Happy hump day, everyone!
Hehehe, I love that commercial!
Here are a few photos from earlier this week:
On Sunday I headed to Whole Paycheck aka Whole Foods to pick up Aduki beans and this is what I came out with!
Aduki beans – were used to make Jin Deui, or sesame seed balls. They are served as dessert at many Dim Sum restaurants and are SO good. I am not sure if I am going to post my recipe for them or not because I need to tweak the dough and filling recipe. The dough was too soft so it did not hold its shape well, and the filling was too wet, so it was not able to withstand rolling into a ball and frying. Nonetheless, they were so tasty but not as pretty as I had hoped they would be.
Brown rice spring roll wraps – I was so excited to find these! I had seen photos and heard about them but knew it would mean a trip to Whole Paycheck which would lead to not just the purchase of the wraps but many other items that I don’t need, which is exactly what happened on this trip! I have plans for delicious spring rolls with a nut butter satay sauce! <<stay tuned
Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat Flour – I have been out of sprouted whole wheat flour for far too long and have resorted to just regular whole wheat from Trader Joe’s. Sprouted flour is a better option for baked goods and any recipe that calls for flour. The sprouting process allows for the outer shell to sprout open and develop a nutrient density that cannot be found in regular whole wheat flour. Sprouted flour is also easily broken down and turned into glucose which allows your body to absorb it much more quickly. What I love about this specific brand of flour is that 1. it is vegan, and 2. there is a bar code on each bag that you can scan with your phone to trace the flour to the family farm it was grown and processed on. LOVE the visibility of knowing exactly who, what, when, and where!
Himalayan Pink Salt – one ingredient, pink Himalayan sea salt, that’s it! The problem with the “sea salt” craze these days is that ALL SEA SALT IS FROM THE SEA! It is processed, processed more, then processed even more until it arrives on the shelves in your grocery store. Stick with 100% Himalayan Pink Salt and you can’t go wrong. The salt is extremely old and is found, you guessed it, in the Himalayan mountain range. The hue is due to the extensive list of minerals that can be found in this salt and the salt has been known to promote circulation and reduce blood pressure. For all of you spiritual nerds out there like myself, it raises your cells vibratory frequency!
Dragonfruit – aka Pitaya in some regions is this peculiar looking fruit that was piled high at Whole Foods. I absolutely love Whole Foods for the fact that they have so many exotic fruits and vegetables. My first experience with Dragonfruit was when I went to Costa Rica for two weeks and had it fresh from local farmers. There are different kinds, as each color presents a different flavor. This specific Dragonfruit tastes like kiwi. Seriously, a little underwhelming after you see it from the outside and expect a tropical explosion in your mouth. Either way, it is delicious and has to be the most beautiful fruit I’ve ever seen!
Sunday night my sister and I cooked up a storm in the kitchen. What was made was Steamed veggie buns, sesame balls, homemade Ramen, and Lychee martinis:
So, so tasty! Martini recipe to come!
That is all for today, and I hope all of you have a beautifully balanced die! Stay positive