Saffron-Almond Dream-sicles

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This is my last pop post of the summer folks and it is absolutely amazing! It’s a take on the more traditional ‘cream-sicle,’ but much more grown up! Made elegant with the almonds and fragrant with the saffron, this is one of the best pops I’ve made all summer. I’m sad to see summer gone, but excited about some changes en mi vida. I was planning to tell you about those changes today, but alas, insomnia took a hold of my slumber last night.

What does that have to do with my post? Well, it led to me watching a short documentary on Netflix instead of sleeping. And that, my friends, is what I want to tell you about!

The film was called Save the Farm (you can watch it for free on Hulu.com or YouTube!!!). It was a heart-wrenching tale of a 13-acre community farm in South Central LA that provided food for over 350 families in the city. The garden was run without any governmental assistance, except for the land use, and had been in operation for over 13 years, when the city (illegally?) sold the land to a developer for a price dramatically lower than market value.

Despite multiple lawsuits, the community was never able to prove in a court of law that the sale was illegal. The developer bought the land from the city for $5m and offered to sell it back to the community for $16m. When the community raised the $16m, he backed away from the deal.

Maybe I have been influenced too much by Hollywood, but I was really expecting a happy ending to the film. It never came. Despite peaceful protests, sit-ins, and widespread community support, including many prominent actors and activists, the police came in, removed the people, and bulldozers flattened the land. By this point, I was sobbing (so much for getting back to sleep!). I’ll stop here because I don’t want to give everything away, but I’ll leave you with a quote from one of the speakers in the film. Fred “Red Crow” Westerman states,

“It is the end of living and the beginning of survival in a sense.  Anything having to do with man’s connection to earth should not be broken.”

I hope you all are enjoying your days off and I’ll be back later in the week with something savory! 😀

Saffron-Almond Dream-sicles

(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

2 cups orange juice

1 cup vanilla non-dairy creamer

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon orange extract

½ teaspoon almond extract

½ cup water

¼ cup sugar

¼ teaspoon saffron

½ cup sliced almonds

Method:

*Blend all ingredients. Add mixture to popsicle mold (you can also make a granita or use an ice cream maker!). Freeze approx. 1 hour until mixture is slushy (it will separate a bit). Add sticks. Freeze until frozen. Enjoy!

 

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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  1. Hi beautiful! Sorry I haven’t stopped by in awhile, life has been crazy:-) I love all the different unique flavors of popsicles you created this Summer! This one is so pretty with the lovely saffron mixed in! I will have to look the movie up, I for sure would love it it too, thank you for sharing! Take care, Hugs, Terra

  2. Ack! I can’t handle movies like that :( Sometimes, I really hate people! Bloody developers. We’ve got a similar situation here but its for our boat operators who are getting booted from their home of 70 years because the Ritz has bought the land.

    At least there’s these lovely popsicles to make me happy again. I bought loads of saffron in Thailand and I haven’t been using it at all! Maybe they’re destined to be popsicled :)

  3. oh my gosh such a great flavor combination! i am in love with this grown-up creamsicle!

  4. These pops are indeed dreamy – so delicious in look and flavour :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  5. I love the use of saffron in sweet dishes and this sounds absolutely brilliant.

  6. tiffany! you have got to write a book on ice creams and popsicles hun coz your recipes are truly one of a kind 😉
    it would not have even crossed my mind to put saffron in my creamsicles… you are brilliant!

  7. Wow, that film made a huge impression on you. The details you remember are amazing! Saffron is something I’ve never bought. I should really try it someday. These sound very unusual, especially with the almonds in them.

  8. What a fancy little popsicle. Love the beautiful saffron color. :) Sad story about the farming community. I hope the right thing is done by the people there eventually.

  9. That’s a sad ending to the urban farm. Tiffany. A few less votes for the government – but a huge impact on those families.

    What a great Popsicle season it has been at como water – can’t wait to try these dream-sicles!

  10. Thanks for the comments everyone! 😀

  11. Hehee I love the name dream-sicles! Well, I’m surprised by the size of your popsicle molds. Isn’t it more than typical size? You can make 10? Sounds great! I love saffron + almond in this popsicle. I want to taste it!

    • Each mold is 3 ounces, which I think is pretty typical for an ice pop :). Yup, it makes 10. I hope you try (and like!) it! 😀