Sunday, October 22, 2017

DIY coconut butter

A favorite way to use coconut butter is to spread it on toast or just eat a spoonful of it here and there. Careful, it’s really addicting! You can also use it in baking. It tastes delicious in cookies or vegan fudge. When coconut butter is in its liquid form, you can drizzle it over ice cream, granola, fruit, or cereal.


 Start by placing shredded and unsweetened coconut in a food processor and pulse. PS: This might work with sweetened but I haven’t tried it and not sure if I would like that sugary taste.

 After the first few minutes the shredded coconut will start clumping together (as seen above), keep pulsing…

 Several minutes later, you’ll see it turning into a smooth paste. You’ll have to scrape the side down several times at this stage. If you’re food processor starts heating up, give it a break. The coconut won’t go bad if you let it sit in the food processor for 5 minutes or 20 or an hour. Better to do this slowly than ending up with a broken food processor.

 Just when you think that there is no way this will turn into coconut butter, it becomes nice an smooth. Due to the heat from your food processor, you will have coconut butter in a nearly liquid form. This actually makes it easy to pour out of the food processor and into your container. Pop it in the fridge to firm it up or drizzle it right away over your favourite icecream

I like my coconut butter best when it has a frosting consistency. Now that it’s colder my coconut butter is almost always hard. So I heat it in a water bath and then whip it with a food processor. It looks nicer and then you can spread it smoothly on anything and everything.

 I like my coconut butter best when it has a frosting consistency. Now that it’s colder my coconut butter is almost always hard. So I heat it in a water bath and then whip it with a food processor. It looks nicer and then you can spread it smoothly on anything and everything.



Pan-Fried Bananas with Coconut Cream

Pan-Fried Bananas with Coconut Cream
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe, but firm bananas, sliced
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp  vanilla

Coconut Cream:
Toppings: coconut flakes 



Directions
  1. Over medium heat, melt coconut oil and honey in skillet. Add cinnamon, salt and vanilla extract, and "swirl" to combine.
  2. Place sliced bananas in skillet and cook for 2-4 minutes
  3. each side. Be sure to watch bananas as they caramelize to ensure they don't brown.
  4. Remove from heat, and remove the bananas from pan.
  5. While bananas are cooling, remove can of coconut milk from fridge and open upside down. Gently pour out the coconut water that is separated and sitting on top of the coconut cream into a separate bowl.
  6. Place the thick cream that remains in a mixing bowl and whip until peaks form (about 2-3 minutes on high if using a mixer.) Add honey while whipping.
  7. If the separate cream is somewhat solid, add a tablespoon or two of the separate coconut water back to the cream while whipping to give it a creamy texture.
  8. Layer bananas, coconut cream, sliced almonds, and coconut flakes in a bowl. Take picture of your masterpiece for Instagram, and consume. Serves 2-3.

Nom nom nom 

Idiot proof icecream

cut your bananas up and freeze them, I a;ways have frozen bananas i my freezer and truth be told I have lots of frozen fruit so you can make this with any fruit



take you frozen bananas and pop them into your food processor  and process until smooth



you can bump it up by adding peanut butter or coco so give it a go

coconut milk icecream 3 ingredient

 
 this is easy and tastes fantastic


 
 
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 1¾ c. sugar (can substitute agave nectar too)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Shake up coconut milk cans, then open and pour into large bowl. Whisk in vanilla and sugar. Whisk until smooth and then pour into ice cream maker for 20-25 minutes.
  2. If you don't have an ice cream maker, pour into a freezer safe tupperware. Put in freezer and stir about every 25 minutes, until firm enough to eat.
  3. Before serving, especially if ice cream has been in the freezer for 8 or more hours, get it out to soften about 15 minutes before eating.

stretching mince

Making each meal go further is always handy and a great way to save money

There isn’t a strict recipe to follow. For every kilo of meat, I use about the same  of veggies.  I use a combination of carrots, onion and/or celery,  depending on what I have on hand.   This time, I had carrots and onions from our garden and some celery that was starting to get floppy in the fridge.

I really like the soup packs you get in the veg section of coles as they are around $4. and have some really good veg in the pack 

 Start by washing and peeling your veggies.  Then, using a food processor, puree the vegetables.

 The meat and vegetables go in the pan together and I brown them just as I would plain meat.  



It is a little more steamy since the veggies have lots of water in them.


This is a really good way to add vegetables to your diet and if you have kids then it is a great way to hide vegetable lol

please enjoy

Monday, October 16, 2017

Slow cooker deep dish pizza

This is amazing and everyone will love it

here is a no knead bread recipe I use as you can make it and leave it wrapped in the fridge for up to a week before you use it.

http://creativelylivingonless.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/no-knead-bread.html


once you have your dough made , line your slow cooker  with grease proof paper and a tip for the beginners roll the dough thin as it does rise as its cooking however having said that I do not personally like thick pizza base

Press in your pizza base or dough into the slow cooker making sure you stretch it out and up the edges

add pizza sauce and toppings of your choice, I am a real meat eater so ground beef or mince is a must for me on a pizza especially a deep dish as you can keep adding layers of toppings and I love pizza sauce as well. I add cheese in between layers

make sure you have a paper towel or a teatowel under the lid to stop any liquid falling on your pizza and cook on high for about 2 hours


Please Enjoy

3 ingredient sultana squares

you will need 

Ingredients
  • 375g of sultanas
  • 400g tin of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1¼ cups of self-raising flour

  1. Combined all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Spoon mixture into prepared tin and spread out as evenly as possible (mixture is quite sticky).
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown (you can also test it with a cake tester (or toothpick) and make sure it comes out clean).
  4. Allow to cool in tin before slicing.
I actually use a slow cooker to make this which I line with grease proof paper and cook for a couple of hours on high but remember to check as all slow cookers are different.

Anything you can cook in an oven you can make in a slow cooker

These are so easy to make and so lovely to eat.

Please enjoy

 

DIY coconut butter

A favorite way to use coconut butter is to spread it on toast or just eat a spoonful of it here and there. Careful, it’s really addicting!...