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Let’s Get Cooking: Coconut Milk

Coconuts are an almost perfect food: highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by  those with lactose intolerance as well as vegans says, https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/ingredient-focus-coconut-milk

Given proper care and growing conditions coconuts palms grow rapidly, can produce up to 100 coconuts a year, and live to be 100 years old!  So if you are lucky enough to have access to coconuts – and they are grown in more than 90 countries around the world, one delicious way to use them is to make your own coconut milk.

In the May/June 2017 issue of Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine, “Cuckoo for Coconuts,” Ryan Burden shares his knowledge and passion for coconuts, including this recipe for coconut milk:

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Ryan Burden, a young man from Hā’iku, Maui, on a mission to get more people to eat coconuts, niu in Hawaiian.

How to make homemade Coconut Milk:

Ingredients

  • One older, shaker coconut [almost fully mature, these coconuts have thick meat and are rich in coconut oil].
  • 1 or 2 rubber or spoonmeat coconuts [younger coconuts with jelly consistency meat]
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You will need coconut meat

STEP 1

Split the coconut in half by tapping firmly around the circumference. Tip: You can use any hard surface, like the back of a machete, a cleaver, even a stone.

Scrape out the meat using a coconut tool or butter knife; cut into 2-inch pieces.

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STEP 2

Fill a high-powered blender halfway with coconut pieces and top with water. Water from a sweet coconut is best, but you can use plain H20. If you do, add a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of salt.

Tip: Make sure the water is at least 73 degrees; otherwise, the oils won’t emerge.

Blend on high for 30 to 45 seconds. Tip: Coconut meat is tough. Gradually increasing the speed avoids overheating the blender.

STEP 3

Strain through a nutmilk bag or fine cheesecloth. Squeeze out every bit, and put into a jar.

Fill to the very top, leaving no air in the jar to spoil the water. Chill immediately.

After the jar is opened, milk will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator, but is best enjoyed within two days.

For the complete article including how to open a coconut, go to <https://mauimagazine.net/coconuts/

Have fun making – and drinking your homemade coconut milk.

Aloha, Renée

Let’s Get Cooking: Asparagus – Pistachio-Crusted with Feta Vinaigrette (vegan option)

Pistachio-Crusted Asparagus with Feta Vinaigrette

Recipe from Handmade Gatherings: Recipes & Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations & Potluck Parties (Roost Books).

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Chef Ashley

Every spring, Ashley English, author and homesteader, uses asparagus fresh from her garden in Chandler, North Carolina.  She says, “When I notice that those first, tender, thin green spears have poked their sleepy heads from the soil, that’s my cue that spring has arrived.”  Here’s her favorite asparagus recipe.

Yield: 4-6 servings

2 pounds large asparagus

¼ cup olive oil

1 cup shelled pistachios

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons feta, crumbled (Look below for a vegan “feta” that is tasty – and 100% dairy free)

1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

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Vinaigrette

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup feta, crumbled

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

Several grinds of black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse the asparagus, and cut about an inch off the stem ends. Pat to dry. Place the asparagus on a dry baking sheet, and cook it for three minutes to dry off any excess moisture. Remove the sheet from the oven and toss the asparagus on the sheet with the olive oil.

Crush the pistachios in a food processor (or under a towel with a kitchen mallet or hammer) for about 1 minute, until finely ground. Transfer the ground nuts to a small mixing bowl. Using a spoon or clean hands, mix the nuts with the salt. Lay the asparagus out evenly across the baking sheet. Sprinkle them with half of the ground pistachio and salt blend. Turn the spears over, then evenly sprinkle them with rest of the ground pistachios.

Cook 10 minutes, then remove from the oven, and carefully plate the spears onto a platter using tongs. Add all of the vinaigrette ingredients to a lidded container or a food processor. Shake or blend until smooth. Drizzle the plated asparagus with the vinaigrette. Top with the chopped parsley and feta. Serve at room temperature.

Seen in Spring 2017 edible ASHEVILLE, p. 42.

** For vegan feta, see this recipe from Nikki at EatingVibrantly.com for instant raw vegan feta: https://www.eatingvibrantly.com/instant-raw-vegan-feta-cheese/

Enjoy.  Happy Spring, Renée

Let’s Get Cooking: Homemade Coconut Butter

Now more aware of the health benefits of coconuts, I’ve been seeing how I can get more of the wonderful power food.  Here’s a simple recipe for homemade coconut butter that you might want to try too.

Meagen, the Vegan Food Addict, says, “Coconut butter, sometimes referred to as creamed coconut, is becoming increasingly popular. With its popularity, however, it can be expensive and often difficult to find. The good news though is that you can still enjoy it…just make your own! If you have access to shredded coconut or coconut flakes, you are in luck.

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Coconut flakes. – Meagen’s photo

Check out this recipe:

Homemade Coconut Butter
Yields approximately 1 cup

4 cups unsweetened flaked coconut

Place coconut in the bowl of a food processor and process for 5-10 minutes*, or until smooth; stopping occasionally to scrape sides of bowl.

Store coconut butter in an airtight container at room temperature, in the fridge, or freezer. Coconut butter will begin to solidify after resting.

*Processing time may take more or less time depending on food processor”

Meagen has many more tasty recipes including Tikil Gomen, (Ethiopian Cabbage and Potatoes).  Check out her blog.

Coconut Butter and more from Meagen: ttps://veganfoodaddict.wordpress.com

Aloha, Renée

Let’s Get Cooking – Bali: Mango and Chickpea Tabouli

This recipe from Ayu Spicy is loaded with protein and keeps for several days refrigerated – where it just gets better.

Mango & Chickpea Tabouli – Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

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Coconut yogurt from Chef Simon Jongenotter

  • 1 tsp. orange zest, grated – just the orange part not the white pith
  • 1 cup cooked rice or quinoa
  • 1 can (439 g, about 16 oz) garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 ripe mango cut into 1  1/2 cm x  1  1/2 cm pieces (under 2 inch cubes)
  • 2 Tbl. coriander leaf, chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl mix the orange and lime juices, the curry powder, yogurt, and the orange zest.  When this is well mixed add the cooked rice or quinoa and stir again.

Now add the garbanzo beans and raisins, mixing well.  Finally add the mango pieces and the chopped coriander leaf and mix gently.

Set the tabouli aside, covered, for at least an hour for the flavors to mix and mature.  When you are ready to eat, turn it onto a serving dish and garnish with the toasted almonds.

This tabouli keeps well in the fridge.  If you plan to have leftovers, don’t sprinkle all the almonds on at once but save some for when it comes ot of the fridge an sprinkle on just before serving.

Enjoy your meal!

“Salamat makan,” Renée

from: “Food Glorious Food” Bali Advertiser, 12-26 Oct. 2016, 45)

Image from: <https://theflexitarian.co.uk/recipe-items/mango-tabbouleh-vegan/

Let’s Get Cooking – Bali: Coconut and Lemongrass Soup

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This weekend, the second annual Bali Vegan Festival was held in Ubud.  It was fabulous – with speakers, classes, talks, movies, music, food, and, of course, ideas.

http://www.baliveganfestival.com/

To show you how wonderful – and easy – making healthy vegan food can be, here’s a recipe from the Bali Vegan Festival program.

The raw, vegan soup is a creation of Chef Arif Springs and his team at Taksu, spa and restaurant and a sponsor of the festival.  http://www.taksuspa.com/.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 4 stalks lemongrass
  • 1 tsp honey (or if you are vegan, substitute agave nectar, coconut nectar, or maple syrup)
  • Pinch of diced garlic
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Zucchini, cucumber and/or coriander for garnish

Directions

  1. Soak cashews in water for two hours.
  2. Cut a thin slice from a clove of garlic and dice finely.
  3. Juice lemongrass (strain out the pulp).
  4. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  5. Garnish with pealed zucchini, cucumber and/or coriander.  A zucchini flower adds a decorative finish.

Serve at room temperature or refreshingly chilled for a hot day.  Recipe for two.

Enjoy.

Salamat malam, Renée

Let’s Get Cooking – Bali: Mushroom Filled Tempeh-Potato Patties with Lemon Aïoli

As a great appetizer or a vegetarian main dish, these patties are high in protein – and tasty.  Plus you can vary the taste by your choice of mushroom. And you can choose just to make the mushroom sauce and lemon aïoli if you have prepared veggie patties.

Makes: 30 small patties or 8 big ones.

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe of Tempe Potato Patties uncooked (http://baliadvertiser.biz/potato/) – see below or  buy prepared tempeh patties from you local health food market
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill

Ingredients for the mushroom filling:

  • 1 Tbl. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 100 g. (3/4 cup) fresh shitake mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
  • 200 g  ( 1  1/2 cups)fresh portobello mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 Tbl. crumbled dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • salt and pepper – to taste

Ingredients for the Lemon Aïoli

  • 4 hard-cooked egg yolks, save the whites for another use
  • 3 Tbl lemon or lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 pinches of ground cayenne
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest, finely grated
  • 1 small clove of garlic, pressed
  • 5 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Make the recipe for Tempe Potato Patties up to the point where you form the patties or – as I would do – open up your Life Foods veggie patties.

If you love cooking, you can make your own patties:

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Tempeh patties

Tempe Potato Patties from http://baliadvertiser.biz/potato/
Serves 4

Ingredients for Potatoes :
– 350 gr. (about 1.4 cups or 12.34 ounces) potatoes
– ½ tsp. salt
– ¼ tsp. cumin powder
– ¼ tsp. coriander powder
– 1/8 tsp. cayenne or red chili powder
– 1 clove garlic, pressed
– 2 Tbl. celery leaves finely chopped
– pepper to taste

Ingredients for Tempe :
– 100 gr. (3/4 cup or 3.53 ounces) tempe
– 1/8 tsp. salt
– 1/8 tsp. cumin powder
– 1/8 tsp. coriander powder
– cayenne or red chili powder to taste
– pepper to taste
– 1 egg beaten in a small bowl
– ¾ cup bread crumbs on a small plate
– Canola oil for frying

Directions:

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Boil the potatoes in their skins until soft. Set aside until cool enough to handle and then remove the skins. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Once they are evenly mashed add the salt, cumin, coriander, chili powder, celery leaves, and pepper. Mix well. Set this aside.

Boil the tempeh for about 10 minutes or until done. Mash the tempeh. Add the salt, cumin, coriander, chili powder, and pepper. When this is well mixed add the potato mixture and mix very well. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Make patties about 6 cm in diameter and 2 cm thick from this mixture. You should have about 8-9 patties.

Or – if you don’t have time or the passion for cooking, buy quality veggie patties such as those from Life Foods:

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or

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Life Foods has other great veggie choices

http://www.lifefoodsinc.com/

Whatever your choice, cook the patties:

Heat about 1 Tbl. canola oil in a non-stick frying pan big enough to hold all the patties in one layer. (You can also do this in two batches – it is important that they are in one layer.) While the oil heats, take a patty and dip it in the beaten egg and then in the bread crumbs, coating both sides of the patty. Do this with the remaining patties. Fry the patties until golden brown and then flip them over and brown the other side, adding oil as needed. These are most delicious when well browned and served warm.

Set this aside.

Make the mushroom filling by heating 1 Tbl. olive oil in a frying pan.  When the oil is hot add the garlic and shallots, stir frying until the shallots are limp.  Crumble in the dried thyme leaves, giving it a good stir and then add the shitake and Portobello mushrooms.  Stir fry these over a high heat until they start to brown and release their juices.  Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper and continue stir frying until most of the juice evaporates.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

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Sauté the mushrooms until most of the liquid is gone.

If you are making appetizers, take a spoonful of the Tempe Potato Patty dough and flatten into a 5 cm disk.  Make another one the same size.  Put 1 tsp.of the mushroom filling on a disk and top with a sprig of dill.  Take another disk and lay on top of the mushroom filling, pushing down to flatten and pinching the sides closed.  Continue like this until you have used all the tempe potato dough and the sautéed mushrooms.  You should have about 30 small filled patties.

If you want to eat this as a vegetarian main course make the patties bigger and fill with a larger amount of sautéed  mushrooms.  You should have about 8 large filled patties.

Keep the patties warm in the oven until ready to serve.

As you are cooking the patties, make the lemon aïoli.

Put all the ingredients for the lemon aïoli, except the oil, in blender, food processor, stick blender container or a deep mortar with a pestle.  Combine the ingredients until smooth. Slowly add the oil while continuing to mix.  Taste and correct for salt, pepper and lemon juice.

You can either drizzle the sauce over the patties or serve it in a bowl for each diner to dip into.

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Bon Appetit!

Recipe by Ayu Spicy in “Food Glorious Food” from Bali Advertiser, 14-28 Sept. 2016, p. 44

http://baliadvertiser.biz/mushroom-filled-tempe-potato-patties-with-lemon-aioli/

Enjoy – and as they say in Bali, “Selamat makan,”  Renée

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Let’s Get Cooking: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – from Grandma Ola Edith Backensto Riley

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Elaine –  carrying on Grandma Edith’s family recipes

Although I don’t remember my Grandma Riley, she lives on in her good cooking.  Here’s another delicious family recipe handed down from our grandma to my cousin Elaine:

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Elaine’s wonderful pineapple upside down cake.  It’s quick and easy to make.

Ingredients:

1 – 15oz. can of pineapple rounds (cannot use fresh pineapple) – save juice in can

1  – cup light brown sugar

1 – stick of butter

1 1/2  cup –  white sugar

3 – eggs

1/2 cup – cold water

1 1/2 cup – flour

2 tsp. – baking powder (rounded)

1 tsp. – vanilla

Procedure:

Melt brown sugar and butter in cast iron skillet until the mixture bubbles.

Add pineapple rounds in the bottom of the skillet.

In a separate bowl, mix white sugar, eggs, water, flour baking powder, & vanilla.

Pour over pineapple mixture.

Bake: at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.  (Done when a toothpick comes out clean).

Elaine says this pineapple upside-down cake is best served with pineapple curd and whipped cream.

Presentation:

Pineapple curd recipe

Cream together –

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter (margarine)

1 or 2 eggs well beaten…

1 heaping tablespoon flour

Heat juice  – saved juice from the can of pineapple….

Add above mixture of creamed sugar and margarine,

Add 1 heaping Tablespoon of flour,

Stir constantly until thick and smooth…

Let cool and serve with real whipped cream over cake ….makes a nice presentation.. and now we are all hungry…

Serves: 10      –   unless Thor is home 🙂

Slices don't last long.

Slices don’t last long.

Enjoy.

Aloha, Renée

Barry’s Gleanings: Each Monday?

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Ducks on Jalan Bisma, Ubud, Bali.

“A decade ago, the trailblazers at Meatless Monday asked Americans to go flesh-free 1 day a week. Now that people in 29 different countries have embraced the switch, it’s a movement with serious impact.

‘Eliminating a day of meat can cut your weekly saturated fat by about 15%,’ says Peggy Neu, president of the Monday Campaigns. It also saves fossil fuels: If all Americans avoided meat and cheese 1 day a week for a year, we’d save the same amount as taking 7.6 million cars off the road. That’s a lot of bang for your veggie burger buck.”

 

“Is It Monday Yet? Try Crispy Black Bean Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa — or one of the nine other delicious meatless recipes from Mario Batali and other premier chiefs–from <prevention.com/meatless-recipes>”

From: “New Food Rules” by Mark Bittman in Prevention, March 2014, p. 91.

Aloha, Renée

Let’s Get Cooking: Balinese Gado Gado, cold vegetable salad

Gado gado, a  Balinese salad (served with peanut sauce) is a traditional vegetable dish.  What makes this healthy salad particularly delicious is, of course, the peanut sauce.

gadogadoKizmetwAt Dewa and Ayu’s family compound – a wonderful Balinese meal.

Gado gado is simple and healthy.

This recipe from Payuk Bali: Balinese Cooking Class serves four.

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Ingredients for the salad:

–       100 gr (3.53 oz) long beans, cut and blanched

–       1 cup (240 mL) bean sprouts, blanched

–       100 gram (3.53 oz) spinach, blanched

–       1 young carrot, thinly sliced

–       1/4 head of cabbage, chopped and blanched

–       1 piece tempe, deep fried, thinly sliced

–       1 hard boiled egg, cut in wedges (optional for vegetarians)

–       2 tsp. (10 gram)  shallots, sliced, fried

–       1/2 cup (120 mL) Balinese peanut sauce (see previous post).

The presentation varies.

gadogadoBollerow-1Gado gado at Bolleros on Jalan Dewasita in Ubud.

gadogadosomaw-1Gado gado at the new Soma’s on Jalan Gootama in Ubud.

Mix the ingredients together as you wish – and serve.

gadogadodewawGado gado at Dewa Warung on Jalan Gootama in Ubud.

See the previous post for the Balinese peanut sauce recipe.

I think you will love gado gado too.

“Selamat makan”  (enjoy your meal),

Renée

Let’s Get Cooking: Balinese Peanut Sauce

Balinese meals include wonderful sauces. Many are spicy; my favorite is the peanut sauce, often used for satays and for a tasty Indonesian salad, gado-gado.

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gadogadoayuwBarry eating a gado-gado with Ayu’s spicy peanut sauce at Vera Accommodation in Ubud.

This peanut sauce recipe from Payuk Bali: Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, serves four.

Ingredients:

–       300 gram (10.58 oz.) peanuts

–       1 clove garlic

–       4 shallots

–       aromatic ginger – to taste

–       12.5 gram (.44 oz) brown sugar (or palm sugar in Bali)

–       fresh (or dried) chili pepper – to taste

–       fresh lime juice

–       1 Tbsp sweet soy sauce

–      coconut milk (or water)

Cooking –

Fry the peanuts until golden brown, remove from the pan and leave to cool.

Drain off all but a little of the excess oil.

Grind the peanuts to make a paste.

Add fresh chili pepper, garlic, salt, brown sugar, and aromatic ginger to the peanut paste, grind to mix.  Sample to adjust flavor.

Put peanut pate in a pan, add a little water to thin—use coconut milk for richer taste.

Add sweet soy sauce into the peanut sauce to taste and bring to a boil.

Simmer peanut sauce until thick and season with lemon or lime juice.

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“Selamat makan” (enjoy your meal),  Renée

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