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HOUJICHA MANGO AVOCADO PARFAIT

LIANN__B
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NIKO NEKO


liann__b is a home cafe on instagram that brings you a cozy cafe atmosphere without having to leave your home. Inspired by her cafe hopping days, this home cafe allows her to recreate those moments and express her creativity by coming up with her own favourite recipes. The recipes that she creates are just as mesmerising as it is convenient and simple to make, guaranteed to produce a mouth-watering dish ready to be photographed and served.

“I started to make my IG like a cafe’s account, but it’s actually my home, with the food that I passionately created.”

Liann B / @liann__b

Instagram: liann__b
Facebook: wukkabyliannb



INTERVIEW WITH LIANN__B


Your food/drink photos on instagram are amazingly aesthetic and dream-like — how did your passion start?

I used to be a frequent cafe hopper in the past, as I always enjoyed the cafe atmosphere. During the cafe trend waves, I often went cafe hopping – but after some time I found most of the menus to be similar & simple. Since I am a home person, I started my "home cafe" by decorating my home like a cozy cafe. I cooked & styled the food, and of course without wasting my effort, I took photos & shared them with my friends.

I found photography as a way to express my passion for food, and am lucky enough to have guidance from a close friend. I did a lot of research on food photography. After trial and error, I questioned myself: “Why do I need to follow others? I should have my own style which is my home cafe”. That’s when I started to make my IG like a cafe’s account, but it’s actually my home, with the food that I passionately created.

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Your food/drink photos on instagram are amazingly aesthetic and dream-like — how did your passion start?

I used to be a frequent cafe hopper in the past, as I always enjoyed the cafe atmosphere. During the cafe trend waves, I often went cafe hopping – but after some time I found most of the menus to be similar & simple. Since I am a home person, I started my "home cafe" by decorating my home like a cozy cafe. I cooked & styled the food, and of course without wasting my effort, I took photos & shared them with my friends.

I found photography as a way to express my passion for food, and am lucky enough to have guidance from a close friend. I did a lot of research on food photography. After trial and error, I questioned myself: “Why do I need to follow others? I should have my own style which is my home cafe”. That’s when I started to make my IG like a cafe’s account, but it’s actually my home, with the food that I passionately created.

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What do you do for a living, and how do you balance work and passion?

I’ve been working in the fashion industry for years as a Fashion Designer & Merchandiser.
Being creative is a MUST in my everyday life. I love doing all sorts of styling & matching, even with food that I love! With creativity, everything can turn into something else, as long as you don’t restrict any possibility with those common knowledge.

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    Any personal tips for your viewers on taking mesmerizing photos of their matcha creations?

    Bring out the best of the main subject that you need to present in the photos. Of course when it comes to food/drinks, the food in the photos should not only look good by its plating, but it must also be appetizing. I also chose dinnerware that best matches with the food/drinks that I’ve made. Sometimes a fancy background can be too overwhelming, so it’s better to keep the background as simple as you can.


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    What is your most favorite creation with Niko Neko Matcha / Houjicha / Genmaicha powder so far?

    I can’t decide this! But I deeply recommend the Matcha Peanut Spread. It is so easy & can even be turned into a sauce as well only by adjusting the liquid in the recipe.
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    What do you like about working with Niko Neko Matcha / Houjicha / Genmaicha powder when creating your recipes?

    The powder is much easier to dissolve in water even using cold water. Most of my recipes need to use room temperature ingredients, so it’s much convenient for me to get started anytime. Plus I LOVE GENMAICHA!! which is very hard to find in powder form, it is so exciting to create food with the genmaicha powder.
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      Personal tips for your recipe viewers when working with Matcha recipes.

      Always remember they are the main character in the recipe. Be careful when using flavorful sweetener such as honey, coconut sugar or maple syrup, they may dumb down the amazing matcha flavours.
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      What do you do for a living, and how do you balance work and passion?

      I’ve been working in the fashion industry for years as a Fashion Designer & Merchandiser.
      Being creative is a MUST in my everyday life. I love doing all sorts of styling & matching, even with food that I love! With creativity, everything can turn into something else, as long as you don’t restrict any possibility with those common knowledge.

      Any personal tips for your viewers on taking mesmerizing photos of their matcha creations?

      Bring out the best of the main subject that you need to present in the photos. Of course when it comes to food/drinks, the food in the photos should not only look good by its plating, but it must also be appetizing.
      I also chose dinnerware that best matches with the food/drinks that I’ve made. Sometimes a fancy background can be too overwhelming, so it’s better to keep the background as simple as you can.
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      What is your most favorite creation with Niko Neko Matcha / Houjicha / Genmaicha powder so far?

      I can’t decide this! But I deeply recommend the Matcha Peanut Spread. It is so easy & can even be turned into a sauce as well only by adjusting the liquid in the recipe.

      What do you like about working with Niko Neko Matcha / Houjicha / Genmaicha powder when creating your recipes?

      The powder is much easier to dissolve in water even using cold water. Most of my recipes need to use room temperature ingredients, so it’s much convenient for me to get started anytime. Plus I LOVE GENMAICHA!! Which is very hard to find in powder form, it is so exciting to create food with the genmaicha powder.
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      Personal tips for your recipe viewers when working with Matcha recipes.

      Always remember they are the main character in the recipe. Be careful when using flavorful sweetener such as honey, coconut sugar or maple syrup, they may dumb down the amazing matcha flavours.


      RECIPE

      Houjicha Mango Avocado Parfait

      by liann__b



      Ingredients

      1/2 Avocado (approx 60g)
      40ml Cold Milk 
      10g Stevia / Fine Sugar 
      5g TSUBAKI / Houjicha Powder

      Toppings:
      Diced Mango
      Crunchy bits (any of you favorite: granolas / nuts / cereals etc)



      Method To Assemble

      1. Blend all the ingredients except mango until silky smooth paste.
      2. Pour in a bowl / parfait glass, served with diced mango on top. In the picture: yogurt, cocoa nibs, desiccated coconuts.


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