Easy Jicama Recipe (and life update)

The last few days have really been busy!

First, last week-end was my birthday! Woohoo! As some of you may know, my boyfriend and I share the same birthday. To celebrate, I got us tickets to go see The Piano Guys! Their show was amazing! We had such a great time!

the piano guys

I tried to spot my arms somewhere in there, but I’m afraid they’re lost in the sea of arms!

During the week-end, we went back to Sushi Momo and ate at their new location. It was amazing! and I took better pictures! This is probably the best sushi I have ever eaten. So flavorful, imaginative and skillfully prepared!

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After that, I was just buried under paperwork and school work. During this time, my mom brought me an amazingly fresh and delicious jicama. I prepared it with the idea of making Bo Bi, a traditional Vietnamese roll. Well, I got lazy and ate it unrolled with rice: still amazingly good!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 jicama, peeled and cut in julienne (small stips)
  • 5-6 carrots, peeled and shredded or cut in julienne
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 4 tbs toasted sesame seeds (I used white, but both work)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large sauce pan set on medium heat, warm up 1 tbs of sesame oil. Once this is hot, add the carrots and stir for a few minutes. Add the jicama and mix until the jicama is cooked. It changes color and becomes a little bit more translucent. It takes about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the soy sauce, and sesame seeds. Season to your taste.
  3. Remove from the heat and mix in the remaining sesame oil.
  4. Serve with warm rice, or roll in rice paper with some greens.
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Yay for birthday flowers!

This is a very simple and quick recipe, but it is full of flavour and has a great texture. The jicama stays very crunchy even after cooking which goes great with rice. Let me know if you try this out! Hurrah for busy days!

 

Raw Vegan Chocolate Cake with Frosting

This is the dessert you need to try out if you are looking for the ultimate chocolate cake. It is full of flavour, rich and satisfying. It is also very quick and easy to make, so it would be a perfect last minute treat for busy days.

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Here is what you need for the cake:

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 8 medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Here is what you do for the cake:

  1. Add the nuts into your food processor or blender and mix until finely ground.
  2. Add the pitted dates, cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Process until evenly combined and sticky.
  3. Press a few tablespoon of the cake mixture in a small jar and pat down. Place in the fridge.

Here is what you need for the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • dash of salt

Mix all the ingredients until smooth. Spread on the cake and let sit in the fridge until the frosting thickens up.

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This is a really intense chocolate cake! The flavour is rich, and the texture is smooth and creamy. The frosting makes this extra special and adds some sweetness. I really like how easy this dessert is, while still being impressively delicious! Be prepared for a great chocolate overload! Let me know if you try this out!