Veggie kurokke with walnut kabosu creamy pesto

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Let’s make crispy kurokke (Japanese croquettes) of kabocha and green veggies, with a creamy pesto dip. That’s quick, easy, healthy, yummy.

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Green : I mashed steamed favas (broad beans) with a fork, added diced steamed broccoli stalks, salt, pepper, a little kabosu lime zest.
Orange : I mashed the flesh of steamed kabocha pumpkin with salt and paper. Added boiled black edamame beans.

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I’ve toasted bread crumbs, added black pepper and a few chili flakes. Rolled the balls in it.
NB : you can sprinkle oil on the crumbs before toasting for a more fried taste.

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They can be eaten cold, in a bento lunch box. Or reheated.

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In the blender : basil, salt, garlic, walnut, a little grated zest of kabosu lime, a little juice. Then I’ve added silky tofu to get the creamy texture.

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Serve the sauce as a dip for the kurokke.

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Purple falafels

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Colorful falafels and a creamy sour sauce today…
Quick and fun.

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Yes, red cabbage brings the color.

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I blended the cabbage, then added the soaked chick peas, some onion, cardamome seeds and ajowan (a little), salt.

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They become pink in the pan…

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The sauce is soy yogurt, with lemon juice, coriander seed, salt and pepper.

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Mmm, purple pillows…

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Black bean shiso baked empanadas


A satisfying savory snack.

The dough : flour, oil, water, a pinch of salt
The filling : boiled kuromame back beans (half mashed, half whole), black sesame seeds, some bean cooking broth mixed with potato starch, minced garlic, salt, cumin, nutmeg, chili paste. To each I added a shredded shiso leaf.

I painted them with oil, sprinkled paprika and baked about 15 minutes in the oven-toaster (till they make a empty sound when you tick them).

Enjoy them hot with more shiso leaves.

Avocado edamame breakfast croquettes, my simple recipe

Avocado + edamame !
These green croquettes are really addictive and so easy to make. That’s the 3rd time I make them already.

I have seen them on ads for a chain of fast-food. Apparently they were not the first to make them. The version they propose is deep-fried, served in a bun, with shredded cabbage, a sweet red sauce, a big slice of bacon…in a menu with fries and soda. No, thanks. I’m not a breakfast person and seeing that super-size menu in the morning would make me feel really bad.

That’s what you need. Edamame are green soy beans. In this season I got them frozen, so I defrost and cooked them 3 minutes in the micro-wave. 1/2 avocado, a little lemon juice, jalapeno sauce, salt.

I used a mortar, but a plate and a fork can do the trick. Keep aside 1/4th of the beans, mash the rest. Add seasoning, mash in the avocado. Add the whole beans and form croquettes.

I rolled them in toasted bread crumbs.

In Summer, they’d be nice cool, but it’s a bit chilly. Just reheated them before serving.

Green and creamy inside. Perfect taste ! With a salad and green tea. That’s my brunch.


Bakonuts 2, magic mauve

Today let’s make them purple blue mauve…

The mauve (mallow) is this flower used for herb tea. It’s purple, and the water become blue.

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(photo from this site about herbs, “la garrigue gourmande” with the recipe of “infusion de mauve”)

There is no mauve in my donut, but the effect happens with purple vegetables.

I made 3 styles of bakonuts (baked donuts).
Kurogoma (black sesame), simply decorated with sugar stars, flavor is enhanced by a few drops of bitter almond essence. They are presented here. The recipe is the same for the 3. Click here.

Walnuts. Simply added the nuts to the batter. Flavor is vanilla essence.

Raisin. The color is due to the addition of the purple sweet potato powder you can see below. It seems the differences of PH influence the color (like for this soup vichyssoise grise).

As you can see, it’s grey-blue, but pinker around the raisins.

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Sparkles…

Lost in rendition. They look very shiny in real but not on the photo.

Yum yum…