Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Serendipitous Notes {October 18, 2009}

I've been catching up on my food blog reading this past week as well as working on my blog posts. I just wonder how people do that with so many great blogs on the web. And even wonder if I could post what I've made every week. The strange thing is I'm not even working. I think I have to slow down on my blogging. :)

Green Tea Daifuku




This is the same daifuku recipe I made last week only this time, I coated it with green tea powder. It definitely has a bitter and grassy taste at first bite, but mellow and slightly sweet at the end. If only I have a large wooden mortar and pestle I would have probably pounded my own cooked sweet rice until it turns to a sticky dough. I think this is what my late-father would actually do. And instead of serving each daifuku on a piece of avocado leaf, I used the ashitaba leaves (photo above) as a base. You can actually eat them together or separately. I’m still also perfecting the art of shaping daifuku.

A few people already asked me if I'm selling them. Unfortunately, I'm not selling them at the moment.

Healthy Vegetarian Fried Eggplant



If you’re short on time, you can cook this eggplant dish for a quick lunch or dinner. Sometimes ground pork is added. I skipped deep-frying the eggplant and proceed adding them to the wok. This recipe is from Mary (@keeplearningkeepsmiling) who has a lot of easy Asian recipes on her site.

Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Pancakes

Rouxbe Online Cooking School & Video Recipes


These are one of the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted. I make these at least once a month. I did substitute a few ingredients. Coconut oil for the canola oil, whole wheat pastry flour for the all-purpose flour, yogurt for the butter milk and muscovado sugar for the brown sugar. This recipe is from Dawn at Rouxbe Online Cooking School.

Turmeric Chips



One of the best ways to use turmeric is to slice them thinly and deep-fry them. Eric Gower shared this idea on his blog The Breakaway Cook. The turmeric chips taste really good. Working with turmeric could be worst than working with beets. So, wear your ugliest clothes when working with turmeric. Remember to use gloves too if you don’t want to stain you hands and even nails for too long.

Dhall and Veggie Curry



I used some of my turmeric on this dish by Kristy (@mylittlespace). Mine looks different as I don’t have any yellow lentils except for the red ones. I don’t have even had the mustard seeds but I will make this dish again. I know Kristy, they look completely different.:) You can also try a another type of Daal by Stacey (@nutritionasnatureintended) which is simple and easy to make.

I also soaked my red lentils. You will notice that when you drain the red lentils after soaking and keep in the fridge for a day or two, the red lentils will start sprouting. If you want them to sprout completely, you will have to leave them at room temperature. I did some sprouts a few months a go. You can check my posts on More Fantastic Sprouts and Mung Bean Sprouts.

Prawns Baked in Herbed Salt

These prawns by Rachel (@tokyoterrace) are just wonderful. You preserve the flavor of the prawns by cooking it this way. You can also do this with whole fish but the salt mixture is mixed with the foamy egg whites which acts as a paste. This seals in the whole fish while they're baking in the oven. I just didn't have the chance to take a photo but you can check Rachel's site for more wonderful photos and recipes.

Have a great weekend.

29 comments:

  1. Love matcha food...and your bean curry looks totally delicious and exactly right for now...cold here...

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  2. I must try those pancakes! the turmeric chips remind me of little bacon bits, I wonder if you could put them on salads?

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  3. Love the eggplant dish-- looks hearty and comforting.

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  4. very interestingly matched meal!!!!
    love the sweetness from pancakes, also the salty and crispy bacon chips!
    perfect breakfast.

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  5. arrr....how lovely! I wish I had more time to cook and make more yummy dishes.

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  6. The eggplant dish looks fab, and I like how simple the ingredients are.

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  7. @ Angie - Matcha just adds a dimension of flavor. I think you have a lot of recipes with that ingredient.

    @ Jessie - you can use the turmeric chips in salads.

    @ April Calvin - thank you. It was very simple to make.

    @ lululu - thank you.

    @ Penny - we can exchange places if you like.

    @ Fresh Local and Best - thanks to Mary for the simple dish. :)

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  8. Wow, those dishes all look great. Especially the eggplant!

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  9. Wow, you've been busy! That eggplant dish and the curry look as though they are bursting with flavor.

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  10. Those pancakes are a must try! My toddler doesn't like pancakes, waffles, or french toast, he insisted on saltines this morning, he's got quite a salty tooth. But I love pancakes!

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  11. Wow that looks so scrumptious Divina! You must have some very happy friends :D I love the shot of the pancakes and that syrup!

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  12. You had me at Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Pancakes :) , one of my ultimate favorite 2 flavors to combine. Great recipes!

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  13. Yum... Those pancakes sound fantastic... Lots of great recipes!

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  14. Lovely creations! The pancakes sounds fabulous, I really love the addition of raisins, must make them for breakfast tomorrow morning, will make my daughter happy :)

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  15. I am intrigued with turmetic chips. So going to make it soon!

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  16. Everything looks really good! A lovely collection of yummy dishes!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  17. Wow delicious food, the eggplant looks great.

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  18. Wow! Everything looks great! I want to try those turmeric chips, I've only had turmeric powder.

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  19. I know I was late! Have been pretty busy lately. Your daal looks so chunky. What's happened? I do not need to soak my daal. It turns soft easily when cooking over high heat.

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  20. Wow thanks for a round-up of recipes, you have been busy! The stir-fried eggplant looks amazing, must add that to our dinner menu soon.

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  21. Found your blog through Nutrition as Nature Intended's food blogger award list. So glad that I did! Such a delicious looking blog with great recipes and pictures! Looking forward to stopping by more often :)

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  22. I so love the auberine dish & those crisps!!

    MMMMMMMMMMM,..all the way!!!

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  23. Thank you for a wonderful compilation of diverse and tasty foods! Will bookmark this page a future resource for meals to come!

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  24. Hi Divina
    What a great idea for your summary - the eggplant looks super yummy. Where do you get your great healthy ideas?! I love it

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  25. i love those eggplant they remind me my vacation in the south of france !!thanks
    and if you like butternut squash ..in a dessert with a creme brulée come and visit my blog! ciao Pierre

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  26. Wow. Beautiful pictures. I love every single food that you posted! The turmeric chips are so creative and lovely!!!

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  27. The Turmeric Chips and the prawns really stood out to me and look great. I don't know if I'll be able to find the Turmeric to make the chips out of but the prawns shouldn't be too much of a problem!

    Oh! Please take a look @ http://acquiredflavor.blogspot.com/2009/10/wow-blogger-award.html I know you’ve gotten nominated for it a few times now(as you should!), but I just felt you needed another one :)

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  28. That vegetarian fried eggplant looks delish! And cinnamon raisin pancakes? You can't beat 'em!

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  29. I love the bitterness of the green tea mixed with the sweetness of the dough :)

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