I won’t lie, I’m one of those people. The people that prefer cold brew to nearly any other type of coffee. Okay, that’s kind of a lie, because during the cooler seasons I am ALL about lattes. But, other than that, I’m a cold brew girl. How can you oppose a coffee that’s less acidic, less bitter, and retains freshness and healthy oils for longer? You can’t.
I typically use my 12-cup french press to make cold brew coffee and have been think of different ways to change it up and experiment with the flavors. That’s when I thought, “Hey, self, what if I added fresh mint and cacao nibs to the coffee grounds and make a mint mocha cold brew?” So, that’s what I did! Part of the idea stemmed from when I made Fran Costigan’s recipe for Chocolate Vodka, last year, which soaks cacao nibs in vodka. Spoiler: It’s SO GOOD, and makes great gifts.
Usually, once I am done with the coffee grounds I’ll dump them into my composter. But, after using a couple of great coffee scrubs recently, I thought of going a different route! Remove the mint, dry out the grounds and nibs and mix them up with some essential oil, sugar and more oil and you have an awesome scrub and little to no waste.
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t mind being caffeinated while having smoother skin. 😉 Or you could be less selfish and give the scrub to a cool friend for the holidays!
And because this post is in the #treatyoself category, I’ll be posting up the instagram giveaway tonight, so keep an eye out for that! You seriously won’t want to miss it.
I have to be honest, I’ve never prepared jackfruit on my own before. Of course, I’ve enjoyed BBQ Jackfruit Sliders and the like, but it was never very easy to find. But, now that I work at Whole Foods, I found out that my location has the canned jackfruit in brine and I couldn’t be more stoked. For my first homemade jackfruit recipe I thought that I’d try it out with Massel’s Concentrated Liquid Stock, Beef-Style; which is vegan and gluten-free!
Now, the texture didn’t come out quite as firm as I would have liked, but the jackfruit tasted great all the same. One of the best parts of this recipe is that it’s all prepared on the grill. Of course there’s some marinated and mixing, but it’s seriously low effort. I’d also like to mention that this was my first time grilled tomatillos, and oh my goodness you guys, SO GOOD. I’ve used them in green salsas before, but this- this I’ll have to do more often.
To balance out the savory, warm components of this recipe, I made a seasoned sour cream sauce to drizzle on top. I may have cheated and used Tofutti, but if you want to go the homemade route, blend 2/3 C. raw cashews with 1/4 C. water for a creamy sauce base, then stir in seasonings.
I must mention that using the concentrated liquid stock shortened marinating time immensely and really added significant flavor to the jackfruit. It is a tad on the salty side so taste your marinade and adjust accordingly; keep in mind that the end product won’t be as potent as the marinade itself. Massel actually sent some of their products for me to try out, so I’ll definitely be using another one soon, and hosting a giveaway, too! So, keep an eye out for that. 😀
What a weekend! It all started when I got out of work late Friday night and got to baking some vegan and vegan/gf cupcakes for a friend’s wedding. Stayed up late, afraid that I would fall asleep and lay my head into the mixing bowl at any moment. On Saturday it was rush-rush-rush all morning, icing cupcakes, getting last-minute shoes for the wedding while also getting ready for LA Vegan Beer Fest afterward. The ceremony was gorgeous and I am so happy for my two good friends and their special day.
Talk about a “fashionably late” entrance, I got to the LAVBF at 4pm after an hour-long drive from Orange County! But, I was still able to squeeze some tasty foods and chats with great people in the 2 remaining hours. Going to the fest has been a tradition for me, and this was my 4th one! I can’t wait for next years.
Sunday was more visiting with friends that were in from out-of-town, tasty vegan eats (like a vegan churro in swirled soft serve, SO GOOD) and a dinner at Shojin on Monday night (another fantastic meal). Now, it’s back to work shooting cookbooks, making food over at Whole Foods and blogging for y’all, of course!
I made this incredible coffee cake on Mother’s day for my family/boyfriend’s family and everyone loved it! I have a mixed berry version on the blog and a pumpkin pie version in my Great Vegan Pumpkin eBook, as well. I’d have to say, this one is a new favorite for me! My next version will be with Apple Pie Filling, me thinks.
Remember that giveaway I hinted at, in March? I wasn’t lying when I said that it was an awesome one! I was so excited when I found out that I’d have the chance to receive and review Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows Cookbook. Oh She Glows was one of the first major vegan blogs that caught my eye when I was new to veganism. It’s filled with easy, delicious recipes and beautiful photos; plus her journey to being vegan is very inspirational.
Believe me when I say that her cookbook has all of that and more. Great for cooks of any level, beginner to expert, pleasing to all kinds of palates and lots of helpful information. Of course, I love that there are TONS of photos, all drool-worthy and taken by Angela. Because I had to drive off to Indio to start working for Coachella, I was only able to make two recipes. But, I really liked the ones that I did make!
Firstly, I made the Empowered Noodle Bowl with the Thai Peanut Sauce option, which was SUPER colorful and overflowing with veggies of all kinds. The flavors all worked well together and the sauce, oh the sauce was SO good!
The other recipe that I ended up making was the Gym Rat Smoothie; almost purely because of how easy it was to make and because I had all of the ingredients on hand. I have to say, I don’t usually add oats to my smoothies, but this drink was as tasty as it was filling. It will certainly be a regular in my kitchen!
I can’t wait to try more recipes from this book! 😀