Monthly Archives: April 2017

Coconut Almond Granola with Matcha Yogurt

 

 

Here is a quick and easy breakfast – if you are in a hurry to run to work or to run errands, here is what you can do (actually that is what I do).  Have a bag of granola in your office or home.  May be keep a small carton of plain yogurt in your office fridge as well.  When you run out of the door make sure to grab some berries and nuts.  That’s all.  Once you are settled just mix and match the ingredients to make your wholesome breakfast.  That is how I eat breakfast on a week day.  But I take my yogurt in a small rubber maid container.  You might be wondering why?  Because I always make yogurt at home.  Home made yogurt has a distinct taste and flavor as opposed to any store bought yogurt.  Trust me, I have bought several brands of yogurt including the organic ones.  But none came close to a home made yogurt.  I will be posting a recipe on that soon.

So back to this recipe.  Recently when I went to Trader Joe’s they were giving samples of their organic toasted coconut granola.  I tried and bought a bag.  Until now, it has become my favorite granola. Unlike other brands this one has so much of ingredients in there, especially they are so generous about each ingredients. To mention a few lot of dried flaked coconut, toasted chopped almonds etc. Below is an image of that bag.  Now I am so hooked to this granola, I have been buying only this one for the last few months.

Now to the matcha green tea powder.  I have heard a lot about this green tea powder. But I thought to give it a try after reading a blog from Vegan needs  for a breakfast smoothie which used the matcha green tea powder.  So I tried it with my special granola bowl. It was heavenly delicious.  I topped with blueberries and goji berries.  But you can use other berries such strawberries, raspberries or even blackberries.  Since the granola had a lot of nuts, I did not use any nuts.  If you prefer you can top with your favorite nuts. In the recipe below I have not given the amount for the topping since I will leave it up to you.

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut granola
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • Blueberries for topping
  • Goji berries for topping

Method:

  • Mix yogurt, Matcha powder, and agave nectar together
  • Set aside about 1 tablespoon granola. Put the rest of the granola in a small bowl
  • Pour over the yogurt and sprinkle with the reserved granola
  • Top with blueberries and goji berries
  • Serves: 1 serving
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Walnut Cake

I have to say, this is one of the best cakes I have ever made.  It does not require any butter or baking powder.  So the egg whites that is beaten to a frothy consistency make this cake looks as if it has risen when baked.  The cake is very dense but soft.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon each nutmeg and cardamom powder
  • 1 ½ cups ground walnuts

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 inch spring form pan and set aside
  • Separate eggs. Beat eggs yolks and sugar until light in color.
  • Add flour and spice mixture and add ground walnuts and mix well.
  • In a separate dry bowl beat egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff and form peaks when the whisk is removed from the beaten egg white
  • Fold beaten egg whites to the cake batter and mix carefully until well incorporated
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes. Cool on wire rack
  • Once the cake is completely cooled to the room temperature, to decorate place a paper doily on top of the take and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Remove the paper doily carefully not to spill over any of the remaining sugar on the paper.

String Beans and Mushroom Curry

Last thanksgiving I made string bean casserole for a family dinner party.  Since it came out so good, it inspired me to transform it into an Indian style curry.  I omitted those specific ingredients and herbs that were used in the string bean casserole.  Instead I used the curry powder and chili powder to spice it up.  This goes well with either white/basmati rice or with naan or roti or even pita bread.

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz string beans
  • 6 oz white/button mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon canola or cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  • Wash and snip off both ends of string beans and split lengthwise. Cut diagonally into about 1 inch pieces
  • Brush to clean mushrooms and slice them thickly.
  • In a covered saucepan add oil and once hot add onion and garlic and sauté until golden brown
  • Add cut string bean and add water, chili powder and salt and cover and cook for about 10 minutes
  • Add cut mushrooms, curry powder, turmeric, and cook for about 5 minutes
  • Add almond milk and uncover and cook until the gravy thickens into curry consistency.
  • Yields: 3 – 4 side dishes

Apple Stacked Crepes with Orange Sauce

 

I enjoy making crepes and have posted many crepe recipes on this site.  But among all, this is the most delicious crepes I have ever made.  Even though it took about an hour and 15 minutes to complete the whole process, the end results is absolutely worth it.  The filling is absolutely fantastic – cooked apples combined with the almond mixture.  Also heating the crepes in the oven gives an extra crunchiness to this recipe.  Hope you will enjoy this recipe as well.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

For the Crepes:

  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • ½ cup milk or almond milk
  • ½ oz butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling:

  • 1 large (any tart apple such as granny smith)
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon butter
  • ½ cup ground almond or almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)

Orange Sauce:

  • Juicer of 2 large oranges
  • ½ teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar

 

Method:

Crepes

  • Sift flour into a large bowl and make a well in the center
  • In a different bowl whisk together egg, melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract
  • Gradually whisk the egg mixture into the flour and mix until the batter is smooth and free of lumps
  • Let stand for 30 minutes
  • Heat a small crepe/non-stick pan and brush lightly with butter.
  • Pour a little batter into the pan and swirl quickly to cover the base of the pan in a thin layer
  • Cook for about 30 seconds or until the edges begin to curl. Turn and cook the other side until lightly browned.
  • Transfer to a plate and cover with a towel.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter to make about 10 crepes. Stack the crepes between grease proof or parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Filling:

  • Peel and core apples. Cut them into very thin slices and chop into about ½ inch diagonal pieces
  • Add butter to a skillet and once it starts sizzling, add brown sugar. Add apples and cook until browned and slightly crisp on the outside.  Transfer to a small bowl.
  • Mix ground almond and confectioners’ sugar in a separate bowl.

Orange Sauce:

  • In a small saucepan add butter and brown sugar. Once hot add orange juice and cook on very low flame until to sauce consistency.  Adjust the amount of brown sugar according to orange’s tartness.

Assemble and Serve

  • Place a crepe on a large heatproof plate or even a cookie sheet. Spread evenly with apple and sprinkle generously with the almond mixture.
  • Continue to fill and layer until all the crepes are stacked. Sprinkle the left over almond mixture evenly.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Cover the stacked crepes with aluminum foil and heat in a preheated oven for 10 minutes or until lightly crisp.
  • Place cooked crepes on a serving plate and cut into four pieces. Place either 2 pieces or just one piece and sprinkle with orange sauce.

 

Coconut Banana Bread

 

It’s been so long since I published any recipes.  I have to say, I haven’t tried any new recipes as well for a while.  It’s been hectic with a new job and then a lay-off, looking for a job etc.  Finally I thought, I have to get back on my normal life and start cooking and baking.  But I didn’t want to make anything complicated and came up with this banana bread.  I found this recipe in the “Better Homes & Gardens” website and modified a little bit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup mashed banana (2-3 bananas)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • ½ cup macadamia nuts
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut

 

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. line a 9×5 loaf pan with lightly greased parchment paper.
  • Chop ¼ macadamia nuts into fine pieces and chop the other half roughly into big pieces.
  • In a large bowl sift together flours. Mix in baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.  Set aside
  • In a separate bowl lightly beat the egg. Add coconut milk, sugar, cooking oil and mix well.  Fold in mashed bananas in incorporate it well into the coconut milk mixture
  • Slowly fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Add dried ingredients in to the banana mixture and mix well.  Do not over mix
  • Add ¼ cup of roughly chopped macadamia nuts and mix
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the coconut and reserved almond and bake for about 50 minutes.
  • Half way through baking, cover the top of bread with an aluminum foil to avoid any browning of coconut and macadamia nuts.
  • Cool on wire rack until it becomes room temperature.