RED BEAN BALLS WITH SEA BUCKTHORN AND ROSEMARY

Beans_balls“-Keep up the good work.
-Aha.
-I’m talking to the beans.”
An by Naomi Kawase

Today’s inspiration comes from Japan – both on the screen as on the plate. More precisely by the traditional Japanese confectionery an – sweet red beans paste. After watching the movie, although in some parts oversweeten, we decided also to try out this new ingredient. It takes some time to prepare it, especially the cooking part, but once you discover them, you can experiment and vary the sweets endlessly. The adzuki beans are pretty mild in taste and texture, so it is better to use some more intense additional flavours. Even if you add only some cocoa and maple syrup, you can be surprised by the results. And the sea buckthorn? Well, as one of our favourite flavours, the orange-red pearls were the first on the list to try out. And together with the rosemary it was a really good shot.

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You can try this recipe in two versions: either as a small desert with a lot of date-chocolate and sea buckthorn sauce, or as a healthy snack covered only with ground almonds and rosemary.

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CASHEW BUTTER COOKIES WITH RICE FLOUR

Freshly baked gluten-free cashew cookies with rice flour and coconut.
“Eat, drink, man, woman. Basic human desires. Can’t avoid them.”
Eat drink man woman by Ang Lee

 

It has been quite a busy start of the year. We have been travelling a lot, enjoying the winter and getting many new inspirations. We got so entangled in our ventures that we nearly missed the Carnival season, but we are (almost) just in time for the beginning of Chinese New Year.

So, Happy Chinese New Year everyone! And if you don’t celebrate it, you can easily get into the festive mood with one of the most mouthwatering film classics by Ang Lee. Food, love and chefs splashing ingredients all over the kitchen. It does have a very meditative impact, but watching it might cause some serious food cravings.

Speaking of basic human desires… if you have a sweet tooth, these cookies will be your best friend throughout the year. They are gluten-free (thanks to the rice flour) and very buttery (without using the regular butter). Just the right ingredients to fall in love…
Are you ready to try out the “recipe of romance”?

Freshly baked gluten-free cashew cookies with rice flour and coconut.

Freshly baked gluten-free cashew cookies with rice flour and coconut.

Freshly baked gluten-free cashew cookies with rice flour and coconut.

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