segunda-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2016

 
 BIOVEGAN PORTUGAL ® A TASTE OF JAPAN - POSTERS: STRAWBERRY CHRISTMAS CAKE
  
A TASTE OF JAPAN: THE ORIGINAL MINI-POSTERS.

POSTER 05: "STRAWBERRIES IN DECEMBER? YES, PLEASE..."

The fifth poster of these mini-series, with a composition made with a picture from the EPISODE 09 raw vegan Christmas cake video bellow. 

Ever wanted to know the story of the Japanese Strawberries in December and the Strawberry Christmas Cake?

    FIRST THE CAKE ? OK...

All started about 104 years ago, when a small (at the time) sweets-making company, Fujiya, launched the first Christmas cake in Japan, that was a fruitcake inspired by the British style Christmas cake that was made for the foreigners stationed in Yokohama. The idea soon caught on and, in 1921, after the owner of the company visited the USA to study the confectionery industry, he opened a specialized shop in Ginza, selling a Christmas sponge cake, decorated with butter cream. 

As possible to imagine, at those days that cake was still very expensive. During the 60's, when the economic situation improved significantly in Japan, an advertising campaign led by Fujiya, managed to establish the mass phenomenon as seen today. At the same time, the cake type was changed, with the butter cream replaced by whipped cream, and decorated with strawberries.

THE STRAWBERRIES: 

Japan is the seventh largest producer of strawberries in the world, with just about all of the output consumed domestically. What makes Japanese strawberries interesting is that Japan grows plenty of year-round different types and varieties of strawberries, with new ones introduced almost every year. Dozens of unique regional varieties of Japanese strawberry are grown both outdoors and in greenhouses and available year-round, being strawberries one of the country's largest crops. 

Main strawberry Seasons:

1. The best and cheapest time to enjoy Japanese strawberries is in the normal outdoors season. These are in season from May ~ June. A popular pastime in the spring is strawberry picking. Strawberry picking is offered by farmers all over Japan in strawberry season (both the outdoor and greenhouse season). It's usually all-you-can-eat by the half-hour. The best strategy is to look for the highest quality strawberries and eat slowly. It's quite possible to fill up on strawberries in 5 minutes.

2. Japan also has a massive crop of greenhouse strawberries that enjoy a long season from December ~ April. The two seasons put together means that strawberries are in season and distributed for more than half of the year.

With strawberries being so popular, some quintessentially Japanese sweets using them have appeared over the years. One of the most popular type is the Christmas cake, the sponge cake layered with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

Well, for Portugal good news is, by next middle February we have already strawberries in Algarve, that come from South Spain, and they're normally very sweet and really good.

Vegan or Raw-vegan Strawberry Spring Cake, everybody?

Yes, please...

Thanks for watching,

BIOVEGAN PORTUGAL ® 2016
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Video and video pictures full credits to: TONIA OGINO / Raw Food Life in Japan

domingo, 18 de dezembro de 2016


Bolo de morangos raw-vegan: Episódio 9 (parte 1) - SABORES DO JAPÃO - as mini-séries originais da BIOVEGAN PORTUGAL ® 2016-2017
 
A TASTE OF JAPAN: THE ORIGINAL MINI-SERIES. 

EPISODE 09 (Part 1): "JAPANESE CHRISTMAS CAKE - RAW VEGAN RECIPE"

Original recipe from: 
TONIA OGINO / Raw Food Life in Japan

CRUST INGREDIENTS:

1 cup raw almonds (soaked overnight & drained) - approx.: a 200ml cup
1-2 Tbsp cacao powder
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp maple syrup or agave - approx.: 25g
1 Tbsp coconut oil (melted) - approx.: 20g

A 18x8 cm ring pan, and some coconut oil for greasing the pan.

CRUST MAKING: 

1- Soak overnight the almonds. 
2- Drain and grind them with the rest of the crust ingredients into a paste. 
3- Grease the pan, make the crust in the bottom, and place it in the freezer to chill for a while. 

FILLING INGREDIENTS (MIDDLE):

2 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight & drained)- approx.: a 2x200ml cup
1 cup nut milk (almond, or a vegan one) - approx.: 200ml
1/2 cup maple syrup or agave - approx.: 150g
Juice of 1 mandarin or 1/2 lemon juice
1 cup fresh strawberries
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 or 1/2 cup cacao butter (melted) - approx.: 60g
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted) - approx.: 50g
6 to 10 fresh strawberries, sliced.

FILLING MAKING: 

1- Soak overnight the cashews. 
2- Drain and grind them with the rest of the filling ingredients into a very fine purée. 
3- Slice the fresh strawberries and place them around the pan. 
4- Place the filling over the crust, and take all again to the freezer to chill for a while. 

TOPPING INGREDIENTS (CASHEW CREAM):

1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight & drained) - approx.: a 200ml cup
1/2 cup maple syrup or agave - approx.: 150g
1 tsp vanilla extract - approx.: 5ml or 5g
1/3 cup cacao butter (melted) - approx.: 60g
6 to 10 fresh strawberries.

TOPPING MAKING: 
1- Soak overnight the cashews. 
2- Drain and grind them with the rest of the topping ingredients into a very fine purée. 
3- With a cake decorating bag make the topping decorations and finally mount the fresh strawberries. 

Ready.

Again, this is another excellent idea for any restaurant's raw-vegan gourmet dessert, so it's so simple to do, or for you to shine next strawberry season as a raw vegan Chef with your friends and family.

Hopping you enjoy,

Thanks for watching,

The original BIOVEGAN ® Trademarks.

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All video and video recipe credits to: TONIA OGINO / Raw Food Life in Japan

TONIA OGINO at YouTube & Facebook: 

quarta-feira, 14 de dezembro de 2016

   
https://bioveganportugal.blogspot.com/2016/12/a-taste-of-japan-mini-posters-pikachu-pikachu.html
   
A TASTE OF JAPAN: THE ORIGINAL MINI-POSTERS.

POSTER 04: "PIKACHU, PIKACHU!"

The fourth poster of these mini-series, with a postcard and Christmas collage made with Pikachu and friends. 

Ever wanted to know how Christmas is celebrated in Japan? 

Well, in Japan Christmas has a different type of celebration, since it's not a religious holiday or a national day. Also the number of Japanese Christians is not very big, only about one to two million persons (about one percent of Japan's population). Not being then a national day or holiday, schools and businesses are normally open on December 25th.

Christmas only became more widely celebrated in Japan in the last few decades, when several new customs that came from the USA become more popular, such as sending and receiving Christmas Cards and Presents, the red Santa figure, or the December Bride's and good fortune, romance and happiness, so it's more known now as a time to live and to love a little bit and spread happiness rather than relay a religious celebration. 

Christmas Eve (24th) is often thought and celebrated then more like a romantic day, in which couples spend time together and exchange presents, and not the normal family gathering and Christmas Days as we do. In many ways it resembles Valentine's Day celebrations like in the UK and the USA. 

Young couples like to go for walks to look at the Christmas lights and decorations and have a romantic meal in a restaurant, so booking a table on Christmas Eve can be very difficult since it's so popular and one of the busiest and crowded days of the year.

Parties are also often held for children, with games and dancing. In Japan Santa is known as Santa-san (Mr Santa), and the traditional Japanese Christmas food is Christmas Cake, that is usually a sponge cake or shortcake filled and decorated with strawberries and whipped cream, trees, flowers and a figure of Santa Claus.

Not directly related to Christmas but from the Buddhist tradition for this period of the year there is also Hoteiosho, that is a Japanese God of good fortune and a gifts bringer. 

On the contrary of these Christmas costumes, the traditional Japanese New Year's celebration (called 'o shogatsu') is more like our traditional Western Christmas. The Japanese's New year is then the period where families get together, have a special meal, pray and send greetings cards, and it's celebrated from December 31st to January 4th for five consecutive days.

Hope you like it,

Merry Christmas, and Best Wishes for 2017 for all, 

The original BIOVEGAN ® Trademarks.

sexta-feira, 9 de dezembro de 2016

 
BIOVEGAN PORTUGAL ® THE JAPAN TRILOGIES - ART COVER 3: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EDITION

THE JAPAN TRILOGIES - ART COVER 3: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EDITION.

"Enjoy love, appreciate life, spread the Happiness".

The original BIOVEGAN ® Trademarks.

domingo, 4 de dezembro de 2016


Hiroshima e Nagasaki 71 anos depois - Episódio 08 - SABORES DO JAPÃO - as mini-séries originais da BIOVEGAN PORTUGAL ® 2016-2017
 
A TASTE OF JAPAN: THE ORIGINAL MINI-SERIES. 

EPISODE 08: "BACK ON THE ROAD: HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI, 71 YEARS LATER"

Every time the words Hiroshima and Nagasaki come to our minds, those black and white pictures and movies from 1945 return over and over to our memories. However, most of us never had a visual contact with the reality today in these two cities, in particular with the post-war decades that grounded and shaped the rebirth of the modern Japan. 

Although this video be a little bit longer than normal, it's quite immersive in a mild touristic and historical way, but strangely help us to make a closure with those two events and the Day-After effect, by seeing and explaining the reality that exists today in relation to the atomic use. 

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From the original video from AsapTHOUGHT, 

IN THE HIROSHIMA SITE-SEEING WE CAN SEE:

1) Miyajima or Island of the Gods - that is an island located on the Seto Inland Sea, about 20 km from central Hiroshima, and easily reached by boat from the city. The island is closely connected to shrines (holy or sacred places) and temples that were built up around the movement and culture that resulted from the blending, combination and harmonization of two religions, Buddhism (introduced to Japan during the fifth and sixth centuries) and Shintoism (the native and major religion of Japan).

2) At Miyajima Island - the great Torii or the iconic arch gate built 200m in the bay water shore. During high tide, it looks like it is floating on the sea, and during low tide, it's possible to walk to the foot of the gate. It represents the boundary between the spirit and the human worlds, and the vermilion color of the shrine and of the O-torii is considered to keep evil spirits away. 

3) At Miyajima Island - The Mount Misen & surrounding Parks and views. 

4) Food in Hiroshima - The first contact with Okonomiyaki, another famous Japanese dish, that is a combination of sweet, spicy and salty ingredients grilled cooked to build a specially savory pancake, that was able to receive a: OMG!! this is so good!!. It was nominated immediately as having a very strong potential for making equal OMG!! vegan versions.

Also the first contact with another food staple in Japan, Kewpie or the Japanese Mayonnaise.

5) A visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (nearby the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome) and the Peace Memorial Museum, that were built in the same place where the first bomb drop was made. 

6) A visit to a national Japanese major sports game, Baseball.

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IN THE NAGASAKI SITE-SEEING WE CAN SEE:

1) A panoramic mountain view from Nagasaki.

2) A pass-by Nagasaki's Chinatown and Chinese food.

3) A visit to the Nagasaki's Atomic Bomb Museum and the Nagasaki Peace Park, that is built nearby to the point where the explosion hypocenter of second bomb took place. 

4) Two train station take-away snack boxes. 

Hope you like the video,

Thanks for watching,

The original BIOVEGAN ® Trademarks.

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All video credits to: Greg, Mitch & Jess from AsapTHOUGHT

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Important to remember: at a food level, please notice in advance that some of the food scenes in the video are not vegan or related, as they show food reality as it is. However, if you think a little bit, there is a lot of recipes and traditional dishes that can already be veganized.

Once again, please keep calm, think positive, and be creative.