Violet & Liquorice Cloud Drink + a beautiful mess

Posted by: on Apr 30, 2013 | 26 Comments

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What a mess. You think you´re going for a quiet, beautiful and pretty uninterrupted ride on the river of life, where the only feeling is freedom and the only exciting event is the various formations of circles as your fingertip touches the water. Sometimes I think I have it aaaall under ”control”, everything is as I’ve planned and all I have to do is float along with it. Today is not like that.

It reminds me of us. I remember falling high over heels in love with a young man and I very clearly remember resisting it all. Hey, I was not planning to meet the man of my heart and soul, barely eighteen years old and with too many other dreams ahead. I remember our first spring, we had been sharing our days for about 3 months when the violets came and covered this part of the world in their dream scented cloud. I lay down on the grass, buried my nose in the ground and smelled earth and spring and violets. I remember saying to Fabian, next year at this time I won’t be here to smell them, I won’t be around.

I wasn’t but our love still was.

I did not plan for this to happen and as so many other things it wasn’t part of my idea of how life would look like, but is it ever? Could I ever have planned something as beautiful as the love that him and I now live? I don’t think so. Could I have resisted following the stream and also my heart? Yes indeed. But I surrendered (thank gosh!) and sometimes, like today I have to remember that the most precious plans and ideas that form in our minds may not be the ones that are supposed to happen. Sometimes a new reality will reveal itself and you will realize it’s a dream way more ridiculously grand then you could have ever imagined (or planned for).

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

As you know, in this section I focus on one of the ingredients of this weeks recipe and the fabulous health boosting factors (and fun stories) of this particular ingredient. At this point I’ve managed to tell you the nutrient dense stories of both the almond and liquorice root (which are a major part of this drink) so what to talk about today? Violets of course!

Edible flowers do not only belong on wedding cakes or in haute cuisine. I think that having the honor of munching on edible flowers are one of the most precious things of summertime. The history of eating these growing little works of art goes way back but are very seldom incorporated in our meals today. Let’s change that! Why? Well, for one the nectar of edible flowers is packed with vitamins, minerals and macro-nutrients plus the petals and leaves also contain a wide array of these powerful nutrients. Violets hide the phytochemical (coloring agent) rutin inside it’s pretty petals which works wonders in our body as an antioxidant strengthening our capillary walls. Wowza, Violets!

Just be mindful with edible flowers and make sure they actually are edible. Only eat edible flowers with no pesticides on them (in other words not from a regular flower store). You can either go forage yourself or head to your nearest farmers market or gourmet food store. Also, be extra careful if you are allergic to pollen of course.

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Violet & Liquorice Cloud Drink

This is THE drink to celebrate the first warm rays of summer with. If you are a liquorice lover like I am, double the amount of liquorice powder, if not then follow the recipe and get that subtle flavor and nutrition punch. It’s a flowery white russian á la Earthsprout, enjoy! Of course you could exclude the violets, it’s just not as fun..

Sprouted Almond Milk
1 cup organic almonds
4 cup water (plus extra for soaking)
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/3 tsp ground pure vanilla
a tiny pinch himalayan salt

1. Soak the almonds in pure water overnight or for at least 5 hours, rinse thoroughly and peel them.
2. Add the almonds (peel goes in the compost) to a high speed blender along with the 4 cups of water. Blend for 30 seconds and strain through a nut milk bag or the like. Save the almond pulp for tarts, smoothies, pancakes etc.
Add nutmilk back into the high speed blender along with the spices and blend. Done!

Violet & Liquorice Cloud Drink, serves 2-4
2 cups almond milk (see above)
1 large organic banana
1/2 tsp raw liquorice root powder
1 tsp unpasteurized honey
7 ice cubes

+ a small handful of violets and some extra ice cubes

1. Add all ingredients except the violets and additional ice cubes to a high speed blender and blend until foamy and smooth.
2.Pour the drink into small glasses or jars, add the petals of 5-10 violets to each drink.
3. Some additional ice cubes is nice and pretty straws are a must.

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You’d think that the uneventful ride on the river of life is what you want, but then your boat starts to rock hard and you fall into the water. It’s like a punch in the pit of your stomach but after a few moments you reach the surface and see a brilliant rearranging of your puzzle. More beautifully put together then you could ever have done in total ”life planning mode”.

It’s Beltane. Make a bonfire to embrace summer and all things new. What will you surrender to the fire? What will you let go into the flames? 

Peace and a milky violet cloud drink,
°°Elenore°°

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26 Comments

  1. Clara P
    30 april, 2013

    Beautiful pictures!! Wish it would be hotter around here to drink such a refreshing cooling ”cloud”. Thanks!!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 maj, 2013

      Bookmark and enjoy this ”cloud” in a month or so, it’ll be worth it;)

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  2. Anna
    30 april, 2013

    Oh sweet Elenore, what a wonderful post (and mouthwatering recipe! I feel the urge to run out of the library and go foraging for Violets right NOW).

    I totally agree that life tends to guide us to where we are supposed to be, regardless of our plans. And if we just dare to follow our gut (and not our Lists and Plans!) we end up right where we belong. And especially when something does not work out the way we wanted to, we realise a little later, that by not getting what we wanted, we got exactly what we needed. Maybe this thought will cheer you up if you have just one of these days where you terribly miss your deers and oaks.

    Love and sunshine!

    Anna

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 maj, 2013

      Oh what a lovely comment (and thought). I soo agree with you, ”by not getting what we wanted, we got exactly what we needed”.

      That’s the flow of life and we just gotta stop trying to control the stream!

      Big hug!

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  3. Amy Jo - Pure and Simple
    30 april, 2013

    These photos are gorgeous, Elenore. And beautiful story.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 maj, 2013

      Thank YOU sweetnes (ps. I ADORE that picture of you)

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  4. Lana
    30 april, 2013

    Wonderful post and recipe Elenore! Just what I needed to hear.. I’ve been going through a similar shift, recently broke off with my partner of 2 years and embracing the flow of wherever the universe is taking me rather than resisting like I have been the last few months. Thank you for the gentle reminder :) I so wish I could find wild violets around here somewhere! I may just have to get my hands on some seeds and plant my own organically! xoxox

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 maj, 2013

      I am sending you so much care, love and strength to follow that wise gut of yours <3

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  5. Marissa
    30 april, 2013

    This is such a gorgeous drink and an inspirational message. I have so many violets in my backyard that have made their way into vases and salads. They’re such an awesome flower. Thanks for this recipe!

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  6. Matilda
    30 april, 2013

    Always such beautiful photos and words, Elenore! You really inspire me :) x

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  7. Shilpa
    1 maj, 2013

    Such beautiful words and as usual a wonderful recipe!

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  8. Marina
    2 maj, 2013

    ÅÅhhåå du är bäst! Jag gick och åt på violer igår, det var som små smaksexplosioner i munnen.. varför köpa godis när man kan plocka en blommaa.. :D

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  9. Leah
    2 maj, 2013

    so beautiful elenore! baby and i will try the cloud for breakfast tomorrow. our little spot of forest is covered in gorgeous purple blue violets! been gathering them daily. making tea with some, drying some for later. and oh the lilacs are blooming too! pure heaven….

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 maj, 2013

      Ohhh! You have lilacs already? Luxurious! Much joy and happiness to your and little baby on your garden adventures!

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  10. Inês
    3 maj, 2013

    The most amazing way to drink flowers ever!! And the first part of the post,man what an inspiring love!!! :)
    Its so funny because 2days before your post this i posted on my new born vegetarian blog (www.avegetar.blogspot.com) a post about edible flowers! Its in portuguese but google translator rocks if you want to thak a look!!
    Thank you for this beautiful post!!

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  11. kath anderson
    7 maj, 2013

    Eleanor, thank you so much for your gorgeous blog, I love it and I love your spirit and your way. I am not pregnant, and wont be, but as we all do, I am life, I live, I parent and am parented always and all of the time. And indeed I enjoy your posts and your ideas about food and the lovingness of our experience here in this time.
    big hugs and big love
    kath

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  12. Stephanie
    7 maj, 2013

    This resonates with me so much. I completely get the ‘have everything planned’ but the universe has different plans for us. Flowing with the ups and downs is challenging, but a necessary part of experiencing life to its fullest. There’s always a lesson to be learned, right? That’s what I keep telling myself ;) Beautiful looking drink. I love the name ‘cloud’ drink. Sounds heavenly.

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  13. Thess
    9 maj, 2013

    Beautiful words, beautiful pictures and a beautiful recipe! Love that you use violets, I have never tried them like this before, but I adore violet tea!

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  14. C
    16 maj, 2013

    P.S this reminds me of a song by the Rolling Stones, where the lyrics state: ”You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you’ll find you get what you need”.

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  15. C
    16 maj, 2013

    It is amazing how when you release trust and faith to the universe all seems to work out for the better in the end :).

    Ha, that PS was supposed to be attached to a comment that I guess didn’t post :). It said ”lovely post, cute straw :). I wish violets were available here”.

    Otherwise the ps seems so random :).

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  16. Giulia
    24 maj, 2013

    I just made this drink (even though I didn’t have any violets :/ ), still it was super yummy!! :) I love your perfect combinations! you and Sarah, you’re my absolute favourite food bloggers! :)

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