“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.
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
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.
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 beautiful blog.
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!