Last month, my coworker invited me to go strawberry picking with her and her family. Obviously I said yes. Wonderful weather, the juiciest strawberries I’ve ever tasted, and delightful company made it a perfect Saturday morning activity.
Despite our avid taste testing, it didn’t take long for us to fill up our gigantic bucket.
Once I got home with the strawberries, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Strawberries and cream is one of my favourite flavour combinations and pie just screams summertime to me, so strawberries and cream pie it was. If you’ve never baked pie crust from scratch before, I recommend this recipe. Pie was one of the first things I learned to bake and this was the exact recipe that I used, and still use to this day. As for the filling, I followed this scrumptious recipe.
I brought the pie into work for my coworkers and it served as an oh so nutritious breakfast for the next few days.
When one of my coworkers was telling me how much she loved cheesecake, but lamenting how unhealthy it was, I immediately wanted to make a healthier cheesecake for her. I remembered having seen recipes for raw cheesecakes around the food blogosphere and was drawn in particular to this gorgeous raspberry dreamcake.
Being a raw (and vegan if you don’t use honey) recipe, this “cheesecake” comes together in no time since there’s no need for baking. If you’ve never heard of raw foodism before, it’s basically a diet that subscribes to the notion that cooking food denatures its enzymes, making the food harder to digest and the nutrients harder to absorb. Thus, raw foodists eat a diet consisting of uncooked or minimally heated food.
I am constantly impressed with the way different dietary restrictions force people to think outside the box in order to replicate everyday desserts. Can’t use cream cheese? No biggie. Blend soaked raw cashews instead to get that creamy texture. Can’t use butter to hold the crust together? Don’t sweat it. Just process some almonds and dates until the natural stickiness of the dates binds it all together. And while the result of all this doesn’t taste exactly like cheesecake, that’s alright cause this dessert is delicious in its own right.
When one of my coworkers, Chantal, told me her son was turning one, I excitedly offered to make his birthday cake. We decided to make him a tiger cake since according to the Chinese zodiac, he was born in the year of the tiger. Inside is an applesauce cake (recipe here) frosted with cream cheese icing.
When Chantal came to pick up the cake, she brought William with her all bundled up in his snowsuit. He’s not a big fan of his snowsuit so whenever he’s dressed up in it, he does this thing where his entire body goes rigid like a board. He may only be 1, but already he’s got such a mischievous personality. I’m not sure sure what William thought of the cake, but he did proceed to drool all over the place when he saw it. There might be some other factors in play there though.