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’m a January baby. While everyone else is starting cleanses and workout plans; I’m crying because there is no one to eat cake with me. By the time my birthday rolls around mid-month, everyone is deep in Resolution Land. Oh well, I didn’t want to share my cake anyway. So there! This year, instead of making a list of restrictive resolutions, I’ve picked a word to be my 2015 theme. That word is “abundance”.
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.
I use a grocery delivery service because I don’t drive. It’s really awesome and convenient, but sometimes they send me crazy things. In the last order, I requested a kabocha squash. I received a kabocha squash…but it was huge! That thing had it’s own solar system. #dadjokes
A terrible thing has happened. I have run out of coffee. Don’t cry for me, I have a back-up plan.
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.