Monday, February 1, 2016

Case #162

A luscious Valentine's Day sweet.
1 cup strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups ice cubes
Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender in the order listed and blend on the Frozen Desserts program.
Serves 2.
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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Case #161

1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons Sunwarrior raw vegan protein powder
1 tablespoon cacao
1 tablespoon agave syrup
4 ice cubes

Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender, in the order given, and blend.

Serves 1.


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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Case #160

Happy New Year as well!

2016 will certainly bring new things. We know that. One change has already been announced by Blogger. It will affect you and me both if you keep up with Vegetarian Detective using Google Friend Connect. Parent company Google has announced that to continue Google Friend Connect service you will have to have a Google account.

I have a suggestion if you don't want to open a Google account. Sign up to follow Vegetarian Detective by email. I follow other blogs by email and I don't get anything more than what I asked for—notification of and links to new blog posts.

Dear reader, I hope I won't lose you in 2016. Each and every reader is important to me and I hope to continue to grow and improve and provide you with interesting content for years to come. All the best to you!

I leave you with the essential elements of Blogger's notification and a link to the entire post.

So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog...

...We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.


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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Case #159

4 medium zucchini, trimmed and peeled down to the white flesh
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups loosely packed fresh parsley
1/4 cup lemon zest
1/4 cup olive oil
I/4 teaspoon chilli pepper flakes

With a spiralizer, turn the zucchini into zoodles.

In a blender, pulse together the Parmesan, garlic, fresh parsley, lemon zest and salt to taste.

Gently toss the zoodles with the olive oil and then the parsley mixture.

Twirl the salad onto plates using tongs and grind pepper on top to taste. Sprinkle with chilli pepper flakes.

Serve immediately.

Serves 4.


PS Orange Mint Pesto is a fab dressing too!
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Case of Arugula Salad with Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

Arugula Salad

4 handfuls of arugula
Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette (below)

Toss the arugula with the Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette, which is an adaptation of my Honey Mustard Vinaigrette.

Makes 4 side salads.

Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

2 tbsps lemon juice
2 tbsps olive oil
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp grainy mustard
2 tbsps grated Parmesan

Whisk or shake together the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, grainy mustard and Parmesan.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 3/4 cup for 4 side salads.


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Case of World's First Simultaneous Google+/Facebook A KILLER NECKLACE Launch Party!

This Saturday, Oct 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

On a computer or mobile device near you!
You—plus as many guests as you want to invite—are invited to chat with authors and win e-books at the Google+ ( side of the launch of Melodie Campbell & Cynthia St-Pierre's A KILLER NECKLACE: Fashionation with Mystery Book 2.

Doesn't matter if you have or haven't read A PURSE TO DIE FOR: Fashionation with Mystery Book 1. In fact, that first mystery in the series will certainly be one of the prizes.

At this party, chat with Cynthia but also chat with and ask questions of special guest mystery/suspense authors 'appearing' from around the world:
1:30 p.m. Lorna Gray (Italy)—author of FINDING DAYLIGHT
2:00 p.m. Patti Phillips (U.S.A.)—author of KERRIAN'S NOTEBOOK
2:30 p.m. Nanci Pattenden (Canada)—author of DEATH ON DUCHESS STREET

Sara Onnebo (Sweden)—author of VARGEN I TULISAARI will drop in if/when she can.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif (Canada)—author of DIVINE INTERVENTION will also drop in if/when she can. Cheryl is definitely offering her international best-selling e-book as a prize!

Now for the 'simultaneous' part. Meet Cynthia's friend and co-author Melodie Campbell at the Facebook side of the launch party here: More authors, more books, more giveaways!
PS Cynthia says, "If on-line Google+ event technology is new to you, don't worry, it's new to me too. We'll slay it!"
PPS Yes, A KILLER NECKLACE is available now from Amazon, Google Play, Kobo and Smashwords. See the sidebar for all the links!      

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Case of Red Pepper Soup (Trick or Treat)

First the Treat

Picture update for Red Pepper Soup above.

Now the Trick

I heat it up right in the blender!


I have one of those high-speed blenders that has a soup function. The concept is that the blades are whirring so fast they create heat.

How do I avoid warming the soup above 118ºF?

Very carefully.

I have this battery-operated electronic meat thermometer that I bought at Ikea and the probe is at the end of a long, thin conduit. I hang the probe into the blender by the conduit and I secure it with the blender lid so that there is NO WAY the probe can descend into the blades. (This is not in any way condoned by Ikea.)

Too much information that I also wrap part of the conduit in masking tape so that I don't get it covered in Red Pepper Soup? Anyway...


This is important—did you read the above suggestions with extreme care?

I even hold on to the conduit while I'm blending because blenders create vortexes like tornadoes, don't they?


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