Great Coffee Date

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Made with love at Cafe for Contemporary Arts, North Vancouver. Photo by Suzanne

Yesterday my daughter took me for a beautiful coffee date. This is the designs made with creamy almond milk poured beautifully into organic fair trade coffee. This was an awesome coffee date and one of the better coffees that I have had in a long time – filled with love. Cafe of Contemporary Arts in North Vancouver.  They offer good vegan food and an interesting interior complete with paper for drawing upon should you feel the urge plus wi-fi and awesome location.

Photos by Suzanne

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Decadent Warm Fig Delight

Recipe, Design and Photo by Suzanne

This is an amazing delicious dessert perfect for cold winter nights after dinner. In this recipe I put everything into a beautiful earthen bowl and warmed in the oven. To the bowl I put chunks of vegan chocolate cake and broken pieces of vegan muffins in the bowl. I added chopped figs, slivered almonds, crushed walnuts, coconut flakes, chia seeds, dark chocolate pieces, goji berry, a dab of coconut oil. I mixed together Almond Coconut Milk with a dash of Vanilla Almond Milk and I mixed in some Cacao then poured it over the cake seeds mixture and popped into a warm / hot oven to heat up and slightly bake. Careful when removing from the oven as the bowls will be hot to touch. Top with freshly chopped fig and serve hot to warm. Oh man this was goooooooooooood. The chocolate pieces melted into the cakes and milk – so decadent. Delicious. Some variations / alternatives could be: you could use Coconut Milk from tin or Coconut Cream; perhaps a cap of liquor (not for the kids though) that you enjoy dripped on top. Knock it out of the park with anything you want to add and wow your family and friends with an incredible heart warming dessert or treat.

Delightful Dessert Destiny

Recipe, Creation and Design Set Up – Photo by Suzanne

This is my beautiful Warm Date Pumpkin Loaf recipe for anytime however perfect in fall and winter after a nice meal this really hits the spot nicely. Super easy to create.  Maybe 15 minutes to put together heat and serve.

  • Take one date pumpkin loaf (Vegan) in our case and break into bite size chunks put into serving bowl – you can use any loaf even cookies – Vegan of course
  • Add anything you want however in my case and these images I put the following:
  • 5 vegan chocolate wafers – put as many as you desire as its all about you this dish
  • slivered almonds
  • hemp hearts
  • chia seeds
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash vanilla
  • dried lavender flakes
  • a few slivers of finely sliced prunes, dates, turkish apricots – one of, all of or none of – your chocie
  • tsp of cacao powder
  • tsp of coconut oil
  • crunchy nut cereal you may have say a Hemp Plus Crunch would be nice too
  • add to the bowl once you have built your dessert – a small amount of almond (you could also use of course Quinoa, Hemp, Soy milk if you prefer) milk enough to somewhat soak the loaf but not drown it

Pop your bowls into a tray and broil in the oven for a quick heating for around 5 – 7 minutes or until beyond warm and closer to hot. The bowls WILL BE HOT so please ensure you use gloves before grabbing them from the tray. I served the bowls on a plate because they were quite hot and best to serve and enjoy right away.

The chocolate wafers will melt and the mixture you have made along with the nut milk will warm the vegan cake and its just beautiful. I am definitely going to be serving this for the special occasions that are during our winter months such as Christmas dessert and just because my family loves it for special treats too.

Some variations could be adding a small amount of alcohol of your choice – e.g. Drambuie or a dash of Cinnamon Whiskey.

You can get creative mix and match. I find things in my cupboard to create and no meal dish is perfectly alike. Sometimes you won’t have the dried prunes for example and hey stress free living is don’t panic simply don’t worry find something else. Win hearts anytime you serve this up. Many oooooo’s and ahhhhhhh’s will come from serving this one up.

 

 

 

What $60 can buy for vegan kitchen

Purchase set up design and photo by Suzanne

This is always an interesting exercise for anyone to undertake. What is the cost of your food? Do you know? What makes up your purchase of food, what are you really buying and what is the cost? How can you save $$$ is there room for that? Of course depending on your own unique situation this will be an eye opener. If you have never truly looked at your purchases and the costs I highly recommend this as a great way to truly take stock and control of supplies.

This was $60 worth of food which will add to our storage supplies e.g. can’s of chick peas are great for whipping up a quick houmous anytime or a can of kidney beans can be quickly added to any meal without having to wait for the dry ones to be prepared.

This supply will be for 3 adults (1 is a teenager) for the week. That being said we will not use the 3 Silk for coffee in the week however they were are sale by .60 cents so I bought a few (we have more in the fridge so we are well supplied). When we see items that we use alot of on sale we buy as much as can afford at the time. It makes cents 🙂

The oranges will be juiced and mixed with perhaps some soda water to thin it out and spread it out for longer use. We may add some of the lemon juice to that and we have lots of limes in the fridge already so perhaps we will juice up orange, lemon, lime shots of goodness.

It is interesting to note the most expensive item on this purchase is the Mesa Sunrise which we use for breakfast as a base and that was $7.98. That will last use for likely 2 weeks as we only use small amounts and add other items to our breakfast that we have in stock such as chia seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower, cacoa, lavender flakes, fresh mint, dried fruits such as cranberry and so on. It does go a long way.

  • Mesa Sunrise Breakfast $7.98
  • Oranges $5.97
  • Tortilla Chips $3.99
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk $3.97
  • Dried Prunes $3.47
  • Bags of onions $1.99

The next expensive item on the purchase is the oranges coming in at $5.97. These should last into next week – we have already juiced half and have that juice in the fridge to be ready to take a shot or dilute with other juices we make. Beet, carrot apple and orange we could make that right away with a shot of lemon for zest.

Dried prunes – we love these – just one a day is so good for you helps fill you up with fiber and other goodness.

The least expensive item on the this purchase is the garlic coming in at .21 cents for 6 heads of garlic.

Let’s not forget that we live in Vancouver – an expensive city. We have found places that offer really good prices as green grocers, farmers markets and at times we go to one box store. The reason we like the box store is that these companies actually watch the clicks of purchase. This is important in my opinion as they will adjust their purchasing power to the items sold and that can really help the consumer in the long run.

So in summary this is a great way to explore what you are buying what you are spending and exactly then giving you ideas on how to explore new ways to save while adding value to your nutrition home and happiness.

We may spend a few more dollars perhaps up to $20 for some additional items that maybe we need however we have become shelf stockers in our home. We have supplies or rice, rice noodles, beans galore, dried fruits & nuts and all kinds of things because not of it is animal meats or products our food doesn’t go off. We use the fresh first and have storage of items that we could survive in should emergency strike and as a way to save.

Believe you me it has been a learning curve however now we are in full swing and settled into a groove the food shopping works really well and is much more enjoyable experience. Of course there are weeks when we will spend more as we need different things however we are much more conscious of what we are doing and this came from the whole food plant based lifestyle for sure as it made us review what we are doing, why and the costs.

Savings come with less time in the stores. This $60 purchase took me around 45 minutes total to get so huge time saving – I know what I need and want and where to get it – no wandering around the isles anymore. Plus of course savings of gas to get to the stores and then much less stress trying to navigate that whole store system which I find depressing and awful. Farmers markets and your local green grocers are the way to go. Support them and they will bring you great food for your kitchen. Use the big box stores diligently to get the right clicks – its like voting you are voting with what you buy in the stores for food.

PS) the items with marketing will be put into jars or Tupperware for easy storage in our cupboards. We try to not have much however there are things you want that you feel are worth the marketing such as the Mesa which is non gmo recycled packaging etc. It’s a work in progress always tweaking to find better and better results.

Heavenly Hemp Hearts for Health

Recipe Design Set Up and Photo by Suzanne

Tonight as most in the winter months I like to whip up a cozy drink for whoever is around before bed. Although this delicious drink is not specific to evenings and can be taken anytime, great in the morning too, always yummy so take your shots of hemp hearts anytime.

My Heavenly Hemp Hearts for Health is super easy. Grind your fresh hemp hearts; add ground hemp hearts plus in this case I used Twister Power which is Cacao, Hemp & Maca ground 1 T or whatever portion for your own taste. power to almond milk. Add a few petals of Lavender. Whip it up in your magic bullet until nice and frothy.

Add to your favorite shot glasses. Perhaps dust ever so lightly with cinnamon and in this case I put in a dash of cinnamon whiskey for flavor. Ok, this is soooooooooo good you which you had made a lot more. Suddenly you realize you love Almond Milk and you must have more of it in your fridge. This is a good thing.

Variations: you can change it up with Cacao Powder and Vanilla Almond Milk you can add a little of any liquor you like (nothing with cream or milk for Vegans). Sometimes if I find some vegan chocolate nibs I will grind them up with the drink for added texture.

NOTE: this will not last long and you will want more – how fun is that 🙂

One Beautiful Bowl

Take One Beautiful Bowl

Fill it with love for your body – go ahead and build your breakfast – in this case we see pumpkin seeds, goji berries, almond shavings, cacoa/maca/hemp power, hemp seeds, chia seeds, sultanas, currents, flax seeds, dried prune & apricot, mint leaf, sesame seed, sunflower seed.

Add fresh whipped up almond milk from the magic bullet or blender and voila – great way to start the day. Suitable for lunch too. It’s awesome food for anytime really.

Original recipe, design layout and photo by Suzanne

Shots of Goodness – Heavenly

I regularly make little shots of goodness for myself, family and friends. Images above show a recent shot of goodness I made in my magic bullet. Everyone loves my shots of goodness.

Heavenly Recipe

  • Add the ingredients below into your magic bullet or blender
  • Take some unsweetened almond milk (amount to be determined for your own situation – serving for 1,2, 3, 4 or 8)
  • Add good quality Vanilla to taste
  • Add ground Maca, Hemp, Cacao
  • Add a dash of cinnamon
  • Optional – add some dark chocolate pieces (Vegan)

Whip this up in your magic bullet or blender. Allow it to really whip up, if you added the chocolate pieces they will break up into small bits, and get this frothy.

Time to make: 2 minutes

Time to enjoy: shot it down or slow sip – your choice

Serve in shot glasses of choice.

NOTE: expect many yummmmmmms and ooooooooo this is good and can I have more 🙂 so I always make enough for 2 shots.

No need to warm this up however if you want to I recommend firstly adding all the ingredients into a saucepan and that pan into boiling water so the pan with the milk isn’t directly on the heat. Once warmed up put in small batches into your magic bullet or blender and whip till frothy. Serve in shot glasses for a delicious warm drink served anytime. We enjoy this drink before bed for a good night sleep – ahhhhhhhhhhh however it can be made and enjoyed for breakfast too. Kids, teenagers and adults love these shots because they are fun. Perfect for kids getting home from school.

Photos by Suzanne