Wednesday was a pretty good day for me and An Unrefined Vegan. After a long absence, I recently re-created my BlogHer account, updated my profile and photo, and added a few posts – a recipe and a couple of short, non-recipe posts that I’d previously published here on my blog. So I was delighted when I was contacted by BlogHer to let me know they’d featured my article, We Have A Beehive. We Just Don’t Use It for Honey (originally titled Honey is For Bees) in their Work/Life section. It almost makes me feel like a bonafide writer!
But even more exciting (for me, anyway!) was being interviewed by Ms. Laura Theodore – a.k.a. The Jazzy Vegetarian – on her BlogTalkRadio show of the same name. Laura is the consummate hostess and despite the swarm of butterflies in my stomach, she put me at ease as we chatted on the phone to record the interview. We talked about food photography, the Virtual Vegan Potluck, my terminal illness primer, and my upcoming cookbook (she’s contributing a luscious truffle recipe!) and I shared a super-simple pasta dish that utilizes the abundance of garden-fresh tomatoes, zucchini, and basil. Thank you so much, Laura, and BIG congratulations to her on signing on for her 4th season of her PBS show and for her upcoming cookbook.
A fun aside: When I was doing a little research for my review of Laura’s Jazzy Vegetarian Classics, I was amazed and thrilled to learn that she is a Cleveland girl like myself. I later learned that we grew up only a few streets apart in the same part of Cleveland and she has family connections to the suburban town to which my family eventually moved. I knew there was a reason I immediately liked her!
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Today I’m still floating around on a cloud, but I’m not too out of it to share a very easy, summery, and yummy pie recipe that is a great excuse to pick up a basket of beautiful apricots.
- 1 9-inch pre-baked gluten-free, whole wheat pie crust, or raw crust
- 4 fresh apricots, pitted and roughly chopped
- 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup raw cashew pieces, soaked for an hour or so, rinsed and drained
- 4 medjool dates, soaked with the cashews, roughly chopped
- 1 1/4 cups coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp. arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp. agar powder
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 425-degrees. Put the apricot chunks in a baking dish and toss with the maple syrup and cinnamon. Bake, stirring once or twice, for about 15 minutes. The apricots should be soft and just starting to brown. Set aside to cool.
- Once cool, put the apricots in the prepared pie crust. Set aside.
- In a high-speed blender, process the cashews, dates, coconut milk, arrowroot powder and agar powder until very smooth. You don't want any cashew or dates pieces left. Pour the mixture into a small saucepan and whisk constantly over medium heat for about 5 minutes. The mixture will thicken and turn glossy. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Pour the custard over the apricots in the pie crust, smoothing so that it reaches the edges of the pie. Tap on the counter a few times to remove bubbles, then place the pie in the refrigerator to set - about 3 hours.