What on earth is a Persimmon and what do you do with it? is what I thought when I was at the health foods store staring at this weird looking piece of foreign produce.

I bought 4 on impulse, then after was wondering what the heck am I going to do with it. I decided to taste it and then decide. It reminded me of a mild plum and later found out it is a berry! I combined it with blackberries and turned it into a holiday spiced jam! And then used it with a dairy-free ice cream.

My hubby got me a Swirlio for my B-day earlier this month and I've used it only once, sad to say since I wanted one SOO BAD. So I thought this jam would be a DELICIOUS ice cream flavour. The Swirlio is a frozen fruit soft ice cream maker. You use frozen banana as the base and then any other flavours. In my first attempt Chloe and I used peanut butter, honey, and frozen banana and it was pretty good! Then Tod made one that contained cacao powder, honey, and frozen banana and that one was crazy rich. Now I've made this one and it was like melt-in-your-mouth-goodness. Kyri and I had the house to ourselves while Tod and Seth went to a movie. So we ate our ice cream, baked cookies and played.

I have been getting all my thoughts together to start writing my birth story about Kyri. I want to record it all for her; how I started eating health BEFORE we conceived, what my diet was like while I was pregnant, what I learned about the medical system through having a midwife, what every first time mom SHOULD know (that their doctor would never tell them. Well at least mine didn’t), and how I’ve raised her as our O-natural baby. She's been so healthy and vibrant I just need to record everything and share this wonderful journey we've been experiencing. 

It would be really cool if I could turn it into a book for any moms who would be interested. I wish I knew everything I knew now BEFORE I had Seth!

Food is an amazing tool that can either make or break your life. I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum. I’ve had a western medicine baby and lived a western medicine lifestyle that led me into depression, slowly loosing my vitality. Now I live an aware, clean, organic lifestyle and I don’t rely on anyone else but myself for my health and responsibility and I couldn't be happier. I’ve had to mature a lot in order for that to happen as well. I talk more about my health story in my new health book that comes out in the New Year.

So now my life is a growing journey and I plan on learning something new everyday; about parenting, being a wife and cooking (and anything else I can get my hands on). I am still so far from really understanding whole foods, flavours and how to pare them perfectly, but I'm trying and I'm enjoying it all (and that's all that matters). I love mixing new food, paring fruits with spices and creating something new for us to experience. That is where this recipe came from.

Blackberry Persimmon Spiced Jam & Ice Cream
This jam has a perfect holiday flavour. Eat it on toast, cookies or pour it on ice cream. It takes 24 hours to set in the fridge so make it a day in advance.

Makes 3/4 cup

·        1 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen – thawed and at room temp
·        1 persimmon
·        1 tsp. unpasteurized honey
·        1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
·        1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
·        1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
·        1 Tbsp. chia seeds

1. Place blackberries in a small pot over the lowest heat and add honey. Mash blackberries with the back of a fork and stir in with the honey.

2. Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high for 5 seconds. Pour into a small jar and seal with lid. Place in the fridge and let set and thicken for 24 hours.

3. Serve on toast with nut butter, add to cookies, or pour over ice cream.

Soft Serve Ice Cream
Serves 2

·        4 Tbsp. blackberry persimmon jam
·        2 bananas
·        1 tsp. unpasteurized honey
·        shredded coconut

1. Add jam and bananas to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a freezer safe bowl and freeze for two hours. With a hand held mixer, mix ice cream every 15 minutes for 30 seconds and place back into the freezer. After two hours scoop into a bowl with an ice cream scoop or scoop ice cream into a piping bag with a large star tip and pipe into a bowl. Serve with more jam, drizzled honey and shredded coconut if desired.

4 more sleeps until Christmas and I do not feel ready. But maybe it’s like expecting a baby. Can you ever be fully ready?


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