Hello, dear readers. This post might be a little shorter than usual, word-wise, because it has been a very emotional and tumultuous day. Some of you may already know, but I’ve been struggling greatly with my health issues and my job in finance. With consultations from my doctors, I have decided to go on temporary medical leave. I won’t go into particulars, but this time will be spent resting, healing, and receiving treatment.
I was supposed to go on leave at the end of next week, out of courtesy for the month-end processing that my team does in finance. However, after an emotional appointment this morning with my doctor, he strongly urged that I start my leave time immediately, in the best interest of my health. So that is what I did.
But don’t worry, I’ll still be around! As mental health is such an important aspect of overall well-being, I will still spend time doing what I love (AKA being in the kitchen), creating nourishing recipes and healing foods. The vibe will probably be a little quieter; a little more mellow. I hope you all will still stick around for the ride!
Homemade Pecan + Walnut Milk
- 1 Cup Walnuts
- 1 Cup Pecans
- 4 Medjool dates pitted
- 1 Cup Water for soaking
- 2 Cups Water to be added later
- 1/8 Tsp Cinnamon
In a bowl, combine walnuts, pecans, dates, and one cup of water. Let soak for at least 4 hours. However, if you're pinched for time, soak nuts and dates with one cup of boiling water instead, for about 10-15 minutes.
In a blender, add nuts, dates, the water it was soaking in, two additional cups of water, plus the cinnamon. Blend on high for at least two minutes, or until mixture is smooth in the blender.
Line a large bowl with a nut milk bag. If you don't have one, you can also you a cheesecloth or even a fine mesh sieve. Just note that using a sieve may not result in a super-smooth milk.
Once all of the mixture has been poured, squeeze the liquid out into the bowl.
Once you've squeezed out as much liquid as you can, transfer the milk into an airtight container. I like to use mason jars. The milk can be used immediately, or can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Song of the Day:
Imagine – Jack Johnson
P.S. For those of you who asked – these vintage mugs were my grandmother’s. She died of breast cancer in 2001 and being able to have these mugs is very meaningful to me.