Cendol Ice 珍多冰

Ingredients

1 pack green pudding starch 爪哇布甸粉 (see picture below)
coconut milk
crushed ice

Syrup

1/4 cup sugar
3 oz slab sugar 片糖, diced
4 oz diced coconut sugar

Method

  1. Dissolve the sugar with 1/3 cup water over low heat. Bring to a boil. Drain through a sieve and cool. Set aside.
  2. Fill a pot with ice water and ice cubes. Set aside.
  3. Mix pudding starch with 4-1/4 cups of water and cook until thickened. Keep on stirring when cooking. When it is thickened, pour it through a stainless steel strainer into the pot of ice water. The mixture will be set into stripes in the ice water. Remove, drain and chill in the refrigerator.
  4. To serve, put some syrup and the prepared stripes in a dessert glass. Add coconut milk and crushed ice. Serve cold

Source: Hong Kong magazine


Spicy Lamb Shanks with Carrots, Chickpeas and Potatoes

Ingredients

4 lamb shanks (about 1 pound each)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 large leek (white and pale green parts only), well rinsed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
4 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
four 3-inch-long strips of lemon zest, removed from a large lemon with a vegetable peeler
4 large sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
5 cups reduced-sodium beef broth, or as needed
3 small Yukon Gold potatoes (about 14 ounces total), scrubbed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
5 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
one 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
2 green onions (white and green parts), thinly sliced on the diagonal
1/2 cup very coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
warm naan, for serving
plain low-fat yogurt for serving

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven or other wide heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, then add the lamb shanks and cook, turning occasionally,for about 10 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add the onions and leeks to the Dutch oven and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Add the garlic, curry powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, thyme, and bay leaf and stir for about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Stir in the vinegar and cook, stirring to scrape up the browned bits, for about 3 minutes, or until reduced by half.
  5. Return the lamb shanks and their juices to the Dutch oven. Add enough broth to nearly cover the shanks, bring to a simmer, and cover.
  6. Transfer the pot to the oven and bake for about 2 hours, or until the meat is just tender.
  7. Return the Dutch oven to medium-low heat on the stovetop. Add the potatoes and carrots and season lightly with salt. Cook at a gentle simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are nearly tender and the liquid has reduced slightly.
  8. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, carefully transfer the lamb shanks to a plate (try to keep them intact) and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Discard the thyme stems and bay leaf.
  9. Stir the chickpeas into the braising liquid and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.
  10. Stir in the green onions and half of the cilantro and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  11. Return the lamb shanks and their juices to the pot and simmer for 5 minutes to reheat the shanks.
  12. Divide the lamb shanks and braising mixture among four wide shallow bowls. Sprinkle with the remaining cilantro. Serve hot, with naan and yogurt on the side.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Curtis Stone – What’s for Dinner?

Italian-style Grilled Halibut with Roasted Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

6 (6-ounce) pieces halibut fillet (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches thick)
4 large tomatoes (preferably heirloom; 2 pounds total)
3 garlic cloves, cut lengthwise into slivers
salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds fresh fava or lima beans in pod, shelled, or 10 ounces frozen baby lima beans or shelled edamame (soybeans; 2 cups), not thawed
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F, with rack in middle.
  2. Core tomatoes, then halve crosswise. Stud the cut side of each half with garlic slivers, then sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper (total).
  3. Arrange tomatoes, cut sides up, on a lightly oiled baking sheet, then drizzle evenly with 1 tablespoon oil. Roast until just soft and wilted, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. While tomatoes roast, cook beans in a 6- to 8-quart pot of salted boiling water, uncovered, until just tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain in a colander and cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  5. When beans are cool enough to handle, gently slip off skins. (Don’t bother peeling edamame, if using.)
  6. Coarsely chop beans and roasted tomatoes, then toss with basil, remaining tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and lemon juice (to taste).
  7. Prepare grill for cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium heat for gas).
  8. Pat fish dry and season both sides with salt and pepper. Grill on lightly oiled grill rack, covered only if using gas grill, turning over once, until just cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes total.
  9. Serve fish topped with bean and roasted tomato sauce.

Cook’s Tips

  1. If you do not grill outdoors, the fish can be cooked in a hot lightly oiled large (two-burner) ridged grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. The beans can be cooked and peeled 1 day ahead, then chilled in a sealed plastic bag.
  3. The bean and roasted tomato sauce can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Gourmet Italian

Mexican-style Plant-based Breakfast

Ingredients

1 Tbsp coconut or extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into julienne strips
19 oz (540 mL) can black beans, rinsed and drained
3 Tbsp sliced canned jalapeno peppers
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp sea salt
generous pinch of cayenne, plus extra
4 organic eggs
4 large leafy lettuce leaves
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
1 Ataulfo mango, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1 lime, cut into wedges
several cilantro sprigs

Method

  1. In large saucepan, warm oil over medium heat. Add onion and red pepper, saute until soft and clear and red pepper is still crisp, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add beans, jalapeno, and seasonings and gently fold together until warmed. Add more seasonings to taste. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. In large non-stick frying pan, gently fry eggs until set but yolk is still runny.
  4. To serve, arrange a lettuce leaf on each of 4 serving plates. Top each with a scoop of black bean mixture and slices of avocado, and mango. Nestle fried egg on top and dust with a little cayenne.
  5. Serve with a lime wedge and cilantro sprigs.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Alive magazine

Turkey-style Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

3 cups vegetable stock (broth)
1 cup red lentils, soaked in water overnight and drained
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1-1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
1 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed
6 tablespoons olive oil
2-1/4 lb Hokkaido pumpkin, peeled and diced
1 onion, quartered
1 head of garlic, unpeeled
1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges
3 sprigs sage, halved
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon sweet paprika, to garnish

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 440°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pour the stock into a large saucepan, add the lentils, and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes, until the lentils are tender.
  3. Combine the turmeric, 1 teaspoon of the cumin, the ginger, 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, salt, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large mixing bowl. Add the pumpkin and onion chunks and mix well to coat the vegetables in the spices.
  4. Transfer the pumpkin and onion to the prepared baking sheet and tuck the head of garlic and the lemon wedges in between the pumpkin and onion pieces.
  5. Arrange the sage around the pumpkin cubes. Bake for about 15 minutes, then remove the garlic and set aside.
  6. Return the other vegetables to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
  7. Discard the sage and peel the baked garlic. Scrape the pulp from the lemon wedges, removing the seeds. Reserve the peel.
  8. Using a food processor or high-speed blender, blend the garlic, lemon pulp, pumpkin, and onion in batches until smooth. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  9. Finely chop the reserved roasted lemon peel.
  10. Heat the remaining olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the parsley, lemon peel, paprika, and the remaining cumin. As the spices release their aroma, remove the pan from the heat.
  11. Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with the spiced parsley and lemon peel, and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Vegan: The Cookbook