Another Friday, how fantastic. I hope you’re having a wonderful start to your weekend. I promised to reveal the inspiration for all of the parfait creations I’ve shared with you this week. You’re a very smart bunch – guessing literary references and traveling aspirations. However, my muses represent a much less sophisticated genre of entertainment, namely, Disney. I share this story simply because it illustrates how ANYTHING can inspire new recipes if you just open up your imagination.
These four fictional women inspired the four parfaits I presented this week. I was inspired by the diversity of their backgounds or the settings for their stories and tried to represent them in the flavour combinations I selected. I am not a Disney fanatic by any stretch and I don’t support the idea that “princesses” should serve as any kind of role model. But they came to mind when I was starting to think about parfaits – partly because I love alliteration and was drawn to the “princess parfait” language and because Disney has played a particularly powerful role in my life over the last year. Let me explain…
|Dan and I pretending to be SuperFans
If you have followed this blog for a while (bless your heart!) than you probably know that two of my brothers have been working at Disney since last August. I miss them terribly and it has meant planning two trips down to Orlando to get my fraternal fix.
I am very lucky that my brothers treat me with great kindness and respect – they put up with my silliness and support all of my adventures. The last time I was called a princess it was while running in the Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. My Mom, Jeremy and Dan all got up early, cheered me on, and even wore matching “Royal Family” shirts. I don’t know what it would be like to be a princess – I don’t think I would care for the schedule or the schmoozing – but having devoted supporters is pretty phenomenal.
When Dan and Jeremy return there will be a big party with lots of vegan treats – perhaps even a parfait. In the meantime, here is a pantry parfait recipe. It is perfectly decadent for any morning and served in a martini glass certainly adds a sense of sophistication.
|My initial in Blueberries
Princeless Lisa’s Perfect Pantry Parfait
Makes 2 Martini glass Parfaits
Layer 1: 1 Banana + 1/2 cup Water + 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (Blended) then stir in 2 TBSP Chia and let it sit (20 mins – overnight)
Layer 2: Your favour rawnola or granola (I made my version with goji berries and ginger)
Layer 3: Fresh organic Blueberries
If you just can’t get enough of summer parfaits, you can check out some earlier posts for more inspiration:
I loved your guesses but you weren’t quite right. However, I am going to put together another giveaway this week so that you’ll have a chance to win something soon.
I’m still trying to decide between the Blueberry Lemon Lavender and the Cherry Ginger Goji for my entry into Heathy’s challenge. I will sleep on it tonight and go with my gut in the morning. Let me know if you have a strong opinion either way. I hope you have all been having fun with your own creations. The entries all look amazing!!!
Before I sign off tonight I have to share some fantastic news about my Mom’s health. She has been working hard to follow Brenda Davis’ advice for reversing diabetes on a plant-based diet. She was at the Doctor’s today and found out that not only has she completely reversed her diabetes but she has also lost 80 lbs (since September 2009). I am really proud of all that she has accomplished. I can’t wait to run a 5k race with her in February (I never, ever thought I would utter those word). Phenomenal.