Tuesday, 22 April 2014
OK so I admit it.
I am 100% obsessed with the television programme Dexter.
I am 100% in love with the character of Dexter.
I am also a cat lady (how is that relevant? keep reading!!)
I love cats. My mother, grandmother, rest of family hates cats. I was brought up in a cat-hating environment. The house I lived in wouldn't allow pets. So I've never really had the oppurtunity to have a cat. Until now.
I've decided to name my ginger cat. Dexter. Because I am just that cool!
Anyway. What does Dexter and Cats have to do with Key lime pie you ask? well. There is an episode of Dexter (read :best show ever) where the character of Dexter hunts for the best key lime pie before his friend dies.
I had a yearning for damn key lime pie after that.
but. . . .
Traditional key lime pie, which was created for the sailors, used condensed milk (Uber sugary. . .eek) and other such ingredients you could get hold of. . . on a boat!
But my scurvey preventing dessert called to be made healthier, and sans dairy products!
Plus, we have a glut of coconut ice cream hanging around now from my ice-cream projects!
And what goes well with ice cream?! yea, you know, pie.
Traditional pies have pastry (which I really hate) so, I'm really quite OK with key lime pie, no pastry and all that.
If I had a little more patience I would totally have made some thick soy cream and piped something round the edge, 1980's dinner party style (which I think is the best era for dinner parties, this was totally not a dig!)
We are currently decorating our bathroom and hallway, trust me when I say you really do not want to see it before. It has never (in 5 years) been decorated, and the woman who lived there before, really had zilch decorating taste.
As I was sanding off the bright red (!!) paint from every visible surface in the hallway (splatted on woodwork, doorframe, ceiling) I found a pencil drawing of a cat (it also said "F*** off underneath, what a lovely person right?!) and I am taking that as destiny for me to have my cat! Pete has agreed, and shook on it, so there's no going back now! There is just something comforting about having another life force around, especially since I work from home, and Pete works CRAZY (and I mean crazy) shifts.
Anyway, here's my recipe for Key lime pie, #AccidentalVegan style!
Thursday, 10 April 2014
OK, so it may not quite be the time of year for ice cream yet. . . but it sure is close!
If anyone has seen my old blog. . . before I became fully vegan, way back in the beginning when I began exploring different vegan food, you will have seen my first attempts at vegan ice cream.
I made one with coconut milk, and one with rice milk (I called it "rice cream" ; yeaa I know, I'm witty!).
I'd managed to get the texture about right, but when it lived in the freezer, you needed to let it defrost for about 15 minutes before you served it, mainly because it froze SOLID almost like a sorbet.
Then a couple of weeks ago I saw Ashley's post on ice cream and I had a bit of a "dammit! why didn't I have that genius idea??!?" moment.
What a bloomin genius move!
in adding the alcohol (it's only a minute amount) the freezing point is lowered slightly, and doesn't freeze like a block.
In all honesty as much as I love Ashley's blog. . . I was slightly jealous I hadn't thought that one through.
I didn't decide to make ice cream to keep in the freezer until summer. . . oh no!. I'm currently having a few problems with my wisdom teeth *sad face*! They've been coming through for yeeearrrsss. . and every now and then decide that they want to come through a little more.
To be honest with you, I've been getting a little bored of eating on one side of my mouth. . it's awkward! (a lot of banana smoothies have been consumed of late!)
So whilst everyone is still waiting for summer. . . I'm going to eat ice cream! . . . in spring!
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
"Breakfast: The fifth most important meal of the day!"
OK so I may be quoting a film. A film I saw over a decade ago. Surprisingly it stuck, with both me and my brother. We've been quoting it to each other periodically since then!
I know some people eat constantly, and possibly do have that many meals a day! I don't! haha! : just a small disclaimer there!
xylitol! - is soooo funny. You can't make a syrup like you normally would be able to do with sugar. The minute the syrup gets too cool it crystallises. And becomes pretty unusable. It's easy to fix, you simply add a little more water in, and heat gently until it dissolves again.
I currently have quite a few different food obsessions. Chia seeds are one of them! I absolutely love how you can use them in so many different ways. They are brilliant "thickeners" for jams or sauces. They are so much fun when used to make puddings, but I also really like them in granola.
I have to admit. I'm not the best when it comes to remembering to eat breakfast, however I have been trying. I've been finding that keeping a jar of granola on hand has been really helping (I tend to bounce between two households - which means knowing what food is available is a little difficult)
I know I've mentioned it before, but my love is a little. . . bad at eating properly. He does coffee in the morning. Nothing else. I have sneakily left pots of this by the kettle with the hope that he picks it up at some point!
I think I may make a feast of a Sunday brunch this weekend, convince him to eat. . . breakfast in bed?!
Whilst typing up this blog post, I got thinking about different combinations I could try. I think that a hazelnut and cacao nib granola would be divine. And this has also made me slightly hungry!
When serving, coconut yoghurt, blueberries and an optional drizzle of dark agave are absolute musts!
Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, good night (or if you are like me, you're probably reading this at half past two in the morning!). Whatever time of day it is where you are!
So I thought I'd do something a little different a couple of days ago. This time of year really depresses me! I know that's a tad odd. . . most people start to feel better at this time of year. You know, when there is more sunlight, more time in the day (well not really, but it sure feels like it) You can wear less layers when you venture outside!
But, I'm a little strange. I really don't like the summer months. I don't like waking up at three in the morning and hearing the birds. I don't like being hot. I really don't like being hot. I'm a winter baby through and through.
I decided to do a bit of a mini juice cleanse, to get myself out of my little funk. . . and then I discovered my love of making juice! I love blending, so it didn't really come as much of a surprise!
Just see what I mean. I went for a walk the other day, and some of the trees outside look like this :
and some look like this!
. . . don't get me wrong, I love blossom on trees! - it's absolutely gorgeous.
it's not nature I'm against. I think it's just . . . oh I don't know. I don't think I ever will, all I know is I love the end of summer when it starts getting cooler!
You're telling me you don't drink your juice out of a champagne glass??! You should. It makes it feel special! Being that I don't drink wine/ champagne / hardly any alcoholic beverage at all, champagne glasses don't get much of an outing in our house! I'll probably end up toasting my marriage with a glass of beet and raspberry juice! Not that I'm complaining, can you picture a party, baby shower or something with champagne glasses of brightly coloured juices? beautiful!
It's sooo much fun juicing, you can get carried away. But there are so many different combos, and it's super easy to hide extra veg ("nutrients" as my man calls them. He lives on a diet of carbs and fat. I'm trying to fix it!) in glasses of juice as well. Have fun! and if you come up with any delicious combos. . . let me know! I'm always in need of new recipes.