Something paradigm shifting happened the other day when I was on the phone to my friend.
I was at home on my family farm wondering whether it was ok to mix red and white wines together if you didn’t have enough of either, while she was getting ready to go to a fancy birthday party in the city.
Hi, can I mix different coloured wines together?
I thought as much. What are you doing tonight?
Going to a party. It has taken me eternity to get ready though because I don’t know how to use makeup.
You’re beautiful without makeup.
Thank you. But I look smokin’ now and I can’t wait for people to take photos of me looking sexy for a change.
Make sure you send me some selfies.
I will. Love you. Bye.
Have fun, love you.
I know, like me, you are probably thinking – but red and white combined is just like rose right? But even that is not the most profound part of this conversation. What I am trying to get at, is that I blatantly complimented my friend and she did not pretend our line was breaking up and hang up on me. She did not rock back and forth muttering and foaming at the mouth. She didn’t even refute the comment. Instead, she graciously, maturely accepted my praise.
Accepting compliments was something I had struggled with all my life. Someone will be like cute overalls Al. And I’m immediately like these ugly old things? No way, they are disgusting. I was planning on throwing them in the trash as soon as I get home. It’s like I’m the sidekick in my own life. I am Robin when I should be Batman. I let that little nagging voice tell me that this person couldn’t possibly think these dank old overalls are cute and so they are either deranged or lying. But you find as you get older, that compliments – even the fake ones - are few and far between. No longer does it simply take a blob of fist shaped play-doh to earn a gold star. No longer does your high school metabolism laugh in the face of a Krispy Kreme donut. It really is on my to do list - right under become fluent in Italian and above shave legs - to learn to agree with compliments, or even just rustle up a smile. So go ahead and tell me these ice-cream cookie sandwiches are the best thing you’ve ever tasted, and I will wholeheartedly agree with you.
- ¾ cup macadamia meal (ground macadamias)
- 1 + ¾ cup coconut
- 1 cup oat flour (ground oats)
- 2 eggs
- ½ + ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 mango + 1 banana, diced and frozen
- 1 cup coconut cream, nearly frozen
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean extract
- For the cookies, combine oat flour, 1 cup coconut, macadamia meal, eggs, 1/3 cup maple syrup, ginger and nutmeg in a food processor until mix comes together.
- Roll about a heaped teaspoon of mixture into a ball, flatten in your palm and place on the baking tray. Repeat with remaining mixture.
- Bake in a moderate oven for about 15 – 20 minutes, or until golden and firm to touch.
- For the ice cream, combine frozen fruit, coconut cream, remaining coconut and vanilla bean extract until smooth. The texture will be a bit like soft serve.
- Pour mixture into a cling wrap lined (this will help you pull it out easily) brownie tray. Set in the freezer until firm, but not solid.
- Using a cookie-cutter, cut out rounds of the ice cream and sandwich them between the cookies. Make sure they are cooled first.