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!

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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!

 

Where would I take Aida Mollenkamp?

I love food shows.

It is truly a blessing that we do not have cable TV because I would be glued to the food network day and night. I would become a scary TV addict and morph into my couch. How do I get my fix of food shows then? Simple: Youtube!

One of my favourite shows these days is Off Menu hosted by the gorgeous, knowledgeable and articulate Aida Mollenkamp. I love this show because it is only 15 minutes long, meaning that I don’t feel too guilty taking “Aida-pauses”. It is also great because every week she explores a different city with a local guide (huge food crush on Copenhagen… the city of course!) and gets to have three meals in very different settings ranging from street food to high-end restaurants.

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As I was watching different episodes something terrible dawned on me: nothing (or almost nothing) on her show is vegan! This realization made me think about where I would take her if she were to come to Montreal and choose me as a guide (a girl can dream, right?).

Without further ado, here is my script for her eminent visit (still dreaming…):

  1. We would start off our day at Café Venosa for their wonderful latté art and great cupcakes. Plus, I mean, the cats! Who wouldn’t want to start the day sipping a nice hot beverage with some fluffy friends around?
  2. Second option for breakfast, of course: Brunch at Aux Vivres. I don’t need to say anything else.
  3. We would then go up Saint-Laurent avenue and move to Kem Coba for a nice exotic fruit sorbet: soursop or mango ? Maybe both!
  4. Why not continue walking to get a nice lunch at Invitation V? My heart has something for their hot pot tray because the rice is seriously yummy, and it is so much fun to eat!
  5. Finally, why not end the day at the new Sushi Momo location? I am seriously super excited that they have a bigger place now because it means even more people will get to try out their amazing vegan sushi! Their creations are so unique and wonderfully packed with flavours, they seriously deserve all our attention!

So, this is where I would take Aida if she were to come to Montreal. It really sounds like an amazing and fun vegan day, so I might just experience it and pretend that I’m the fabulous host of my own exceptionally fun cooking show. That could happen, right?

Anyways, let me know where you would take your favourite cooking show host and why!

Sushi Momo: a restaurant review

 

Today, I went to school, had fun with my first class, and then… everything kind of dropped down from there. So, what do you do when life gives you lemons?

You go eat sushi, of course.

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We had tried to go to Sushi Momo (which is an all vegan sushi restaurant) once before, but we were unlucky enough to choose a day when they had an event booked. Sadness overload.

Tonight though we were really happy to be seated at one of their tiny table in their tiny, but cute restaurant.

We were greeted warmly and quickly served complementary edamame beans. Yum! We then ordered their “For 2 Formula” (44$).

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Soon a white miso soup came: not too salty, the broth was rich and soothing.

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After that, we had some gyoza to share. The dough was very crispy and not chewy, and the stuffing light and savory. Served with a spicy soy sauce, this was perfection!

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Then, to our great excitement, the sushi came! 25 pieces, all unique and with a special look to them. We were thoroughly impressed. The best was yet to come: full of flavours, texture and freshness, these are probably the most delicious sushi I have ever had. They really have nothing to envy to traditional fish sushi.

After all this, we each received a scoop of coconut chocolate ice-cream with a peanut butter center. Yummy!

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Over all, the sushi combinations are well-thought, creative and really well executed. The presentation is clean and simple, with a touch of sophistication. The service is quick and friendly. And really, these are the best sushi in town!

 

Sorry for the slightly yellow pictures. As this was a “let’s get out of here” outing, I had to rely on my phone. But I went back there and took better pictures you can see here