Electrolyte refill smoothie

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When it’s hot, we sweat a lot and lose water. And we also eliminate precious elements, electrolyte or ions, whatever sports drink maker call them. We don’t need to buy their powders to replace them. Let’s get all the nutrients with a natural drink.

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Moloheya (molokhia), this herb has a jelly texture like okra (gumbo), and that comes with the property of maintaining hydration. Like those sports gels.

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It’s a smoothie of frozen banana (for its carbs and potassium) , molokhia and a little lemon juice. Now we need sodium ? Well on the glass.

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I know the color is not superb, but the taste is very fruity, the texture deliciously creamy and it’s very efficient.

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Black soy milk iced matcha latte (from beans)

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That’s not a fast-food drink. Count 12 hours or more to get your refreshment. Well, it’s not really labor intensive.

Kuromame, black soy beans. Compil’ here.

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After overnight soaking. I don’t know why they burst. That doesn’t matter.

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Squeezed in cotton gauze. More details about soy milk making here.

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That gives soy milk. The grounds are okara:

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This okara will be used in next post.

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You can drink the milk.

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Or make a matcha latte. I foamed 1/3 of chilled milk with matcha green tea powder and poured on top. You can see a gradation.

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Banana-coco smoothie and seven treasure waffles

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A simple fruity brunch, easy to prepare and plant based.

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To a simple batter (flour, potato starch, baking powder, brown sugar), I’ve added these 5 and 2 spices : nutmeg and cinnamon.

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I’ve eaten the konatsu pomelo while the waffle was cooking.

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The smoothie is very basic. The banana was just cold, the coconut cream was frozen. 30 seconds in the blender. Enjoy !

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Ginger makkoli stewed chicken

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Chicken and shiitake mushrooms cooked with makkoli, the Korean fermented rice drink. I’m probably not the only person on the planet doing it but that was an improvisation and I loved the result.

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So this is the weapon used for the crime. I’ve associated it to ginger and kuko (goji berries) to remind Korean medicinal drinks.

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Cook onion, fresh shiitake mushroom a little in oil.
Then add a chicken breast, a few slices of fresh ginger, a sip of soy sauce, cover with makkoli. Cover, let on low heat.
When the meat is tender, break it in big pieces with a fork. Add goji berries, fresh spinach and a little potato starch if you want a thicker sauce. Cook slowly 5 more minutes.

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Served on home-made tortilla colored with turmeric, with kimchi as a side.

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And a glass of chilled makkoli.

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When it rains, jeon and makkoli

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It was raining, raining, raining today…

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When it rains, the Koreans make jeon as the noise of cooking them is similar to the sound of rain drops falling. And they drink makkoli, because… Well, I guess they must be thirsty.

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I’ve got makkoli from the convenience store. It’s written in Japanese but that’s the real thing. It’s a drink made of fermented wine, close to Japanese amazake (sweet sake). But the Japanese one is for kids, while the makkoli has 6% alcohol, like a wine. I have to be careful because that’s so sweet that I’d drink that like milk, well even more easily than milk. But then, I don’t make a merry tispy fellow, just a person suddenly feeling sick. So, let’s be reasonable.

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Chijimi and jeon are both names of Korean pancakes, well in Osaka, it’s all chijimi and you’ve seen some before here.
That’s the fashion to make green nira chijimi. I’ve seen restaurants had them. That’s a good idea,

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I have added a whole bunch of nira (garlic chives) into the blender with flour, a piece of potato and potato starch. That’s not so solid as usual, but if you flip them carefully, no problem. The taste is very green. I’ve used the color of onion and yellow bell pepper to contrast.

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Add a sauce (soy sauce, black rice vinegar, water, onion, chili), the drink…and enjoy the rain !

For more : Korean Compil’

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My exps in plant based milks and yogurts

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Here is a post to make the point about my adventure in the plant-based milk and yogurt world…
That doesn’t go much out of the beaten paths, but for me there were novelties. Also these food are very different so I made my tasting files for each.
If you want wider information about dairy-free cooking, there is a compilation post about it (here).

MILKS :

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+Tastes good cold or hot.
++Useful to make tofu, yuba, yogurt, etc.
++ Very cheap ingredients.
-A bit long and complicated to make.

DSC04322Almond milk (tutorial)

+ Tastes great cold.
+ Useful to make blanc-manger.
– Raw almond are very expensive here.
++ The most convenient and quickest to make.

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+ Tastes fresh and original cold.
+ Quick and easy to make.
– Seasonal ingredient, no so cheap (I think frozen corn is pre-cooked, I didn’t try)

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+ Tastes great warmed.
+ Convenient and easy to make.
+ Cheap ingredient.

Recipes :
kurogoma tonyu (black sesame paste in soy milk)
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+ Very tasty
+ Super easy to make
– or + It stays liquid
– A little fat (has to be drunk in small amounts)

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+ Tasty
+ Great texture
+ Cheap ingredient
– Some prep needed to thicken it

Recipes :
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Burning strawberry dew

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That’s a fierce cocktail that will wake up your spirits and digestive system.

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Only 3 ingredients. The red carrot has a sweeter taste than the orange ones.

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As you can see that’s between a juice and smoothie. I’ve used the strawberries still frozen. The texture and taste were perfect.

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