Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

This drink is sure to hit the spot on a hot day. It is creamy, slightly sweet, and bursting with vanilla.

Few things are better than drinking a cold icy drink out of a mason jar with a fun straw in the summer. This vanilla bean creme fauxccino is definitely at the top of my list right now. Hot days make me want to wander into a coffee chain and order a nice big blended iced drink. Honest moment here, I may have in the past couple months given in and ordered a few with less syrup and dairy-free milk.

As you know, I am a big fan of fauxccinos for many reasons- they are delicious, so much better for you, less expensive, and easy to whip up! You can have your own ready in less time than it takes to drive to the coffee shop!

This specific fauxccino is coffee free, it’s a milk based drink instead. For the recipe head over to The Nourishing Gourmet where I shared this Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

Vanilla Bean Fauxccino

 

Thai Satay Peanut Sauce

Thai Satay Peanut Sauce

Creamy and sweet, with a hint of spice. Thai satay peanut sauce is perfection on a spoon.

Thai satay peanut sauce is obviously used for dipping chicken satay but it used along side other Thai dishes like fresh rolls as well.

I was first introduced to peanut sauce when I went to a Thai restaurant (I may have mentioned it oh, a few times…) with a good friend (check out her brewery). As I dipped my fresh roll into the sticky sauce I knew that I had discovered one of my favourite sauces.

Over ten years later and that has not changed a bit. What has changed is the multiple batches of peanut sauce I have made until I settled on this gem. It really makes me happy. I may have sent a message and picture of my scribbled notes to my friend to let her share in my victory.

One may beg to differ that this recipe is not 100% authentic, I will grant them that, it’s not. I didn’t want to roast and grind the peanuts myself (that’s what peanut butter is for). I also sadly did not have tamarind paste, (nor the desire take a treck to the Asain market) so decided to use apple cider vinegar to achieve the tang I was looking for. Yet, I do think that is is very close to the beloved original I was first introduced to.

Other Thai Dishes and Sauces to Enjoy:

Thai Satay Peanut Sauce

1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 can full-fat coconut milk
3/4 cup palm (coconut) sugar
1-2 TBS red curry paste (adjust to your preferred spice level)
2 TBS soy sauce or tamari
2 TBS apple cider vinegar or tamarind paste

Add all the ingredients to a sauce pot. Cook uncovered on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

Set aside and allow to cool.

Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It will last for at least one month.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups of sauce.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
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Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 2½ cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • ¾ cup palm (coconut) sugar
  • 1-2 TBS red curry paste (adjust to your preferred spice level)
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a sauce pot. Cook uncovered on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  2. Set aside to allow to cool.
  3. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It will last for at least one month.

 

Sweet and Spicy Thai Chili Dipping Sauce

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Lacto-fermented Thai chili sauce and palm sugar paste make the most delightful pairing for dipping spring rolls and egg rolls alike.

Move over sweet and sour sauce, this sweet and spicy Thai chili dipping sauce takes the prize hands down.

Thai food and I are BFF’s as far as food goes. I love a bowl of steaming yellow curry over white rice (yes white), Pad Se Ew, fresh rolls, and fried spring rolls. My mouth is just drooling thinking about when my next Thai meal will be. Sadly not tonight…

I still remember my first visit to a Thai restaurant when I was about 13, a had a delicious rice noodle, chicken, and broccoli dish swimming is a sweet soy sauce gravy, (Lard Nah).

My parents ordered an appetizer which we never did but is was a special night and how can you say no to spring rolls? Delicate rolled wrappers filled with thin rice noodles and vegetables, fried to perfection. There is almost no way to say no…

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Instead of the gloppy sweet and sour sauce that is served in most American Chinese restaurants the Thai restaurant served the spring rolls with a delightful sweet and spicy dipping sauce. It was one of the most delightful moments for my young foodie heart.

I’ve been recreating it for years serving it with fresh rolls, lettuce wraps, over noodles, and with my Thai-inspired pizza.

Sweet and Spicy Thai Chili Dipping Sauce

1/3 cup palm sugar paste or raw honey
1/4 cup Lacto-fermented Hot Thai Chili Sauce

Mix the two together in a small bowl with a whisk or fork until smooth.

Serve over a Thai dish, with spring rolls, or fresh rolls.

Sweet and Spicy Thai Red Chili Dipping Sauce Feb 17
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix the two together in a small bowl with a whisk or fork until smooth.
  2. Serve over a Thai dish, with spring rolls, or fresh rolls.

Have you tried a sweet and spicy Thai Chili Sauce before?

Lacto-fermented Hot Thai Chili Sauce

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Tangy with a punch of heat. This hot Thai chili sauce is just what you need for your next Asain inspired meal!

This simple chili sauce was inspired by one I had at a Thai restaurant, which I discovered is quite similar to sambala popular sauce in Asia made from chilies, vinegar, and spices such as garlic. You can find it in many grocery stores in the States as well.

This sauce adds that perfect pop of flavor and bit of heat to your favorite dishes with the added benefit of being lacto-fermented. While the commercial sauces you find in the store use vinegar for the tang, it can be achieved naturally with whey and unrefined salt. As an added bonus, it is healthy for your gut too!

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t get enough fermented foods in my diet. Simple little things like this lacto-fermented hot Thai chili sauce may not make all the difference in the world but every little bit helps!

For this recipe you can use a variety of red chilies depending on the flavor you want to achieve. Thai chilies pack on more heat but the recipe tastes equally good with jalapenos or serranos.

Drizzle it over Thai-inspired pizza, in a noodle soup for an added healing benefit, or to a yellow curry for an extra layer of heat!

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Lacto-fermented Hot Thai Chili Sauce

1 lb hot red chilies (Thai, Jalapeno, or Serano)
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic
2 TBS whey
1 tsp unrefined salt

Add all the ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until almost smooth.

Pour into a glass jar and screw a lid on. Leave on the counter or in a cupboard for three days.

Store in the refrigerator for several months.

Lacto-fermented Hot Thai Chili Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb hot red chilies (Thai, Jalapeno, or Serano)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 TBS whey
  • 1 tsp unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until almost smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass jar and screw a lid on. Leave on the counter or in a cupboard for three days.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for several months.

What do you use hot chili sauce for?

London Fog Fauxccino

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Can you tell I’m a huge fan of all things tea and coffee?

Although I’ve made many fauxccinnos over the years, I hadn’t yet turned my favorite winter drink — the London Fog — into one.

Move over London Fog — there’s a new kid in town: the London Fog Fauxccino.

This winter I’ve savored many mugs of Earl Grey London Fog Lattes and Earl Grey Mocha Lattes. Now that spring is here, I’m ready for a change!

The key to this drink is the ice cubes. Often, an iced drink will include ice, milk, tea/coffee, and sweetener — but the ice makes the drink watery as it melts. Instead, I made tea ice cubes, inspired by my coffee ice cubes.

Problem solved!

Join me at Traditional Cooking School, where I am sharing the recipe. 

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