HELLO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE! Long time, no see! Let me say that I’m sorry for the absence, there has been a hell-of-a-lot of things going on over here and clearly posting on my blog was not one of them. But, I’m back for a bit, with some delicious recipes that I can’t wait to show you. Because of all of the cooking that I’ve been doing (cookbook photography for Cupcakes & Kale!), it has been a little hard to prepare for me being gone in April to work Coachella again. And instead of boring you with words, I’ll show you some of what’s been happening with me via photos!
Expo West Happened (I know it’s a bit belated, but would you like to know what my favorite products were from it? Let me know in the comments!)
I finally organized my linens! (I may do a DIY post on that)
I interviewed for a part-time job at Whole Foods Laguna Beach (Prepared Foods) and got it!
Bandit got a trim!
I helped shoot a funny cooking video! (Photo courtesy of Jenny Bradley, editing by me)
Baking for the book
My younger (goofy) sister is in town from Phoenix! <3 (She’s going to hate me for this)
AND I got a haircut, woohoo!
Now, back to the food! I was inspired by my favorite new Apple Fennel Coconut Bacon Flavor from Phoney Baloney’s, and knew that I had to make some sausage. Plus, it’s Spring which means it’s time to break out the fennel and grilling it with onions makes it even better. The apple is subtle and gives the seitan just a touch of sweetness while the fennel seeds bring the flavor, and some extra spices to make it all awesome.
It’s only the 9th and this month has already been a bit crazy and busy. Like I mentioned in my last post, I wont be able to blog very frequently this month, so I am going to have a few more great guest bloggers stop by and show off their awesome recipes and photos. Luckily, between shooting photos and a dentist appointment, I was able to make this ridiculously easy, delicious and healthy pie!
We’re getting into citrus season now, which is awesome for me because I have a few citrus trees in my backyard. Well, one of the trees in is my neighbor’s yard that spills into mine and I may or may not have snuck a few tangerines from it for this recipe. 😉 Hey, they don’t eat them anyway!
Anyway, I figured that I would make a dual personality pie with the seasonal produce I had hanging out on my counter, meaning that you can leave this pie raw or enjoy a slice after baking it. Crisp gala apples, soft sweet persimmons, and slightly sour tangerines make up this simple pie; the contrast in flavors and textures creates quite the party in your mouth. A gluten-free almond/date crust makes up the base for the fresh fruit, and has a great crunch to it!
First off, I hope that everyone had a terrific weekend. Whether you live in the states and celebrated Thanksgiving, or live in other parts of the world and were able to ogle all of the incredible recipes posted this past week, I’m sure you enjoyed yourselves in some way. Unlike a few other bloggers, I don’t have any leftover recipes for you because… I don’t have any leftovers! (always a good sign) And if you didn’t check out my instagram, I’ll tell you all about what I had for dinner on Thanksgiving.
First, I made my rendition of Isa’s Seitan Roast Stuffed with mushrooms, in which I halved the seitan recipe, added pecans, spinach and rosemary to the stuffing, and used button mushrooms and green onions. It turned out SO good! I am always in charge of making the sweet potato casserole, and for the past couple of years I’ve made Susan’s Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan topping from Fat Free Vegan. But, this year I improvised and loosely based mine off of hers; and I’m telling you, I need to share this recipe with you! It’s so good! Plus, not too sweet. Then there was the garlicky mashed potatoes (simple enough), olives and a spinach side-salad.
Really, the little amount of leftovers that I did have were eaten up for brunch that I made for a couple of girlfriends and I, the next morning. Mmm.. Mimosas. But, besides that, I have something else for you. A dessert that is filled with fruit, and great for serving around the holidays. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have an issue with trying to eat all of the crispy, crumble topping off of the sweet slices of fruit the moment that you pull that baking dish out of the oven. You can liken the topping to a buttery granola mix, which sounds good in my book!
Man oh man, it’s been a crazy few days since I last posted! First off, Corey and I went to our friend’s wedding out in Indio this past Saturday and it was majorly adorable, plus a lot of fun. We definitely took advantage of the photo booth that was there, where Corey proceeded to flash the camera. 😉 Plus, I can’t go without mentioning the election. Man, what a crazy day yesterday was! Did you go out and vote? Either way, I think everyone was sweating bullets at one point, last night.
Due to all of the errands, events and some assignments, I haven’t had a lot of time to put together awesome meals and such. BUT, one thing that I did accomplish was making this fantastic recipe for apple pie chia pudding. It’s like taking the essence of an apple pie and stirring chia seeds into it, and a pinch of salt gives the illusion of a buttery crust flavor. I’m not going to lie, it is pretty awesome.
The only thing is, if you were to ask me if I liked the Pumpkin Pie chia pudding or this one better, well, I wouldn’t be able to answer that. Okay, I’m lying, the Pumpkin Pie one of course! But, that’s only because I like pumpkin pie more; this apple pie chia pudding certainly gives it a run for its money, though!