Saturday, January 21, 2012
brie and figgy snackies
The beans wanted some for their snacktime yesterday, and though we were out of the lovely Carr's crackers, some multigrain Saltines stood in nicely.
savory french toast
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
snow salad (with apples, carrots, raisins, and ginger)
This salad is what you make when you don't have any greens in the house for a green smoothie but you want something fresh and as raw as possible--I usually add pineapple but had none, and this time threw in some freshly grated ginger, which was absolutely superb and was a perfect complement to the rest of the ingredients.
- 6 shredded carrots
- 2 Braeburn apples, peeled and chopped (or your favorite apple breed)
- 1/2 c. raisins (Why do organic raisins say to refrigerate? Poo on that.)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 c. mayo (I buy the kind made with olive oil)
- 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated
- few squeezes of honey
Mix all together and enjoy!
Speaking of which, I'm about to go have myself another little snacky bowl of this stuff while I read more of The Cookbook Collector and wait for the Seattle-snowstorm-of-a-generation.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
christmas in january (+ green smoothies)
Remember the British Christmas puddings my mother-in-law and I made 1.5 years ago? Well, we still had one left, well preserved in brandy. I steamed it all day and served it lit up with rum (Matthew said it looked like the aurora borealis!), and had plenty of rum-sugar-butter to spread on top (my mother-in-law's recipe: Blend 4 oz. sugar, 4 oz. butter, and 2-3 T. brandy, or in this case, rum).
What did I do with all the sweet, gorgeous navel orange insides after I scooped them out to make room for sweet potatoes? Made a green smoothie this morning, of course! I added a bunch of organic kale, two organic bananas, and the oranges were organic as well. Blend and really enjoy--this was one of the simplest but best smoothies I've had (it was five oranges so it added quite a bit of fresh flavor + vitamin C). Very more-ish!
And another green smoothie I made the other day: kale, spinach, cilantro, clover sprouts, flaxseed meal, wheat germ, apples, and almond milk.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Speaking of health and blessings, this smoothie is full of both (recipe from Real Simple and adapted by little ol' moi--I doubled it, too).
- 1/2 c. raw unsalted cashews
- 2 c. ice
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- I also added some almond milk for more calcium, and dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg
Soak the cashews in 1 cup of water overnight in the fridge, then chuck the softened cashews and liquid into a blender. Add the rest of the ingredients, blitz till smooth, pour into a new Christmas-present mug, sprinkle on some extra nutmeg, and drink to your heart's content.
I actually thought it was a bit sweet and next time don't think I'll add the maple syrup at all--bananas add plenty of their own sugar. Cashews tend to be one of the sweeter nuts, anyway.
Definitely going on my make-again smoothie list--so yummy, creamy, and with the spices I added, holiday-full (but don't get me wrong, I could drink this any time of year).