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10 Apr 20:23

Easy Almond Milk We just realized that one of our kitchen...



Easy Almond Milk

We just realized that one of our kitchen staples, homemade almond milk, wasn’t fully posted on our blog. Technically we had a post, THREE years ago (!) but it wasn’t extremely comprehensive. Here’s how to make some almond milk for yourself!

Obviously you can buy it, but I like making my own when I need a LOT or if I’m out of it, which is often because it usually comes in such small containers. Also, you save a lot on packaging & shipping by making it yourself.

What you’ll need:

  • almonds, about .5-1.5 cups depending on how much you want to make
  • water!
  • a blender
  • a mesh bag (like we used in our chai concentrate the other day)
  • a funnel
  • a large bowl, preferably with a spout
  • bottles/jars with tops for storage (we use old pasta sauce jars, very useful things)

How to make it:

  1. Pour the almonds into the large bowl, then cover with water. Leave them to soak for a couple of hours, ideally 8 hours if you have a less powerful blender. The longer you soak them, the creamier your outcome. I usually go with 1.5 cups almonds, which makes enough milk for a week’s worth in our house and fits nicely in our blender. I don’t think it needs to be exact, just check the consistency as you go to make it how you want/need it.
  2. Drain the water and rinse the almonds. Pour them into a blender with enough water to cover, then about a cup or two more. Blend on high for a few minutes, or until the almonds are completely pulverized and it’s creamy and smooth.
  3. In your large bowl, place the mesh bag in it, folding it over the sides of the bowl so that you don’t make a mess. Pour the milk into the bag, lift the sides of it and squeeze the liquid out into the bowl. Do this until all that’s left in the bag is dried almond pulp.*
  4. Pour the strained liquid into your storage jars, using a funnel if necessary. Repeat the straining until everything in your blender is gone.
  5. Pour 1/4 tsp vanilla and a dash of cinnamon into each jar, then stir to combine. If you’d like sweetened milk, add in 1 tbsp maple syrup or other liquid sweetener and give it a shake. (I like to add these after straining so you get the full flavor.)

*If you’re interested in not wasting a bit of this process, save the almond pulp! You can either use it again to make more milk (great for baking) or use it in baked goods such as pie crusts, crackers, or in batters. Just store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to two weeks. (I haven’t tried storing it longer than that, though I’m sure you could.)

This milk lasts about 5-7 days in the fridge - use it in cereal, baking, curries, hot chai, or to make creamy smoothies! I’ll be using it tomorrow for my birthday cake, which might grace the blog ;)

If you’re looking for more non-dairy milk recipes, we have a REALLY comprehensive guide in the Spring 2013 issue of Chickpea Mag - there are recipes to make use of the almond pulp, how to make make milk out of pretty much any nut/seed/grain, best techniques, and best add-ins for each type. Check it out here in print or digitally.

Enjoy! :)

03 Apr 13:30

Sarcasm from a Hedgehog

Sarcasm from a Hedgehog

Submitted by: (via Whitney Wilson)

Tagged: lol , hedgehog , serious , funny
13 Feb 18:11

The Cory Booker guide to dealing with critics

by Max Nisen
Killing them with kindness.

For public figures, Twitter can be a maelstrom of relentless criticism. But US Senator Cory Booker systematically defuses such attacks by engaging with kindness.

On Feb. 12, he responded to a crass tweet about people suffering from the expiration of unemployment benefits and a stormy winter:

Wow, your tweet is callous & crass. I know u're a good person with kindness in ur heart. I wish u well MT @rachelveronica Get a fu**ng job.—
Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 12, 2014

Booker doesn’t shy away from an extreme statement but he doesn’t start a Twitter fight either. He simply highlights the absurdity of the remark in a respectful way, and reinforces his position suggesting that everyone deserves to be heard.

And you can be sure that everyone is watching. Booker’s tweet and his advocacy for extending benefits were so well received that his kind words were photoshopped onto a candy heart:

LOL, I love it. Thanks. RT @darth use this next time Cory http://t.co/wCWb15jOeM
Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 12, 2014

This strategy is one that Booker has used before to respond to critics before:

And I think you are probably a good person. I wish you the best RT @rtpburns: Booker is corporate slime.—
Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 16, 2014

When constituents express concern over policy, Booker continues to engage:

I support robust net neutrality. But I'd like to hear your opinion. Can you reach out to my staff: 202 224 3224 @bigfriggin
Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 16, 2014

There’s a tendency toward caution among public figures on social media because gaffes can be costly. Booker’s approach seems risky, but he’s figured out an excellent way to defuse criticism before it snowballs.

Though, if he overuses the tactic it might start to get old or seem disingenuous. And part of the reason it works is that Booker has spent a long time building this public persona.

We leave you with some more words of extreme kindness from the Senator:

May we all embody the grace we hope to receive from the world and exceed the kindness we expect from others. @rachelveronica
Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 12, 2014

We reached out to Booker’s office about the tweets, but didn’t get a response. Maybe we were too nice.

24 Sep 16:46

Bryan Cranston reads a fan letter he received.













Bryan Cranston reads a fan letter he received.

01 Aug 11:02

Говорящие стволы

После серии обуви «со своим лицом» итальянский художник и дизайнер Фредерико Мауро взялся за оружие. Никто не пострадал :)

Джек Воробей

Буффало Билл

Джон Уэйн

Бонни и Клайд

Джон Диллинджер

Ли Харви Освальд

Джеймс Бонд

Стар Трек

Джон Рэмбо

Тони Монтана

T-800, «Терминатор»

Клинт Иствуд

Гарри Кэлахан «Грязный Гарри»

Чарльз Бронсон

Хан Соло

Эллен Рипли

«Человек с золотым пистолетом, 007″

Рик Декард, «Бегущий по лезвию»

Робокоп

Хи-Мэн, «Повелители вселенной»

Кобра

Леон

Блейн, «Хищник»

Охотники за привидениями

Джон Макклейн, «Крепкий орешек»

Винсент Вега и Джулс Винфилд, «Криминальное чтиво»

Люди в черном

Судья Дредд

Бэтмен

Отчаянный

Хэллбой

Район 9

Чери Дарлинг, «Планета террора»

Рик Граймс, «Ходячие мертвецы»

Петля времени

Я, робот

Зелёный шершень

Антон Чигур, «Старикам здесь не место»

Джанго