I wish that I had the wherewithal to craft a witty little post this evening, but I'm spent. The Boy came down with his first nasty little bug today, and I spent a great deal of time Helicopter Parenting with a thermometer in one hand. The husband was home, too, thank goodness, otherwise I'd probably have the poor kid in a germ-proof bubble (Red manages to talk me down from the ledge at times like these).
Anyway, the little guy's fever broke a couple of hours ago, and now he's sleeping off his day of wooziness and mommy-hoverage-induced-fatigue. And I'm sipping a latte.
No, it's not pumpkin spice. I'm actually getting a jump on the Christmas coffee season now, thanks to Vegetarian Times. Their gorgeous November edition is out, and lots of stuff in there is drool-worthy. But what little bit of exotica should catch my eye? Blackstrap molasses, of course, the focus of this month's Healing Foods column. Now, normally I ignore this page, since I'm so sick of super foods that I could spit a goji berry at a pomegranate and knock them both into a vat of green tea. But the recipe this month caught my eye.
Gingersnap Syrup? Oh, yes, please!
So I made it, but because I'm a lazy so-and-so and a foodie both, I managed to simultaneously fancy it up and dumb it down. I replaced the sugar called for in the recipe with some vanilla agave nectar, cut the water by a bit to make up for it. I also cooked the syrup in the microwave rather than the stovetop. The results were spicy, thick, and dark. Maybe a little too thick and dark, actually (you can see how it shadowed up my half coffee, half milk concoction). I think that maybe I could have used a little more sweetener, because the molasses bite was the dominant flavor. But mixed into a cup of coffee with coconut milk, it was just fine. Better than fine; molasses is a Healing Food, you know!
Wait a minute - that's too austere for a latte. We live in the Age of Starbucks, darn it!
So now, gentle MoFo-ers, we have Joanna's Pumpkin Spice Syrup; Mama Pea's Coconut Chai; and now the VT Gingersnap Syrup. We have all the ingredients we need to launch a vegan coffee house chain. Any takers? C'mon, there have to be some entrepreneurs out there in the blogosphere! I'll even donate the contents of my petty cash jar to get you started. Just as soon as I finish my super foods latte.
[I know that I didn't post a recipe or a link for the Gingersnap Syrup, and I do apologize. VT doesn't seem to have any of their November recipes on the website yet (guess they're hoping you'll buy the magazine, which you should because there are noms to the tenth power in there). And I definitely haven't perfected my slothful cactus juice version yet. As soon as either one happens, I'll come back and edit this page. Promise on a stack of tempeh].