Christmas, squared. Also: shaken and stirred.

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

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So what you’re looking at here is a Chai Nog Milkshake: two scoops of homemade chai ice cream plopped in a glass of chilled So Delicious coconut milk Nog and stirred ever so gently. Truthfully, this was a leap of faith – I wasn’t quite sure how it’d taste, since the nog is thick and rich enough on its own – but it just so happens that it’s (wait for it) un-freaking-believable. So good! Like someone liquefied Christmas and put in a tumbler. Or on tumblr, which I shall do shortly.

In other news, did y’all know that Silk isn’t making the Pumpkin Spice flavor this year? It’s true! We tried to special order a case from our local natural foods co-op and, after a week of waiting, were told that NO ONE’S getting Pumpkin Spice this year. What is this fuckery! What am I supposed to put on my cereal? In my tea? This is a tragedy of epic proportions.

Word on the street is that So Delicious also makes a Pumpkin Spice flavor, but as of yesterday it’s unavailable. At least that’s what Green Acres’s distributor says (sob).

Ugh, why won’t anyone just shut up and take my money!?!

It’s just not x-mas without Pumpkin Spice!

strawberry banana yogurt tofu ice cream shake thingie

Monday, November 12th, 2012

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An impromptu vegan milkshake I made by combining two scoops of Strawberry-Banana Yogurt Ice Cream with one scoop of Vanilla, I Scream ice cream (from The Tipsy Vegan; RIP Vegan MoFo VI!) and a few splashes of soy creamer to get things moving. Just blend until smooth and enjoy.

There’s so much goodness packed into this one little cup, y’all! Silken tofu, soy yogurt, (once-) fresh bananas and strawberries – vodka, even. I’m so making this again.

 

Eat to the Beat: Vanilla Espresso Shake & The White Stripes

Monday, October 29th, 2012

 

The song: “One More Cup of Coffee” by Bob Dylan (and covered by The White Stripes; lyrics)

The foodstuff: A Vanilla Espresso Shake from American Vegan Kitchen

The connection: Espresso-flavored milkshakes – my kind of coffee!

 

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This milkshake was inspired by the shakes served at Strong Hearts Cafe in Syracuse, NY, which American Vegan Kitchen author Tami Noyes visits frequently on her way to Vermont. While I don’t need an excuse to indulge in frozen desserts – be it soft serve, ice cream cookie sammies, sundaes, milkshakes, whatever – an espresso-flavored shake is the perfect partner for this Bob Dylan song. I gave up hot coffee ages ago – I took my coffee with so much sugar and soy creamer that I started to fear for the integrity of my teeth (“Want some coffee with your sugar?”) – and so coffee-flavored desserts are the closest I get to the stuff nowadays.

The Vanilla Espresso Shake is about as lip-smacking good as you’d expect. Coffee crystals, vanilla ice cream, vanilla soy creamer, and vanilla extract – that’s it! Bliss can be yours in 90 seconds or less.

For the ice cream, I used the Vanilla, I Scream! from The Tipsy Vegan, which I had left over from last week. I was right: the coffee and (extra) vanilla flavoring completely eradicated the “blah blahness” of the silken tofu I complained about previously. Score! I know what I’ll be doing with the rest of it, wink wink.

 

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Supposedly this recipe serves two, which is kind of laughable: it doesn’t even fill up one medium-sized glass! (And I added a little extra creamer, too!) The milkshakes you find at, say, The Chicago Diner are easily double this. Not to imply that I could have eaten more; one recipe was enough for me. But split this with a friend? NEVER!

 

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re: today’s soundtrack, I chose the White Stripes cover of “One More Cup of Coffee,” cause it’s creepier and thus more appropriate for the season. Best described as charmingly awful, Bob Dylan’s singing voice – which I love! – just doesn’t suit this song the way Jack White’s does. IMHO! No haters!

 

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