October 30, 2009

Speculoos smoothie, veganmofo 2009



When I was a child, once a year my mother used to buy ginger snap cookies in an rustle-y orange paper sack. These cookies were only available in October. They were large and flat and crackled on top.

They seemed very hard and crunchy on the outside but when I started chewing them, they got tacky, and stuck to my teeth. My mother and I loved these spicy cookies, looked forward to them every year and lamented the fact that we couldn't buy them whenever we wanted.

I would open the bag and inhale their spiciness. The fragrance was so strong I could almost taste the cookies before they touched my lips.



Today I added speculoos spice blend and a small amount of agave nectar to my almond milk-banana-mango smoothie, and when I took my first mouthful, I heard the rustle of that orange paper sack, smelled the gingersnaps, and saw my mother's smile.

10 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story! I'm going to make that smoothie.

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  2. Wow--thanks for the link to the spice blend! It sounds fabulous..what a lovely and seasonal mix! And I just happen to have everything on hand...I am making some now!

    Courtney

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  3. Mihl,
    Thank you so much for providing that spice blend!

    Courtney,
    The spice blend is special. I think you'll like it.

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  4. Ahhh I love when there's a story behind a food, especially if it's a special smoothie. Ginger snaps would DEFINITELY go well with you blend. Your momma is a genius!! Thank you for recreating it and sharing the memories with us. :) I would love to try this at home.

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  5. Such a touching post.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Thanks Michelle and Kiki for your thoughtful comments.

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  7. At first I thought you'd blended some cookies into your smoothie. . .though, hey, that wouldn't be all bad! Looks great. :)

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  8. Holy crap, does that sound amazing. I've been really into smoothies lately, so I'll have to try making one like this too!

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  9. Mmmmm I love love love spekulaas cookies!!! Having a dutch Dad they were a big part of my childhood. The only vegan one's I can find though are full of hydrogenated oils :( Thank you for a link to a spice blend that I can now make anything taste like them! Yum!! I love the addition to a smoothie too. Mmmm.

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  10. Ricki,
    No cookies -just the spice mix. :)

    Hannah,
    I've been making so many I have to mix up another batch of spice mix.

    Vegetation,
    I've never actually tasted the real thing but this spice blend tastes great to me!

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