Kinako Banana Milk (★★★★★) and Simple Hot Green Soup (★★☆☆☆)

I just made a ridiculously good Banana Milk, and I wanted to post about it before I forget.

My wife and I are going to a お月見 (moon viewing) party on Sunday, and my wife’s going to make dango for it.  One of the common flavors/coatings for dango is kinako, which is powdered soybean and a bit of sugar, and it tastes better than it sounds.

To make our own kinako, as we couldn’t find any at the local asian store, I picked up some roasted, unsalted soybeans, and I plan to use the blender to turn it into kinako.  I haven’t blended any of the soybeans into powder yet, but when I was looking for something to sate my sweet tooth after dinner, my wife suggested mixing some kinako powder, and adding it to a banana milk.  Better yet, I could just make it a one step process and throw the roasted soybeans in with the Banana Milk!

Kinako Banana Milk (★★★★★)
A great Japanese version of a Banana Milk

1 frozen banana
a handful of roasted, unsalted soybeans
milk

The best technique is to break the banana into two or three parts before putting it in the blender, then blending with the tamper in, slowly raising the speed to just below whatever speed the banana bounces out of control at.

Now, at this point, I had the milk ratio down pat, and I threw in a decent amount of soybean as well.  I blended it for about 20 seconds on the way to high, and another 30 seconds at high.  Very, very tasty, and highly recommended.

As for actually making kinako powder, that’s probably something I’ll be able to comment on tomorrow.

I also made some hot soup as part of lunch, as the yakisoba I had for lunch didn’t fill me up.

Simple Hot Green Soup (★★☆☆☆)

½ cup of tomato puree
¼ onion
½ romaine lettuce heart
3 large celery sticks
a handful of mustard greens
several sprigs of cilantro
dash of ground cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
hot water (to desired consistency)
salt (to taste)

Blend everything but the hot water, then add hot water for desired consistency, run on high until you reach the desired temperature, and salt to taste.

As with yesterday’s soup, it’s much better than the two stars suggests, but I wouldn’t say it was necessarily better than the Spicy Tomato Soup (★★☆☆☆) I made yesterday, so I gave it the same rating.

It’s hard to believe it’s only been 10 days since I got my Vitamix 5200, especially considering how many times I’ve used it, but I am absolutely loving it.  I hope I can keep finding fun things to make in it for a long while to come, even if the current pace is pretty unsustainable. 🙂

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