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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Coconut(ty) Days!

Some of our coconuts were ready for the picking.
Here they are, fresh off the tree. Many will be
gifted to friends and family but I've kept some
for making all those coconut delicacies!

We've heard about coconut oil but coconut owl?!:)
Tu whit!!

Tu whoo!!!

I fried up some with sugar and added cashew nuts---

and turned them into these coconut-filled sweet snack!

Another day...as the sun blazed an orange trail and a
spider wove sunset dreams on a leafless branch, I
headed back to the kitchen

took some grated coconut, added salt, sliced onions,
chopped green chillies and a generous helping of
coriander leaves and made

these! Glad I was able to photograph them. Soon enough the
dish was empty!! Wiped clean by the three men in my life!!

13 comments:

tina said...

OMG-it looks so good! Fresh coconuts straight off the tree?! Yum! Another advantage of living where you live. That is super great. P.S. I have a dog who LOVES fresh coconut. She can't get enough. Cracks us up.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Yummie...I'm hungry again. Coconuts is such a useful plant, just amazing and so good tasting.
Tyra

Susie said...

Kanak-Those coconut recipes sound great. Love your presentation with the flowers.

I love the fact that you can just go out and harvest coconuts. That's really neat.

The orange sun pic is beautiful and so are your words. Great post!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Tina, first time hearing of a dog loving coconut!! Our tree is bearing fruit for the third year now and yes, it's a good feeling.

That's right Tyra. Useful is the word! I'll definitely be having it in different ways in the days to follow!

Susie, I had added some anthuriums too but the colours didn't look good together. So I used basil, coleus (lavender) and Jewels of Opar. The last will always remind me of you. I wouldn't have known its name but for you!

Thanks for all the words you've put in your comment.

perennialgardener said...

You are so lucky to be able to pick fresh coconuts from your own tree! Those look so yummy! :)

Mildred said...

Lovely photos and wonderful recipes!

walk2write said...

Kanak, you never cease to amaze me with your cooking, gardening, photography, and word skills. Beautiful, delicious post! Are the sweet snacks made with dough similar to apple dumplings, and are they deep fried or baked?

Karen said...

Oh man, reading that post made me super hungry! My in-laws grow coconuts in Hawaii but I don't think they really use them. Maybe I can pass along your recipes... yum!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Racquel, thanks. There's space for only one tree in my yard but I'm very happy with it.

Mildred, thanks a ton!

W2W, thank you so much! I feel honoured!
I went through some apple dumpling recipes since I've never made them. They look so delicious! You can omit the baking powder and milk. I only used a pinch of salt, vegetable oil (about a quarter of a cup) and water into the flour.

These are fried on a low flame. When the oil is heated, the flame is reduced and the batches go in.And fried till they turn golden brown.

The sweet variety can also be dipped in hot sugar syrup and then cooled. It looks nice with crystallised sugar on it but in this case you'll have to reduce the sugar that you add to the fried coconut.
W2W, the next time you cook fish--your usual way--I'd love it if you post about it with the recipe. I'll surely try that out!

Karen, that would be really nice. Thanks. Glad my post made you hungry!:)

Chandramouli S said...

Yummm... That sweet coconut delicacy is called 'Somasi' here. My mouth's watering already. It must have been more tasty being come from your own garden. Cheers!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Hi Chandramouli! You're right about the tasty bit...anything home-grown is definitely tastier!!

Thanks for stopping by.

easygardener said...

You have inspired me to put a coconut on my shopping list - it may not be as fresh as yours but I really would like to try making those recipes.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Easygardener, glad about the inspiration!