Oh Christmas Tree!
Pumpkins for Christmas?
Well, pumpkin seeds to be precise, or “pepitas” as they are referred to in certain places down south. I stumbled upon this particular ingredient while getting my stuff at BulkBarn. High in protein, low in carbs and an interesting amount of nutrients such as magnesium, as well as other vitamins and minerals.
Now the interesting part is that it’s sold in protein-powder form (so basically pumpkin seeds turned into powder) and looking at its greenish hue at the store I thought I had to give it a try.
We had green cookies, greek crêpes, green smoothies, green oatmeal, green, green, green!! This also helped us reduce the carb intake and go towards something more balanced in the mornings where starches are most popular.
Oh Christmas Tree
So a beautiful morning not long ago I woke up feeling like waffles for breakfast, I modified the usual waffle recipe with this new super ingredient and the result was a nicely consistent waffle with a slightly pumpkin-seedy taste to it (which was really not bad) and looking at the triangular shape and greenish colour through the eyes of an eager christmas spirit we thought: hmmm how about an edible christmas tree for the holidays? Let’s marinate the idea.
Coconut Chantilly Snow and Pomegranate Ornaments
The next day at cooking school, my friend pointed out that if whipped long enough, coconut milk can give a certain consistency similar to that of chantilly cream. I have no idea why but I associated coconut chantilly with my christmas tree. I guess between all the snow on the treetops and the need to create a complementary ingredient for my waffles subconsciously brought this into mind. All I needed now was some decorations of red on a green christmas tree, and since we’re talking about balance well some fruit would complement nicely. Some fruit with red shiny sweet balls within it… it was a no brainer that as an added value, helped with the crunchy factor on the recipe. So good!
This deliciously flavourful mix is what happens when you decide to be curious and have a bit of fun, adjust on the process and really let your inner child come out and have fun. I’m sure your christmas waffle-tree will be a beautiful addition to your christmas brunch or to make the little ones go wow (or the ones whose inner child is still quite present)