If you like egg nog… you are gonna love this. Frozen vegan nog! YUM! It’s incredibly delicious on it’s own or scooped on top of warm apple crisps, pecan or pumpkin pies. If you don’t want the alcohol you can leave it out but…it’s extra tasty with a little kick!
Here’s a light and refreshing way to cleanse your palate so you can make room for some more holiday dessert! Yes, you can definitely serve this sorbet on it’s own or scoop it over fresh organic berries or pie or crumbles….heck you could even put a scoop in a glass of champagne for a blood orange style chilled mimosa!
*Note: if you can’t find blood oranges you can use the juice of six regular oranges and 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
My professor once told me that everyone’s personality has a distinct shape, much like a zodiac sign. She said that she is a circle, which somehow made perfect sense, and we proceeded to guess the shapes of everyone in the classroom. Circle? Triangle? Square? Everyone had some good laughs while guessing. I knew right then and there that I am a triangle.
I love triangles as a visual element. They always appear in my doodles, which are said to be a great tool for looking into one’s subconscious. Of course, I equally enjoy the triangle’s 3d sister, the pyramid.
Recently, when I saw a mini pyramid cake form for sale, I knew right away that I found a way to do justice to one of my favourite cakes, ginger and lemon. I’ve been making it for a couple of years now, but every bite from every batch makes me smile, close my eyes, and listen to the flavours, just like the first time around.
A simple almond and date crust (at the base of the pyramids) frames the creamy and zesty filling. Here, I sprinkled the cakes with some ground freeze-dried bananas for a pyramids of Giza effect.
Photographer: Callie England
Let it be known, I am that lady who will one day make origami animals out of my children’s sandwiches.
After spending eons of time obsessing over cake pops, I finally had the opportunity to make them for a holiday party that my mom and I hosted wednesday night. What I thought would be an easy feat, ended up consuming three whole days of free time. I kid you knot, it made gourmet raw food, seem easy! It’s one thing to dehydrate for 24 hours, but it’s a whole other thing, to actually be doing something for 24 hours! Let’s just say, I questioned my sanity far too many times than I’m comfortable with in those three days.
Work aside though, the final result was nothing short of complete gratification. And although I told mom I’d never make these again, I’ve already started to plan cake pops for Valentines Day – What can I say, It’s hard to deny my genetic makeup…
So with that, here is the vegan friendly, oh-so-not-healthy, cake pop recipe:
Photographer: Callie England
Over the holidays, I did quite a bit of cooking. And yes, by cooking, I mean the kind that involves heat.
Something I’ve never made before, but have had bookmarked for ages – are candied citrus peels. Now, most recipes and/or ideas I bookmark are usually craving driven, but these, were presentation driven. I didn’t so much care about the food part, I just cared about the process and the final outcome. However, I have to say that I did end up really enjoying them taste wise, and, so did Polo! Sure, they aren’t much more than sugar + more sugar, but I guess if you’re going to eat candy, it might as well be organic, preservative/dye free, and homemade.
For most, this recipe would be nothing short of a punishment given the detail that goes into cutting the peels. For a detailed oriented person like myself though, I found it extremely relaxing. Then again, I’m the person who will scribble the same word over and over for hours on end to calm my nerves… Think I’m kidding? Just look at my desk – I actually think it’s borderline disordered.
Any who, with that being said, it’s obviously not the quickest recipe. But if it’s any consolation, the aromatic qualities from start to finish (peeling, cutting and boiling of the orange rinds) will surely help calm any tension it may bring.
As a side note, the original recipe called for 1 cup of sugar to every 1 cup of water. However, I couldn’t bring myself to use that much sugar. So instead, I used 1/2 Cup of sugar for every 1 Cup of water. In the end, it worked great – leaving absolutely no reason to use the original 1-to-1 ratio!
Photographer: Julia Morris
I wonder, will you secretly judge me if I admit to you that I don’t really like pie? Every year I’m reminded of my pie-oriented “skeleton in the oven,” thanks to all the holiday festivities. You can usually spot me fighting a cringe, as one pie after the next is passed before me, and I have to spontaneously compose a new, polite way to decline.
I can’t help it — I don’t like traditional pastry crust (boring), I don’t like perfectly good fruits smothered in some sugar goo, and I’m terribly sorry, but that pretty lattice pattern adorning the top isn’t going to do anything to get me more excited. Luckily there is, however, one exception to my no-pie rule: pumpkin pie.
I really get amped over a good pumpkin pie. (To be honest, I invariably get amped over a good pumpkin “anything.”) But as much my love is genuine, I can’t help but feel our favorite orange globes have enjoyed a little too much pop-star-style dependence in the winter squash world. Pumpkins continually overshadow a vast, deliciously endowed, and diverse spectrum of beautiful winter squash, time and time again in recipes.
I can’t help it — I don’t like traditional pastry crust (boring)
But not this year.
I don’t know who decides the “chic food trends,” but nonetheless this has really been the year of winter squash. These different “pumpkin cousins” have been the new darlings of farmer’s markets and chefs alike, and I am all too happy to participate in the fun. I have so many favorites: delicata, butternut, acorn, and for making pies, the undeniable winner in my book is kabocha squash — aka the “Japanese Pumpkin.”
With a pumpkin-esque shape, and bright beautiful orange flesh, kabocha appears to be very similar to a traditional pumpkin, with the exception of its dark green exterior skin. Where it really trumps other pumpkins though, is in its flavor. Kabocha is one of the most inherently flavorful squashes of all — which makes it ideal for a pie! What I love most about it though, is that it enables using a fraction of the amount of sweetener compared to a traditional pie recipe . . . and in this case that sweetener is healthy molasses-like yacon syrup. Together, these ingredients ensure that this pumpkin pie is not only superbly tasty, but that it also has something to truly be thankful for: health! Now that’s my kinda pie. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Oh Thanksgiving, how it snuck up on us this year. It seems as if just yesterday it was summer, and now there is a chill in the crisp blue air and we are entering the season of winter holidays. Our favourite. Family, friends, cooking, sharing, and being grateful for it all are all the things that I adore the most. Which is precisely why I love Thanksgiving.
I realize that the holiday is about abundance and tradition. This colourful dinner is about a new, albeit delicious, abundance. The kind that will satisfy your belly, nourish your body, but won’t leave you reaching for the antacid drawer. As for tradition, here at Golubka we always try to push the envelope and come up with tasty and healthy alternatives. That is our own little tradition.
As for tradition, here at Golubka we always try to push the envelope and come up with tasty and healthy alternatives.
Begin with turkey-shaped tarts filled with caramelized onions, mushrooms, fava beans and pomegranate sauce. A great combination of hearty flavours. Then, try a parsnip pasta – a winter root vegetable marinated in wine, and mixed with a creamy sauce of macadamia, sage and thyme.
Continue with vegetable skewers – any vegetables of your choice marinated in an aromatic mixture of oils, herbs, and spices. And what is Thanksgiving without a good cranberry sauce? Ours contains Irish moss, so that it can be presented on a plate in perfect little scoops. Just like ice cream. And for dessert – pumpkin pie. A pumpkin spice crust filled with a coconut and carrot custard.
Have a happy Thanksgiving! Eat well and rest well.
Autumn Florida Dessert! No Not Piña Coladas, More Like Cranberry Apple Pie With Cinnamon Swirl Ice Cream
I embrace the change of the seasons, no matter how subtle it may be in my current climate (Florida). Yes, it’s still in the 80’s here, brightly sunny and gorgeous.
Autumn is my favorite time of year, when I can turn off my air conditioner and open the windows, welcoming in a light fresh, breeze. I grew up in New England, so no matter what I am experiencing for weather, autumn is a time for apples, apples and more apples. The problem is, I despise the organic apple varieties that are readily available to me. I guess I’m an apple snob. I don’t like the huge, overly sweet, super hard apples like Gala and Fuji that I can always find. I’m a McIntosh girl, loving that they are slightly tart, and easier to bite & chew. Of course, they’re ridiculously hard to find organically, especially in Florida! Even when the fall apples, in their little white tote bags, arrive on the shelves, I never expect to find anything organic, because I’ve never seen them. So this year, I did a double take when I saw organic McIntosh apples at my local Whole Foods. I filled a bag to the top wondering if I would ever see them again! With these McIntosh apples back in my life, I’m so enjoying an apple a day…and making sure I have enough left over to create!
I’m a McIntosh girl, loving that they are slightly tart, and easier to bite & chew.
As the holidays draw near, I’m always thinking of sweets I can share with friends and family. Though I’m normally a rich, creamy, chocolaty dessert lover, this cranberry apple pie blew me away. Tart cranberries and my favorite McIntosh apples are spiced and sweetened, sitting atop a ginger cookie crust. Top it off with a sweet and spicy cinnamon swirl ice cream and you have entered autumn dessert heaven.
A Tea Party With Buttermilk Poppy Seed Or Chocolate Chip Scones And Grapefruit Curd By Julia Gartland
Photographer Julia Gartland
I’ve had an extensive relationship with tea since I can remember. Not just the substance of tea, but more specifically the actual event of a tea. Thanks to my chic and antique-obsessed mother, we had a collection of old handmade teacups, vintage silver and dainty tea platters. Almost every special occasion was some extensive tea party with scones, quiche, sandwiches, etc. I have the best memories of these teas, and how far back in my life I had enjoyed them.
Even for my birthday 2 years ago, I had a tea party with my sister and mother while Nina Simone blasted in the background and gluten-free scones were aplenty. The tradition has not yet died in my family. So, when I first found Alexis of Teaspoons and Petals I was enriched with her delicious tea combinations, knowledge and quaintness. She is like the saint of twitter, posting things like, “Crisp fall air is streaming in through the windows. warming up with a cup of delicate, sweet sencha.” She makes me dream of rustic cabins, tea cups and fabulous tea blends. She is a talented writer (and consultant), so it’s nothing to her to create a complete tea-centric atmosphere just from a mere 140 characters (or less). Not to mention her unbelievably adorable Haiku Teacups combined with lyrics of Jazz Era vocalists. I’m a huge huge huge fan of singers like Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Mamie Smith, Ida Cox, Dinah, etc. I almost died when I saw these adorable cups with lyrics from my favorite women. Her site includes her unique simple syrup blends, like Lavender Blossom. I can’t say enough about her, but needless to say, I have a huge crush.
I was so honored when she contacted me for an interview. Talking about tea with a tea goddess?! OF course. The interview and recipe were featured on her site last week, with the sweetest write-up. I did not deserve anything she said about me. I was so happy to collaborate with her, and I know we will continue to do so in the future.
Ever since making our savoury avocado truffles, we’ve been thinking about creating a dessert version of this much loved dish. Here is a quick and simple way to prepare an elegant and challenging dessert.
The “truffles” are filled with a light chocolate mousse and coated with cacao nibs and ground pistachios. The silky flavours of avocado and chocolate are complemented by the textural, crunchy coat.
Late summer and early fall in the produce isle means grapes, all kinds of them. We’ve been thoroughly enjoying grapes for about two months now, making Muscadine grape juice almost daily and obsessing over a heavenly fig, grape, and cinnamon shake (let us know if you’d like the recipe).
Concord grapes are a special treat. They contain seeds, which nowadays seems rare and exciting. Most grapes sold in the States are seedless – a true shame considering the myriad health benefits of grape seeds. The Concord grape sorbet, besides completing the dish with beautiful jewel tones, adds a nice amount of sweetness to the mild tastes of the truffle and bitter notes of the cacao nibs. The sorbet tastes a bit like grape jelly and serves as an exciting companion that pleases both eyes and palate.
Photographer Barbara Radojlovic
If you would ask me, what my favourite food is at this particular moment, my answer would most definitely be figs. Despite being able to enjoy dry figs all year around, there is nothing like enjoying fresh ones, which nature produces at the end of a summer. They are magnificent produce due to their sweet taste with a soft pulp and fine peel. Crunchy seeds just melts in your mouth and are perfect completion of a texture. To choose the figs with high amount of antioxidants, pick the ripe figs with a nice, fresh aroma.
They totally remind me of my childhood, as back in the days my father would go and pick the freshest figs from the farmers market and I would fight with my brother who would get them first. If my mother got a hold of them, before me and my brother ate them all, she would prepare a delicious almond and fig pie. This time it was my turn, so I prepared one my way and brought her my version of traditional almond and fig pie, which we both enjoyed dearly.
I’ve been busy lately eating kale chips. I’m so in love with dehydrated kale these days. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE just plain old raw kale marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. But, dehydrated kale chips are great for crunch and of course a quick salt fix.
Nutritional Yeast is another one of my favorite things when it comes to making raw cheese-like comfort foods. In the world of raw foods nutritional yeast is added to dishes in order to give them a rich “cheesy” flavor. To do this I usually mix lemon, sea salt and nutritional yeast (water if making a cheese sauce). Normally I will also add a red bell pepper and cashews. Then this mixture goes into a Vitamix or a Cuisinart until smooth.
Nutritional Yeast can also be added to a “cracker” recipe in order to give it a cheesy flavor as well.
Nutritional Yeast is not to be confused with Brewer’s Yeast. Both are great sources of B12 (important for Vegans) but Brewer’s Yeast doesn’t give the cheesy flavor that Nutritional Yeast does.
So be sure not to confuse the two.
Another trick to making raw comfort foods is adding heat like jalapenos and/or ginger and/or garlic. This can give off the illusion that the dish is actually cooked or “hot”. It’s a great option when making soups and pates. Or when it’s cold outside. You can actually work up a sweat from combining all of the above spicy items.