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Archive for May 3, 2014

TIP OF THE DAY: Cinco De Mayo Strawberries

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Fresh strawberries dressed up for Cinco de
Mayo. Photo courtesy Harvard Treat
Boutique.

 

This Cinco de Mayo treat from Harvard Sweet Boutique inspired today’s tip.

For snacks or desserts, dip fresh strawberries in melted chocolate and decorate in festive colors: aqua, pink, purple or lavender and yellow, for example.

Start with this easy recipe for chocolate-dipped fruit.

Then use decorator icing to pipe squiggles and dots

You can also tint white chocolate pink with food color, and use colored sanding sugar (recipe).

 

ROYAL ICING RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 egg whites, beaten
  • Food color
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    Preparation

    1. SIFT together sugar and cream of tartar.

    2. BEAT in 4 beaten egg whites with an electric mixer. Beat for about 5 minutes or until the mixture is thick enough to hold its shape.

    3. DIVIDE the icing and tint with desired food colors.

      

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    MOTHER’S DAY: Heart-Felt Endive Salad

    Thinking ahead to Mother’s Day food, Hannah Kaminsky created this “heart-felt” salad by cutting strawberries into heart shapes and combining them with endive, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm and hemp.

    Don’t worry if you don’t have hemp seeds: You can substitute sesame seeds or chopped pecans.

    A bright, punchy, yet delicate dressing of grapefruit and cayenne gives the salad some kick, without smothering the vegetables’ subtle nuances.

    RECIPE: HEART-FELT ENDIVE SALAD

    Ingredients

  • 4 green and/or red endive hearts
  • 1 14-ounce can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 14-ounce can hearts of palm, drained, halved or quartered if large
  • 4 red and/or Green Endive Hearts
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, cut into heart shapes
  • 1-2 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • Fresh chives, minced
  • Fresh basil (tear the large leaves)
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    A bouquet of colors and flavors. Endive salad recipe and photo courtesy Hannah
    Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog.

     

    For The Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
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    Ready for its close-up. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog.

     

    Preparation

    1. MAKE the dressing first so that it’s ready to go when you are. Simply whisk the grapefruit juice, maple syrup and mustard together in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the oil while whisking vigorously to emulsify. Season with salt and add cayenne pepper to taste. Set aside.

    2. CUT off and discard the woody bottoms of the endive; separate the leaves. Toss them in a large bowl along with the artichokes and hearts of palm.

    3. CUT the strawberries into heart shapes: Slice them in half, and then cut a triangular notch from the top. Add the berries to the bowl, along with the hemp hearts.

    4. DRIZZLE on the dressing, toss thoroughly to combine and coat all of the vegetables. Finish with the fresh herbs. Serve immediately.
     
    Here’s another recipe with artichoke hearts and hearts of palm.
     

     

    ABOUT HEMP HEARTS

    When most Americans hear “hemp,” they think of a particular species of Cannabis, used as a recreational drug. However, a second species of hemp has long been used for fiber and rope-making, and a third for hemp seed and hemp oil, which are made into a broad variety of food products (more about culinary hemp).

    Hemp seeds make it easy to add omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids, protein and fiber to your diet. Just sprinkle them like a spice or herb on cereal, salad, vegetables, yogurt and other foods. In addition to the nutrition, it adds a rich, nutty flavor and a light crunch.

    Hemp Hearts, marketed by Manitoba Harvest, are the most nutritious part of the hemp seed. Some people like to eat them straight from the bag. And, unlike whole hemp seed, they don’t need to be ground in order to release their nutrition.

    Hemp seeds provide 10 grams of complete, plant-based protein per 30 grams (3 tablespoons). According to the World Health Organization, the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids is 4:1; the naturally occurring ratio in Hemp Hearts is 3.75:1. Hemp Hearts contain more protein and omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids and fewer carbs than a similar serving of chia or flax seeds.

      

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