Frosty Strawberry Basil Smoothie

For me, certain herbs and spices go with certain things. Like cilantro ~ perfect in a salad or dressing, but not so much in my green juice. (I’ll just have to have more of One Lucky Duck’s Thai Green Juice to get used to that :) )  Or curry ~ great with my veggies but I can’t quite imagine it with something sweet. Note to self: try this Sweet Curry Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Ginger goes with everything of course, as does parsley. But basil is another one of those that I don’t tend to associate with sweet things, so I was pretty surprised today when I suddenly had a desire to add some basil into my strawberry smoothie. All I could do was go with it, and it was great! Continue reading

Mini Vegan Shepherd’s Pies

Do you remember what you used to eat as a child? I remember a few things, but there are great big blank spaces. I remember sitting down for dinner with my family, but I have very few specific recollections.

I do remember not liking a lot of things though. There was meatloaf (yuck), and there was spaghetti – I complained about the “pine needles” in the sauce so my parents tried to explain to me what rosemary was. With an aunt named Rosemary, I thought that was very funny as a 6 year old. :)  There were stuffed green peppers (really yuck), and there was chili. My mom actually made great chili, and that was the last thing I ate that had an animal in it (that story to come soon, as I’ll be updating my “About me” page later this week). And there was shepherd’s pie (always too dry).

But now I’ve decided to reclaim some of the things that I didn’t like and make great vegan versions of them, starting with the shepherd’s pie. That seemed like it could have potential if it were more fun, so I decided to make individual, portable shepherd’s pies. And they’re really cute! Continue reading