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Coconut Peach Popsicle Recipe Recipe

Coconut Peach Popsicle Recipe

08.09.13 by Jackie

Here's a refreshing, healthy treat for you to enjoy this summer. We made coconut peach popsicles using peaches from our garden and fresh coconuts. The popsicles are made out of a blend of puréed peaches, diced peaches, coconut milk, fresh coconut water, fresh shredded coconut, freshly squeezed lime juice, honey and vanilla beans.

You can't go wrong with these frozen treats. Plus, they're vegan! Depending on what fruit you have available, be creative and combine the fruits and spices you like. 


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Chilled Peach Soup Recipe Recipe

Chilled Peach Soup Recipe

08.07.13 by Jackie

Baby Aria and I spent the day in our garden. She helped me trim the basil plants and gather ripe peaches in large baskets. Since the skin of this specific variety of peach is very fuzzy, they couldn't be eaten as is because it could have irritated her throat. So I blanched the fruit and peeled the skin. The skin unveiled a beautiful yellow flesh and the stone was easy to remove because the fruit was so ripe. They were very flavorful and sweet. 

I made syrup flavored with kaffir lime and ginger and poached the halved peaches for a few minutes. You could garnish the chilled peach soup with other small-sized fruits such as berries. I wanted to impart an Asian flair to the light snack, so I paired it with purple mangosteens. The result was spectacular.


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Cardamom and Banana Muffins Recipe

Cardamom and Banana Muffins

08.02.13 by Jackie

There's a French idiom "après l'effort, le réconfort", which roughly translates to "after all that effort, sit back and relax". My husband's teenage sisters Lya and Mimi took this idiom to heart, culinarily-speaking, by baking mini-muffins after a hard three-hour workout. What can I say, they were hungry for sweets. The girls decided to flavor them with freshly crushed cardamom and ripe bananas and baked them in a mini muffin pan. The illusion of saving calories by eating multiple mini treats instead of one big one made them feel good.

I love cardamom. It’s a common flavor in Indian cuisine; in addition to its potency, it's very versatile. You can easily make a fragrant gravy or flavor your favorite dessert, all with the same ingredient. What’s not to love? 


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Thai Sticky Rice Recipe Recipe

Thai Sticky Rice Recipe

07.26.13 by Jackie

Xôi xoài Thái Lan, in Vietnamese, literally translates to "mango sticky rice from Thailand". It's a very popular dessert in Asia; steamed sticky is rice covered in sweetened, fragrant coconut milk and paired with freshly-cut mangoes, then drizzled with thick, syrupy coconut sauce and sprinkled with lightly toasted sesame seeds. 

I made this dessert is because I had leftover pandan leaves that I used in the recipes I developed for my second cookbook, Banh Mi, available since July 18th. By the way, it was named "Best Book of the Month" (July badge) on Amazon. Also, my husband's teenage sisters, Sunny, Lya, Mimi and Lala (that's what Aria calls them) spent last month in Asia. I was surprised when they got back that they asked for this sweet treat, because it's such an easy, common Asian dessert.

It really satisfied their craving and I hope it brought back good memories of their time on the beaches of Thailand and Vietnam. 


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Mulberry Pavlova with Black Corinth Grapes Recipe

Pavlova is an easy dessert that consists of a meringue base coated with whipped cream and topped with fresh fruit. I used what's in season and flavored the dessert with freshly-picked black mulberries from our garden and garnished it with black Corinth grapes. For a nice contrast in color and flavor, I decorated it with crushed pistachios and toasted coconut flakes.

You can prepare the meringue way in advance and assemble the dessert at the last minute. I prepared the base in the morning and later in the day, I sent the girls to get messy and pick the gorgeous mulberries. Once they were slightly crushed, a delightful, naturally slightly thick syrup oozed out. With just a little assembly, the dessert was ready to be served right away.

My second cookbook, Banh Mi, is officially out! You can find it on Amazon or in any Barnes and Noble store. Thanks so much for your support!


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