Friday, March 20, 2009

MOCHI is magical

Hi friends, you won't believe this one. It's awesome! It's called Mochi, and I am sure you're thinking it is some kind of ice cream or something... since that's the only way I had ever heard this too. Check this stuff out. You can get it at Whole Foods and Fairway for sure. Here's their website if you want to read more about the company that makes this amazing treat:

It's made of brown rice and water... that's all. Whole grain! It's easy when you want something warm and doughy or pastry-like. I will some day devote an entire post to my toaster oven, but for now just know that I love it and it is perfect for this sort of magical transformation. Use a knife or kitchen scissors to cut off a 1 to 1.5 inch square of the mochi, put it on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven at 450 degrees, in about 10 minutes you will be enjoying a little piece of deliciousness that is also like a neat science experiment. They make different flavors but I like the original flavor with some sweet hot mustard, it's satisfying like a warm pretzel. You can also put things in side of it once it is out of the oven, like cheese and prosciutto. Or, if you're in the mood for something sweet it is also nice with agave nectar or honey! It is mostly fun to see how it puffs and changes with the heat of cooking, as if it has a personality of it's own each one comes out different.

If you're looking for it in the store, it's in the refridgerated section near the miso, tofu and tempeh. Try Mochi, you're totally gonna love it! big kiss, xxtbone

Thursday, March 12, 2009

UGLI FRUIT is cool

Ok, so I got this Ugli fruit... it is actually a combination of a grapefruit and a tangerine which grows wild in Jamaica. When I got it from the store it was pretty green, so I put it in a brown paper bag and stuck it in the cupboard for a few days. I was too excited to try it and I think I took it out early... next time I'll let it ripen a bit more so that it turns more yellow but it was still pretty good. The taste of it was not as tart as a grapefruit and not as sweet as a tangerine, so, it was a nice combination of flavors and the "meat" of it was really satisfying and juicy.

I wasn't quite sure what to do with it to get inside the skin... so I hacked off one end that was kind of tough, and then peeled it like an orange. Not sure if this is the right way to do it, but it worked. It was nice to share as a snack since it is kind of big... here's some pics.

Enjoy an Ugli fruit they are kind of awesome, big kiss xxtbone

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Hello Friends!

Welcome to my blog. I am currently a student at Institute for Integrative Nutrition here in NYC and have been exposed to some truly mind blowing ideas. I'm excited to share what I have been learning and exploring with you. Let me know if there are any topics you would like me to cover or please feel free to shoot me any questions you'd like me to answer...

I am happy to share with you all of the exciting foods I have been trying. I have been spending a lot of time at Whole Foods, buying fruits and veggies that I have never tried to prepare at home. My intention is to share this process with you and give you some helpful hints and tricks that you can use too... cooking is really fun and doesn't have to be that serious (sorry chef friends...). It's really easy to make something that not only tastes good but also makes you feel good. What's better than that?

Stay tuned for updates on what's new and good... big kiss, xxtbone