Happy Pi Day! (3.14)

Yes I know I’m late. It’s not exactly Thursday (Pi Day – 3.14) anymore and yes I know that the REAL Pi day will actually be in 2015 (3.14.15)  but I wanted to tell ya’ll about my pie tradition I’ve been doing for a few years on March 14th. I know that technically it’s a day for the mathematical number Pi (3.14159265359), but it’s the perfect excuse to make a delicious PIE! And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last few years… Last year I made chocolate crème pie and the year before that I’m pretty sure I made cherry… anything beyond that I can’t remember… but this year I made a Black Bottom Banana Crème pie and it was amazing!

Look at those delicious chocolate shavings and that luscious home made whipped cream!

It had a shortbread cookie & butter crust, a decadent layer of dark chocolate pudding (might I add it was home made), a layer of perfectly ripe bananas, a layer of vanilla custard and then luscious home made whipped cream. It was heaven in a pie plate. Seriously. I love all things banana and I absolutely love pudding too.. and seriously, home made pudding is so easy to make it’s ridiculous. I would much rather make home made pudding than buy the box (although on super super lazy days I will cave and buy the Jell-O brand pudding… it’s good, what can I say?)

 

And then, just because I believe in writing and broadcasting our cooking failures too, I present to you the most disgusting smoothie I have ever had in my whole entire life.

It’s called a “Clean Breeze Smoothie” (I believe it came out of an issue of EatingWell magazine) and it’s disgusting. Usually I love green smoothies and I frequently request my best friend to make me kale and peach smoothies, but this thing was repulsive. It had everything I usually love in it… kiwi, cucumber, cilantro, ginger kombucha…. but something about the mixture of everything with the extremely tart greek yogurt… Can I tell you how nasty it was anymore? haha If you’d like to try this beast out for yourself, here’s the recipe.

Bon Appetit!

 

sushi & the zoo

So yesterday I was let out of work super early so the boy and I decided to hit up the zoo and spend the day outside. I hadn’t been to our zoo in a really really long time so I was excited to go. They have a few new exhibits and surprisingly all of the animals were out and about even though its February and pretty cold out. My favorite animals are of course any of the kitties and I took a few photos of the lions (because they remind me of Munky).

This photo was taken while they were howling/meowing/whatever you want to call it at the glass and all of the people. It was really bizarre.. I’m not sure what their problem was!

So after the zoo we went to the grocery store and got the ingredients to make vegetable sushi and gluten-free tempura vegetables. Usually I use the tempura recipe out of my Moosewood cookbook, but since it’s made with flour and I’m avoiding gluten for a while.. I surfed the web to find something that used a gluten free flour. This is the recipe I ended up using. We battered and fried sweet potato chips, green bean strips and broccoli florets. They were sooo yummy!!

This recipe wasn’t as good as my usual, but it was pretty darn tasty! It uses rice flour and I feel like it fit perfectly with having sushi. I also made a ginger-soy dipping sauce that is pretty much drinkable in my opinion. It’s got soy sauce, grated ginger, garlic, scallions, mirin and sesame oil. Sooo sooo sooo good!

The sushi had avacado slices, cucumber sticks, shaved carrots, scallions and a few of them had sweet potato tempura chopped into it. The boy was in charge of making the sushi and it was all very delicious =) I have a very love/hate relationship with nori, sometimes I like it, sometimes I hate it.. yesterday I ate like 8 pieces of sushi before the flavor of the nori caught up with me and was making me gag. So in the end I ended up peeling away all the nori and eating the rice and vegetables dipped in the sauce with just a little hint of seaweed. I’m not sure why I have such a problem with it.. I do enjoy it usually!

And as you can see in this photo, we had pickled ginger, wasabi and STAR FRUIT with dinner!

He had never had star fruit before and since it’s one of my favorite fruits we bought one yesterday. If you’ve never had one before the best description is if you combined a kiwi and an apple. It’s very mild and very juicy, super crunchy and soo very delicious. Plus! It’s super cute! I think we’ll be hooked on them for a while… He bought another one today =)

Today consisted of leftovers and grilled cheese sandwiches for the boy. Although, I did make him drink a green smoothie. I usually only have green smoothies when other people make them for me.. but today I decided to try them out for myself. I added a big handful of both kale and baby spinach, some frozen peaches, a few strawberries and an apple. It was awesome! He and I both had big glasses and finished them both. I unfortunately do not have a picture, but you get the idea.. it was a super green drink. We also made home made guacamole and munched on that with some of my favorite tortilla chips.

So far this whole ‘no dairy, no gluten’ thing is going awesome. There were some broken cookies at work today that I wanted to eat terribly bad, but I refrained and stepped away and went about my merry way. I’ve been eating pretty healthy (not that I really don’t anyways) and we’ve been walking every day. I had to have something sweet and indulgent though so since I can’t make cookies or cake or eat candy, I chopped up a banana and microwaved a small block of semi-sweet chocolate with a tablespoon of peanutbutter and chocolate soy milk and drizzled it all over the banana. So simple yet so satisfying. Tomorrow I’m probably going to make vegan chocolate pudding with silken tofu and try that out.