eats, Kyoto, summer eat, sweet eat

Mango-banana spring ice-cream

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working from home on saturdays has it’s perks. this is one of them. taking a break with non-cream ice-cream. and also the sunny color matched this week-end’s sunny weather. mental note to always keep frozen banana and mango at home.

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1 small banana, frozen in pieces
a handfull of frozen mango
a knifes point of vanilla bean powder

coconut flakes for topping

put the fruit on the counter for a while so that it’s not deep frozen. then, in a mixer put the banana, mango and vanilla powder. mix until smooth. top with coconut flakes. eat.

(oh and the wonderful flowers are from a couple of years ago in a blooming Kyoto)

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eats, in eat, vegeterian eat

Coconut quinoa and asian greens.

new years resolutions. one of mine was to cook more asian food. a really good resolution. a result of this is of my latests discoveries: this bowl of wonder. it’s like eating fluffy clouds spiked with great greens and chili.

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the clouds (serves 4)
200 ml white quinoa
250 ml coconut milk
150 ml water
ca 1 tsp salt
a little bit of coconut oil/flavorless oil

rinse the quinoa and fry in the oil for about five minutes. add water, coconut milk and salt. bring to a boil and then simmer for 15-20 minuter on low heat. while cooking the quinoa prep the greens.

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the greens
brussel sprouts (one net), peeled and cut in quarters
200g edamame, if frozen thawed
4 handfuls of leaf spinach, rinsed
1 bid clove of garlic, finely chopped
1/3 of a chili, finely chopped
a small piece of ginger, finely chopped
ca 2 tbsp fish sauce
juice from 1/2 a lime
a mini-dash of soy sauce
a handfull of fresh cilantro
a dash of olive oil

fry the brussel sprouts in oil together with garlic, chili an ginger. after a little while add the edamame, lime juice and fish sauce. adjust to flavor and add soy sauce if needed. divide the quinoa into bowls, top with fried and fresh greens and cilantro and then enjoy.

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eats, fast eat, Japan, sweet eat

Coconut and yoghurt ice-cream

if you have an ice-cream maker at hand – this is a super fast after dinner treat. (i make up reasons to bring out mine)

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perfect for 2 people
1 can of coconut milk (400 ml)
1/2 dl (50 ml) turkish/greek yoghurt
1 1/2 star anise, pounded in a mortar (or why not caradamom?)
2 tbsp honey
coconut flakes
cocoa nibs
cherries, for serving

put the can of coconut milk in the freezer for 30-60 min (or keep it in the fridge for a couple of hours). then scoop out the creamy part, leaving the water out. stir together the coconut cream, yoghurt, star anise and honey (flavor with more honey if you want it sweeter). pour into the ice-cream maker and when almost done add some cocoa nibs and coconut flakes. put the ice-cream in an airtight container and keep in the freezer for 1-2 hours. i’m afraid keeping it for too long in the freezer will make this ice-cream too icy… is best served freshly whipped up. with some cherries on top. the star anise just gives of a hint of flavor and the yoghurt a nice sour tang.

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eats, festive eat, Places, sweet eat

Taiwanese tea and coconuts

Wistaria tea house in Taipei, Taiwan. built in the 1920’s. the building became a teahouse and gained its present name in 1981 and at that time it was meeting place for political dissidents fighting for a democratic Taiwan. it’s perserved as a historic monument and open for anyone to come for a cup of wistaria tea. i went there in december 2012 and i could literary have spent hours and hours sitting in the fantastic surroundings drinking cup after cup of their fragrant tea. every tiny cup was a small treat. thankfully i managed to bring some back home.

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at Wistaria the tea is traditionally brewed in tiny tiny ceramic pots, filled to the brim with leaves. the tea is then transferred to an open pot (“ocean”) before poured into the small serving cups. you get your own pot of warm water and can then pour yourself new tea as the discussions continue… just as the taipei artists, academics and literati does and have done. if you find yourself in taipei – don’t miss out.

another tiny treat that might be closer to home, and easier to try, are these pieces of chocolate covered coconut. like bounty but better and healthier, without both dairy and gluten. you make them in the swiftest of a moment and finish them off just as fast.

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Coconut and chocolate squares

one can coconut milk (400 ml)

ca 170 g shredded coconut

about 2 tbsp coconut sugar

2 pinches of sea salt

ca 150 g dark (70%) chocolate

chill the can of coconut milk in the freezer for 30-45 min. by doing this it is easy to scoop out only the coconut cream, leaving the “water” out. then put the coconut cream in a pot on the stove together with the sugar and salt. bring to a boil and make sure all the sugar has dissolved. steer in the shredded coconut. season with sugar/salt if needed. flatten out the mixture on a tray covered with baking paper (rectangular) so that is approximately 1,5 cm thick. leave to cool in the fridge a couple of hours or over night. cut the coconut in 20 pieces and dip in melted chocolate. before putting in the fridge to cool again sprinkle some sea salt ont top and garnish with shredded coconut/coconut flakes. they keep for about a week in the fridge. but don’t worry at that point there wont be any left. the recipe is an interpretation from this girl’s. thank you for the inspiration.

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