Here in usually mild Seattle we’ve been waaay too hot so far this summer. I know much of the world is in the same condition right now, and all I can say is, pay attention. Our world is going thru immense change, and it’s up to us to remain strong, informed, hopeful and healthy. Pay attention to your heart and your family, pay attention to your health and your work; strive for the positive! I know I always talk about my cannabis experience, but I can honestly tell you that judicious consumption of some Indica dominant cultivars has helped me immensely with stress and anxiety. And not to be too light, but this pie recipe has helped me feel good, and I think it’ll make you feel good too. This one isn’t infused with Cannabis medicine, but you can always add some of my Green Buttercream frosting or Infused whipped cream. Any way you eat, it, trust me – large yum! Please hang in, be smart, take care of yourselves; we have lots to achieve. ….MJW
Happy, happy summer darling humans. I truly hope you and yours are well and thriving. I know with all the turmoil in the world right now that might sound a bit vacuous, but I’m convicned that a positive attitude, a determination to make things better, and ok, cannabis, can honestly help. For me, whether it’s teaching cooking, making edibles, or taking a walk, I’m focusing on the positive. Believe me I know it seems like there’s not a lot of positive right now, but if you put down your phone, you can see the world is full of beauty and love. So with that in mind, I want to share this incredible recipe I came up with – perfect for summer. Plus studies have shown that devouring delicious healthy food is a great way to become happy. So, whether you enjoy this ice cream infused with cannabis goodness or not, it will help you get and stay happy!
VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM
I found this recipe on line, played with it a bit, and it’s surprisingly delightfully delicious! Even tho this is vegan it’s not exactly light, so try not to eat the whole pan. For 10 servings, you’ll need:
1 14 oz. can full fat coconut milk
1 C. natural peanut butter, smooth or chunky, well stirred (don’t get the stuff with sugar, use the good stuff)
3 Tb. full plant cannabis glycerin tincture (optional)
½ C. agave or maple syrup, divided
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. vanilla
½ C. cocoa powder
½ C. chopped peanuts
In a blender or using a stick blender and a big deep bowl, combine the coconut milk, peanut butter, ¼ C. of the syrup, tincture if using, vanilla and salt. Blend this till it’s really smooth, then pour 1 ¼ cup of the mix in a measuring cup and set aside. Add the rest of the syrup and the cocoa to the remaining stuff in the blender and blend till super smooth. Pour this chocolate mix into a loaf pan then swirl in the peanut butter mixture and the chopped peanuts. Cover the pan tightly and freeze till solid – at least 5 hours. When you’re ready to eat, let it sit out for about 10 minutes for scoopability. If you use the 3 Tb. of tincture you’ll have around 150 mg. of cannabinoids, so keep it away from the kids. Also feel free to switch up the nut butter and nuts; try almond butter and toasted chopped almonds or any other nut butter/nut combo you love. SO GOOD! www.maryjwhite.com
Happy May my wonderful humans! Don’t know about you, but it’s taken me a while to get into spring this year. Partly of course because the weather here in Washington has been way colder than usual, and it’s just now starting to get warm. But with all the flowers and gorgeous bright green leaves everywhere, I’m starting to feel like hibernation is over and the greening can commence. The other day I picked up my cannabis clones for this year, and I let them know it’s going to take a minute to get used to the bracing temps, but they seem ready to go. Honestly, I’m so grateful and glad that I can grown my own medicine; it’s one of the most empowering things I know, to be able to take excellent care of your self with a plant. Granted, every state with recreational cannabis has different rules, and Washington is notoriously picky, but I’m still happy that I can grow my medicine with no concerns about legality. In this state one does need a medical card to grow, but for me it’s totally worth it. Plus there’s a cosmic/spiritual thing that happens when you’re growing cannabis; those of you who’ve had that experience will know what I mean. To celebrate the plant, the recipe below is great for Mother’s Day, but it’s also fine whenever you want something delightful for dessert. If you don’t want it medicated just leave out the tincture, it’s still delicious.
GREEN P’NUT BUTTER MOUSSE
This is what happens when you have some heavy cream around, you smoke an energizing Sativa hybrid, and get the urge for something sweet. You can leave out the THC tincture, but trust me, it’s worth it! For 4 servings, you’ll need:
1 C. cold heavy cream (get the highest butter fat content you can – 40% is ideal)
3 Tb. THC tincture
¼ C. crunchy peanut butter; please buy the good stuff, not the stuff with sugar!
¼ C. white chocolate chips – chopped
¼ C. lightly salted shelled peanuts – chopped
½ tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. vanilla
3Tb. powdered sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon, large pinch salt – both optional but good
For the best result, make sure your mixing bowl and beaters are really well chilled. Pour the cream into your cold mixing bowl and start to mix on low. With the beaters going, add the tincture, cornstarch, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and salt, if using. When the mixture is about halfway to whipped, add the peanut butter and about half of the chips and peanuts. Whip this till firm but still pillowy; be careful not to let it break or approach the butter stage. Get this into 4 cute glasses or dessert bowls and sprinkle the rest of the peanuts and chocolate chips over. Garnish with mint and feel like the dessert expert!
February; it’s kind of a strange month as we’re in the throes of winter and we REALLY want spring. Thankfully we can consume lots of chocolate because of Valentines Day, and that helps. You know what else can help? Warm, delicious, sexy, buttery, Duxelle. Try this recipe, either medicated or not, and you’ll be feeling cozy and good.
Duxelle is a French word for a delicious versatile combo of finely diced mushrooms, butter, herbs, shallots, and love. I’ve found this delicious paste-like stuff very handy to have around; top crostini, mix with pasta, fill an omelet, use on roast chicken…. When you have some of this in the fridge, you’re automatically a little fancier. To make approx. 2 cups of duxelle, you’ll need:
1 Lb. mushrooms; cremini, button, or a mix of ones you like
2 Tb. butter (use 4 Tb. if not using infused butter) divided
2 Tb. infused butter (mix this in at the end so you don’t waste cannabinoids)
½ C. finely diced shallot or onion
1 tsp. dry thyme OR
2 Tb. finely minced fresh thyme or parsley
¼ C. dry white wine, Vermouth, or brandy
Salt and pepper to taste
Finely chop your mushrooms or whiz in a food processor till fine. Scrape the ‘shrooms into a clean kitchen towel, then wring out over the sink – this will guarantee nice dry ‘shrooms. Melt 2 Tb. of the butter in a large pan, then add the ‘shrooms, the shallot or onion, the herbs, and seasonings. Cook and stir for around 5-7 minutes, till the mushrooms release their liquid and start to brown. Add the rest of the butter, swirl it around, then add the wine or Vermouth. Cook till the alcohol has evaporated, about another 2 minutes; if using infused butter be careful here as you don’t want it to cook too long. Adjust the seasonings then let the mixture cool and store in the fridge or freezer – so handy to have around! www.maryjwhite.com
Darlings, now that we’re into Fall I need to check in. I truly hope this finds you well and happy and most of all, healthy. So many of us have been affected in one way or another by the Covid pandemic, and I’m hoping you and yours are in good shape. It’s been stunning to me how many people don’t understand the basic concept of disease, but then again there are always people who don’t understand or trust science. I even had a (christian conservative) friend tell me recently she was “sick of the word science”. So what do we do when a portion of the populace is determined to ignore facts and overwhelm the hospitals? Like many of us, I’ve learned the hard way that often belief can supersede facts; when someone has a strongly held emotional belief ain’t nothing you can do about it. So for me the best thing has been staying as happy as possible. And you know that means lots of walking, lots of salad (and chocolate!) and coming up with new cannabis recipes. I’m not saying just stay high until the pandemic’s over, but at the same time I’ve been able to stay sane and elevated with our friend cannabis. So darlings, whether you enjoy some relaxing CBD preparations before bed, if you use infused sugar in your coffee at work, or if you blaze the minute you get home – I say no worries. Mother Earth has given us cannabis for a reason, and I think surviving a worldwide pandemic with the gift of her medicine is the way to go. So -onward!
My humans! my online Cooking with Cannabis class is finally here. With the help of Trey Reckling and the Academy of Cannabis Science, we’ve put together a very comprehensive and may I say fun class about Cooking with Cannabis and fat extractions. Turns out all the words I use in class are a bit difficult to get in order. I was really sweating it there for a few days, as this isn’t just us cooking and playing in my kitchen. With luck this class, along with the rest in the series, will eventually appear all over the world. Since I tend to be a bit casual, this was a true exercise in slowing down to do research. Trey, as well as being super smart, was super patient in helping me figure it out. I haven’t been in school in almost 50 freakin’ years, so learning about the modules was a challenge. I def had to stretch my brain and it was worth it. Point is: If you can’t get to my house in West Seattle, you can now take my Cooking with Cannabis Fat Extractions class online. If you came to a class a few years ago this will be a good refresher, especially since there’s so much more great info available now. I’ve gained so much just in putting all this information together – turns out cannabis is endlessly fascinating and almost every day we learn new stuff. So please, if you want to know how to make fat extractions, if you want to refresh your knowledge, or if you just like to learn cool stuff, check out my class at www.academyofcannabisscience.com. And of course giant thanks to Trey Reckling – you rock sir!
Gawd! I’ve been so tied up with other stuff I’ve completely forgotten to blog. So – happy 2020 my sweets! I truly hope that this year we all advance, evolve, and find more joy. I’ve been trying to expand; doing a lot more YouTube, (https://www.youtube.com/user/maryjwhite1/videos?view_as=subscriber), podcasts, (https://open.spotify.com/show/0gTw5xXrjvhOFXOhVRLh7Q), and even The Weed Tube! I’m trying to get all the words out about not only cannabis cooking but the wonders of CBD and hemp. If you haven’t already, I’m encouraging you to take a look at my cookbooks; “EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cookng with Cannabis” on this website, and “The CBD Cookbook for Beginners” on Amazon. They both have a ton of info and some great recipes if I do say so myself. And as always, if you ever have questions or concerns about cannabis, edibles, CBD, or pretty much anything, I can help. Wishing you all a beautiful, joyful, healthy new year. With love… Mary
I had quite the jolt yesterday when I got home from the pharmacy. I had to go pick up some medications for my face lift next week, and came home with a bag of prescription pills. Because of the positive medical effects of cannabis, I was able to forego a few of the prescriptions, which is a good thing monetarily and physically. But the Big Thing? The Jolt? They prescribed opioid pain meds, and back in the days before medical cannabis, I was a huge fan of pills. And not just because they helped with my pain, though they did. There was something kinda insidious about those pills; I always wanted more even though I didn’t get better. I was even at the point where I would sometimes want to look in peoples medicine cabinets…. not good. So here I am yesterday with a bottle of Percocet and all I can think of is how differently I feel about them now. I know they can be effective with acute pain, so I’ll take a couple, but instead of trying to figure out how to get more like in the old days, I’m trying to see how few I can take. Quite the change! I’m telling you guys, this is a freakin’ miracle. I mean, I used to have a 3 drug rule…more than 3 different meds and I was no longer responsible. I thought I was so fun at parties, but I usually just fell asleep in a corner. Luckily I never got addicted but boy, I can sure see how it happens. Now, thanks to cannabis, I’m pain free, I get better each day, and I NEVER think about other peoples medicine cabinets!
In my teaching cooking with cannabis one thing continues to stand out. Lots of people seem to be afraid of the high. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to folks about the healing properties of cannabis, and their main question is what about the high? Will I jump off a building/go crazy/eat the cat/ drool? Well, of course not, but some full grown intelligent humans remain scared of the pot. I blame prohibition; years of no or wrong information have left confusion in their wake. Now many of these same folks, because doctors are god, will take opioids and all the weird over the counter stuff, in spite of the side effects and a nasty high. I took pain meds for years, and let me tell you, that isn’t about euphoria. I found pills to be depressing and not healing at all, but cannabis – seriously great. And if you get a little goofy, or happy, or horny – isn’t that WAY better than being depressed and sad? So lose the pills and the over the counter stuff; you are an intelligent and brave individual…. try cannabis!!
There’s an analogy I use in class when we talk about CBD or cannabidiol, that wonderful popular non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. I like to say that it’s like taking a vitamin C pill; good for you and ok, but eating the whole orange is way better. Same with cannabis! Currently there’s a huge interest in CBD, which I think is great for getting people familiar with the healing properties of cannabis. But what kinda bugs me is that folks are missing out on all the other beneficial components of cannabis when they only focus on CBD. Now I know from teaching cooking with cannabis for years that some people are just plain scared of pot. I get it – years of propaganda has put fear in the hearts of many regarding the ‘high’. I’ve had people worried about hallucinations or jumping out of windows….I’ve found the best way to combat fear is with information and hopefully experimentation. There have been wonderful folks in class who had a lot of fear about pot, but with a little reading up and playing around they’re happy stoners now. I guess I’m saying CBD is great and better than nothing, but the whole plant is truly your friend!!