Coconut green soup with celery, kale and ginger #vegan - The First Messpin it!For a coconut green soup with celery, kale and ginger #vegan - The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker11/05/2016 - 8:59 am

    We are having the wettest/rainiest weather right now and this soup is going to happen to fix all of those problems! I don’t know what it was about last week, but I also fell into a hole of pizza/cookies/coffee as a diet, so I felt BLAH after it too. Cheers to resetting!ReplyCancel

    • Laura12/05/2016 - 3:03 pm

      Since we’re total experts, we should write a book about the pizza cookies and coffee diet! :D
      xoxo LReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full11/05/2016 - 9:41 am

    Nothing better than a fresh, clean soup after a weekend of takeout ;) And I love that you let the celery shine in this recipe… so often it’s just in the background in a stock. But I love that fresh celery flavor!!ReplyCancel

  • Monica11/05/2016 - 2:56 pm

    Hi, if you want to use beans do you delete the zucchini that’s listed in the ingredients list or was the zucchini you added in addition to the one in the ingredients list? Thanks, I LOVE< LOVE< LOVE your site and recipes….ReplyCancel

    • Laura11/05/2016 - 4:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Monica! I kind of suggest cooked beans in place of the zucchini, but you COULD use both if you want! Just add a little extra vegetable broth if you do :)

  • Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow11/05/2016 - 6:54 pm

    Hey Laura! Wow that soup looks so beautiful. I love celery so much I used to be the same and it’d just sit there but now I eat it every day, as crudité and in green juices. I love its saltiness. It’s so beautiful in soup though isn’t it :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather11/05/2016 - 9:18 pm

    Love this soup. Love the photos. Love everything about it! I’m feeling you with the whole garden thing. I spent the last week pulling weeds, planting shrubs, etc. and we’ve had a constant supply of pizza in the fridge for snacking. I’m in real need of some wholesome eats. I saw some pics of your new patio on snapchat. Love it. Looks like the ultimate chill zone.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well11/05/2016 - 9:34 pm

    I am so excited to see what is in store for your new deck girl! Loving your snaps of the process too, so fun that you have all that space to play with. And this soup, so clever and comforting. Perfect for lazy veggies and damp, spring nights. And this color, **dreamy** – xoReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout11/05/2016 - 9:43 pm

    I am totally feeling you on that rainy Ontario spring! Butttttt to be honest I kind of love the cozy factor of it all. Just sipping some tea indoors or splashing around outside in a raincoat are some of my favourite spring activities ;) This soup looks so bright and tasty!ReplyCancel

  • Cesca12/05/2016 - 3:29 am

    This made me smile in recognition about the celery!!! This recipe sounds wonderful, and I will try it later…I probably have almost everything at home already too, which is even better. I love your recipes and beautiful photos. One tiny suggestion, and I don’t know how you do it, but when I receive an email telling me there’s a new post, both the sender and the subject line is just The First Mess. It would be great if you could put the title of the post in the subject line instead, so I have an idea what it’s about. I usually look anyway, but just a suggestion, as with other similar mails I often just delete them without reading, as we all get so much mail in our in-boxes these days. Off to print the recipe and celery coconut soup will be on the menu very soon. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Laura12/05/2016 - 6:45 am

      Thanks so much Cesca! I really appreciate your feedback on the emails. I’m about to switch over the blog’s email service, so hopefully the subject line thing will be easy to change :)

  • Jen12/05/2016 - 3:55 am

    Oh, this sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it!!! :) xxxReplyCancel

  • La petite poire12/05/2016 - 6:11 am

    What a beautiful recipe! I love the addition of the apple too. I can’t wait to try it out. Thank you so much for sharing ReplyCancel

  • Gabriele12/05/2016 - 8:26 am

    I wish you would post calories and nutritional content. Love your site . Told my doctor to check it out and he is hooked!ReplyCancel

    • Laura12/05/2016 - 1:06 pm

      Hey Gabriele! I appreciate this feedback and your compliments on the site. I don’t usually do the calorie and nutrient counting thing myself, but understand that it’s valuable for plenty of people. Under consideration! ;)

  • Jaime12/05/2016 - 11:29 am

    Story of my refrigerator’s life! I rarely, rarely ignore fresh food so long that it goes bad, but pretty often I’ll keep it around till it’s too soggy to eat raw (guess I’m always waiting for some perfect way to use it, which more often than not, doesn’t come to mind). I was just wondering what to do with my zombie celery and this soup looks like just the thing.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi12/05/2016 - 11:52 am

    I know that feeling all too well. We’ve just recently moved across the country and after a few days in the car, and moving into a new kitchen with only a bag of oats and a jar of harissa, my body is craaaaving a big bowl of something green like this soup. I love this in between season where the days are warm and the nights are chillier, salads for lunch for soups and dinner. Happy days. Good luck with the outdoor renos – loving (addicted?) to all the snapchats xReplyCancel

  • Allyson12/05/2016 - 12:59 pm

    Oh girl, I hear you on the celery situation and on needing a reset day. I’m totally stealing this.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie12/05/2016 - 2:43 pm

    Delicious! I think that cooking your own broth at home is incredible for reducing food waste and making healthier alternatives than the store-bought products! I would love to try this–does the coconut taste really sweet in this soup?ReplyCancel

    • Laura12/05/2016 - 3:01 pm

      Hey Cassie! I totally agree with you on the broth thing. The coconut milk really just provides a touch of creaminess I find. Once it’s mixed with the spices, the spicy ginger, and all the vegetables, it’s total savoury harmony :)

  • danielle | rooting the sun12/05/2016 - 8:20 pm

    Laura, really amazing soup. I am a celery fiend, which all too often presents the dreaded stacks of celery asses in my refrigerator. It doesn’t get prettier than this, woman. xoReplyCancel

  • Jessica14/05/2016 - 5:48 pm

    This is delicious! I pressed a little garlic in at the end– I just felt the need.
    Also, this soup is great cold (well room temp).

  • thefolia15/05/2016 - 11:09 am

    I can’t wait to make this…I know I will love it. Thanks for sharing uses for celery, I too always have them on hand for my stock—love me my stock!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra17/05/2016 - 8:16 am

    Laura, I love that you gave humble ol’ celery a chance in the spotlight versus being a backup dancer all these years. Well done! Love that crunchy soup topping idea :)ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food23/05/2016 - 9:02 am

    I totally agree that celery is underused and I’ve started cooking with it a lot more. But this soup… this striking soup… well, I never could imagine that something so beautiful could come from celery.ReplyCancel

  • Crystine27/09/2016 - 11:54 pm

    Amazing! Made this tonight and it may have been my baby girls favorite meal yet. I topped it with roasted black chickpeas (that we grew) and olive oil. Delicious!ReplyCancel

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  • Jenny22/12/2016 - 2:48 pm

    Just made a big batch of this soup and I had to comment. The flavor is so bright with the celery, apples and lime juice. Love the flavor and colour. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Reynolds01/01/2017 - 12:50 pm

    Hello! Can’t wait to make this! If I don’t have whole cumin and coriander seeds on hand, can I substitute 1 tsp ground? Thanks!ReplyCancel

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Once it gets even moderately warm out, I move my working area outdoors. Our dog loves nothing more than sitting with us outside, just sniffing the air around her (plenty of videos of this on Snapchat if you’re interested lol). So if I have to plug away on the computer or something, I get a nice cup of tea and plunk myself down on the porch next to her. She eventually gives way to some snoozing, and the fresh air is good for keeping my morale high through the e-mails and proof-reading and such. Our porch wraps around the house and was a key motivating factor in buying our house. It becomes the main meeting “room” once we get into consistent double digit temperatures. View full post »

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  • Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow07/05/2016 - 8:38 am

    I love beetroot and berry it’s such a happy combination! A wrap-around porch that just sounds so good! Thanks for the wonderful links :)ReplyCancel

  • Aubrey07/05/2016 - 10:25 am

    looks delicious and beautiful!:)ReplyCancel

  • Anya07/05/2016 - 11:04 am

    Hi Laura,

    I think I’m going to have to make that smoothie for breakfast tomorrow, it sounds so good! I love all the Ayurveda-related links you’ve been posting lately in the Happy Hours, such good reads.

    Thank you for the link to the falafel and have a great weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • Steph07/05/2016 - 11:40 am

    I’ve had a beet and strawberry smoothie before but this looks extra fabulous :) Can’t wait to try! I’m assuming the beet is raw? If yes, have you tried this with cooked and chilled beets as well? Wondering which is better. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Laura07/05/2016 - 11:54 am

      Hey Steph,
      The beet is raw in this one! I haven’t tried this with a cooked and cooled down beet yet, but I imagine it might make the drink just a little bit sweeter. Plus it’s less work for the blender. Let me know if you try it this way!

    • Sherry07/05/2016 - 9:19 pm

      Hi, Steph & Laura — just a quick note about raw vs. cooked beets: the cooked beet has a much stronger, earthier taste than the raw, we’ve found. We do a beet-berry smoothie in our house too (love your idea for adding coconut, Laura, thanks!!) and we really prefer raw for this kind of thing (though we love the cooked ones in salads/roasts/savory things). So we’d say to go with the cooked if you really love to drink a pronounced beet taste at breakfast … otherwise, raw might be preferred! Btw, tossing in a few goji berries is nice here, too!ReplyCancel

      • Laura08/05/2016 - 8:51 am

        Thanks for these great tips, Sherry! The pronounced earthiness makes so much sense, and I love your goji berry idea!

  • Sarah | Well and Full07/05/2016 - 2:49 pm

    I loved that piece on bowl food! Things really do taste better when they’re in a bowl. I think it also has something to do with the fact that when things are in a bowl, they all combine and get mixed together, increasing the flavor factor.ReplyCancel

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  • Maya | Spice + Sprout07/05/2016 - 6:41 pm

    That article on ritual bathing was so inspiring, but also made me sad because I am just TOO tall to realistically fit into a normal bath tub and be comfortable. There is always a leg sticking out somewhere… haha ;) I feel like your beet smoothie would be such an enjoyable bath accompaniment drink too!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah08/05/2016 - 9:38 pm

    This is my kind of smoothie! I love the inclusion of the coconut butter and the other add-ins!ReplyCancel

  • M09/05/2016 - 10:59 am

    I think this smoothie is making me consider giving another chance to beets :)ReplyCancel

  • Margarita14/05/2016 - 4:16 am

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try !ReplyCancel

  • Mariel19/05/2016 - 8:39 am

    I made this for breakfast this morning- my favorite beet smoothie recipe yet! Love the cocoa and beet combo.ReplyCancel

    • Mariel19/05/2016 - 9:31 am

      Also, I used some leftover roasted beets I had instead of raw. I thought it wasn’t too earthy and quite delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Perry21/05/2016 - 4:55 am

    Its really looks yummie…. just cant wait to try it.ReplyCancel

  • Amy21/05/2016 - 10:49 pm

    I’m not usually a fan of beet in smoothies, but this drink is so delicious!! I love the earthy flavours Will definitely be making it again xxxReplyCancel

  • Cassie22/05/2016 - 5:49 pm

    Since it is getting warmer, I would really like to take my exercising outdoors too! It’s so beautiful especially when the sun is out! Anyways, LOVE this berry beet smoothie idea! The color is just so vibrant and stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Claire16/09/2016 - 3:06 am

    I love a beet smoothie but this was beyond! Literally tastes like a red velvet cupcake (but perfectly not too sweet). Thank you for sharing this recipe!ReplyCancel

Stuffed + Sauced Sweet Potatoes with Ginger Lime Tahini - The First Mess #veganpin it!Stuffed + Sauced Sweet Potatoes with Ginger Lime Tahini - The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • Tori//Gringalicious04/05/2016 - 5:42 am

    I’m can’t think of anything I’d love more than to be eating this right now! Omg, these look incredible and ginger tahini sauce, AGH I can’t handle it, YUM!! I really have to try these!ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/05/2016 - 6:58 am

      They seriously are the perfect dinner. Dana nailed it with this one!
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker04/05/2016 - 9:07 am

    I don’t loooove sweet potatoes (I know!), but these are making me change my tune! Killing it with the pictures girl :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/05/2016 - 7:00 am

      Ahahaha I feel like a lot of your comments generally start with “I don’t love [insert vegetable],” but I really do think you would love these all drowning in that tahini :D Thanks Abby xoxoReplyCancel

  • Allyson04/05/2016 - 10:44 am

    I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I’ve never stuffed a sweet potato before. I think it’s time I go mend the error of my ways, with tahini sauce and sauteed chickpeas.ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/05/2016 - 7:01 am

      Thanks Allyson! There’s so many directions you can go with it and they’re so easy. Hope you get to try this version of Dana’s :)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Hafsa04/05/2016 - 10:49 am

    I really love sweet potatoes and your mouth watering recipe is cool. I am going to try this recipe soon. :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/05/2016 - 7:01 am

      Thanks so much, Hafsa! Hope you get a chance to try it.

  • Nikki04/05/2016 - 12:43 pm

    WHAT!! These look amazing!! I love sweet potatos so this needs to happen. Stunning photos, Xx


  • Sarah | Well and Full04/05/2016 - 5:55 pm

    Such a great choice from the cookbook! Chickpeas + sweet potatoes are such an amazing combination. And as a food blogger, I know how awesome it is when you get to kind of take a break a little and cook using someone else’s recipe. It’s such a nice rest! And what better hands to be in than Dana’s :DReplyCancel

    • Laura06/05/2016 - 7:03 am

      I had a hard time deciding which recipe to choose if I’m being honest. Everything in the book looks so good! And you’re right, working from a book is such a nice break. Always reminds me of why I love cooking so much in the first place :)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Jodi04/05/2016 - 7:16 pm

    Yum yum yum. Never have enough variations of stuffed sweet potatoes, and this one looks bomb. Those crispy meaty chickpeas are the perfect addition, love Dana’s cooking style :) xxReplyCancel

    • Laura06/05/2016 - 7:05 am

      I could eat variations of stuffed sweet potatoes almost every night and never get bored. The texture combo of the chickpeas and sweet potatoes in this one is so great. Hope you get a chance to check out Dana’s book!
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well05/05/2016 - 12:32 am

    Yes to everything you said here – this book is magic, just like Dana’s blog! I love it’s approachability – and being so delicious I feel like it would fool anyone as “healthy” food. These potatoes are so cozy! Perfect for the overcast day we had today. Gotta try that tahini ;) XOReplyCancel

    • Laura06/05/2016 - 7:08 am

      So happy that you’re loving Dana’s book too, girl. And it’s true: she could make a health nut out of anyone with these recipes. You will loooove this tahini sauce. I’ve tried a million variations and this one is easily one of my favourites.
      xoxo LReplyCancel

  • Gemma05/05/2016 - 3:04 am

    Exquisite recipe! Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda | What's Cooking05/05/2016 - 1:06 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I love your site and the minimalist baker, but how on earth have i only just discovered Jessica?! I’ve spent all day on her site listening to podcasts and it’s really been so great. My husband recently has found out that he has high cholesterol and triglycerides genetically and we really need to limit his fats, sugars, carbs, etc and we’ve been trying to embrace the changes. The doctor told us not to go to extremes, but when it’s someone you love it’s hard not to. In true cook form, I’ve embraced the challenges and what an amazing thing to find a community of people who’ve already embraced and have fallen in love with alternative diets.ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/05/2016 - 7:12 am

      So happy to introduce you to Jess’s amazing podcast. She always has such inspiring guests and her interview style is so natural. Plus, she’s a pal of mine so this is extra good news. That’s amazing that you’re stepping up to the challenge of overhauling you and your husband’s diet for his health, and going all the way with it. Best of luck going ahead with it all :)

  • Sara @ Cake Over Steak05/05/2016 - 2:28 pm

    This sounds sooooo good and your photos are drool-worthy. Just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout06/05/2016 - 10:00 am

    I make tahini sauce in so many variations at least twice a week, this one looks like a winner! I am really into recipes right now that are cozy and fresh, kind of replicating the spring weather outside! Gorgeous photos as always <3ReplyCancel

  • Cassie06/05/2016 - 1:33 pm

    Those sweet potatoes look BEE-YOO-TIFUL! This is such an amazing recipe for brunch or dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Evie07/05/2016 - 1:14 pm

    Thank you for the awesome recipe…just made it for dinner…big hit with the family :)ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Park07/05/2016 - 6:05 pm

    You made these sweet potatoes look beautiful!!! I totally feel you – I just got her cookbook last week, and found myself immediately bookmarking SO many recipes! Can’t wait to try them all this summer xxReplyCancel

  • Alexandra10/05/2016 - 7:15 am

    This dish looks so filling and satisfying, and is a perfect example why meat and dairy aren’t everything.

    Beautiful work with these photos :)ReplyCancel

  • Marianne20/05/2016 - 6:01 pm

    This looks a little bit too delicious. I need it now. Definitely trying these out!ReplyCancel

  • Veronica Lee25/05/2016 - 5:33 am

    Good morning Laura,

    Regarding the stuffed + sauced sweet potatoes I made this recipe recently and it was delightful, I’m just curious as to how your ginger tahini sauce turned out so white in colour, mine was much darker I used crushed garlic as I had no garlic sauce to hand would that have made a difference ?

    Your blog is amazing, colourful, artistic and inspirational.

    best regards,


    • Laura25/05/2016 - 6:27 am

      Hi Veronica,
      Thanks so much for this comment. I’m not totally sure why my sauce appears more pale… It could just be the lighting in the photographs? The tahini that I used was super fresh, but I doubt that has anything to do with it. I might have to go make it again to see ;)

  • carolyn26/05/2016 - 8:18 pm

    Just made these for dinner and was blown away by both the awesome flavors of the sauce/chickpea/sweet potato combo and the fact that it took a half hour….served with sauteed garlicky greens…Delicious!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Lynn30/08/2016 - 8:19 am

    I made this. Two nights in a row….
    Amazing dish and beautiful to look at!

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I stopped using my juicer a long time ago. In a relatively recent conversation with a friend, I mentioned how I was simply over the whole juice scene. I love a fresh, vegetable-heavy concoction sometimes, but I hate the clean-up if I’m making it myself. By the time I scrub the last piece, I’m usually wishing that I had made a smoothie. And I feel serious guilt when I spend 10 dollars (or more!) on one if I’m out. I know that you can’t really put a price on your health and well being, but I’d rather eat or blend produce so that I can at least feel like I’m maximizing the value/satiation factor. View full post »

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  • Lily | Kale & Caramel30/04/2016 - 12:17 pm

    Whoawhoawhoa. First of all, I need this lemonade stat. Must make. Second of all, the Cafe Gratitude thing! I had no idea this was happening just down the proverbial road from me. Sigh. They’ve gotten themselves into many a pickle, and while I think it’s great that their lifestyle has changed and they’re trying to be open about it, and totally insane that people are putting forth death threats, I also think they’re foolish to be surprised. As the article mentions, from the beginning they’ve cultivated cult-like thinking through their policies and practices, and they’re being served the underbelly of that now–for the simple human aberration of changing their minds. Cults are bad! Lol. Also, we’re going to Gracias Madre when you come to LA!ReplyCancel

    • Laura02/05/2016 - 7:27 am

      I totally agree with you! Death threats, cults etc = bad for real. But the level of shock on their end is kind of unwarranted. The situation in general is kind of awkward, but not awkward enough to keep me away from hella foods and drinks with you at Gracias Madre. Fingers crossed next yeeeeeaar! xoReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Park30/04/2016 - 1:04 pm

    Ahh, thank you so much, Laura!! I’m a huge fan of yours and LOVE your gorgeous photography and recipes. Wishing you a lovely weekend!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full30/04/2016 - 6:02 pm

    AHH what you said about adult coloring. YES. I got one of those stress-relief coloring books and found myself obsessing over the intricate design, fretting if I had one little color smudge outside the line. So much for stress relief!ReplyCancel

    • Laura02/05/2016 - 7:28 am

      Ahaha, I’ve heard this from so many people! The intricacy required can be stressful if you’re a perfectionist, right? xo LReplyCancel

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com01/05/2016 - 12:34 am

    I’ve stopped juicing for the same exact reason — who wants to be bothered about the cleanup for just a juicing season? :D

    This, I could easily live with this idea of using a mesh strainer. What a beaut!ReplyCancel

  • thefolia01/05/2016 - 3:19 am

    I am this frequently for my boys as an afternoon snack but blend it with ice to make it more of a slushy…they don’t even suspect the carrot. Cheers!ReplyCancel

    • Laura02/05/2016 - 7:31 am

      Oooooh I love that slushy idea for when the temperature goes up! :)

  • æk01/05/2016 - 3:55 am

    I was told at a health shop/juice store in Spain (when attempting to order carrot and lemon in the same juice) that the combination of citrus and carrot is not recommended because it can cause skin spots…. Have you heard this before?ReplyCancel

    • Laura01/05/2016 - 9:14 am

      Oh, I’ve never heard of this! My impression was that the combination actually delivered the contrary for skin health. I suppose every body is different, but my experience drinking juices like this (and this lemonade) has never led to spots or issues :)

  • jaime // the briny01/05/2016 - 8:31 am

    Oh! So clever and the flavors/colors sound so perfect right now. I grated some carrots in the food processor to use in a recipe for which they needed to be squeezed of excess moisture. Squeezing left me with so much (delicious!) carrot juice, it had me wondering why I wasn’t grating carrots all the time. This is a brilliant reminder. Hope you can catch up on sleep soon!ReplyCancel

    • Laura02/05/2016 - 7:46 am

      I hope you were making carrot cake or something deliciously similar :) :)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Sophie | The Green Life01/05/2016 - 10:01 am

    Ooh thank you so much for the link love, Laura! That totally made my day!! I’m so happy to have discovered The Healthy Hour too, thanks to this post. Your links are always so neat. And I love the sound of a carrot ginger lemonade that doesn’t require cleaning up my juicer. Beautiful! Happy weekend, lady. <3ReplyCancel

    • Laura02/05/2016 - 7:47 am

      No problem, Sophie! I’m so inspired by your work. I hope you had a great weekend :D
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food02/05/2016 - 5:13 pm

    We have a juicer that comes out maybe once a year… and it’s not even that hard to clean up! The thing is just a beast and we have limited counter space, so I just never think to use it. With that being said, there’s something so lovely about fresh juice (and carrot ginger is certainly a favorite). Love how you made it work without busting out an extra appliance.ReplyCancel

  • Allyson03/05/2016 - 12:12 pm

    I’m all for smoothies over juicing. It’s easier, cleaner, and I find them more satisfying. I love your idea of blending and then straining. Also, the vegan link made me angry. Owning a vegan restaurant is different than identifying as a vegan, and in my (non-vegan) thoughts, practicing responsible animal husbandry is drastically different than factory farming and is not something to protest.ReplyCancel

  • linda15/05/2016 - 5:20 am

    Love the food, the pictures make making the presentation of the recipes so easy! As you very well know, food is all in pleasing the eye first.ReplyCancel

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  • Elenore Bendel Zahn27/04/2016 - 4:21 am

    Laura! Ok, first off, Dirty Chai Latte?! – Post that! I totally wish I could sneak by your house an evening and share one of those :) Secondly, these babies up here looks Ah-Mazing! I remember when I trained to be a barista and I had the first affogato in my life. Gosh, that was really something! Love you tons, lady! Thank you for all your gorgeous inspiration you put out into the world.ReplyCancel

  • Tori//Gringalicious27/04/2016 - 6:35 am

    There is so much to love about this! I am such a huge fan of chai and making affogato with it sounds incredible! I so want to try one of these!ReplyCancel

  • Agnes {Cashew Kitchen}27/04/2016 - 7:16 am

    Ughh this looks SO good! *sighing with longing* Those perfectly creamy ice cream scoops… _<)
    xx AgnesReplyCancel

  • Agnes {Cashew Kitchen}27/04/2016 - 7:18 am

    Hm, looks like my comment got strangely cut off. Trying again!

    Ughh this looks SO good! *sighing with longing* Those perfectly creamy ice cream scoops… <3!
    I know exactly what you mean about that dessert struggle. I've never been much of a baker or sweet eater in general, but I also feel like a food blog should contains at least a couple of sweet recipes. It's for sure the section i struggle with the most! I've lost count on how many cakes have come out of the oven as total failures, and it's the worst feeling. I hate to throw away food! Often I just eat the damn cookies or whatever anyway. Or hide them in the back of the freezer and forget about them hehe *oops*. But dessert doesn't have to be a fancy cake, it can for sure be a slightly sweeter than usual smoothie/milkshake, or raw energy balls or just dates stuffed with peanut butter. I think those are totally legit recipes to post on a food blog or in a cookbook ;)
    This looks amazing anyway! Now I kinda just feel like spiking my banana-chai smoothie with an espresso shot, to get the worst craving out of the way (bc making my own ice cream is a huge threshold for me)
    xx AgnesReplyCancel

  • Leah M | love me, feed me27/04/2016 - 9:45 am

    Oh my goodnesssss, I am so in love with everything about this recipe. I can’t wait to make it!! Also in love with all the pictures (and every other picture you ever post)!!ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout27/04/2016 - 10:47 am

    Mmm! This looks amazingggggg <3 I work in a gelato/coffee shop in the summers and we make homemade vegan flavours. Affogatos have always been my go to sweet treat there. It is perfect because you don't need too much gelato to make it taste great, and it just becomes this amazing melty pool of deliciousness!ReplyCancel

  • Allyson27/04/2016 - 10:59 am

    Affogato is the only way I like coffee, and I love the look of this particular affogato. And as someone who doesn’t own an ice cream maker I appreciate your thorough investigation of alternate methods of freezing. I hear what you’re saying about not having a lot of dessert recipes on your blog, but for me it’s a very different problem. I’m a pastry cook by profession, and so when I’m trying to figure out what to post I rarely do desserts, because the ones I gravitate to are so complex and not well suited to online spaces. Plus, a few squares of dark chocolate really is the best everyday dessert.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full27/04/2016 - 12:05 pm

    I loooooove that you made this affogato with banana ice cream. For someone who doesn’t have an ice cream maker (aka me) this is perfect. Also love the combination of coffee + chai, it reminds me of my Starbucks order ;)ReplyCancel

  • Simone27/04/2016 - 12:16 pm

    Good lord. This is all the things I love in one cup! Laura, you’re a crazy genius.ReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw27/04/2016 - 1:25 pm

    Frickkkkkkk this looks amazing! Holy s. My less than glamorous kitchen can totally handle this, thank you for the multiple options regarding freezing the mixtures! Also… “I can’t handle the agony of dessert defeat”––Laura, that is literally my life. Sooo embarrassing to stay up way past my (grandmotherly) bedtime just to attempt to salvage a batch of freaking cupcakes. I need more agony-free dessert ventures, heh. This is gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Libby27/04/2016 - 2:58 pm

    Are you kidding me?

    Dirty. Yes.
    Masala. Yessss.
    Chai. MMHMM!

    You got me so enthusiastic.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime27/04/2016 - 5:48 pm

    I’ve never had affogato! I’m much the same with sweets/desserts (down to the dessert routine of chocolate or a sweet drink) — so I loved your framing of affogato as something that can actually be less fussy than a pastry or baked dessert. It’s not something I ever considered making at home. Loving your play on flavors here, too. Thanks for the push.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Abram27/04/2016 - 6:59 pm

    This looks sooooo good!! Love the dirty chai flavour!ReplyCancel

  • I love affogato! This looks so, so good and the pictures are beautiful!

    Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn28/04/2016 - 7:08 am

    Don’t even worry about the dessert situation lady!!! I love that you post amazing savory recipes that are approachable and real meal food…I mean, that’s the inspiration I need/love!!! Desserts great and all, but its all over the vegan blog world…its amazing healthy delicious plant based entrees that are lacking in that community… and you totally bring it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Ladenburger28/04/2016 - 1:20 pm

    I am a big fan of the affogato, and this rendition looks amazing. I’m also very in favor of you writing about whatever you most love on your blog. There are other sources for pastry, after all. ;) But this fits the bill for easy company dessert for sure!ReplyCancel

  • thefolia28/04/2016 - 1:31 pm

    Viva la affogato and of course masala chai! My days would be lost without them. Happy feasting!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well29/04/2016 - 5:21 pm

    Thank you for introducing me to this creamer Laura! I just saw that it’s sold at my favorite market here in town, picking some up this weekend! And I want to dive head first into a bucket of this ice cream. STAT.ReplyCancel

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