I have had some heavy news lately with people around me and their healths. It really reminded me that we are fragile creatures at the end of the day and it
I started to cook much healthier and started this blog in a way to keep records of what I cook for my family. I don't want to be paranoid about food and worry every time I eat something - and I'm not - but there are times like now that I'm reminded to be cautious and am responsible for keeping my family healthy, as the main shopper and cook of the family.
So I thought to make this dessert called Mizuyokan when I was feeling down from the heavy news. It's a jellied dessert made with pureed azuki beans (aka. red beans), sugar and agar agar. This was one of my favorite summer desserts when I was small. I don't almost ever eat this anymore as I don't see them at the shops here and it's not something that people make at home very often. But it's so simple to make, as simple as making jelly.
I knew azuki beans are very nutritious and this site explains why. Also I think agar agar is a much healthier alternative for gelatin. Agar agar is made from seaweed called algae, where as gelatin is made from animal skins and bones. Since I am on a health kick a little more than usual, I made this with raw agave syrup instead of cane sugar. All organic.
I'm not a big fan of heavy red bean desserts. This dessert is also made of lots of water like jello and very light. I think that's why I liked it so much when I was a child.
Mizuyoukan with a cup of maccha green tea lifted my heavy heart a little and brought a little peace for sure.