Matcha Vanilla Custard

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Enjoy this delicious dessert recently featured in Clean Eating Magazine! Photo by Ronald Tsang.

Matcha Vanilla Custard

Yield: 6 servings

5 large egg yolks

6 tbsp raw honey, divided

2 tbsp arrowroot

2 tbsp matcha powder

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

3 cups half-and-half cream

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup organic unsalted butter, cut into pieces

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 oz 70% dark chocolate, shaved with a vegetable peeler

1/2 cup toasted unsalted walnut pieces, optional

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds, optional

 

In a medium heat-proof bowl, whisk egg yolks, 2 tbsp honey, arrowroot, matcha and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan on medium, heat cream, remaining 1/4 cup honey and salt. Stir occasionally with a rubber spatula, scraping bottom of pan, until liquid just starts to simmer. Turn off heat.

Very slowly, drizzle hot cream mixture into matcha mixture, whisking continuously.

Transfer matcha mixture back to saucepan. Turn heat to medium. Cook, whisking continuously, until liquid has thickened, approximately 1 to 2 minutes (it’s fine if the mixture bubbles slightly). Remove from heat; whisk in butter and vanilla.

Divide custard among 6 small bowls or ramekins. Garnish with chocolate, walnuts and pomegranate seeds (if using). Serve chilled.

 

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Pomegranate Seeds

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

 

1 (3½-4 pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, then cut into 1-inch cubes

½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling

2 large yellow onions, peeled and diced small (3 cups)

⅛ teaspoon crushed red chile pepper (chile flakes), or to taste

1 teaspoon yellow curry powder

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme

3 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped roughly (1 tablespoon)

⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped roughly, for serving

Crème fraîche, for serving

Pomegranate seeds, for serving

 

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, then preheat the oven to 475ºF.

Add the squash, salt, a few good cranks of pepper and a healthy drizzle of olive oil (enough to fully coat all the squash) to a large bowl and mix well.

Spread the seasoned squash in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan and roast, uncovered, for approximately 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes, until nicely caramelized and cooked through. Remove from the oven and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the onions, chile flakes, curry powder and thyme to a small pot and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions are soft and translucent.

Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.

Add the cinnamon, roasted squash and stock to the caramelized onions. Cover, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and orange juice and purée with an immersion blender until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon the soup into bowls and garnish with chopped parsley, a dollop of crème fraîche, and some pomegranate seeds.