Receiving gifts…

March 15th, 2011 · Lisa · gluten-free, nut-free, Recipes, Snacks, sugar-free · Comments

Being away from home often means missing things: events, friends, the familiar.

Since I’ve been back, catching up with friends has been my top priority. Second, has been finding time to get familiar with my kitchen again after being in the larger, 105 Academy space.

The need to restock my shelves and fridge was the perfect excuse to revisit the events I missed while I was away. And by events, I mean fantastic recipes that my friends posted on their beautiful blogs that I was dying to try but couldn’t in my hotel-room kitchen.

On my first morning back in Toronto I headed off to the market to pick up fresh ginger and raw almonds to make a raw version of Nicole’s Flourless Almond Ginger Cookies.

Nicole and I met at the book launch for Ripe from Around Here last summer. Our friendship quickly blossomed over blogging, bowls and baking. She has attended the Vegan Baking Bootcamp at the Natural Gourmet Institute and applies her expertise to every recipe. Her blog is such a gift to us all.
I stuck to Nicole’s recipe except for the baking part. Instead I put the cookies in my dehydrator at 105 degrees overnight. I loved the resulting, soft, chewy texture. These cookies aren’t too sweet and have an assertive ginger flavour – for me, that’s perfection.

There was one other recipe that I bookmarked while I was away: Sweet Potato Hummus! This recipe comes from the genius that is Gena of ChoosingRaw.

Sweet Potato Hummus (adapted from Gena’s recipe)
(makes about 3 cups)
1 large sweet potato, peeled, cut into chunks and steamed until soft
2 cups cooked chickpeas
5 tbsp tahini
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp hot curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
juice of 1 lemon
black pepper
water
sprinkle of paprika

Combine all of the ingredients in your food processor and blend until smooth, adding water (approximately a 1/2 cup) as needed to create a thick dip consistency.

This hummus is a rich, spicy, creamy spread that you can add to sandwiches, salads, veggie platters, crackers, etc. If you’re a fan of sweet potatoes and a hummus lover than you really need to try the two together. Let this be my gift to you (pretend Gena also signed the card).

Speaking of gifts, check out the amazing package I arrived from Jessy of Happyveganface today. We participated in a gluten-free blogger swap through the ppk. Wow, am I ever glad I decided to sign up.

When I read an email from Jessy I’m always left with a happy vegan face. Always.

She introduced me to the vegan gluten-free community resource she’s creating along with Kittee and Allyson.  If you’re eating gluten-free, or want to feed friends who are, I strongly suggest you check out the site. There will be lots of fun and food to come.

AND Jessy sent me this incredible package.

Honestly, I was totally overwhelmed when I opened the box. These are all very special sweets that I have oogled in grocery stores while visiting the U.S.A but have never, been able to bring myself to buy. She seemed to know all of the items on my super special secret wish list: Kookie Karma, Laughing Giraffe, Coconut Aminos and Gnosis.
Life lesson: Always say yes to the chance to send a gift. You will receive more in return that you could ever imagine. I plan to be friends with Jessy for a very long time.

Finally, I’d like to share one more gift.
The “One Lovely Blog Award” given to me by Ela.

Ela’s post are always full of insightful, honest, and inspiring stories. I was quite touched when she felt my blog deserved this recognition. To accept the accolade I have to post 7 tidbits about me:

1. I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up (yes, I do have a full-time government job, but that is not the answer).
2. I’ve taken classes in kayaking, International Humanitarian Law, Reiki, hula hooping, sign language and much more – it is possible that I just like classes.
3. I’m totally motivated by tests and challenges. I like signing up for races, yoga challenges and blogger events (including Morgan’s PIPES challenge).
4. For a long time I’ve dreamed about working for the World Health Organization.
5. Recently, I’ve been dreaming about teaching young Moms to make healthy, affordable food for their families.
6. Sometimes I dream about plating ideas and I have to get up and draw a picture of what I want the dish to look like.
7. Sometimes I dream about puppies.

I’m thrilled to have this chance to pass this award on to five Lovely Blogs:
sketchfreevegan
aDashofCompassion
Happyveganface
veganbackpacker
bodybynature
I hope you’ll check out each of their blogs, where they all share their unique gifts with the world.

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