I am writing to you from the middle of the night. This feels strangely similar to last week, and all I can say is that I have been very busy. Working a physically demanding job is definitely taking a toll on me. I am used to going to bed relatively early and waking naturally around 7am. This is not the case anymore and I routinely find myself rolling out of bed at 9:30am! I guess it is just a good example of when to listen to your body's needs, and to make sure you get as much sleep as your body requires (which admittedly I am doing a bad job of right now).
This past weekend my brother came over in the morning and I made these waffles for us to share. It was so nice, sitting in the late morning light sipping on coffee and sharing pieces of waffle. We all had our laptops out, working on various school projects, and it was cozy in a studious and slightly stressed kind of way.
I never really post link roundups over here, but I thought I would share a quick few things that have been getting me through this busy end of semester time:
I just started reading NW by Zadie Smith and it is beautiful. I always fall into her novels in a way that I have found harder with fiction lately. They are captivating, chilling, and so human. I also listened to this interview with Zadie Smith and highly recommend it if you are interested in her work.
Re-listening to this book series on audiobook is keeping me calm and filled with magic and adventurous feelings!
Ashlae's Easy No-Bake Cookies are practically a staple around here, especially when the need for a quick chocolate snack is on the rise ;)
I have struggled with skin issues since I was a teenager, usually the worst around my period (hormonal acne = THE WORST). Rosehip Seed Oil has literally changed my life. I started using it a couple of months ago and am in love. My skin has really never been better, and that makes it worth the slightly pricey little bottle.
Lastly, have you seen the movie Moonlight? It is stunningly dark, emotional, beautifully shot and will leave you in tears. It is the kind of movie that doesn't leave you after you exit the theatre but hangs in a kind of impermeable cloud, not letting you forget the feelings and visuals that took place.
Here are some cozy waffles to make on a snowy weekend morning. They are infused with earl grey tea and topped with the fluffiest decadent sweet lucuma cream. They are entirely vegan AND gluten free. I don't think I need to convince you, just try them out <3 <3 <3
earl grey waffles w/ sweet lucuma coconut cream
Makes 2 waffles
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1/3 cup chickpea flour
- 2 tsp loose leaf earl grey tea
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups coconut milk (boxed not canned)
- 1 tbsp honey, agave, or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
Sweet Lucuma Coconut Cream
- 1 can coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
- 1 1/2 tbsp lucuma powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or agave
Preheat your waffle iron as per its instructions.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flours, tea, baking powder, nutmeg salt). Add in the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Pour half the batter into your waffle maker and cook according to the instructions for your machine.
To make the lucuma cream open the can of coconut cream and discard any liquid (I like to open my can upside down so that I can easily pour out any liquid). Scoop out the coconut cream and add it to a mixing bowl with the lucuma powder and vanilla. Whip the cream with handheld electric beaters until smooth. Keep in fridge.
To make the chocolate sauce place all ingredients in a small pot over medium heat. Whisk until melted and combined and removed from heat.
To serve place a generous amount of sweet lucuma coconut cream on top of each waffle and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Serve immediately!