Peachy Pudding, Simply Raw Express, and Summer Fun
It's the end of August and we're having a super duper heat wave around here. I LOVE it! 30C here today with sunny skies and a light breeze. It was perfect for the raw potluck I hosted at the park by the lake. I brought Kale Slaw with BBQ Walnut Crumble, a fantastic and hearty salad that I've posted about before. I also brought some durian for people to try. Mixed reviews, lol, but that's to be expected! I remember the first time I tried durian I didn't care for it but now I love it! Do you like durian?
Here was one of my first instagram photos hehe. The Rideau Canal in Ottawa on our trip.
Last weekend J and I were in Ottawa. We had an awesome time enjoying our country's capital city. Besides lots of walking, exploring, eating at fantastic restaurants, and going to the air and space museum, I had a very specific agenda in mind while we were there: a trip to Simply Raw Express.
It's Ottawa's only raw vegan food cafe (with some cooked vegan options too) and a damn good one run by wife and husband team, Natasha and Mark who are such lovely people and I was fortunate enough to chat with them. In fact, Natasha and I chatted up a storm and she's the kind of person I could probably spend hours talking to. In addition to serving food, they run weight loss programs, do catering, and have all kinds of wonderful raw items for sale (which you can see in the background of the pic). This is where I picked up the hazelnut teeccino I mentioned in my last post.
The only problem here was what to choose... decisions, decisions... all kinds of packaged takeaway (or eat in) food items, drinks, and desserts.
I was dying for a green juice to start, when we arrived but sadly they were out. They make their juices in the norwalk press only a few days a week so when they're out, they're out BUT - out of the extremely generous kindness of her heart, Natasha gave me a jar of her own personal green juice. So sweet of her. I drank is so fast that I barely got a pic! J ordered the strawberry smoothie and it was super delish and refreshing.
For our mains J got the spicy asian salad...
And I got the dilly wraps - yummy nut and seed dill pate wrapped in collard leaves with red pepper, cucumber and red cabbage.
But my favourite part is always dessert 😉 And they have a big case full of tasty things like brownies, bars, macaroons, balls, and fudge. And a stand up freezer with slices of cheesecake "to go". What's a girl to do? Choose a bit of everything!
Here are the mint chip macaroons. They caught my eye right away. Natasha was so sweet and gave us a bag of goodies to take home! Nothing like a surprise-dessert-goody-bag!!! A mint chip macaroon, coconut macaroon, and lemon macaroon, a rum ball and a chocolate ball. This turned out to be perfect snacks for the plane rides the next day.
Natasha was so sweet and gave us a bag of goodies to take home! Nothing like a surprise-dessert-goody-bag!!! A mint chip macaroon, coconut macaroon, and lemon macaroon, a rum ball and a chocolate ball. This turned out to be perfect snacks for the plane rides the next day.
All the macaroons had a great texture, slightly chewy and firm and sweetened perfectly. Flavourwise I would have liked more mint flavour in this one and more lemon in the lemon one.
We got a toffee brownie to go and then proceeded to stop at a bench in the sun on the way home and eat it. Yummy!
And we each piced out a cheesecake. I chose the chocolate mint.
And J picked the chocolate banana.
Dessert on our hotel balcony. As you can tell I'm thrilled to dig into my cheesecake! lol
Bye bye Ottawa, we had fun!
Now onto a recipe. Here's a delicious pudding that I made recently with the abundance of Ontario peaches. They were so ripe and juicy, just begging to be used. This dessert is not only refreshing and light but it's nut free too!
Raw Peach Pudding
To give the juicy berry effect like I did, simply layer the pudding with semi thawed berries that have released their juices. I used raspberries that I picked while being at home this summer and some strawberries from the local farm too. Mmm, who else loves summer?!
1 cup packed chopped peaches
2/3 cup packed young coconut meat
4 tablespoons irish moss gel
2 tablespoons coconut nectar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
4 teaspoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4-6 drops stevia
Combine all but the coconut oil in a high speed blender until smooth.
Add the oil and blend to incorporate.
Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
Spoon into bowls or glasses along with partially thawed berries.