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Michelberger Coconut Water @ brünch

There are quite a few coconut water brands out there these days and I think I have had most of them.

Coconut water isn’t a drink for everyone and it took me a while until I actually started to like it. I stuck with it at first because someone told me coconut water was really good for you so I gave it another go. Glad I did, because now I love it.

Coconut water is hydrating, refreshing, low in calories, naturally fat-and cholesterol free and provides a good nutritional boost. It is also quite filling – perfect as a small afternoon ‘snack’. Apparently, it’s also a little wonder cure for hangovers 😉

So when I held my Berlin brünch event at Jaguar Shoes in Shoreditch in March, I was introduced to this cheeky little monkey.

 

I got immediately drawn to its playful design and the taste is great!

I got really excited! Not only was ‘The Fountain Of Youth’ from my home city but also from one of my favourite hotels in Berlin – the Michelberger Hotel

 

If you have ever been to Berlin before, you might know the Michelberger Hotel. I’d say it is a one-of-a-kind hotel experience, in the centre of Berlin, Friedrichshain. The hotel is independently owned and operated and was designed by Berliner Werner Aisslinger. He wanted it to feel like staying at a friends house.

Those who know me, will know that my background is hotels and I have always been very interested in hotel architecture and design. And this one is really special. The hotel is housed in a converted factory building featuring a brick facade, high ceilings, large windows and a courtyard that acts as the social hub of the hotel.

The hotel interior uses objects sourced from local flea markets, often re-purposing them for other uses, and low-cost materials such as laminated larch. Every element of the hotel has either been custom designed and built, or selected specifically for it from furniture to hand-lettered stickers on the water bottles. The attention to detail is impressive.

 

And not only that! The best part is that the hotel has decided to throw out all big brands and faceless products in favour of a selection of crafted products from independent, family-run enterprises from near by and far away. Similar to brünch, suppliers have been chosen for their excellent quality and for the great people behind them; people who craft their products instead of companies who craft their brands.

Long story short, you can imagine it didn’t take me long until I was on the phone with those guys. I am really proud to be offering this amazing coconut water at my Berlin brünches from now on and excited to work with such great people, that share the same passion for quality and working with smaller independent brands and producers. 

More about The Fountain of Youth

How come The Michelberger came up with their own coconut water?

The story goes… ‘Whilst lazing around on the beach on holiday, someone gave us a young green coconut with a straw poking out. We fell in love and decided to bring that drink back to our bar in Berlin. So started a long journey until we found exactly what we were looking for: the most wonderful people farming the very best coconuts and finally we had found something so fresh and delicious that it felt exactly like that very first drink on that beach. In fact it felt so good we decided to call it the Fountain of Youth’

But what is The Fountain of Youth?

The Fountain Of Youth is 100% natural coconut water, with absolutely nothing added. The guys work with a collective of small farmers from a region in Thailand famed for the natural sweetness and delicate flavour of its coconuts.

And as with their hotel, every step of the process, from palm to can in hand, has been done with lots of care and in house. It’s a truly small-scale, local production.

How is it made? 

Directly after being harvested, the young coconuts are brought into the cooperative from the surrounding palm groves by the farmers who gathered them. Within hours of picking, each coconut is inspected and the husk is cut away and the top of the coconut is opened by hand, one at a time. Their precious water is then collected to be taste-tested, filtered and immediately placed into the cans and sealed. From here they are lightly heat-pasteurized with the whole process from the collection of the coconut water to the sealed can ready to be boxed up, lasting only a few hours so the water arrives here as fresh as possible.

The farmers nurture their palms in a clean, natural and traditional way, much as they have always done and the collective has taken the conscious decision not to apply for organic certification. Palms are by nature extremely hardy and pest-resistant and since they have always farmed cleanly and naturally. The Fountain Of Youth’ does not source globally and their cans are filled directly at the plantation from just opened coconuts to ensure purity and authenticity of the product.

 

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Nutrition facts (per 100ml) / Energy: 85kJ (20Kcal) / Protein: 0.1g / Carbohydrate: 4.8g, of which sugars*: 4.8g / Fibre: <0.1g / Fat: <0.1g, of which saturates: <0.1g / Salt: <0.021g. *natural, from the fruit

Coconut Quinoa Porridge with Caramelised Pineapple

Yay!! Spring has arrived!!! 😀

It is yet again a beautiful morning! I love the change of the season – days are becoming longer, birds are waking me up in the morning, the sun makes me livelier and I see a lot more smiles around me. Letting this Winter Blues go now!

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This morning I woke up with a craving for something sweet. Something comforting but healthy to start this gorgeous day! Quinoa has become one of my favourite staples in the house and I am often experimenting what I can do with this amazing Supergrain. It is a ‘pseudocereal’ and a great source for protein.

Picture from http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-quinoa-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-63344

Picture from http://www.thekitchn.com on how to cook Quinoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As my tummy struggles with too much milk and especially warm milk, I started using coconut milk a lot more. I was never a big fan of coconuts when I was younger but over the past two years, I re-discovered its taste and texture and now I cook with it almost every day (ie coconut extra virgin oil, coconut water, coconut milk, flakes, …).

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So this morning, I am making my signature Coconut Quinoa Porridge with Caramelised Pineapple in a Weck Jar It is very easy and takes about 20-25 minutes.

Coconut Quinoa Porridge

Coconut Quinoa Porridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porridge

1/2 cup of Quinoa
2/3 cup of Coconut Milk out of a can (the higher the coconut extract content in %, the creamier it gets)
1 cup of Coconut Water
1/2 cup of water
2 Cloves and/or pinch of cinnamon
1 TS of Algarve Honey (as sweet as you like it but bear in mind the coconut has got some natural sweetness to it)

Note: This is a diary free recipe. If you refer the porridge to become a bit richer in texture and taste, you can replace the coconut water with milk.

Topping

Here you can really go wild but below some ideas:

2 slices of pineapple
Brown sugar to coat pineapple
Extra: Toasted seeds, mixed nuts, dried fruits, coulis, berries…

Also delicious with: dried coconut flakes, blueberries, pomegranate, poached peaches – you name it.

Preparation:

  • Preheat Grill at 220 Degrees Celsius
  • Cut the slices of peeled pineapple into five pieces each and generously coat with brown sugar
  • Place coated pineapple on aluminium foil and grill in the oven until golden brown, then leave to cool
  • Rinse the Quinoa with water and mix the water, coconut water, spices and the honey with the Quinoa in a pot and bring to simmer
  • Turn down to medium heat and allow to cook gently for a few minutes until the grain starts to soften and open up (be careful not to overcook the Quinoa at this stage to retain its nutty texture and flavour)
  • Then add the coconut milk. Continue to simmer until the Quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid and has that nice porridge-like texture
  • Add more coconut milk/coconut milk according to your liking (some like it more liquid than others)
  • Allow Quinoa to rest for few minutes
  • Assemble the dish
  • Serve hot or cold

Here is the difference between Quinoa Porridge made with Milk (left) and the dairy free version with Coconut Water (right)

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ENJOY! 🙂

About Coconut Milk (via BBC Good Food)

Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance. It is a popular choice with vegans and makes a great base for smoothies, milkshakes or as a dairy alternative in baking.

Coconuts contain significant amounts of fat, but unlike other nuts, they provide fat that is mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs). MCFAs are rapidly metabolised into energy in the liver. It is thought that unlike other saturated fats, MCFAs are used up more quickly by the body and are less likely to be stored as fat.

Coconut Milk is made from a brew of coconut meat and water. But don’t confuse it with lower- calorie coconut water. Rich and thick and more like cream than milk. (via EatingWell)

Unlike wheat or rice, Quinoa is a complete protein – containing all eight of the essential amino acids. The UN named 2013 ‘International Quinoa Year’ in recognition of the crop’s high nutrient content. With twice the protein content of rice or barley, Quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre. It is also gluten-free and easy to digest. The facts suggest it is close to a perfect ingredient as you can get.

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