this is an exciting blog post for me, i’m joining my very first blog party ! so this lovely coffee chocolate sauce is actually a part of a bigger picture.
i’ve joined 11 other talented food bloggers to spread the word about the extreme poverty in malawi, and to try to support the coffee producers from the country. the idea is to put malawi coffee on the map. it’s great coffee, just not as well-known as kenyan, colombian or brazilian for example.
now i don’t even drink coffee, but those of you who do – make it malawi coffee next time won’t you ?
fellow swede hans rosling hosts the very informational and strangely entertaining short doc called don’t panic – end poverty ( in english ) that i highly recommend you watch if you haven’y already. it was after watching that programme that one of my favourite food bloggers kimberly from the little plantation came up with the idea to host this blog party, and i’m so happy that she did !
as my online ‘voice’ gets more and more heard, i’ve been meaning to put it to use for campaigns to do good, and this seems like a great place to start.
here’s a full list of the bloggers joining this party, as well as details on which recipes they’ve decided to use the malawi coffee for ( not all of them are vegan though, be warned ^^ ) :
Aimee – Twigg Studios – Winter Spices Coffee Cake
Bettina – Bettina’s Kitchen – Coffee Crunch Chocolate Mousse
Kimberly – The Little Plantation – Vegan Malawi Coffee Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Swirl
Maria – Marrbell – Christmas Coffee and Vanilla Eggnog
Carole – Mademoiselle Poirot – Coffee and Hazelnut Buns with Orange Icing
Dorota – Plants on your plate – Cream of Celeriac with Coffee Drizzle
Valeria – Life Love Food – Zabaione al Caffé
Sophie – The Green Life – Coffee blondies with homemade nutella (vegan, gf)
Joscelyn – Wife Mama Foodie – Salted Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes
Gena – The Full Helping – Coffee Brownies
Ksenia – At The Immigrant’s Table – gluten-free Jewish doughnuts with cardamom coffee cream
tofu and veggie skewers with a spicy coffee chocolate sauce
makes 2 radicchio skewers, and 4 each of the tofu and brussels sprout skewers
1 head of radicchio, quartered ( very bitter, substitute for endive or escarole if you want )
8-10 brussels sprouts, halved
about 400g / 14oz firm tofu, cut in large squares
salt & pepper
a tiny bit of oil for frying, if needed
about 60g / 2 oz vegan very dark chocolate ( i used baking chocolate which is 100% cacao, unsweetened )
1/4 – 1/2 tsp very finely ground malawi coffee
1-2 tsp chili flakes
2 tsp date sugar ( or your preferred sweetener. only use if the chocolate isn’t already sweetened )
3 tbsp peanut butter
a pinch of salt
– set your oven to broil / grill. place the radicchio and brussels sprouts on skewers. when the oven is heated, grill radicchio and sprouts with some salt and pepper on a parchment paper until somewhat softened and golden browned.
– fry the tofu with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of sesame seeds on medium high heat in a bit of oil ( if needed ) until golden brown on each side. place them on skewers, being careful not to burn yourself.
– slowly heat the chocolate until melted. add the rest of the ingredients over medium heat, and stir until completely smooth. give it a taste and add more chili, coffee, or sweetener if needed.
– place the skewers on a plate and drizzle with the sauce. garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and more chili flakes if you want. the sauce is also delicious as a dipping sauce for both savoury and sweet dishes !
if you’re a european reader, i’ve got some good news for you – coffee direct is offering their malawi coffee at 20% off !
just use the code #loveMALAWIcoffee. the code is valid until the end of the month.
when i was in portland i tried central city’s malawi coffee ( and it’s that coffee i’ve used in this recipe ). i love the brand because not only is the coffee great, but it’s also a non-profit organisation working to end homelessness in portland. so doing good both for malawi and for homeless portlanders. so if you’re in portland, run to the shop !
that’s it guys. now it’s up to you !
ending poverty – one cup of joe at a time.
love // jenny
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