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Coconut Macaroons

What is it about shredded coconut, that just makes me think of snowflakes. Could it be its crisp colour of  whiteness of each shred, maybe it’s the softness as you bite into a ‘sweetie’ and shreds of coconut fall cascading from your bite, maybe it’s the softness of it’s touch and it’s melting texture in your mouth.  These wonderful  Coconut Macaroons are delicate and soft, smooth and melt in your mouth. So delicate are these Coconut Macaroons that you’ll forget how many you’ve had. They have a touch of honey ‘sweetness’ and a chewy soft coconut centre. Recipe: Coconut Macaroons 4 egg whites 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups shredded coconut pinch of salt 2/3 cup honey, slightly melted, 30 secs in microwave oven 1 teaspoon cream of tartar Preheat oven to moderate temperature of 190°C. In medium bowl, combine coconut, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir in honey until well combined. In another bowl beat egg whites until firm peaks form. Fold in coconut mixture, add the cream of tartar. Using an ice cream scoop …

Ch.Ch.Ch.Ch….Cherry Bomb!

These Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes are the start of something big! I’m experimenting more and more limiting grains from my diet and researching more into using different flours. Hence the use of coconut and almond flours in this recipe. Searching and researching the alternatives to grains I found many changing lifestyle alternatives… Mark Sisson’s: Mark’sDailyApple –Primal Living in the Modern World; Danielle Walker’s: Against All Grain;  Jenny McGruther’s – Nourished Kitchen. I’m not very experienced cooking with other flours, so I just had to try something…after travelling a few kilometers to the nearest organic retail shop, I found coconut flour, coconut oil,coconut sugar, almond butter and a new world was introduced to me. After reading and trying the ‘normal’ every day meals, I needed to try a little dessert. Danielle at ‘Against All Grain’ (see her original recipe here) used cocoa butter,(note to self) have to buy and find this product. From my own experience of using almond meal for Macaroons, sifting  twice or even three times aerating the flour leads to better results. Isn’t there …

Cherry 3.14

Who can say no if you’re in the know of this one… I’ve never actually made this delight before and wanted to try it, Sunday afternoon, time to relax after a morning of teaching and where do I head, but for the kitchen. Fresh cherries are not in season so the best next thing is canned pitted cherries and mixed berries in their natural juices, …I love making pastry, but just wasn’t up to waiting an hour for it to rest in the fridge so opted for the ready made pastry sheets. No rocket science here…my friends..just making good use of pre-canned, pre-cut, pre-made…and the test kitchen is in business. And as you can see, the results were fantastic, a beautiful crusty rustic pastry, with the glorious ‘beefy’ plump taste of cherries and mixed sweet fruits. Read on for the recipe…

Chocolate Rum Balls

Sugar and spice make these Chocolate Rum Balls a decadent ultimate Christmas treat. Aromatic spices of cinnamon and mixed spice, rolled in chocolate sprinkles and coconut.  One bite size of pure bliss. During Module 1 of The Art and Business of Surface Design course, we created moodboards and colourboards that we shared with all the other participants. It was four weeks of creative works and wonderful new friendships and energy, and I look forward to modules 2 and 3 in 2012. One of my boards I created was chocolate brown and red, and it’s somehow has influenced also this post. Just a little romantic touch also in my moodboard! Read on for this delicious recipe for Chocolate Rum Balls and a little more festive red and chocolate brown.