GRILLED CORN + POBLANO SALAD WITH SHRIMP

Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! Gluten free + pescatarian.  || creamandhoney.ca

Summer is here and I pray it's a long one. Toronto has been exceptionally rainy this year but the plants are lush and loving it. I spotted a few surprise mushrooms growing in my garden which I'm guessing is from the moisture. Their oblong tops are whimsical and look like they are from psychedelic posters with naked ladies and swirling colours.

Spicy, savoury, and a bit sweet– this meal is a perfect summer dish for rain or shine. It's not too heavy if it's hot out and your appetite is small. This recipe is adapted from Bon Appetit which on it's own is delicious. I marinated and grilled tiger shrimp and blended up an avocado-cilantro dressing for drizzling purposes. While we are at it, grill and caramelize some limes for cocktails (or mocktails) for a hint of smokiness. This paloma would be all the better for it.

Note about poblanos: Poblano peppers are a Mexican pepper originating from the state of Puebla. They are traditionally used in a dish called chiles relleños– poblano peppers roasted, stuffed with cheese, dipped in egg batter and fried. Served with salsa or tomato sauce, they are a delicious and gooey mess. Poblano peppers are green when picked fresh with a mild spiciness. They become ancho chiles when left to ripen to a red colour and dried. This recipe calls for fresh poblanos which can be difficult to find depending on where you are. If you must substitute, try mild jalapeños first, cubanelles if you prefer less heat, or green bell peppers if you desire no heat. I would not substitute ancho chiles. Although they are the same pepper, they taste completely different taking on a smoky flavour in their dried state.

Who knew corn husk could be so stunning. Isn't she beautiful?

Corn Husk || Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! Gluten free + pescatarian.  || creamandhoney.ca
Roasted Poblano || Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! Gluten free + pescatarian.  || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! Gluten free + pescatarian.  || creamandhoney.ca
Charred Corn Husk || Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! Gluten free + pescatarian.  || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! Gluten free + pescatarian.  || creamandhoney.ca

Summer barbecues are the best. The smell of food and smoke, people gathered together cracking beers, and soaking in the sunshine. Sometimes the barbecue bleeds into nighttime and takes on a  new wild vibe. I love it all.

Years ago on a hot July day, my best friend and I moved into a new apartment on one of the most beautiful streets in Toronto, Palmerston Avenue. The street is lined with large lamp posts and old homes with mysterious attic windows and front hanging balconies. I heard a story years ago about these street lamps. It was that a rich couple used to live on Palmerston and one day the wife began falling ill with dementia. On walks she would lose sense of where she was and become lost among the streets. Her husband bought elegant lamp posts to line their street to help her find her way home during a spell. I don't remember who told me this story but I thought it was tragically beautiful and stuck with me. After much research, I have found zero evidence to prove this story is true. I'll call it folklore (or someone trying to take me home from the bar). When you say you live on Palmerston Avenue to someone from Toronto they go all “ooooo" and “aaahh" and “what a beautiful street, your place must be amazing!". Our place was amazing... when it was built in the early 1900s. Unfortunately no work was put into it in sixty years. It was the eyesore of the street.

We were weak, sweaty and dehydrated after the ten hours of moving our stuff into the apartment. Our neighbours helped us with some furniture at the end like the lovely humans they were. This was good timing since we almost threw out a one of our beds from sheer fatigue. They invited us to join the barbecue they were having and we were eager to accept hunched over and expired from the heat and the day. We decided to take a quick shower before heading over so my roommate Alex got in first and one minute later started screaming. I ran into the bathroom to see the faucet from the bathtub had blasted clean off and there was water spraying out in every direction with Alex naked trying to shield herself from the explosion. “MEGAN MAKE IT STOP!!! MAKE IT STOP!!!" she screamed. “I'M TRYING!!! I'M NOT A PLUMBER!!! I DON'T UNDERSTAND TAPS!" I yelled back while shoving my hand on and around the water stream doing nothing to help it. I turned taps back and forth for awhile until the water was only a constant drizzle. We said fuck it and I took a trucker shower (washing my face and armpits in the sink) and went down to join the barbecue. They served us chicken and corn which we inhaled with a few beers each. An intravenous would have suited us just fine. Soon after this day we became very close with our neighbours, but I don't recall anyone speaking to us at this barbecue. Probably because we looked like sickly wet rodents huddled together shoving food into our mouths as quickly as possible. And that was the beginning of our life on Palmerston Ave. It only got weirder from there. But it gave us many memorable stories which include (but are not limited to):

  • a locked shed in the backyard with childrens' dolls and broken plates 
  • a bouncer/drug dealer called “Big Ron" who frequented out place at night unannounced looking for our neighbours who were always “out".
  • a creepy old man entering our apartment at 3 am because he heard the toilet running.

All true stories. Stories for another time.  

Charred Corn Husk || Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! Gluten free + pescatarian.  || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled Limes || Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! Gluten free + pescatarian.  || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! Gluten free + pescatarian.  || creamandhoney.ca
Paloma with Grilled Lime || Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! Gluten free + pescatarian.  || creamandhoney.ca
Fresh Lime || Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! Gluten free + pescatarian.  || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled Limes || Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! Gluten free + pescatarian.  || creamandhoney.ca

Now go soak in the sunshine and enjoy the summer while it's here, okay? 

xx


GRILLED CORN + POBLANO SALAD WITH SHRIMP

the magic

inspiration:                           fresh corn + hot sweaty days

the feels:                              spicy, sweet, savoury, light, fresh

eat with:                               palomas, margaritas, cucumber water,                                               citrus/herb water, fresh squeezed juice,                                             corona or sol, sangria, roasted                                                         potatoes, potato hash, steak, chorizo,                                                 cheese (cotija or feta), clams, crab. 

might like if you're into:       cantinas, inflatable water toys,                                                         learning about corn, backyard                                                         barbecues, rainbows after a storm.

the science

serves 4 || cooking time: 15 mins prep + resting time: 40 mins

ingredients:

                                                                                                                                                                                                salad

  • 5 corn, in husk
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • oil, for grill
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey (or agave)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons water, start with 2 and add more as needed
  • good pinch of salt 

shrimp

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper chile flakes

method:

  1. Turn on barbecue. Clean grate if needed and oil well.
  2. Mix everything under the shrimp heading (except for the shrimp) together and pour into a resealable bag or shallow dish. Add shrimp and toss well. Keep in the fridge covered or sealed for minimum 30 minutes. 
  3.  Grill corn (dry and still in husks, no need to soak in water) and poblano peppers until charred, turning every few minutes once each side is blackened. The corn takes between 10 and 15 minutes and will be blackened/ dark brown on all sides. The peppers take between 8 to 10 minutes and will have blackened crispy spots and feel tender. Remove and let all vegetables cool. 
  4. Shuck corn and cut off corn kernels into a medium sized bowl. Cut open peppers and remove seeds. Chop and add to bowl of corn.
  5. Remove shrimp from fridge and stab onto skewers. Grill shrimp on barbecue for 2 minutes per side. 
  6. Add all remaining ingredients (from avocado to salt) to a blender/food processor and blend well. Keep adding water tablespoon by tablespoon depending on how thick (dipping consistency) or thin (dressing consistency) you prefer. 
  7. Serve all separately and let people do what they want or mix salad, shrimp and dressing/dip together. Garnish with cut limes and cilantro if desired. 

 

Shrimp marinade + dressing adapted from The Recipe Critic.

Corn and poblano salad adapted from Bon Appetit

 

 

AVOCADO EGG SALAD TOSTADA + ESCABECHE (PICKLED VEGETABLES)

Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca

I went to Oaxaca, Mexico for two weeks. Since, I have been daydreaming of returning next winter to eat corn based snacks, wander amongst the bright coloured stone buildings and drink mezcal with strangers, (or friends –same thing in Mexico). We spent a week in Oaxaca City, two days in the mountains and a week on the coast in Puerto Escondido. It. Was. INCREDIBLE. I'm working on posts for Mexico so I won't go into too much detail. But I will  tell you about the day I saw some people vomit. You may be thinking, “Wow, what a great intro for a food post!". Yes. I only aim for the best here on my blog. I could write about something else like how delicious this meal is, but that seems cheap and repetitive sometimes. Because of course I wouldn't post something on here that tastes bad, so let's all assume I'm making good food for me and you. Also, this story  is much more interesting than listening to more food words like mouthfeel, paleo, or tasty. Don't even get me started on short form words or exact-same-length words like delish, yummers, or 'za. Only moms in the suburbs use these words because they heard them from a fellow suburban mom who only hangs out with her children, mom, and grandma (who is the most confused that we changed perfectly good words into slight variations that sound worse). I feel you g-ma. (The short form “g-ma" is okay because it sounds gangster and every granny is/was gangster in some way). Birthed nine children vaginally?! Gangster. Sipping on a bottle of sherry all day?! Gangster.  Saying whatever the f*$k you want all the time because you're 93 and don't give a sh*t?! Gangster. No no, this story has more adventure, mystery, and self reflection than food words. It also has vomit. You are welcome gentle human. (note: All badass grandma qualities are based on real life grannies I've known. Also, I love all my suburban mom friends! I was kidding. Kind of.)

We spent a night in the small town San Jose Del Pacifico in the Oaxacan mountains. Our next destination was Puerto Escondido and we were ready for the salty ocean breezes and beachside cocktails. The only way to get from this little town to the coast is by colectivo, large vans that operate all over Mexico. They are cheap and efficient and if you're lucky, they have tvs that play movies.

The van pulled up and the driver told us it would be 200 pesos each ($14 CAD) for the four hour ride to Puerto Escondido. Within a minute of being in the van we noticed a very robust smell. Like fresh sliced garlic mixed with overripe onions. “Wow. That. Is. Pungent." I whispered.  For some reason, I couldn't get used to the smell. It stung my nostrils on each breath. It became so intense that I dug out a long sleeve shirt from my bag and tied it around my nose and mouth. I imagined myself a bandito. The driver looked at me through the rearview mirror and made gestures like, “are you okay?". I gave him a thumbs up and he smiled. This long drive has over 200 turns, many of them 180°, while teetering on the brink of high cliffs. People began feeling sick and one guy asked them to pull over so he could throw up but instead they handed him a plastic bag without even slowing down. A woman started vomiting, sweat rolling down her face. People had told us this was a bad bus ride, but I assumed they were being dramatic or prone to motion sickness. I love fast bumpy rides so I figured we'd be just fine. Turns out, they were correct. I wouldn't wish the ride upon my worst enemy. Well maybe I would. But only because it's mostly harmless. 

Without being there, you can't fully comprehend the amount of severe turns. So here are a few Google map images of the ride itself with drawings on top from Paint (yes, it's still around) of my feelings/thoughts along the way. (more food photos + recipe at the end)

Yay!!!! On our way to ocean and margaritas!

Yay!!!! On our way to ocean and margaritas!

Weeeee!!! This is like a rollercoaster! 

Weeeee!!! This is like a rollercoaster! 

Oh okay, this IS a very winding road. I get it now. “Sorry for falling on you señor!"

Oh okay, this IS a very winding road. I get it now. “Sorry for falling on you señor!"

Two hours pass and vomit fest begins. 

Two hours pass and vomit fest begins. 

“Seriously though. Who brings stinky garlic and onions on this ride anyways?! I wish an permanent itchy butthole upon them."

“Seriously though. Who brings stinky garlic and onions on this ride anyways?! I wish an permanent itchy butthole upon them."

“Did we drive off a cliff and now I'm unknowingly in hell?!?! Will I forever be amongst vomit and the smell of alliums??!"

“Did we drive off a cliff and now I'm unknowingly in hell?!?! Will I forever be amongst vomit and the smell of alliums??!"

*Three hours have passed. Wonder if oxygen has always smelled like garlic and onions. Brain starts torturing me with thoughts of fish markets, dogs pooping, and that time I got food poisoning from Chinese food when I was 6. And then again when I was 12.*

*Three hours have passed. Wonder if oxygen has always smelled like garlic and onions. Brain starts torturing me with thoughts of fish markets, dogs pooping, and that time I got food poisoning from Chinese food when I was 6. And then again when I was 12.*

*Acceptance phase. Consider that maybe I entered an infinite time/bus loop and may never get out.*                     “I guess this is where I live now?" 

*Acceptance phase. Consider that maybe I entered an infinite time/bus loop and may never get out.*                     “I guess this is where I live now?" 

We finally make it onto straight road for the last hour and I consume three snacks.                                                   “YOU CALL THAT A BUS RIDE?!"

We finally make it onto straight road for the last hour and I consume three snacks.                                                   “YOU CALL THAT A BUS RIDE?!"

Avocados || Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca
Avocados || Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca
Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || A healthy and delicious meal with fresh ingredients inspired by Mexico. A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! || creamandhoney.ca
Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca
Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca
Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca
Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca
Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca
Avocado || Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca
Corn Tostadas || Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca
Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca

At one point we stopped for a bathroom break and I realized who it was. An old man sitting by himself with a large bag in front of him filled with his aromatics. He wore sandals and his feet were so dirty and cracked they looked like actual stone. I immediately felt a pang of compassion and shame wash over me for being so angry. Oh god, was my white privilege showing? 

His bag smelled no less after, but the sharp corners of the mountains were behind us and people weren't vomiting anymore. I told myself stories of why he would be carrying a rotting bag of vegetables so I could have more understanding for him. Here are the viable options I decided on:

  1.  This bag of garlic and onions were his great-great grandfather's vegetables and passed down for generations. They bring good luck. But also turn your feet to stone. 
  2. There is a vampire hunting him so he must carry the most potent garlic everywhere he goes. 
  3. He has lost his sense of smell so he has no idea the torture he's putting everyone through. 
  4. He has a sick sense of humour and likes to rides colectivos carrying only the stinkiest items he can find. Last time he brought jars of cow farts and released them incrementally every 10 minutes. Before that, 2 dozen freshly peeled boiled eggs. The time before that it was a pillow peed on by ten cats. He's currently working on bottling an old-age-home smell of moth balls, bad perfume and undigested medicine breath. (Patent pending). 
Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca
Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca
Mexican hot sauces: Tapatio + Cholula || Avocado Egg Salad Tostada + Escabeche (pickled vegetables)  || Healthy + delicious Mexican inspired dish. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.  A perfect recipe for summer that is easy to make and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner! A nice change from avocado toast and it's gluten free, plant based + dairy free without the cheese. || creamandhoney.ca

 Tapatio or Cholula? Which one is your favourite?


AVOCADO EGG SALAD TOSTADA + ESCABECHE (PICKLED VEGETABLES)

the magic

inspiration:            my trip to Oaxaca + all the escabeche I ate

the feels:                soft, crunchy, creamy, sour, savoury, fresh  

eat with:                 mezcal, agua frescas, agua de jamaica,                                             horchata, sparkling water, margarita,                                               michelada

might like if you're into:     antojitos, avocado toast, street food,                                                 other pickled things, messy foods,                                                     meals that work for breakfast, lunch                                                 or dinner, lucha libre, curried egg                                                     salad on naan

the science

makes 6 tostadas || resting time: 2 hours (for escabeche, make in advance) prep + cook time: 20 minutes

ingredients:                                                                                                              

mexican escabeche (pickled vegetables)

  • 2 large radishes or 4 small, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and kept whole
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp peppercorns

guacamole egg salad tostadas

  • 6 tostadas (or tortillas to bake into tostadas)
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 limes (1 juiced + 1 cut up for topping tostadas if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro + extra for garnish
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 - 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, depending on preferred thickness
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, depending on taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Optional Toppings                                               
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese (feta or goat works too)
  • salsa of your choice
  • hot sauce of your choice

method:

  1. Escabeche – Add sliced vegetables, garlic cloves, peppercorns and coriander seeds to one large jar/container or 2 smaller jars. Add water, vinegar, salt and honey to a medium pot and bring to a simmer. Mix with a spoon to ensure honey is completely dissolved. Pour into jar(s) over vegetables. Let cool for an hour. Seal and refrigerate, you can use them in one hour but it's better to make them a day or two before. Will keep for up to three weeks in the fridge.
  2. Begin making hard boiled eggs
  3. In a medium bowl add avocado, juice of 1 lime, cilantro, garlic, green onions, cumin, salt, pepper and olive oil. When eggs are ready, dice them up and add to avocado mixture. Mash/mix together with fork. 
  4. If making tostadas from tortillas – Preheat oven to 450°F. Place tortillas on baking sheet and brush both sides with oil. Sprinkle a little salt over top of them. Bake for 4 – 8 minutes or until golden on edges, check oven at 4 minute mark. 
  5. Layer avocado egg salad on to tostadas. Top with pickled vegetables, cherry tomatoes, cotija cheese, salsa, hot sauce, and extra cilantro + lime squeezes if desired. 

 

MERMAID SMOOTHIE BOWL + HAWAII DAYDREAMS GUIDE

Mermaid Smoothie Bowl + Hawaii Mini Guide || Healthy + tropical smoothie bowl with superfoods (like chlorophyll) to help you feel your best! Perfect for breakfast, lunch or as a snack on a hot summer day. No refined sugars, dairy free, plant based, gluten free + vegan with removal of honey. || creamandhoney.ca

Who doesn't want to be a mermaid? If you're female (or male) and grew up in the 90's then it's a given. We can't even help ourselves. We all still know every single word to The Little Mermaid soundtrack whether we like it or not. But we do like it. Or at least I do. 

But if you don't want to be a mermaid then you must want to at least meet a mermaid. Or be friends with a mermaid. Or have a secret love affair with a mermaid and be part of her world, under the sea. No one can hate a mermaid because that would be like hating a unicorn. And if you hate unicorns then you're mean and probably a psychopath and I will block your number if you ever text me about your hatred for charming magical beings. You've been warned.

Pretty sure smoothie bowls are an offshoot from açai bowls originally from Brazil where açai berries grow. But my first açai bowl was a few years ago in Hawaii and was. life. changing. These delicious healthy bowls are served everywhere throughout the Hawaiian Islands and are the tastiest I've ever had. Maybe it's the freshness of the fruit, maybe it's the briny ocean air, maybe it's the laid back vibe or the love the Hawaiians put into their meals. Either way, they are a small form of perfection in my eyes.

This mermaid smoothie bowl is different though. Albeit inspired by the açai bowl, it is not to be directly compared. We must never compare

AÇAI BOWL = frozen açai blended with nut milk and fruit (often banana) + topped with granola, berries, banana, honey and bee pollen. 

MERMAID SMOOTHIE BOWL = frozen fruit blended with nut milk + chlorophyll + essence of mermaid (optional). Topped with whatever your heart desires (seeds, nuts, granola, fruit, bee pollen, coconut, nut butter, mint, dates, etc. It's a free–for–all basically). As long as it's green and enchanting.

Tropical Fruits || Mermaid Smoothie Bowl + Hawaii Mini Guide || Healthy + tropical smoothie bowl with superfoods to help you feel your best! Perfect for breakfast, lunch or as a snack on a hot summer day. No refined sugars, dairy free, plant based, gluten free + vegan with removal of honey. || creamandhoney.ca
Liquid Chlorophyll || Mermaid Smoothie Bowl + Hawaii Mini Guide || Healthy + tropical smoothie bowl with superfoods to help you feel your best! Perfect for breakfast, lunch or as a snack on a hot summer day. No refined sugars, dairy free, plant based, gluten free + vegan with removal of honey. || creamandhoney.ca

A few words on chlorophyll. 

  1. It's so good for you guys! It's a super food and you can check out all the healthy things it does. Get the mint flavour, it's delicious and I drink it in my water just for fun. Plus it makes me feels mermaidish. Like I'm drinking a potion from the sea. But a good potion, like for your libido. Not an Ursula potion that steals your voice. 
  2. It tastes better than spirulina. To me, spirulina tastes like I'm drinking from someone's unmaintained pond that I'd love to catch frogs in, but not drink from. I want to like it, I really really do. But I just don't.
  3. The rich forest green colour is intoxicating. 
Tropical Fruits || Mermaid Smoothie Bowl + Hawaii Mini Guide || Healthy + tropical smoothie bowl with superfoods to help you feel your best! Perfect for breakfast, lunch or as a snack on a hot summer day. No refined sugars, dairy free, plant based, gluten free + vegan with removal of honey. || creamandhoney.ca
Mermaid Smoothie Bowl + Hawaii Mini Guide || Healthy + tropical smoothie bowl with superfoods to help you feel your best! Perfect for breakfast, lunch or as a snack on a hot summer day. No refined sugars, dairy free, plant based, gluten free + vegan with removal of honey. || creamandhoney.ca

When I think Mermaid Bowl– it's all sand between my toes and floundering in ocean waves, so naturally the mermaid bowl inside me revealed itself to be very tropical in nature. I eat a lot of fruit in my everyday life but when I'm in a tropical place, just times that amount by ten. I obsess over the new mysterious fruits and how everything is perfectly ripe. Did you know there are at  least 50 different types of bananas in Hawaii alone?! My favourite was the “apple banana". It tastes like a pineapple flavoured banana! Not kidding.

Skip to the bottom for the recipe... 

OR!!!

Enter, if you wish, a daydream to Hawaii through some instagram photos from a few years back along with a story of adventure...


Week One

You awake to a hazy sunrise at Kealakekua Bay where dolphins come to swim and play.  (Excuse the rhyme, it happened by accident. Don't expect anymore, okay? Okay.)

You awake to a hazy sunrise at Kealakekua Bay where dolphins come to swim and play. (Excuse the rhyme, it happened by accident. Don't expect anymore, okay? Okay.)

You go on morning market walks and discover new treasures like these soursop fruits.

You go on morning market walks and discover new treasures like these soursop fruits.

You bring home your exotic finds and chop them up for a giant tropical breakfast bowl.   [rambutan, mountain apple, mangosteen, governor's plum, cooking banana, soursop aka guanabana (big green + white guy) (left to right)]

You bring home your exotic finds and chop them up for a giant tropical breakfast bowl. 

[rambutan, mountain apple, mangosteen, governor's plum, cooking banana, soursop aka guanabana (big green + white guy) (left to right)]

You head to the ocean for a swim and snorkel amongst lava rock tide pools, a coral reef and hundreds of fish.

You head to the ocean for a swim and snorkel amongst lava rock tide pools, a coral reef and hundreds of fish.

Midday, you devour a seafood  plate lunch  + Mexican corn from a food truck on the coast.

Midday, you devour a seafood plate lunch + Mexican corn from a food truck on the coast.

A rainbow appears because why not? You haven't had a good enough day yet, says Hawaii. 

A rainbow appears because why not? You haven't had a good enough day yet, says Hawaii. 

Wild chickens are on every roadside. They come to greet you (and almost jump in your car). It scares you for a minute, but it's okay because they're as close as a predator comes in Hawaii. One whispers softly in your ear, “ buuuck buck-a-buck buck ", which means,  You look like you need a beer,   It's 5 o'clock somewhere and you're  talking to chickens for f*@k's sake ."

Wild chickens are on every roadside. They come to greet you (and almost jump in your car). It scares you for a minute, but it's okay because they're as close as a predator comes in Hawaii. One whispers softly in your ear, “buuuck buck-a-buck buck", which means, You look like you need a beer, It's 5 o'clock somewhere and you're  talking to chickens for f*@k's sake."

You share some delicious Hawaiian beers among friends or strangers, ( it's the same thing here ). You wonder if you dreamt that talking chicken but then decide to forget it because magical things are known to happen in Hawaii.

You share some delicious Hawaiian beers among friends or strangers, (it's the same thing here). You wonder if you dreamt that talking chicken but then decide to forget it because magical things are known to happen in Hawaii.

You eat poké bowls for dinner and question why you haven't been eating poké your whole life. Memo to self: “ correct this immediately ". 

You eat poké bowls for dinner and question why you haven't been eating poké your whole life. Memo to self: “correct this immediately". 

You sit and watch the sunset while people surf and the tide rolls in and out.

You sit and watch the sunset while people surf and the tide rolls in and out.


Day Two

You awake on a never ending windy road through a snowy land.   “ AHHH! WHERE THE F*#K AM I?!?! ", you scream. 

You awake on a never ending windy road through a snowy land. 

AHHH! WHERE THE F*#K AM I?!?!", you scream. 

“ OMG I'VE BEEN ABDUCTED BY ALIENS AND THEY'RE TAKING ME TO A SECRET DOME IN THE SKY!! Probably going to get probed. This day is not looking good for me... Oh no, what underwear did I put on this morning?! I hope it's not my super holey period ones. I'll seem so undignified.. "

OMG I'VE BEEN ABDUCTED BY ALIENS AND THEY'RE TAKING ME TO A SECRET DOME IN THE SKY!! Probably going to get probed. This day is not looking good for me... Oh no, what underwear did I put on this morning?! I hope it's not my super holey period ones. I'll seem so undignified.."

“ AHHHHHHHH!!!! OMG THEY'VE TAKEN ME TO THE EDGE OF THE EARTH AND ARE GOING TO THROW ME OFF!! Probably because of the underwear. That probe isn't looking so bad now... "

AHHHHHHHH!!!! OMG THEY'VE TAKEN ME TO THE EDGE OF THE EARTH AND ARE GOING TO THROW ME OFF!! Probably because of the underwear. That probe isn't looking so bad now..."

You hear a familiar voice. It's your sister, she says, “ WILL YOU CALM DOWN?! We are just driving up a dormant volcano. It's called sightseeing. This was your idea. Jeez, you fall asleep for 5 minutes and wake up a lunatic... "  Oh. Haha! Right. Just visiting Mauna Kea like you planned. Sighhhh. You apologize, relax and check to see what underwear you're wearing. Pink with white popsicles with medium–wear. Well they're not exactly classy, but at least people won't think you're completely disgusting if you die in a car accident today.

You hear a familiar voice. It's your sister, she says, “WILL YOU CALM DOWN?! We are just driving up a dormant volcano. It's called sightseeing. This was your idea. Jeez, you fall asleep for 5 minutes and wake up a lunatic..."

Oh. Haha! Right. Just visiting Mauna Kea like you planned. Sighhhh. You apologize, relax and check to see what underwear you're wearing. Pink with white popsicles with medium–wear. Well they're not exactly classy, but at least people won't think you're completely disgusting if you die in a car accident today.

You pick up some jackfruit to replenish from your scare and the high altitude. The sign wasn't lying. It really  does  taste like juicy fruit gum. Life is good. 

You pick up some jackfruit to replenish from your scare and the high altitude. The sign wasn't lying. It really does taste like juicy fruit gum. Life is good. 

You take a leisurely walk up a mountain and become one with nature. You ponder the meaning of life. In a good way. Like more ethereal and less existential, you know?

You take a leisurely walk up a mountain and become one with nature. You ponder the meaning of life. In a good way. Like more ethereal and less existential, you know?

You swim at beautiful beaches. This one may be the perfect place for a mermaid sighting. 

You swim at beautiful beaches. This one may be the perfect place for a mermaid sighting. 

You stop to pick some fresh guavas on the side of the road. Someone is selling homemade banana bread from a stand, you buy some. You eat. You melt into a happy puddle of buttery-banana goo.

You stop to pick some fresh guavas on the side of the road. Someone is selling homemade banana bread from a stand, you buy some. You eat. You melt into a happy puddle of buttery-banana goo.

You listen to the creaking of bamboo and it's music to your ears as you saunter through a bamboo forest along the Pipiwai Trail.

You listen to the creaking of bamboo and it's music to your ears as you saunter through a bamboo forest along the Pipiwai Trail.

You arrive at a double waterfall and frolic in the water yelling,  “  Say I'm a bird! Say I'm a bird! ", imagining that day you end up with Ryan Gosling and he'll want to act out the Notebook with you 15 years later because he's not tired of that movie.

You arrive at a double waterfall and frolic in the water yelling, Say I'm a bird! Say I'm a bird!", imagining that day you end up with Ryan Gosling and he'll want to act out the Notebook with you 15 years later because he's not tired of that movie.

You watch people catch giant fish.

You watch people catch giant fish.

You and your sister find the biggest avocado of life. You are astonished. She is in peaceful awe. You eat it.

You and your sister find the biggest avocado of life. You are astonished. She is in peaceful awe. You eat it.

You learn things. Real life things. Like that pineapples grow from a bush(?) and only one at a time. I guess a tree with fifty 5-pound hanging pineapples weighing it down didn't really make that much sense, now that you think about it. 

You learn things. Real life things. Like that pineapples grow from a bush(?) and only one at a time. I guess a tree with fifty 5-pound hanging pineapples weighing it down didn't really make that much sense, now that you think about it. 

You head home and hope to return one day to the magical place that is Hawaii. 

You head home and hope to return one day to the magical place that is Hawaii. 


Mauna Kea, Big Island, Hawaii || Mermaid Smoothie Bowl + Hawaii Mini Guide || Healthy + tropical smoothie bowl with superfoods to help you feel your best! Perfect for breakfast, lunch or as a snack on a hot summer day. No refined sugars, dairy free, plant based, gluten free + vegan with removal of honey. || creamandhoney.ca

Back to present day life. Make this smoothie bowl, listen to Under The Sea, put on your best shell bra and be your most beautiful mermaid or merman self. 

Mauna Kea, Big Island, Hawaii || Mermaid Smoothie Bowl + Hawaii Mini Guide || Healthy + tropical smoothie bowl with superfoods to help you feel your best! Perfect for breakfast, lunch or as a snack on a hot summer day. No refined sugars, dairy free, plant based, gluten free + vegan with removal of honey. || creamandhoney.ca
Mauna Kea, Big Island, Hawaii || Mermaid Smoothie Bowl + Hawaii Mini Guide || Healthy + tropical smoothie bowl with superfoods to help you feel your best! Perfect for breakfast, lunch or as a snack on a hot summer day. No refined sugars, dairy free, plant based, gluten free + vegan with removal of honey. || creamandhoney.ca

As you can see, I got super daydreamy about Hawaii while writing this post and decided to include a small Hawaii guide of my most favourite things I ate or did while I was there. I'm not sure this really belongs here but I don't know what to do with it and it has spilled out of me so I'm sorry for my distractedness and all the scrolling you have tolerated throughout this post.. (Recipe follows afterwards)


Mini Hawaii Guide

*Note: This is a list of some things I ate and loved or places I visited in Hawaii. This is by no means an extensive nor definitive list of the best stuff ever, just what I might recommend to any person going to Hawaii who might not know where to start. Enjoy!*

Food

Umeke's – for poké || Big Island, Hawaii || My first and most beloved poké bowl to date was at Umeke's in Kailua-Kona (photo up above) and was served with quinoa + lomi lomi salmon. Their homemade strawberry lemonade is delicious and comes in a large mason jar with fruit inside. 

Giovanni's Shrimp Truckfor seafood plate lunch || Oahu, Hawaii || Stopped here while driving the North coast of Oahu. Got the shrimp scampi and spicy shrimp, both served with rice and delicious sauces. 

Diamond Head Cove Health Barfor açai bowls || Oahu, Hawaii || I ate açai bowls every day in Hawaii. And these... oh man. All I have to say is... you the you the best, you the you the best, the best I ever had, best I ever had, best I ever had.  

Maui Brewing Co + Kona Brewing Co || Both companies make delicious and refreshing beers. Three of my favourites are in the photo up above– Longboard Lager, Coconut porter, Bikini Blonde Lager.

And just generally eat these as much as you can:  All the fresh fruit you can find, tacos, mochi, laulau, macadamia nuts!!! They are waaaay different in Hawaii. I didn't even think I liked macadamia nuts that much until I went here and ate my weight in them.

Sights

Mauna Kea || Big Island, Hawaii || Dormant volcano + the highest point in Hawaii with astronomy observatories and telescopes owned by different countries all over the world. I mean, it's a mothaf*#$ing volcano. Enough said.

Kapoho Tide Pools || Big Island, Hawaii || The best snorkelling I've ever done in my life. So many varieties of fish + coral. Also good for beginners or people who don't swim well. The pools are not super deep and you don't have to go far out into the water. Bring water shoes, there are lots of sharp things. SO WORTH IT.

Kealakekua Bay || Big Island, Hawaii || A gorgeous view outside Kailua-Kona. Dolphins come swim here sometimes in the early mornings, great for snorkelling + Captain Cook monument on the North side. 

Two Step Beach || Big Island, Hawaii || 20 minute drive down the road from Kealakekua Bay. More amazing snorkelling + beautiful blue–green waters. 

Kilauea || Big Island, Hawaii || Active volcano with an art gallery in the visitor's centre that has some cool paintings of Hawaiian folklore, goddesses/gods and nature of Hawaii. 

Papakolea Green Sand Beach || Big Island, Hawaii || Beach off the beaten path with olive sand and stunningly beautiful. Walk three miles from parking lot or hop in trucks that drive back and forth for some cash.   

Diamond Head || Oahu, Hawaii || hiking and beautiful views.

Road To Hana || Maui, Hawaii || Drive the winding roads on Maui's east coast. You can stop for a swim at the Black Sand Beach, escape the sun + cool off in lava tubes, hike the Pipwai Trail through a bamboo forest to waterfalls and take a break for some roadside homemade banana bread.

Secret Beach Party Sundays || Little Beach, Maui, Hawaii || Secret beach where clothing is optional and on Sunday afternoons until sunset, the beach turns into a party with hula hoops, drums + many fire activities –dancers, twirlers and generally blowing fire into the sky from a spout thing? People be getting weird here so sit back and watch the show that is humankind.


MERMAID SMOOTHIE BOWL

t h e   m a g i c 

i n s p i r a t i o n :               Hawaiian Islands + açai bowls 

f e e l s :                                  Very tropical. Like put on some calypso or reggae music asap.    

e a t   w i t h :                        A glass of cold coconut water, iced or hot tea, shot of wheat grass.      

m i g h t   l i k e   i f   y o u ' r e   i n t o :       playing the ukulele, briney ocean air, flip flops, surfing, sand                                                                                    between your toes, shipwrecks, aquamarine gemstones.

t h e   s c i e n c e

*makes 1 smoothie bowl*

i n g r e d i e n t s :

base

  • 1 frozen banana, cut into pieces
  • 1 handful frozen mango
  • 1/4 of an avocado
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp yogurt or canned coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp mint chlorophyll 
  • 1/4 cup any nut milk
  • pinch of himalayan salt

toppings (anything tropical you desire, but here's what I did)

  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp bee pollen
  • handful of sliced/melon–balled papaya
  • handful of sliced/melon–balled dragon fruit
  • handful of blackberries
  • 1/4 cup granola (this one is a cinnamon puffed rice + oat granola from Nutrition Stripped.)
  • honey for drizzling (optional)

other favourite smoothie bowl toppings: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, brazil nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, maple syrup, dry cereal, muesli, nut butter, cacao nibs, mint leaves. 

m e t h o d : 

  1. Blend all of the ingredients for the base until smooth. Pour into bowl. Add toppings to smoothie bowl. Drizzle with honey.