Recently I got my hands on a grrreeeaat jicama (crunchy, watery, root veggie)- now this is a rare thing since I can only get them in the city (4 hours away), and even then, there's no guarentee it will be a good one. But this time it was pretty close to the "perfect" one. Yay! Now, there are heaps of things you can do with this versatile veggie - including Joz's lemon poppyseed cake that I've been wanting to make for quite a while, but this time I decided to use it a few other ways: in veggie kabobs, as cheesey ravioli wrappers, and in chocolate covered nutty balls.
I quite enjoy the challenge of throwing dishes together with only a minimum of ingredients that I have on hand. So on my
kabob day I used : red and orange bell peppers, jicama, and avocado - marinated in a delicious Cilantro Vinaigrette from Alissa Cohen's Living on Live Food
. Oh boy - this was my first time making it, and I'm glad I did! Packed with cilantro, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic, sea salt, and honey...its super tangy and herby, with a touch of sweetness.
I cubed the jicama and tossed it with a little olive oil and sea salt, before running it rhought a coating of black and white sesame seeds. Ooh, what a nice crunch the seeds add.
For the large, flat raviolis (and some rolled up cigar style): I thinly sliced more jicama on my mandoline and then spread cheddar cheese dip mixed with shredded chard and spinach, between two sheets. I served this with leftover cilantro dressing from the kabobs.
For a quick "throw together", I made dessert with the last of
the jicama. These have almost everything under the sun in them, blended together until smooth in a food processor. Lets see if I can remember most, if not all the ingredients: pecans, jicama, walnuts, dates, raw oat flour, agave, macadamia nuts, vanilla, lucuma, sea salt, maca, mesquite...hmm, yup I think thats about it! I let the mixture sit in the fridge to firm up and then rolled into balls before double dipping them into Carmella's chocolate
. As you can see in the pic, some are still drying but it only takes a few mins, a trip to the fridge speeds up this process.