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Food: 5-course dinner at Coco’s Kitchen

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THE FOOD

Appetizers table

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Olive Loaf

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figazita de manteca (Argentinean)

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Roasted Beet Salad with Feta Cheese

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Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Sour Cream

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Beef Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine

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Spinach Cannelloni

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Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

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THE PEOPLE

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BEHIND THE SCENE

recipe notes

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preparing the pancakes for cannelloni

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making the cannelloni

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pour the white sauce to cover

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ready to bake

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Multi-tasking

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veggies and sauce for the short ribs

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Short Ribs sealed

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pour the beef stock

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add the sauce

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Bake for 3 hrs and you get folk-cutting-tender-meat.

Have a great Sunday everyone. I’ll post the recipes soon ;)

 

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Recipe: chocolate bean milk and pumpkin rice cake

As I mentioned last time, I don’t buy almond breeze anymore because I can make it at home at cheaper cost and more nutritious. A reader requested a tutorial so here it comes.

I use assorted beans, soy bean, black beans, aduki beans and mung beans. I think what makes the end product thick and emulsionated is the black bean, without it, the milk is very watery. So, if you want to use lecithin to make it emulsionated, use black beans.

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soak 1/3 cup with plenty of water for at least 12 hours

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it will double in volume

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then I add it to the soy milk maker. If you don’t have it, you can use a blender adding enough water. Usually 3 parts of water for 1 part of the hydrated beans.

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after 2o min, the milk is ready. If you are using a blender, after blending it you have to boil the milk for 10 min.

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then use a strainer

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end product

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To make the chocolate milk. Heat the milk first

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add one tbsp of cocoa power

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and mix

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Note: only make as much as you plan to drink because if you save it for later, the milk and cocoa powder separate.

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I have a bag of brown rice flour in the fridge for a while, I didn’t know what to do with it. And then I thought why not make a cake with it and my fav ingredient pumpkin? so Pumpkin Rice Cake was born ;)

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Ingredients for 2 mini loafs

  • 2/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup stevia baking blend
  • 2/3 cup chia gel (2 tbsp of chia in 1/2 cup of water hydrated for 20 min)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice

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mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients in two separate bowls, and then mix them.

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bake at 350F for 45 min.

Serve with homemade almond butter

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My latest afternoon tea combo :lol:

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the cake is moist and soft, and the taste is like pumpkin pie! Love it!

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Q: Do you have any addiction? I’m addicted to coffee, chocolate, kabocha, corns and SHOES!!! :shock:

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Recipe: pound cake, chocolate “milk” and more

Last Friday, before Star came back I baked two mini pound cake for him. What a great wife I am! :D

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Ingredients:

  • 100g butter (room temperature)
  • 100g flour
  • 70g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 50g banana chips + almonds

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Beat sugar+butter+eggs until very puffy

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Soaked the banana chips with some warm milk, get rid of the milk and blend

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Pour the batter to two mini moldes

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bake at 350F for 35 min

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isn’t it pretty?

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I made again the black chicken soup. Something that I want to comment about soup. In chinese culture, soup is not just food, but also a “medicine”. There is actually a word for that, 药膳,medicine food. It usually combines different ingredients that have medicinal values with everyday ingredients. The idea is heal or get healthier with daily food.

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For this soup, I added these: 黄芪 (radix astragali) to invigorate Qi, 当归 (Dongui) and red dates to build blood and dry shiitake.

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Stir-fry continued to be a staple for me. This one has broccoli, mushrooms, bamboo, green peppers and eggplant.

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Bok choy with smoked pork belly

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Star was working while I cooked and it was funny to see where he choice to do the conference call. ;)

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oh… that’s Charlotte from Sex and the City! Yes, I’m watching it for the 1000000 times!

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Another stir-fry: chinese mustard greens, red peppers, chinese yam and bean curd stick

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Yam noodles with chinese cabbage, black fungus, shiitake, dry shrimp and a poached egg.

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For breakfast I’ve been having these two combos:

#1 oatmeal cooked with chia gel and pumpkin puree

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I made some almond butter

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#2 pumpkin bread with AB

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with homemade chocolate milk.

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I love Almond Breeze Chocolate but I don’t buy it anymore. Why? Because although I love how it tastes, it’s not very nutritious. So I make my own bean milk (soy bean, black bean, aduki and mung bean) and add 1-2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder. Voila…. a nutritious bean milk!

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