Beet Carpaccio, Chipotle Cheese, Broccoli Goji Salad

 

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Beet Carpaccio
1 beet
salt

Wash and peel beets. Mandoline slice 3mm each. Sprinkle both sides of each slice liberally with salt. Set aside.

Simple Chipotle Cheese
1 cup soaked cashew
1/2 tsp salt
1 – 2 tsp brewer’s yeast
1 – 1.5 tsp powdered chipotle
1/2 cup filter water

Blend everything together on high speed until smooth. Check the flavour. You may want to add more salt or seasoning.

Broccoli Goji Salad
2 cups of broccoli florets (each big floret chopped in 4 pieces)
4 tbls walnuts
1/4 preserved lemon
2 – 3 tbls goji
1 clove garlic, sliced paper thin

Place the broccoli and goji in a bowl. Pour hot water over and let it sit as you finely slice the garlic and julienne the preserved lemon. Drain the broccoli and add the garlic, nuts, goji and lemon to it. Toss in dressing.

Dressing
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup carmellia oil (whatever oil you really fancy)
2 tbls olive oil

Whisk together and mix into salad. Don’t pour the whole thing in at once. It may be too overwhelming.

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Composition

Marinating the beets in salt softens them and releases the water. Pat each beet down with a kitchen towel to remove the water. Place three pieces of dry beet carpaccio, slightly overlapping on a plate. Scoop on some chipotle cheese. Dress with salad in one of the ways pictured in either of the pics above.

This dish has sour, spicy, sweet, earthy tones. Absolutely delicious.

 

Russell James’s Creamy Kale Salad

P1070516We’re in Santa Monica! Beautiful sunny, Santa Monica with blazingly brilliant blue skies, gorgeous tree-lined streets, startling coastlines and diverse and daring restaurants! No wonder all the beautiful people are here ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m here for the month, studying at The Matthew Kenney Raw Cuisine Institute, honing my previous 3 years of experience. Of course, one of the most exciting things about being here, aside from studying at the institute, was the thought of shopping at organic farmers’ markets and whole foods. Sourcing food items in Taipei that are so common here in the US and in South Africa, is always a challenge and requires a certain amount of detective work and a strong community of fellow food enthusiasts. Here, one need only walk down an aisle of Whole Foods to be blown away by the variety of fresh, organic produce available.

Which brings me to the recipe above – I’ve always wanted to try Russell James’s creamy kale salad but sadly this kale was unfindable in Taipei. The moment I saw it at Whole Foods, I knew I would try it.

P1070497Recipe:

3 bunches of curly kale

2 cups of cherry tomatoes

1/2 tsp salt

2 avocado

2 tbls lemon juice

2 tbls chipotle powder (I like it spicy)

1/4 cup olive oil

salt to taste

water to blend

Cut the kale into smaller pieces and remove the harder stemmy parts. Place it in a bowl and massage the salt into it until it looks cooked. You can see in my pics that I didn’t massage too much as I wanted some body and texture. Mix in the cherry tomatoes, which you have sliced into halves.

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I couldn’t resist these tomatoes on the vine, so I used these instead!

In a blender, add the meat of two ripe, Haas avos, the chipotle, lemon juice, salt to taste, olive oil and water.

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Haas have outstanding creaminess and are dirt cheap in California!

 

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Blend with chipotle, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and water

Taste. If you prefer more salt, less lemon, more chipotle, maybe some garam masala, play around. Here’s the thing: the original recipe did not ask for salt in the dressing so I added that in here. Also, I found that it needed some extra kind of creaminess so the next time I make it, I will try to add some coconut butter as well.

Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this salad and will definitely be making it again!