Another give-a-way? Let me explain!
When I first began to blog, I would spend hours on the computer each and every night perusing others food sites. I would pour over the little details in order to learn how to improve my own blog and style.I would examine the layout of blog headers, the angle at which they photographed the dish, the colour, the composition, you name it. In the midst of being metaphorically knee deep in food blogs and fumbling for direction, I stumbled across the most gorgeous cake photo on Pinterest. With some frantic searching I found the origin of the culinary masterpiece and was introduced to the gorgeous blog and world of This Rawsome Vegan Life. Finding the site was like falling down the rabbit hole and landing in a world comprised of the most mouthwatering cashew cheesecakes, rainbow coloured smoothies, and electric salads I could have ever imagined.
After finding out that the blog's creator, Emily von Euw, was a fellow British Columbian who lived no more than one-hundred kilometers away from me, I suddenly felt compelled to send her message. My note was a little silly (probably due to that glass of wine I had before writing it, which we all know is a bad idea!) and as soon as I hit 'send', I sat back on the couch and thought to myself "what did I just do?". Insecurity and anxiety began to grow - "did I spell everything correct", "did that even make sense?", "will she even read it?". By the next day I had forgotten all about the uneasiness I felt about the email the night before, and routinely went around to check my messages. Much to my excitement, awe, shock, and utter amazement, there was a message in my inbox and it was from her! It was full of the sweetest comments, supporting words, and loving advice I could have imagined. For the last two years our little blogging friendship has blossomed. We have joined forces on blog posts, supported each other along the way, and she remains a wonderful source of blogging support to me. But enough about me, lets talk about Emily!
Last year I was thrilled when Emily released her first book which I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! So when I heard she was releasing another book, I was overjoyed. Luckily for me I was sent a copy of her new book 100 Best Juices, Smoothies, and Healthy Snacks, along with a copy to give-a-way to one of my lovely readers! Like her first book, 100 Juices is overflowing with the most mouthwatering photographs (see below) that will make you dream of smoothies every night. Beyond being a bright, charismatic, funny, and all around lovely human, Emily has a way with veggies that few people could master. She is passionate about her ingredients and doesn't bother messing around with a good thing. Her recipes are simple, natural, and best of all, easy! Upon opening 100 Smoothies, my attention was quickly drawn straight to the juice section. While I have always made juice in the past using my old dinosaur of a blender, I just received a Vitamix from a very special somebody, and desperately wanted to try it out...so juice seemed like the best possible option.
***To be entered to win a copy of Emily's new book, please let me know your favorite juice or smoothie flavour in the comments below. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday, January 19th at 9 a.m. PST. My condolences, but this contest is open to Canadian and U.S. addresses only.***
Photos courtesy of Page St. Publishing
While there were a spectacular array of juices to choose from, I narrowed it down to the kale one, because what can I say, I'm just such a sucker for a green juice. This one is a perfect balance of sweet and savory, with a touch of spice from raw garlic and ginger. Sometimes green juice tastes too healthy, or too much like celery for my liking, but this one combines juicy apples and cucumbers along with the classic kale and celery combo to make a nourishing and delicious drink. I pureed the ingredients in my Vitamix in three different batches, then strained through a nut milk bag (or cheese cloth). If you don't have a juicer or a high-speed blender, try blending in your conventional blender (again, in small batches) with just enough water to help the contents move. Strain this mixture through cheese cloth or a nut milk bag before serving.
Recipe: (Serves 2-4)
by Emily von Euwprinted with permission of Page St. Publishing
2 Green Apples
3 Cups Kale
6 Celery Sticks
1 Garlic Clove
1 tbsp Ginger
1. Wash, peel, and chop the veggies and if needed, remove any seeds.
2. Put everything through a juicer or blender, straining as needed.