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SPOILT DINNER

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SPOILT DINNER

What a great event with the team from Spoilt, check out their website at http://www.spoilt.com.hk/en/ 

The team experienced the 'Ayurvedic Private Dining Experience', and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here are some images of the night... 

To book your experiences, visit them for a chance to experience exclusive private dining at the LTF HOME KITCHEN. 

 




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New Spagehtti Pomodoro Pasta

LTF has created wonderful organic and delicious spaghetti 'pomodoro' with olives and optional mozzarella. This delicious recipe is truly Italian, and bursts with flavour. There is organic garlic and organic olive oil in the sauce. Check out the gallery below for a full viewing...  

You can order this for your lunch along with other wonderful recipes as well. Don't delay, place you orders today!!!

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New Green Monday Menu OUT NOW...

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New Green Monday Menu OUT NOW...

Private Dining is a great way to connect with mates. Here at Love True Food, we are committed to bring you Vegetarian Sustainable Food in the comfort of our Home Kitchen Studio. Check out our new Green Monday Menu, which has sustainability written all over it...

Don't delay, make reservations today...

This is for LTF Members ONLY, if you would like to become a member, please contact LTF@lovetruefood.com 

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Recipe Testing for LTF New  'Green Concept' Menu

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Recipe Testing for LTF New 'Green Concept' Menu

Just what you need for a simple recipe testing session; LTF was conducting recipe tests for implementing a 'green foods' concept for our new catering menus. On the menu we have organic cucumber cups filled with with a masala chickpea infusion. Next we have, a fragrant brown Thai Rice, infused with tamari and seasonal organic veggies and whole range egg. Last we have a vegetarian tasting platter filled with organic pumpkin, zucchini and heirloom tomatoes. The best part is the Halloumi grilled cheese. 

See the FULL gallery below for ideas and details...

Here are the wonderful recipes;

CUCUMBER CUPS

Ingredients: 4 small lebanese cucumbers, 1 can chickpeas, 1 can peeled chopped tomatoes, 1 tbsp ghee, 2 teaspoons olive oil, 3 garlic cloves smashes, 4 shallots cut into slices, 2 sticks celery, 1 cup seasonal veggies, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp chilli powder, 1 tsp. garam masala blend, 1.4 cup yoghurt (preferably Greek), salt and pepper. 

What to Do: Run a  peeler down each cucumber, than cut into 1.5 inch rounds. Scoop out centre and set aside. In a sauce pan, heat the oil on medium heat, add garlic and shallots and cook for 2 minutes, next add all the spices and cook for another 2 minutes until fragrant,. Add the chopped tomatoes and veggies and continue to cook until all ingredients are incorporated. Lastly add the yoghurt (use coconut cream if vegan), season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool. Once cool,, using a teaspoon, add the mixture into each cup of cucumber. Serve. 

FRAGRANT BROWN THAI RICE

Ingredients: 1 cup cooked brown rice, 1 tbsp. soya bean oil, 1 egg, 1/2 cup seasonal veggies (zucchini, pumpkin, choi sum) 2 shallots, chopped, 1 clove garlic, 1 tsp. white pepper, 1 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce, 1 tsp. shoyu, 1 tsp. coconut sugar. 

What to Do: Chop all the veggies into equal and small bite sized pieces. In the already cooked rice, add all the seasonings except the shoyu. Add oil to the saucepan and cook on medium high heat. Next add the shallots and garlic and cook until fragrant, approx. 2 minutes. Next add the root veggies such as carrot, pumpkin and continue to cook until they soften. Then add the quick cooking veggies like zucchini, choy sum stalks etc. Tilt the veggies onto one side of the pan and crack an egg to the other. Cook the egg and then bash with a wooden spoon until combined with all veggies. Add the rice and shoyu and mash the rice until all the colour is brown. Adjust seasoning at this point. Add the choy sum leaves and enjoy.   (*do not add the choy sum leaves until the last minute) 

ORGANIC GRILLED SEASONAL PLATE

Ingredients; 1 boiled egg peeled, 2 cups seasonal veggies like asparagus, heirloom tomatoes, shallots, pumpkin, zucchini (organic), 4 sliced halloumi cheese, 2 to 3 tbsp olive oil (good quality), 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar, pepper and salt to taste. Cut the veggies into 1/2 inch slices or rounds, and add to a large bowl, omit the tomatoes. Next add the sliced halloumi cheese and add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and seasonings. Turn a grill onto medium and grill the asparagus, pumpkin, zucchini and shallots, and cheese for up to 4 minutes on each side, until grill marks can be seen and the flesh is tender. You can char the boiled egg on the grill in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Place onto a plate and drizzle with extra oil and vinegar. Add the tomatoes. Serve immediately. 

 

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Gokul Vegetarian Review

There comes a time in everyone's life when one considers the thought of becoming a vegetarian . Like many before me, there have been many cravings of meat after the transition to vegetarianism.

Practicing yoga for some time now I think that vegetarianism really helps the mind and the clarity, not to mention the body and flexibility. 

As a chef myself I find it very difficult to cook meat but not eat it. The saying that you must try what you eat is not very relevant for a vegetarian chef. Due to my ethical principles right now I just can't bring myself to break this vegetarianism.

So whilst I was in Singapore for just one night I tried a vegetarian restaurant called Gokuls. They have a range of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian vegetarian items.

My Masi Dolly brought me and my sister there. We ordered the chicken rice Hainan style, of course vegetarian, The mutton Roganosh which was vegetarian as well, vegetarian satays and lastly a mee Siam, a dish indigenous to Malaysia with the sour yet sweet aftertaste. 

Being a foodie, I found the food to be spectacular. The flavors were so good that you didn't even know you were not eating meat. In fact, all those cravings of fried chicken wings and mutton that I've had in the past clearly vanished away whilst I savored the beautiful flavors of this food. So in truth, being a vegetarian is not that bad when you have access to restaurants such as this. Now the question of whether this is healthy for you can be a debate. However how healthy is meat anyway?

Not only is being vegetarian  good for your health, but it's good for the economy, ecology and every part of the earth.  (less methane gas in the atmosphere if you know what I mean)!

So now I'm stuck between either serving meat at my private kitchen here in Hong Kong or converting it to a fully vegetarian place of dining. Any opinions would be well noted. I just need to get those recipes down, and I'm sure I will have a following a vegetarian patrons. 

I wish you the best food journey and I do hope that one day you will consider becoming a vegetarian; helping our earth and ourselves. Not only is it practical but it also can help with the starvation problem in the world, and the disease so aren't in society such as obesity, type two diabetes and heart disease. 

If you're still not convinced I urge you to try it out for yourself!!! 

Vegetarian chicken satays

Vegetarian chicken satays

 

chicken rice 

chicken rice 

Mee SiamSiam

Mee SiamSiam

 

Mutton curry 

Mutton curry 

 

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Indian Fever Prep

We are prepping for the love true food special 'Indian fever' private dining. It is going to be an excellent experience for the participants as we have been cooking up a storm all day. 

 

We will start off with an amuse bouche, minced keema with guacamole and toasted sunflower seeds followed by a beautiful dhal soup and Kati kebabs. 

This is the set up of the kitchen. 

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 We are even serving special beer purchased by LTF. The beer brewery is called Moonszen by Laszlo and Michelle. Only hk$60/bottle. 

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Here are some of the "party in the mouth" canapés... We will top them with organic toasted sunflower seeds... 

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And keema... Yum 

 

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Stay tuned for more amazing menus... 

 

Lots of love and great food experiences ...

 

chef Lakshmi 

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LTF frozen meals available at i-Detox

We have now stocked our frozen meals at i-Detox; check out their website for more healthy snacks and various products. (click here i-Detox) 

Sometimes when we are trying to detox the body and mind, we rarely have the time to prepare meals for a healthier lifestyle. Within Hong Kong, sometimes having a quick meal on the go is easy, but rarely are these fast food joints healthy in any way. So I decided to make staples, dhal, chickpeas and soups for people to enjoy. All they have to do is reheat. The environmental containers are the best part of this process, and they can be placed in the oven, microwave and steamer. They are fully biodegradable and compostable. 

LTF will start making Ayurvedic nut-milks for consumption soon, so stay tuned. You can check out our healthy cooking classes as well. We offer the best Southeast Asian cooking classes in town, no MSG, no preservatives, only pure organic and local produce. 

Our kitchen rental in Hong Kong has become a hit, and for the rest of September, we are offering members a chance to rent out the kitchen space. 

check us out, (kitchen rental) 

Seasonal African Chickpea Stew 

 

Lemongrass Pumpkin Un-Cream Soup; this is a beautiful soup flavoured with cashew cream and lemongrass. A perfect soup for lactose intolerance's. 

Organic Tri-doshic Dhal  

Organic Brown Basmati Rice with Coconut

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Ayurvedic Health Meals Now Available

 Did you know that half the battle of weight loss is making the decision to change? Well if you are a busy person with little or no time to cook, then you can make a quick meal by simply re-heating...YES it is that easy.  LTF have come out with a new range of Ayurvedic health meals, frozen and available at i-Detox. Best of all, the containers they come in are 100% biodegradable and can be composted too! So you are being kind to the environment. Most importantly you are being kind to yourself by nourishing and strengthening your immune system and preventing dis-ease.

You can choose from a range of organic foods which help heal the gut, but most importantly, these meals are designed with the intention to help you detox your body properly and maintain a healthy lifestyle without compromising on taste and/or quality.

Sometimes, all it takes is a bit of courage to make that decision, so what's stopping you.

Choose from the following;

Prices (regular/VIP) in HKD:

Tri-Doshic Dhal ($74/ $70) Coconut Basmati Rice ($60/ $57) African Chickpea Stew ($115/ $106) Un-Cream Lemongrass Pumpkin Soup ($74/ $70)

Note: To keep freshness, i-Detox only keeps a low stock level.  Please check with them if you would like us to put aside for you to pick up.  (Available items or exact ingredients may change according to season.)

 

Acid or Alkaline

Words & images: Lakshmi Harilela Today, the majority of people have diets that are highly acidic contributing to health risk factors such as chronic fatigue, headaches, ulcers, acid reflux and leg cramps. These symptoms lead to more serious problems later on in life, such as diabetes, cardiac disease and cancer. If acid is not addressed and paid attention too sooner rather than later, it can be a high risk factor for overall health and wellbeing. Our blood is slightly alkaline with a PH between 7.35 and 7.45, so our diet should maintain this natural PH balance as well. ʻAlkaline diet advocatesʼ state that acidic foods disrupt this balance and leech important minerals from the system.

Lifestyle changes and diet are the leading cause of acid in the body. With lifestyle factors such as higher stress levels and fast food consumption, acid accumulation in the body is increasing. A maintenance of the correct pH level of blood is vital. On the diet side of things, we seem to be consuming more protein, sugar, cereals and meat and less fruits, pulses and vegetables than our ancestors did. We also seem to be consuming more sugar now than ever before, and sugar is highly acidic. Itʼs not so much the sugar but the amount of sugar that is cause for concern; and anything that contains high-fructose-corn-syrup should be banned! High fructose corn syrup is added to many soft drinks on the market and it actually makes you more thirsty, so avoid this where possible, or even just reduce it. It is so important to eat a variety of grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, roots and tubers, fresh fruit and anything that is alkaline in nature. In fact, according to Annemarie Colbin in her book Food and Healing she states that the only vegetable type foods that are acid forming are cranberries, plums, prunes and raw tomatoes with seeds, as they can escalate acid reactions in the body. The concept of acid-alkaline is still very much misunderstood, as foods like grapes and citrus fruits may taste acidic but have a very alkalizing effect on the body as the minerals neutralize body acid. This is also true of sea vegetables such as dulse, nori, hiziki and nori, they are highly alkalizing and can be a great help with detoxifying the body as they contain buffering minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. Sprouted mung beans are a popular choice too as they also alkalize the body. A common misconception is the talk about coffee; coffee is an alkaloid, and as long as it is not decaffeinated, it can sometimes have alkalizing effects on the body.

Having a more alkaline based diet not only contributes to weight loss, but it is also a preventive form of healthcare for the body, as it decreases the risk of many cancers and chronic illnesses too. In our modern day society people are complaining more about low energy, sinus problems, anxiety disorders, colds and congestion, cysts, skin problems, and migraines. Many people switch to more alkaline based foods for various reasons, these reasons have much to do with their constant state of dis-ease with their bodies. So if you are thinking of switching to a more alkaline based diet please visit www.lovetruefood.com for more tips on healthful eating.

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