I think the combination of coconut and dark chocolate is one of the most pleasurable flavours I can think of. The gritty texture of the coconut combined with the silky dark chocolate is used in many iconic sweets and topping this dessert with the sweet. succulent strawberries that are at the peak of their season produces this simple yet amazing dessert which few will be unable to resist.
This soup is a great warm up during these cold chilly days. It is one of those budget meals that you can make very quickly and the taste improves the day after making it.
Fresh food that is simple, quick and homemade is always best. This is the perfect winter warmer. It is economical quick to prepare as you can literally make it in 30 minutes.
I find that peeling the butternut squash is probably what puts most people off. With this soup you can literally use all the vegetable, skin included.
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
‘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
‘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
‘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
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
I made this cake again on TV this week and it always proves to be a great success, not only in the taste and texture but also in the response from the audience. In a Mediterranean Diet we go back to old traditions to the days when processed food was not around. I have been testing a line of new recipes for the last … Read More Converting processed sugar to natural sugar: banana coconut cake
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
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
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