All this talk of Chloe and her wedding have me reminiscing fondly about the days when we shared our very first apartment together after college. This was in and of itself a notable fact: as any friend of mine will tell you, I’m pretty bad at sharing personal space. I had a single all four years of college, lived alone on campus during the summers, have never lived with a boyfriend (or wanted to), and have not had a roommate since Chloe moved to New Orleans. That Chloe and I were as happy as we were for three and a half years is a testament to the depth of our comfort and attachment: she’s more sister to me than friend, and if any two people embodied the truth that it is possible to be “alone, together,” we do.
In most ways, our apartment was a New York City tenant’s dream. It was vastly undervalued for what it was: a duplex on the Upper West Side with a roof. As Katie has noted, this is basically unheard of for twenty-somethings. But perfect it was not. For one thing, it was on the sixth floor of a walk-up building. So let’s just say I dreaded laundry day. It was drafty in winter and stifling hot in summer (all of it but my bedroom, which was nestled beside an air shaft). We had roaches a-plenty. And in spite of the fact that we had more square footage than we deserved, our kitchen was smaller than our bathroom and our closets (individually, not combined). It was so small that the two of us literally could not stand in it at the same time. How’s that for two foodies?
But we made it work. We took turns cooking, mostly. And once in a while, one of us would make food enough for two.
Today’s smoothie is a based on a smoothie concoction I fell in love with while Chloe and I lived together. I forget what my inspiration was, but I whipped it up one morning and christened it the “monkey smoothie,” and it was love at first sip. When I passed a purple glass over to Chloe, she responded with equal glee, and we continued to make this smoothie, separately or together, for the next few years.
My original method was to blend banana, blueberries, vanilla soy milk, and conventional peanut butter. Nowadays, I’ve given this recipe a little upgrade by using homemade nut or seed milk and raw nut butter instead. Here it is:
The Monkey Smoothie (serves 2 besties)
2 large frozen bananas
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup nut milk of choice (homemade is always best!)
2 tbsp raw almond butter (cashew butter or tahini would be great, too)
Ice (about 1 cup)
Blend all ingredients on high till thick and creamy. Add more nut milk if needed, and feel free to enhance with a vegan protein powder if you wish.
A few mornings ago, I sipped this smoothie is my new dwelling: a sweet, sunny, single girl’s apartment. I can’t say I ever regret living alone nowadays–in fact, I usually say that living alone is the best and most worthy financial investment–but I do sometimes miss my Chloe, especially on weekend mornings when we used to share breakfast and stories from the night before. I raised my glass of yum to Chloe, who’s on her way to Norway with her husband right now, and to days of bygone cohabitation.
Make and share this blissful drink with your roommate, your best friend, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, or to anyone who’s special to you. It’ll bring joy to both of your mornings!