11 Feb 2016

GINGER COOKIES with PINK FROSTING (FOR JACK)



Note: The following prose is for Jack, but of course you are invited to read it. At the bottom of the post I share a recipe for raw vegan ginger cookies dipped in pink frosting, and I KNOW you want that. In any case, I hope you get what you want out of this beautiful day. x

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Listen to this while reading.

We are two animals collaborating our lives in this particularly strange place, and I think that's beautiful at least. 

Being in love with you is effortless. It's easy, full of lightness and lights and helpless smiles. I live for your lips, the corners of your mouth that turn up when you're happy. Most days when we need to part, I'd rather keep running my hands along your body in early sunlight. I know you doubt my devotion sometimes, and my reasons for staying with you, but you've given me so much. I am relearning who I am as a whole person, beside you. I laugh more with you than I have ever have. You're my sunshine. My skin gets excited when I hear your deep, controlled, thoughtful voice say my name, say I Love You, say That's Right. You think you're weird, I think you're precious. I wish I could grab your butt all day. I wish you could grab mine all night. Well, we kinda do that anyways. 

We've been in this endless honeymoon for nearly 500 days, it feels like 50. Everyday we are together, every word we share, I learn more about you and these lessons consistently water my infatuation with who you are to me and for me. You are my home now. You are my rock, my hearth. You're my life partner, my calm companion in this overwhelmingly anarchic world of modernity and noise and colour. Although you don't complete me - because we are both complete in ourselves - I'd be quite lost without you. Who would I share myself with? Who would hold me the way you do? Who would rub my back during the Week of Hormones? (Which is coming soon, by the way).

The giddiness one feels in the beginning of a romantic endeavour is what I still feel when I know I will see you soon. It's the feeling I get at the mere thought of you. Often I am on a bus or supposed to be paying attention at a lecture, but I find my mind wandering to you. To [certain parts of] your body. To the energy between us. You make me a better person. "You're my top, mate." 

I look back to who I was when we first began this adventure together, and I smile. In fact I smile at every memory we share, and the memories we have yet to create. You've seen more of my colours and shades than anyone else. You've seen me at my best, my worst, my average. I've told you my secrets, my fears, my dreams, my regrets. I've revealed to you my weaknesses, my strengths, my confessions, my mistakes. I know you will always keep your arms open for me to cry and laugh in (I certainly do enough of both). I feel like the most fortunate person in the world for getting you all to myself. Everyone is missing out and - luckily for me - they don't know it. 

Loving you is easy. It's organic, raw, natural. So natural that it grew into a flower before I even noticed there was a seed, but then there it was: vibrant and alive and finally defined. Loving you is easy, my sweet babe. Let's eat cookies! I put ginger in them just for you. 

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GINGER COOKIES with PINK FROSTING

Cookies:
1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup almonds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 tablespoon chunk peeled ginger
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional) 

Pink frosting:
2 tablespoons cacao butter
2 tablespoon beet juice
1 tablespoon maple syrup

To make the cookies: grind the oats and almonds along with the vanilla and ginger into a thick paste in a high speed blender (my Blendtec mini twister jar does this perfectly). Add the maple syrup if desired. If you don't have a great blender, buy almond butter and oat flour instead of grinding your own, and grate the ginger very finely. Press thus cookie dough into cookie molds and put in the freezer.

To make the pink chocolate: melt the cacao butter, then add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until evenly combined. Dip each of your cookies into this, put back in the freezer for 5 minutes, then repeat until you've used up all your pink chocolate mixture or you don't want to put anymore on your cookies. Serve with almond milk and enjoy with your sweetheart.

ADAPTIONS: use buckwheat groats or other nuts instead of oats or almonds; use vanilla extract instead of vanilla powder; use dried ginger instead of fresh; use any other liquid sweetener instead of maple syrup; use coconut oil or coconut butter instead of cacao butter. 

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24 comments:

  1. These look beautiful and delicious, and with beautiful words and sounds.

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  2. I almost cried reading this post. It was SO beautiful! This cookies look amazing, but the dough it's not too dry? because it doesn't have dates as all the other raw cookies haha :) I hope you have many more honeymoon days with your love, sounds like a dream! Hugs! I love your blog! And your insta haha

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  3. Hi Emily, you have been a nutritional inspiration since I stumbled upon your blog in 2011. I am turning 23 (week after V-Day ��) and have been through a lot these past years. Reading about your life - the food, the fun, the love - is inspiring: You've pushed through issues with selfimage (gah!) and created a livelihood from being your awesome, conscious self! This last post has inspired yet again: I need to give my beau some sloppy hot appreciation! Thanks! Love from California!

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  4. So sweet! You and your man are Lucky to share such a love. Thank you for sharing your raw honesty and sweet love and especially for the sweet recipes. Love from oHIo

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  5. Incredibly endearing to read (wow what an awesome read that was ~ music to my eyes) and can't wait to find the one that makes my heart soar as much as Jack does you. Love & light to you both this upcoming lovely V Day ~

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  6. This melted my heart, Emily! Just the way you express yourself and the way you see, feel and experience world is so so so beautiful.

    I love the way you write. Jack is a lucky man, and it sounds like your a lucky layday xx

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  7. I am a vegetarian going vegan, but I really can't afford to lose weight! I have been skinny my entire life, and I notice that a lot of vegans talk about getting "healthy and skinny" which is awesome for them, but I am already healthy and I would rather gain weight!
    My question is basically: how do you gain weight on a vegan diet?
    I have always been "normal" skinny, but it could be dangerous for me to lose weight...
    Any advice? :)

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  8. OH MY GOSH! These are ADORABLE!! So creative, love them Emily!!!:)

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  9. @Katie - just eat as many whole foods as you can, your body will naturally find it's healthy weight if you fuel it right. Focus on regularly eating nuts, nut butters, avocados, bananas, tofu and "grains" like quinoa, cous cous, millet, etc.

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  10. @Belén Morales - if it's too dry for you, just add dates or coconut oil or water :) My blendtec twister jar is able to turn it into thick paste though.

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  11. Oh my gosh this was so wonderful. <3 Thank you for bringing even more love into my evening. Keep being awesome.

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  12. Nice to see this kind of really cool information and I love it a lot.

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  13. I cried while reading. beautiful.

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  14. Wow.. Your website is AWESOME Emily! Never seen raw food SO good looking like this.

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  15. Beautiful and delicious <3 Loved it and love your blog :)
    xx

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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  16. I couldn't wait until the week-end so I made them yesterday ! Thanks a lot for this recipe, these cookies are beautiful and sooooo good with a cup of tea :)

    I just added 2 dates and 1 tablespoon of water so it was easier to put them in good shape.

    It wasn't easy to keep the beet juice and the coconut oil mixed together, but I finally succeeded !

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  17. Wow. What a beautiful love message. Thanks for sharing this! I will make those cookies and bring them to work, I'm sure they will be a hit. :)

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  19. Oh Emily, this post was so beautiful, I wish I could wear your words like a blanket. It's everything I want to tell my other half, except I'm not nearly as eloquent as you. I feel so happy for you and Jack, I can feel your love vibes from here <3

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  20. Does the frosting taste like chocolate? My man doesn't like chocolate (except white chocolate ughhh) so I wanted to check before I made these for him! Thank you!

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  21. Hi! How can I replace oats?

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  22. I tried something very similar but they definitely didn't look as pretty! This recipe is perfection, thanks for sharing :)

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