on our recent trip to joburg to launch shamballah tribal community gatherings, we took a few days out to visit with our friend ingrid litman, chef at leafy greens cafe in muldersdrift, gauteng. we discovered a raw vegan haven/heaven that we’re definitely looking forward to frequenting on future visits. despite several comments that muldersdrift was “way out there” we really enjoyed the scenic half-hour drive from sandton and it was definitely worth it!
we drove down the dirt road, parked in a lot rimmed with trees blossoming with fluffy white cotton-ball puffs, and walked down the shady tree lined path suggested by the arrow pointing to leafy greens cafe. it was sweltering hot, but we were surrounded by rows and rows of vegetable garden, ancient trees, and the sounds of children in a jumpy castle.
we came up on the cafe and were greeted with a smile by our lovely friend ingrid, who offered us a special green smoothie of kale and strawberries. we were parched and starving and this was just the thing to kick off our special pig-out raw food day.
kale and strawberry green smoothie
she introduced us to antonia de luca, the radiant and friendly owner. antonia was trained in raw food living and nutrition at hippocrates health institute in florida, while ingrid completed programs at gabriel cousens’ tree of life institute in arizona. their combined expertise and knowledge is evident in the artful variety of love-filled organic raw and vegan food they offer, both to nourish the body and delight the tastebuds.
there is a menu as well as the buffet table which is R80 a plate and there is an amazing variety of options, based on whatever is fresh in the garden.
onion bread, flax crackers and kale chips!
there is something for everyone, from the seasoned raw foodist, to those just testing the waters. we loved absolutely everything we tasted, especially the desserts!
after our meal, we had the pleasure of being taken on a tour of the organic gardens by ingrid. the farm grows all of their produce according to organic standards and principles of permaculture and the life force coming from the fruit, herbs, veggies, flowers, and trees is so evident!
if you’re in the area, please make it a priority to support this restaurant and shop. they have a well appointed shop complete with all of your superfoods, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, supplements and more!
next time i’d love to bring back some banana bread spiced walnuts and vanilla maple brazil nuts. YUM!