Simply Ming

Blue Dress, Blue Lights. The only other natural incorporation for the evening to come to mind in the Fort Point area was Blue Dragon.

Fort Point

It started with a mention. I refreshed my Insta news (because who doesn’t??) to find a mention but no text. Sacre bleu, what is this? Long story short, Georgina of Notes on Lifestyle had tagged me in a contest by Breville to spend the night with Ming Tsai. You were to tag someone you’d want to go with you to the event and she chose me. How lucky was I? I returned the mention and a few days later I got a text from Georgina, “we won the contest!”

In shock, I was like how’d you know??? Checking out my Instagram, the wonderful words detailed by Breville congratulating us on our win were in front of my eyes. So happy, I walked around and told coworkers.

Blue Dragon is an Asian Gastropub in Fort Point that serves a tapas-style menu and craft cocktails. Walking in, there was an array of available drinks and some appetizers to start.

Edamame Hummus at Blue Dragon

Ming Tsai had me at edamame hummus with spiced pita chips. Something about them kept me coming back.

Shrimp Shumai at Blue Dragon

 Shrimp Shumai

Pork Belly Bao

Lobster Cakes – A favorite of the night!

Georgina & I

Georgina and I

The Boston Bloggers || Natalie of Boston Day Book, Me, Ming Tsai, Laura of Boston Day Book, Georgina of Notes on Lifestyle, Kate of Domestikated Life ||

As winners of the Breville contest, we got signed cookbooks! The night got that much better.

Ming Tsai & I

SIMPLY MING

Last night was a wonderful way to come together for a night of celebration for Season 12. Simply Ming is produced by WGBH Boston and Ming East-West, LLC, and distributed by American Public Television. This season is all about comfort food; the clips showed chefs with Ming Tsai discussing their best recipe and the story behind it. I cannot wait to see all of them in full! Some people on this season include Jacques Pepin, Marcus Samuelsson and Duskie Estes.

All in all, the night was Simply Perfect, Simply Ming.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Trying to be healthy by staying away from sweets is something I feel many are brainwashed into thinking for diets. Who says you can’t have both? Realizing I had bought avocados but didn’t have enough time to eat them, I decided to deviate from the norm of guac and do something sweet.  You hear me, sweet.

In looking through a variety of recipes, I decided upon an avocado chocolate mousse. I took inspiration from As Easy As Apple Pie, but modified it slightly to my own tasting.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (I had Hershey’s Cocoa Powder)
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Directions

  1. Halve the avocados and scoop the flesh into a food processor or blender.
  2. Add the almond milk, cocoa powder, chia powder, agave nectar and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix for a minute or until smooth.
  4. Taste and adjust with extra honey if needed.
  5. Scoop the avocado chocolate mousse into pretty glasses or ramekins. I had neither so I used tiny glasses.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Benefits of Avocados*:

  • Monounsaturated fat: This type of fat can improve cholesterol levels, decrease the risk of heart disease, and can benefit brain activity and locomotion.
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E helps with protecting body tissue from damage by disabling free radicals (groups of unpaired atoms in the body that can lead to cancer or heart disease). It’s also vital to red blood cell formation, which are responsible for circulating oxygen and getting rid of waste.
  • Vitamin B6: This vitamin assists with the body’s formation of glycogen (back-up fuel that’s stored  in the liver and muscles) and promotes skin health.

*Incorporated information from our friends at Greatist.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Have you ever made dessert and incorporated some fruit or vegetable you wouldn’t expect?

Chocolate Bolitas

Chocolate Bolitas

What’s better than snacking on something you love? Snacking on a modified version of something you love. Growing up my aunt made these almond, date, and coconut balls. I would snack on them religiously and only recently asked for the recipe. To mix things up a bit, I added cocoa powder to a second batch and voila, I had chocolate bolitas. To make these badboys, follow the below :

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds, unsalted.
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 15 pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. Let almonds sit in water for 24 hours.
  2. Add almonds to food processor. Blend.
  3. Add shredded coconut. Blend.
  4. Add dates. Blend.
  5. Add cocoa powder.
  6. Make into bolitas.

To make the original version of this recipe, check here.

Have you ever modified a snack you like?

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