i’m not normally much of a chocolate person but i do have a taste for it once in a while. i’ve been trying to cut back on sweets, too, but i don’t think this really counts as anything to feel bad about. unlike the pudding that comes in a little disposable cup and has absolutely zero nutritional value, this version actually brings something to the party – lots of protein, natural sweeteners, and, it’s dairy free. i like it better than the real thing.
chia seed chocolate “pudding”
add 1/2 cup filtered water to 2T chia seeds. let it sit and thicken for about 10 minutes, transfer to the vitamix, and add:
1 cup raw unsalted cashews, 5 or 6 dates, (remove the pits!), 1T unsweetened cocoa powder, 1T maple syrup or agave nectar, 1t vanilla. start with 1/2 cup of coconut milk (or almond milk) and pulse, adding more milk to achieve desired consistency. i usually add about 1 cup of the milk total. also, if you like a stronger chocolate flavor, you can add another tablespoon of the cocoa powder.
it’s good to eat right away, but i think it’s even better once it sits in the fridge for a few hours. it seems like the chia seeds keep thickening even once they’re ground up, and the texture is just great.
(photos by laura kinsey for bklynprairie.com)
i bookmarked Ryo Takemasa’s website a while back, but for the life of me can’t remember how i came to find it. i love the food illustrations, but he does great insects and city scapes as well. most of the site is in Japanese, but prints are available through his etsy shop! these are some of my favorites…
today is the first day of spring, according to ms. calendar. but in nyc it is still so cold that i would need a coat to go over this coat. plus a hat and a big, big, scarf.
tomorrow’s forecast calls for snow.
gorgeous food photography from australian sharyn carins. moody settings and delicious looking food…love it.
for the record, i hate when it rains. it’s raining right now, and will rain tomorrow and probably saturday, too. however…. watching a big, dramatic thunderstorm unfold from inside the apartment is kind of great. it has to be the kind of thunderstorm with crazy, fast-moving clouds, sun streaking out from behind as it rushes past. not just regular old rain. (snore…)
anyway, i hope the weeked isn’t a wash for everybody… i’ll keep my fingers crossed. but just in case you’re stuck inside with your nose in your computer, here are some interesting dribs and drabs for you.
ice cream sandwiches are great… but how about an ice cream slider?
delicious looking ideas for bell peppers… thank you mark bittman…
this looks like a lovely spot for brunch in fort greene…
this edith wharton exhibit sounds really interesting…
i’m trying this over the weekend… my arms better get ready…
sweet nyc cab story
is it weird that an eataly just opened in rome? i do love the one in nyc, though.
have a great weekend!
(photos by laurakinsey)
pizza. yes. two, please.
how lovely. thank you, i’ll take six.
i’ll eat it all right here. right here is great.
most people who know me well know that i’m a true coffee fiend. i adore it, and my saeco vienna superautomatica espresso machine and i are besties for sure. it’s with great joy that i turn it on every morning and wait for it’s blinking lights to stop so i can froth my milk and pull my shot or three. (really mk! best present ever!) i’m not super skilled at creating tree branches or birds or heart shapes with the foamed milk, but i do manage to spoon it over the espresso in a somewhat graceful shape. i’ll call it “soft mountain”.
i love my machine and will keep it till it dies. but i can’t help but notice (old) new brewing methods coming back into use, such as the infusion styles offered by chemex and (i think) the blue bottle company. it seems like every coffee shop i frequent now is all about it. two-tiered drip stations line the counters, and the wait time for your cuppa is a little longer, since the filters are thicker. but the end result is richer than what you get out of something like a braun or a krups, and you don’t end up with any coffee grounds escaping into your cup, like you might with a french press.
then there is the siphon method (like the bonmac, shown above, or the version from hario), which looks like something out of a high-school chemistry class nightmare. from what i understand, a vacuum-like effect is created by the boiling water in the lower glass bulb…it gets pulled up into the top, where the coffee grounds are, and somehow everything intermingles and falls back down to the bottom. the results, i hear, are magical.
(1. bonmac siphon, 2. espresso tamper, 3. sugar sticks, 4. espresso cup & saucer, 5. bean storage, 6. glass creamer, 7. glass espresso cup)
the ice-cream sandwiches from melt bakery are perfection. i am a huge fan of the classic, but i’m seriously thinking i need to branch out and try some of their other flavors, like the “lovelet”, which is red velvet cookie-cakes with cream cheese ice cream. yes, i could eat that…
see a demo of how to make the perfect ice cream sandwich here.
and did you know? melt bakery just opened their first shop!
(image credit here)
i’m going to gloat. just for a second.
i recently did something i haven’t done in years. i went inside a tj maxx. i haven’t been avoiding them intentionally, it’s just that i live in new york city and they’re not exactly all over the place.
so a couple weeks ago on a rainy day, i had to return something to the staples in bridgehampton, and noticed a tj maxx at the other end of the mammoth shopping plaza. i had a little time to kill so, why not? i went in and poked around. i weeded through a bunch of junk but was soon torn between a gorgeous black rebecca minkoff bag and these gold shoes from kate spade. kate spade! i own one of her bags that i actually really like, (a christmas gift from mk!) but for the most part that brand is a little too stepford-wife candyland for me. i want to like it, but just feel too much like an asshole in all those bright colors.
however, i love gold. and these are now mine. score.
(photos by laurakinsey)