Sitting down to finally write out this post has been harder than usual. Don't get me wrong, I love the process of putting together each post - testing the recipe, taking the photos, EATING the recipe, editing, writing etc. This week has just been more challenging than others. For one, it is just so FREAKING beautiful outside that I can't seem to find a time that I would rather be inside on my computer than outside enjoying the world. I've also been sick this week, work has been very busy, anddddd I stupidly spilled water on my laptop, which almost prevented this post from coming out at all! Anyways, nothing too dramatic really, just a busy and full week which I am grateful for (besides the computer issues).
Over the last few months, I have become obsessed with reading medical memoirs. This book, The Secret Language of Doctors by Dr. Brian Goldman, is the sixth medical memoir type book that I've read in three months. I finished reading his first book, The Night Shift: Real Life in the Heart of the ER, and was totally hooked. I have always been pretty fascinated by hospitals and doctors, and this book gives an amazing insight into that world. Goldman's writing is so honest, and his goal to unveil hidden truths about the culture of hospitals and medical professionals is something that I find fascinating and admirable. Of course, not being a medical professional myself I don't know what is left out of this book, but he covers such a wide range of topics with a huge scope of research and at least for now I feel like I can trust what I am reading and feel like I am getting a multiplicity of perspectives. There is just something so fascinating about delving into a world you don't know a lot about, and discovering that each little pocket of our existence has a code and a language that people abide by. I think that exists in the food blogging world just as much as anywhere else, and it is awesome to get a peak inside someone else's space.
Next week, I am heading out on a little road to Bonnaroo (the music festival)! I am super stoked about it, and will definitely tell you stories when I get back. I hope that I will get it together to have a post for next week while I am away, but if not I promise there will be something the week after. I hope everyone is enjoying the sun, and takes the opportunity to kick back and relax with this cold, creamy, sweet drink and a book in a cool patch of grass. xo
Minty Chocolate Shake
- 2 cups frozen banana slices
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup water (or more coconut milk)
- 2 tbsp cocoa OR cacao powder
- 2 sprigs mint (apprx. 18 leaves)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp lucuma powder (optional)
Combine everything in a blender and blend on high until smooth! Enjoy immediately :)