Left over make over

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A meal to empty the fridge around a big piece : a roast of white sweet corn. OK, that’s not a Christmas dinner. The idea was to use all the parts of veggies I had around before going shopping for fresher produce.

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White cucumbers, salted. Rinsed after 20 minutes. They are juicy like melon.

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A chilled kabocha and sesame soup. It’s deliciously creamy.

DSC06932-002 I had used the flesh of steamed kabocha for a salad. The skin is edible. So I used it in the soup.
I’ve added sesame seeds, miso, green chili, yellow paprika. Blended.

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Boiled green soy beans and romanesco were in the freezer. Simply with yuzu lemon and chili flakes.

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Grated daikon, goji berries, cashew nuts and black pepper.

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I steamed the corn cob, then grilled in the oven toaster.

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Dukka truffles

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This is not a sweet but a savory appetizer or a veggie side dish. Green and fresh inside, nutty and spicy around.

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I already made something similar (see here).

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Take boiled edamame (fresh soy beans) and paste them very roughly.

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Add avocado.

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Sprinkle juice of yuzu citrus.

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Mix well and form balls.

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Roll them in dukka, the Middle-East spice mix.

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Nuts, herbs and spices, that’s dukka

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I had never heard about this product. Originally from Egypt, dukka (duqqa) is a kind of spice mix used in Middle-Eastern cuisines. The quickest way to taste it was to make mine. That’s without warranty of having the authentic flavor but that doesn’t matter as long as it’s good. Some day I’ll go there to taste the original.

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Spices : black pepper, coriander seeds, raw sea salt, dry mint.
“Nuts” : sesame seeds, walnut, cashew nut.
I roasted them in 2 batches. I’ve added cumin powder and paprika powder. And in a mortar, ground finely the spices and more coarsely the nuts.

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Boiled chick peas were waiting to become hummus. I’ve added garlic, a little yuzu juice, olive oil on top.

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I eat it as a dip for veggie sticks (red bell pepper and cucumbers).

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Iced spicy Silvana

This is crispy, nutty, spicy and iced. Pure bliss ice-cream sand.
This is a free interpretation variation of Silvana cakes from the Philippines.

Silvana is the little sister of Mr Sans-Rival, the big dacquoise cake. So it is the same base of cashew dacquoise as here.
The only differences are the smaller size (like a cookie) and the addition of a good amount of curcuma powder to the batter.

The dacquoises were then opened in the middle, like muffins.

They dried and become crispy around after 2 days.

Coriander, anise, cardamom cream cheese ice cream. I have added the spices slightly crushed to some bought ice-cream, which is not too fat nor sweet.

The unchallenged Filipino

Nobody dares competing with me…

I have no rivals ! I fear nothing.

No, no…not the fork ! Mama !

Catherine of Munchie Musings was our November Daring Bakers’ host and she challenged us to make a traditional Filipino dessert – the delicious Sans Rival cake!

Seriously when I read :

A Sans Rival is made with layers of dacquoise, typically using crushed cashews, with very rich French buttercream frosting.

I was terrified. That’s the definition of an etouffe-chretien . A “Christian-stuffer”… you know, old legends of times, when enemies tried everything even cakes orgy to neutralize the Christians. Bad, bad taste joke to mean that sounds heavy on the stomach. Yes, I’m biased as I can’t finish a frosted cupcake.
Actually, it can be made light and simple.

Classic : cashew nut dacquoise and dacquoise praliné cream.
I prefered a mousseline creme, with less butter and less sugar. The half-moon shape is convenient as you only need to bake 2 round dacquoises, cut them and you have 4 layers.

I made the praliné with roasted cashew nuts, cane sugar and kurozato black sugar. I added it to the cream, with a little brandy.
I have let the cake rest in the fridge 24 hours. Even 48 hours are recommended to let a dacquoise develop all its savors.

Well, if you have eaten French dacquoise (almond based), the taste is not frankly different with cashews. So, it doesn’t have the exotic effect. That’s still a delicious cake.

(recipe from the challenge)

Sans Rival:
Servings: 12

chocolate version, which is not traditional.

Ingredients
10 large egg whites, room temp
1 cup (240 ml) (225 gm) (8 oz) white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (3 gm) cream of tartar
¼ cup (60 ml) (20 gm) (2/3 oz) Dutch processed cocoa (optional and not traditional)
2 cups (480 ml) (240 gm) (8½ oz) chopped, toasted cashews

Directions:
Note: You will need four layers which will mean that you might have to bake in two batches. Be sure to use fresh parchment paper and cooled pans for each batch.

1. Preheat oven to moderate 325°F/160°C/gas mark 3.
2. Line cake pan bottoms with parchment paper and butter and flour the sides really well.
3. In a large clean, dry glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites on medium until foamy (2 mins.). Sprinkle with cream of tartar. Gradually add sugar, a couple of tablespoons at a time, continuing to beat now at high speed until stiff shiny peaks form. (about 7-10 mins.)

4. Fold in nuts, reserving enough to use for decoration.

(Note the more finely ground for folding into meringue. The coarsely ground for is decoration of finished cake.)

5. Divide meringue into four equal parts. Spread in pans, evenly to edges. If doing batches, use fresh parchment paper and cooled pans for each batch.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the meringue from the baking pans while still hot; allow to cool slightly. Peel off the parchment paper while it is still warm, it is difficult to remove sometimes when they have completely cooled.

7. When cool, trim edges so that all 4 meringue layers are uniformly shaped. Set aside.

French Buttercream:

Ingredients
5 large egg yolks, room temperature
1 cup (240 ml) (225 gm) (8 oz) white granulated sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
1¼ cup (300 ml) (2½ sticks) (285 gm) (10 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
Optional Flavorings: 2 oz (55 gm) unsweetened chocolate, melted, or 1½ teaspoon (7 ½ ml) almond extract, or 1½ teaspoon (7 ½ ml) vanilla extract, or any flavor you like

Directions:

1. Put the egg yolks in a mixing bowl. Beat at high speed until the yolks have doubled in volume and are a lemon yellow.
2. Put the sugar and water in a heavy pan and cook over medium heat, stirring the sides down only until all the sugar is dissolved and the syrup reaches 235°F/112°C (or thread stage).
3. With the mixer on high, very slowly pour the syrup down the sides of the bowl, until all has been added. Be careful as the very hot syrup could burn you if it splashes from the beaters. Continue beating on high until the mixture is ROOM TEMPERATURE (about 15 mins). Still on high, beat in the soft, room temperature butter a tablespoon at a time. Add flavoring after you beat in the butter. Refrigerate the buttercream for at least an hour, and whip it smooth just before you use it.
Assembly:
Set bottom meringue on cake board with a dab of butter cream to hold it in place. Spread a thin layer of buttercream and then place another meringue on top. Repeat with a thin layer of buttercream, meringue, thin layer of buttercream, meringue, and finally buttercream the top and sides. Decorate with reserved nuts.

Assembly:

Set bottom meringue on cake board with a dab of butter cream to hold it in place. Spread a
thin layer of buttercream and then place another meringue on top. Repeat with a thin layer of
buttercream, meringue, thin layer of buttercream, meringue, and finally buttercream the top and
sides. Decorate with reserved nuts.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. It is easier to cut cold. May freeze.