Blueberries and Cream “Kefir”

P1030240I’m actually smiling as I write this. Well no. I was smiling a few minutes ago. Now I’m just feeling like a trussed turkey in this heat. But the reason I was smiling is because I was sipping on this fantastic blended fruit tonic called Blueberries and Cream “Kefir”. It looks like a heavy smoothie but it has the lightest of textures and belly-feel. I can’t really handle milkshakes and smoothies. I’m too, uh, delicate 😉 So thus use of a non-dairy nut mylk is perfect for my kapha dosha constitution. Also, berries are constituted as an astringent, dry fruit which is also perfect for kapha types.

I found this gorgeous recipe from Meredith Baird, partner to Matthew Kenney, King of all raw foodists. In her description, Baird says about blueberries that they improve memory and stabilize the nervous system. They are also low in calories and sugar. The addition of probiotics gives it an extra digestive boost. She closes by saying that this is  a great smoothie to give to kids before school.

Before we go further, the question is, “What is kefir?” Very simply, kefir is a fermented drink made up of yeasts and bacteria, packed with nutrients and vitamins and good for your belly garden. The reason why kefir is in inverted commas ”   “, is because this smoothie simply has the probiotic powder and not the actual kefir.

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This is the dairy-free probiotic powder I use which can easily be bought at any organic store.

 

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1 banana

1 probiotic satchet

2 cups of your favorite nut mylk

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Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight then blend with 2 cups of water on high speed. Place a nut mylk bag in a measuring jug then pour the mylk out. Squeeze the excess liquid out through the bag. This is your nut mylk. Use the pulp to make cookies or dry to use as flour.

Blend the berries, probiotic, banana and mylk until smooth.

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Raw Asparagus with Saffron Chili Cheese Sauce (dairy-free)

Creamy, cheesy spicy goodness, raw and delicious!

Creamy, cheesy spicy goodness, raw and delicious!

It’s Springtime in Taiwan and with asparagus being the vegetable of the season, the relevance is poetic. Spring is a time for well, spring cleaning and asparagus is a cleansing, detoxifying vegetable. It’s packed with minerals and vitamins A, K, E and the B’s (to a lesser degree). Don’t let the health benefits distract you from the gorgeous, nutty, earthiness of the vegetable.

Paying a visit to the infamous Binjiang Market (my temple, I swear), each vendor actually specializes in particular vegetables. So, the asparagus vendor had many varieties to choose from and they all looked amazing.

I settled on the giant asparagus (sorry, forgot to take a picture) since I would be shaving them for this salad. 

Here’s the recipe:

5 giant asparagus stalks

1 tablespoon of salt

Dressing

1 cup of soaked (12-24 hours) cashew nuts (soaking removed digestive inhibitors)

1/2 cup of nutritional yeast (start with less than half and taste as you go along to reach the cheesiness level you find palatable)

a generous pinch of saffron

1 teaspoon of chili oil (you can substitute with paprika/ black pepper)

a splash of water (depends on how thick you like your dressing)

salt to taste

Peel the asparagus then continue to shave, using the peeler. Place in a bowl with the tablespoon of salt. The salt softens the asparagus making it easier to work with. Let it sit for no more than ten minutes then rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel.

Blend the rest of the ingredients together then in a mixing bowl, work it into the shaved asparagus gently, then carefully place on a serving dish.

Garnish with a pinch of saffron.

Binjiang Market Address: No. 336 Minzu East Rd.

Closest subway stop is Xingtian Temple, then a short, 5-minute cab ride to the market

Artisanal Tree Nut Cheeses

Delicious Taipei retails delicious tree nut cheeses anywhere in Taiwan. Tree nut cheeses are dairy-free and cultured with  home-brewed, brown rice (gluten-free) or rye seed-based probiotics in Summer and a gluten/dairy-free store-bought probiotic in Winter. Probiotics are good bacteria that cleanse and protect the digestive system from bad bacteria.

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This is a batch of home-brewed probiotics made from sprouted seeds. The process takes about 1 week.

Our gourmet tree nut cheeses are made with cashews or macadamia. Here’s why they’re good for you:

Cashews: Two most important things about cashew are that they are magnesium-rich (the heart and head love magnesium) and they’re also the best dietary nut meaning that they are a great aid to weight loss because of their high fibre and dense energy.

Macadamia: It contains a good oil and they are rich in minerals magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium and iron. Also, they’re divinely rich and creamy

This is our delectable range of tree nut cheeses:

cashew original

cashew original

cashew sundried tomato and olive

sundried tomato and olive

 

preserved meyer lemon and fresh rosemary

preserved meyer lemon and fresh rosemary

onion and garlic

onion and garlic

Aged Macadamia - the cashew will have a similar look

Aged Macadamia – the cashew will have a similar look

plain cashew NT700
sundried tomato/ olive cashew NT750
preserved meyer lemon/ rosemary cashew NT750
onion and garlic cashew NT750
 aged cashew NT850
plain macadamia NT900
sundried tomato/ olive macadamia NT950
preserved meyer lemon/ rosemary macadamia NT950
onion and garlic macadamia NT950
 aged macadamia NT1,050

To order, email/call prish(at)delicioustaipei(dot)com/0975-021-931