It’s the end of my unofficial vegan week! But I still have some flax seed left so you might see more vegan stuff in the future. Today I’ve got a remake of Katie’s Red Velvet Brownies – the non vegan but grain free treats that are colored and sweetened naturally with beets. My vegan remake would have been redder but my beet was tiny. On the upside, though, I peeled it myself (carefully) and cut it up with the large butter spatula with the serrated side I’ve been favoring lately.
Remember how I have wheelchair longing? Let me remind you, before anyone gets peeved at the fact that I miss a wheelchair – I am very thankful to have the ability to walk and the choice to sit in a chair or not. Many don’t have this opportunity – but when I reference “wheelchair longing” I mean that I miss the relative safety it offered me. I did fall out of my chair once, but that was before I believed that I couldn’t walk so I just got up out of my chair so I could lie down on my bed at RIO (3rd Hospital). Yeah, that didn’t work out so well. PS: Sorry for the commotion, everyone. I understand the ramifications of being on my feet now, and along with being able to walk comes the risk of falling, knocking your teeth out, etc. There are amazing upsides – e.g. you can go where you want and you can get into tight spaces where a chair won’t fit, but you just need to recognize the risks and take them into account as you plan your movements. All that said, I despised my chair when I had no choice but to sit in it. But now I view “Charlie” through rose-colored glasses and remember that I was pretty stable when seated and rolling around, and I could reach the laundry machine etc. and didn’t worry about falling. So on Monday I broke down and after around 9 months of looking wistfully at the fleet of wheelchairs parked in the lobby at Planet Rehab I begged Mommy to let me go for a joy ride. I chose a little one with no leg attachments and only one arm, leaned Leo against an obliging pole and took off down the hall. I planned to go show myself to R at the coffee cart. “This will be our little secret, okay?” I was going to say. But R wasn’t there. You know who was? M (37). Of all days she chose that day to eschew the lunch she had packed and visit the coffee cart instead (for some healthy snacks but nothing caffeinated – I applaud your food choices, M). It was too late for me to turn around and hide so I wheeled up to her, grinning. What are you doing? was all she said. Seriously, I’ve been in rehab there for a long time, and the one and only time I commandeer a chair I get caught red-handed. So that’s the origination of the name of these brownies. Caught Red-Handed Red Velvet Brownies [Vegan, Grain Free, No Added Sugar] Preheat oven to 350 and grease a small pan – I used a loaf pan this time – this is a small batch
- 1.5 c cashews
- 1/4 c cocoa powder
- 1 flax egg
- pinch of salt
- 2 splashes of vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 beet (raw, peeled and cut up into smaller chunks)
- 1/3 c cashew cream
- 1/2 c white vegan-friendly chocolate chips
Instructions: Grind the cashews first (I used a Vitamix). Add everything else to the blender except the white chocolate chips. Puree. Fold in the chips at the end. Pour into your greased pan, bake for 12 minutes at 350. The original recipe:
They are named for Katie, a sweet little girl (8 ish, I think) who had an AVM rupture like mine. She’s been going back and forth between RIC (the Rehab Institute of Chicago) and Lurie (Children’s Hospital) bc of respiratory issues. She’s still on the ventilator but has been doing great on the trial runs of breathing on her own. They did that for me early on. Later, at Vibra (2nd Hospital) I heard one of my nurses explain which number indicated my oxygen level to my Mom. From then on I pulled the pulse ox thing off my finger and threw it across my bed because I was fed up with all the wires and the number was big enough on the screen for me to see that it was near 100. To keep up with Katie’s progress, visit Love for Katie.