Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Passiflora’s Wintertime Special Order Form
We have all of your winter catering needs covered, whether you’re hosting a cozy family dinner, a fun house party, planning a romantic evening in, or stocking up on some special treats to spice up the season!

Savory Dishes

Quiche (9-inch)
Can be made Gluten-Free

$24.00 or $27.00 for Gluten Free
Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Cauliflower and Cheddar

Roasted Red Pepper, Leeks, Spinach and Parmesan

Mushroom, Onion and Swiss

Vegan and Gluten-Free unless Otherwise Specified

$12.00 per Quart
Cauliflower with Coconut, Turmeric and Lime

Spiced Tomato Chickpea

Butternut Squash Bisque

Salads and Sides (Serves 5-8)
Vegan and Gluten-Free unless Otherwise Specified

Spinach Salad with Oranges, Red Cabbage, Cucumbers, Almonds, and Citrus Dressing

Orange-Glazed Beets

Maple-Roasted Carrots with Ginger and Cardamom

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Pears, Pistachios, and Citrus Dressing 

$16.00 or $18.00 with Parmesan Cheese

Appetizer Platters 
All are Vegan with 18 pieces

Mini Lentil Walnut Loaves with Miso Mushroom Gravy

Hummus Pinwheel wraps with pickled onions, organic greens and shredded carrots (choice of Roasted Red Pepper, White Bean and Garlic, or Herbed Beet Hummus)

Thin Vegetable pie wedges with thyme roasted onions, peppers, and mushrooms and a lemon tahini dipping sauce


Veggie Burger Sliders
on Vegan Gluten Free Burger Buns with Microgreens
Platter of 18 Each 
(Same price for a platter of 8 full-size burgers)

$36.00 a platter
Black Bean Burger with Cilantro Lime Aioli

Beet, Goat Cheese and Quinoa Burgers with Garlic Aioli

Acorn Squash with Dried Cranberries and Pecans with Caramelized Onion Aioli


Pastries and Treats


Morning Pastries
All are Vegan

Morning Glory Muffins 

$18.50 a ½ dozen
Banana Pecan Muffins with Chocolate Chips

$18.50 a ½ dozen
Gingerbread Muffins

$18.50 a ½ dozen

Mini Pastry Platters
Vegan Unless Otherwise Specified

Babycakes Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies (also Gluten Free)

$28.00 for 2 dozen
Faux Hostess Cupcake Minis

$30.00 for 2 dozen
Vanilla Cherry Swirl Cupcake Minis with Amaretto Frosting

$30.00 for 2 dozen
Black Bean Brownie Minis (also Gluten-Free)

$30.00 for 2 dozen

Pies, and Miscellaneous Desserts
All are Vegan

Apple Pie 
Gluten-Free Option Crumb Top Only

Chocolate Cream Pie with a Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust and Cashew Cream on the Side (also Gluten-Free)

Vanilla Custard Pie with a Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust and Cashew Cream on the side (also Gluten-Free)

Vanilla Rose Rooibos Tea poached Pears with dark chocolate olive oil sauce and vanilla rose shortbreads 

$20.00 for 10 halves and 10 shortbread

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Moving Forward Into the New Year

It’s the start of another new year and we are called to reflect back on last year while looking forward to this new one. January is an interesting time of year in this way, and it’s a natural time to set intentions. 

Take this time to reflect and renew. Now is a lovely time to review the past year and all it entailed. Think of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for in 2016 and what you’d like to continue in 2017. Look back and assess how the year was and what might benefit from some improvement without being overly critical or attached. Though this new year transition is somewhat arbitrary, it’s useful to think of it as an opportunity to begin again. 

Set your intentions for being your best self this year. Use the whole month, and really think about what is most important to you at this time, and how you can take action to prioritize those things. Create new habits of consistent morning and evening activities that ease you into and out of each day. Be kind to yourself. Light candles and create a serene mood in your home during these short, dark days. 

Consider your health at this time. Can you take better care of yourself? Decide on a course of action you can stick to, and begin small, with every day activities. Maybe you resolve to eat breakfast every day as a start, or to fill half your plate with vegetables at every meal, or to drink more water throughout the day. No matter what it is, approach it in a way that is consistent, and feels affirming. Often times when we are trying to be more healthy we can become mired in what we are withholding from ourselves. Instead of thinking of what we say no to, ask yourself what you are saying yes to. Just this simple reframing is helpful to the success of a new habit. 

Are you considering more physical activity at this time? Make it easy on yourself- take small steps, and again, keep them consistent. Maybe you choose to go for a walk outside every day no matter what. Those walks can range from 5 minutes to several hours depending on the weather, your schedule, or your mood, but when you dedicate even the smallest amount of time each day, you will feel bolstered by taking action. We can sometimes trick ourselves into doing more (or doing anything) by promising just a small sliver of time to it. Once we begin a task, oftentimes the momentum of it can carry us further than we initially expected, and we can enjoy it more because we are actively deciding to keep going versus feeling obliged to do more than felt good to begin with. 

It’s also nice to think about time management. Are you feeling pulled in a million directions, or are you spending more time alone than you’d like? You can resolve to say no or say yes to various activities more. You can resolve to dedicate more time to yourself, even if it’s only 15 minutes of “me time” every day. Conversely, think about reaching out and connecting with friends you haven’t talked to in a long time or connecting more deeply with acquaintances you’d like to know more. Try to schedule one significant social “date” each week. Push yourself to do a little more of the thing that is not your regular mode of functioning and you can begin to bring more balance into your life. 

Resolutions can sometimes feel like an all or nothing venture, but it needn’t be this way. Take on a little bit at a time, do what feels good to you, keep moving forward and taking the action you can while remembering you are making the changes for yourself. There is no need to pressure yourself into a million things at once, take your time. You have a year. This is about setting intentions, so be intentional. Look to create the life you want from a place of self acceptance and love.