre of the cake.

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GreenChef Russell James | Raw Organic Chocolate Torte

valentines chocolate torte 01 GreenChef Russell James | Raw Organic Chocolate Torte

“Another Amazing recipe by chef Russell James. This one is for true chocolate lovers, or someone you love who loves chocolate!" – Indulge

Chocolate Torte (raw)

Makes 1 9-inch Torte

For the Crust:

3 Cups Pecans

1 Cup Raisins, roughly chopped

1/2 Cup Rapadura (optional)

4 TB (60ml) Virgin Coconut Butter, liquidised

2 Tsp. (10ml) Vanilla Extract or 1/2 a Vanilla Pod

2 Tsp. Cinnamon

1/8 Tsp. Himalayan Salt

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GreenChefs Russell James | Stuffed Vine Leaves with Mint Cashew Aioli

stuffedleaves1 GreenChefs Russell James | Stuffed Vine Leaves with Mint Cashew Aioli

“Oh man, I don’t know which of Russel’s recipes I want to try first. I love stuffed vine leaves and these look so amazing. I’m not so much into nori and the salty soy sauce flavors, they’re ok sometimes. What I really love though is Mediterranean food. Hummus, pita, tabouli, couscous, olives, and especially dolmas! I have never come accross grape leaves though in the store, not even the canned kind. Maybe I haven’t been looking in the right isles or hard enough, or maybe you can only get them at special greek grocers or something. I would love to find the fresh organic grape vine leaves. I’ve been scouring the internet to see if there is a speciality source I can order from online. My search so far has turned out disapointing. All I can find is recipes or the canned kind. I guess you have to live near a vineyard and go beg them in the spring for their leaves. But anyways, if you can find some good vine leaves, this recipe looks worth trying." – Indulge

Stuffed Vine Leaves with Mint Cashew Aioli (raw)

Makes 16+ stuffed vine leaves
Time: 30 mins (once you’ve got the hang of rolling the things)
Ease rating: ***
Equipment: Knife, Food Processor
What you’ll need to do ahead of time: Pickle the vine leaves, soak the sun-dried tomatoes.

For the Vine Leaves:

3 Cups Cauliflower or Parsnip

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1 Clove Garlic

1/2 Cup Pine Nuts

3 Tsp Lemon Zest

2 TB Lemon Juice

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

1Tsp Sea Salt

5 Spring Onions

1 Cup Sun-dried Tomatoes, soaked for 2+ hours, then chopped into thin strips

2 Cups tightly packed fresh mint, minced

1/2 Cup Raisins, roughly chopped

*Pickled vine leaves

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GreenChef Russell James | Wilted Kale with Chipotle Dressing

creamykalesalad GreenChef Russell James | Wilted Kale with Chipotle Dressing

“If this kick ass kale salad doesn’t get you to love your greens, I don’t know what will. Russell James is a raw chef in England with amazing eye candy recipes. He did a chef’s residency at The Plant in Dumbo, NY where he made this dish daily for the staff and they simply couldn’t get enough of the creamy smoke flavor.” – Indulge

Wilted Kale Salad with a Creamy Chipotle Dressing (raw)

Serves 4-6

For the Wilted Kale:

4 Heads Kale (this will seem like a lot but will wilt down when the salt is added)

2 T Sea Salt

2 Cups Baby Tomatoes, sliced

1 Cup Hulled Hemp Seeds

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GreenChef Russell James | Sun-Dried Tomato & Herb Bread Sandwich

sun dried tomato herb sandwich GreenChef Russell James | Sun Dried Tomato & Herb Bread Sandwich

My Mediterranean Almond Bread caused quite a stir when I posted it, getting me some very kind comments on various discussion boards. It’s so fantastic to know that something I’ve created has helped someone find a piece of the puzzle that they so needed to help them live a healthier life, in this case, an alternative to bread. That tactile feeling of holding something when eating (get your head out of the gutter!) is very important to me, as it is to a lot of people.

When I mentioned, what seems like ages ago, that I was developing a nut-free version of my bread I had quite a few emails asking me for the recipe. So here it is, and I have to say I’m very pleased with it and have been enjoying mushroom sandwiches for weeks now, they’re so great – once you have the bread made it’s so quick and easy to build a sarnie! Enjoy!

Sun-Dried Tomato and Herb Bread (Nut-free) (raw)

Makes 18 ’slices’

For the Nut-free Bread:

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1 ½ Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes

3 Cups Sprouted Buckwheat (2 ½ Cup dry and unsprouted)

1 ½ Cups Flax Meal

3 ½ Cups Peeled Courgette, roughly chopped

2 Cups Apple, cored and roughly chopped

3 TB Lemon Juice

2 Avocados

1 Large Onion

½ Cup Minced Parsley

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GreenChef Russell James | Zucchini Lasagne with Spinach and Green Pesto Recipe

lasange GreenChef Russell James | Zucchini Lasagne with Spinach and Green Pesto Recipe

Zucchini Lasagne
with Spinach and Green Pesto (raw)

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GreenChef Russell James | Spinach and Wild Mushroom Quiche

spinach quiche GreenChef Russell James | Spinach and Wild Mushroom Quiche

I’ve been meaning to devise this recipe for a while now, after someone asked me if it was possible. I’ve never, even in my darkest days, been into quiche – but when someone asks me if something is possible to do raw, my brain starts to whirr with ideas that just have to be brought to life, otherwise steam starts to come out of my ears!

I chose to focus on spinach as the featured ingredient this time, and in doing my research, I was amazed at just how many benefits this incredible green has; I actually ran out of space to highlight them all! No wonder I feel so good after my green smoothie of 2 mangoes and a bag (about 200g) of spinach. With all this weight training and spinach, I really will have arms like Popeye!

Spinach and Wild Mushroom Quiche
(raw)

Makes 4 small quiche
This recipe will require you to make the bases ahead of time.

For the Base:

1 Cup Cashew

1/4 Cup Macadamia Nuts

2 TB Flax Meal (ground flax seed)

1 Clove Crushed Garlic

1 TB Nutritional Yeast

2 Tsp Olive Oil

1/4 Tsp Salt

3 TB Water

1 TB Lemon Juice

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GreenChef Russell James | Mediterranean Almond Bread Recipe

sandwhich GreenChef Russell James | Mediterranean Almond Bread Recipe

“There has been a lot of talk and questions recently in theInsider Forum about what healthy G foods can you pack for a lunch and take to work or school. It’s always a challenge to figure out what to pack and what is portable to eat anywhere. Fortunately, Russell James has already created the perfect solution to this dilemma, the raw sandwich bread! Ok, this does require a dehydrator, but if you have one or plan on getting one, it’s pretty easy once it is pre-made. Just use it like any loaf of sliced bread to spread on your favorite sandwich fixings like avocado, tomato, lettuce, cashew mayo, mushrooms etc.” – Indulge

Here is the recipe for the bread from Russel James:

mediterranean almond bread GreenChef Russell James | Mediterranean Almond Bread Recipe

Mediterranean Almond Bread (raw)

Makes 18 ‘slices’

For the Bread:

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes, loosely packed

3 Cup Almond Flour*

1 Cup Flax Meal

3 Medium Courgettes (zucchini), peeled & roughly chopped

2 Apples, cored and roughly chopped

3 TB Lemon Juice

1 Tsp Salt

3 TB Herbs De Provence or herbs of your choice

2 TB Marjoram or herbs of your choice

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