Chocolate Strawberry Coconut Pudding Tart… and my BLOGIVERSARY!

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HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY COMO WATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As I walked to work this am, my birthday, my blogiversary, a word came into my mind. That word was “empowered.” I thought, “I feel more empowered than ever.”

Birthdays have a tendency to do that to me. To make me reflect. To make me think about how I want spend my next year, and years to come. To make me contemplate how I spent my last year. Because my birthday is also my blogiversary, reflecting on Como Water is part and parcel of that reminiscing. This year, as I thought about the joyful empowerment that has taken over my life, I realized that it was actually a feeling from many years ago, from my adolescence. I don’t think I would have called it that–“joyful empowerment,” but now I realize that’s exactly what it was.

You see, when I was younger, (and more naive perhaps), and I wanted to do something, however “impossible” it seemed, I just did it. When I wanted to leave the neighborhood that no one even seemed to leave, I “just” applied to college and “just” got in and “just” left. When I wanted to go abroad, having only been on a plane for the first time at 19, I “just” figured out a way to go to Africa, and have been infected with the travel bug ever since. And when I wanted to become a social psychologist, I “just” went to graduate school at one of the best universities in my field.

Despite having little previous experience, I sought out help, worked hard, and did what I wanted, with little pessimism and doubt, at that. What happened in my mid-20s however, was the development of that voice of doubt, that voice that focuses more on obstacles than on opportunities. Some call it adulthood, being responsible, mature even. I call it toxic. And in August 2010, I began my quest to break away from that debilitating voice. Starting Como Water was a major, major part of that breaking free, and as I continue to shape Como Water into a company that realizes my vision of contributing to society, I realize that it is also helping me to sustain this freedom.

I could go on and on, but I won’t. Instead, I’ll leave you with these words to ponder, and a beautiful vegan tart to celebrate! Happy Tuesday! Happy 13th! Happy Birthday to me! And Happy Blogiversary to Como Water! 😀

Chocolate Strawberry Coconut Pudding Tart

(Printable Recipe)

Crust Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup Earth Balance–softened
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  5. 3/4 cup coconut flour
  6. 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  7. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  10. extra salt for sprinkling

Crust Method:

*Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cream Earth Balance, sugar, and vanilla. Sift in flours, cornstarch, and salt. Mix in unsweetened coconut. Press into 11 inch tart pan (along the bottom and up the sides).  Sprinkle lightly with salt (~ 1/4 teaspoon). Bake for approximately 20 minutes. Let cool completely.

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Coconut Pudding Ingredients:

  1. 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  2. 1/2 cup silken tofu
  3. 1/3 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 cup cornstarch
  5. pinch salt
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut

Coconut Pudding Method:

*Blend all ingredients except coconut and vanilla in blender until smooth. Add to a medium sauce pan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens (~25 minutes). Note: Do not stop stirring! You want a smooth pudding and the only way to get this is to keep stirring. No facebook breaks. No calls. Keep stirring! You’ll be glad you did :D.

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*Remove from the heat. Stir in coconut and vanilla extract. Cover with parchment paper (press down lightly onto the pudding so a skin does not form). Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before assembling the tart.

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Assembly!

  1. Baked tart crust
  2. Cooled pudding
  3. Strawberries
  4. Shredded coconut
  5. Melted chocolate

Assembly Method:

*Add pudding to the crust. Top with sliced strawberries, shredded coconut, and drizzle with chocolate. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. 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!

Comments

  1. Happy Birthday and Happy blogiversary my dear friend!! You have a lot to be proud of … well done!!

    I love this beautiful dessert you have baked to celebrate. Wish I could grab a fork and celebrate with you. :)

  2. You have always been such an inspiration for me and the fact that your friendship come with yummy treats that few others (until now!) got to try – just bonus. Congratulations on settling into an amazing version of adulthood and on Comowater – I’m so very proud and excited!

  3. Happy Birthday and Blogiversary!!!! Gorgeous tart from a gorgeous soul :) xoxoxoxoxoxo

  4. Congratulations! I look forward to more spectacular posts such as the scrumptious Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Tart! Celebration worthy indeed!

  5. Happy Blogiversary, Tiffany!

  6. YAY!!! Happy Blogiversary!!!! That creamy dreamy pudding I can only imagine makes this tart AMAZING! Beautiful my friend, hope you are doing well! Hugs, Terra

  7. Happy Blog-iversary! What a gorgeous celebratory dessert! Wishing you lots more adventures in the years to come, Tiffany. Hx

  8. Happy, happy , joy, joy!!! Wishing you many more and loving your choice of sweet treat for your celebration.

  9. This sounds so good. Happy blogaversary!

  10. This sounds so good! Happy bloggaversary!

  11. Happy 3rd blogiversary, Tiff!! Beautiful and delicious chocolate strawberry coconut pudding tart!