Vegan coconut blood orange lassi with cardamom - The First Messpin it!
Another week, another tasty sip, and another list of things I read/enjoyed/thought about. I think I’m finally starting to dip into some January blahs. The appeal of cozying has dulled a touch and I kinda just want to go outside and play in the dirt a bit. This creeping feeling could possibly explain why I spontaneously jumped on a Winter seat sale for Hawaii flights last week while casually browsing my Facebook newsfeed. We’re going to Oahu for the end of February for about 10 days. I haven’t had a proper vacation in a while, so this is pretty major for me. If you’ve got ’em, tell me your hot tips for food, hikes/nature-y things, general stuff to do, and any leads on totally excellent Mai Tais in the comments! Hugs.

Stupid gardening moves and “compost mouth.”

A self care explosion.

Psychic Teachers Podcast. My friend called to tell me about this early in the week, and I’m so glad he did. I find it extra calming in the evening hours. Every episode begins with a stone of the week, an animal of the week, and a weekly meditation.

How you eat VS what you eat and a beautiful porridge recipe.

An excellent healing crystals diagram from a book that I’m really into right now.

I’ve probably linked to this before, but it’s worth another read if you’re an Ina Garten super fan like me.

On living in a commune: “A mirroring process with many mirrors.”

Mast Brothers and the embarrassment of being lured in by “old-fashioned”/artisanal foods.

I have a hunch that a lot of you read Zen Habits regularly. A great, recent interview with its founder here.

“I’m doing sit-ups with my virtual boyfriend.” Equal parts funny and awful.

5 planets have come down to party for the next couple weeks. If you get up early enough (northern hemisphere dwellers), you’re in for a sight.

How newer adult friendships keep you on your toes, nervous, and fully alive.

Summertime cucumber kimchi dreams (minus the shrimp paste for me).

My blog crush + Instagram crush right now.

I lean on dry spices and herbs in the Winter pretty heavily because I’m roasting giant trays of vegetables all the time. This is a great guide.

Yoga pant citations and taking care of the things you already have to gain a better understanding of who you really are.

Baby sloth spa day. Dead.

Vegan coconut blood orange lassi with cardamom - The First Messpin it!
Print the recipe here!
Serves: 2-3
Notes: The ripe pear really makes this drink work. I freeze chunks of peeled pears all the time for my shakes. It’s great when I want something thick and lightly creamy, but without the distinctly banana-ish taste. I find an alternative lassi is most successful when you incorporate some type of less acidic fruit as the base–ie banana, mango (more typical), papaya etc, so the pear really does need to be ripe here. I used coconut yogurt for this, but if you aren’t dairy-averse, feel free to use whatever you like.

1 ripe pear, peeled, cored + chopped (I used a bosc)
2 small-medium blood oranges, peeled + chopped
2 pitted medjool dates
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder/extract
1 cup cultured coconut milk/coconut yogurt
1/2 cup plant-based milk
tiny pinch of sea salt

Combine all of the ingredients in an upright blender and blitz on high until completely smooth.

  • Christine30/01/2016 - 9:51 am

    This sounds delicious and reminds me that I haven’t bought blood oranges yet this year. I don’t think I’ve even seen them yet but hopefully soon! I’m obsessed with cardamom and I can’t wait to try this with the pear. Excellent links by the way – as soon as I read “energy vampire” in the show notes, I had a feeling the psychic podcast would be right up my alley especially considering some of the clients I’ve had lately at work – yikes. And the crystal chart, mast bros article … so much to read and think about. Have a super weekend Laura! xo (ps – yay Hawaii!!! so awesome)ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/01/2016 - 4:13 pm

      I feel like blood oranges have juuuust started appearing in the stores around here. Last time I went to pick some up, the signage said “Blood Oranges,” but they were definitely grapefruits when I got them home (good thing I like grapefruit). I triple checked this time :D Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • Sarah | Well and Full30/01/2016 - 10:16 am

    Ahh I’m so excited for you that you’re going to Hawaii!! It’s on my bucket list and I’m dying to get there one day. Having a real vacation will be really nice I’m sure. And I hear you on the January blahs… all of a sudden I’ve been overwhelmed with this urge to be outside and garden! I’m so excited for spring :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/01/2016 - 4:15 pm

      I think we’re all past that “resolutions, starting over, yayayaya!” part of the year and now Spring is just waaaaay too far away. More time for cooking I guess ;)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Heidi30/01/2016 - 11:15 am

    Love the list of things you’ve read/enjoyed/thought about! Thanks for sharing! I love cardamom, but I tend to just use it on my coffee or oatmeal, so off to the store I go for some pears….☺ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/01/2016 - 4:16 pm

      I’ve never tried cardamom in my coffee and I’m definitely going to remedy that tomorrow morning :D

  • Nina30/01/2016 - 3:55 pm

    Love the idea of cardamom and Blood Orange in a Lassi! – A perfect winter drink. I so much enjoyed the eclectic mix of links,and especially the story on female friendships! And wauw, thanks for including my blog in this post! I feel so honored, Laura, your blog is so inspiring, both phtography writing and the food style! Have a lovely weekend and greetings from the Netherlands :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/01/2016 - 4:19 pm

      I think the female friendship article was my favourite this week. I appreciate your work so much, Nina, so I’m happy to share it with (hopefully) some new readers. Have a nice weekend!
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Michelle Morrison30/01/2016 - 7:52 pm

    Ah, Hawaii. I went on vacation there thirty years ago and never went back. Food: check out the Farmers Market Saturday mornings at Kapiolani College.. Lots of prepared food to eat there. For more traditional farmers market, Windward Mall Wednesday afternoon. My two favorite restaurants: “The Monkey Pod” on the west side across the street from the Disney resort ( which also has the best Mai tai on Oahu and a great happy hour) and “Town” in Kaimuki…. Both farm to table type restaurants. “Down to Earth” which has three locations on Oahu is a vegetarian grocery store with a great salad bar and hot table. Hikes: don’t miss the Diamond Head hike, which should be done early morning or it gets too hot. I also like the Aiea Loop trail, Maunawili Falls, Waimea Falls (easy) and Manoa Falls which all end with guess what? A waterfall, of course! Caution: don’t swim in these falls with open cuts or wounds. Google “Leptospirosis” to find out why. Touristy stuff: Glider rides on the North Shore…ask for Mr. Bill. Polynesian Cultural Center…the “actors” are real Polynesians attending BYU. Pearl Harbor, it’s FREE but Check their website for some VERY IMPORTANT info before you go….and THE BEACHES!!!! North shore can be pretty knarly this time of year with the big waves, sometimes so big swimming is off limits. I love Kailua Beach on the Windward side…more of a morning beach as clouds/wind move in late afternoon, and of course Waikiki is good all the time…gentle. Lastly/sadly, don’t leave any valuables in your car. Back in the 1700’s when Captain Cook first came to the islands some natives stole his boat and it all ended very badly. Unfortunately, some of that stuff still continues to this day, so be forewarned and be careful. Other than that, HAVE A WONDERFUL VACATION and welcome to my island!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 4:01 pm

      Hey Michelle! How amazing that you found your true home on vacation. Thanks so much for sending all of these fantastic recommendations and tips. I’ve bookmarked what I can and made a note of everything else.
      Much, much appreciated :)

  • Shilpa31/01/2016 - 10:39 am

    Absolutely love these links! Just discovered Nourish Atelier too! Love her feed. Am totally making this beauty drink this morning on this rainy(!?) last day in January.ReplyCancel

  • […] Currently obsessed with all things blood orange, and looking forward to trying this coconut blood orange lassi with cardamom. […]ReplyCancel

  • Ashlae31/01/2016 - 4:22 pm

    Went to the store to get blood oranges this morning and THEY WERE OUT. May have let out an audible YOU HAVE GOT TO BE #%@&ing KIDDING ME!!!!!?!?! Needless to say, Thom didn’t get the lassi I promised. :-//////ReplyCancel

  • O wow, I’d love to go there. Enjoy and share your tips later :)ReplyCancel

  • Allyson31/01/2016 - 7:25 pm

    No tips on Hawaii here, just wanted to say thanks for all the great links. I was having a rough day, but it’s brighter after spending a little time here. And that blood orange lassi looks amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 4:02 pm

      Happy to add a little brightness when I can :)

  • Robin | CaliGirl Cooking31/01/2016 - 9:31 pm

    You MUST go to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel for THE classic Mai Tai! Beautiful view too. Whereabouts will you be staying? I lived on Oahu for three years and have so many recommendations of things to do/places to go/places to eat depending on what you’re looking for. Feel free to drop me a line!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 4:07 pm

      We’re staying right by The Royal Hawaiian (for half the trip) and I’ve read that their mai tais are aces! We’re staying in a little studio in Haleiwa for the other half. I’ve read that the beaches/waves are pretty intense there this time of year, so we’ll see ;)

  • mary-clay | the open oven31/01/2016 - 11:53 pm

    whoa, hawaii! have the most fun. this lassi looks lovely – I’m obsessed with the blood orange.ReplyCancel

  • danielle // rooting the sun31/01/2016 - 11:57 pm

    laura, a note to say that this lassi is banging. i’ve successfully been thinking about it all weekend & you bet as soon as i have blood oranges in check around here i will pounce them for the chance to get this going in my morning life. flavors so smart lady. ♥ ps yes to hawaiiReplyCancel

  • Monica @ Wok Like Me01/02/2016 - 2:19 am

    Holy moly. Blood orange anything is my shiiiii. Had a blood orange saison while visiting the US last year. Perfect. Can’t wait to round up some winter citrus here in Beijing and give this a try!ReplyCancel

  • Christine01/02/2016 - 5:35 pm

    The combination of coconut, cardamom, and blood oranges sounds brilliant. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine01/02/2016 - 10:23 pm

    Hi there, I always enjoy reading your posts and this time I saw that you were going to Oahu. I’m from there, though recently moved to the Pacific Northwest, and thought you would appreciate some tips :)
    Coffee & Food:1) Morning Glass Coffee and Cafe (Manoa) 2) The Curb Kaimuki
    Food: 1) Pig and the Lady (Chinatown) 2) The Tavern (Chinatown) 3) Beetbox Cafe (Haleiwa) 4) ‘Ai Love Nalo (Waimanalo) 5) La Cocina (Kakaako) 6) Town Kaimuki (Kaimuki)
    Drinks: 1) Bevy (Kakaako) 2) Pint and Jigger (King St)
    Treats: 1) Waiola Shave Ice (Kapahulu St) 2) Banan Food Truck (Diamond Head) 3) Otto Cheesecakes (Kaimuki) 4) Via Gelato (Kaimuki) 5) Manoa Chocolate Co.
    Places: 1)Paiko (plants and HI made goods), 2) Owens and Co. (Chinatown)
    Best Beaches: Avoid Waikiki unless you really want to see it (if you go, eat at Bills Waikiki and sit upstairs) 1) most beaches on North Shore 2)Kailua or Lanikai beach but will be crowded (if in Lanikai do the pillboxes hike or kayak to the Mokes Islands off the shore)
    Hikes: Diamond Head has a great view but very busy and hot, rather an urban hike. Otherwise 1) Wiliwilinui 2) Kokohead and/or Kokohead Crater 3) Koliouou 4) hawaii Loa Ridge 5) Maunawili falls (Hike #1, 3 & 4: you’ll hit a guard station but if you tell them you’re there for the hike theyll let you in with a pass).
    I could go on but I hope that helps, have a lovely time on Oahu!ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/02/2016 - 4:10 pm

      Thanks for all of these amazing and thoughtful recommendations, Jasmine! Incredibly helpful. Making a note of all of these! :D

  • Grace06/02/2016 - 4:53 pm

    I have been LOVING the psychic teachers podcast. I listened to it on my 5 hour drive yesterday. Such great stuff. Thanks for sharing. I’m loving these link posts.ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/02/2016 - 7:48 pm

      Isn’t it incredible? It’s part of my evening wind-down ritual now. Glad you’re into the link posts! :)

  • oh hey, I live on Oahu. I’ve hosted The Vegan Lisa before and would love to meet up, and can help you with seeking out awesome veg-friendly options around town :)

    Looks like a lot of other folks also shared some insight, so let me know if you need some more!

    aloha, Andrea BReplyCancel

  • hannah-phoebe11/02/2016 - 4:09 pm

    I cannot thank you enough for introducing me to Psychic Teachers!ReplyCancel

  • meryl kramer04/05/2019 - 9:36 am

    I am a regular smoothie drinker, and seem to have gotten into a boring routine. I follow your blog, and often am inspired by your recipes. This one caught my eye because I have lots of organic ripe pears in the fridge. I was skeptical, but I am glad to say it was DELISH! I didnt have blood oranges so I used clementines instead. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

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