My debut cookbook, Greens 24/7, has been out for almost 6 months now (!!!!) and although I had some wonderful press and had lots of amazing reviews from my amazing blogging community, I haven't really done many meet the author events - or at least not any that I really promoted. I guess I'm still feeling a bit shy about the whole thing, and well, I can't imagine why anyone would want to come out and meet me! Silly, right?
In any event, I'm trying to put myself "out there" a bit more and I have 3 events coming up in June that I'm quite excited for - hopefully I'll have the chance to meet some of you at them!
June 4 // Sudbury Public Library, South End Branch // 630pm
I'll be giving a brief talk, presenting a demo of 2 recipes from the book, and of course we'll be enjoying samples! Online registration via the library's website is encouraged.
June 6 // Eat Local Sudbury // 12-2pm
Our local food co-op holds a special place in my heart as I worked there about 5 years ago and it's been amazing to see Eat Local continue to grow and prosper within our community. I'm also now a producer as well, selling my vegan baked goods there. As part of Local Food Week I'll be hanging out selling some of my Oh My Bakeshop goodies as well as selling and signing books. Very casual - come on by and chat vegan food with me!
June 15 // Read It and Eat Bookstore, Chicago // 6-8pm
Okay this one I'm really pumped for! I'll be hosting an author talk and Q&A at a brand new food-focused book store in Chicago and we will also be sampling the Zucchini Chocolate Cake from my book. Yum!
Additionally, if you've been enjoying your own copy of Greens 24/7, I'd love it if you could take a moment and add a review on amazon! XO
Also, totally not book related, but I've got another trip coming up this weekend that I'm over the moon excited about. The stars have finally aligned for me to head to Vida Vegan Con III taking place in Austin! I've never been to Austin but have heard nothing but good things. Mark is a trooper and is staying home to hang with Woodrow for 4 days while I go on a strict taco cleanse with all the lovely blogger-friends I've made in these past 4 years of blogging. And for the first time I get to meet many of them in the flesh too! So fun. If you're going to be at VVC as well, let me know - I'd love to say hello!
Ok - back to the smoothie. I don't know what was up with me over the weekend, but I wanted nothing to do with my beloved green smoothies. Nothing, nada, zilch. What I wanted was a rich and creamy, nut buttery milkshake. Not usually one to deny any cravings, I went ahead and whipped up a super satisfying, filling and protein-rich blender concoction.
Aside from the star ingredients of almond milk, banana and peanut butter, this smoothie contains some of my favourite superfoods: hormone-balancing and energizing maca powder with its subtle hint of caramel, fibre-filled oats to thicken the smoothie and fill me up, and of course cacao nibs on top. Because, chocolate.
I dare you to to sip this and not feel totally blissed out.
PB Milkshake Smoothie
makes 1 500ml serving
3 tbsp rolled oats
2 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 tbsp coconut cream (skimmed from the top of a chilled can of coconut milk)
3/4 cup almond milk
2 tsp maca powder
pinch of sea salt (omit if your PB is salted)
4-5 ice cubes
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and frothy. Pour into a glass, top with cacao nibs and enjoy.
Use a frozen banana for an even thicker, creamier, colder smoothie. The sea salt is completely optional, but I find a little pinch does a lot to bring out the sweetness of of the smoothie.
One last thing! There is still time to enter my Love Fed cookbook giveaway! Check out the review here and enter to win your own copy.