transition. the word itself implies a beginning and an end. but what i find most profound about transition, seasonal shift, the winds of change, is that there is no starting place and no destination. everything keeps on and on. in defining a particular chunk of time as a-season-in-which-we-do-THIS, i think we can get stuck. we impose upon our scope a limit. four walls in which to exist and juggle only what we can immediately reach. when our season shifts, we get new walls. we build new spaces. it feels fresh. it is fresh, at the start. but then we fill the space and are left packing and unpacking a new set of old boxes again.
what if we forsake the notions of change or transition as entities which frame the current perspective of our ever-flowing narrative? can human brains interpret the movement of time not as a series of changes but as ever-progressing? can we fathom that stasis does not exist in the realm of time and that we don’t have to exist within sequences of stases to reconcile our human, social narrative? can we build narratives without beginning, middle, and end? and while living ever in the now?
the blogosphere is an absolutely beautiful place right now; have you explored lately? the shift from holiday extravagance to the budding year’s newness brings about a bright and buzzing energy. intention. mindfulness. perhaps obligation and back to work blues, too, but we allow ourselves to sweep those sentiments with the color of forward momentum as a feature of the season. i think we can allow ourselves that kind of forward-looking, present-living positivity and flow every month and day and moment, independent of time and date and event and season. let’s vibrate on a proud note through every song, happy or sad or busy or dangerous or lovely. let’s enjoy and live and love.
i’m so into soup. in general, but especially right now. i want coriander roasted cauliflower & tahini soup, heirloom bean stew with dill & coconut cream, turmeric-miso soup with shiitakes, turnips, & soba, and roasted cauliflower, leek, & carrot soup with smoked paprika.
also on my cauliflower RADAR is this mustard roasted cauliflower with thyme. yes please. thank you please.
the urge to pizza is creeping up on me. inspired by these crispy polenta bites with sun-dried tomato pesto i want to make a polenta-crust pizza with, oh i dunno, butternut squash ribbons and arugula-pepita pesto with a sprinkle of this brilliant plant parm made from pine nuts and sesame seeds?
i want to bake. must bake. something simple and unfussy and sans grains like these coconut macadamia biscotti or cashew cocoa shortbread cookies, or something seasonal and breakfasty like these kumquat buckwheat breakfast cookies. (can i make all of them?)
and i love all this embracing of honesty and simplicity and awareness lately: these simple and vibrant dressing recipes, melissa’s transparent post on owning and sharing her thoughts, and just everything brooklyn supper (case in point: black and white sesame chocolate bark).
and lately from my kitchen, this smoothie — one of my favorites — inspired by this wintry citrus rooibos vanilla gorgeousness that laura posted on instagram. i loved the idea of adding loose leaf tea and vanilla to a bright fruit smoothie; it makes a simple fruit smoothie exciting and complex. for mine i’ve paired bright pineapple and mango with cozy-cool vanilla and black tea and i think the combination is ?. i’ve also added a little smoky-nutty-woodsy action from hemp hearts, maca, cloudy apple cider, and a hint of maple. it tastes like adventure. it feels like home. i hope you’ll love it as much as i do.
- ½ frozen banana
- a handful of frozen mango
- a handful of frozen pineapple
- 1 tablespoon black tea leaves, ground fine
- 2-3 tablespoons hemp hearts
- a pinch of ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon each of ground maca and baobab, optional
- a good splash of vanilla extract (or the innards of a vanilla bean)
- a cup or so of apple juice or cider
- a touch of maple to sweeten, if desired
- enthusiastically dump all ingredients into blender carafe. add more apple juice as required for consistency. taste and sweeten with a touch of maple, if desired. enjoy.
i'm particular about the sweetener i use for a smoothie. normally with apple i'd gravitate toward honey but here, i love the slight smokiness maple contributes. it jives with the nuttiness of the hemp and the tartness of the fruit and juice and gives it all an earthy, luxe feel.
substitutions & variations
in place of apple juice, i think blood orange juice would be beautiful. a vibrant and sexy winter treat.
another substitution for apple juice: kombucha. i used homemade ginger kombucha, added a tiny bit of orange extract, and nixed the additional black tea leaves for a bright, effervescent version of this smoothie. so delicious.
hate bananas? i think you could skip the frozen half banana. i use it for its creamy consistency but the taste doesn't come across in the final smoothie.
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