One Last Summer Fling

As a cool breeze stirs the daybreak
and the sun opens up our hearts
to an afternoon of warm bliss
then back again
to nightfall
where we reach for a furry throw
and a heated body...

It is Indian Summer,
and it doesn't come any finer, my Darlings.

But these delectable days, so fleeting,
and so fair
make me want to to take what's left of Summer
and make love to it
endlessly.

So I reach for a sacred bowl
of earthly pleasures.

Simple. Sensual. Sublime.

Join me for one last salt water kiss?

 

Summer Lovers Salad

  • 1 ripe organic cantaloupe
  • 1 qt organic strawberries
  • 1/2 organic cucumber, skin on, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 5-10 organic mint leaves
  • 5 organic basil leaves
  • Celtic salt

Just dice the cantaloupe and slice the strawberries, toss in the cukes, splash the vinegar, tear the leaves, and pinch the salt, Lusty Ones. It couldn't be more playful!

Strawberries are bursting with vitamin C, antioxidants, and beautifying minerals. An ancient love food, they are ruled by Venus and sacred to the Norse goddess Freya. How's that for divine?
Cantaploupe is also a lunar love food, wildly high in vitamin A and B-6. And cukes, of course, have that wonderful silica and sulfur in the skins that promote radiant hair and skin.

Saucy fact: Moon-y cucumbers were once placed under the noses of women who felt faint, as the refreshing scent was believed to revive them.

Swoon-worthy, indeed...

 

You now have in your hands a magical, beautifying, libido-revving treasure that's purrfect for any time of day or night. Enjoy it to the fullest!

And savor every sticky sweet salty sassy instant left in this season.
For soon, we pull Autumn in for a wild embrace...

But for today,
I'll meet you under the boardwalk,
sand in my hair,

xxx Alise

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The Cosmo Girl

It’s no secret that I love all things glamorous and sensual.

The pure joy of making every small detail special, sexy. 

The art of everyday glamour, if you will. 
It’s the little things. 

The tiny embroidered pouch that holds a jewel-hued vial of magic oil, nestled inside a velvet bag, to arise with langor from your purse, a pleasure to the touch.
The silken robe you wear just to check your emails in. The sparkly treasure boxes displayed regally upon your dressing table, whose only secrets are the mundane necessities they house. The gilded etched plate from which you nibble your gluten-free toast. 

I’ve always admired Dita von Teese for that.
The rituals of a glamorous life.
Once you get a taste, you’ll fall madly in love with it.
And the fact that you don’t need Dita’s bank account or social circle to create such beauty.

Of course, you do need to put some effort in. But it’s worth it.

When I was little, my young mother and her girlfriends all read Cosmopolitan magazine. It was, of course, a very different glossy back then. The cover girls were insanely gorgeous and sparkling, a mix of amplified glam and natural beauty. They weren’t famous, with the rare exception of a high-level bombshell film or tv star. And there were certainly no "famous-for-being-tacky" reality stars or manufactured pop silliness on those covers.
Inside the pages were secrets and stories, cheeky how-to’s, feline fashion spreads, ads to swoon over, and, of course, a very saucy monthly astrology guide, all aimed at a most bedazzling creature: The Cosmo Girl.

Vintage Glamorpusses.

Vintage Glamorpusses.

The Cosmo Girl had it all: a chic apartment, a great career, fab friends, and a sizzling love life. Oh, and the wardrobe for every possible situation. Everywhere she went, she brought style, smarts and sex appeal. I was madly in love with this idea. I didn’t even know what half of it referred to at that tender age, but I knew I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. 

In honor of this iconic gal, I’ll share with you one of my personal favorite Everyday Glamour Rituals:

A beauty potion in an impossibly sexy glass. With garnish. Mmm-hmm.

I’m a heavy drinker, you see: I knock back at least two each day.
And I’m talking the hard stuff.

Vitamins. Antioxidants. Minerals.

Oh, I love a real drink as much as anyone, of course. But skin needs hydration and craves nourishment…so this sexy little indulgence has major benefits.

So for you, my fluttering Butterflies,

I’m bringing back the Cocktail Hour.

Let me intoxicate you.

The Cosmo Girl

  • 8 C pure water
  • 3 Tbsp organic hibiscus flowers
  • 2 Tbsp organic rose hips (both found in natural food stores and online)
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • two slices of fresh organic orange
  • a good splash of unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 1-2 packets of stevia

Warm up the water in your little cauldron just to the point of heat, Loves, it doesn't need to boil. (Boiling actually can negate some of the beneficial properties naturally present in herbs and flowers.) With love in your heart, and a strong vision of the life you wish to create, sprinkle in the hibiscus and rose hips, and let them float on magic waters for...well, for as long as you like. Maybe overnight under the Full Moon tonight? 

When they're ready, add your lemon oil, oranges, and the pomegranate juice. Mix in the stevia to sweeten, chill, and you're ready to serve. I like to make a large batch, and keep it stored in a glass jar in the fridge. it keeps well for a few days, and over time the oils from the orange rind are released, deepening the flavor. 

In addition to powerful doses of vitamin C from the citrus, the pom provides super antioxidants, more vitamin C, A, E,  and a gorgeous color. It's actually one of the few fruits whose juice is as as beneficial as the actual fruit itself! It's also a rich source of myriad beauty minerals. 

Rose hips are the sacred fruit of this most treasured flower. Isn't that gorgeous? When all the petals have fallen, the rose hip remains, full with more vitamin C than an orange, and swelling with vitamin A, which keeps skin's elasticity, prevents wrinkles, and keeps those already formed from getting deeper. How's that for hot?

Speaking of heat, hibiscus tea ("karkady") was consumed by our wise ancient Egyptian ancestors to cool down on an arid desert day, as it carries the ability to lower body temperature, and is naturally moisturizing.  

So when you come in after a long day, grab a foxy glass and pour yourself a refreshing Beauty Cocktail. Don't have a selection of pretty drinking vessels? You need to get on that. Great ones can be had for pennies at dollar stores, flea markets, and discount housewares shops. See? Easy.

To your health, My Darlings!

Happy Full Blue Moon!

xxx Alise

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Tropical Temptations

I bit into the tender flesh of a nectarine this morning.
The first of the season.
The sweet nectar ran down my lip and I smiled.
Summer is waiting in the wings for her cue.

As I wrapped myself in a furry sweater on this chilly mountain morning, I smiled at the irony. Shaking off a late-Spring shiver while devouring a summer gift.

I am not a patient woman, as we all know. And the recent warm spell has had me in full-on tropical mode. 

So I've been concocting.

Inspired by “A Taste of Puerto Rico”
snagged from my dear friend, and borrowed indefinitely (thanks, Carlito), I've been playing, adapting classic treats from this fascinating food culture traditionally overflowing with dairy, wheat, deep frying and sugar...but nonetheless blossoming with colorful culinary delights.
I actually relish a challenge like this...l love to delve into regional cookbooks and find ways to Vixen-ize beloved, but usually unhealthy dishes.

My first offering to you? An exuberant, luscious cold soup that you can whip up in an instant as it makes your heart sing out like a vibrant bird of paradise...

Sopa Fría Diosa

Serve chilled.

  • 2 organic mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 organic papaya, peeled/seeded and chopped
  • 4 small cloves garlic, chopped, skins on
  • 1 C organic orange juice
  • 1 C unsweetened almond or cashew milk 
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • A good pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Celtic salt

Just blend it all until it's smooth as your cocoa-buttered skin, and let it chill for a while. I've been obsessed with my new NutriBullet Rx, if you're looking for an excellent blender that doesn't require the existential (and financial) leap that, say, a Vitamix would. 

And, yes, Lovers, you heard me: leave the skins on the garlic. Not the outer papery layers, but the tight one closest to the clove. Why? Because that's where the volatile oils live, the ones with all the natural antibiotics, the ones with all the flavor. You can get away with it when you're high-speed blending, so try it.

Orange foods boost immunity, so together with the garlic, you have a recipe timely for a change in seasons, and the sniffles that sometimes come with them.

Behold a sweet, refreshing potion with the savory bite from the garlic tickling your taste buds and giving you unbridled pleasure with every spoonful. 
The magic ingredient? The almond extract gives it a hint of rum, my Darlings.

Garnish with fresh mint, and maybe a sprinkling of shredded coconut. Pair it with my Cheeky Ceci Pane for a more curvaceous feast. This is Goddess-worthy, so ladle it with love into a gorgeous bowl honoring the sun and sea, warm Summer breezes whispering, the sultry rhythms of voluptuous lands...

Honor the healing power,

Open up,

It's your time to SHINE!

My heart to you,

xxx Alise

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Summer's Almost Gone

The organ swirled,

haunting,

his voice, 

filled with soft melancholy

lilted...

"Morning found us calmly unaware 

Noon burn gold into our hair 

At night, we swim the laughin' sea 

When summer's gone 

Where will we be..."***

I let go a heaving sigh,

closed my eyes

and let ocean waves

fill my soul,

saddened by the long days ending.

Autumn will come, I whispered aloud,

and it will be Magick.

Let her go. She will return.

Though the promise of Fall always brings excitement, 

a little bit of heartache always floats just beneath the surface,

and I have to remind myself of the wisdom of the Earth.

And once again I make my pact not to fight the seasons,

but to yield...

So, one last luscious Summer delight,

from me

to You,

Once more into the realm

as She of the Tarts

makes a little Queenly magic...

Sublime Lime Tarts

Makes 4 tarts, or one large 9" tart

For the crust:

  • 1 1/4 cup organic walnuts
  • 3/4 cup flax meal
  • 6 large dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

First, break up the walnuts with your fingers, and drop them into a food processor or high-speed blender, and grind them to a coarse meal. Add in the flax, then the remaining ingredients, and pulse until well blended.

Taste it. The flax/avocado oil/date combo gives at a brown sugary flavor and texture that is divine. You can easily substitute coconut oil if you like, but it won't have quite the same vibe. And don't fret buying a whole bottle. Avocado oil is wonderous as a for your body as a moisturizer and base for essential blends.

Place your tart pans onto a baking sheet. Now scoop spoonfuls into the tart pans, and press the crust down into each one evenly.

Pop them into the freezer.

For the filling:

  • 1-1/4 C raw cashews, soaked for at least 6 hours
  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 C raw coconut nectar
  • 3 packets organic stevia (optional)
  • 15-20 drops lime essential oil
  • pinch of Celtic salt
  • zest of 2 limes, for garnish

Put everything except the lime zest into your food processor or high speed blender. (Wash it out from the crust mixture first!) Pulse it until everything is creamy and kind of thick.

I add in the extra sweetener, and a lot of lime, because I like the taste of this to be really zingy, and you need the sweetness to balance it. 

Now fill the tarts, zest the lime on top, and put the tray into the freezer for at least two hours.

When you're ready to eat them, just let them defrost for about 20 minutes. Add a few lime slices for garnish, and dig in! They are SO delicious! Rocking out with so much flavor and a cool creamy texture, you'll be digging in with both hands, I promise! 

Allergic to nuts? Just substitute the walnuts in the crust for total flaxmeal, and the meat of two young coconuts for the cashews in the filling. C'est manifique!

You can totally pass these off to non-vegans, and they do make a very sexy little treat to share,

should you be so inclined...

Now go out, Lovers, 

and drink up every last bit

of wild Summer!

Dance, swim, whirl...

And next week we will plunge into witchy Autumn

together...

xxx Alise

***"Summer's Almost Gone", The Doors, from Waiting For The Sun










Fly Me To The Moon

It's that time again...

Let's go-go!

Let's go-go!

Girlcat is packing her bags full of fetching garments, beauty potions, a few oddities, a massive amount of joie de vivre, and taking off... this time to a stunningly mystical land...

Wales, Darlings!

I'm heading over for the awesome Green Man Festival, and I cannot wait. 

This guy.

This guy.

What purrfect timing to share some of my Vixen Travel Tips! Whether you're camping or holed up in a No-Tell, in flight or on a train, in a city or countryside, these Secrets translate in every language:

Adorn Me.

I try to pack light. I really do. No, really.

But it's hard. I love outfits. And shoes. And coats. And accessories.

In my defense, I have, over the years, pared it way down. I used to literally travel with a caravan of steamer trunks. (I was an absurdist, clearly.) Now, the new, lighter moi takes pride in fitting pretty much everything she could possibly need into...a carry-on.

Whaat?! Yep.

I have it down to my version of science (ahem.) It goes like this:

  • One Travel Dress  - Yes, dress. Do not talk to me about jeans, stretchy pants of any sort, or (cringe!) sweatpants. No. Not ever. I always travel in something semi-loose fitting, like a slipdress, that can wrinkle and still look great, in a pretty color, to keep my spirits lifted on a long journey. Trust me, it works. It's just as comfy as the glorified pajamas disguised as athletic wear, but feels (and looks) pulled together and glamourous.
  • One Lightweight Coat - An evening coat, sweater coat, a trench...anything soft and drapey you can either wear alone, or as a layer. This actually comes in handy more often than you would think. And again, you always look and feel chic, which boosts confidence. And confidence is the sexiest thing you can possibly wear.
  • One Big Shawl - It's a scarf, a light wrap, a hood...fantastic. I like to run some sage incense through mine before I leave, not only to cleanse it from previous energy but to give it a yummy scent of home. The I like to douse it with a bit of whatever oil blend I'm digging at the moment. It's heavenly to breathe in, and will save you on a germy plane, or a polluted street.
  • Two Pairs of Purrfect Shoes - Good Goddess, only two!?  Painful, I know. But necessary. I bring one pair of impossibly sexy shoes, and one that can get rugged. For instance, this trip I've packed a sturdy (for me) pair of boots that can deal with grass and possibly mud, and stilettos that can go out to dinner and electrify the hotel room. See? Not so bad.

So, the idea is that you wear the lightweight coat with the travel dress, one pair of shoes, and the scarf (or hold them if it's too hot), so you don't have to pack these things, which gives you plenty of extra room for...more dresses!  And lingerie!!! YESSS!!!!!!!

My father was a sailor. He taught me early on how to roll clothes tightly, rather than fold, so I can always cram a few extra little confections into my bag, which makes me really, really happy. My guy appreciates it, too, as you can imagine...

Feed Me.

Trying to maneuver through anywhere as a vegan can be a challenge. Even with a cosmopolitan metropolis as your destination, there are still moments and situations that can frustrate to the point of despair when it comes to eating clean. I literally never leave home without some kind of nibble on me, particularly when traveling. Stash ziploc bags of these in your purse, and some in your luggage:

  • Trail Mix - My own homemade. Usually a blend of walnuts, almonds, goji berries, raisins, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, and cacao beans.
  • Dried fruits - I love unsweetened apples, mango, and pineapple.
  • Power Balls - Make these up ahead of time, and play with the ingredients to suit your mood. They'll keep for a week if they are stored someplace cool.
  • Gluten Free Crackers - Excellent in a jam when you're craving bread, but don't fancy the bloating that goes with it. 
  • Avocados - I take a few ripe ones with me for a filling meal, in case you're somewhere that can only conjure up a salad. Slice them and bring them along in a plastic container if you're traveling overseas, as technically I don't think you can transport them whole. Don't make a guacamole, though. It's considered a "semi-liquid", and can be confiscated before you board. Absurd, I know, but I had my hummus - commercially packaged even - taken just before a super-long flight, making for one cranky gal.
  • Sweetener - I always have a bottle of liquid stevia on me. It saves my ass. For travel, I swap it for a hefty amount of stevia packets. Stock up. You'll never be tempted, or forced, to use sugar.

Anoint Me.

Oh, dear Goddess...the other painful reality: The Paring Down of The Products.

Sighs.

Well, if I can do it, anyone can.

With the help of 3oz. travel bottles and jars, the beauty fairies, and a few multi-purpose rockstar potions, it can happen.

Moisturizing Oils - If I'm gone a while, I stash a full, unopened jar of organic coconut oil in my check-through luggage to handle a multitude of beauty needs. Read this, and you'll know why I love it so. 

If I am on a short trip, I load up a couple of travel sized bottles with argan, jojoba, or avocado oil. It goes a long way, and takes care of removing makeup, moisturizing my whole body, nourishing my face (particularly at night), infusing the dry ends of my hair with conditioning, and acts as an excellent carrier for my essential oils.

Travel Cloths - Though I love a nice, complicated face ritual, I have to simplify it when I'm on the road. The easiest, and best way? Acure Organics Argan Oil Face Towelettes. These are not your average, or even somewhat elevated face wipes. They actually clean incredibly well, with a light finish...no soapiness or residue and they leave a beautiful, soft, glowing complexion. It's the argan oil. It's magic. And they work on every skin type. Bonus: They're so gentle, you can use them on all your beautiful parts, should you happen to somehow find yourself, say, on a tour bus. Or at a body painting soireé.

Essential Oils - My Mojo Bag, located in my purse at all times, is equipped especially for travel with these most precious nectars, all available here.

Peppermint - My fave on-hand cure for so many ills.  A few drops in your water as an instant mouthwash, or right on your tongue as a breath freshener/digestive aid, mixed in your carrier oil for a fabulous foot massage before and after walking all day and night (particularly in heels!), and to breathe in when you're feeling fatigued from your non-stop adventuring. Get on it.

Clove - I love the spiced earth aroma, and it does wonders for teeth and gums.

Cardamom - I always keep whole cardamom pods in a tiny bejeweled Indian box in my Mojo Bag, for their amazing digestive properties.  Customs agents do not love this. I've learned to simply carry the oil, which has the added benefits of being an antimicrobial (germ killer), and boasts an exotic scent.

Lemon and Wild Orange  - Delightful any time of day in spring water, tea, or juice to cleanse your system and boost your vitamin C. I love to drink TONS of water on a plane, as they are notoriously dehydrating, and add these oils to counteract the germy-ness of the flight cabin.

Past Tense Blend- This slim little roll-on oil hits all the points of tension when you're cramped up for way too long. I roll it on my temples and across my forehead, and onto my heart chakra for a cooling, loosening sensation, and a healing scent that lingers.

I also always bring along a small vial or two of my own potions, to make magic everywhere I go. Lots of blends will be available soon...so stay with me!

Green Man Festival grounds, Glanusk, Wales.

Green Man Festival grounds, Glanusk, Wales.

Well, Precious Ones, 

I'm off!

I'll write you from the road...I love you!

xxx Alise







Roman Holiday

As I walked along,

my heels clicking on the stone

and all the twinkle lights danced

to the sounds of the street musicians,

the balmy breeze on a sultry night,

his hand in mine,

brought me back

to a beautiful city-

Won't you come there with me for a little while?

Close your eyes.

Twirl with me in the piazza,

toss coins into the fountain,

and make a wish.

I'd love a gelato,

wouldn't you?

But they're full of cream, you say.

Yes, that's true.

So come to my place.

I have something wonderful.

And the peaches are in season,

if you catch my drift...

Oh, si bella! Grazie! you say.

The granita was born in Sicily many moons ago, and migrated out of pure fabulousness into other area of Italy. It's an incredibly easy and sexy alternative to other frozen treats, elegant in it's jeweled beauty, and so full of life! 

Try this right now.

But be warned-

you'll fall permanently under the spell

of this notoriously charming Italian...

Peach Prosecco Granita

  • 1.5 lbs. fresh organic peaches, chopped
  • 1/2 C dry prosecco, cava, or champagne
  • 3 Tbsp. raw coconut nectar 

Just put it all in a blender, baby. Pour it into a baking pan, cover, and freeze for at least three hours. When you're ready, take it out and run the tongs of a fork along the surface, so it looks fluffy and icy.

Now spoon it into gorgeous glasses, turn up the Henry Mancini, and saunter onto the terrace...

You can try this with really any fruit and liquid pairing that appeals to you, and you can certainly omit the bubbly in favor of a tea or pure water. I crossed borders here and added a teeny little dash of St. Germain, just because I adore it.

This recipe serves two, so double, or triple, for guests. Just be sure to serve it immediately after you've put it into glasses, as it will melt somewhat quickly, and you want it to look like beautiful little resin crystals when you eat it.

By the way, this particular recipe makes a fantastic spiked smoothie.

Vi auguro una splendida notte, i miei amori!

Ciao,

Alise

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Cool For Cats

I have a confession to make.

I think you're hot.

I mean really hot.

So hot, in fact, I don't think I can even see straight.

I'm getting a little woozy just being near you.

Maybe we should cool you down a little,

before I lose control...


As a gal who eschews air conditioning, and loves heat, even I get a little too steamy now and then. So, when the mercury soars, I have a few little tricks in my garter for staying cool that I know you're gonna love.

Ready?

1. Take A Tip From Marilyn

"When it gets hot like this, you know what I do? I keep my undies in the icebox!" From The Seven Year Itch.

"When it gets hot like this, you know what I do? I keep my undies in the icebox!" From The Seven Year Itch.

Undies in the icebox? Hell yes! I do it all the time. It's equally saucy for bras and little slips or nighties, too. Just keep a rectangular container on the top shelf of your fridge, and fold your delicates in there like a little lingerie display. When you feel kind of tired and a little grungy from the heat of the day, take something cute out and change. It's really fun. And fellas, get in on this. You''ll love it too. Promise. 

2. Immerse and Be Naked

Sounds amazing already, no? This is my FAVE summer ritual. Run a cool bath. Flick in 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil. *note: peppermint can cause a little sensitivity, so if you aren't used to it, try 5 drops and work your way up. 

Soak.  You won't feel much while you're bathing, but when you emerge...oooh! You'll feel so cool and refreshed, literally letting all the nonsense of the day leave your beautiful body, stepping out light as air.

Here's the best part: Now lie naked on your bed, with a fan facing you. Close your eyes and revel in the minty rush as your body dries. It's delicious!

*For pros only: If you can handle it, after the bath but before the fan, put a few more drops of peppermint into your body oil or lotion.

Ahhhh...

3. Get Misty With Me

And, again, plants come to save the day! Another excellent use for your peppermint essential oil: Tap 5-10 drops into a spray container filled with rosewater, lavender, or orange flower water. Shake it, and spritz yourself whenever the mood suits you.  I'm a huge fan of 2-3 oz little travel bottles in pretty colors to carry with you. In summer, I like to keep one on me filled with this potion, plus another with my DIY insect repellant. Mist your friends! Offer a little spritz to weary strangers! You'll find yourself quite popular, trust.

3. On The Rocks, Baby

Now pour yourself a beverage...over ice. Flavored ice, that is.

Just brew some of your fave teas, let them cool, and pour into ice trays together with herbs you love. Or juice a little fruit and do the same. It's sparkly, tasty, and looks glam in your glass...

Chamomile Mint Ice

Chamomile Mint Ice

Try these:

  • Chamomile tea with fresh mint leaves
  • Strawberry juice with basil leaves
  • Lemon tea or juice with blueberries and thyme sprigs
  • Rose tea with fresh or dried petals

You get the idea, Darlings. Be creative!

And what about our furry Loves?

My familiars, though arid creatures, do appreciate a few gestures in the extreme temps. Besides the obviousness of keeping shady spots available to them, leaving a fan on, and going for outdoor jaunts only in the early mornings and in the evenings, there are a few special tricks I employ:

1. Icy Sensuality

My cats love when I run an ice cube slowly down their spines, around their necks, on the top of their sweet heads, and even in their bellies. As the cube drips, I massage it into their fur, and turn it all into a languid cat play. (Dogs enjoy it too, though mostly down their backs and around their necks. They're not really down with the feline undulating.)

2. A Cold Drink

I also pop a cube into their water. Mine don't drink a ton, as, again, they are desert babies, and I give them raw veggies in with their food. But I do like to have it available, especially during a heat wave.

I'll also splash a little coconut water in with their regular spring water, to ensure they are well hydrated if needed. They like the sweet taste!

3. Groom Me, Mama

This is the purrfect time to give all your fuzzy darlings some extra brushing. It removes excess fur, and helps them to keep their temperature regulated. It also keeps the extra eight hundred pounds of hair off your sofa.

Well, now that you've cooled off a bit,

let's turn the heat up again,

shall we?

Meow!

xxx Alise

 

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Forbidden Fruit

When the moon is high,

and the air is hot,

I crave it.

Juicy,

sweet,

wet.

Scraping the mango skin with my teeth after I've gnawed its flesh

giggling when the grapefruit sprays me with sunshine

popping berries in my mouth,

and going back for more

pulling apart a dragon fruit carefully, so as not to mar the beauty of the skin

not having a care on earth that pineapple juices are running down my neck...

(if you caught sight of me,

doing any of these things

it would make you blush.)

Can you ever get enough of gorgeous fruit?

I can't.

I just want it. 

All the time.

I'll share one of my favorite secrets with you, Luscious Ones,

the easiest, most succulent, thirst-quenching summer nibble ever.

A salad ripe with gorgeous-ness inducing antioxidants, hydrating as all hell...

Wet and Wild Watermelon Salad

  • 1/2 organic watermelon 
  • 1 pt. organic blueberries
  • 1 pt. organic grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 C. Moroccan oil cured black olives, chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh organic mint
  • 1/4 organic parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. organic Madagascar or Bourbon vanilla
  • 2 oz. vegan smoked cashew gouda (I like Treeline nut cheeses, though more and more local varieties can be found in your health food stores.)
  • Celtic salt

Chop watermelon into small bites, then toss into a large pretty bowl. Add halved tomatoes, then blueberries. Drizzle the vinegar and vanilla over the fruit. Add in the vegan gouda. Give it a lively toss. Now add in the herbs, olives, and a pinch or two of Celt salt, toss again. Devour!

The vegan cheese is optional, but exquisitely delish. It soaks up the dressing so beautifully, and rounds out the dish to make it more filling. Plus...the smoky flavor...oh, my...yesss...!

Loves, if you can't find things in your local stores, and internet shipping is prohibitive, then bug store managers to carry products! I do it all the time. (Nicely, of course). And then, you turn your friends and family onto them, which makes it totally worthwhile for stores to carry, and everyone is happy. And eating amazing things.

I make this all the time in the summer. Even my fella can't get enough, and he's a (mostly) recovering junk food monster.

Because no one can resist the seductive power of fruit.

Don't even try.

Just succumb,

get sticky,

be juicy with me...

xxx Alise

 

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A Bombshell's Barbecue

It's officially here, my little morsels.

Cookout season.

And it has arrived in its usual way...gregariously, wearing a floppy hat of boisterous fanfare.

We can give it an eye roll,

this bit.

though secretly we know how its down-home charm can get to us.

 

Of course, our sophisticated selves hate to admit it.

At the first blush of sultry weather, we wax poetic about dining al fresco,

understated and elegant,

effortlessly tossing fresh, in-season goodies together in charm-filled dining chic.

But then,

that first whiff of smouldering charcoal  comes wafting under our noses,

and we...suddenly...crave...

Burgers.

No, not those kind. I haven't had an actual burger since I was a child.

But a delicious, seared, hot, mad-tasty veggie burger.

Not a heavy, oaty, lentil-y thing. 

And certainly NOT something frozen and full of fillers.

Give me something easy, packed with nutrients, and interesting.

Make my mouth water. Now.

I know you feel me, my succulent Summer lovers.

So, without further ado,

may I present...

The Vixen Burger.

The Vixen Burger

  • 1-1/2 C dried organic chick peas, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large organic sweet potato or yam, peeled and grated
  • 1 Tbsp curry blend
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum (to bind it all)
  • 1-1/2 C raw organic greens, finely chopped (I used spinach and baby kale here)
  • Celtic salt and ground pepper 

Preheat your oven to 375 F.

Coat a baking sheet lightly with olive oil, painting it with a little pastry brush.

Combine all the ingredients, except the sweet potato, in your food processor or high-speed blender, together with a good pinch and grind of Celtic salt and freshly ground pepper. Blast it until it's smooth and blended, so the chickpeas are well ground. Now add in the sweet potato, raking with a fork until it all mingles beautifully. 

Form into patties, and place them on the baking sheet. Cover tightly with foil, and bake for 20 minutes.

Now you can either grill them, cover and transport them to the nearest BBQ, or continue to bake.

If you're baking remove foil, and let it go another 20-25 minutes, until the tops are golden and a little crispy. Flip, then do 10-15 minutes on the other side.

The pre-baking with the foil seals in the juiciness, so they stay that way, but get crispy on the outside. Mmmmmm! And so full of protein, vitamins, and gorgeousness-inducing spices...what's not to adore?

Makes 6-8 burgers, keeping them plump, so they retain their amazing texture.

Now, my little nibbles, how about a sexy side dish?

Sassy Slaw

  • 1 small or 1/2 large head organic red cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 2 organic carrots, julienned or peeled
  • 1 Tbsp ground mustard seed
  • 3 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 4 drops liquid stevia
  • Celtic or Salish salt, and pepper 

Mix the ground mustard, cider vinegar, stevia, salt and pepper in a small bowl, then pour it over the cabbage/carrot combo. Toss it all together well with tongs. And that's it.

I love the little zing from the red cabbage, kind of a slight horseradish flavor that I like to work with, as opposed to overpowering, hence the ground mustard. It's a delicious, super-healthy side you can bring anywhere. Red cabbage is a rockstar, by the way. In addition to being loaded with vitamin C, it holds a serious amount of vitamins A, K, B6, potassium and manganese, is anti inflammatory, great for your skin, and  boasts glucosinolates that prevent certain types of cancer. Don't you just love it? 

Have a blast, my Gorgeous Ones!

When you've made the kitchen entirely too hot,

take it outdoors,

and fire up a wild afternoon...

(Just always remember to use condiments...*wink*)

I'll see you there.

XXX Alise

 

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