Happy 4th! So far, my weekend has been full of four important things: balls, dates, pits, and nuts. Ummmmmmmmmm, let me explain.
I’m LOVING this weekend, and here’s why:
Last night, I actually got to go just sit in Hanco’s with my laptop and some balls. My apartment was clean all the way down to the bathtub. I had absolutely no homework. I had opened, sorted, and filed all my mail from the past month. And I had been productive in the kitchen in terms of processing a bunch of foods that have been piling up!
First order of business was to do something with these random dried Asian dates that my mom gave me last time I visited MA. I’m not sure about the story behind these dates or what their official name is, but I know they are ridiculously sweet (almost too sweet, and that’s saying a lot coming from my mouth fingers) in a very maple-y sense.
I remembered from working with them to make this rhubarb pie that the flesh was difficult to separate from the pits, so I let them soak for a couple of hours to try to loosen things up. After the soak, I set to work on chopping and chopping and chopping. I ended up with a bowl of flesh and a bowl of fleshy pits. (That sounds SO appetizing.)
First, I addressed the flesh by immersion-blending it to within an inch of its life.
This “date” paste bore a striking resemblance to Artisana‘s line of Bliss spreads/butters (aka crack), so I decided to get some bliss of my own going! Into the bowl went a bunch of unsweetened shredded coconut from Let’s Do Organic along with coconut oil and coconut butter from Artisana.
I also added coarse sea salt (like I said, these dates are just too sweet on their own!) and some South of the Border pistachio-peanut–dark-chocolate-strawberry butter. Oh, did I forget to mention that I made SOTB pistachio-peanut-dark-chocolate-strawberry butter?
I used my Mr. Coffee bean grinder to get everything to the paste-stage for the butter. Not wanting to destroy a third kitchen appliance in the name of nut butter, I finished it off with the immersion blender until it got creamy. This is such an effective method … as long as my immersion blender does not die on me, too!
So, back to the date bliss, I added a couple tbsp of SOTBPPSCS butter and immersion-blended some more. (Seriously, I will do more than cry if this immersion blender breaks!) The blissful result:
Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I can’t wait to use this on everything.
Meanwhile, remember the fleshy [date] pits? I threw them in a pot with a boiling mix of soymilk and water in the hopes that the flesh would just melt off. No luck:
I gave it a few hours of simmering while I did productive things around the apartment, and then I just gave up and scooped out the fleshy pits, leaving the super-sweetened soymilk and water in the pot. I stirred in a few tbsp of ground flax, removed from heat, and poured the mixture into a bowl to chill. But it did not firm up quite enough due to the high ratio of liquid to flax:
So I added 3/4 cup oats for a little soak and came out with a nice, thick muesli-esque base:
Mmmmm, it actually tastes like maple brown sugar oatmeal because of the super maple-y essence of these dates! It appears that eating overnight flax-date oats has just joined the agenda for the weekend 😀
What are your four things for the 4th?
12 thoughts on “Four things for the 4th”
Lovely creation you’ve got there… I don’t think I would’ve thought to do that!
My 4 things: cleaning, cooking, eating, relaxing 🙂
pistachio-peanut-dark-chocolate-strawberry butter sounds INCREDIBLE! I think you need to put together a cookbook!
My 4 things? So far, cookies, caffeine, camera and crack (wrap- my ‘modified version using felafel instead of hummus!) Not a bad morning 😉
Happy 4th! 😀
I am in awe of your genius.
My four things: packing, organizing, taking photos, and cheering cause I’m happy to go home!
Best nut butter combination ever! You always floor me with your new, creative ideas.
That nut butter looks incredible! I think those dates are the same thing I had in Taiwan before they were dried. They were bright green and kind of like apples. Very tasty. I read that they turn red as they continue to ripen.
cleaning, wedding stuff, hanging out with family and friends (that’s one) and fireworks!!! see you later!
yay for no homework and a clean house 🙂
O0o: sangria, grilling, dancing and friends!
Yum with the butter creation. Dates are super filling ie everytime I eat a Larabar I’m full for 37 hours.
My 4 things: bug spray, (white) potato salad, corn, and friends!!
Great idea to use the stick blender at the end! Happy 4th to you!
My 4 things:
Happy July 4th!
That nut butter combo sounds amazing! And I love the sound of those oats, yum!
Happy 4th of July!
I love the creations in this post! Thay all look SO good!