v.curiosity | valentines day 2016


A special mini feature for your sweetheart on valentines day. Breakfast in Bed. Chocolate Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup, Cold-Poached Figs, Vegan Sparkling Wine

Feb 2016




I know it's

been a while.

Let me make

it up to you.

Summer, fall, and winter have long since

come and gone and unless you've been

following us on Instagram (you ARE following

us, aren't you?) it would seem that we have

gone away. We haven't, and I'm here to tell

you that nothing tastes better than a


We have been working behind the scenes,

re-calibrating and throwing our hands up in

the air for this rollercoaster of a learning

curve. But, that's not important. What IS

important is that we can't think of a better

time to show our love for your support than by

sending you our own version of a Valentine.

Because, who doesn't want breakfast in bed?

So, get ready to be served, and while your

enjoying this decadent spread, remember: the

best is yet to come.


Amelia Cooper

editor + founder


Double-Chocolate Pancakes &

Strawberry-Maple Reduction




2 c flour

3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 c + 2 tbsp granulated sugar

2 c unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp ground flaxseed

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 c vegan chocolate chips

In a small bowl, combine almond milk, ground flaxseed, vanilla, and

apple cider vinegar and whisk together. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa

powder, and sugar. Whisk together to remove any clumps and

combine. Note: if cocoa powder is quite clumpy, sift before mixing

for even distribution.

Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined. Gently fold

in chocolate chips.

Let batter rest while heating griddle on low for 10 minutes. Cook

pancakes 2-3 minutes per side.

Makes 8 six-inch pancakes.


Strawberry Maple


2 c frozen organic strawberries

1 c real maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

In a small saucepan over low

heat, combine all ingredients.

Allow to simmer for 15 minutes,

then mash strawberries with a

potato masher until mostly

smooth but with a few chunks

remaining. Continue to simmer

on low for an additional 20

minutes, stirring frequently,

until reduced, thickened, and

deep red.

Sip On This...

Albero Cava Brut

This organic sparkling wine is a gem

of pure bubbly bliss. The drier Brut's

pair well with sweeter breakfasts like

this one, balancing the rich chocolate

flavors with crisp, citrus ones. Both

organic and vegan, at just $7.99 a

bottle it's worth picking up a few for

impromptu celebration. Find it at

Trader Joe's.




Dried Figs

6 golden dried figs

1/2 c unsweetened pomegranate juice

1/4 c triple sec

2 tbsp granulated sugar

In a small sauce pan, combine

everything except figs. Simmer 15

minutes, the pour over figs in bowl.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before

serving. Best made the night before.

Plant-Based Aphrodisiacs

Sure, everyone thinks of oysters when aphrodisiac food comes to

mind, but did you know figs rank even higher on the lusty eats scale?

As do avocados, asparagus, pomegranates, beets, and more. Part

myth, part science, the shapes and symbolic traits of the food we eat

have been known to stir deeper feelings than just a full tummy by

sending subtle cues to our sub conscious. Word on the street is that

figs were the original forbidden fruit. So, while serving your

Valentine these chewy, slightly citrus delights, marvel at how being

so bad can still be so good.


Special Thanks

J. Anne Photography


Trader Joe's

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