July 28, 2010

How-To and A New Spice Blend

I was especially excited for breakfast this morning because I was testing out two new things: Dragon fruit and homemade chai spice blend. Thankfully, both turned out fantastic.

How to: cut a dragon fruit

1) Look at it for a moment and soak in its beauty. Seriously, it was hard to cut into this thing.

2) Cut it in half and soak in its beauty once again.

3) Like an avocado, make cube slices with a sharp knife stopping when you hit the peel. Take a spoon and go around the outside of the fruit, applying pressure to pop out the cubes. Put the cubes back inside the shell for a pretty presentation.

That's it! It's very mild and refreshing, similar in texture to a kiwi. I really enjoyed it.

I had this alongside a frosted vanilla chai breakfast cookie (1/2 cup oats, 1 tbsp sunbutter, 1 tbsp rice protein, 1/8 cup soymilk, 1 tbsp coconut, chopped cashews, 1 tsp chai spice blend, 1/2 tsp vanilla) topped with cinnamon banana soft serve.

For the chai spice blend, I mixed together:
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground anise
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/4 tsp black pepper

It smelled and tasted exactly like drinking chai tea. I LOVED this breakfast cookie creation, and now I'm inspired to make actual cookies using this spice blend. If you make it and want to actually have chai tea, just combine 1 tsp with any black tea and drink up!

I'm feeling incredibly uninspired for dinner ideas and I don't know how to correct it. I've had failed ideas and recipes and I just don't know what to make or what I want. I wonder what will get me out of this food rut because it's honestly bumming me out.


  1. Everything in this post is extremely beautiful. I love it all. Your breakfast looks wonderful, I hope it was wonderful!

  2. I've never had dragonfruit before, but it looks absolutely stunning! I love the colors!

    I can't believe you made your own chai spice blend! That's so innovative!

  3. What a beautiful breakfast! Flip through one of Deborah Madison's books for inspiration- I love reading her Vegetarian Suppers book when I'm bored with my beloved Moskowitz/Romero recipes.

  4. When I'm in a what to cook rut I just pull a random cookbook of my shelf, close my eyes and point. If the resulting recipe is absolutely disgusting sounding then I do it again :) Otherwise falling back on classics is good. Stir fry, risotto, pasta bolognese - that sort of thing. I make a lot of stir fries. They are especially good when I don't know what I feel like :)

    I've had dragonfruit a few times. I usually just scoop it out unelegantly with a spoon, like a kiwifruit. I might try the cubes next time I'm inclined to buy one :)

  5. My breakfast was indeed wonderful, Marja. Breakfast is my favorite time of the day, so I love making it special.

  6. Isn't it beautiful? I love the contrast of pink and white.

    It's so easy to create spice blends if you just have a group of spices handy. I can make a bunch using different variations and ratios of what I have.

  7. I took the easy route - I went out to eat. :P I usually spend a lot of time scouring recipes online when I can't think of what to eat, but lately nothing sounds good and I don't really know why.

  8. Now you've got me craving tempeh bolognese, Emma! Mmm.

  9. The dragon fruit looks amazing. I don't think I've ever seen it at Whole Foods. And that cookie...what a treat that must have been.