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Thai Som Thum

by Noel Marten and Natalie Reid in January 2013 - Love Your Food

Natalie Reid and Noel Marten from Earthshine share one of their best recipes for Thai Som Thum

Thai Som Thum

A taste sensation! Another one of those dynamic Thai-flavoured dishes that will have tongues wagging. Complex fl avours, but easy to prepare.

20 minutes preparation and 10 minutes marinating time (serves 4-6)

1 C papaya, shavings
1 C cucumber, julienned

1 C daikon radish, julienned
1 C fresh coriander, roughly-chopped
1T fresh chilli, thinly-sliced

1 T fresh ginger, minced
1 T fresh garlic, minced
1 T lime or lemon zest

3 T lime or lemon juice
1T oil, light sesame or macadamia nut
¼t salt

Toss everything together, except the papaya. Allow to marinate for about 10 minutes. Just before serving, add the papaya shavings. Turn over very gently.


Natalie Reid and Noel Marten are both chefs behind award-winning raw creations such as Earthshine Kale Chips and Vivo Pizza takeaways. They have been delivering delicious raw food recipes and expertise to receptive audiences in Cape Town for several years. Now they share more tasty goodness in their new cookbook, Easy Living Food.

Natalie has a flair for creating raw food with a handful of this and a dash of that; using her laboratory and scientific skills to work these creations into recipes that are reliable and deliciously practical. Noel is an acclaimed landscape designer, permaculturist and a champion for authentic food. Strong design skills, combined with a passion for organic gardening, allow him to bring seasonal, fresh and nutritionally rich creations to the kitchen.

In Easy Living Food, Natalie and Noel guide you through the practical steps necessary for you to join the millions worldwide that are choosing to eat ‘more raw’ food. From setting up your pantry to improving your knife skills, the cookbook is with you every step of the way. Even newbies will love this cookbook, full of tried and tested recipes by 1000s of local ‘Eat More Raw’ class participants. For experienced raw foodies, there are lots of tasty secrets to share.

Easy Living Food recipes are:

  • quick and easy to make;
  • more than half of the 200+ recipes require minimal to no equipment;
  • designed for great taste – guaranteed;
  • loved by kids and carnivores;
  • packed with all the benefits of eating raw, helping you to boost your energy and shed excess weight;
  • ideal for those following gluten-free or dairy-free diets.

For more information visit Earthshine.co.za



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