Sweet & exotic
One of my most impressive travels was, by far, backpacking in South East Asia. Even though it’s already been a couple of years ago, all the fantastic adventures still linger in my mind. The sights, the sounds, the smells and oh yes, the tastes!
Today I like to share a delicious recipe that you can get on almost every street corner in Thailand: coconut sticky rice with fresh mango. How can something so simple be so good?! Traditionally sticky rice is soaked overnight and steamed, not boiled. However with this recipe I hope to offer you a quick alternative. Just choose whatever method you prefer most.
In Thailand sticky rice with coconut and fresh slices of mango is eaten as a dessert pudding. Exotic, sweet and scrumptious. You’re going to love it!
Thai Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango
- 1 cup Jasmine Rice or Sticky Rice
- 1 can Coconut Milk
- 2-3 tbsp Sugar
- 1 ripe Mango
- Optional: Black Sesame Seeds
- In a cooking pan add 1 cup Jasmine Rice, 1 can of coconut milk and 1 cup water. Bring to the boil. Let it cook, while stirring occasionally. Make sure the rice doesn't burn (add extra water if needed). Cook for a long time, 15-20 minutes, until the rice has really softened and the coconut milk is reduced.
- Peel the mango and cut off the two outer cheeks of each fruit, as close to the stones as possible. Discard the stones. Slice each piece of fruit into cubes.
- Serve the rice with the fresh mango and sprinkle over some black sesame seeds.
- The traditional method: If you would like to prepare the sticky rice traditionally, then soak overnight and steam the rice in a steamer. Prepare the reduced coconut milk with sugar seperately and serve together with mango and sesame seeds.
Sometimes it’s the most simple recipe that really shines. The sweetness of grilled figs stuffed with creamy goat cheese. A match made in heaven!
Serve while the figs are still warm, as an impressive first course. Add some watercress or arugula to make a lovely salad. Or replace the goat cheese with ricotta or yogurt for a luscious dessert. If you like a twist, you can also replace the honey with balsamic glaze (In a small saucepan simmer one cup balsamic vinegar and 2 tbsp honey over medium heat, 10 to 15 minutes, until reduced by half and balsamic is thick and syrupy).
All there is to them is cutting a pocket in some figs, stuffing them with goat cheese, add a crunchy walnut, grilling until softened and then finish with a drizzle of honey. Absolutely delectable!
Grilled figs with goat cheese and honey
- 4 Fresh Figs
- 4 tablespoons crumbled Goat Cheese
- 4 Walnuts
- Preheat your grill to medium-low heat, about 300 degrees.
- Cut two slits into the top of each fig, about two-thirds of the way down to the base (x-pattern / deep cross), and then give them a gentle squeeze to open them up slightly like a flower.
- Stuff each fig with about 1 teaspoon of goat cheese. Top with a walnut.
- Grill the figs for 6-8 minutes, until they are softened and brown slightly.
- Arrange the figs on a serving plate. Drizzle with honey. Serve immediately.
- Add some watercress or arugula to make a lovely salad. Or replace the goat cheese with ricotta or yogurt for a luscious dessert. If you like a twist, you can also replace the honey with balsamic glaze.
A taste of Paradise
‘Ocean breeze, palm trees, fresh salty air and sun kissed hair’.
A smell or taste can instantly trigger a flood of memories. This bowl, with an abundance of fresh tropical fruits, immediately brings me on a trip down memory lane! Flashbacks of an early morning breakfast on a deserted beach on a far away holiday island destination.
Serve yourself a bowl, relax and ooze away, daydreaming about your favorite holiday…
Tropical Fruit Salad
- 1 Coconut
- 1 Mango
- Nuts/seeds (e.g. almonds, hazelnuts, chia seeds)
- Optional: yogurt
- Peel and slice the mango.
- Crack open the coconut and remove the flesh from the shells.
- Slice the strawberries in halves.
- In a bowl add the mango, strawberries, blueberries, coconut, nuts and seeds. Serve with yogurt.