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Ingredient Of The Month Recipe! Berries!! Strawberries!!!
Categories: Food, Ingredients, Recipes

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The month of June in Oregon is quite fantastic. I can’t believe the abundance of fresh food everywhere I go… Not only in my garden, but grocery stores, roadside stands and farmer’s markets abound with overwhelming varieties of greens, spring onions, herbs, and in the last week the berries have begun taking front stage in the fruit displays. Strawberries are what’s ripe right now, but raspberries and blueberries are quickly following suite! So the ingredient(s) of the month is/are Berries (plural) in all their bounty and abundance!

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This month I will post 3 recipes for 3 berry varieties beginning with a super-simple dessert recipe inspired by this month’s Jello-o Mold contest ; )

Strawberry Ginger Kanten with Spicy Cacao Sauce

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(I know this recipe is kind of funny… Who would do a fruit kanten with a sauce? Well- it turned out lovely, surprising fluidity with the textures, and the sauce could also be omitted, or just eaten on the side, if you wanted something a bit more traditional).

For those of you who might not be familiar with “Kanten” it is a vegan option similar to Jello-o but instead of gelatin the binder is a seaweed called Agar. The texture is nearly identical though not as rubbery as gelatin, agar is tasteless so whatever your kanten ingredients are will shine forth just fine… and it’s good for you and… it’s not made with ground horse hooves (eew) like gelatin. You can purchase Agar in flake or powder form or buy kanten bars from most health food stores and many asian markets.

3 cups strawberries cut in slices plus a few whole for garnish
1.5 cups juice (I used Santa Cruz Organic Limeade, but almost any fruit juice you like will do)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup candied ginger cut into small pieces
1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
sea salt
2 bars kanten or equivalent

Following the instructions for the kanten or agar, dissolve in cold water completely and set aside.
Combine fruit juice and lime juice in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil, don’t boil for long, just turn to simmer. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and candied ginger and cook for one minute. If you have a more demanding sweet tooth you may choose to add extra maple syrup now. Make sure your heat is at low, add 2 cups of strawberries and a small pinch of sea salt, stir well and remove from heat. Mix in dissolved agar completely. Pour mixture into bowls or molds and place in refrigerator to cool. Allow them to cool completely (about 3 hours) they will harden as they cool.

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For the sauce

In a blender or food processor place the remaining 1 cup of strawberries and blend on high until a smooth purée. Add cacao powder, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, maple syrup, cayenne and a tiny pinch of sea salt and blend one more minute.

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To serve pour sauce onto chilled plates and use a spoon, kabob spears or small spatula to shape the sauce into fun designs. When the kanten has cooled completely use a flexible rubber spatula to separate the edges from the mold and then turn upside-down on a clean surface to shake out. (Here it’s really best to use a spatula, you can try a butter knife but you’ll get choppy edges- see the picture.)

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Carefully place your kanten shape on your sauced up plate with a little more sauce on top, cut garnish strawberries and place them, add a fine sprinkling of cacao over the whole plate and serve immediately.

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3 Comments to “Ingredient Of The Month Recipe! Berries!! Strawberries!!!”

  1. Renee says:

    ; ) all you really need are fresh ingredients, a good sharp knife, one burner (or go raw), a little sea salt and maybe a zester. bon ap!

  2. kydkydkyd says:

    waah! amazing! this site is really great. Not only looks beautiful, but also the instructions are so well described…
    I have the most tiny kitchen right now, just a sink and 2 burners and no space on the counter, well the sounter is inside the house and the rest is outside… but I’m still gonna try some of the recipes! I have berries in my garden too! :)

  3. sun says:

    Yum!!!

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