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Dragon Waffles

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Pitaya,  drachenfrucht, fruit du dragon, buah naga, kaeo mangkonthanh long, huǒ lóng guǒlóng zhū guǒnanettika fruit – these are just a few of the many  names for one of the most versatile, beautiful and delicious fruits I know.
Dragon fruit comes in three main varieties – red, green and yellow peel with either fiery red flesh with black dots (seeds) or white meat with black dots (seeds). Then there is the less common bright-yellow dragon fruit, with yellow peel and white meat with black dots (seeds). The taste of the dragon fruit spans a great range, from rather sour to very sweet.
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Today’s at breakfast time I had a great craving for waffles. I had a couple of mangos as well as one dragon fruit in the larder, so the menu was set :
Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream”.
I usually serve the dragon waffles with caramelized apples, but the mangoes I had in the fridge were rather ripe and needed to be used – good thing I did use them for this dish, because the soft, very sweet mangoes fit perfectly with the slightly tart dragon fruit and the crisp waffles. What a wonderful way to start the day 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Waffle Batter :
Ingredients :
1. 1/3   cup flour, 4 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp sugar, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1. 3/4 cup buttermilk, two egg yolks (whisk the two egg whites to stiff peaks)
Method :
Mix dry ingredients well, add buttermilk, egg yolks and melted butter, fold-in whisked egg whites
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Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

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Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

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Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

Dragon Waffles With Mangoes In Honey/Vanilla Cream

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Preparation :
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Raspberry / Cheese Blintzes

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While  cheese blintzes are traditionally made with thin pancakes, I like to make my stuffed blintzes a bit more substantial and therefore make the batter a bit thicker and spread it in the pan more thick, (between the thickness of a crepe and a dutch-pancake). I also don’t usually eat them as snack or dessert but as a main course, so my blintzes are larger, thicker and contain more filling than usual.
Other than that, I stick with tradition – pancake, cheese filling with fruit and lightly sauteed – that’s all there is to another great culinary gem 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Raspberry / Cheese Blintzes

Raspberry / Cheese Blintzes

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Preparation :
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Guilt Free Banana Icecream

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Image by pkgbranding

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Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream

Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream

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Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream With Sugar-Free Whipped Cream And Sugar-Free Strawberry Coulis

Guilt Free Banana Ice Cream With Sugar-Free Whipped Cream And Sugar-Free Strawberry Coulis

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Since I have started to live a healthier life style, my one problem is how to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling guilty. The solution to my dilemma are sweets without refined or artificial sugar/sweetener, which are increasingly hard to find. So I took to thinking about new recipes which will make me happy with their natural sweetness and are not too offensive to my diabetic restrictions. The following one is definitely a keeper ! 🙂
An added bonus to this recipe is that you don’t need an ice cream machine for its preparation. I used to have one, but I threw it away after a while because the churning cylinder took up too much space in the freezer department of my fridge.
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P.S. :
This Ice cream is ready for consumption after about 4.5 hours in the freezer. If you freeze it longer or overnight, you might want to put it from the freezer into the cooler for 15 -20 minutes to facilitate easier spooning (That’s spooning of the ice cream kind, not the other one – although….. 🙂 )
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P.P.S. :
If I would still drink alcohol, I would have added a shot of brandy or dark rum to this baby 🙂
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Steak Tartare

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Steak Tartare” –  unfortunately, nowadays it seems that this classic dish is shunned by most people, even if they never tried it.
The obvious reasons are health concerns and the thought of eating a pile of raw meat, even when most folks don’t think twice of eating a rare cooked steak or burger. (What about raw seafood ?!!!)
The truth is,
it can be very dangerous to eat any food raw if it is  not properly sourced and handled.
Therefore, I suggest to eat Steak Tartare only at a place which you can fully trust of impeccable food-safety procedures and an absolutely trustworthy food-source. I personally also eat only Steak Tartare from grass-fed, all organic beef, using only organic, cage free chicken eggs.
But then, when you can be absolutely sure of the proper, safe ingredients, Steak Tartare is a true marvel of classic cuisine.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare

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Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare

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there you go……..

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Preparation :
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