Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Berries Galore!

I know I said that my next post was going to be a health progress report (it's half written), but I've been racing against the clock these days to cater heaps of food.

Mango Berry Pudding Parfait

Here's my easy peasy strawberry pudding, which works as a template for any fruit. This time I paired it with mango and peach pudding for a summertime parfait! For my catering menu last week, kiwi, strawberries, and an almond coconut mixture were layered together for a color and flavor explosion (no time to snap a pic of that). The Ontario peaches are ripe and I'm taking advantage. They're beautifully juicy and flavorful!

Strawberry Pudding

3 cups diced strawberries*
1 1/4 cups cashews
2-4 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup liquid sweetener
Pinch of salt

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Taste test and adjust!
Yum yum, make your parfait!

Mango Peach Pudding

2 cups diced mango
1 cup diced peach (leave skin on)
1 1/4 cups cashews
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup liquid sweetener

Blend all ingredients  until smooth and creamy. 

On another occasion I used an abundance of raspberries from the garden to create a simple parfait. In the bottom of the glass I spooned a mixture of blended and whole berries, followed by the mango peach pudding and more berries.

Speaking of raspberries, we've had a bumper crop this year! There have been necessary daily trips to the stalks to pick baskets to be eaten fresh and many to be frozen for the winter. What a treat!

With more berries on the menu, a Peach Banana Raspberry Smoothie was a sweet breaky the other day. Frozen bananas, water, fresh peach, ice, stevia, and tocotrienols all blended up with lots of raspberries floating throughout.

What fruit are you enjoying this summer??

On that note, I'm off to the kitchen and then some time at the beach. Chocolate truffle tart, Coconut pecan bars, cakes, turtles, and truffles are on my to-do list!


The Annessa Family said...

Breathtaking as always - I am all about berries right now too with blueberries being the winner right now!


Bianca said...

I've been enjoying cherries. It is the perfect time for picking them and they are reasonably priced. I can't get over your pictures they're always delightful. I feel the need to tell you how great your pictures are every time I comment!

Lauren said...

Amazing!! I want to come pick some raspberries!!!!! ;) I love watermelon in the Summer, I am a watermelon junkie!!

frannie said...

Lovely desserts. I've been making ice cream and chia pudding with dark cherries.

The parfait looks yummy!

Vicki said...

Ummmm...I don't know if this is a silly question or not but are you supposed to blend all the ingredients from the "Strawberry Pudding?" Because I didn't see any instructions after the ingredients. Thank you.

Heather Pace said...

Annessa Family - oooh yeah blueberries are a favorite around here too and we'll be picking them soon!

Bianca, Im loving cherries too - eating heaps of them! You're so sweet. Thanks for the photo compliments :)

Lauren - you can come over anytime girl! Would love love love to meet you!

Frannie - that sounds so good... cherry ice cream Mmmm!

Vicki - oops! You're right. Blend it all up. Just added that in the post. Thanks!

Pure2raw twins said...

Looks so beautiful, almost to beautiful to eat, haha

I would love a cup of that right now!!

~Pure2raw Twin

April said...

I wish that I could find a place to pick raspberries! I have been picking blueberries though! Yum!