Tahini Date Shake (V, GF)
If you didn’t already know, I’m a big tahini fan. It’s basically grownup peanut butter and it just adds something a little more special to recipes that call for nut butters. Now, I’m not quite ready to whip up any tahini and jelly sandwiches, but I’m very into adding spoonfuls of it to cookie dough, dressing, hot chocolate, and smoothies/shakes! Since it’s now officially summer, I think it’s high time to spend any free moments sitting outside and drinking cold drinks. And that often means cool and creamy tahini shakes. Basically a milkshake for breakfast everybody, get excited! I’ve made a pact with myself to take fifteen minutes every morning to drink one of these (or these) and read a few pages of very important literature and not think about anything else. And then those precious minutes are over and it’s back to writing cover letters and freelance article pitches and
crying being excited by the challenge of not knowing what’s ahead.
In other news, Emily and I are currently up to our ears in blue frosting and chocolate chili cupcakes because we got a catering gig! And I must admit, getting paid to chop cilantro and whip buttercream and marinate shrimp is not at all a bad thing. In fact, it kinda really rocks. So general announcement, if you ever are in the market for someone else to make your food for you, drop me a line here because we’re a bargain and the food is slammin, if I do say so myself. And now for some links that made me smile:
A breakfast sandwich crawl sounds like my kind of adventure.
Co-owner of Tartine Chad Robertson’s ideas for the future: eco-robotic bread baking. “You can source your grain from a regional economy, you can fresh-mill it, and you can bake 20,000 loaves using robots.” yes ok.
The other owner of Tartine (incidentally, Robertson’s wife) Liz Prueitt has some pretty fucking fantastic things to say about women who want to work and have a family and not be questioned about how they “do it all.” She does not mention robots.
I can’t stop watching this video idk idk idk.
O’Neill’s rant about red velvet cake on OITNB was probably the funniest thing that’s ever happened on the show.
Someone buy me tickets to the Saveur cookout for my birthday even though my birthday isn’t for five months plz?
ps- Happy Father’s Day to any dads out there! So glad mine was happy to take me back in after graduation (although I have a sneaking suspicion it’s mostly because I make dinner every night…)
Shake (serves 1)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup date water)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon tahini
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 pitted deglet noor dates
1/2 frozen banana
1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional, for added energy boost)
1 shot rum or kahlua (also optional, you might not want to have it for breakfast with this addition)
Soak the dates in hot water for ten minutes and chia seeds in warm water for five. Combine everything in a blender and really let it rip for a while to break up the dates (unless you’re super lucky and own a Vitamix, in which case the whole thing will take about 20 seconds.) Consume solo or with your favorite breakfast cookies (pictured: Laura Wright‘s Ultimate Breakfast Cookies!)
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