The door is closed, the lights are out


Can you feel the christmas luuuuv?

… and the butter’s getting hard — yep, just like in the song by System Of A Down. I did give the Datella recipe another go, this time adding a tablespoon of coconut butter. The texture wasn’t powdery anymore; more on the oily side. And after one night in the fridge, well, my spread wasn’t so much a spread as a big block of chocolate-y fat. Sad face!

Still delicious, but 1. hard to spread  and 2. you could definitely taste the coconut. I love coconut, but I didn’t intend my datella to taste like it, so… *shrugs*

What else? I bought Medjool dates. Next time I feel like being a food snob, somebody beat me with an empty purse until I take a long, hard look at the price tags and go for Deglet Nour…

No recipe to share yet, but I’m leaving you with the silly above picture and two words: pea and pod.

… oh, and a happy new year. ❤


Datella and hello, one reader

It’s been so long since I last visited the blog’s admin board, I’d forgotten my supah-dupah-complicated password. And of course I could not get it back using the ‘retrieve password’ function, since the email account I used has been hacked… karma’s a bitch.

Anyway, this is a long way of saying, wow, I have *not* been a faithful poster. Guess I’m not cut for the Life of a Food Blogger. I’m good with that, since I have no mad photographing skills, no mind-blowing culinary talent… just a humble desire to share the food I make for myself, and the few knowledge nuggets I stumble upon, be it in the real world or online, ya know? As do most small food bloggers, I guess.

So. Let’s see if I can last a bit longer this time.

For starters, I thought I’d share this vegan ‘Nutella’ recipe I first tried a few years ago, from the website Time4tea.

old-fashioned date spread

Lazy me & the date-spread… now with photoshopped hipstamatic effect!

It’s simpler than most recipes I’ve seen, but of course I had to go and try to make it even more simpler… it’s no OMG ABSOLUTE WIN!, so I’ll let you guys check the original recipe (in french), which calls for 250ml dates. I can not, for the life of me, remember how I figured out how many dates to use the first time I made it. *insert puzzled face*. Anyway, you’re supposed to boil them in water for 3 minutes. I didn’t have any fresh dates on hand, but I had date spread, so I went and decided that 150g of it would do the trick. Into the food processor went the date spread, along with the hazelnut butter and cocoa powder.

Verdict? I should have stuck to the original recipe. Don’t misunderstand me, my ‘quickie’ attempt is delicious, but the texture is a bit off: too powdery. I tend to get that a lot with my food processor… should have gotten a blender, goddamnit. Next  time I’ll try adding some coconut oil to make it more creamy and spread-able (yup, still too lazy to pit and boil fresh dates — they’re sticky!).

Still… delicious. I ate four pieces of ‘Datella’-smeared toast for breakfast.

If you’re curious (and can read French), Time4tea has a shitload of yogurt recipes, including banoffee, dulce de leche, Daim (the Ikea candy)… the latter is making me drool a little, but I don’t have a yoghurt maker. Which is just as well, since I’m trying to cut down on both dairy and mock-dairy products (emphasize on “trying”…).

Until next time — and yes, I’m sure it won’t be another eight months (ouch!).

Indulging my sweet tooth

Hai guys! Hope your week’s coming along nicely. Mine hasn’t really begun yet — work doesn’t start until tomorrow, meaning I have time to edit my pictures from the week-end, and maybe write down a post or two… and do laundry, but you don’t want to hear about that. Or do you? I do use soap nuts, so this could be of interest for an eco-friendly blog.

Until then, have some raw recipe tweaking:

Mango smoothie


Mango Smoothie, adapted from the best of Raw — serves 2

2 oranges, peeled and cut in chunks • 1 mango, pitted, peeled and diced • 2 frozen bananas cut in big chunks • lemon juice • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds

Blend. Serve. Make stupid happy noises.

My first real, honest to god fruit smoothie! I was so proud. It was super creamy. The texture would have been even better using a blender (my motto these days… should have picked a high-speed blender instead of a food processor, damn it), but still… delicious!

PB truffle babies

Super easy PB truffles… there is some good in this world after all!

Peanut Butter Truffle Babies, adapted from CCK Hot Cocoa Fudge Babies

20g cashews • 85g dates • 1 tbsp peanut butter • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Blend until smooth (I had to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times until the right texture was achieved — it looked a bit powdery, but it held its shape alright). Roll into balls, or shape in bars, refrigerate, and enjoy!

I’d say “that’s it”, but smoothie & PB truffles deserve better, don’t you think? I’ll be back with pictures from South France and some rambling… later. Take care, and indulge your sweet tooth, too.

Hey, … never mind.

I should probably stop making excuses for my lack of posting, since I hardly have any reader… Perhaps the whole writing in English isn’t helping, but I feel like I’m not cut for those long, introspective posts. Not that I have done many of them since I started this blog anyway. Thus, here’s a quick list of the new foods I’ve been poking at lately:

Zucchini pasta

Zucchini pasta, the no-spiralizer way!

Zucchini pasta, obviously. I topped them with cooked, store-bought tomato sauce. EVIL, no doubt, but delicious. Plus I added home-grown sprouts, surely that has to count for something.

Raw soup. It was… weird. Green and oily. Maybe I went crazy, between the oil and the avocado. I had to wash it down with crackers.

Baked conservation burgers, using Gena’s recipe: warm, but still moist. They turned out okay, but I enjoyed them better the day after, atop a green salad.

Healthy vegan fudge, recipe by Chocolate-Covered Katie, using CCK’s trademark coconut banana butter. YUM

Raw gazpacho, two ways: one really yummy in spite of its AWFUL color (think vomit and you’ve nailed it), using cucumber and tomato sauce; and another one with zucchini and tomatoes that was a big FAIL.

Chocolate breakfast smoothie using 1 frozen banana, 1 heaping tbsp almond butter, 1cup water and 1tbsp cocoa powder. Quite tasty, and filling enough! I’m so out of the blog thing, I didn’t even think of documenting it. I think I was too busy cleaning the mess I’d made by preparing it in the small bowl of the Magimix.

In addition to flirting with veganism/raw foods, this girl now thinks she’s a runner. I kid you not. She even bought those flashy, ugly as hell running shoes! OH NOES! what is the world coming to?

Also, reading further through the raw food blogosphere — there are some seriously hilarious pages out here, and tons of raw food self-proclaimed gurus. Hard to know what to believe. I should probably update my blogroll…

Hope you’re all looking forward a nice week-end, mine will take place in South France. The city we’re visiting is said to have some raw sweet treats available in stores. HA!

You’d better get this blender started

Howdy, you excellent yet short-numbered people! How’s your week been? Mine included new raw stuff. I think a happy dance is in order.

coconut butter

not thick, and not creamy. sad face!

I’ve been reading a whole lot of new blogs lately, including Chocolate-Covered Katie. Holy shit batman! Her coconut butter recipe was screaming my name from across the internet (and many others’, I’m sure), and I went home craving the stuff like whoa. Sadly, I didn’t use enough coconut shreds right away, and it took me ages (about an hour from start to finish) to get something that looked remotely like Katie’s coconut butter. That, and it turned rock solid in the fridge. Nothing a little stay next to the oven didn’t change, though. If you haven’t gotten around topping banana soft serve with Ricki’s healthy chocolate frosting like I told you to… 1. are you for real? 2. please do and top the topping with a healthy spoonful coconut butter. You can thank me later; last night’s guests certainly did. /brag

And now for some big raw!me news, I finally went ahead and made myself a smoothie yesterday. Not just any smoothie, either — a green smoothie! Whoohoo! As for the recipe that I used… can you guess? That’s right, Gena’s Green breakfast banana pudding. Only mine wasn’t so much of a pudding: too thin for that, hence the smoothie announcement. Heh.

Anyway, it went a little something like this:

my first green smothie

Behold Green Smoothie the First. Like green soup… only not.

Breakfast in a green bowl — serves one
4 fistfuls greens (I used salad and baby spinach) • 1 frozen banana • 2-3 tbsp sesame oil • a small glass almond milk • 2 tbsp ground hemp seeds • a pinch of cinnamon • water

Put the goods in your blender/food processor… and blend. That’s it.

Note for later: I really have to give the ‘blender’ piece of equipment a try. The smoothie was nice, but it could have been smoother. The thing is, I’m not too trusting on this one. I see where you’re supposed to put it, but I don’t get how it’s gonna help with the texture… Oh well.

Yeah alright, but what about the taste? Well, it was surprisingly sweet. The smell gave away the blended greens more than the taste did. And there was definitely a hint of cinnamon every now and then – lovely. I wasn’t sure how long it would keep me full,  but I had trouble finishing my bowl. And it did hold me until lunch time, four hours later. I can’t wait to try another recipe!

And I should probably find more than just a few in my last purchase: Stefano Momentè and Sara Cargnello’s Solo Crudo. Impressed by my extensive knowledge of the Italian language? Don’t be; I purchased the French edition. Speaking of language differences, am I the only one amused by the name of the authors’ website: Veganitalia?

Have a great Sunday!

I got milk

soaking almonds

Soaking almonds -- lazy bastards have been doing it for 20 hours or so!

So I despoiled the Magimix with almond milk, just like I said I would. It was fun to do — no wait… it wasn’t! Stupid food processor was on, but of course I didn’t know it until the top clicked in place and the motor started running at once — splashing the surroundings a bit in the process. Grmbl. Note for later: always press the “stop” button before I start. And maybe I should have used the pulse function first, because my almond pulp turned out grittier than I thought it would be, judging from other people’s pictures.

processing almonds and water

almondy magic in the making.

The straining part, on the other hand, was fun. I had no cheese cloth, no paint strainer, nothing, so I used a good old’ sieve, and a spoon to press the pulp and force the milk through. Pulp was saved for later use and I took a nervous sip of my first batch. Not bad. It was on the thin, almost watery side; the flavor wasn’t as strong as it was in my last purchase… which is good. I like almonds, but I hate almond extract and its bitter-sweet flavor. I think next time I’ll use a different ratio (I used Gena’s for my first try – yeah, I know, big shock – one part almonds for four parts water, and a dash of salt), see if using less water achieves a texture closer to actual milk. As in, closer to milk as I remember it… never been one for cow’s milk. Over cereals, yeah, and in hot chocolate, but cold, right-out-of-the-fridge milk? Thanks, but no thanks. Perhaps I’ll use the rest of the batch to whip up some hot chocolate for the BF and me. ❤

final product


Also, must find a way to use the pulp. Since I don’t have a dehydrator, and I’d like to keep it raw, cookies are not an option, but I’m thinking maybe a porridge for breakfast. I’m pretty sure it will involve cocoa… but that’s another story.

Done re-reading Kris Carr’s book; I’m actually considering doing the 21 days cleanse sometime during the summer. I’d like to be in shape for September… and it might just be the kick in the butt I need to finally go gluten-free, see if it does me any good.

On a final note, I’m excited to see that there are French pages about raw food, and sexier than the books I’ve been able to find so far, too. Woohoo!

Bits of french countryside

No raw food under that title, no sir. Another super busy week — or maybe I’ve just done a poor job at balancing my priorities. Anyway. The freshly cleaned magimix stands in all its shining glory on the kitchen counter. Now to put it to good use…

Until then (later this week, me thinks), have yourself some pictures taken during the week-end:

Mmm. Nothing too spiffy about this way of displaying pictures… but it’ll do for now.

Almonds are soaking on my kitchen counter right now, so chances are I’ll be despoiling the magimix with almond milk rather than raw soup. Raw soup should come a close second though — I have baby spinach and avocado in the fridge…