Today’s Smoothie: Blueberry Kiwi with Vanilla Bean and Sage

This weekend I have been playing with fresh herbs and a bit of Veracruz vanilla bean. Vanilla beans were first cultivated in Veracruz, Mexico. The highly prized vanilla in Madagascar is the same vanilla plant that was originally grown in Veracruz. Vanilla beans are expensive. Saffron is the only more costly spice. I have seen … Continue reading Today’s Smoothie: Blueberry Kiwi with Vanilla Bean and Sage

Today’s Smoothie: Matcha Garden Smoothie

Welcome back to Today’s Smoothie! Thank you, 138 followers, for your patience between posts. I have been busy in the kitchen and have a backlog of posts. Today’s post is a brand-new recipe, conceived this weekend. Mmm, matcha meets medley of fresh produce with flavors of gazpacho. Here’s an Easter-weekend nest of superfoods: Hempseed provides … Continue reading Today’s Smoothie: Matcha Garden Smoothie

Today’s Smoothie: Peachy Orange with Allspice

Tasty peach pie for breakfast … without remorse. The allspice takes today’s peachy orange smoothie to a time and place where pie for breakfast is mainstream. Allspice has the flavor and aroma of cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg. It provides a brash blend without having to blend different spices. Let’s start with a cup of … Continue reading Today’s Smoothie: Peachy Orange with Allspice

New on the Cookbook Shelf: Tahini & Turmeric – 101 Middle Eastern Classics Made Irresistibly Vegan

Sisters Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox made their first mark on the vegan food world with their food blog MayIHaveThatRecipe.com. Now they have created a cookbook Tahini & Turmeric which will kickstart your kitchen creativity. After spending some focused time with this cookbook while waiting for my car to be serviced, I make a quick … Continue reading New on the Cookbook Shelf: Tahini & Turmeric – 101 Middle Eastern Classics Made Irresistibly Vegan

Today’s Smoothie: Strawberry with Chamomile and Rose Hips

Let’s say, “Good morning”, with flowers. Calming chamomile and vitamin C-packed rose hips are welcome flavor and visual additions to this strawberry smoothie. This smoothie has four vitamin C-rich ingredients: #1: Kale (2 cups): 160.8 mg (268% of Daily Value) #2: Strawberries (1 cup): 89.4 mg (149% DV) #3: Bananas (2 peeled): 20.6 mg (34% … Continue reading Today’s Smoothie: Strawberry with Chamomile and Rose Hips

Today’s Smoothie: Pink Grapefruit and Mandarin Orange

They’re back! This week’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box delivery included two pounds of satsuma mandarin oranges. Before breakfast, the citrus fruit bowl also included two ruby red grapefruits from Texas. A week ago, I was so close to coming home from a white elephant gift exchange with a whole box of grapefruit. Alas, it … Continue reading Today’s Smoothie: Pink Grapefruit and Mandarin Orange

Today’s Smoothie: Matcha Mandarin Strawberry

Today wraps up the mandarin orange smoothie theme. See this recent blog post for the backstory on my abundance of mandarin oranges: https://veganbythebookblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/todays-smoothie-ginger-mandarin-cranberry/ Matcha green tea powder and strawberry are a lovely couple, along for the ride with the bright citrus flavor of the mandarin orange. Matcha is also a rich source of antioxidants. I … Continue reading Today’s Smoothie: Matcha Mandarin Strawberry