Vegan Homemade Irish Cream… cheers!

Keeping up with Holiday recipes here is a very easy to make, super tasty Irish Cream recipe! Vegan or not, this will be a hit at your table, plus you’ll skip on all the artificial and yucky ingredients of commercial irish creams. I’ve seen other irish cream recipes out there that call for heavier milk or creamers for achieving a thick decadent consistency; they work for sure, but I prefer to use regular almond milk and thicken it with arrowroot, the consistency is pretty much the same plus you skip the extra fat!

4 cups almond milk
2 shots espresso
1/2 cup sucanat
1 cup whiskey
2 teaspoons arrowroot

Start by placing the almond milk and sucanat in a pan and bring to a boil, let simmer for a few minutes until the volume is reduced to 3 cups. In a separate glass mix the arrowroot with about two tablespoons fresh water until fully incorporated, add to the almond milk and allow to simmer for another three minutes or so. Remove from the heat, add the espresso and let cool at room temperature. Add the whiskey of your choice and serve!

Cheers! For healthy Holidays!

Vegan Egg Nog… Happy Holidays!

This is a great recipe to substitute the traditional egg nog. I served it during this Holidays and I must tell you everybody loved it! Including my parents and their friends, who are not vegan, picky in their drinks and have high standards, so good! You can vary the proportions to match your taste, add more or less milk to make it as heavy and dense as you like, play with the banana/avocado ratio to vary the taste. You can even make it all raw using raw coconut and almond milk, all good healthy fats, ninja!

2 ripe avocados
1 banana
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
2 cups almond milk
Agave nectar to taste
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Optional 4 oz. rum – for this I like to use Appleton Estate or Captain Morgan, but choose your favorite! Malibu goes really good specially using coconut milk, you can also use vodka or skip the alcohol entirely!

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

To drink or not to drink…

Long day today. Sometimes I wonder how we are able to fit so much in little time, but hey, time is relative and who’s keeping track anyways.
This years’ Vinomio is coming out very nice. We started screwing things up big time. Newbies. But now it feels as if we were finally catching up to it. Wine has a life of it’s own, and if you’re good, you’ll only be helping it manifest.
I am still to label the eight remaining cases from last year. I am still to sell it too so I can pay for this years’.
Both our babies: the wine and the beer come with a kick. Promise to knock you off your feet when you least expect it. If you don’t believe me you can ask Chris that is still recovering from yesterday. Alcohol is a big subject for us. We try to be as healthy as possible, we work out, eat really healthy for the most part, enjoy spending time in nature, avoid alopathic medicine, etc, etc… but put some good wine on the table and all bets are off. And we DO know what alcohol does in the body.
I believe it’s all about quality AND quantity. Specially quality. And in that we are picky. Still, we definitely are hedonists also and it’s hard to find balance sometimes. On my defense I’ll say a lot of what we have been drinking is part of the process of making, you need to taste and sample and evaluate… again and again. Yesterday for example Chris helped me out by transfering 120 liters of Vinomio into glass bottles. Using the “suck on the hose” method, at 10 am, after having only a soy latte for breakfast. Maybe I need to review my definition of healthy lifestyle you might say, thinking also that in the evening we took my parents to taste the newly born Horchata Oscura. Maybe I’m a proud mama but it’s the most delicious beer I have ever tasted in my life.

It’s all about finding a balance. Waking up this morning feeling tired, heavy and dull lets me know I leaned too far in one side; the alcohol side.
When I first starting practicing yoga I not only became 100% vegan almost overnight, but I also stayed away from alcohol, refined sugar and stimulants such as caffeine for over seven years. During that time I became more selective about my foods, no processed stuff, avoiding acidic foods, prefering local veggies, etc. I also kept a pranayama and a meditation practice.
Also during that time I found myself thinking more and more often, that I was missing out in what other people my age were doing. You know, going to college, partying, dating, what not. After all I started all this when I was 18 or 19 and all of the sudden I was in my late 20’s all healthy and yogi. But felt incomplete.

I can only let you imagine the party revolution the came after. Ok, it wasn’t that bad, my sister can party harder I tell you, BUT it was A LOT for me. And after a few months I felt the same, incomplete… and overweight, out of shape, broke and kind of lost. It took me quite a bit getting back in some sort of order, back into health.

Now I let myself be what ever day by day. I don’t even like to be called ‘vegan’ because even if I don’t eat animal products and disagree completely with how animals are treated when raised for consumption, still I don’t like to be defined as vegan or anything else for that matter. I want to allow myself to do and be what ever I want day by day.

Today I was many things: winemaker, runner, graphic designer, chef, dancing monkey, daughter, advertiser, stressed, happy, full.

Tulsa!

Wow, came out of the gate with a bang on this one.  I stopped about 20 miles outside of Tulsa to help a gentleman with his truck on the side of the road, then got a ride the rest of the way in, met with my couch host, was immediately whisked off to a shower and some food a Q-doba and then…. Oktoberfest!  Ashley, my host, works at a law firm and got us (her, her girlfriend, me) free tickets to their special night, the Tulsa Oktoberfest as one of the largest in the world, in the top ten no less!  later we went to the Empire bar where we met with Ashley 2’s, they are both named Ashley, boyfriend, Beau, who is a Strike Force ultimate fighter champion, belt holder and announcer, the more fighters I get to meet personally – David Moreno, my buddy Rob Grant, and now Beau, these are some of the most real and cool people on the planet!

Anyway, at a coffee shop now, figuring out my life, I have waylaid myself with the booze (funny that i should talk this way after drinking a total now of 20 beers, usually what I would drink to get warmed up=), need to get back on my ninja clean living path, it feels better, right=)