Quality chocolate is hard to find in Cambodia and my sugarfree sweet tooth is screaming.
I took a Cambodian cooking class today. Chocolate be damned. It ended with a dessert that is near and dear to my heart.
Mango sticky rice.
Typically thought of as a Thai dessert, I much prefer the Cambodian take. The sticky rice is simmered in coconut milk made fresh at the morning market.
After 15 minutes the rice is more akin to a gooey custard. This is the layered over fresh yellow mango slices and (if you are in Thailand) finished with a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk.
White rice occupies the realm of occassional indulgence in my own day to day. A little more so this past month as I have been traveling in Thailand and Cambodia.
Sweetened condensed milk on the other hand… cheap dairy, refined sugar, I alway shy away.
Hence my of love of Cambodia’s extra sticky rendition of this tropic classic, which is finished with a palm sugar coconut milk caramel reduction.
Here is the low down on this 5 minute caramel.
+ 4 Tb palm sugar or coconut sugar (sub honey or maple if it is all you got)
+ 1/2 cup coconut milk (fresh from a Cambodian market is ideal but canned will do)
+ A pinch of salt
+ 1 Tb butter or coconut oil
+ A little water as needed
In a sauce pan simmer coconut milk in until boiling gently. Add palm sugar, a pinch of salt, and stir often for about 5 minutes. Add butter, turn off burner, and whisk until smooth. If the sauce is too thick to drizzle add a little water.
A simple and delicious addition to any dessert and a mango sticky must.
There are two thing I do more often when it is cold.
Well baby it’s cold outside.
Thankfully I have put on about 10 pounds of muscle since last June. I know because my body fat has not budged.
Last June… oi.
I am not bragging…. but given this moderate success I feel that I know a little about muscle building on a whole foods diet (no gluten, no sugar, no grains).
I crave carbs and I eat them by the pound in winter. I even drink them sometimes.
I used to be afraid of large meals. Part of me still is. Orthorexia is a constant mild nag me.
Orthorexia = a proposed eating disorder or mental disorder characterized by an extreme or excessive preoccupation with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy.
Like my thighs after squats.
No starving this winter though, not when there are so many heavy things that need picking up.
Here is a post lifting snack I have been hitting up lately.
Sean’s Post Lift Pie Jar:
- 2-3 hard boiled eggs
- 1/2 cup roasted winter squash (kombocha, pumpkin, delicata, acorn, butternut)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 finger pinch salt
- little bit o coconut oil or olive oil.
Sounds a little gross, tasted a lot delicious.
Mush it all up and enjoy a jar of recovery nourishment.
Cheers to your health. Merry X Mass and happy new gains.