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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.

All content by © Sofia Hellsten 2010-2014. All rights reserved.

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Focus

my apologies for the lack of activity here. hard-drive crash happened. then exams happened. and then christmas grabbed my attention. still working on getting my computer in order. anyways. about a year ago i traveled around in east Asia (Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, Singapore..). that’s when i met these guys, on a backstreet in Taipei – casually playing their everyday game of something i don’t know. i love their focus and concentration. a healthy reminder to cherish the moment and focus on the task at hand. easier said then done.

oh, and i’ll get another recipe up here whenever i’ve digested all that christmas food and sweets…

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James’ Kitchen

in december i went to taiwan. walked through dark and chilly streets of taipei and finally found this little gem. James served us some proper taiwanese food of which everything was delicious. we ordered heaps of dishes but what i truly remember is that incredible garlic rice you can glimpse among the dishes. if i’m not mistaken we all had two helpings (or even three…). i have to try and make it some day soon. from the outside the place looked like smallish but once inside we were proved wrong; even the japanese party besides us asked how in the world we had found the place. some good research and patience with the map i said.

Taiwanese restaurant, Taipei | piecefully

Taiwanese restaurant, Taipei | piecefully

Taiwanese restaurant, Taipei | piecefully Taiwanese restaurant, Taipei | piecefully

Taiwanese restaurant, Taipei | piecefully

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Sunday pies

the mountains below are situated in toroko gorge national park in taiwan and were truly dramatic settings for a days walk with the fog hanging low among the valleys. i don’t remember what weekday it was when we visited them last december, but they remind me of sundays. sundays usually get me in low spirits. maybe it’s a combination of being tired from late saturday nights and the insight that the week has run out of time. my tactic to cope with this is to plan for something enjoyable. like cooking. taking a long walk. having a long brunch. going to a museum. or eating pies. with the butternut in season and kale in the fridge (left-overs from another recipe testing) i opted for the last one and invited some friends from class. oh and i made it a gluten free pie.

my mum is something of a pie expert. last time i went home she had prepared this incredibly creamy pie filled with chard from our garden. such an autumn treat. and both convenient and comforting – it takes hardly no effort to cook, it’s perfect prepare in beforehand and it’s something about a perfect crust with creamy filling that is highly satisfying. but then i’m a sucker for contrasting textures.

kale and butternut pie with buckwheat crust | piecefully Toroko gorge national park, Taiwan | piecefully

kale and butternut pie with buckwheat crust | piecefully Toroko gorge national park, Taiwan | piecefully

kale and butternut pie with buckwheat crust | piecefully

the buckwheat crust
300 ml buckwheat flour
150 ml millet
75 ml olive oil
2 tbsp water
salt

mix the above, press out into a pie dish and bake at 175°c for 15 min. take out and set aside.

the filling
half a butternut
3 big handfuls of kale, in pieces
fresh thyme
4 eggs
200 ml milk (soy or regular)
1,5 tbsp dijon mustard
sea salt
pepper
200 g goats cheese

rip/cut the kale in to semi-big pieces. peel the butternut and slice in 1/2 cm thin wedges. whisk together 1/3 of the goats cheese with milk and eggs, season with the mustard, some fresh thyme and quite a bit of salt and pepper. arrange the vegetables in the crust and pour over the egg mixture. top with goats cheese and plenty of thyme before baking at 175°c for approximately 40 min (until the batter is no longer runny).

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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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