My roommate and I were talking a couple weeks ago and realized we hadn’t quite yet christened the apartment. Well, what better way to do that than with a Bake Fest and a couple glasses of white wine.
Kim wanted to try baking her own loaf of Irish soda bread.
Now where’s the freakin’ wine?
Oh gosh, looking at some of these pictures is really making me laugh. So we realized we didn’t have a wine opener. We figured what better time to introduce ourselves to our neighbor, than when we needed a corkscrew. I feel bad that I can’t remember his name, but he was very friendly and kind of nervous.
Do you want to know what else we used the wine for?
I just used romaine, an Asian pear, dark grapes, gorgonzola, red onion, and honey mustard dressing. One of my favorite salads I’ve made! Those grapes looked a lot of black olives though (not an olive person). Thank goodness they were actually grapes!
Are you guys ready for more deliciousness? I’ve been anticipating this post, and I can’t wait to share this with you guys! Okay, okay so here goes.
A few weeks ago I received a really snazzy package in the mail from the people over at UliMana.
So what are these exactly? Ahem! I’m going to let them speak for themselves because I wouldn’t be able to say it any better.
“UliManaMana, or UliMana for short, was incorporated on July 13, 2005 (a very good day astrologically) and may very well be the first raw chocolate company ever! Our first product Nirvana Manna, now called Maca Manna, was inspired by David Wolfe’s book Naked Chocolate, and was first sold by Nature’s First Law, now Sunfood Nutrition, in October 2005. It wasn’t long after that when our five other products: Cacaoliente!, Chocolate Chai, Cacao Menta, Cacao Kava and Goji Manna were born, one after the other. (We couldn’t help it! Our creative juices were flowing, thanks to all the psychoactive ingredients in the cacao.) Everything made with organic chocolate (cacao) and other vegan, organic ingredients.
Most recently we created a line of raw, vegan, organic truffles that are basically sending the raw food community into Samadhi! (it’s a yoga word that means Enlightenment or Bliss) Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating a little. They are really delicious and selling like crazy. It’s just hard to believe they’re good for you too! So praise the Cacao God, David Wolfe, and UliMana for these luscious, healthy, mood elevating vegan treats!”
If you guys really enjoy chocolate then you will absolutely love these! I’m not kidding folks. I’m not even that crazy about chocolate, but I would recommend these to anyone and everyone. You know what? Actually, maybe after trying these I’ve become an UliMana chocolate-freak, chocoholic, fiend… what have you.
This was the Peppermint truffle made with Organic Cacao Powder, Organic Agave, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Vanilla Beans, and Celtic Sea Salt. No skimping on flavor with this truffle! I can only imagine what the others taste like – hello coconut truffles!
This sounds like something you guys could turn into a delicious bowl of oats!
This one has chia seed power! So what goes in these adorable drops? Organic Dates, Organic Cashews, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Cacao Powder, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Shreds, Organic Agave, Organic Vanilla Beans, and Celtic Sea Salt.
And last but not least…
Oh wow! This was the boldest of the bunch – incredibly rich and bittersweet. In a good way… in a very good way.
“A perfect combination of hemp and cacao powder and sweetened with just the right amount of agave, these brownies are completely satisfying, a good source of protein, uplifting and energizing.”
On top of them making delicious treats, they also encourage more organic, sustainable farming and support fair trade by donating 5% of their profits to CRF, Oxfam, and Mercy Corps. I encourage you all to check out their website and check out their products and all the interesting information they have about their ingredients and ethics. Thanks for UliMana for caring and making such mouth-watering chocolates!
p.s. I’ll be updating my recipe page soon, and it will include my latest recipes from myself and other sources. So keep an eye on that page! Oh! I’ve also added a search bar, so it will make it easier for you guys to find things on my blog.
p.s.s. Here’s a song, a little gift, I’d like you all to listen to. It’s from my favorite movie of all time, Amelie. If you haven’t watched it, I suggest you do. I pass it along to everyone and I’ve watched it countless times myself. There’s just something about it that really speaks to me, and it’s just beautiful to watch. Enjoy my dearests!