Start your morning off right, with the nutty and earthy flavour of houjicha oatmeal. If you're not familiar with houjicha, visit a tea shop and ask for it. It's a japanese roasted tea that is often served with sweet and savoury dishes. It's a good low-caffeine alternative to most teas, and adds just the right amount of flavour to oatmeal without overpowering it. Try it!
I bet you all remember the scene in the movie Hook, when the lost boys are sitting in front of an invisible buffet. The boys are trying to make Peter understand that he needs to imagine there is food on the table. The moment when that little switch turns in his head, and he sees the feast, is one of my very favourites. A table covered with strange playdoh-like food, varying in colour, texture and shape. I've been wanting to re-create that buffet, to make something bizzare, yet eatable, and delicious.
This oatmeal is an attempt at doing just that, something that is very colourful, bizzare and beautiful. I like that can't identify what everything is right away - what is that green goo? Is it cake batter? Pesto (ew)? I like to challenge people's ideas about food, pasta doesn't need to be beige and neither does your oatmeal.
For those who worry about having spinach in oatmeal, know that you can't taste it in this. Also, why shouldn't you have greens in the morning? We all have these pre-conceived ideas of what morning meals should look like, or what they should include. Of course, I'm not re-inventing breakfasts with this recipe, it's still oatmeal. I like to think that i'm taking it a step further, in terms of what a morning meal can look like.
I'm one step closer to having my peter pan buffet! Now imagine a table full of dishes with this level of colour and texture! I'm in eatable play-doh food heaven.
Wanted to make green cookies, didn't know what i wanted in them, but i knew i wanted THAT colour. Spinach was an obvious choice, plus i had some left-over from yesterday.
I've been having a lot of baking failures, I needed something simple to make that didnt involve flour.
Flour is fussy, flour is mean.
Using oats for bulk is a great, and healthier alternative to flour (plus it's hard to fuck up.) Failing at food is the worse, i can never bring myself to throw it away. It feels like a waste to trash it, so I end up storing it in the back of the fridge. In refrigerators, unlike on school buses, the cool kids don't hang out in the back. After 3 days my anger subsides, and I toss it in the garbage and deny ever making it.
On a brighter note, THESE cookies were crazy successful! Super moist, tasty and GREEN.
Plus, these don't take a very long time to make. It makes 5 small cookies, it's easy and doesn't make a mess. I never bake huge batches of desserts, but if you want more you can double or triple the recipe easily.
I baked a beautiful loaf of black sandwich bread, just to use in this recipe. Doesn't the idea of black french toast sound amazing? With a banana-base, and topped with freshly cut kiwi slices no less!
It was my first time baking black bread in a bread pan; usually I just opt for free-form loaves. But for sandwich and french toast purposes, it would work better if it was in that shape. You can make your own black bread, using my basic black bread recipe - it's very easy to make.
Usually when I make french toast, i'll use a soy milk as a base. I made some recently, using The simple veganista's Banana french toast recipe. I thought the idea was brilliant - i do love bananas in my breakfasts. By the way, she has a great 'orange french toast' recipe on her blog - you should make that too.
Using bananas, makes for a more consistent morning meal. Most french toast recipes add nutmeg and cinnamon, but I prefer to just taste the fruit - Devine isn't a huge nutmeg fan anyway.
Made these on a weekday, tuesday morning french toast is great - fun breakfasts shouldn't only be reserved for weekends.
Black sesame ice cream bars, because it's starting to get warmer in Montreal! I want something sweet, nutty, refreshing and BLACK to eat! Need to goth-up my insides.
Ok, so it's not black. Grey is fine though, grey is gorgeous. There should be more, naturally grey, foods.
Making crusts is always an ordeal for me, most of the time i don't have the ingredients to make it. A lot of recipes call for graham crackers, or dates. While I often do have dates, i don't have an endless supply of it. Was wondering if there was something i could do with oats, i always have a TON of steel cut oats on hand.
I looked up recipes for oat-based crusts, and found this awesome one by Lauren Goslin from 'oatmeal with a fork'. Her recipe called for olive oil, but I swapped it for coconut oil. Coconut oil suits desserts perfectly, assuming you like the taste of coconut . The flavour can be pretty strong.
As for the black sesame ice cream, this is actually my 3rd attempt. First one was good, made it with silken tofu and coconut milk. Didn't have any silken tofu left for this batch, so gave bananas a go, and it worked out great too!
Being able to make black sesame ice cream at home makes me happy. Now that Japan is so far away, and that kombinis aren't 5 minutes away anymore. AH I miss the convenience of Kombinis.
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 flavors 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 thick and 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.