STRAWBERRY CASHEW MILK

Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural vegan nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural vegan nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. || creamandhoney.ca

Hi! Strawberry Milk here. Remember me? You used to make yourself sick drinking too much of me. And then again the next day. One of the first emotionally addictive relationships you returned to time and time again. We would spend snack time together colouring outside the lines and building lego houses with teeny tiny potted plants in the windows. You would pour me into bowls of food that turned into important life lessons like, strawberry milk + cheerios = good. And strawberry milk + hot dog mac and cheese = bad. Well, I'm back as Strawberry Milk 2.0! I shed my concentrated bottle form for some more realness, some more rawness. Raw nuts to be exact. And soaked! Wow, do people love soaking food in 2017! Coming into present day from the 90s has been an adjustment to say the least. 

Everyone is all, “STRAWBERRY MILK! Girl, where have you been?!" and “What are you doing in that smelly box where people shoot up?"                                                                                                                                     And I'm like,  “This payphone booth?! I need to make a call..."                                                                               And they're like,  “Oh honey, noooo. Phone booths are basically public bathrooms now. We use smart phones for everything here in 2017. You don't need to walk anywhere or talk to anyone. Isn't that amazeballs?!"         And I'm like,  “Does that mean good? Are balls different now? Are they better than the wrinkled hairy egg sacks they once were? Maybe now they're rose gold and can be hung up with a cute potted plant inside. Or is this like opposite day?! Tell me we still do opposite day!!!".

My friends made me get rid of my Angelfire website because apparently people don't make         radically hormonal fan pages anymore like my site, “I LOVE LEO FOREVER!!!" with 89 photos of Leonardo Dicaprio as Romeo and Jack from Titanic. They were all placed strategically on a black background with neon green lettering indicating all my up to date facts on Leo himself including his favourite food and how he was SO cool and funny in real life. Now I have a very professional LinkedIn Profile where black and neon green aren't even a colour palette option. (It remains undetermined if Leo ever saw the website, if he did he has not reached out).

It's confusing for me in 2017. Did you know that people say “suh" as a how-do-you-do? I guess when you're too tired to annunciate a “p" sound, you use a combination of sup and huh to create the laziest greeting ever spoken by humankind. But if you're that tired you should probably go take a nap. Which nowadays means laying with your phone scrolling food photos or comparing your life to someone you knew from high school 10 years ago. On that note– Coffee, that busy b*tch, hasn't missed a f*#king beat. She's all fancy and cool now with her pour overs and cold brews and flat whites. She was Drip Coffee and down to earth in my day with the occasional espresso which we all pronounced “express-o". Because that was a very fast coffee for wall street types who had no time to waste and were all, “COMMODITIES! STOCKS! HEDGE FUNDS!!! ONE EXPRESS-O NOW PLEASE!!!! EXTRA EXPRESS, I'M IN A HURRY AND LATE FOR THE HEART ATTACK I'M DEFINITELY GOING TO GIVE MYSELF! ". Those were the days.

 I'm working on being more current. I'm on Tinder (and hooked up with Avocado Toast one night), Jamie Oliver follows me on Instagram, I have a serious case of wanderlust and FOMO and I'm totes gluten free af obv (can't say the same for Avocado Toast who ghosted me after we Netflix and chilled btw). I binged all of Game Of Thrones in one week and have to say it's even more addictive than Beverly Hills 90210 and Dawson's Creek put together. John Snow may know nothing but he sure is fine af. Last week I took an unplugged vacation (no phones, computers, or electronics of any kind) just to get away from it all, you know? Thinking about trying one of those sensory deprivation tanks but wondering if the salt water would keep me afloat or if I would disappear as I'm also liquid form. I dunno, I'll head over to AskJeeves and “google it" to find out. 

Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural vegan nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural vegan nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural vegan nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. || creamandhoney.ca

(A special thanks to Strawberry Milk for being such an honest and brave contributor this week).

This strawberry cashew milk is to die for and fills you with the best kind of nostalgia. It's creamy, a tiny bit sweet and packed with strawberry flavour without any additives or refined sugar. And the pink bubbles are enough to make anyone's day.

I suggest having a glass while doodling, colouring, puzzle-making, listening to some surf rock or enjoy with some kids that may or may not be your own because they'll be hyped about it. And us adults need more fun hype.

Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural vegan nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural vegan nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural vegan nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. || creamandhoney.ca

Notes:

Roasting the strawberries with a bit of honey is important, especially if they are not in season, because it brings out the strawberry flavour so much more than raw berries. It will still work without roasting them but I would highly recommend not skipping this step. Plus you get abstract strawberry juice art like below. 

Depending on how creamy you like your milk, you can reduce or add water. This recipe is my ideal creaminess so add less water if you like it thicker or add more if you prefer thinner. 

Soaking cashews is easier than you think. I've added some info in the recipe section on how to make this recipe the lazy way (only soaking for 15 minutes in very hot water) or the patient way (overnight in cool water). I've done both methods and they both turn out great. 

Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural vegan nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural vegan nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural vegan nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. || creamandhoney.ca

You best head over to this maca almond granola recipe for an ideal strawberry milk companion. 


STRAWBERRY CASHEW MILK

the magic

inspiration:                     90s nostalgia

the feels:                         creamy, foamy, satiating

eat with:                          any granola but especially this one, a slice                                        of cake, cookies, celery sticks + peanut                                              butter, ice cream (pour over top with fresh                                          berries or turn into a milkshake)

might like if you're into:   The Simpsons, Disney Adventures                                                     magazine, deep and delicious chocolate                                             cake, Goosebumps books, cherry coke,                                                 making a house out of a refrigerator                                                 box,  Supermarket Sweep, Saved By The                                             Bell, Ghostwriter.

the science

makes approximately 5 cups of milk || soaking time: 30 minutes to 8 hours prep time: 20 minutes

ingredients:

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 dates (or 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey)
  • 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract, divided (1 tsp for berries, 1 tsp for milk)
  • dash of kosher salt
  • 4 cups of water, divided

method:

  1. Soak your raw cashews. There are two ways you can do it. 1) The overnight way– Add cashews to a jar or container and fill with water. Leave to soak for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight. 2) The easy impatient way– Add cashews to a bowl or container and pour very hot, but not boiling water to cover them. (Heat up your tea kettle, let boil, then remove from stovetop and wait two minutes before pouring.) Wait a minimum of 15 minutes up to 2 hours depending how much time you have. Drain cashews and rinse until water is clear.
  2. While your cashews are soaking, preheat your oven to 350ºF. Add strawberries, one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon vanilla extract to a medium sized bowl. Toss together until evenly combined. Pour onto lined baking sheet and bake for 10 - 15 minutes, until the juices start leaking out. Place aside to let cool. 
  3. Add cashews and 2 cups of water to blender. Blend on low and increase speed slowly up to high until cashews are completely liquified, usually up to 2 minutes. I use a vitamix but this should still work in a regular blender, it may take a bit more time.
  4. Add berries, two more cups of water, dates, one teaspoon vanilla extract, and salt. Blend until evenly combined (one minute or so). 

Milk will keep for up to 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

 

STUFF + THINGS

Oaxaca City, Mexico || Stuff + Things || creamandhoney.ca

H E L P || Mexico has always felt like a magical place to me. The people, the colours, the terrain, the culture, the history– it's stunning and holds a place in my heart. The people are some of the most wonderful souls I've ever met and have been welcoming and good to me every single time I visit. To help out with the earthquake relief you can donate here to Global Giving where 100% of donations go to providing immediate relief with the remainder to long-term recovery support. The Mexican Red Cross is also taking donations and they have set up an Amazon Wish List for essential items such as toothbrushes, diapers and blow up air mattresses (prices are shown in pesos). A little bit goes a long way. 

R E A D || Before The Internet from The New Yorker. This article made is nostalgic, happy, kind of sad and so good. I love technology and the internet, but it's important to remember how we filled our time before screens were the majority of what we looked at. Could we make a point to try and cultivate some of these small and very real moments? “Before the Internet, you’d have yawning summer afternoons when you’d flop down on one couch, then flop down on another, then decide to craft a fake F.B.I. card. You’d get some paper from your dad’s office, copy the F.B.I. logo and your signature, laminate it with Scotch tape, put it in your wallet, take it out of your wallet, look at it, then put it back in your wallet with a secretive smile."

L I S T E N || How To Stop Playing Small – a podcast episode from Hashtag Authentic by Sara of Me and Orla. She is a beautiful creator and her podcast is helpful for people using blogs, instagram, or any kind of social media. This episode is my favourite because it goes deeper than how-to information; it made me stop and think about the ways I play small and prevent myself from opening up to the world. A good listen for any creative and particularly women. 

W A T C H || Jim Carrey: I Needed Color. People are saying he's crazy now but I think he's more sane than most. He's real, he's raw, he's unafraid to say what he thinks, he freely expresses himself and he doesn't give a shit how anyone feels about him. Fuck yes Jim. Fuck. Yes.

M A K E || I've made these coconut curry meatballs with spiralized vegetables more times than I can count now and I think you need them in your life. Definitely add some fresh lime juice to the curry to give it some acidity and balance the dish, and you can always substitute the ground beef for chicken, turkey or even vegetarian “meatballs" like these which are lentil based.  

 

 

MACA ALMOND GRANOLA

Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca

Oh hai!

I've been gone for a while enjoying the last month of summer before hibernating for the long Northern winter. I've missed you and I hope you've missed me too. I've also had a hard time getting myself to sit down and write. But here I am, writing. Not necessarily well, but writing no less. I was thinking I could claim writer's block and drink dry martinis alone in a bar while staring at people and penning doodles in my empty notebook. I could try and channel Hemingway, except he wrote real life- changing books opposed to a food blog. But who says a good slice of cake or bowl of soup can't change a life? Although he did love to drink, apparently he never drank while working, he knew this wouldn't produce his best works. Hemingway was a world traveller, a man after my own heart and frequented bars all over the globe. He said, “Don't bother with churches, government buildings or city squares, if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars”. I've been very “nighttime" Hemingway lately and I feel this statement deeply. Bars have a rawness you can't get everywhere and night carries mystery that dissipates with sunrise. People engage with each other uninhibited, they let down their guards and speak more freely which allows for easier connection. Like Hemingway I cannot write in them, but they are a perfect place for conversation, fun and distraction. 

For now, I will cultivate my inner “day" Hemingway and recommit myself to putting words on paper (or computer), whether they're bad or good. I will go on walks and let ideas flow, I will lay on my couch and gaze into space instead of my phone and let my mind wander. I will leave scraps of paper around scribbled with sparks of ideas or reminders to myself of an inspiration I couldn't bare to forget. I believe that sometimes you must create bad art simply to move past it and towards better art. It's easy to get stuck on criticizing the bad work because you want it to be better so badly. But maybe it simply needs to release itself so you can move forward. 

To get back into the swing of things I've made this granola for you (and me, because I'm forever hungry and love this recipe). Granola has always been one of my favourite foods because of it's versatility, crunchiness and slightly sweet taste. If you want more time to focus on projects, work or relaxing– granola is there for you. Satiating yet so easy to pour into a bowl with some yogurt, milk and fresh fruit. I am known to eat granola at any time of day and indulge in multiple bowls if I'm too busy (or lazy) to cook. This granola uses quality ingredients with the addition of maca powder which adds a malty flavour (perfect for anything vanilla, strawberry or chocolate– think malted milkshakes). Maca is a superfood and adaptogen. It is reported to help balance hormones, energy, mood and increase your sexiness. It technically increases your sex drive, but that means sexiness because you are always sexier if you feel sexy, yes? Yes. 

Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca

Notes:

You can buy maca powder at health food stores or online. If you can't find it simply remove it from the recipe, it's still lovely without it. You can always substitute out one thing for another in this recipe, it is very versatile. Hazelnuts for the almonds, sunflower seeds for the pepitas, raisins or dried cherries for the currants; these are all good options. 

Baking the oats first without the nuts and seeds is important so that we don't over bake them which is easy to do. This recipe takes less than thirty minutes to make and yields you a ton of granola, 8.5 cups to be exact. This amount is great for a family or if you eat a ridiculous amount of granola like moi, but you can always half the recipe if you're a more reasonable person. 

I made strawberry cashew milk this week and have been pouring it onto this granola and it's sooooooo good guys. I will be posting the milk next week because you need it in your life and I need more of it in mine.

Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca
Maca Almond Granola || This healthy vegan granola made with almonds, pepitas, and maca powder is perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Gluten free, no refined sugars and takes less than 30 minutes to make. || creamandhoney.ca

MACA ALMOND GRANOLA 

the magic

inspiration:           healthy snack food

the feels:               crunchy, nutty, chewy, sweet, salty

eat with:                milk of choice! I like it with strawberry cashew                               milk (recipe coming soon!), smoothie bowls, yogurt,                              fresh berries, bananas, carob nibs, chocolate                                      chips, apples, pears, cottage cheese, honey, maple                                syrup, ice cream, frozen yogurt.

might like if you're into:     after school (or work) snacks, malted                                                 milkshakes, The Old Man And The                                                   Sea, bulk food stores, camping,                                                         quick breakfasts.

the science

makes 8.5 cups granola (half this recipe if this family portion of granola is too much) || time: 30 minutes

ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten free)
  • 2 cups raw almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup raw pepitas
  • 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 3 tablespoons maca powder (I used white)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • fresh berries to top with (optional)

method:

  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine the oats, salt, maca powder, cinnamon and cardamom. Stir until combined. 
  2. In another bowl combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Whisk well until thickened homogeneously, it will become an thin paste-like consistency. Set aside two tablespoons of the maple-coconut mixture. Add the rest to the bowl of oats and mix together until evenly combined. Pour out on to baking sheet and spread evenly. Place into oven and bake for about 12 minutes, stirring half way through until light golden in colour.
  3. While oats are baking add chopped almonds, pepitas and coconut to the bowl you just used for the oats. Add the remaining maple-coconut oil mixture and combine evenly. Add to golden baked oats and mix together. Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool. The granola will become crispy once fully cooled. Add dried currants and mix to combine. Store in airtight containers and keep for up to one month in cool dry place. You can also freeze granola in an airtight container if you like, but dried fruits can become hard so consider removing them from the recipe.