vinegars/balsamic vinegar

balsamic vinegar

Roasted beet lentils

60 minutes - 2 servings 1l2rv1of

I wasn't always a fan of beets, that is, until i started to oven-roast them. Since then, i've been making recipes with beets almost every week. Including this simple, and amazingly delicious beet sauce!

Yes, you could say i'm beet crazy. Trust me, if you're not a fan of this root vegetable, this sauce will make you change your mind.

I've had this sauce many times with pasta, or just as a simple vinaigrette for lazy weekday green bowls.

To prepare this recipe, wash the beets and cut them into wedges. Toss them with a bit of oil and herbs bake them in the oven for 40 minutes. It's that simple! If they're organic, you can keep the skins on, otherwise peeling them is better.

Beets make any dish beautiful, but it can do a number on your hands and fingers. Not to worry though it doesn't stay ;). You'll just look like you killed something.

Fresh mint is key in this recipe! Don't omit it! I wish i had a mint plant growing in my appartment, i had one last summer but it died. My plants always die, growing plants indoors has always been a challenge for me.

If you have a fresh healthy plant LUCKY YOU! Otherwise, store-bought herbs will do. Know that if you do buy a bouquet of mint, you can keep them fresh longer if you do these simple steps - Tear off any wilted leaves wash the mint gently put the stalks in a glass with a bit of water put a plastic bag over it and stick it in the fridge.

Simple right?

Uzumaki hummus bites

50 minutes - 11 tortillas 2rv1l1s1ov1c

Beet hummus bites, or 'uzumaki' bites, as i like to call them! Roasted beet hummus, black olives and aragula salad tucked into homemade bamboo charcoal tortillas.

Making tortillas at home is damn easy, it doesn't require a lot of waiting time or preparation. The only thing i had trouble with, was making them into nice circular shapes. Not sure how people manage to do it, guess it takes practice. It's also because i'm short of a rolling pin, Devine broke the handles off the other day. I've been using the 'body' of the rolling pin, without the handles. It still works! Dans ta face, rolling pin!

Made the tortillas based on the recipe by Zerrin from Give recipe. You should check out her page first, if you want to try and make your own tortillas. She describes it a lot better than I, not to mention her tortillas are circular. In my defense, she uses a tortilla press.

Had a lot of fun making these, plus the end result is pretty! I feel like these would be really good, topped with a sauce of somekind. Any ideas?

Balsamic banana ice cream

120 minutes - 2 servings 1of

When it comes to plant-based cold desserts, Montreal has a lot of options. The places I tried are all within walking distance, because generally when I want ice cream i don't want to have to go far to get it. Luckily, the 2 places that are near my home offer dairy-free options, though often this means sorbet. While I like sorbet, the flavours are rarely as creative as milk-based ice creams. When i don't want sorbet, I just make my own ice cream at home. I have many other ice cream recipes on this blog, but some of them require a bit more waiting time and effort, which admittedly I don't always care for. Banana ice cream to the rescue! A delicious and simple alternative to dairy or coconut based desserts.

I was introduced to vanilla ice cream, with a balsamic vinegar coulis, at my friend Lisa's small, Shimokitazawa appartment. It was summer, we wanted to cool our insides. Tokyo summers are unbearably warm. I can't say I remember where I got the idea to put balsamic vinegar on ice cream, it might have been in a magazine or a restaurant. That evening, it came to mind, and we tested it out. It was fantastic! Not things i thought could go well together.

I remembered that night today, and desperarely wanted to re-create a dairy-free version of it. Lots of blogs i love have also been making banana-based recipes, i first saw a recipe on the whole foods website for it. Making it is incredibly easy, you just put bananas in the freezer. While you wait for them to harden up, you can prepare your balsamic coulis and make your appartment reek of vinegar, yay! If you've ever boiled balsamic vinegar, you know what i'm talking about. I didn't want to pour the vinegar straight from the bottle over the ice cream, making a reduction makes it more 'syrupy', and it just works better as a topping.

I don't have a powerful blender or food processor at home, so reducing the 2 frozen banana chunks to a smooth puree was difficult. It took longer than i thought it would, and because of that my ice cream was melting when the time came to take photos. So pro-tip, don't use an immersion blender. If you're desperate and/or reckless and want to try it anyways, do it in batches.

Papaya bruschetta topping

5 minutes - 2-3 people 1of

Before we arrived in the Marquesas, people made a point of telling us how difficult it was to find vegetables there. We heard that if we wanted tomatoes, we would need to get up at 4am to get them at the market. Devine & I are early risers, but we lacked the will to take the dinghy to shore in the dark. It's just as well, because others we met who had tried, came back empty handed. In the marquesas, most vegetables are brought in by supply ships; you can never be certain of what you're going to get. Potatoes, cucumber, cabbage and eggplant we had plenty of, but vegetables like tomatoes, pumpkins, bok choy and salad greens, were like rare pokemon.

We'd only ever made bruschetta topping with tomatoes, never thought of changing it for anything else - why would we? Tomatoes were not in short supply then. While we were in Mexico, friends of ours made the most amazing tomato-less salsa; they used watermelon, and i remembered this when we craved bruschetta in Nuku Hiva. What looks sort of like tomatoes? Papaya! Not that they look that much alike; they have a reddish tint, comparable texture too. Papaya is something Nuku Hiva has plenty of; and as it turns out, since we started to make bruschetta with it, we prefer it over tomatoes now. Papaya is more firm and sweet, and pairs even better with balsamic vinegar. I imagine it would taste great with mangoes too, it's something i may try when i get a craving again.

If something isn't available, or is too expensive where you are (hunting for raspberries in japan comes to mind), swap it out for something else. Not every will work, but it's fun to try isn't it?

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