I’ve decided that every Thursday for the 29 days of rice journey I’ll do a #TBT vibe and muse on past rice-based treats and creations. Practical? Oh yes! 29 days of anything is pretty hardcore, but well worth it! Still, these noms especially are simply divine, so there’s no reason to drool a little over this heavenly mixture. So easy and well worth it – it also makes a great gift, which was its original purpose 🙂 I also want to do a little thinking out loud and share a delicious wild rice salad that I whipped up for lunch today. I hadn’t planned on making anything new on Thursdays but there was some tasty business going on and I like sharing (some might say over-sharing, but honestly how else does one stay sane?)!
Firstly, let’s get the #TBT out of the way! Today I’ve chosen one of my absolute favourite treats that I don’t make nearly enough, blackstrap carob rice crispy treats – incidentally Man-thing is a fan of crispy treats, so this is as much a flashback as it is incentive for me to make more for the weeks of horror and packing ahead.
Blackstrap carob rice cripsy treats <– click me for the recipe!
- 1/2 cup cooked brown + wild rice
- 1/2 cup steamed green beans
- 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 finely diced radishes
- 1 handful spinach
- 1/2 large yellow pepper
- 6 whole almonds, crushed
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 cup cucumber, peeled
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- smoked paprika + white pepper
- pinch of brown sugar/agave/syrup of choice
- In your food processor, chop down your spinach til it’s somewhat shredded and bite-sized.
- Scoop into your serving bowl and rinse out the machine.
- Blend together your dressing ingredients until creamy.
- Toss together the rest of the ingredients with the spinach and drizzle the dressing on top.
:p Don’t you love simple instructions?
This may seem like a rather basic recipe and salad, but that’s the beauty of it all! With the little bit of nuts it just becomes really delicious and filling – perfect lunch material! You can add some beans in there if you like or serve with a side of steamy hot toasty rye bread with some of the excess dressing on top and a smear of either jam or mustard (SERIOUSLY nom on both counts, despite how crazy it sounds).
Anyway, I have to end today on a sad note, because this is also Thinking Out Loud Thursday. It’s got nothing to do with food, but something even more important: cats. This part of the post was the most difficult to write, obviously, but I need to share and figured that if I just start writing it’ll all hopefully make sense and help me get to grips with what has happened.
As some of you might know, I volunteer at a cat shelter, Be Wise Sterilize. We also foster kittens occasionally (although not now when we’re just moving), and it is really one of the most precious opportunities I’ve ever had. It really is a magical experience socializing kittens or giving them a safe place to stay on the way to their forever homes, and we’ve been blessed with really beautiful and spirited creatures.
I sent an email to one of our adoptees the other day to ask how it was going with Pabla/Illy, who was initially one of my shy black kittens. I love to hear about how my kitties progress and to get update photos, because they honestly become like family. Unfortunately her human said she suddenly fell ill and was diagnosed with FIP and had to be euthanized, even though she wasn’t even a year old.
I honestly don’t know what to do at this point, because I’m heartbroken for her humans, and it is clear she was very loved and really blossomed under their care. We still plan to foster once we move to our new place (part of the reason we got a bigger place = more room for foster cats), but things like this really make me fear for how gutting the whole process can be, and that sometimes creatures pass away and out of your life in a moment.
It’s really amazing how quickly one can bond with animals though, and that’s why it breaks my heart that there is still such large-scale slaughter of animals, because there’s something precious and unique in each creature, even if they’re not necessarily fluffy and cute, and are often out of our line of sight on a daily basis. I know a lot of people in Real Life think veganism is ridiculous and an over-the-top response to what’s happening in the world, but honestly it sometimes doesn’t feel enough, and the suffering is just so surreal, immense and never-ending that whatever I do in my little corner of the earth is just pulled underwater. I’m sure lots of people feel that way about things they’re passionate about, and I guess that’s one of the pitfalls of consciousness; being able to comprehend the enormity of one’s own perceived insignificance, and yet simultaneously celebrate the significance of creatures such as Pabla/Illy.
Anyway, you were loved, Illy! ❤