Speedy Salads and Express Sweets

May 31st, 2010 · Lisa · book review, product review, Review · Comments

“May’d me Smile on May 31st ” seeing that parcel delivery slip in my mailbox.
Can you believe we are now ready to welcome June? On Sunday I had a wonderful time sharing my kitchen with three friends who spent five hours preparing a great range of vegan meals for our lovely friend who is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her own June baby. We dove into our favourite cookbooks and packed her freezer with (based on my less than stellar memory): Red Seitan (Viva Vegan), Sweet Potato Chili (How It All Vegan), Nutty Bars (Vive le Vegan), Chickpea Cutlets (Veganomicon), Spinach Lasagna (How It All Vegan), Peanut Butter Waffles (Vegan Brunch), Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream (Lick-It), Blueberry Spice Muffins (That one is mine so I’ll share that recipe soon!). We were exhausted by the end but we had a really fun time chatting and chopping.

Although the food will be enjoyed for its nutrition there is also something amazing about how the act of feeding others creates a real sense of emotional nourishment. Bringing a baby into the world is a overwhelming experience for most. I hope that our gift will help this little vegan family feel loved and supported by a group of people who share their values and understand their lifestyle choices.ย 

Speaking of culinary gifts, I recently received a batch of new cookbooks from Book Publishing Co to review. The first one I picked up was Speed Vegan. I will have a full review for you later this week but I wanted to share a few of Alan’s amazing salads that I have been enjoying during Toronto’s recent heat wave.

Beet and Celery Root Salad
Napa Slaw
Fennel Slaw

Although I love cookbooks the second gift of today was even more exciting. Heathy’s prize pack of raw treats was waiting in my mail box when I got home from work. She sent them express mail with the hope that everything would arrive before melting into a delicious mess.ย 

The treats were sent in recognition of my winning Moon Pie recipes. Oh man, I am really glad she liked my Moon Pies because her granola is incredible – I snacked on some as soon as I opened the package. Let’s just say, I don’t think it is going to last very long around here. Phenomenal flavour, amazing texture…freakin’ bliss. Luckily, I can always whip up another batch because she generously posted the recipe on her beautifulย blog.
Coconut Granola

The parcel also contained a little surprise wrapped in shiny green foil. Do you know what it is?
A Raw Turtle
I opened it up to take this shot but I decided to save it for a special occasion – maybe in honour of June’s arrival (aka tomorrow)?

What is the best surprise you’ve ever received in the mail? For me, probably the letter about a big scholarship I got to support my Masters. It was such a relief and made a move to Calgary possible.
Did you know that June is National fresh fruit and vegetable month? Do you plan to celebrate? I can’t wait to welcome our seasonal farmers markets.
June 19th is the Equinox…I’m working on something fun to recognize that special time of transition. Do you celebrate the changing of the seasons?
Mindy…I haven’t forgotten about the flax pancakes. Stick with me, the recipes will come!


  1. Posted May 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Lucky you!!! Heathy's granola and chocolate turtle looks yummmy! Enjoy!

    Pure2raw twins

  2. Posted June 1, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Wow, everything looks so delicious!

    P.S. Feel free to come stock my freezer, I'm due in November! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Posted June 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I'm still with you! To tell you the truth, I had forgotten about the flax pancakes (my memory isn't the best these days either). But, now that you've reminded me, I can't wait to see them.

  4. Posted June 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Ooh girlie, im so glad everything arrived in good shape and that you're enjoying!
    Will bring more goodies when I come to TO ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a fab day Lisa! XO

  5. Posted June 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    What a nice thing you guys did for your friend. Re food love: I always tell my husband when I make pancakes: Making pancakes is ALWAYS an act of love. Cause they take so much time and you eat last!

    Best surprise in mail: Connie Willis' Blackout, which my dad bought me for Christmas or something.

  6. Posted June 1, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Twins, I definitely feel spoiled. Heathy's treats are amazing. I'm having a hard time making the granola last.

    Lauren, we may need to figure out an international package plan!

    Mindy, I didn't forget – I just keep tweeking!

    Heathy, I can't wait to see you in TO. It will be a very sweet celebration.

    London Mabel,
    I have wonderful memories of weekend mornings filled with banana pancakes and my love. Sigh. You're right, always an act of love.

  7. Posted June 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I agree that food is nutritional, as well as emotional nourishment. Isn't nice that we can still enjoy both:)

    Heathy's raw treats look amazing, do you close your eyes and savor each bite?:)

    I received Ani's latest book recently in the mail. Although it was expected, I was surprised it was such a gorgeous hardcover book!

  8. Posted June 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    OOhhh that turtle looks good.

    What is the best surprise you've ever received in the mail?

    I LOVE getting mail so even just letters I weren't expecting get me very excited! One of the things that jumps out is when I got a massive package of Lisa Frank pencils as a gift. Other top surprises in the mail would be when I get travel information from Palm Springs tourism, although I don't know if it really counts as a surprise if I ordered them…:P But sometimes I forget and then it is kind of a surprise!

    I did not know it is fruit and vegetable month. I'd like to try and eat more veggies this month!

    I do move my winter clothes into storage and bring out the skirts and shorts each spring, and vice versa in the fall, so I suppose that it is a bit of a celebration of changing seasons! Sometimes it's fun to bring out items of clothing I forgot I had.

  9. Posted June 2, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Sound like such a great day of cooking and baking! Lucky friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And lucky you–a book AND a gift package?? The goodies all look terrific (as do the salads–can't wait to delve into my own copy). I went to look at Heathy's original moon pie recipe and got an error message–do you know if the recipes are still up somewhere?

  10. Posted June 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    wow, that all looks amazing. The coconut granola in particular is calling to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Posted June 5, 2010 at 1:52 am

    These are all so delicious! I can't wait to try these all! Some are childhood favorites!
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  12. Posted June 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    How wonderful of you to prepare all those meals for your friend. I am sure she will really appreciate them in a couple of weeks.
    And that turtle looks very delicious.

  13. Posted June 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    evergreen, it looks like you've been enjoying Ani's new book. I'm playing with her recipes a lot these days.

    barbee, you always have the best tips – you are a wealth of thoughtful, practical ideas.

    Ricki, I did feel very lucky. Heathy's recipe is in an e-book she was selling on SweetlyRaw.com

    Selfishvegan, you have good taste. The granola is phenomenal.

    Mihl, I bet she wishes you were here friend so she would get muffins with marshmallows!

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