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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

DARING COOKS JULY 2010 CHALLENGE: NUT BUTTERS

asian salad

When I first saw this challenge, I thought oh no! Not a nut challenge! I am allergic to both nuts and seeds, although I do cheat and eat them from time to time in small quantities and hope that I don't fall sick! Haha! Ok, it's not funny when I do fall sick!

Anyway, I did not want to take any risk. Then, I saw that this challenge allowed fruit butters as well for nut allergy sufferers! I could have made a bean butter with chickpeas but I used this for a previous challenge to replace nuts in a satay. So I thought I'd try a fruit butter instead.


Fruit butter is similar to making jam except that it doesn't require any jellying agent and uses much less sugar. However, it is cooked for 2 hours. I was short of time. So, I only cooked it for 1/2 hour and it was fine. I only made a small quantity and did not add any extra liquid to the fruits, so it dried up quicker.



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The July Challenge is brought to you by Margie of More Please and Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies.


DARING COOKS JULY 2010 CHALLENGE: NUT BUTTERS


This was a pretty quick challenge to make. I decided I would use my fruit butter as a dressing for an Asian salad. I made the fruit butter a few days before and had used half of it by the time I took the photo!


Apple and Pineapple Fruit Butter

I am not providing an exact recipe for the fruit butter as I can't remember the quantities I used! But I don't think quantities matter that much as basically the fruits are pureed, sweetened a little bit, water added, then cooked for 2 hours. In my case, I only cooked it for half an hour.

So, I took 2 apples, peeled and cut them into small pieces. I used about 1/2 pineapple, peeled and also cut into small pieces. Place all fruits in a blender and process to a puree (a hand blender is also fine for this). Add 2-3 tablespoons sugar and place in a thick bottom pan. Cook on low-medium heat for 30 minutes or until thick enough to use as a spread.


fruit butter

Asian Salad

I don't have an exact recipe for the quantities of the salad ingredients as I just picked and tossed in what I had on hand. Roughly for 2 persons, here are what I used:

200g Sweet potato noodles (boiled until soft, then rinse in cold water to prevent them from glueing with one another)
1 medium sized carrot (finely sliced with the vegetable peeler)
Mixed peppers (sliced)
150g frozen broad beans (immersed in boiling water for 10 minutes, then drained)
4-5 radishes (sliced)
70g raw green beans (sliced with the bean slicer)

Toss and blend everything together in a big salad bowl.

Fruit Butter Asian Salad Dressing

1 tablespoon fruit butter
1 teaspoon wasabi paste
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon (or to taste) fine chili powder
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon fruit syrup (or maple syrup/agave nectar)
Salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together.

Pour on salad just before serving.

asian salad

7 comments:

  1. That dish is lovely!

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  3. Oh Millie, how sweet! Thanking for sharing these thoughts with me. I also think of people whom I only know on the net sometimes, it's strange and nice at the same time...
    Have a lovely day too!

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  4. so colorful and yummy! beautiful photos! I hope you will submit this to http://www.findingvegan.com! ~Kathy

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  5. These dishes look so good! I didn't realize how easy it was to make a fruit butter. I will have to try this with many different kinds of fruits! Yummy!

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  6. Hi!

    nice blog! These dishes look so good! so colorful and yummy! beautiful photos!Thanking for sharing these thoughts with us.


    James Parker….
    Chef Gulzar

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  7. Gauri Radha गौरी राधा15 January 2011 17:37

    That salad looks so colorful!!

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