I woke up this morning with a hankering (yes, a hankering) for something bright, sweet, tart and refreshing. I started brainstorming fruit combinations and this is where I ended up. This red fruit smoothie is a combination of blood oranges, pomegranate, red grapes and cranberries. Cranberries, why do we forsake thee for 9 months of the year? I live in cranberry land (British Columbia), approximately 12% of North America’s cranberries are grown here. I really should eat them more often. Cranberry season has passed, but you can still buy them frozen.
I swore I wouldn’t add another pumpkin recipe the glut. I’m going back on my word because I accidentally ordered 6 HUGE cans of pumpkin puree from my grocery delivery service. I’m drowning in pumpkin and I have to use it up! I recently found out that I have to move and I’ll be damned if I’m packing giant cans of pumpkin. So, that means pumpkin smoothies for everyone!
I can’t say the word “cantaloupe” without getting this song stuck in my head. Now you probably have it stuck in your head, sorry. I had a really fun week making and eating birthday cake and I’m all caked out. The cake was wonderful, if I do say so myself. It was 4 layers of lemon cake with lemon curd and earl grey frosting. If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen it!
I know what your thinking. It’s fall, get over the tropical beverages. It’s time to move on. I’m truly in denial about the changing season. It’s just heating up south of the Equator and I can’t forget my readers in that hemisphere. Also, I had a pineapple that needed to be eaten. This is typical of the smoothie creation process in my house; open the fridge and decide what needs to be eaten before it becomes compost. I know that sounds gross, but I’m doing my part to reduce food waste! Besides, sometimes overripe fruit is the best fruit for a smoothie. The texture might be too mushy to eat, but the natural sugars are often at their peak sweetness. When pineapples are overripe, they start to taste a little boozy. This is not a bad thing when you are making a Pina Colada green smoothie! There is no actual booze in this smoothie, but go ahead and add some if you are crunk like that.
You see that kitty cat in the photo above? It’s actually a pencil sharpener. Can you guess where the pencil goes? I’ll give you a hint, it’s tail is raised for a reason. It meows as you sharpen your pencil. What does that have to do with Raw Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake? Absolutely nothing! I just thought I’d share. Now, on to the recipe…
I’ve always struggled with grain-free crepes. They tend to fall apart because they don’t have gluten to bind things together. This recipe worked for me. They are a bit thicker than flour-based crepes, but they definitely do the trick. I have two tips that can help you reduce frustration when making grain-free crepes. First, don’t make them too big. Mine are about 4 inches across. Secondly, don’t try to flip them too early. If you do, they will break apart and you will be mad.
Owning a Vitamix means you waste less food. I’m always finding odds and ends of fruits and veggies in the fridge to toss in to a drink or soup. It’s a great way to use less-than-perfect product. Take this Whole-Fruit Limeade as an example. I used some ugly cherries and some leftover pineapple to add character to a basic summer drink.
Hey guys, you know what is ridiculous? Square watermelons that cost $80 are ridiculous! They sell them at my local grocery store. Apparently, in Japan, you can get them in all types of crazy shapes. They can cost hundreds of dollars! Needless to say, I walked right past those bad-boys and bought a small, seedless, round watermelon for $3. I’m not at Scrooge McDuck level wealth yet, so square watermelons will have to wait.
I spent a ton of time in the kitchen last week, but very little of that time was spent cooking for the blog. I have been finishing up my practical assignments for my chocolate making course, so I’ve been knee deep in caramel, truffles and gianduja. If you are curious about my chocolate making exploits and other random adventures, I highly recommend you subscribe to my weekly newsletter. You can find the opt-in form at the bottom of this post.
I remember the first time I heard of the Vitamix brand blender. It was in the mid 90’s when my aunt and uncle opened a small health food café (shout out to Patty and Dale…OG Blenderists). At that point in time, I had zero interest in nutritious, spirulina-infused smoothies. I was a teenager and I was probably trying to get my McDonald’s on. Once many years later, I was at Aunt Patty and Uncle Dale’s house and they offered me a Vitamix smoothie. I distinctly remember that it was a challenging shade of green. I’m pretty sure it had kale in it. Back then, kale was not the trendy superfood it is now. I begrudgingly drank the smoothie. To my surprise it was delicious. It didn’t taste like a salad. It was fruity and smooth and creamy.