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Are you nuts for Coconuts? Countdown to Vegan in the Sun

February 6, 2010

I had to take time out the weekend to keep the blog going because many of you were checking back during the week. I have been tied down in my kitchen for over 8 hours a day and I have been dealing with my testers who are a great bunch so I have not had time to focus on this blog. From now on I will be blogging weekly or fortnightly to give you updates and sneak peaks for the book Vegan in the Sun. Note that none of the shots on the blog will be used in the book so expect something a little different in the book.

I wouldn’t say I am nuts for coconuts but I really like them. I am from the Caribbean but throwing coconut in a dish at random is not my thing. I like tried and tested recipes that really show off the coconut and not make it feel like some random addition.

For the first dish I contacted my friend Felix at Simply Trini Cooking for some guidance. It is a coconut chutney that is made in Trinidad and served on rice dishes and doubles. My friends from Trinidad kept telling me I had to put this recipe in the book but I never tasted it before and I did not want to take the risk. Coconut chutney is made from roasted coconut which you can do in your own kitchen without causing any annoyance to the neighbours. I peeled the hard skin from my coconut and I used a tongs and I roasted it on an open flame so it could looked like this.

The end result of the chutney is a very spicy flavourful sauce with a smoky coconut taste. Only for adventurous eaters!! I took out some of the liquid so that the chutney could photograph better but the chutney is  very liquid. Thank you Felix I made some changes to the recipe but you will always be my go to for OK -ing Trini food.

Coconut Chutney

The next dish is a coconut flan set with agar agar and garnished with grilled rummy pineapple. I love this flan and I will start to cook with agar agar more in the future.

Coconut Flan

This next one was created by mistake and it is a baked coconut flan in homemade short crust pastry with a delicate texture and complex taste in the middle.

Coconut Flan Tart

Finally, Barbadian Coconut Sorbet Blocks. These are colourful blocks of spiced sweet coconut milk frozen and served. The kids really love them and so do I. I tried dyeing  with turmeric and beet. The beet was not set yet so I had to show the  blocks that were set.

Coconut Sorbet Blocks

ALL of these recipes would be in Vegan in the Sun out later this year.

So now tell me are you nuts for coconuts?

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2010 1:27 pm

    I love love love coconut chutney. Not always available at the doubles man, but when it is…! I also like it with roti and curry, since coconut can add a little contrast of sweetness. I have never made it, however.

  2. February 6, 2010 2:40 pm

    I am nuts for coconuts– possibly my favorite food. I have never roasted one though! That chutney and flan tart sound delicious, and the sorbet blocks are so cute. I cannot wait for the book 🙂

  3. February 6, 2010 2:53 pm

    I cannot wait for the book to come out! These dishes all look fabulous!

  4. buddhatomic permalink
    February 6, 2010 3:40 pm

    I’ve never really used coconut before, but recently discovered that I really like it! It’s such a nice subtle taste. My boyfriend is a coconut hater though! 😛

  5. February 6, 2010 6:06 pm

    I adore anything with coconuts, and coconuts with mango or pineapple is just over the top. I even use coconut oil for my eczema (miracle cure!). That chutney looks especially amazing, I would serve that with everything!

    • Taymer permalink*
      February 7, 2010 6:18 pm

      I am trying to use coconut in more savory dishes as I realised that it really works

  6. February 6, 2010 10:31 pm

    I adore the flavour that fire-roasted coconut gives to chutneys and other savoury dishes it can be used in.

    That photograph of the grilled pineapple is awesome!

    You have been busy, look how many things you made to post about!

    • Taymer permalink*
      February 7, 2010 6:16 pm

      Now I cannot eat pelau without it now
      I am hooked
      I wished mine was more smokey…
      will introduce the rents to it

  7. February 6, 2010 11:33 pm

    I am so excited about your book! I am glad that it is official and you can share all this Vegan Goodness beyond the net. You deserve it hun!

    • Taymer permalink*
      February 7, 2010 6:17 pm

      Miss Shelley
      Thanks for the support
      I tried to go on the blog but something was wrong on Sat morning…

  8. February 7, 2010 12:21 am

    Not sure what flan is, but that coconut flan looks pretty good.

    • Taymer permalink*
      February 7, 2010 6:16 pm

      A flan is a soft pie…In france its it made with egg yolks and put into a pastry and baked. The other flans made are made with agar agar which is a setting agents so you mix the milks and cook the agar and then you put it in a pan and into the fridge and then you have a flan
      It is eaten cold like a pudding

  9. misoforbreakfast permalink
    February 7, 2010 5:02 pm

    Gorgeous! The chutney looks soooo delicious!

  10. February 7, 2010 9:39 pm

    I love coconuts! Everything from the water to the milk to the jelly. I also use coconut oil in baking quite alot.

  11. February 8, 2010 6:03 pm

    Tay I just had to see the final pic. It looks awesome… Just wished I could taste your spin, with the lime added.

  12. February 8, 2010 11:13 pm

    Excellent…Being from the Caribbean I can truly appreciate those great coconut recipes. They look fabulous!

    http://nuestracena-vegancuisine.blogspot.com

  13. Sholly permalink
    February 13, 2010 1:40 am

    Those look fantastic. Coconut is one of the best things ever. I just stumbled across this site recently, but I’m already really looking forward to this book.

  14. July 7, 2011 9:31 pm

    Your place is valueable for me. Thanks!…

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