Saturday, 28 May 2016

Raw cacao-coconut-almond truffles + water spirituality



Hey guys!

I made these balls for a trip I went on recently with my class in the hope that if faced with bad candies I'd turn to these babies. I still ended up eating a ton of oreos, but that's more down to my own lack of self control, because these truffles were sooo amazing!! They were soft and flavourful and aaaall the teachers asked me for the recipe. My truffles bring all da teachahs to the yard ;)

We went swimming in this beautiful natural pool, basically the end to a river, after hunting down river insects all day. Those things have a lot of legs. Also eyes. Being the youth'ed heathens we are, we decided to jump in the river. It was so cold, but so gorgeous, and I had this single moment of absolute freedom. Then I surfaced for air, and I felt something heavy on my head. My friends were pointing at my head and screaming something, but everything felt as if it was on mute. It dawned on me. Was there a THING on my head?? I brushed it off, panicking and treading water, because now I couldn't bear the idea of touching the muddy floor. My heart was going really fast. I couldn't see, either, come to think of it, so I touched my face in search of my glasses.

Then I realised. The thing on my head had been my glasses.

My heart plummeted. No no no no no no.

I said a very rude word. Two, actually.

My friends' faces were all blurry, and suddenly I was just thinking, I can't look for them. I just can't. I can't rifle around in the mud, knowing what's down there. I knew the insects wouldn't hurt me, I knew they were tiny, but I could already feel myself hyperventilating and I was on the verge of tears. My glasses are a part of me. It felt like losing my arm. I looked around for my friends, but I couldn't see them, and I suddenly felt so frustrated, both with them and for myself.



 Then, Anna looked at me. We'd said nasty things to each other in the past, and we didn't talk too much. We have a tiny class, so we had to interact, but we never liked each other. At that moment, I wasn't crying, but I was the only one in that little pool, mud swirling all around me. She didn't say a word. She just jumped in.

I was shocked.

She took a big breath as she resurfaced and looked me in the eyes. Her blonde hair, usually immaculate, was stuck to her cheeks, and her eyes were wide. She held her hand out. "Hold." She said commandingly. I squeezed her hand tight, suddenly flooded with a surge of affection and relief. We nodded at each other, inhaled deeply, and went under.

Adrenaline coursed through my body as I felt blindly on the muddy ground, no longer crippled by the idea of the insects. The knowledge that Anna was next to me was enough. The mud was thick and soft, and I felt a jagged edge. My heart lightened. My glasses? Then I realised it was a rock. I couldn't hold my breath any longer, so I paddled back up, opening my eyes for just a second under the water.

Everything was brown and blue and yellow, brown for mud, blue from the sky, and yellow from the sun. It was all hazy, and I let out a sharp burst of air through my nose as I looked at the ground. It was black, and I had been down there. I smiled a little to myself, feeling the bubbles from my released breath tickle my forehead as they escaped. When I broke the water, Anna nodded at me. "Again?"

I didn't think we'd find them, not in this mud. In fact, I knew we wouldn't find them. But I didn't mind. I felt happy knowing a little piece of me would be here forever. I shook my head, and Anna looked like she understood.

We got out of the water carefully, and everything was still on mute. I felt like I was totally at peace with the world.

I felt Anna whisper in my ear. "Your shorts are totally see-through."

And thus, my spiritual nymph-like water journey ground to a halt.

lots of love,
Sam x



Ingredients
1 cup raw dessicated coconut
1 cup almonds
8 dried dates, soaked, pitted
3 tbspns almond butter
2 tbspns raw cacao
IF TOO DRY: 1 tbspn coconut oil

1. Blend all up in a blender! (If your blender is a little wheezy, I'd recommend doing the dates first, and then adding the rest)
2. Eat some.
3. Then  roll dutifully into balls and try and share! :)



Monday, 9 May 2016

Vegan sushi w/ peanut-satay sauce


Look at this sushi!! Just look at this beautiful, moist sushi. Don't think of the word moist as nasty. Free your mind of nasty inhibitions against the beautiful word "moist" that perfectly encompasses the delicious, soft rice against the tender seaweed, with a tasty peanutty sauce covering mango, cucumber, and orange pepper. It's just too freakin' good. 


Tbh, sushi isn't very difficult. It SEEMS really hard, but all you actually have to do is boil some yummy rice (adding a few extras), eat some when your family isn't looking (not optional), chop your veggies for the middle, and then roll up the seaweed to make your delicious sushi roll. My sister ate 'em all up like hotcakes, as you can see from the empty plate :'( 


The other night, I met the cutest boy who I went on DOE with again after ages. He has skin the colour of coffee, and a really big but small smile that you have to work really hard for. We were at a barbecue, with boppable rock music, and I felt fabulous. He was helping out at the pizza stand ALL NIGHT with his friend who thinks I talk way too much and since I don't eat pizza (but man, did it look so good, especially next to oh hot one) I just kept going back for water bottles. It was a two-for-one deal, and who can say no to that?, so I had six bottles of water stuffed into my bag after a couple visits. I packed as much seductiveness as I could into the sexy syllables of "A water bottle please?" and I tried to flap my eyelashes around. I don't think he got the full effect, though. Poor him. My eyelashes are truly stunning (read: actually invisible).  

The friend who does not enjoy my presence but I actually think is really funny asked me why I was drinking so much water, and I flushed red and burbled something about it being really hot. WHICH IT SO WAS NOT! I was super cold in the bloody crop top my sister had insisted I should wear. 

After a whole night of hoping and peeing, on my way to the stall for a last try (at what, I don't really know) I saw him whispering and laughing with a really short, ugly girl, who was actually soooo pretty and had a nice laugh. I'm pretty sure she's his girlfriend. Unggghhhhh. My heart hurts.  

On another note, I'm reading a wicked book right now called "Second Chance Summer" by Morgan Matson. I want to get in the summer mood amidst all this disgusting revision, so light, lovely chick lit is all I want! Henry is SO FREAKIN' CUTE. Taylor is also pretty cool, because she can see her flaws in a way many other people cannot. My kindle says I only have 20 more minutes of "read time", which, does anyone else hate? I like not knowing, otherwise I start gettin' all antsy.  

Talk soon xox 

VEGAN SUSHI W/ PEANUT-SATAY SAUCE

Makes around 8-9 rolls

Sushi rice (Me and my Mum tested this recipe lots of times, but it was the best when we stuck to this one loosely: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/99211/perfect-sushi-rice/):  

2 cups sushi rice (it must be sushi rice, so it gets all sticky and yummy. You could make it with anything, though, it just won't be as authentic. Quinoa, brown rice, couscous, you name it!)
3 cups water
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
Sprinkle of salt 

1. Rinse the rice. 
2. Combine with water in a big pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat for about 20 minutes. The rice should absorb all the water. If it burns a little on the bottom, it's cool! Just eat that subtly. 
3. Whisk salt, sugar, and vinegar together, and then mix with the rice. It should become sticky and moist. 

Peanut-Satay Sauce (loosely adapted from Emily Von Euw, who is totally amazing. Here is her blog: http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/) 

1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Squeeze of juice from half a lemon
1 garlic clove
Chunk 'a ginger (I used ginger paste to make it easier, to be honest) 

1. Blend 'em all up!

To make the sushi: 

8-9 seaweed sheets
Bamboo mats covered in clingfilm
Strips of mango/avocado/pepper/cucumber
Sushi rice
Peanut-satay sauce

1. Place your seaweed sheet on your bamboo mat, making sure the wooden bits are horizontal, not vertical, so you can roll your sushi. 
2. Place a handful of rice on the sheet, depending on how big you like your rolls. I like them big-ish, so I put a big handful. 
3. Now, fill with your toppings near the edge of the sheet that you will begin to roll first, and drizzle over the sauce (or drown. I like drown)! Don't overfill, or it will all explode out. 
4. Gently roll the sushi, squeezing in after you have made the first roll over your fillings, and then roll as normal. 
5. Chop gently with a serrated knife in swift movements. 
6. Dip in more peanut sauce and stuff in your face!