Fresh green open sandwich

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A fresh plant-based tea sandwich. I’m liking more and more vegetable sandwiches. Like these :

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It’s a cuke sand’ today… Kyuri, Japanese cucumbers have a thin skin, and thin seeds. Everything is edible.

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A thin slice of shokupan (Japanese bread) with the crust cut out. Coconut cream and grainy mustard spread on it. A handful of cress. Sliced cucumbers.

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Black pepper and Sichuan pepper freshly ground on top.

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Serve very fresh.

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A moon filled of greens

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It’s shaped like a pupusa, but I think normally they are made of corn masa and filled with cheese. So this is a free style re-interpretation, I’ve just taken the shape. It’s very tasty, crispy and filling.

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The filling : miso + sakekasu (sake lees) and a little water to get a cream texture. Then minced onion, garlic and ginger. The greens are stalks of romanesco (diced) and cut kikuna (chrysanthemum greens)
The crust is likely to break a little, so the filling shouldn’t be too liquid.

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The dough is like for tortilla. Today : a mix of white and whole flour, chili flakes, black pepper, a little olive oil, hot water. I didn’t add salt as the filling is very salty already due to the miso. I cooked it in a frying pan without fat.

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Garnished with sauce for okonomiyaki (a veggie Worcester sauce).

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The nicest leaves of kikuna as a side salad with black rice vinegar and sesame oil.

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Then cut and eat while hot.

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Craditionnal trumpets. Nearly…

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Let’s make those bee wax textured British pancake. Not sure they are the real thing. That’s the easy way, but I will show you how you can fail them anyway… You need a circle (a heart, any shape) and the rest is probably in your pantry already.

Batter per crumpet :
1/2 cup (100 ml) of lukewarm coconut milk, 1/4 ts of yeast, 1/4 ts of sugar. When bubbly, 1/2 cup of flour, enough water to get a liquid cream. Blend. Cover.

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One hour later if it’s a hot day. A little salt, a few sprinkles of baking soda on top, stir slowly. Heat a pan or a hot plate.

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Grease a circle of about 8 cm wide. Grease it better than I did. Place it in the hot greased pan.

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Start on very low heat. Pour the dough till 3/4 of the mold.

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Cover. After 5 minutes, pass on low heat. Let 10 minutes.

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At this point, one side is done. Take away the circle. And flip. If you can…

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DRAMA ! Yep, the circle was not well greased.

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Rescue : I’ve saved it. Cook 2 more minutes.

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Done !

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The inside is fully crumpeted.

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Serve tea. You can do that later and toast the sliced crumpet to reheat it.

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Bunny panisses

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Panisses are chick pea based appetizers and street stall snacks from the South of France. They exist in different shapes but I guess the bunny style is rare. My recipe is also alternative. Normally you need chick pea flour that I didn’t have. So I found another way.

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Soak a cup of dry chick peas. Put them in the blender with 2 tbs of olive oil. Add enough water to get a creamy sauce. Simmer on /medium low heat, stirring till you get a cooked thick paste. That takes 15 to 20 minutes. Add salt, and flavoring if you want. It has to be well dried.

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Spread on cooking paper. Let cool. Put one hour or more in the fridge.

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Cut and fry or stir-fry in olive oil.

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Serve hot, with salt or a sauce of your choice.

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Harissa for instance.

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I joined white cucumbers and basil leaves. These are fried garlic chips. I fried them as I was testing my oil heat.

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I also fried the cut out bits. I flavored them with that toppings.

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Both were yummy.

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Too simple. Spicy carrot tea sandwiches.

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A yummy snack, so easy. Er… there is a way to fail.

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Mix sake kasu (sake lees), miso, a little water, cook in microwave. Let cool.
Shred carrots, mix them with a little salt and good garam masala Indian spice mix.
Slice bread. Spread half of the sauce on it, add the rest to carrots.

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Garnish the bread with carrot.

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On a board, cut perfect bars of sandwich.

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Ahem…

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Yes, they are “dirty” too. Bah, they were still delicious. I’ll do them differently next time, surely I’ll cut the bread first.

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Makkoli waffles

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Beer waffles are a deicious classic. So let’s try t makkoli waffles.
The idea was great. The Korean rice wine brings flavor, milkiness and lighten the batter. They were very fluffy inside, crispy around. I’ll do that again.

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The batter is very simple. Makkoli is the liquid. Zest of konatsu pomelo brings a zingy hint.

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With jasmine tea. Eat while they are hot. Make another batch…

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Spicy kinako bread with creamed edamame

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Triple power snack : edamame (green soy beans), kinako and sesame.
That’s an interesting very bread-like quick bread, and it happens to be gluten-free.

Kinako is made by roasting dry soy beans, then making them into a flour. It’s a common ingredient of Japanese sweets.

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Mix : 1/2 cup kinako, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 2 tbs yellow and black sesame (half ground, half whole), 1/2 cup onion (half ground, half thinly cut), 1 dry chili pepper (without seeds, thinly cut), black pepper, salt, 1/4 ts of baking powder. Wet with water
Spread and level between 2 sheets of baking paper. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
Bake 15 minutes at 120 degrees Celsius, then cut and bake 15 more minutes at 180 degrees.

Warning : the chili pepper’s hotness will develop, so skip it if you are sensitive to it.

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The result is a soft and compact dark bread. Let it cool overnight so flavors can develop fully.

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For the cream, pass in the blender freshly boiled edamame, a little cold water, lemon juice, a small piece of fresh onion, salt. Let cool in the fridge at least 2 hours.

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