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CONCEPT As more and more people worldwide are becoming health conscious, clean eating and whole foods movements are flourishing. Delicious Taipei has found that there is both a lack of information and accessibility regarding healthy eating in Taiwan. We have also discovered that there is an overwhelming interest in gourmet raw food after holding ten successful workshops in 2012. We believe that with the right venue, there is an even bigger market to tap into and even more healthy and delicious avenues to explore.
RAW FOOD Raw foods are fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains that have not been heated above 40°C. Consuming these foods in their natural state ensures that they are not only fresh, but remain packed with enzymes, vitamins, and nutrients. Uncooked and unprocessed foods are also rich in phytonutrients and micronutrients, which are essential to maintaining an alkaline state in our body and preventing diseases. Delicious Taipei invites guests to explore the concept of a raw food lifestyle.
CANAPÉS Canapés are a type of hors d’oeuvres, or bite sized decorative morsels of food, that pack a lot of flavor and exude an air of elegance when served. These gourmet appetizers take little time to prepare and are far from fiddly when put together. Serving these posh finger foods accompanied by a glass of wine is the way to wow even the finest epicurean palate.
Join me on July 6th from 14:00 – 17:00 as we discover the world of raw food by making two exquisite canapés and one gourmet, delicious dessert.
On the menu:
This canapé is filled with the aromatic fragrance of fresh rosemary and the vibrant tones of garlic which perfectly accompany the tart fruitiness of cranberry chutney. The nut protein ensures that your guests will feel full and satisfied. So even though these are only vegetables, nuts and fruit, they produce a gourmet canapé that will surprise your guests.
2.Beetroot/ Jicama Ravioli with Spicy Cashew cream, marinated shiitake mushrooms and salted Ginger
Loosely based on the idea of Italian ravioli, this raw version brings out the Asian flavours we all know and love – ginger, garlic and chili in a decadent cashew/avocado cream. Topped with salted ginger, this canapé is so unusual, most people would not even be able to imagine its personality. Showstopper stuff!
3. Raw Chocolate Banana Cream Cake
No flour, no refined sugar, no eggs and no milk. If it’s raw, you can be sure, it will be better than any baked dessert you have ever tried. This cake is made with walnuts and figs as the base (fibre, fibre, fibre!), banana, vanilla, lemon, avocado and raw cacao as the topping. It sets like a firm cheese cake and will absolutely blow your socks off.
This summer, go gourmet but stay healthy with DELICIOUS TAIPEI!
Date: July 6th, 2013
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Venue: The Watermoon Tea House (FuXing South Rd, Section 2, Alley 180 #2, 1st floor/ 台北市復興南路二段180巷2號1樓)
1. This will be a hands-on workshop so please be prepared to get your hands dirty:-)
2. Conversation will be limited to breaks only.
3. Cell pones should be on silent and no calls should be accepted during class time. You may however, click away on your phone camera should you wish.
4. We will start precisely at 14:00 and end precisely at 17:00. Please be on time.
5. It will greatly decrease your stress levels, if you figure out how to get to the venue before the day of the workshop:-)
6.Payment should be remitted to the following bank account: E. Sun Bank (玉山銀行: 808),
Songshan Branch (松山分行)
Account Name: 棒活動藝文有限公司 Account #0565-940-001-768
by no later than July 3rd.
7. This workshop is limited to 14 participants only.
8. Please contact: prish(at)delicioustaipei(dot)com/ 0975-021-931 for any questions.
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
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