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Thai Banana Blossom Salad

We have spent a lot of the last four years in Thailand, therefore I do cook many Thai style meals. I usually shop at the local SuperCheap (a Thai supermarket) and consequently use mostly Thai vegetables and fruits in our meals.

For over a year now I have regularly seen banana flowers in the veggie section and finally decided to make a banana blossom salad. Using the traditional flavours of Thai cuisine this what I came up with…

Banana Blossom Salad

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons lime juice
2 Tablespoons fish sauce
1 Tablespoon palm sugar*
1 Tablespoon chilli paste or chilli jam
3 Tablespoons coconut cream

1 banana blossom
1 large red chilli
1 large green chilli
1 small carrot (or 1/2 a large carrot)
2 spring onions
bean shoots
4 Tablespoons of Asian fried shallots
2 Tablespoons of crushed peanuts**

Method

Mix the lime sauce, fish sauce, palm sugar and chilli paste in a bowl and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add coconut cream and blend well. Check for the right balance of salty, sweet, sour and spicy. Adjust as needed (fish sauce – salty, sugar – sweet, lime juice – sour and chilli paste – spicy). Set aside.

Cut the chillies lengthwise, remove the seeds and pith. Slice the chillies thinly and add to a large mixing bowl. Grate the carrot and add to the mixing bowl. Finely slice the spring onion and, along with the bean shoots, add to the dish. Set aside.

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Fill a large bowl with cold water and squeeze some lemon or lime juice into it. Remove the outer leaves of the banana blossom until all dark leaves have been removed. Keep the best two outer leaves for serving. Cut the blossom lengthwise and remove inner core. Finely slice the blossom and place each slice in the water as you do so, to stop it going black.

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Strain the blossom and add to the mixing bowl, add the dressing and two tablespoons of the fried onion and mix well.

To serve

Place two clean banana blossom leaves on plates and heap with the salad. Garnish with a tablespoon each of fried onion and peanuts.

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Bon appetite

Notes

*Use soft brown sugar instead of palm sugar

**I didn’t have peanuts so used a seed mix with the salad in the photos. Peanuts would definitely suit the taste better.

Chilli paste, chilli jam and Asian fried shallots found in Asian grocery stores.

This recipe will serve two as a meal or four to six as a side dish.

Add cooked prawns to make it a meal.

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Thai Banana Blossom Salad

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Choco High Fibre Slice

Dwayne and I are trying to shed a bit of weight by cutting out our carbohydrates (i.e. rice, potato, pasta and bread, as well as most fruits).  We are eating a lot of vegetables but it is not quite enough fibre for my loopy gut. So I have come up with a high fibre treat. This recipe is an excellent source of fibre, in fact, every ingredient has significant fibre, it also has a lot of good fats and antioxidants.

This slice is packed full of superfoods! However, I haven’t made it very sweet (it is perfect for my taste buds), so adjust it to suit your needs. It is easy to add a bit of sweetness by adding a couple of tablespoons of honey. If you add the honey just reduce the amount of almond milk a little.

Bonus! This recipe is gluten-free and lactose-free.

Choco High Fibre Slice - Superfood bar, healthy and high in protein

Ingredients

1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup psyllium
1/2 cup cocoa or cacao
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup walnut and/or hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup goji berries
1/2 tightly packed pitted prunes (I used 24 “sunset brand” prunes)
1 and 1/4 cups almond milk


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Method

Place the dry ingredients (including nuts, coconut and goji) in a bowl and mix well breaking up and lumps.

Place the prunes and the almond milk into a food processor and give it a whiz. I blend until well chopped but still has biggish lumps of prune.

Mix the prune and almond milk with the dry ingredient. Mix it very well, ensuring all dry ingredients become moist. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Press the mixture into a 15cm x 24cm tray or similar (lined with baking paper) and refrigerate for several hours before cutting into slices.

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Choco High Fibre Slice - Superfood bar, healthy and high in protein

About the ingredients

Almond meal – is a good source of fibre, high in protein (21% by weight), low in carbohydrates, high in Omega-6 fats and gluten-free.

Coconut flour – high in fibre and gluten-free.

Flaxseed meal – high fibre and protein. Flaxseed also has lots of good fats – Omega-3 and Omega-6. It is gluten-free.

Psyllium – an excellent source of fibre and is gluten-free.

Chia seeds – high in fibre and good fats – omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, high protein (14% by weight) and gluten-free.

Cocoa – high in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is also gluten-free.

Hazelnuts –  contain beneficial dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals and is an excellent source of vitamin-E. Is gluten-free.

Walnuts – low Carbohydrates (and most carbs in the walnuts are fibre).  High in good fats omega-6 and Omega-3, and contains huge amounts of antioxidants. Walnuts contain many vitamins and minerals and are gluten-free.

Desiccated coconut – essential nutrients and high in fibre. Contains saturated fat which makes it very filling. Also gluten-free.

Goji berries – good source of fibre and protein, contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants… and gluten-free.

Almond milk – unsweetened almond milk – lactose-free and gluten-free.

Prunes – high in dietary fibre, and a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants. Also gluten-free.

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Choco High Fibre Slice - Superfood bar, healthy and high in protein

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Larb Moo Tod

Larb Moo Tod are Thai-style fried pork balls. Made with similar flavours like the popular larb moo which is a Thai (or initially a Laos) salad made with pork mince and herbs, they are delicious. We first tried these pork balls at “The Deck” which is the restaurant/bar at Phuket Yacht Haven Marina. We both love these tasty morsels, so I set to work decoding the Larb Moo Tod ingredients. Below is the recipe I created, and Dwayne and I both think it tastes as good as the original.

Larb Moo Tod - Fried Pork Balls Thai style. Displayed in a white bowl. They are being served on a boat and the background has a red and black headsail furler rope in it.

Ingredients

3 Tbsp raw glutinous or sticky rice
4 lemongrass stems (soft white part only)
1 clove of garlic
1 small red onion, finely diced
8 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced and diced
1 red chilli, finely diced
2 spring onions, finely sliced
500g pork
2 Tbsp fish sauce
1 Tbsp Lime
1 tsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
Oil for deep-frying

Larb Moo Tod - Fried Pork Balls Thai style. Displayed in a white bowl. They are being served on a boat and the background has the headsail furler rope in it.

Method

Firstly you need to roast and grind the rice (Khao Khua). Heat a wok to medium heat and add the rice. Cook while frequently stirring until the grains are toasted and golden; this will take about 5 minutes and might smoke a little. Let the rice cool down for a few minutes before grinding it, with a mortar and pestle, into a coarse powder (or you can use a spice grinder).

Using a mortar and pestle (or a food processor) mince up lemongrass and garlic and transfer it to a large mixing bowl.

Add to mixing bowl all remaining ingredients (apart from the oil) and mix well to combine.

 
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With wet hands, shape the mixture into small balls (don’t be fussy any shape will do!). Heat enough oil in a wok to deep-fry the balls in batches.

Fry the lab moo balls for approximately 5 – 7 minutes, until crispy, browned and cooked through.

Remove with a slotted spoon or tongs and place on paper towels to drain.

Serve with or Nam Jim or sweet chilli sauce.

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Powerstart Fruit & Nut Bars

I first discovered Powerstart a few months ago when a friend, who joined us sailing, bought a bag of Powerstart along for his breakfast. I was instantly intrigued. I love the idea of superfoods and try to include as many as possible in my diet. What can be better than a food packed full of nutrients! Almost immediately, I was formulating ideas of things I could do with this product. Obvious bliss balls were forefront in my mind, as were fruit and nut bars. This is my first creation using Powerstart. I used the Cacao Powerstart for this recipe. To see what other flavours they have click here.

“Powerstart was formulated to be the most nutritionally dense breakfast possible, attaining the highest possible amounts of protein, omega fats and anti-oxidants” 
Jason Olderoy – Naturopath & Founder of Powerstart

I first made this recipe with 1/4 of a cup of dried fruit and I had a couple of people tell me it wasn’t sweet enough. I don’t have a sweet tooth so it was perfect for me. I made a second batch with more fruit and it was better received by the friends who enjoy a sweet treat or two. I, on the other hand, found it a little too sweet and will go back to using only a 1/4 of dried fruit. So you may want to play around with the amount of fruit you use (ingredient  six**). If you like very sweet start with 1/2 a cup of fruit etc.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup Powerstart
1/2 cup LSA*
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
1/4 – 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit** (cranberries, blueberries, goji etc)
1/4 cup cocoa or cacao
2 Tbs psyllium
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup coconut milk
A little dark chocolate to melt if desired, to top the slices.

Method

Add the first eight ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix until well blended.

Put the raisins and the coconut milk in a food processor and blend for a minute.

Mix the coconut and raisin into the dry ingredients until well blended.

Press into a tray, sprinkle with coconut and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Once it is firm slice it into bars. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.

Keep refrigerated.

*LSA is a ground mix of linseed, sunflower and almond.

Powerstart Fruit and Nut Bar #recipe #highfibre #nuts #seeds #almondmeal #superfood

About the ingredients

Powerstart (Cacao) –   This mix includes, flax seeds, chia seeds, macadamia nuts, cacao nibs, goji berries and pomegranate powder. For a full list of ingredients click here.  High in protein, omega fats, anti-oxidants and it is gluten-free.

LSA (Linseed, Sunflower and Almond) –  Healthy fats –  omega’s 3 and 6, high fibre, vitamins and minerals and it is gluten-free.

Desiccated Coconut – High fibre, iron and minerals (gluten-free).

Raisins – High fibre, iron, calcium and anti-oxidants (gluten-free)

Psyllium – an excellent source of fibre and is gluten-free.

Chia seeds – high in fibre and good fats – omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, high protein (14% by weight) and gluten-free.

Cocoa – high in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is also gluten-free.

Walnuts – low Carbohydrates (and most carbs in the walnuts are fibre).  High in good fats omega-6 and Omega-3, and contains huge amounts of antioxidants. Walnuts contain many vitamins and minerals and are gluten-free.

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Powerstart Fruit & Nut Bars

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Lime Panna Cotta

OMG! I love this dessert. Zesty and fresh, creamy and delectable! AND so easy to make. It really is a decadent indulgence which has been a hit at my dinner parties. On a boat? Believe me this is so easy to make as long as you can refrigerate the panna cotta. Another tip is make one large panna cotta instead of individual ones if it is easier for you to store in your fridge.

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Ingredients

600ml cream
200ml milk
3/4 cup caster sugar
4 kaffir lime leaves, torn up*
1 teaspoon finely grated lime rind
1/4 cup lime juice
3 gelatine leaves or 10g powdered gelatine
Lime zest and lime slices, to serve

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Method

I use small 85ml metal moulds and the mix fills 6 of them.

Place cream, milk, sugar, lime leaves and lime rind in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 7 to 8 minutes. Do not allow it to boil or even simmer (just bring it close to a simmer). Keep a good eye on it and stir continually. Remove from heat. Add lime juice and gelatine (if using the leaf gelatine squeeze out excess water before adding it to the cream mix). Stir to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes to help flavours to develop.

After 10 minutes strain mixture through a sieve into a pouring jug and discard the solids.  From the jug pour the mixture into prepared moulds and refrigerate overnight.

Run a knife around the edge of each metal mould and dip base of each mould briefly in hot water. Turn each panna cotta out onto a serving plate. Top with a slice of lime and a sprinkle of lime zest and serve.

*I think of one kaffir lime leaf as the entire leaf i.e. the double. I separate the two leaves from the stem, so in the end I have eight leaves. I wash the leaves then bunch them up and twist them to tear them, leaving them mostly intact.

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Lime Panna Cotta

Poached Chicken Breast with Ham, Herbs & Dijon Dressing

This scrumptious low fat poached chicken looks and tastes so good, you can easily use this recipe for a special occasion! Experiment with different ways of plating it up and match it with tasty vegetables.

Ham, recipe, herbs,
Poached chicken breast served on a bed of mashed pumpkin!

Ingredients

4 x 170g single chicken breast fillets.
¼ cup finely chopped fresh chives
¼ cup finely chopped basil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon olive oil
200g thinly sliced leg ham
4 spring onions, thinly sliced.

Zesty Dijon Dressing
3 teaspoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Low fat, herbs ham dijon

Method

Pound chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap (Glad, Saran, Cling wrap etc) until they are 1 cm thick. Combine herbs, garlic, rind and oil in a small bowl (or process in a food processor for a few seconds). Spread a quarter of the herb mixture on each chicken fillet and top with ham. Starting from one long side, roll chicken pieces tightly, enclose in plastic wrap and twist ends to seal. Wrap each layer in one more layer of plastic wrap to secure them.

Bring a saucepan, or large fry pan, of water to the boil. Add the prepared rolls, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove rolls and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Discard poaching liquid.

Meanwhile make the dressing by combining ingredients in a jar, securing top and shaking well.

Remove plastic wrap and slice rolls to about 1cm thick. Divide slices among serving plates. Sprinkle with spring onion, drizzle with dressing and serve with steamed veg.

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Fruit and Nut Rum Balls

How these balls came about… I use prune a lot in my bliss balls because it is high in fibre. Dwayne’s favourite bliss balls (that I have made so far) are the rum and raisin. Since the rum and raisin balls are not as high in fibre as the prune balls, I decided to add rum to a prune-based bliss ball to see if Dwayne would like it a little better, thereby making a ball we both enjoy!

These are decadent, tasty little treats with lots of superfood goodness and a hint of the naughty rum!

So this is what I came up with…

Ingredients

3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup psyllium
1/2 cocoa
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup goji
340g pitted prunes
1/2 cup rum
1/4 cup mixed dried fruit (blueberries, cranberries, cherries, raisin)

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Method

Grind the oats in a food processor until fine. Add the oats to a large mixing bowl with the psyllium, cocoa, walnuts, hazelnuts and goji berries. Mix well and set aside.

Put the prunes and the rum in the food processor and blend until it is mushy.

Add the prune mix and the 1/4 cup mixed dried fruit to the bowl with the dry ingredients, and mix well using a large spoon. Once you have it well blended, roll the mix into small balls (25 – 30).

Will store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

About the Ingredients

Oats – High in fibre, helps lower cholesterol and is high in antioxidants.

Prunes – excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Psyllium Husk – fibre! and can help manage cholesterol levels.

Cocoa –  rich in minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. Has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant qualities. Can also aid in lowering blood pressure.

Goji Berries – a good source of protein, calcium, dietary fibre, vitamins A & C as well as iron, and high in antioxidants.

Walnuts – omega-3 fats and high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin.

Hazelnuts – high in nutrients and antioxidants.

Rum –  flavour… yum yum!

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