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Food&Wine Article!

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Our Decadent Chocolate cake was just featured in Food&Wine magazine as one of the best chocolate cakes in the US! Click here to read more. 

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Isweet Magazine

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Fernanda has been invited by Jacob Torreblanca and Paco Torreblanca to write a monthly column in their Isweet magazine!! With the help of these kings of patisserie, Fernanda will be sharing vegan and healthy desserts worldwide! Click here  to read the magazine

Eggplants!

Eggplants are one of the most healthiest vegetables! With their big amounts of fiber, they can reduce the risk of colon cancer. This high dose of fiber is perfect for a weight loss diet because after eating an eggplant, you feel satisfied and you won’t be tempted to eat more! Eggplants are filled with water, which is what our bodies are primarily composed of. By eating eggplants you will get a better skin tone because they will leave you hydrated and ready to go on with your day!

CHOCOLATE BROWNIES RECIPE

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– Ingredients – 

This recipe makes 16 brownies

     – 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
     – 2 cups coconut raw sugar
     – 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
     – 1 teaspoon baking powder
     – 1 teaspoon salt
     – 1 cup water
     – 1 cup vegetable oil
     – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 
– Method –
 
1.   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.   In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Pour in water, vegetable oil and vanilla; mix until well blended. Spread evenly in a 9×13 inch baking pan.
3.   Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is no longer shiny. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

Coconut Milk and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

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– Ingredients – 

– 2 14 oz cans of regular coconut milk 
– 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 
– 2/3 cup of cocoa powder
– 1/3 vanilla beans extracted
– 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
– A dash of sea salt

 
– Method –
 
Combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, and blend with a regular blender. Add the chocolate chips in the batter. Make according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. Let it rest in the freezer for a couple of hours and enjoy.

PASSION FRUIT “WHITE CHOCOLATE” MOUSSE WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES

                                       

– Ingredients – 

– 1 cup plus 3 Tbsp (200 g/7 oz) cacao butter
– 1 ¼ cups (300 g/10.6 oz) passion fruit purée
– 3 Tbsp (22 g/0.8 oz) arrowroot
– 2 (12.3-oz) packages (697 g/24.6 oz) silken tofu, drained
– 1 ¼ cups plus 2 Tbsp (250 g/8.8 oz) Sucanat
– 1/8 tsp (0.8 g/0.03 oz) sea salt
– 1/2 tsp (2 g/0.07 oz) vanilla extract
– 1 pint (288 g/10 oz) fresh ripe strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced, for serving

 
– Method – 

Place the cacao butter, passion fruit puree and arrowroot in a small pot and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the cocoa butter is melted and the mixture thickens slightly. Remove the pan from the heat.

Place the silken tofu, Sucanat, salt and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor. Add the hot cocoa butter mixture and process until smooth and creamy, about 1 ½ minutes. Divide the mousse among 8 parfait glasses or bowls and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Before serving, top each serving of mousse with sliced strawberries. 

I love the flavor of passion fruit-it’s tart, but with a fresh, flowery back-note that is unlike any other fruit. Here, I add a passion fruit puree to a rich mousse made with cacao butter and tofu. I like to serve this delicious mousse with a topping of fresh sliced strawberries or other local berries. 

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Serves 8. 

RECIPE OF THE WEEK – VEGETABLE SUSHI ROLLS

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A sushi roll is a great way to serve a variety of brightly colored vegetables.  Though you can choose your favorites, here I feature carrots and avocado, with a little dill pickle for contrast. You can cook the rice and prepare the carrots and pickles in advance (hold off on the avocado, as it will discolor), but assemble the rolls shortly before serving for the freshest flavor and crispiest texture.

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Makes 4 rolls

Ingredients:
Special Equipment:
– Bamboo sushi rolling mat

Sushi Rice (makes 5 ¾ cups):
– 1½ cups (192 g/6.7 oz) uncooked Japanese sushi rice
– 2 cups (152 g/5.3 oz) water
– One 4-inch piece dried kombu
– ¼ cup (60 g/2.1 oz) rice vinegar
– 2 tbsp (25 g/0.88 oz) evaporated cane juice sugar
– 1 tbsp (9 g/0.31 oz) kosher salt

Sushi Rolls:
– 1 medium carrot, peeled
– ½ medium ripe Haas avocado, pitted and peeled
– ½ medium dill pickle
– 4 nori seaweed sheets (about 8 inches square)
– Pickled ginger slices for garnish
– Soy sauce for serving
 

Method:

Make the Sushi Rice:
– Rinse the rice well and allow to drain for 30 minutes.
– Place the rice and water into a medium saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, uncovered. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest setting, add the kombu, and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
– In a small, microwave-safe cup, combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt and heat in the microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds, until the sugar is dissolved. Discard the kombu and transfer the rice to a large glass mixing bowl. Add the vinegar mixture and fold thoroughly to combine and coat each grain of rice with the mixture. Allow to cool to room temperature before using.

Assemble the rolls:
– Cut the carrot into rectangles that measure 4 inches long and ¼ inch wide.
– Fill a small saucepan with water halfway and bring to a boil.
– Add the carrot strips and boil for 6 to 7 minutes, until cooked all the way through.
– Cut the avocado and pickle into pieces that also measure 4 inches long and ¼ inch wide.
– Lay out a sushi rolling mat on a work surface so that the slats are horizontal to you, and  place a sheet of nori on top, shiny side down.
– Carefully spread about 1 cup of the sushi rice over the nori, leaving a border of ¾ inch around the edges of the sheet.
– Lay 2 pieces each of carrot, pickle and avocado horizontally across the bottom edge of the rice (the one that is closest to you).
– Starting at this edge, pick up the rolling mat and nori together and roll up the sushi tightly, jelly roll style (don’t roll up the mat with the nori! – just use it as a guide to form the roll).
– Once rolled, squeeze the rolling mat firmly to shape the roll into a solid cylindrical shape.
– Press both ends to make sure that no sushi rice falls out.
– Remove the rolling mat.
– Repeat to form a total of 4 rolls.
– Run the blade of a sharp knife under hot water and cut the sushi logs into 1/2-inch pieces (warm the knife in hot water before each cut).
– Serve the rolls with pickled ginger and soy sauce.