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Black Sesame & street food

Black Sesame Ice Cream...Yummmm!!!

Black Sesame Ice Cream…Yummmm!!!

Ok, there are definitely a few places that I would recommend eating when you’re in Beijing.  Whether you are a vegetarian or not, the restaurants I will write about are most definitely worth a visit for the food and for the experience.

Thankfully, my friend Kate decided the past two years to have her birthday celebration at Black Sesame restaurant. I had heard about this place and new that it had an awesome reputation.  It did not disappointment!  Black Sesame is located in a Beijing hutong.  It is very small and has a rustic feel.  They offer cooking classes & open as a restaurant for two days/week. You must make a reservation before going.  My suggestion is to go with a large group therefore kinda renting the place out.  You pay the same price per person and there is a set menu.  When you call to make the reservation, mention you are a vegetarian so they accommodate you.  All of the food comes out in waves and is for the table to share.  I LOVE the five-flavored eggplant & the three-mushroom stir fry.  But…wait for it…as the name of the restaurant suggests you will be having black sesame.  A loud drum roll for the most amazing dessert ever!  Homemade black sesame ice cream with seasonal candied fruit.  It is truly the most incredible, melt in your mouth, who came up with this amazing  bleeping idea?!, dessert around Beijing.  This dish alone is worth the trip. The ambiance is very cool and is Beijing chic in its little rustic hutong home.  

Next… street food.  Have many people I know gotten totally sick from this? Yes.  My advice?  Be mindful of where you buy it and of what you buy.  Also, don’t eat it too often!  There is a market next to my school that once in a blue moon I will go get food from. I love their tofu skin dishes, cucumber in chili sauce, and the classic jian bing (an egg pancake with cilantro, green onions, and an amazing hot chinese sauce) – not to be missed.  I also love broccoli with garlic (served & eaten cold), though there is not enough mouthwash in my drawer at work to warrant me being in close proximity to anyone after eating this.  It is sure to ward off the most vicious of vampires and fight the fiercest of colds one may encounter.  But damn!  It’s goooood.   Not only that but the price for all of this food you see here was purchased for a mere and measly $4.00 total.  Hot dang! 

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G’s First Birthday Cake!

G's Birthday Cake

G's First Birthday Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G's First Birthday Cake!
Yields 1
A delicious, healthy and completely natural birthday cake for your baby's first birthday.
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For the cake
  1. 1 C whole wheat flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 C fruit puree (I used an apricot, peach, and apple blend)
  6. 1/2 C soy milk
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 tsp vanilla
For the frosting
  1. 8 oz apple sauce
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 6 oz plain greek yogurt
  5. Approx 1/4-1/2 C raspberries
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 and grease a small circular pan.
In one bowl sift together
  1. Flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
In a separate bowl whisk together
  1. fruit puree, soy milk, egg, and vanilla
  2. Mix bowls together until smooth.
  3. Add to pan and put in oven for about 25-30 minutes
For the frosting
  1. With a very light one whisk electric whip, whip together apple sauce, banana, vanilla, and greek yogurt.
  2. Place in refrigerator.
  3. Once cake is cooled, find a cup with a large circular top and cut out 3 circles.
  4. Stack the circles, pour the frosting over the cake, and decorate the top with raspberries. Add extra raspberries to scatter around the cake on plate.
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Apricot Sauce

Apricot Sauce
A delicious, natural, and healthy apricot sauce that makes everything taste better!
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Prep Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2-2 cups apricots
  2. Approx 6-10 cups water
Instructions
  1. Simmer apricots covered in water. Add more water as is simmers down.
  2. Cook until fully soft. About 25-30 minutes.
  3. Put apricots in blender with remaining water. Puree until totally smooth.
  4. Add more water whilst blending depending on the level of thickness you want.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This will make a very large amount. I make this size because it's so great to use on so many things. Freeze what you don't use. A sauce that is great to have on hand for a variety of desserts or other dishes. Add to smoothies, on top of ice cream, in frozen cocktails, with yogurt, with oatmeal, and so much more!
Adapted from Alana Martin
Adapted from Alana Martin
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G’s Protein & Veggie Tofu Scramble

G's Protein & Veggie Tofu Scramble
Serves 1
An amazingly healthy, protein and vitamin filled vegan tofu scramble for your baby or toddler.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 medium sized slices of firm tofu
  2. 2 tsp very finely diced chickpeas
  3. 1 Tbl finely diced yellow pepper
  4. 1 Tbl finely diced pumpkin
  5. 3 finely diced broccoli florets
  6. 1/4 tsp basil
  7. 1/4 tsp oregano
  8. Olive oil for pan
Optional
  1. Pinch of salt & pinch of garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Heat pan with oil
  2. Add pumpkin and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add tofu, broccoli, chickpeas, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic powder. Scramble and cook for 5 minutes.
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G’s Veggie Egg Scramble

G's Veggie Egg Scramble
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A simple and easy vegetarian veggie egg scramble for your baby or toddler.
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 2 Tbl finely chopped spinach
  3. 1-2 Tbl finely diced carrot
  4. 1-2 Tbl finely diced yellow pepper
  5. 1 Tbl finely diced cheddar (optional)
  6. Pinch of salt (optional)
  7. Pinch-1/3 tsp basil
  8. Pinch-1/3 tsp oregano
  9. Olive oil to heat pan
Instructions
  1. Heat pan with oil
  2. Add carrot and pepper and cook for 4 minutes
  3. Add egg, spinach, cheddar, salt, basil, and oregano.
  4. Scramble together for about 3-4 minutes.
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