In my last post I mentioned having found a new ingredient - and 'tah-dah' Agar Agar has managed to make its way into my kitchen and my tummy.
I was filled with trepidation, uncertainty and even a bit of skepticism. The web is full of cooks/chefs and adventure seekers who have used agar and ended with a soggy mess. I understand, I sympathize, I have been there (see comment to Jennifer about Falafel Soup on Veg*n Musings), and I was completely willing to believe that this seaweed-turn-magic-powder would be added to the list of ingredients that left this vegancowgirl in the dust.
With hands shaking, and K 's head spinning with incessant questions from this insecure agar-agar wrangler, I started in on my Strawberry-Coconut-Jelly.
It was surprisingly easy, and the Chocolate Sauce that I added to the top was whipped up in a couple of minutes (but took two tries, due to a poor move made when I added my new vegan cream cheese to the sauce).
The texture of the jelly was fun and wriggly in my mouth, and the strawberries were a light flavour that I had the delight of discovering over and over again as I worked my way through my decadent desert.
I seriously recommend this little experiment - it was pretty low-cal, low-fat (I added a bit of coconut milk, but you could omit), and it was easy as pie (or parfait should I say?).
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