HAPPIEST FRIDAY, friends! I’m excited to go antiquing with my friend Sarai this weekend. Fingers crossed — we hope to find those elusive pieces of furniture to pull our homes and offices together. We’re going to have a yummy Vietnamese lunch at a favorite spot as well! I’ll also be doing more cooking and baking. This white bean and kale soup recipe was so good that I look forward to making another double batch (I used Italian seasoned seitan instead of sausage if you’re veg too). And I’m going to wing it and make some apple hand pies with cardamom and orange blossom water and maybe some apple cheddar ones! I think watching some horror movies in a 1920s cobra outfit might be in order, too. Have a wonderful weekend! xo Jen ♥
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I LOVE roses for their beauty, scent and flavor, so I was excited to see this DIY Rose Petal Ice Cubes tutorial using Cardinal de Richelieu garden roses. I just need to figure out if my garden roses are safe to use. I imagine they’re probably fine because I don’t think the plants were ever grown with pesticides. A rose with smaller blooms than I currently grow would be easier to use to make this work, so I might try it with dried rosebuds and petals first. I also love that the classic sturdy steel ice cube trays are still available and that you can even get an ice cube tray stand to conserve space and hold up to three trays. These trays would be a nice gift for a classic cocktail enthusiast or anyone who loves those little vintage details. This Rose Petal Honey recipe looks great too! Rose everything, please.
Photos by Michelle Slatalla for Gardenista.
YAY! I AM SO EXCITED! This Helsing Junction Farm Share giveaway goes out to all the Pacific NW residents out there and the people who love them and want to enter on their behalf. One of the brightest spots of the entire year for our little household is the 18 weeks of beautiful, organic produce we receive from this amazing 42 acre farm owned by Annie and Sue, two inspiring, hardworking ladies who have been at it for over 24 years. Once May hits, we start counting down the days — naming all the things we can’t wait to eat out of the box or cook. Veggies, fruit, cheese, mushrooms, flowers… we went big this year and have been buzzing about it since we paid for our share back in November. I’m excited to say that one lucky winner will get 8 weeks of a Helsing Junction Farm Small Share! Spread the word to your friends from Portland to Seattle! Good luck, everyone!! P.S. Look for a second farm share giveaway on my instagram very soon. xo Jen
DELIVERY: PORTLAND • SEATTLE • BELLEVUE • TACOMA • OLYMPIA • MORE LOCATIONS
UPDATE: Congratulations to Erin Martinez! She won this rad prize!
➔ TO ENTER:
1. Tell us what summer veggies and fruit you’re most excited about in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, follow both @helsingfarmcsa and @HoneyKennedy on Instagram. Then leave a comment below. If you already follow us — just let me know that, too!
WHAT WE GET: My husband and I had the Small Share and the Fruit Share in 2014 and in 2015 we’ve upped it to the Small Share, the Fruit Share, the Flower Share, the Mushroom Share and the Cheese Share. We’re insanely excited, obviously. The Small Share is pretty substantial for 2 people, but you get great produce you can use in simple, everyday meals. We’ve had shares from other farms in the past where we’d get like, 8 cucumbers, 4 fennel bulbs and 3 kohlrabi the size of toddlers — not really realistic quantities of these ingredients for most couples! If you enjoy eating out a couple times a week, you’ll probably have times where you need to come up with a recipe game plan for freezing or do some occasional tradsies with neighbors, co-workers and friends. Luckily, HJF has a wonderful recipe index and there are lots of share choices available!
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DELIVERY AREA: Here is the big Helsing Junction Farm list of Oregon and Washington drop-off sites and delivery locations.
DRAWING: This giveaway ends Tuesday, June 9, at 11PM PST. The winner will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the name on Friday, June 12.
Hello! Here is the third installment of the most popular Honey Kennedy posts from 2014. Here we have July, August and September and there are a lot of wonderful posts to peruse. Get comfy with your favorite cup of cheer and fall down the HK rabbit hole. Have fun! xx
I’d just been daydreaming about how to make this recipe, until we got a fancy new blender and I was finally more inspired to experiment in the kitchen. Now I feel like those months were wasted in… total darkness (OK — just ever so slightly dramatic, but you guys this is MAGICAL ROSE MILK). I’ve only been making my orange flower almond milk occasionally due to laziness or absence of a few ingredients. In contrast, I’ve been totally obsessive about this new concoction and make sure to always have all ingredients on hand. It’s crazy good.
Make yourself a treat with your Cardamom Rose Vanilla Cashew Milk right away and then chill the rest — it will taste even better the next day (shake it up!). So far, it’s been absolutely wonderful in hot coffee, over iced cold brew coffee or shots of espresso, over ice cream and over blueberries and peaches. I also recently made the most AMAAAAAAAAZING smoothie with my cashew milk, frozen berries, pea protein powder and chia seeds. You’ll feel like a cat having cream for the first time — it’s such a decadent vegan creamer. I hope you love it! ♥
Creamy Cardamom Rose Vanilla Cashew Milk Recipe
by Jen McCabe
What you’ll need:
• 1 cup raw cashews (covered in water and soaked overnight)
• 3 cups water (or 2 1/2 if you want it extra creamy)
• 3 Tablespoons rose water (start with 2 if you’re unsure of your fleur threshold)
• 2 large Medjool dates (pitted)
• 1 whole vanilla pod
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
• 2 small pinches of sea salt (I like this Vanilla Sea Salt)
• A blender (I have this wonderful beast, but most blenders should be fine!)
• 1 nut milk bag (I like this sturdy brand — find at Whole Foods, New Season, Amazon, etc)
• A mixing bowl or pitcher with a wide opening
• A funnel
• A mason jar, a Weck bottle or glass pitcher (I love this cute set, also sold individually)
Measure 1 cup of raw cashews and place in a bowl or jar. Cover with water and let soak overnight (8 hours-ish). Rinse soaked cashews and put in your blender. Chop a whole vanilla bean pod (the whole thing – don’t bother trying to get seeds out) and put in the blender. Pit and quarter 2 large Medjool dates and put in the blender. Measure 3 Tablespoons food grade rose water (usually near the baking section of the grocery store or the ‘ethnic’ foods section) — pour into the blender. Put 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom in the blender. Add a couple pinches of sea salt. Pour in 3 cups water (2 1/2 if you’d prefer it to be creamier). Put the lid on the blender and blend everything together for about 1 minute on high — maybe more if your blender isn’t very powerful. We now have a Vitamix and it’s perfectly blended in a flash.
Please note: Most nut milk recipes call for 3 to 4 cups of water, but your blender may not have that capacity. If you want to make a less creamy batch by adding more water–you may need to blend it in batches depending on your machine’s capacity.
Once it’s all blended, get your nut milk bag out and hold it open inside a mixing bowl or a pitcher with one hand and slowly pour the nut milk and pulp into the mesh bag. Be careful not to let the bag fold on itself–just pour slowly, hold bag firmly open with your fingers and adjust as you go. Pour half of it in at a time to make it easier on yourself.
Cinch bag at the top with one hand and gently squeeze as much milk from the pulp as possible into your bowl. Go slowly, so you don’t burst the nut milk bag seams. My recipe is creamier than the standard recipes, so it might take a bit more effort to milk the bag. It’s like milking a tiny cow. You can save the pulp for baking, add to smoothies or compost.
Now that all your milk is squeezed out, transfer to a mason jar, Weck bottle or glass refrigerator pitcher (I LOVE this cute set). I use a funnel because I tend to spill, but if you don’t have one — you can pour the milk back into the rinsed out blender carafe to make it easier to transfer to your refrigerator container. Make a yummy coffee for yourself. Let me know how you like it!
Photos by Jen McCabe / Honey Kennedy.