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Mulberry Mango smoothie

Mulberry mango smoothie

For 2 glasses

1        large ripe mango
50g    mulberries
400ml water
3-4     ice cubes

Optional 1 Tablespoon honey, a pinch of vanilla

1. Peel mango and cut in pieces around the hard inner part; clean the mulberries under running water and put asinde. Give mango pieces in a blender with 300ml water and blend for 1-2 minutes until creamy. Fill in glasses and clean the blender shortly under running water.

2. Add the mulberries in the blender with the remaining water, ice cubes and optional honey and valilla (sometimes they are a bit sour…). Blend for 1-2 minutes until it looks smooth, then slowly add in your smoothie glasses with the mango part. To get a few swirls of mulberry in your smoothie use a fork or eating stick and mix carefully.

The colors in that drink look so amazing, it’s like sunset in a glass; also a great smoothie for Kids.

Mulberry mango smoothie

Mulberry mango smoothie

Ladies time @ Petitenget, Seminyak

Fish and chips
Fish & chips

Petitenget is a nice place to go if you want to have high quality, light meals in decent colonial atmosphere. The bar at the entrance is very elegant and classy, a good place to wait for a table, in case you don’t have a reservation (it’s wise to make one if you are 4 people or more).
They offer a great selection of healthy and light meals and wines from France, New Zealand, Italy and Australia. We went there for a ladies lunch in hot weather and all craved for something fresh, aromatic and light (except for the dessert of course…). We ordered Fish & Chips, Snapper Fillet, Salad with BBQ Tiger Prawns, The Wagyu beef burger and the poached chicken salad for main course.

Snapper fillet

BBQ Prawn salad

Wagyu Burger at Petitenget

The prices are a pit above the average, but once in a while it’s ok…and the quality of the food is very high. We paid 74,000rp (5,00€) for the Prawn salad and snapper fillet, 86,000rp (5,70€) for the burger and 70,000rp (4,60€) for the fish and chips. The taste of all dishes was amazing; I especially liked the Prawn salad with a combination of Tiger prawns, coconut, mint, pomelo and coriander.
For dessert we ordered Lemon panna cotta, tiramisu and chocolate tart, for 40.000rp (2,60€) each. My favorite was the panna cotta with lemon, poppy seeds and fresh fruits.

Panna cotta

Chocolate tarte

Mango Smoothie

Mango smoothie

For 2 glasses

1-2  ripe mangos

300ml water

3-4 icecubes

1    pinch of vanilla

1. Peel mangos and cut the flesh in pieces; give them into the blender together with the other ingredients. Blend for 2 minutes until the consistence is creamy and smooth.
2. Enjoy!

It is maybe one of the simplest smoothie recipes in the world, but also one of my favorites. A ripe mango just has an amazing flavor, and it makes me truly happy that the season in Bali just started again…

Mango smoothie

Mango smoothie

Asian vermicelli salad

Asian vermicelli salad

For 2 person (as main dish or 4 as starter)

250g  rice vermicelli
1        carrot
1        cucumber
1        hand soy bean sprouts
1        hand fresh mint leaves
1        hand fresh coriander
1        hand thai basil
1        small lettuce
4-6    spring onions
3        tablespoon soy sauce
2       tablespoon rice vinegar
2       tablespoon sesame oil
1       teaspoon cayenne pepper
1       soy bean cake (or other tofu)
2       cloves of garlic

A few peanuts and basil leaves for decoration

1. Soften the vermicelli in a bowl of water (room temperature) for 2-3 minutes, then drain water and put aside. Clean the veggies under running water; Slice salad and spring onions finely and give them in a large salad bowl together with mint, coriander, thai basil and bean sprouts. Cut cucumber and carrot in thin stripes and add them into the bowl. Cut soybean cake in cubes and put aside separately.

2. Cut garlic very finely and heat up a frying pan or wok with oil, add vermicelli and stir fry well for 3-4 minutes until they are done. Put them aside to cool down a bit while preparing the dressing and tofu.

3. Heat up the pan again and add the tofu cubes; roast for a few minutes until they are light brown and a bit crispy (if you like it spicy you can add a bit dried chili or curry). For the dressing mix vinegar, sesame oil and soy sauce together with cayenne pepper.

4. Mix all ingredients in the salad bowl, arrange on plates and top with basil leaves and peanuts (I love the garlic peanuts from Mr.P). Enjoy!

Asian vermicelli salad

Asian vermicelli salad

The salad also tastes great the next day, just make sure you choose a firm salad sort like romana or radicchio.

Lost & Found – Breakfast time in Canggu

Lost&Found in Canggu

This week I tried one of the many newly opened restaurants in Canggu. Lost&Found is open for breakfast and lunch and has a nice selection of breakfast/brunch sets and fresh juices and smoothies. The design of the restaurant is very cute and cozy in bright colors mixed with wood. They have a lot of creative furniture, like a table with an old coffee maker instead of a stand. The whole inside area is very bright and offers a great atmosphere for breakfast. As they are directly on Jl. Subak Sari next to Canggu Club they don’t have an outside area.

furniture at Lost&Found in Canggu

We went there for a late breakfast, so everyone was very hungry when we arrived. We ordered the sunshinebrekkie, the oriental breakfast and the hungry surfer breakfast and I got a fresh juice (beetroot/orange) on top. The service was attentive and very friendly and the food arrived quickly after ordering. I especially liked the oriental breakfast eggs, baked in an oven dish with spicy sausage and yogurt sauce on top, served with herbal baguette slices.

Juices

Oriental breakfast

The sunshine breakfast is a combination of fruit salad with yogurt and honey, a croissant and coffee and juice (you can choose any coffee and from the 2 juices of the day, in our case watermelon or honeydew). The combination for hungry surfers contains 2 eggs (as you like them), 1 fried potato patty, roasted mushrooms and tomatoes, bacon and 1 sausage and toast plus coffee and juice. The prices are very reasonable; we paid 65.000rp (4,30 €) for the hungry surfer breakfast, 40.000rp (2,60 €) for the oriental eggs and 35.000rp (2,50 €) for the sunny breakfast.

Hungry surfer breakfast

Sunshinebrekkie

In my opinion Lost & Found is a great new place for breakfast to try in the Canggu area; next time I go there I’ll try the smoothies.

Healthy food at Watercress Cafe

Table at watercress cafe, Seminyak.

I am a huge fan of healthy, organic food and very pleased to find more and more restaurants in Bali that offer fresh salads, soups or other light and balanced meals.
One I tried recently is Watercress on Jalan Batubelig between Canggu and Seminyak. They offer light food with a little twist, so it’s not only healthy but very delicious and interesting. I went there with 2 friends to have lunch/brunch and we were craving for something fresh and aromatic (except my vegetable hating friend Olive).
The interior is very cozy, a mix between rustic and modern. We were sitting in a corner place in front of a brick wall with book prints and other cute decorations. They also have a small outside are with a lot of green, sadly there is a construction going on (like nearly everywhere in Bali at the moment…) so it’s a bit noisy currently. Inside they played decent music, so the atmosphere was nice and you couldn’t hear too much construction noises.

Watercress restaurant

We ordered fresh juices (you can choose your ingredients or take one of the offered mixes) which are parted in blended and pressed juices. I went for beetroot, spinach and pineapple and my friend for mango, beetroot and orange. Both were freshly made and super delicious, served in a large glass (0,4l) for the very fair price of 30.000rp (2,00 €).

fresh juice at watercress

The rustic breakfast menu offers a lot of choices for breakfast or brunch; they serve it until 4pm (so you can have a VERY late breakfast). I ordered “Salmon & The Rye” (smoked Salmon on rustic bread with cream cheese, capers, cucumber and topped with avocado and dill) with poached eggs on the side, my friends the “Eggs Florencress” (sourdough on watercress bed with poached eggs, spinach, mushrooms, red sauce and topped with hollandaise) and the Breakfast free style (in her case 2 poached eggs, salsiccia, croissant and butter). All dishes were super fresh and delicious, the combinations of ingredients very creative but perfectly matching. The prices are reasonable for the high quality of the food, the salmon breakfast costs 75.000rp (4,80 €) and the “Eggs Florencress” 70.000rp (4,50 €); the free style breakfast in our case costs 57.000rp (3,70 €).

Salmon & The rye breakfast at Watercress Cafe

Eggs Florencress

Free style breakfast

I also spotted a salad buffet for lunch, which looked amazing. Next time I’ll try that for sure. If you are a fan of fresh and healthy food, especially salads and juices, you should definitely give Watercress Cafe a try, I’m sure you’ll like it. I’m already looking forward to go again. For reservations or more informaton you can check out the website.

Newly tried

Stuffed Croissant at Watercress cafe
Le Croissant – stuffed with cheese, tomato and herbs

 

Smashed-Chats&Goats-Cheese
Smashed Chats&Goats Cheese – Smashed baby potatoes, roasted mushrooms and goat cheese on rocked salad with poached egg.

Summer pasta with veggies and feta-yoghurt sauce

Healthy summer pasta with veggies and feta-yoghurt sauce

For 2 people

250g penne
¼        pumpkin
1        small broccoli
1        onion
2        cloves of garlic
1        red chili
100g snow peas
50g   feta cheese
4        tablespoon full fat yoghurt
Freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste

1. Cut pumpkin in cubes (1cm) and cut off the broccoli roses; put aside in a bowl. Chop onion, chili and garlic and also put aside. Cut off the ends of the snow peas.
2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta until aldente (around 10 minutes). Meanwhile heat up a pan with olive oil and add onion, garlic and chili. Roast for 1 minute before adding broccoli and pumpkin. Roast 2 minutes while stirring and add snow peas. Roast for another minute and add ½ cup pasta water. Let it simmer until the pasta is done. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. When the pasta is done drain the water and give it back in the pot. Mix very well with yoghurt and crumbled feta, before adding the veggies. Arrange on plates and enjoy!

Healthy summer pasta with veggies and feta-yoghurt sauce

Healthy summer pasta with veggies and feta-yoghurt sauce

Mango- passion fruit smoothie

Mango- passion fruit smoothie withn curcuma and vanilla

For 2 glasses

2        mangos ( have to be very ripe)
300 ml water
1       pinch of curcuma
1       pinch of vanilla
2       passion fruits
4      ice cubes

Purre all ingredients in a blender for 1-2 minutes, exept for 1 passion fruit (you need one half per glass as topping). If the smoothie is creamy, fill in glasses and ganish with passion fruit. Its easier to drink if you scamble them a little bit befor giving on top of the smoothie. Enjoy!

Mango passion fruit smoothie

Mango passion fruit smoothie

Summer salad with green peas, cucumber and feta

Salad with peas, cucumber, pak choi, feta cheese and yogurt dressing

For 2 people

150g     green peas (frozen or fresh)
100g     feta cheese
1             cucumber
2             pak choi ( chinese cabbage)
5             fresh mint leaves
3            tablespoon red wine vinegar
1            tablespoon full fat plain yogurt
1           tablepoon grainy mustard
1           tablespoon olive oil
1           teaspoon honey
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Blanch green peas in salted water for 3 minutes, then hold them under very cold running water until they are cooled down and put them aside in a salad bowl.

2. Cut cucumber and feta in small cubes and slice pak choi finely (stop slicing 2 cm before the upper end; it’s a little bit bitter). Add everything to the peas in the salad bowl.

Pea salad with feta

3. For the dressing chop mint leaves very finely; mix mustard, vinegar, honey and yogurt very well (I use an old jam glass for mixing dressings, just shake for 30 seconds). Add olive oil and mint leaves, and season with salt and pepper, shake again for 10-20 seconds until the dressing in creamy.

Yogurt-mustard dressing

Mix dressing and salad very well, arrange on plates and enjoy!

Salad with peas, pak choi, cucumber and feta cheese

Pea salad with cucumber and feta