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Monday, February 27, 2012

Raw Pie and an Eruption

I know it's time for a video, but I am not sure how to airbrush a video and I'm just getting rid of this mountain of a nose pimp. I've been a W.C. Fields look alike for about a week. I just rethunk the opening of this food blog. Some might call this lead-in unappetizing or TMI.  But this is my blog! And it's good information if you get a pimple and have to deal with the world at large.

This bubble perches on my lower left nostril and looks like I snatched it from the Whole Foods olive bar. In order to avoid people's stares, I kept my head cocked all the way to the left.This worked for a couple of days until people got nosey. Why are you holding your head that way, GiGi?
What way? 
You know, sideways to the left. I forgot my neck thingy.
 After a couple of days of this I found it much easier to don a neck brace and tell everybody I skateboarded into my refrigerator.  
I mean adult pimps are embarrassing.  And for the life of me I couldn't figure how this ungodly  eruption even erupted. I don't do sugar, I almost never do chocolate. I'm vegan, of course so there is no toxic waste in my body. Wait, I think I know. Oh nuts! No really, nuts! I mean they are a powerhouse of good nutrition, packed with protein, fiber, monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, folic acid, magnesium, copper and antioxidants. And they help reduce the risks of heart disease and diabetes. But alas, the key to healthy living is moderation. I know this, and my nose knows this. And yet we are still extreme.

Warning: the following recipe was made in a kitchen by nuts with extra nuts. (I just reread this, I didn't mean the double entendre, but I'm not changing this now.)
Raspberry or Caramel Cashew Creme Pie
Adapted From

1/2 cup raw pecans 17 soft pitted dates
1/4 cup raw flaked coconut (I used finely shredded)

3 1/2 cups raw cashews (soaked over night) then drained
2/3 cup agave nectar
2/3 cup extra virgin coconut oil warmed
2/3 cup orange juice
1 tsp non-alcoholic vanilla
3/4 C raspberry preserve or Cara's caramel

Need 8" spring form or cake pan, lined with parchment.

Soak cashews overnight, or for about 4 hours. Drain. Prepare crust. In the bowl of a food processor, chop dates, nuts and coconut until it holds together when you press it between your itsy bitsy fingers. Press the crust evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan. (Don't go up the sides). Set aside. Warm the jar of coconut oil in a bowl of warm water. Add the coconut oil, cashews, agave, orange and vanilla to blender, and blend well (until completely smooth). If making the raspberry option, spread raspberry onto crust and then pour the filling on top and freeze for 4 hours, or over night. If you've opted for caramel just pour filling into the crust. Make caramel according to the link below and swirl on top, then freeze. To serve, let the cheesecake thaw for about 30 minutes, or until you can't wait any longer.
This pie is a great base for anything. I made it with the raspberry. One night I made a batch of Cara from Fork and Bean's caramel. I put the caramel in a squirt bottle and made concentric circles atop and called it Labyrinth pie.

Both the raspberry pie and Labyrinth pies are great, but you only have to walk in circles while devouring the Labyrinth pie. Both pies might require a neck brace.


  1. Duuuuuuuuuuude that looks SO freakin' good! I cannot stop drooling!! And laughing at the image of a Whole Foods sized olive on your nose :)

  2. Thanx Cara. Your caramel is a winner. And perfect for a squirt bottle! It's like spin art.
    Funny to you maybe hahaha, my nose didn't take kindly to it though ;)

  3. The pie looks great!

    I agree- adult pimples are embarrassing. I'll get one from time to time and just hate them!

  4. I'm never EVER going to look at olives the same way again! Thank you very much!! LOL

    The pie looks amazing. :)

    Have a few body cooling foods - lime juice, tender coconut water, basil seeds soaked in water, vegan buttermilk and yogurt... The system cooling will make that pimp go away forever.

  5. Thanx, Molly. I hope you are all healed from you recent injury. And yukk to adult pimps.

  6. Haha, Susmith (y) I know sorry about that, me neither.
    Is that ayurvedic advice, I love it. Great suggestion. Thank you!!

  7. This cheesecake sounds so uber delicious! I've enjoyed many a cashew cheesecake, but I still haven't made one for myself. I just have one worry. Is there a strong flavor of coconut in the cheesecake because of the coconut oil? Last month I tried to make a cashew frosting with coconut oil, and the coconut taste really overwhelmed the flavor. What do you think? Could it be the variety of coconut oil that I purchased? Are some stronger than others?

    In other news, I hope your skin clears up pronto! The world needs another one of your videos! :)

  8. I love raw pie made with cashews - it's da best. And I'm certain your fine ass doesn't need no airbrushin'! MAKE THE FREAKING VIDEO.

  9. Well, you've one me over...or I'm a sucker. Just read your guest post on Fork and Beans and a couple months of your old posts and now stalkin...err...following you. Who knows? I'm easily distracted, but as long as I'm reading blogs I'll definitely be reading yours!

    Oh, and this pie looks very tasty ;)

    1. It's amazing that I've spoken and written in English all my life...I clearly meant WON. Perhaps I meant "pulled one over on me" and "won me over." I have tendency to speak and type before I've completely decided what I mean. Bah!

  10. Hi Cadry-
    One of my friends, is not a coconutlover, and she loved this cashew creme cake. She says the coconut flavor is very subtle. I used TJ's coconut oil for this pie.

    Video to come soon! Thank you!!!

  11. PS is there such a word as Coconutlover?

  12. Ashlae!!! Hahaha. I will make said, freakin' video.

  13. Hey Suuuucker, I mean Cassie.
    You number reader.
    Thank you for following!

  14. That's great! That's the same coconut oil that I have in the cupboard. Cashew cheesecake, here I come!

    P.S. There is now!

  15. yay, Cadry! Let me know how you like it!

  16. Pie looks scrumptious! :) Thanks for sharing! And I totally empathize with the adult pimp thing- man they suck! :/ Hope you are "bubble"-free by now. ;)


  17. Hey Silent Lotus so great to see you! Thank you. Yes, 'tis bubble free.

    Awww, thank you Jess!