|Leprechaun Pudding with Gold-Chocolate Crumbles!|
|Creme de Menthe Pie|
|Irish Soda Bread!|
1. Lepruchaun Pudding with Gold-Chocolate Crumbles
1 generous handful spinach
2 tsp vanilla ----> puree in magic bullet until smooth
2 tbs walnuts
2 tbs raisins
1 tbs cocoa powder
dash of salt ----> pulse in magic bullet until it clumps
Pour pudding into a bowl and top with chocolate crumbles. It tastes light and sweet-- you can't taste the spinach at all, but it adds a healthy punch (which also makes this recipe very breakfast-eligible!)
2. Creme de Menth Pie (aka Grasshopper Pie)
So, making this didn't end up going as smoothly as I had hoped.
I was going off of this recipe from pure2raw, but ended up adding WAY too much guar gum..... which turned my filling into rubber. So, whatever you do, do NOT add two tablespoons of guar gum to two avocados and expect edible pie filling. Seriously-- it almost broke my Bullet!
That being said, I worked for about two hours trying to salvage the filling, and I finally got it to a delicious flavor and "acceptable" consistency-- still all but too rubbery for me to really be satisfied. Nevertheless, all three of my taste testers stated it tasted just like the "real" version that my mom made.
So, since I was in "salvage mode" as I threw together ingredients, I didnt' record much. If you're interested in making this pie, I recommend going from the pure2raw version, with the possible modification of adding lemon juice to the avocado layer (helps reduce browning, too!) The color of the pie did start out avodaco-green, but slowly began to brown after some fridge-time.
1/4 c walnuts
1/4 c coconut powder/flakes
1/4 c raisins
1 date, chopped
2 tbs cocoa powder
1 tbs vanilla ----> pulse in Bullet until powdery/clumping, then press into bottom of 6 inch pie pan
Garnish layer: (yummy but not minty) -- this is the dark green layer on top and bottom
1/4 c yacon powder (kinda gross)
stevia/agave to sweeten
vanilla (will darken color)
little bit of spinach, purreed/juiced, to green it up
almond milk to thin to desired consistency ---> puree it all until smooth
Main filling layer:
1/2 tbs guar gum? start low and add more! (2 tbs = rubber, fyi)
2 tsp peppermint oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
almond milk to thin if guar gum over-rubberizes
agave to sweeten
... aaaand a pinch of Irish luck that it works easily! ----> puree in Vitamix/Bullet/whip together by hand
White whipped meringue layer:
1.5 tbs coconut oil, softened (I used the non-coconut-y kind)
1.5 tbs ghee, softened
1/2 c erythritol, powdered
if needed, almond milk to thin to desired consistency ----> blend in Bullet until creamy and smooth
Assembly: On top of crust, spread half of Garnish layer, then freeze to harden. Next, pour in all of Main filling layer, freeze again. Cover with the rest of garnish layer or white layer to prevent browning; alternately, use both to decorate. Perfect taste is definitely attainable, even if consistency may be a bit more challenging!
3. Irish soda bread!
Now THIS is an epic win. Epic, I tell you-- EPIC! Way better than my mom's breadmaker Irish soda bread (probs cuz I made mine sweeter!), and definitely the best ACD bread I've ever made. It's almost like a coffee cake, but still bread-y enough to be eaten with dinner (Irish stew, which we had yesterday!)
2 cups gluten-free flour blend:
1/2 c oat flour
1/2 c brown rice flour
1 cup mix of: garbanzo flour, amaranth flour, all-purpose GF blend
1.5 tablespoons agave (or to taste)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon xanthan gum
½ teaspoon salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg ----> stir together dry ingredients
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tbs ghee ---->cut, then pinch fats into dry ingredients to obtain a sandy texture
½ cup raisins ----> fluff into the mixture
¾ cups buttermilk: ----> add to dry ingredients to form dough
1.5 tbs apple cider vinegar
scant 3/4 c almond milk ----> let mixture sit 10 mins
(Batter should taste delicious (almost cookie-like) on its own too!)
Preheat oven to 400. Add extra flour until dough is kneadable, then knead a few times on waxed paper sprinkled with (oat/rice) flour. Shape into a 6-inch loaf on a greased cookie sheet and slice an 'X' on top with a knife. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes. Yum!
So, I said I've had a lot going on-- most recently, one of our two cats passed away two days ago, after 19 years of being our faithful friend. (This dampened our St. Patty's festivities- hence the late posts!)
|Misty and I playing volleyball.|
Coming up upon their twentieth birthdays (July 13), both cats have been slowing down, but still happy and enjoying life. Misty began fairing a little worse, and she had a noticeable lump on one side of her abdomen. She was active and spunky up until the afternoon of March 16, at which point she laid down on her special chair cushion- and never did get up. She faded for a few hours, occasionally appearing to have minor seizures or spasms of her arms and legs. We stayed with her right up until the end, and are thankful that she did not suffer long. She was cremated today at a special pet facility, and at this point we plan to keep her ashes in a cat-shaped urn, in the home that she loved so well.
|Her temporary coffin with candle and flowers.|
As my sister put it, "We're not kids anymore- Misty's dead!" and indeed, it is a whole new concept to be without one family member. I'm thankful for the time that we had with her and for her companionship throughout the years. RIP Misty!
Switching gears to a happier tone: I returned from my week-long trip to Carnival in Trinidad on Sunday. It was AWESOME, and my month or raw-dieting sure paid off while I was strutting my stuff in my skimpy costume! Here are some shots from the fun:
|Drinking coconut water straight from the coconut!!!!|
|Chrysocolla girls of the group (guess who I am...)|
|Summarizes the scene through town- for two days straight!|
(even though they were unipe/inedible!)
--> all in all, SUPERfun trip! A million thanks to my Trini girl for giving me the best vaycay ever!