A home-styleVietnamese summer lunch

[LOVE TIP] It’s Saturday, I have some more time to cook and go ahead for a Vietnamese lunch. Morning glory and bitter melon are on the menu. They are perfect for good skin (everything on bitter melon here)  and adapted to reduce internal heat (as defined per Traditional Chinese Medicine)concmuon2On the menu :

Bitter melon with tomatoes

Morning glory salad

Thai and sticky rice, mungo beans

Omelette with chives 

1 Bitter melon with tomatoes

1 small bitter melon, tomatoes, shallot, green pepper, celery, fish sauce, pepper 

TIP : If you don’t have bitter melon substitute with zucchini and or cucumber 

 

Golden the shallots, add the sliced tomatoes, green pepper and celery. Add the bitter melon (retrieve the heart before). Cook for 10 minutes (put a lid and add some water ). Season with fish sauce and pepper.

2. Riz thai, gluant et haricots mungo

I really like this combination. For celebrations we often prepare some sticky rice with mungo beans, flavored with coconut milk. For everyday I often combine thai rice, sticky rice and mungo beans and cook in the rice cooker (proportions : 1-1- 1/4) 

 

3. Morning glory salad

Morning glory, white vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, chili 

TIP: If you don’t have morning glory, use cress or celery

Some work here as normally you should spread the morning glory with a special tool “dung cu chè rau muong”. Or you can simply slice the  stems in half and put them in iced water to “curl” them. This can be prepared ahead of time and kept up to a week in the fridge. Season with white vinegar (2 ss), fish sauce (1 ts) and a ss of sugar.

4. Vietnamese omelette with chives

2 eggs, chives, fish sauce, 1/2 ts of sesame oil, lemon (optional), rice flour (optional). To serve;chili, fresh herbs, cucumber 

Beat 2 eggs, add a ts of fish sauce, 2 ss of water, 1/2 ts of sesame oil, 1 ts of rice flour and some drops of lemon juice. Lemon and rice flour are optional. The lemon will give a very mellow texture (you won’t taste the acidity once cooked) and rice flour give some crisp especially on the borders. Gently cook the chives in some oil, heat up and add the eggs. To serve, garnish with the fresh herbs (here I used shiso, rau ram and cilantro), chili pickled in vinegar and cucumber slices. Eat piping hot

This is not difficult although a bit time consuming. Writing the recipes took me longer than cooking !

Enjoy your week end !

 

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Too hot? need some fresh air? Tomatoccino on ice! #ParisianNeighboursAreMyFriends

[HAPPY VEGGIE] Summer. So hot in here. Tomato mozarella, Burrata-tomatoes come back and forth on my table.

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Today evening my neighbour plays the piano, all windows open, pushing pedals calling for effects… I confirm that music does not soothe you. Because after 15 minuts of cacophonic Satie, I do need some fresh air.. It is already hot, but now I start to boil…

Tomatoccino my friends. I put a violin CD, sound level 25 hoping to gain back some of my vital space. I feel like a hostage in my own appartment as my other neighbour now starts to play with his hammer.. OMG when will they leave for vacation?

Waiting for the thunderstorm to start, I prepare the tomatoccino : tomato water on ice, topped with whipped cream aromatized with thai basil. Note that you will need 100% fat liquid cream (“fleurette” as we call it in France). Otherwise you will get some airy foam which is as delicious but will not stand for long

1. Peel the tomato. Mix and filter to keep only the water (you can use the pulp later). Set aside

2. Mix the thai basil leaves with very little water. Again, filter and set aside

3. Whip up the cream, add the herb juice at mid course

4.  To serve : pour the tomato water on ice cubes, spoon the whipped cream and enjoy immediately! Fresher isn’t it? I forgot my neighbour for 5′ which was already a treat…

Enjoy your we!

 

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A mojito that wishes you well #superfood #acai #chia

[HAPPY VEGGIE] I will not comment on the Brasilian episode. Besides I am far from being competent for that : Neymar not there, 7-1, beer and cringe. This is about all I know about the match. And also that from 14th July on I will welcome back my masculine friends who have disappeared almost one day out of two lately…

My welcome back drink will be… mojito! That is, a mojito that wishes you well. I served it this week and I was asked if I had included the essential. Well, all depends on what you call essential.. :)

Le mojito qui vous veut du bien

I confess that I did a pretty much good score at  Garance Doré test http://www.garancedore.fr/en/2014/07/08/are-you-healthy-obsessed/ So my mojito is virgin. For those ready to fly away, you can totally add some alcohol. Am sure it will be delicious as well .

Recipe for 1 litre de mojito Easy. 30′

Ingredients :  2 lime, 150g of rapsberries (fresh or frozen), 3 stems of mint , 1-2 ts of agave syrup (or brown sugar), 1 ts acai*, 8 ts of chia**seeds

1. Mix the rapsberries, mint, acai, lime juice. Add agave syrup

2. Add the chia seeds. Mix well and set aside in the fridge for 15-30′

3. Enjoy!

So, will you opt for virgin or alcoholic mojito?

acai: berry from tropical jungle rich in antioxydants and Vitamin C . If not available, drop it or susbtitute with some more berries

** chia seeds : rich in oméga 3 et 6, originated from Peru and Mexique. good for skin and mood. 

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Mint-peas-coconut milk. Keep it simple?

[HAPPY VEGGIE] For those who get hungry but don’t always know what to cook, always keep a coconut milk can in store. Throw one or 2 ingredients and it does marvels : coconut milk and mango, coconut milk, mango and sticky rice.. sounds good, no?

But.. I have a strong tendancy to always add some more ingredients. When going for sticky rice and mango, I am likely to add a pinch of salt here, some toasted sesame seeds there, and  if I am in shape even some drops of pandan essence.

I am litteraly spreading love and attention with these herbs and spices and just can’t help it. A dish is not finished if it is not garnished with one herb, or even two. Total vice. Neurotic disorder.

For once inspired by the mint-peas coconut soup by Green Kitchen Stories I figured I would cook with only 3 ingrédients! Total challenge. As if you asked me to sum up 24h in 3 minutes. Or make it short with my best friend. Recognition test amongst auditors : left debit, right credit, last line : result before and after tax, tax rate 15%.

Straight to the point, simple and efficient. Personal development plan, totally (and horribly) correlated to the 30-slides presentation to stream down to 10 slides… To make it short : today a recipe with no more than 3 ingredients.

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Peas, check. Mint, check. Coconut milk, check.

Omg.. there is a fennel in the fridge, already rinsed and sliced. Fennel and mint are very good friends. Fennel will bring some fibers because peas and coconut are very much like potato and cream, disguised in green to make you believe they’re light… Not much hesitation : 4 ingredients are totally manageable, no? Fennel, check. For the good cause.

Then .. it went astray. I cracked, I threw in some badiane, added nuoc mam (fish sauce) , washed some thai basil. Well, looks like I didn’t pass the auditor exam today…

Recipe (for 2, 10′ chrono)

3 ingredients : coconut milk+mint+peas  (didn’t count garlic and shallot)

Gently cook garlic and shallot in a ss of olive oil, add the peas (2 handfuls)+ half a bunch of mint+ 50 cl coconut milk (small can), add some water. Let it simmer for 5′, mix it. Ready!

4 ingredients : coconut milk+mint+peas+nuoc mam (fish sauce)

5 ingredients : coconut milk+mint+peas+nuoc mam (fish sauce)+ half a fennel  : for those who like the mint-aniseed combination.

6 ingredients : coconut milk+mint+peas+nuoc mam (fish sauce)+ half a fennel +badiane : for those who like anis

7 ingredients : coconut milk+mint+peas+nuoc mam (fish sauce)+ half a fennel +badiane+ thai basil. It was worth it :)  

What about you, how many ingredients in average do you use? Do you find it easy to keep it simple?

Tomorrow, I will try the breakfast with 2 ingredients… In the meantime, almost there my presentation went down to 10 slides. Not counting appendice of course (like garlic and shallot..)

Enjoy your day!

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Tomato pesto, the thai way

[HAPPY VEGGIE] Who does not like tomato? Set the caprese salad on the side for a while and drop the ketchup! I have a much better version of tomato sauce. It comes like a pesto, naturally sweet with tomato and red pepper, spiced up with smoked chili . Thai basil brings a subtle aniseed flavour that speaks of Asia. And the trick lies in the secret ingredient : chili paste oil, which accounts for a lot of depth. This pesto will be perfect for spaghetti , on crostini, on fish or eggplants, unless you just eat it by the spoon…

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Recipe (for a big jar)

- 1 candied tomato and half red pepper roasted with olive oil and cilantro seeds

- 1 ts of chili oil paste

- 1/2 ts of smoked paprika or you can also use grilled chunks of chorizo (spanish sausage)

- 1/2 ts of fish sauce (called nuoc mam in Vietnamese or nam pla in Thai)

-  a handful of thai basil (and coriander optional)

1. Roast the tomato and red pepper for 45′ in the oven, average heat. I flavored them with a pinch of salt, olive oil and cilantro seeds. These can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge up to one week.

2. Add all other ingredients but the herbs and mix

3. Garnish with the thai basil leaves. If you don’t have thai basil you can substitute with some aneth and mint

Ready! can’t be easier, enjoy!

Late and hungry? this will be perfect on pasta.. And don’t forget to add a bunch of fresh herbs. This makes a lot of difference. I know, I must be the only one to put an entire bouquet in my fridge.. But it is always the same pleasure to come back from market with fragrant fresh herbs. This week : mint, vervena, thai basil and cilantro…

herbes aromatiques

Aromatic bouquet for my fridge…

 

So.. what have you been cooking lately with tomato?

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Top 10 ingredients and recipes to lift up mood #superfood #goodmood

[LOVE TIP] Down, tired? stressed or depressed?

kitten teaHere is the best-of of ingredients and recipes to lift you up!

1. Omega 3  : in fat fish (salmon, sardine, tuna, mackerel, cod liver oil..) and some vegetables (purslane, flax seeds, chia seeds..)

2. Cacao, and especially raw cocoa : 7 times more polyphenols in raw cacao than classical cacao. Cacao stimulates the secretion of endorphin, an hormon directly related to good mood and pleasure. It is a natural analgesic.

3. Red dates, also called jujubes. They are natural sedatives, used for ages in traditional Chinese medicine to soothe and promote good sleep. They are sold candied in honey, delicious to eat as is or to infuse.  

4. Orange blossom water : natural soothing ingredient. To be drunk in “white coffee ” simply poured in hot water or with hot milk -that also contains natural calming nutrients. . And of course it can flavor lots of cakes..

5. Chrysanthemum flower  : cousin of linden flower, it is consumed in herbal tea. With honey this drink will drive you .. zen for the day. 1 billion Chinese have been drinking liters of it for ages

10 RECIPES TO LIFT UP MOOD. Click on each to access the recipe 

Chocolate shoot ! 8 treasures truffles (cacao and red dates), chocolate spread, chocolate cream (spicy vegan version)

Exhilirating breakfast : chia seeds with coconut milk, granola with flax seeds, orange and cacao smoothie

Quick and easy lunch : sandwich with fish rillettes, salmon tartar with borage, carpaccio of watermelon and flax seeds

For the evening : smoothie 1001 nights pistachio and blossom orange flower, cupcake chocolate avocado matcha.

And for the end Black on black, blackberries and chocolate, in darkness there is always hope!

Fondant chocolat, mures et cacao http://wp.me/p389oa-c5

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*Baiser parfumé traditionnel du Vietnam, là où l’amour se hume à fleur de peau…

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Glass noddles with artichokes and whelks in ginger lime sauce

[LOVE TIP] If you like linguine a la vongole, chances are you will love this twisted fusion version. Maybe you will think the link is remote but the idea was to have some vermicelli with iodized flavour and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.

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I found some ravishing small artichokes on the market stalls yesterday. Also bought some whelks that we love to have in Vietnamese cuisine. Had some ginger.. and everything kind of combined perfectly and spontaneously. I used some glass noddles , the Korean version : japchae made of potatoes starch and gluten-free. Their consistency is totally addictive and they absorb the flavours of the broth in which they cook. So pleasurable!

Glass noddles with artichokes and whelks. Ginger and lime emulsion. For 2

2 artichokes, glass noddles, whelks, cilantro, ginger, lime, fish sauce, pepper and cilantro seeds, thyme and laurel, white wine (optional), olive oil

mien 0541.  Artichokes : Prepare the artichokes and let them simmer in water with lemon, white wine (optional), coriander and black pepper, some laurel, thyme, olive oil. Infuse for 15′ and keep the cooking liquid

 

 

mien 0522. Whelks : I bought them already cooked, so not much to do. Remove them from shell and rinse them

 

 

 

mien 0503. Ginger emulsion : Mix a pinch of ginger with 2 ss of oil, 2 ss of water. Add 1 ss of fish sauce,1/2 lime juice and some brown sugar (1 soup spoon)

 

 

mien 0534. Glass noddles : cook the glass noddles in the broth for 5 minutes

Assemble the noddles, the whelks, the artichokes. Season with the lime-ginger emulsion. Sprinkle some cilantro and serve with fresh lime

Enjoy!

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