• there’s a splinter in my smoothie

    September 24, 2009

    There’s a reason for the quiet.  Actually, two.

    One: I’m back in the States.

    Two:  I am sans Vita-Mix.

    As for the first, it would require a long post more suited to a personal blog and possibly a book, if I finally get down to it.  The short story: after nearly six years in London, I needed to be closer to family.  Several ingredients contributed: my mom’s heart attack last year, the pull of heartstrings, a need for change.  I left London much lighter than I came in, in more ways than one.

    And that brings me to the second reason for the lack of noise.  I had to sell my Vita-Mix.  Ugh.  This was tough.  I’m not kidding.  I’m not about labels, but there are three things I’d put my name to:  Doc Martens (see heartstrings above), MBTs (those ugly, boat-like shoes that really do work), and the Vita-Mix (actually deserving of all the hype).  Oh, and make that four: Marks & Spencer underwear (because, along with a bus pass or a tube ticket to Heathrow, is one of the UK’s great buys).

    There are many things I could go into here about the reverse culture shock of it all, most of which is contained within the walls of Walmart.  So I’ll spare you unless you decide to buy the book.

    I’m currently staying with my mother in Florida.  My mom started making green smoothies earlier this year (and as a result of this site).  My mom, however, has a regular blender — the kind I thought was pretty cool up until I got my Vita-Mix earlier this year, the one I owned for one brief, shining moment.  The one with the plunger that got all those little bits down into the ridiculously fast blade.

    I’ve broken two wooden spoons already.

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  • instant pear pudding

    September 3, 2009

    The statement “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” assumes that whatever the “norm” is the simplest approach to begin with.  But what if you found that a new way is not only easier, but produced a better result?

    Enter pear pudding, if you can call it that.  Take a few pears, throw ‘em in a high-speed blender; and watch them go from grainy fruit to silky puree with no heat, no scrubbing pots, no waiting, and even no need to core or de-seed.

    It’s like applesauce, only better and fresher.  You can do this with apples, too, by the way – and I’ve been known to toss a few in with the pears.  But I find that pears alone are magic here, and I can polish off a deep soup bowl of it for dinner.

    new recipe: instant pear pudding

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  • tasting fair debrief and vita-mix offer

    June 18, 2009

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    “I want to try some Jessica Stone!”

    That was probably my favorite quote of the day during yesterday’s Healthy Eating Tasting Fair at Whole Foods Kensington.  Apparently all the other stands scattered throughout the store displayed the name of a product.  But I wouldn’t know, because I was on my lonesome and didn’t get a chance to go to the bathroom during all four plus hours of it, let alone sample some of the other yummy stuff on offer.  That’s okay, I had a blast!  It was so much fun meeting everyone and talking to them about eating green the easy, tasty way that I was still going after all the other exhibitors had packed up and left.

    In fact, it was a great reminder that meditation is not limited to sitting in lotus position and focusing on your breath.  To me, meditation is anything that lets you become completely absorbed in the moment.  Sports, sex, food, dancing…pick your pleasure and give it your all.  I was so focused on the job at hand and tapping into my passion, that the hours flew by and any other worries I had totally evaporated.

    They parked my stand in the amazing produce section, right in front of a huge spread of bananas.  I made green smoothies, of course, both because they’re so simple and because they make people happy.  If you’ve just come to the site after meeting me yesterday, welcome!  We talked a lot about green smoothies at the fair, but you can read even more on my earlier post.

    One woman said, “So, what are you selling?  Smoothies?  Blenders? Or are you just doing this for the good of mankind?”  That was another favorite quote.  Truth is, I got so caught up introducing people to green smoothies and watching their eyes go wide when they realized it tasted so much more pleasant than they expected, that I often forgot to tell people about what I actually do.  But when I did, the two main questions I got were “Can I buy this?” and “Do you teach classes?”

    To answer the first question: no, I don’t make and bottle green smoothies to sell.  My mission is empowering YOU with practical, tasty tips like this so you can go from consumer to creator.  Also, green smoothies – and most fresh preparations – are best enjoyed as soon as they are made.  And they’re fun!  As I mentioned yesterday, you don’t need a recipe – just go with the combinations you crave, and if you stick to about 50% fruit to 50% greens you’ll be fine.  But it’s always nice to have some inspiration, so if you liked yesterday’s blend, here’s a refresher:

    1 ripe banana
    1/2 cup frozen blueberries
    1/3 cucumber, peeled
    2 handfuls baby spinach
    Small piece root ginger (or more, depending on how much kick you like)
    1 cup filtered water

    As you’ll notice in my recipes, a lot of them call for a high-powered blender.  I haven’t talked about my Vita-Mix before, but those who came around my stand yesterday would have seen it.  That’s right, I love my Vita-Mix so much that I lugged it to the fair with me.  It is quite an investment – one I thought about for a long time – but one of the best I’ve made.  I use mine several times a day, for making everything from smoothies to my prize-winning Dulce de Leche (dairy and sugar-free, of course!)  If you live in the UK or Ireland, you can receive free standard shipping if you order your Vita-Mix through me.  Here’s what you need to do:

    VAT UK customers: Please call 0845 868 4566 to place your order.
    Ireland customers: Please call 0766 709854 to place your order.
    Quote this code: 20-01-000090
    The Vita-Mix 5000 machine comes with a 5-year warranty

    Okay, now that that’s out of the way, onto classes!  I’ve had a lot of requests for group workshops, so if this sounds like your cup of herbal tea and you’re in the London area, please drop a note in the suggestion box at Whole Foods and tell them you want to try some Jessica Stone!

    And don’t forget: the special coaching offer on your recipe card is good when booked before the end of the month.

    It was truly a joy meeting all of you, and I hope you’ll stay in touch.  Special thanks to the American Airlines crew who came by at the end of the night and drank the bottom of the smoothie barrel.  Green smoothies on air planes…now there’s a flying idea.

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