Pride & Pecan Pie

May 2nd, 2010 · Lisa · gluten-free, raw, Recipes, sugar-free, Sweet · Comments

I hope you all enjoyed a fantastic weekend.  On Friday I mentioned that I had a new theme for my posts this month, I know its a little Oprahesque but I was actually inspired by 1000 Awesome Things and the recent afternoon when I found myself dancing on a street corner. Sometimes you just have to go with what feels right. 

May’d Me Smile – 30 days of marvelous moments.

May 1st
That excitement you feel when the restaurant hostess says “your table’s ready” especially after you ran 16 km, drove around town with your Mom and waited 25 minutes in the restaurant entryway (you should have seen my grin)! 

Yesterday, my Mom drove into the city to join me for lunch. Normally when a friend or family member comes to town for a meal they like to return to the establishments they’ve enjoyed in the past (Fressen, Fresh, Live Organic Foodbar). I have nothing against any of those restaurants – they all make fabulous food. But there is something to be said for new experiences. So, yesterday I introduced my Mom to Calico Cafe. It is a very cozy spot that serves vegetarian fare. Saturday and Sunday they have a brunch menu that includes vegan french toast, omelets and of course, tofu scramble.

We had a lovely visit, chatting away about our dreams of travel and sharing our meals – here is a shot of the tofu omelet before it was devoured.

As I mentioned above, I’m really focusing this month on the little things that give me pleasure, so I have to share another great moment from my meal. When we arrived there was a large group taking up three (of the 6 total) tables at Calico. While My Mom and I waited for a table, one of the women got up from the large group to thank us for waiting. She said “I’m Jared’s (Calico‘s owner) grandmother and I’m so proud of him. It is so nice that you are waiting. I really hope you enjoy your lunch”. You could see the pride in her heart slipping out with every excited word. It was the perfect demonstration of the the kind of adoration reserved for those who have watched an individual evolve from tiny, dependent being into successful, confident adult. It was lovely.

May 2
When someone asks you take their photo in front of your home town’s famous landmarks. Seeing your city through someone else’s eyes can be quite magical. I live downtown Toronto and in the spring and summer visitors come from all over the world. When I realize that people dream of visiting Toronto, save up and make the journey, I’m really proud that I live in a destination – it may not be paradise but it is still a pretty special place.

This is the view from my balcony:

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed with pride? I make pie.

Pecan Pie
Makes 2 mini tarts

1/4 cup almonds
2 Tbsp pecans
pinch of salt
1/4 cup medjool dates, pitted

2 frozen, ripe bananas
6 medjool dates
juice of 1 lime (or 2 Tbsp orange juice)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Whole pecans for garnish

In your food processor, pulse the almonds, pecans and salt until a fine meal texture is achieved. Add the dates and process until the crust stays together when pressed between your fingers. Divide the mixture between two mini tart pans and press evenly across the bottom and up the sides. Allow to set in your freezer while you prepare the filling.

In your food processor combine all of the filling ingredients and process until smooth. Spoon into the prepared tart shells. Spread evenly. Garnish with whole pecans. Allow to set in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before serving.

Congratulations to disneyrunner, healthyashley and AndSoIRan who all ran happy today.

Training Update:
I did an intense brick work out this morning: 30 mins on a spin bike and then 30 minutes on the treadmill -where I played with both incline and pace. I came home sweaty and tired but it was exactly what I needed. This afternoon I did 20 mins of pilates.

In just two days I head to NYC – I’ll be sending those winning Moon Pies to Heathy. All the raw food  bloggers are excitedly posting about their entries into her next challenge: ice cream cakes. I know pure2raw twins, raw candy and bitt will be offering up something sweet on May 15th. 

What’s your favourite pie? Have you ever entered a culinary contest?


  1. Posted May 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I love Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie is probably my favorite.
    I will need to make this as soon as I get a food processor.
    I have one on my Mothers day list.

    Thank you Lisa!!

  2. Posted May 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    your pie looks delicious!!! YUMMMMM

    Pure2Raw Twins

  3. Posted May 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    My favorite pie is a raw blueberry pie I made (adapted) from Ani Phyo's first book (her Summer Berry Cobbler recipe). Blueberry season begins next month here. Yay!

    Your pecan confection looks wonderful (and I just polished off the last of my pecans seconds ago – rats!).

    I visited your hometown in the summer of 2000. I have never forgotten it. It was beautiful. I loved the multicultural aspects and everywhere I went the people were so nice. A huge cosmopolitan city with the friendliness of a small town; what more could I ask. If I thought I could endure the winter, I'd have become one of your neighbors long ago.

  4. Posted May 4, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Claudia, I'm glad you had such a great 10 km race experience.

    I love blueberry pie as well. Now you've got the wheels in my mind turning.
    Your kind words about Toronto were so touching. I'm really glad you enjoyed your time here – I have to find enough reasons to love it in the summer to carry me through those bleak days of winter!

  5. Posted May 4, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I've been meaning to get to Calico forever. Maybe when our new part-timer is fully trained and we can get away from the store on the weekends again…

    In the meantime, I'm going to try to find your avocado collard dip again.

    Also, a challenge: got any good smoothie recipes that are savoury rather than sweet? I need more variety!

  6. Posted May 4, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    yummy looking pie! oh i love all raw vegan pies so much. if i had to choose it would have to be lemon meringue pie.

  7. Posted May 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Savory smoothie as in blended salad or soup? I have lots of recipes that would meet that requirement. Come over…we'll blend.

    Bitt, lemon meringue is a fabulous suggestion.

  8. Posted May 5, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Lisa, I don't know what I mean. All I know is that as I prefer savoury to sweet, if I don't savoury up my VEGA smoothies (which make me feel great) I'm going to get bored and stop drinking them. And that would be a mistake. I will definitely come over for some learnin' when you return!

  9. Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Oooh, those mini tarts! I know that everything in them is immensely healthy and yet I can't have them right now. . . makes me very sad (they look fabulous). Ah, well, some day soon, I hope!

    And thanks for introducing me to Calico Cafe–now I have a new restaurant to try, too! 😀

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