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millions of peaches, peaches for me

Ontario peaches are so so good this year; juicy, sweet, beautiful!

Here's a super easy recipe for a delicious raw peach pie. The crust's ingredients combine for a caramel-y and candied pecan flavour. Cinnamon and nutmeg blend perfectly with the juices of the peaches, creating a naturally sweet spiced syrup.


To make
Crust/base:
1c pecans
1/4c - 1/3c dates
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch, sea salt
In food processor, blend pecans with cinnamon and sea salt until crumbly.Add dates, starting at 1/4c and blend. Add dates as needed until doughy consistency is reached (i.e. the mixture sticks together).press into panchill in fridge 1-2 hours

filling:
4 peaches, sliced thinly
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
mix all ingredients together in a bowl until peaches are well and evenly coated with the spices.spoon into crustserve topped with almond cream

serving suggestion: in a springform pan, form dough into a base (1/4"-1/2"); chill in fridge 1-2hours. Remove from pan and spread peach slices …

beets, beets, beets

Ok, before I even get into anything food related, I'm just going to go on for a bit about the fact that I feel really down right now. It's an easy kind of down in that it has one specific cause and one specific cure. For the past week or so our bathtub has been blocked up. Nothing too bad, just you know, your feet get a little bath while you're showering. WELL.Thursday it STORMED. Like, there were tornados nearby! That's insane! We don't have enough good weather to ever make tornados ok. And thursday night, our bathtub had a lot of other weird stuff in it. It was gross, we were worried the pipes overflowed and backed up or something. Well, this morning I wake up to find more gross gunk in the bathtub, and that's when I realize, the KITCHEN SINK is backing up into the bathtub, and then because the bathtub is plugged, it's not draining! There was a BLUEBERRY in my bathtub today! Very upsetting. Doubly so as I really need a shower. Sigh. Luckily I have a very…

chocolate coconut (ice) cream

Here's an easy recipe for a delicious sweet cream. I had leftover coconut milk from making curry, and was in the mood for a yummy after-dinner treat. You can serve this cream straight, with a rich chocolate flavour, or as a decadent frozen treat.

Coconut cream
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup cashews, soaked and rinsed
3 tbsp agave nectar

blend until smooth.
Serve over fruits or a slice of cake.

Chocolate cream
coconut cream
3 tbsp cacao powder

blend until smooth.

Chocolate coconut ice cream
chocolate cream

Ideally you'd put it in an ice cream maker. However, I didn't have one. So, I put it in a container in the freezer. It has the appearance of having frozen solid, but really has a creamy consistency, even right out of the freezer.

For soft serve ice cream, only put the ice cream in the freezer for 2-3 hours.

raw sesame fudge

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Around since prehistoric times, the sesame seed shows up in myths and practices of cultural significance throughout history. The Assyrians believed that when the gods met to create the world, they drank wine made of this ancient seed. In Hinduism, the seed is regarded as a sign of immortality, having been blessed by the God, Yama. In ancient Egypt and China, the oil was used for its medicinal properties. In Babylon, women ate the seed to reap its many beautifying rewards.

Packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and with many medicinal and nutritional benefits, it's easy to see why the sesame seed has been held in such high regard throughout the ages. Its nutritional resume is nothing short of impressive. Not only does the oil have natural antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, earning it a prized place in world medicinal practices, but th…

King's Cafe Yum!

My relationship with King's Cafe starts years back when I was still promoting Crystal Light at random events (oh yeah). One of the events we went to was some food expo. The best part about the expo was that our booth was positioned right next to King's!! I made a convention buddy at the King's Booth named Andrew (whom, as it would turn out, happened to know a huge number of my friends; small world no?). Though he wasn't interested in samples of Crystal Light (because really now...), he did keep me well fed on bite sized pieces of godly deliciousness. Lucky me!

Being a big fan of King's, I of course introduced the boyface to their wonderfulness. In true Daviid fashion, he is now even more obsessed with the place and it's yummyness than I am. We're a little (ok a lot) sad about the redesign, which got rid of the outdoor feel of the place and the beautiful waterfall mural we always sat next to. However, the food is as wonderful as ever.

My husband and I were a…

spiced blueberry almond granola

If you're ever in Kensington, make sure you go to Essence of Life Natural Foods. They're an amazing store with a wide range of healthy, vegan and gluten-free items and excellent prices. While there, if you get nothing else, get the hemp granola that's in the bulk tubs. Not the one made with oats, but the one that has delicious chunks of sweet granola-y goodness. This granola alone started my granola obsession. And this granola is one of the things I miss most about eating gluten-free.

Unfortunately few other foods can feel the void of granola and soygurt or granola with nut milk. And a good gluten-free granola is very hard to find. I've only found one gluten-free granola at all, and, though I do sometimes eat it when having a granola craving, it's not the tastiest granola around.

This recipe is super easy to make and is unbelievably delicious. The granola is wonderfully spiced and sweet, the buckwheat is crispy, the almonds add a pleasant crunch, and the blueberri…