a few thoughts to chew… or crackers
I always think it’s funny when babies/kiddos do something new, or seem really interested in something that you jump to the conclusion that ‘That’s it! They are going to be a _______.’
I do it with Misty all the time:
- He draws all over the BBQ with chalk… he must be going to be a famous artist, possibly in the medium of charcoal portraits.
- He strums the guitar and sings (Daaaa! Daaaa! Daaaaa! It’s a great song)… he’s a future rock star, for sure.
He’ll probably be an accountant or something equally as boring.
I wonder what I used to be fascinated with as a child… I bet no one ever thought, ‘She’s definitely going to be a hippie- who dropped out of uni- that cooks weird food- and hangs out at home all day with her child.’ Not so glamorous, but a lot of fun for sure.
It’s my birthday tomorrow, so I’m getting all reflective on this past year… and years of my past. I’m definitely a happier person, and I think this is because I’ve stopped trying to “define,” myself. What you do for a job, what possessions you hold, where you’ve been in the world – all these things are important, yes, but they do not make you the person you are.
I think there’s so much pressure on kids/young adults to know “what they want to be” (when they grow up) – it’s haunted me for years. I’m still not close to any discernible answer to this. As a kid, I would answer with occupations that I thought would impress the “grown ups” – a vet, a teacher etc, etc. Really I should have just answered with,
‘I want to be a good person, and I want to have fun.’
That kids, is what it is all about.
Oh, and good food…. these may LOOK like cardboard, but it is tasty cardboard that utilises almond pulp nonetheless.
Cinnamon, Oat and Raisin Crackers
(RAW, Vegan, wheat/soy/seed/refined sugar/corn free)
- 2C leftover almond pulp (I use leftovers from almond milk making, but you could try almond meal here, I would add maybe 2T water though)
- 1C pitted prunes
- 1/2t sea salt
- 1t ground cinnamon
- 1C oats*
- 1/2C finely chopped dark raisins (or any dried fruit)
- Process together prunes, almond pulp, salt, cinnamon and oats until a soft dough forms. It doesn’t matter f the oats stay a bit chunky – this is nice for texture.
- Stir through chopped raisins and either spread out onto non stick dehydrator sheets, or do what I do… smoosh out onto pieces of baking paper (about 2mm thickness – I have a weird circular dehydrator that calls for some creative techniques)
- Dehydrate 8-12 hours at 60 degrees C for a chewier texture or 15-20 hours for a crispier cracker style snack.
Viper liked these chewier, I like them crispier. Viper also liked them eaten with a square of milk chocolate on the top… he said it was like the ultimate “fruit and nut.” I enjoyed with mashed banana and tahini. Misty kind of chewed one and then threw it at Boosty. Bless.