I have never been good with labels. Take Oprah for example. She has just taken Australia by storm with her tour of speaking engagements to massive arenas. She is a media mogul without a doubt – I am happy with that label. She is a billionaire – also a good label for her. As for some other labels I am not so sure about them. I think labels always start to ring alarm bells for me when people create their own labels for themselves. Right now Oprah is oft quoted as saying ‘I never call people ‘fans’ because a fan to me represents that I’m up here and you’re down there”. So she is labelling herself a normal person then? Why? That’s when it all goes pear-shaped for me. Stick to the media mogul, stick to the billionaire – as both those things she has so much to offer. According to Oprah, her fans are her readers, her viewers, her friends, but they are not fans – ‘there is some disconnect of power then’!!!!! I have heard that tickets to a personal intimate audience (up to 20,000 people) with Oprah went from $500 to $3,000. All I know is that if I invited some friends over to my deck and charged them for it then they would be fans, not friends, or really pissed off friends who would probably never want to see me again. Another term Oprah is fond of is philanthropist. That is another lovely term. I wonder how many of her shows included tickets that were given out on a lottery style basis to those who simply could not afford the ticket price. You know to her poor friends? But maybe if they are poor then they cannot be friends, maybe then they are just fans. Where is the shame in saying that she is selling out stadium tours to her fans to make almost 5 million dollars over 2 weeks? I don’t think there is any shame in it at all – it is what she does for a living. But for some reason there is an inclination to label one thing something else entirely. It makes no sense to me. So instead we have Oprah’s intimate tour with friends. Labels.
Another label that I love is the one that Lorna Jane gives itself. The Lorna Jane mission is to empower every woman to lead her best life through Active Living. That is truly extraordinary considering they don’t stock sizes for all women so how can they be empowering all women???? You can be too large to wear Lorna Jane. I don’t find that empowering, I find it quite the opposite. Yet it is their main branding label. Amazing. Why instead would they not label themselves as a company that produces very trendy fashionable active wear? Labels are such interesting things. It is like when someone tells you on repeated occasions what a nice person they are. Chances are if they are telling you this, that they are probably an arsehole with some big issues going on behind the scenes. Nice people are too busy being nice to have time to be telling you what they are. Labels. Like when the drunk tells you that he is sober as a judge – you generally know that there is not one iota of truth going on in that pint glass. Labels.
I have gone off on a tangent here. All because of cheese cake. You see I used to love cheese cake. I adored it. I once sat in my car with a girlfriend and ate a whole sara lee cheese cake with my car keys. It was a bad day, I was very young and probably hung over. That’s how much I love cheese cake. I love the look of vegan cheesecakes but I just can’t bring myself to call them cheesecakes because there is no cheese in them. That’s what I mean by labels – they can make you think of something else entirely. My Nice Cream is different because not once have I called it Ice cream. Vegan Macaroni Cheese is ok because the sauce is actually incredibly cheesy and quite amazingly satisfying. But Cheesecake? I can’t do it. The label would just be wrong for me. So instead of cheesecake, I am calling this my Frozen Mango & Cashew Cream Parfait Cake. Bit of a mouthful, a label that I probably need to work on. But it works for now and it is much more accurate for me than labelling this my first attempt at a vegan cheesecake.
Definitely allow this to thaw for two hours. The base is very chewy which I loved. You could also use the filling in a loaf tin to make beautiful frozen parfait slices, though line the tin with cling wrap for easy removal so you can slice when frozen. This is one I wanted to try for Christmas and definitely a success. I want to try some slightly different versions in the future so stay tuned as my taste-buds are working overtime.
Frozen Mango & Cashew Cream Parfait Cake
Line an 8 inch round spring form pan
1 ½ cups almonds
1 ½ cups chopped dried dates
2 Tablespoons water.
Put the almonds in the kitchen whizz and process until crumbly. Add the dates and process until the mixture is starting to combine. Add the water and process until comes together and starts to roll around the blades or until when you press the mixture together it forms a ball
Press into the bottom of the pan.
1 ½ cups cashew nuts soaked in water for an hour and drained
2 ½ cups mango flesh
½ cup almond milk
2 tablespoons lime juice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup passion fruit puree
½ cup maple syrup
5 gram agar-agar
Vitamise the cashew nuts, mango flesh, almond milk, lime juice & vanilla extract until super smooth.
Heat the passionfruit puree, maple syrup and agar-agar in a small pan until mixture just comes to the boil. Vigorously whisk for a minute and then combine with the mango mixture in the vitamiser.
Pour the filling over the base. Set in freezer.
When wanting to serve allow 2 hours to come to room temperature before serving. Garnish with additional passionfruit.