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Tag: #coconut

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Quick Coconut and Lemon Muffins [diabetic friendly, gluten free, lactose free, no added refined sugar

‘these muffins have a deep and  intense coconut flavour from coconut oil, coconut paste, shredded coconut and coconut flour.  They are gluten free and perfect for lunch boxes or a healthy snack to take to work and eat at your desk.  The taste of these muffins improves the next day’ You will need: 50ml coconut oil 50g coconut paste 4 eggs 100g self raising … Read More Quick Coconut and Lemon Muffins [diabetic friendly, gluten free, lactose free, no added refined sugar

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Vegan curry with coconut milk

‘I like using when possible dried beans.  The flavor and texture of cooked dried legumes is far superior to canned ones and you can control the amount of added salt.  This coconut flavored curry makes an ideal weekday winter meal’ You will need: 200g black eyed beans, soaked and cooked 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1/4 teaspoon … Read More Vegan curry with coconut milk

Cauliflower Coconut Soup with fresh fennel leaf and coriander pesto

‘This is my kind of meal.  I enjoyed every spoonful after our programme.  I will use the pesto of cashew and fresh coriander as a dip with poppadums tomorrow.  Try to keep the cauliflower soup as white as possible as the contrast is striking. I like to boil the onions and garlic for my soup rather than frying them.  The sweetness comes out and … Read More Cauliflower Coconut Soup with fresh fennel leaf and coriander pesto

Fit for a Queen

‘Coconut balls are so popular at Christmas here and we made a variety of gluten free balls during our show.  We used mashed potato to make a few batches and also some dark chocolate and tahini coconut cake pops.’ For the White Tropical Coconut Balls you will need: 3 cups mashed potato 3 cups coconut 5 tablespoons honey 1/2 packet of dried pineapple 1/2 … Read More Fit for a Queen

Chocolate Coconut cake with reduced sugar and no butter

Some of my readers tell me that they are not able to get used to the taste of Stevia. Of course Stevia is not processed sugar and our tastebuds need to adjust. This chocolate coconut cake which I made during our show this week has equal quantities of sugar and stevia, with the idea of gradually eliminating sugar. For the chocolate coconut cake you … Read More Chocolate Coconut cake with reduced sugar and no butter

Coconut Chocolate Bakes, no added refined sugar, no added fats

d  This bake contains no butter and no added refined sugar.  You will need: 200g flour 100g  coconut 125g ricotta 2 tablespoons agave 2 drops good vanilla extract grated zest of half an orange 1 egg cold water 200g dark chocolate and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to decorate plus roasted chopped almonds (optional) Preheat the oven to 170C.  Sieve the flour.  Add the ricotta/ … Read More Coconut Chocolate Bakes, no added refined sugar, no added fats

Strawberry & Coconut Tart with a butter free pastry

  Here we have strawberries on a coconut cream inside a coconut crust. I am usg desiccated coconut, flaked coconut, fresh coconut shavings and coconut milk. The fruit is left as close to it’s natural state as possible, no glaze, not overly manipulated, an appreciation of what nature has given us. Following a Mediterranean Diet and reducing the processed ingredients I have used ricotta … Read More Strawberry & Coconut Tart with a butter free pastry

Coconut pops

I made coconut pops in the weekend by baking this moist all-in-one coconut cake and breaking it down to make some pops. I used about 3/4 of it, froze the rest of the crushed cake. To make the cake for the pops you will need: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups self raising flour 2 drops good vanilla extract … Read More Coconut pops

Spilt Pea and zucchini soup

The soup today is mum’s recipe. It is made with zucchini and dried green split peas which I always have in my store cupboard. Split peas are very high in protein and low in fat and they give the soup a distinct earthy flavor. All you need to do is soak the split peas overnight and if you wish to speed up the time … Read More Spilt Pea and zucchini soup

Truffles, truffles and more truffles…

Today unexpectedly ended up being a bumper truffle-making day, over 1000 of them … a variety of flavors and colors, and looking at them on silver platters, a feast and it feels like Christmas is really coming now…. decadent, to-die-for truffles and just cannot wait. The smell of chocolate is making me nearly delirious. I dream of Prestat in London and how I am … Read More Truffles, truffles and more truffles…

From an island bursting with sunshine in the Fall, a very moist lemon coconut tray cake….

Those who follow my blog know about my passion for making all sorts of condiments, chutneys and jams using local fruits and vegetables. I get enormous pleasure out of cutting the fruit myself and producing these preserves that have virtually no carbon footprint. And how can you beat the freshness and purity of pesticide-free fruit that goes from the tree straight into the pan … Read More From an island bursting with sunshine in the Fall, a very moist lemon coconut tray cake….

Grown up trick or treating …Coconut Candy with Pistachios and Venezuelan Rio Caribe Chocolate

This is grown up trick or treating candy, a rich, sweet coconut base topped with 72% Rio Caribe Venezuelan Single Estate Chocolate by artisan cacao farmer Willie Harcourt-Cooze. The flavor of this chocolate is wonderful and the bitter complex tones compliment the sweetness of the coconut layer. I toast and toss the pistachios in a pan and the combination is such a treat ! … Read More Grown up trick or treating …Coconut Candy with Pistachios and Venezuelan Rio Caribe Chocolate