Designing bags, dresses, cushions and more

Recently I’ve been redesigning Jolita’s art website Red Ant Art, and designing new products from birthday cards to clothes based on her artwork. I originally designed the website over 5 years ago so it was ready for a redesign and update! I kept the site on WordPress and switched to Ascend theme.

Red Ant Art screenshot

The fun part is using sites like Redbubble and Society6 which are print on demand sites for physical products. They print artwork and photography on a large range of products, from the more common items like t-shirts, bags, notebooks, skirts and dresses, plus canvas prints all the way to shower curtains, window curtains, towels, bath mats and more! Here are a selection of my favourite products:

You can see the whole range of products at Redbubble and Society6.

Raw Food in České Budějovice (Czech Republic)

I’m staying with a friend Martina in a little village in the Czech Republic, today she was busy so I spent the day by myself exploring the nearby city of České Budějovice.

Shelf of raw food products in Czech organic shopMartina told me about some organic shops and a vegan restaurant for me to check out – but I was surprised to find lots of raw food in one of the organic shops and a full raw food menu in the vegan restaurant!

In the first organic shop I went in, Slunecnice (which means Sunflower) on street Chelcičkého number 78/21 there were three shelves like the one to the right full of raw food products: crackers, nut butters, snack bars, raw chocolate bars, etc. Two of the shelves were dedicated to LifeFood products, which is a Czech raw food company I know about from my last visit the Czech Republic many years ago.

I bought myself a couple of Czech made raw snack bars and an Italian raw chocolate bar, here are my thoughts:


Italian raw chocolate barCacao Crudo by Loverdiana – Organic Raspberry flavour Raw Chocolate bar made in Italy

I was particularly attracted by the packaging for this bar! It was raspberry flavour which was really good and strong, slightly tart as expected which complements the chocolate well.

It was a large 50g bar and relatively  expensive so I expected something really special – it was very good and the chocolate was comparable to most raw chocolate bars, but not extra special like I was expecting (the packaging also made me expect something extra special!)

Other flavours were available, you can find out more on their website

Open raspberry raw chocolate bar

Tyčinka Kakaová – Organic Raw Chocolate Snack Bar

Tyčinka kakaová - raw snack bar

A very simple snack bar containing only dates, sunflower seeds, almonds and raw cacao. It had a good fruity flavour with a light chocolate touch, and I could taste the sunflower seeds. Great texture, overall really good.

Made by Markol Food, but information only in Czech so probably not available elsewhere.

Chitta Raw Slim Relax raw snack bars

Chitta Raw Snack Bar - Jujube flavourAnother raw snack bar, this one with more depth of flavour, with a few more ingredients. There were three types available in the shop, “Energy”, “Sport Activity” and the one I got “Slim Relax”. I didn’t get it because I need to slim (I definitely don’t!) or was in the mood for relaxing, “energy” might have been more useful for my city tour, but it sounded like the best flavour with jujube, quite a rare fruit also known as Chinese date apple, something we grew back when I used to live at Ecoforest.

The ingredients were dates, hazelnuts, jujube, raisins, chia seeds, cocoa beans and carob and it was delicious. Great flavour and texture, quite sweet but not too sweet. Only thing is that it wasn’t organic unlike most of these kind of raw snacks.

Slunce – Vegan Restaurant with Raw Menu

Fridge of raw cakesThe surprise of the day was Slunce (meaning Sun), the vegan restaurant. I wasn’t particularly interested in going, but I happened to walk past it and notice the mention of raw food so I had a closer look. Once I saw the fridge full of cake and confirmed that they were all raw, there was no turning back! It was very hard to choose which one to try, but in the end I went for the blueberry “cheesecake” (raw vegan). And yes, it was delicious!

Raw Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake

I didn’t eat anything else but there was a full raw menu, only in Czech but it included nori wraps and lots of salads (the lady who was there spoke some English). They also sold a selection of organic dried nuts and seeds, plus delicious fresh dates. Maybe I will get to go with Martina who can translate the Czech for me!

Slunce is located at Krajinská 238/23 and they have a website here:

If you have any Czech raw food tips, feel free to comment below.

Product Review: Roh Kostlich spicy raw snack bar

Raw Snack Bar with Goji berries, Chia sees and Chia flavourRaw snack bar I also found this raw snack bar in a Berlin organic shop: Goji Chia Chai and it was delicious. Sweet and tangy and fairly spicy. It has a really good combination of spices (cinnamon, cardamom, all spice, cloves and cayenne pepper). The cayenne does dominate the flavour slightly so only for you if you like it hot!

Not sure if it is available outside of Germany, but look out for it if you come to Germany. I’m fairly sure there were also other flavours available.

Product Review: Govinda Erdzipan (Raw Tigernut Marzipan)

I’ve seen Govinda branded raw products in the shops for years but never tried them before, possibly because they always seem quite expensive compared to comparable products, although the pack size is quite large. But anyway, in one of the many organic shops in Berlin I spotted Erdzipan balls (I’m not sure exactly what this product is called in English, but it is raw tiger nut marzipan, tiger nuts are also known as chufa), along with a selection of other raw foods including Om Bar raw chocolate bars. I love marzipan so I decided to give it a try.

Tiger nuts can supposedly help prevent heart disease and thrombosis, activate blood circulation and reduce the risk of colon cancer. They are rich in energy and protein, minerals and vitamins E and C. So quite a superfood.

Unfortunately I wasn’t completely impressed. The texture is amazing, but they are far too sweet for me and the bitter almond flavour (the classic marzipan flavour) is almost none existent. I should have checked the ingredients list slightly better before purchasing: only 20% tiger nuts, so almost 80% dates. Of course I’m sure many people will like these, just not me!

Berlin – Photos of The Wall

I’m in Berlin for a little while, yesterday I went to explore the city and see what is left of the wall, a section about 1.6km long which is now covered with artwork, some of which is really beautiful with inspiring messages.

There are organic (“Bio”) shops everywhere in Berlin, often with local organic produce, and of course raw chocolate bars and superfoods, I’ve seen the LoveChock raw chocolate brand everywhere.

Berlin is a very green city, parks everywhere, even a small forest (Plänterwald) along the Spree river.

Berlin wall - Peace for all that lives on this earth

The text translates as “Peace for all that lives on this earth! Care for what’s living!”

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Rawsage Savoury Raw Snack Review

I was in Lisbon at the weekend so I took the opportunity to visit some organic/wholefood shops and I spotted this savoury raw snack bar – I’m always looking out for new products for the monthly snack box so I got one to try.

The concept is great, Brazil nuts, sun dried tomatoes, onion, garlic and herbs (although strangely given it’s name there is no sage in it), but for me it was far too salty. Salt isn’t a separate ingredient, it just comes with the sun dried tomatoes.

Also, some of the sun dried tomatoes were not broken down very well, one was a whole half tomato and very difficult to chew.

I guess you will find these in organic shops in the UK, otherwise they can be purchased direct from LifeFood. If you do try one, let me know in the comments below what you think – I was maybe unlucky with the large pieces of tomato, and as I don’t use much salt myself I’m more sensitive to it when in foods like this.

My Favourite Raw Chocolate Recipe

This is my basic raw chocolate recipe. It can be made just as it is, or various flavours can be added such as essential oils (eg orange, lemon, pepermint), orange or lemon zest, buckwheaties (for chrunchy chocolate), cacao nibs, raisins, chopped dried figs, chopped nuts, etc.


40g cacao paste
25g cacao butter
15g coconut butter

3 tablespoons lucuma powder
1 tablespoons carob powder
1 tablespoons mesquite powder (also known as algarroba)
1 tsp vanilla powder
1 tsp mushroom powders (mix of various powders including reishi, cordyceps, lions mane, etc – optional)
1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Makes approximately 150g of chocolate, you can easily double all measurements if you want more.


Melt the cacao paste, cacao butter and coconut butter using gentle heat, using a baine marie or dehydrator, or just a bowl in a pan of hot water. Once this is completely liquid, you can add the rest of the ingredients. Add a bit at a time and stir it in well. I shake the powders through a sieve to stop lumps forming.

Pour into chocolate moulds. If you don’t have proper moulds you can use various things, including silicone ice cube trays or plastic tupperware containers.

It will set slowly at room temperature, but you can put it in the fridge to set quicker, or freezer even quicker (although it will get too hard if you leave it too long, bring back to room temperature ready to eat).

(At Funky Raw we sell a raw chocolate kit with ingredients to make your own chocolate and an “Extra” kit with extra ingredients, both at a discount compared to buying the items separately.)

Cooked Food Experiments

(I wrote about this in the editorial of the Funky Raw magazine issue 37, and I’ve already had a good response from readers so I’m posting an expanded version here.)

I’ve been following a raw food diet for about 14 years now, mostly fairly strictly, apart from an occasional cooked cake here and there and a cooked meal in a restaurant maybe a few times a year. But last year was a bit different. As you may know, I eat a small amount of meat, usually a small portion twice a week. I had been eating this raw for several years, but for some reason I started to cook it, along with cooked onions. Then over the summer I added a few cooked tomatoes to the mix. With pretty much 100% of the rest of my diet raw this has been fine for me, it hasn’t caused any issues, no digestive problems, and I’ve generally felt good. (Although I’ve actually gone back to eating the meat raw now.)

this is where I got a major realisation - it's so much easier to eat a healthy portion size when eating raw food!This led on to more experiments. Last year was quite different to previous years for me, I went travelling more than usual, to festivals and communities, and sometimes it was difficult to take my own food, and in some cases I wanted to join in with group meals so I ate a little bit more cooked food. In November I stayed at a community for a few days and decided to try eating what everyone else was eating, although making sure I didn’t eat wheat/gluten and not eating rice and potatoes unless they were mixed in with the rest of the meal. The food was “healthy” vegetarian and there was usually some salad along with the cooked food. And this is where I got a major realisation – it’s so much easier to eat a healthy portion size when eating raw food! When I eat raw, I stop eating when I am full – my body is physically full and I can’t really eat anything else. But when eating cooked food I couldn’t stop myself. I found I still wanted to eat more until I felt I had eaten way too much.

There are a couple of reasons why this may happen. I think the main one is the sheer bulk of raw food, it physically fills up the digestive system. But also maybe the raw food has more nutrition which actually satisfies what my body wants more than the cooked food. If you have any thoughts on this, please add your comment below.

After 4 days of eating cooked food (although still at least 50% raw) I was looking forward to getting back home to my own kitchen and raw food! In general I was feeling ok, although my digestion wasn’t as good as when I eat only raw, particularly after eating cooked beans. I’ve noticed this previously, that my body can’t easily digest cooked beans.

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a friend’s place for lunch and I decided to not make any special requests with regards to diet. When I found out that it was pizza I was initially worried about the amount of wheat, but there was also some salad… I ate the pizza, and survived! I’m sure if I made a habit of eating that much wheat it would start to have a bad effect on me, but I’m happy that I can finally stop worrying about what I will eat for occasional situations like this.

New Funky Raw Magazine out now!

Funky Raw Magazine Issue 37, Spring 2017It’s been a while since the last one, so I’m really happy that I have finally got another magazine published!

I’m really pleased with this issue, including the beautiful cover art by Michelle Denise. There are some great articles, I particularly liked “The Illusion of Rest and Finding Real Restoration” which is an interview with Mara Glatzel by Grace Quantock – I learnt a lot from that article myself!

Some other key articles include sauerkraut and how to make it, all about teeth and a natural toothpaste recipe, dealing with diabetes, and much more. You can also win a copy of Stephanie Jeffs’s new recipe book “Spiralize!”.

If you are interested in getting involved in future issues, please contact me – you can write an article, poetry, stories, cartoons, artwork, etc.

You can purchase the magazine either as a printed magazine or as a PDF.