My Cousin Quinn’s Russian Cream Breakfast Parfait

My beautiful cousin Quinn is the middle child of my uncle I speak of often, in my books and lectures. (My 32-year old Uncle Gerald chose the medical route when diagnosed with cancer, at the same time my grandmother chose a 100% raw diet.) Just three years ago, Quinn’s husband was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 32, just like her father was. She unflinchingly supported him through a very mild round of chemo.

Then she showed up at my house, learned a bunch of stuff, and implemented it in a committed way. She dug into the green-smoothie, whole-foods lifestyle with tenacity and grace. When I grow up, I want to be Quinn. Her husband Jon, an orthodontist, is in good health now and enjoying his three small children.

Every few months Quinn invites me, my sister, Quinn’s sister, and one of our other cousins (there are 49 of us Romney first cousins!) to her home for breakfast or lunch. I was just there last week, and she served this fabulous version of “Russian Cream,” adapted to be infinitely healthier (and I’ve added a slight improvement or two myself).

Merry Christmas–hope you enjoy this!

Quinn’s Russian Cream and Berries

Serves 6-8

2 envelopes gelatin (you can get a vegan variety, no horses hooves, at health food stores)

2 c. water

Combine in sauce pan and simmer 5 minutes.

Combine and mix well until all lumps are incorporated:

3 c. plain yogurt or kefir (learn to make it yourself in Ch. 8 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods)

1 can coconut milk

2 t. vanilla

2 t. alcohol-free almond extract

1 t. stevia

1/4 c. agave (or to taste)

Add gelatin mixture to yogurt mixture. Fold and mix with whisk until smooth. Do not beat. Pour into small dishes or large bowl. Chill several hours or overnight. Serve with berry sauce and fresh berries.

Berry sauce

Combine 2 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries (or just one type of berry). When berries are thawed and broken up, add 1/2 t. stevia and 1 T. orange juice concentrate. Thicken by adding a little cornstarch and water. Boil for a few minutes stirring until sauce is no longer chalky looking and is a little thickened. Add to the top of yogurt mixture.

This is great as a dessert, or add some granola and serve as breakfast parfait.