Bring the Cafe Experience Into Your Home During the Lockdown With BOTANIST Tokyo’s Smoothe Recipe

19.April.2020 | FOOD

With the lockdown in place as a result of the coronavirus and businesses closed, BOTANIST’s flagship cafe in Tokyo has released two recipes for people to enjoy the BOTANIST cafe experience from their very own home.

 

The two beverages in question are the delicious-looking “Smoothie Bon Bon Pineapple & Kiwi” and the healthy vegan-friendly “Spring Smoothie.” Both are super simple to make, so check out the recipes below.

 

Smoothie Bon Bon Pineapple & Kiwi

The ingredients used in this tropical drink give it a marble effect, combining pineapple with shiikuwasha syrup and apricot whipped cream. At the very bottom is a sweet kiwi sauce to stir into the drink with your straw for a further depth of flavour.

 

Ingredients (Serves 1)

▼Smoothie
100g pineapple / 10ml juice of shiikuwasha citrus / 60ml milk / 5g granulated sugar

 

▼Amaretto Whipped Cream

20ml whipped cream / 1ml amaretto syrup / 30ml kiwi sauce

▼Toppings
10-13 pineapple slices cut like diamonds / 25g granola / 5g crunchy chocolate pieces / 1 mint leaf

 

Shiikuwasha can be replaced with lemon or lime juice. Taste as you go and adjust to your palate as necessary. Adding amaretto syrup to the whipped cream gives it an apricot taste, but the amaretto is optionalーplain whipped cream works great too. If you can’t get your hands on kiwi sauce, substitute with fresh kiwis. Slice and crush to make it into a puree so it’s small enough to be sucked through your straw.

 

Method

①Measure out your ingredients. Cut your pineapple into diamond slices (see below).
②Put the kiwi sauce into your cup or glass.
③Mix the whipped cream and amaretto syrup. Use a spoon to spoon the whipped cream around the inside of the cup to create a marble effect.
④Blend together your smoothie ingredients and pour into the cup.
⑤Top with the granola.
⑥Spread your pineapple slices around the outside of the cup. Finish with your chocolate crunch pieces and mint leaf.

 

Slicing the Pineapple

①Slice off the top and bottom of your pineapple.
②Slice through the length of the pineapple to divide into four sections.
③Chop off the inner white part of the pineapple.
④-⑥Following the picture below, slice your pineapple into diamond chunks and throw away the skin.
⑥Slice the chunks into thin diamonds.
⑦Spread the slices to create a sunflower pattern. Adjust according to your cup size. Make sure your granola is lower than the lip of your cup so you can properly balance the shape of your pineapple flower.

 

Spring Smoothie

This refreshing smoothie is packed full of spring berries. It’s the perfect spring accompaniment with the sweet and sour kick of the strawberries and raspberries and the subtle sweetness of the sugar beet and soy milk.

 

Ingredients (Serves 1)

50g strawberries / 30g raspberries / 30g sugar beet* / 230ml soy milk
*The sugar beet can be replaced with gomme syrup to make the beverage vegan-friendly. If you’re using caster sugar or granulated sugar, make sure it is fully dissolve into the soy milk first before making the drink.

 

Method

①Measure out your ingredients. A scale like the one above is super useful in this situation since it saves on washing too!
②Put in all the ingredients and mix until smooth.
③Pour into a large glass.

 

BOTANIST Tokyo is currently temporarily closed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Bring the cafe experience home by making one of their tasty smoothies!

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    1


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    2

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    3


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    3rd Place: Toast Arrangements

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    5th Place: Fruit Sandwiches (Check out recipes here)
    6th Place: Cream Soda
    7th Place: Eggs Benedict
    8th Place: Snoopy Gyoza
    9th Place: Candy Marshmallows
    10th Place: Deko (“Giant”) Ice Cream

     

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    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at six more cute, easy-to-make toast recipes that were featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Try making them yourself at home for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack.

     

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    1: Orange Toast | @candyrose914

    Candy Rose’s recipe shows us how to make orange toast. Orange and chocolate is a tried and tested combination. The fresh cream adds a dessert-like quality to the toast.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread  ・Navel Orange & Chocolate Jam  ・Orange Jam ・Fresh cream ・Orange

     

    Method
    1: Simmer the orange in white wine and granulated sugar.
    2: Toast bread and smear with the jam.
    3: Add a dollop of fresh cream on top.
    4: Top with sliced orange and tuck in!

     

    2: Mini Strawberry & Red Bean Paste Butter Toast | @__yk._

    yk.’s toast recipe is a combination of Japanese and western flavours with red bean paste and buttered brioche which looks cute when it’s cut thick and small like in the picture♡

     

    Ingredients
    ・Brioche toast ・Strawberries ・Red bean paste ・Butter ・Fresh cream

     

    Method
    1: Toast the bread and add the red bean paste.
    2: Top with a strawberry and fresh cream.
    3: Finish with a knob of butter and enjoy!

     

    3: Apple Toast | @ruko_0519

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    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Apple ・Lemon juice ・Sugar ・Fruit granola

     

    Method
    1: Slice apple with the skin on.
    2: Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 30g sugar to the apple and microwave for 3 minutes.
    3: Slice a thin slice of bread and toast. Add the apple compote to the toast and finish with a sprinkle of fruity granola.

     

    4: Marshmallow Toast | @woo.rrei

    Rei has added marshmallows to their toast to create a fluffy, dessert-like, and cafe-worthy recipe.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Marshmallows ・Chocolate Sauce

     

    Method
    1: Slice a thin piece of bread and toast. Top with marshmallows.
    2: Toast once again under a grill until the marshmallows take on colour.
    3: Drizzle with chocolate syrup and you’re done!

     

    5: Open Avocado Sandwich | @keijunrin

    Keiko’s recipe makes a fresh open-style sandwich with lots of avocado. The egg yolk adds a melt-in-the-mouth texture. The texture of the whole thing is nice and smooth.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Avocado ・Pink pepper ・Egg yolk ・Mayonnaise

     

    Method
    1: Add the avocado to a slice of bread and grind on some rose pepper.
    2: Drop on an egg yolk and lightly toast under a grill.
    3: Drizzle with mayonnaise and enjoy!

     

    6: Bread Gratin | @izumxx_37

    izumi’s recipe is a combination of bread and “naporitan” which is a Japanese pasta dish. It’s a hearty serving that makes for a great lunch.

     

    Ingredients
    ・Bread ・Naporitan pasta ・White Sauce ・Cheese

     

    Method
    1: Make naporitan and white sauce in advance. Cut the naporitan into small pieces.
    2: Slice 1 thin and 1 thick slice of bread.
    3: Cut out the inside of the thick slice. Place this hollowed-out thick piece on top of the thin slice of bread. This thin slice forms the bottom of your bread.
    4: Add the naporitan inside. Drizzle in white sauce so it’s like a lid over the pasta.
    5: Sprinkle on cheese, toast, and you’re done!

     

    Bring the cafe experience into your own home by making your own fun toast arrangements.

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