5 Unusual Products That Will Leave You Wanting More (Part 2)

  1. Hazelnut Coffee

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Craving for Starbucks Hazelnut Macchiato? We have this deliciously handcrafted drink at your doorstep along with the recipe on how to recreate your favourite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ teaspoon hazelnut coffee powder
  • 2 fl oz cold milk
  • 1 ½ cup ice
  • Powdered sugar to taste
  • Whipped cream – for decoration
  • Chocolate sauce – for decoration

Add ice and hazelnut coffee in a tall glass. Mix until the coffee is combined. Top with milk. Swirl whipped cream and chocolate on top. Serve and enjoy.

  1. Avocado Oil

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The avocado is an unusual fruit. Unlike most fruits, it’s rich in healthy fats and is often used to produce oil. While avocado oil is not as well known as olive oil, it’s just as delicious. Additional benefits of avocado oil include a high content of vitamin E which makes it great for skin and hair, oleic acid that is anti-cancerous and helps with weight loss and chlorophyll which is a strong detoxifying agent.

Here are few ways to add avocado oil to your diet:

  • Add a tablespoon to a smoothie.
  • Drizzle over a salad
  • Use it as a marinade.
  • Include it when baking.
  • Use it in homemade mayo.
  • Drizzle it over vegetables before roasting.
  • Top hummus off with it.
  • Drizzle over cold soups, such as gazpacho.

3. Infused Honey

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The fruit of bees is desired by all, and is equally sweet to kings and beggars. Infusing takes honey to another level with added flavours that pack a punch with the smallest of uses. But how to use infused honey?It can be enjoyed on fresh fruits, oatmeal, breads, desserts, smoothies, beverages, marinades and even drizzled over yummy homemade yogurt

      4. Quinoa Chips

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In the quest of finding healthiest foods, it is nearly impossible to miss out on one of the best complete protein foods available – quinoa. This version of quinoa will ensure that you won’t crave for your packet of  Lays anytime soon. Super crunchy and filled with flavour, but no guilt when you reach the bottom of the can. We couldn’t ask more of a snack. (We love it with Indian food as a replacement to papad too!)

Fun Fact: While it is commonly known as an “ancient grain”, quinoa is technically not a grain or cereal grain, but a seed and does not contain gluten.

  1. Dried Goji Berry

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Goji berries have recently garnered lots of attention due to their ability to make weight loss diets more efficient. They are categorized as superfoods, with a host of other benefits as well. Here is our favorite goji berries recipe for a delicious slimming, detoxifying drink:

Ingredients:

  • 1 spoonful dry goji berries
  • Lemon verbena leaves
  • Lemon zest (a little)
  • 3 cloves
  • Mineral water

Mix the ingredients together and leave for a few hours so that the water is infused with the elements. Drink a cup before every meal. It will not only speed up your metabolism but will also help you feel a bit satiated, which will reduce your appetite.

You also can make some tasty slimming goji berry juice. For this you’ll need:

  1. 1 Lemon
  2. 1 kiwi fruit
  3. ½ glass mineral water
  4. 8 dry goji berries

Juice the lemon and mix the juice with the rest of the ingredients in a blender until you get a smooth and delicious drink.

“Avoca-I-do!” An All Avocado Restaurant in Amsterdam

The skyrocketing rise of the avocado in the past few years all over the world has been unmissable. And if this new eatery has anything to say about it – it’s here to stay. The trendiest ingredient of this decade now finally has a restaurant solely dedicated to it!

Three intrepid restauranteurs in Amsterdam have opened up The Avocado Show, where avocados are prominently featured in every single dish and aspect of the menu. Amazed? We were too. While avocados are obviously great on toast, in guacamole, in salads – we were curious to see how an entire menu had been built around the fruit. According to one of the founders Ron Simpson however “The possibilities are endless… Our only rule is that the dishes need to contain the green super fruit in one way or another”.

Some digging up on the internet, and talking to friends who had been there revealed a lot. Firstly, all the dishes are inherently Instagrammable (as evidenced from their over 71,000 followers on the platform). And secondly, each and every single dish truly heroes the avocado. For the savoury they have mini burgers served on avo-buns (!), avocado hot dogs, poke bowls, along with the more usual fare like tacos, toast and egg dishes.  One thing is certain, there is no shortage of choice. Even for dessert, you can choose between avo-shakes, avo-cakes and an avocado based mousse and ice-cream!

While the food and concept sure look like they have knocked it out of the park, the interiors of The Avocado Show evoke the feeling of walking into a rain forest. It’s a literal urban ‘jungle’ of sorts, with lush green foliaged  walls complemented by comfy pink sofas. Fun graphics relating to avocados cover the menu and coffee cups (as though we needed more reasons to put this on our must-visit list).

What are your thoughts on having avocado, all day every day? Would you like us to demystify and recreate some of the recipes for you here on the blog? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Facebook page!

Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burger Bun

What could be better than biting into two of your favourite foods at the same time?

Imagine this – gooey, melt-y mac n’cheesiness with crunchy exterior,  a delicious patty, fresh tomatoes, crunchy lettuce, some more cheese (is enough ever enough?), a touch of Sriracha or Peri-Peri ketchup… You get our drift. A spin-off of the ramen burger trend, this bun seems like a match made in heaven. Without further ado, let’s get down into the nitty-gritties. You will need –

For the Mac’n’Cheese:

  • ⅔ cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1 cup cheddar Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup medium cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 box macaroni, boiled
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

For making the bun:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup coarse panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • Oil for frying

 

In a saucepan over low heat, simmer the heavy cream until reduced by a third (the cream should lightly coat the back of a spoon). Add in the three cheeses and whisk thoroughly. Remove from heat. Place the cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl and pour the cheese sauce over the pasta. Season with salt and pepper, mix until well combined, and let it cool to room temperature.

Line baking tray with buttered parchment paper. Pour the prepared mac ‘n’ cheese onto the lined tray and spread out evenly; cover with another piece of buttered parchment paper. Place flat inside freezer for approximately 1-2 hours or until hard.

In 3 bowls make the following mixtures: Bowl 1 – whisked eggs; Bowl 2 – flour, half of the salt & pepper; Bowl 3 – breadcrumbs and the remaining salt and pepper. Remove the frozen mac’n’cheese as either use a cutter/katori to cut out buns of the required size, or use your hands to break and form the buns as per your requirements. Dip the formed discs in the 3 bowls in order – 1,2 and then 3.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the discs in batches, cooking them for approximately 2 minutes on each side until they become golden brown. Remove and set on a paper towel-lined plate to let the oil drain out.

Foodstree Pro Tip:

You can add a little extra to your mac’n’cheese mixture to take your bun to a new level. We’re thinking some spices – paprika, oregano or parsley? Or if you have a favourite cheese (that melts well) substitute one of the three recommended here!

5 Coachella Foods That You Need To Know About

Coachella – the mecca of flower crowns, boho ‘bindis’ and outrageous outfits. Formally known as the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, it attracts around 125,000 people each year – including some of Hollywood’s A-list stars – to the middle of the Californian desert each April for two much-awaited weekends. While fashion and music are certainly the main draw for this festival, the food here is always ‘on fleek’ too!

Since we’re right in the middle of this year’s festival and the food Instagrams are already going viral, let’s look at five of the most innovative and talked about Coachella dishes:

waffle pops foodstree

 

1.Waffle Pops

Easier, crunchier and more versatile than cake pops, waffles finally get the lollipop treatment that they always deserved. Simply put, they’re no more that waffles on a stick but it’s the variety of toppings, both sweet and savoury, that have us ogling. Whether it’s the staple Strawberries & Chocolate, or the more pioneering Cinnamon Toast, Smores or Oreo Cookie Crunch flavours – we can’t wait to try some of our own.

Check out @sweetcombforts in Instagram for more inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mac'n'Cheese Burger

 

2. Mac’n’Cheese Burger Bun

Yes please and thank you very much! Who needs bread for your burger, when you can get a bun made of Mac’n’Cheese. Filled with soft, cheesy, oozy goodness and a crispy breadcrumb exterior, this one of a kind delicacy is sure to up any burger game.

Take a look at @pigpendelicacy for more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Churros

 

3. Cereal-encrusted Oreos

As if plain churros weren’t sinful enough, the folks at Coachella have gone a step ahead and smothered them in all manner of delicious things and served them with ice-cream. Our favourite would definitely have to be the neon-coloured Fruity Pebble studded churro. Other enticing flavours we saw include Cookie Crunch, Mint Chocolate Chip, Caramel and Strawberry Shortcake.

Visit @ridgeschurrobar if you want to test your resolve to eat healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chana masala frech fries foodstree

 

4. Chana Masala Fries

Chana masala, French fries – what’s not to love? We’re amazed how this isn’t a thing already. In fact, why limit yourself to chana masala – there’s a whole host of Indian flavours that would pair fabulously with fries. Badaam chaat, paneer tikka, cheese & sheesh kebab – the variations are endless.

Look at @badmaashla on Instagram for more fusion food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kimchi quesadilla foodstree

 

5. Kimchi Quesadilla

Mexi-Korean is definitely a kind of fusion cuisine we haven’t heard of yet! This Kimchi Quesadilla is filled with melting cheeses and caramelized buttery kimchi. Judging by how quickly this has become popular, we’re sure that this unusual mix of flavours is sure to please.

Kogi BBQ are the mastermind behind this invention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re anything like us and can’t wait to try everything out  – stay tuned as we’ll be experimenting and uploading recipes soon!