MoFo'n Still Life with Peach Margarita Cheesecake

Make/eat something inspired by a book or film.

You could call Still Life with Woodpecker a catalyst, of sorts, in my life. The first time I read this book by Tom Robbins, a seed was planted that would grow into incredible changes that would bring nothing but happiness and joy into my life. A life that I'm now actually living and loving, instead of just waiting to be happy.  I could bore the shit out of you with all the goopy details but I'll spare you all that and just urge you to read, or re-read, the book if you haven't already.

The main theme of the book is "how to make love stay." The main characters, an exiled french princess in Seattle and a tequila loving outlaw who likes to blow things up, spend quite a bit of pages pondering on this topic during this modern day love story that takes place in a pack of camel cigarettes. Here's some quotes:
“Who knows how to make love stay?

1. Tell love you are going to Junior's Deli on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to pick up a cheesecake, and if loves stays, it can have half. It will stay."

“Now tequila may be the favored beverage of outlaws but that doesn't mean it gives them preferential treatment. In fact, tequila probably has betrayed as many outlaws as has the central nervous system and dissatisfied wives. Tequila, scorpion honey, harsh dew of the doglands, essence of Aztec, crema de cacti; tequila, oily and thermal like the sun in solution; tequila, liquid geometry of passion; Tequila, the buzzard god who copulates in midair with the ascending souls of dying virgins; tequila, firebug in the house of good taste; O tequila, savage water of sorcery, what confusion and mischief your sly, rebellious drops do generate!”
Obviously, those quotes were the inspiration behind this amazing (if I do say so myself - and I do) Peach Margarita Cheesecake. But where does the peach come in? Well, that's a great question. Throughout the book Tom Robbins refers to the princess' vagina in terms that some have found highly offensive or controversial (i.e.: peachclam, peachfish, meat curtains, etc.) It can be a very heated conversation with people when they find out that A) I'm a feminist and B) this book is my favorite book ever written. Apparently, the level of outrage you feel towards these terms is a direct reflection of your worth as a feminist. But that's where the peaches found their roll in this cheesecake.

This cheesecake is absolutely beautiful, just like this book. Although, I don't think it changed my life in quite the same way. The peaches were sourced from a small family farm in Emmett, Idaho that were set up at the Boise Farmer's Market.


The Crust

6 vegan cinnamon graham crackers
1/4 c vegan butter, melted
1/4 c raw sugar
  1. Preheat to 350. 
  2. In a food processor turn your crackers into crumbs. 
  3. Mix all ingredients together and pat the crust into a a 9 in spring form pan and bake for 8 minutes or until it starts to brown. Set aside to cool

The Peaches

1 1/4lb peaches, peeled and sliced
2 tbsp raw sugar
juice of 1 lemon
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a heavy saucepan and cook until the sugar melts and peaches are tender.

The Cheesecake

2 12 oz packages of ex-firm tofu
2 tbsp non-dairy milk
1 c raw sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c vegetable oil
juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp tequila
1/2 c triple sec
zest of 1 lime
juice of 1 lime
  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.  
  2. Pour into the pie crust and top with your peaches. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Refrigerate until completely chilled - try overnight.
Me and my favorite book signed by Tom Robbins himself - my most prized possession.

Tomorrow: Reach out! Make a new vegan friend & tell us about it, see y'all there.
ICYMI: Here's Day 6: Re-create a restaurant meal.

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All the love,

Amber



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