Mango Spread \\\ Tartinade à la mangue

I prepared this as part of my Christmas dessert, but I made a lot more than was necessary. Luckily, this is delicious and makes for a great spread to use on toast, oatmeal or waffles if you’re lucky. It’s super simple to prepare and freezes very well.

 

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I topped off my waffle with some blueberries, the mango spread, and some melted chocolate! Yum!

 

Here is what you need:

  • 2 cups of frozen diced mangoes
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

Here is what you do:

  1. Put your frozen mangoes in a small saucepan set on medium heat and cover. Let them cook until they are completely tender and mushy.
  2. Add the coconut milk and stir to combine. Remove from the heat.
  3. Use your wand mixer to pulverize everything and to make it all smooth. Keep in an air-tight container in your fridge. Enjoy!

Again, this is so easy to prepare! I really like it as an alternative to my apple sauce on my oatmeal. The mangoes are naturally very sweet, and so no extra sugar is needed. The coconut milk gives the spread a very creamy and rich texture while also adding a touch of tropical goodness to it. I love that I can prepare this ahead and have some in my freezer. But really, it’s so delicious I usually eat too much for it to be worthwhile to freeze! Let me know if you try it out!


J’ai préparé cette tartinade pour mon dessert de Noël, mais j’ai en fait beaucoup plus que ce qui était nécessaire. Heureusement, cette tartinade est vraiment délicieuse et est géniale sur du pain, dans mon gruau ou sur des gauffres, si vous êtes chanceux. Elle est vraiment très simple à préparer et se garde très bien congélée aussi!

 

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J’ai garni ma gauffre de bleuets, de tartinade à la mangue et de chocolat fondu! MIAM!

 

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 2 tasses de mangue congélée et coupée en dés
  • 1/2 tasse de lait de coco

Voici ce que vous devez faire:

  1. Placez la mangue congelée dans une petite casserole sur feu moyen et fermer le couvercle. Laisser cuire jusqu’à ce que la mangue soit bien molle et presque en purée.
  2. Ajoutez le lait de coco et bien mélanger pour incorporer. Retirer du feu.
  3. Utilisez votre mélangeur à immersion pour pulvériser le tout et rendre le mélange crémeux et onctueux. Conservez dans un contenant hermétique et au frigo. Savourez!

Encore une fois, une petite recette très simple à préparer! J’aime bien cette sauce en alternative à ma compote de pomme dans mon gruau. Puisque les mangues sont naturellement très sucrée, il n’est pas necessaire d’ajouter du sucre ou du sirop d’érable à la préparation. Le lait de coco rend cette tartinade bien crémeuse et riche tout en ajoutant une touche d’exotisme au tout. J’adore l’idée de pouvoir en préparer à l’avance et de la garder au congélateur… bien que pour l’instant c’est beaucoup trop délicieux pour ne pas être dévorée immédiatement! Dites-moi si vous l’essayez!

Vietnamese recipe:Che Chuoi, Banana pudding

Another dessert! Again with bananas! This is a little bit different, but definitely in the same flavour combinations. I really enjoy this because, again, it is so easy to make and so delicious too! It is also very comforting as you can eat this warm. Perfect dessert for a cold day!

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As a kid, I would take only one banana piece and fill my dessert bowl with the coconut tapioca and add a few spoonfuls of sesame seeds: this was my favourite way of eating this dessert (and sometimes, it still is).

Here is what you need:

  • 1/4 cup tapioca pearls
  • 3 cups of water
  • 500 mL coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 just-ripe bananas (we don’t want any spots)
  • dash of salt

Sesame Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup white sesame seeds

Here is what you do:

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Pour the small tapioca pearls and give a quick stir. Let the beads expand and cook until there is only a little white dot in the middle of each pearl. Set on medium heat. Use a non-stick sauce pan because this is sticky!
  3. In a different sauce pan, pour the coconut milk and bring to a boil.
  4. Pour the tapioca pearls and their remaining cooking water into the coconut milk. Mix well and add some water until you reach the desired consistency (we added 2 cups).
  5. Taste and add the sugar accordingly (you might add less if your bananas are really sweet).
  6. Peel the bananas and cut in 3 parts diagonally. In a large bowl, add water and the pinch of salt. Dip the banana pieces in this salty water to avoid browning. Add them to the coconut milk. IMG_2426
  7. Bring back to a boil and remove from heat. IMG_2427
  8. For the sesame garnish: Rinse the sesame seeds and put them in a metal sauce pan set on medium heat. Shake the pan often to avoid burning. You want the seeds to be golden, so keep an eye on them.IMG_2436
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This is so good! The sesame seeds bring out the sweetness of the bananas and add a great flavour to the perfect banana-coconut combo. Let me know if you try this out!

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Christmas Series: Hot Pot Dinner!

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I had a lot of fun planning, cooking and eating it!

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As I was looking for a fun recipe for a Christmas dinner party, I wanted to stay away from fake turkeys, or any traditional food. I wanted something refreshing, original and shareable. When I imagined it, I wanted people to have to talk to each other, have fun and share something good. To me, this is what Christmas is about.

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While browsing my cookbooks, I stumbled upon Isa’s mushroom hot pot. This was it! I really wanted to modify this recipe to make it more like a Chinese fondue where people cook their own food in a rich broth.

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So I grabbed my boyfriend and we went on a mission to the Asian supermarket. I really wanted to find fun vegetables, mushrooms and fragrant herbs to make this hot pot exceptional, while still paying a reasonable price for everything. I really suggest investing your local Asian store as they often have a great selection of vegetables, mushrooms and herbs for a fraction of the price you’d pay in a regular supermarket.

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Needless to say, we were not disappointed. This is so exciting! It was a lot of fun to try out, and everyone around the table was full and happy.

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Here is what you need (for 4-5 people):

For the broth:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cubes of vegetable broth
  • 8 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root
  • 3 whole star anise pods
  • 1.5 cinnamon stick
  • 5 lemon leaves
  • 3 tbs tamari sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 can (8.5 oz) coconut milk
  • 4 fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms (if you use dried, soak them overnight)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro with the stalks (around 1 cup)

For the vegetables (These are the ones I used, but feel free to change them to what you have, like and find.)

  • 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup fresh oyster mushrooms
  • 8 king oyster mushrooms
  • 1 bunch of enoki mushrooms
  • 1 bunch shimeji mushrooms
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 small broccoli head
  • 1 small chinese or zucchini squash
  • bamboo shoots (I bought a small head in an air sealed pack, but canned would work too)
  • 1 can of slices water chestnuts
  • 1 can of baby corn
  • 10 mini bok choys
  • 1 bunch of chinese broccoli or mixed greens
  • kelp noodles
  • fake meat of your choice (we used textured vegetable protein,or TVP)
  • fried tofu (you can buy this ready-made in Asian supermarkets)
  • lime slices (to serve)

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large pot, place the oil, chopped onion, chopped garlic cloves and minced ginger root. Cook on medium heat until fragrant. Add the salt and saute until the onions are translucent.
  2. While the onions are cooking, dissolve the vegetable broth cubes in 2 cups of boiling water and add the corn starch. Mix until completely dissolved.
  3. Slice the 4 shiitake mushrooms thinly (including the feet) and add them to the onions. Also slice up the red bell pepper (1/2) and add it to the pot. Continue to stir until the red bell pepper is softened.
  4. Take your vegetable broth and add it to the onion mix. Stir a little.
  5. To your broth, add the cinnamon stick, star anise pods, and lemon leaves. Stir until fragrant and add the rest of the water (6 cups).
  6. As the broth is cooking, start cutting your vegetables and display them on a plate. If you feel like you have too much of something, add it to the broth. This will give more flavour to your broth and will also make ‘fishing’ possible during the meal. I ended up adding about 1/3 of the vegetables to the broth while it was cooking. I find that the assortment of mushrooms really create a rich flavour. If you are using TVP, it would be a good idea to soak it in water now, just remember to squeeze the extra water out before serving. You can also drain and rince the kelp noodles.
  7. Taste the broth and add the soy sauce and pepper accordingly.
  8. Let the broth simmer.
  9. Once you are done cutting all your vegetables and are ready to serve, add the coconut milk and cilantro, and bring back to a simmer.
  10. Take your lemongrass stalk, and cut a few centimeters off both extremities. Then, cut the stalk in 3 or 4 parts. With a pestle or heavy cup, crush the lemongrass and add it to the broth. Adding it at the end really helps keep the flavour as it is quite volatile.

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To serve, make sure every one has a skewer stick or a little metal basket. Each person will pick and choose whatever they want cooked, put it in their basket and cook it in the broth. If you want, you can add lime juice to your own bowl, but I find that unnecessary. Still, it’s nice to have that option. We used a portable cook top to keep the broth simmering throughout dinner.

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The broth was thick, savoury and full of wonderful flavours. It was very filling even if we just ate it as is without rice or noodles. The kelp noodles have a very crunchy texture which is interesting, but you don’t need to plan a full portion per person. They are just a nice add-on I find.

The TVP really is great in this recipe as it takes on all the broth flavours and really gives the chewy texture of meat.

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It was a lot of fun to eat this with my family this week-end. I had a great time preparing the vegetables with my mom, and the men enjoyed the richness of the broth… which was consumed entirely!

This is truly a must try, so let me know how it turns out!

Coconut whipped cream

Hello!

It has been a while since our last post, but with exam period and Christmas catching up with us, we had a lot of things to organize and plan. Today however, we had time to cook and try out new amazing vegan recipes!

This one is a quick trick in case you are looking for an amazing vegan substitute for whipped cream. I know this is a staple to many Christmas recipes we enjoy in my family. I cannot imagine eating my mom’s chocolate cake without cream. And now, I don’t know why I did not try this before turning vegan. Seriously, it is genius!

Here is the brand we like to use. It can be found in Asian food stores. It is fresh and delicious!

Here is the brand we like to use. It can be found in Asian food stores. It is fresh and delicious!

Here is what you will need for a cup and half of whipped cream:

– two 550 ml boxes of coconut milk (you want to make sure it is only coconut milk: if there is any emulsifier, the cream and the water will not separate and you won’t be able to make this!)
– 1 tsp of vanilla extract
– 2 tsp of maple syrup (you can adjust this to meet your taste)

Here is what you will need to do:

– First, it is super important and essential to put your boxes or cans of coconut milk in the fridge at least over night. This will ensure that the coconut milk separates into coconut water and coconut cream. You are after the coconut cream here.

– Once you are ready to make your cream, put your bowl and whisk in the freezer so that they are cold when you will use them.

– Take our your coconut milk boxes out of the fridge and turn them upside down. This way, you will be able to remove the coconut water that is now on top. The coconut cream will remain at the bottom of the box and will be easier to scoop out.

– Put your coconut cream into your mixing bowl.

– Whip at medium-high speed using either a hand mixer or a fixed one.

yum yum!

yum yum!

– While whipping, add the vanilla extract and maple syrup.

– Continue to whip until everything is well combined.

The resulting cream will be a bit thicker than regular whipped cream, but will have a thick and very smooth texture. This is perfect to use as a cupcake icing.

Final result!

Final result!

Don’t thrown out the coconut water! You can use it in other recipes instead of water or milk. You can also add it to smoothies. Personally, I could drink this stuff as is, so make sure you pour it into a container and keep it at hand in your fridge.

This is super easy and very delicious! Give it a try, and enjoy your holidays!