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105degrees, L2/W1/D2: coconut veggie wraps

November 30, 2010

Today, when we walked into class, Haylee had presents waiting for us: “textbooks”! We got The Flavor Bible and What To Drink With What You Eat. The former is an encyclopedia of ingredients and dishes and what flavors, seasonings, and accompaniments go best with each. The latter is the same idea, but with drinks! Very cool books.

We planted an assortment of microgreens to harvest and use later in the month.

We started some simplified “caramelized” onions, similar to those we made for the pizza in Level I.

What you see below will become nacho cheese crumbles. If you’re wondering, there was a small hole in the middle of the nonstick sheet, so there WAS a purpose to spreading it into this shape!

This here is (wait for it) pistachio-macadamia-coconut butter. Wowie.

The coconut-miso butter below will harden in the fridge overnight.

There was lots of prep today, as you can tell, but we did complete one dish. Remember those crazy coconut wrappers I made yesterday? They’d finished drying.

I think the dots turned out best, so I decided to use that portion in my wrap.

An excellent assortment of veggies went inside.

All wrapped up and ready to go!

Mine contained butter lettuce; julienned carrot, red bell pepper, and mango; enoki mushrooms; sliced avocado; and a touch of cilantro.

We served them with a pineapple-chile dipping sauce.

I think my wrapper turned out pretty cool-looking.

Another colorful, delicious, and healthy dinner!

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  1. November 30, 2010 11:25 pm

    Your wrap is gorgeous! Nice work.

    I am getting back into sprouting; I need to get some microgreens going too. Love them.

    I put The Flavor Bible on my wish list, it looks interesting and helpful. I tend to reach for the same flavorings again and again and I need to get more creative there.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 2:09 pm

      I hear you on the flavor repetition conundrum. One thing that’s valuable to me is being able to match up flavors even if they’re not my favorite, or if I don’t like them at all. It’s good to know how to best prepare even the foods you don’t enjoy.

  2. November 30, 2010 11:37 pm

    So beautiful! The wrap looks gorgeous and delicious but was it hard to eat? It’s packed with so many veggies!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 2:20 pm

      Haha, yes, it was! I made it pretty for the pictures, but then I kinda had to scrunch it up to eat it. But it was delicious, so who really cares? πŸ˜›

  3. November 30, 2010 11:38 pm

    I love how 105 is about teaching you the value of aesthetics AND flavour, with neither displacing the other. I’d much rather food that tastes good but looks bad to food that looks good but tastes bad, and yet everything you make at 105 sounds amazingly tasty and LOOKS like heaven to boot.

    I never would’ve imagined coloured polka dot wrappers to looks that wonderful unless it was a “wrap” for me in the form of a polka dot 50s-style dress… btu you make it work. Applause applause!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:47 pm

      Everything you said in your first paragraph: I agree πŸ™‚ Some days it really feels like an art class!

      50’s-style polka dot dress…I like that!

  4. December 1, 2010 12:40 am

    That wrap is kitschy cool, and great fillings! I love enoki shrooms.

    I have a special something to tell you about caramelized onions. Hopefully it’ll make a mention in my blog tomorrow.

    So cool that you’re making microgreens – I love that that’s a part of what they’re teaching you.

    Thanks for sharing all the deliciousness. I want to read those two books too – wonder if we’d agree with what they say about what goes with what.

    love
    Ela

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:48 pm

      A special something, eh? I’ll have to hurry up and catch up on my blog reading! I am so behind on everything…

      These two books will definitely be great resources in my kitchen for a long time to come.

  5. December 1, 2010 1:20 am

    This looks like so much fun! I would love to learn all of this. Everything looks AMAZING!!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:49 pm

      Oh, it IS! I’m doing what I love for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week…and that’s pretty awesome.

  6. December 1, 2010 6:47 am

    OH! MY! GOD! I am in my full envy mode right now! You are so awesome! Amber, was it only coconut you used for the wrap or did you blend it with other ingredients?

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:50 pm

      Hehe! Thanks πŸ˜€

      I can’t give away 105’s exact recipe, but I’ll tell you that you CAN make a very comparable wrap with nothing more than young coconut meat!

      • December 13, 2010 4:20 am

        That’s fair enough, I thought as much, so didn’t really expect an answer hehe (I’ll get onto experimenting). But I have to tell you (even though I think I may have done so already), I am SO impressed you manage to reply to each and every comment, each and every time!!!

      • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
        December 13, 2010 10:28 am

        Thanks for understanding πŸ™‚ And it means a lot to hear you appreciate comment responses! I do try very hard to stay current with that (I’m a couple posts behind at the moment, though). I suspect that very few people ever actually return to see the responses to their comment, but I keep doing it for the few who do!

  7. December 1, 2010 7:39 am

    Sweet wrap! You are so creative. I would totally eat that in a heartbeat. Sounds like you are back to being super busy! Great photos!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:51 pm

      Thank ya!
      “Busy” doesn’t even begin to cover it πŸ˜›

  8. December 1, 2010 8:21 am

    I’m obsessed w/ those coconut wrappers!!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:51 pm

      Hehe, thanks Penni! I would’ve given you one if I could’ve!

  9. Matt permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:19 am

    Wow, I would never buy a lamp in that skin but it sure does add a light-heartedness to your vegetable wrap.

    I’m also wondering if you will actually try those microgreens once they’re grown. ;-P

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:52 pm

      True. That’s kinda what I was going for.

      As for the microgreens…we’ll see πŸ˜‰ I’ll definitely at least TRY them.

  10. December 1, 2010 9:55 am

    That wrap looks fantastic, it’s so pretty if I must say. Plus that pistachio-macadamia-coconut butter sounds fantastic!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:53 pm

      Thank you!
      The pistachio butter is unlike anything I’ve ever made OR tried πŸ™‚

  11. December 1, 2010 10:03 am

    What a beautiful wrap! It’s almost too pretty to eat! (Almost…)

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:53 pm

      Haha, the keyword is definitely “almost”…as usual, for me πŸ˜›

  12. December 1, 2010 10:29 am

    That wrap looks so awesome and yummy!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:53 pm

      Thanks Aimee! πŸ˜€

  13. December 1, 2010 10:29 am

    Cool, I wasn’t expecting the polka dot wrapper to come out so vibrant, it’s gorgeous! Pistachio-macadamia-coconut butter….woah.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:54 pm

      I was hoping the dots wouldn’t darken TOO much, and luckily, they didn’t!

  14. gidgetnfroggi permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:38 am

    cool books I love getting books have you read any of them yet??

    that wrap looks so pretty!!! like it should be in a magazine you are really awesome at presentation and plating πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:55 pm

      I’ve paged through them, but since they’re more like reference books, I don’t see myself reading them cover-to-cover πŸ™‚

      Aw, thank you! It feels really great to hear that.

  15. December 1, 2010 2:13 pm

    Those two text books sound like very cool books!
    I agree with you…I think the dots turned out the best. They sure did make for a cool looking wrap. That dipping sauce sure sounds good too! Did the wrap and sauce taste as good as it looks?

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:56 pm

      I loved the wrap – can’t go wrong with all those crunchy veggies! The sauce was great, too; very sweet and pineappley.

  16. December 1, 2010 2:24 pm

    Everything looks so delicious!! I’m going to have to give those wraps a try. Yum yum! Cheers to our new virtual friendship!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:56 pm

      Cheers indeed! ::clink::

  17. December 1, 2010 2:51 pm

    W A Y too many amazing things in this post! You are learning some pretty awesome techniques. Those wraps look great- and that dipping sauce! Oh and the soon to be onions and pesto creation… yum!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:57 pm

      Aw, thanks! Every day really is packed to the brim with practice and learning.

  18. December 1, 2010 5:32 pm

    Your wrapper turned out so pretty! I love it when food looks as good as it tastes. πŸ˜‰

    That Flavor Bible sounds like a great investment, too!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:57 pm

      Amen! I so love the fact that our food is artistic AND tasty here.

  19. Diane permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:06 pm

    Nice presents! And your wrap looks awesome!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:58 pm

      Thanks Diane! πŸ˜€

  20. December 2, 2010 8:33 am

    So pretty πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:58 pm

      Why thank you!

  21. December 2, 2010 8:43 pm

    the food looks so pretty! and delicious. mmm.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:58 pm

      I can confirm that it was both pretty and delicious πŸ˜›

  22. December 2, 2010 10:53 pm

    This looks mouthwatering!!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:58 pm

      Thanks Tasha!

  23. December 3, 2010 12:14 pm

    The flavor bible is the best book EVER – I love mine to pieces.

    Those wrappers are amazing – the dot one turned out incredible! Such a great idea.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:59 pm

      I can tell I’m going to get a LOT of use out of the Flavor Bible!

      Thanks for the compliments on my wraps πŸ˜€

  24. Rachelle permalink
    December 3, 2010 5:08 pm

    Tis the artiest wrapper ever! All this stuff looks absolutely delicious.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      December 3, 2010 5:59 pm

      Thanks Rachelle! I love seeing that you’re reading! πŸ™‚

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