20 Ways To Enjoy Coconut! (video)

Top 10 Coconut Recipes on TriniGourmet.com

1. Coconut Rock Buns (recipe)

Coconut rock buns are a nostalgic treat for me. I vividly remember saving up my allowance, as a child ,to buy them from the lady who sold baked goods out of the back of her station wagon every Wednesday afternoon at my prep school.

2. Coconut Bake (recipe)

Here in Trinidad the term bake is applied to any bread which is not leavened with yeast. It also usually involves cutting fat into flour in the early stages.

3. Quick Coconut Chicken Pelau (recipe)

A good pelau is a work of art and this version is a quicker truncated version of the classic recipe that retains the authenticity and method of preparation.

4. Dominican Coconut Rum Punch (recipe)

This recipe from Dominica is deliciously addictive and is guaranteed to go straight to your waistline!

5. Coconut Chicken Curry (recipe)

I love recipes that come together in a flash with minimal prep and cleanup. This is one of those recipes and it was delicious!

6. Braised Chicken in Coconut Milk “Opor Ayam” (recipe)

Yum Yum Yum. Those are the best words I can find to describe the fragrant burst of flavours that this dish offers.

7. Coconut Scented Rum Truffles (recipe)

I decided that I would try my hand at something that I’m calling Coconut Scented Rum Truffles (for now) 😉 I decided to make the filling with bittersweet chocolate, coconut cream and rum. The coating is semisweet chocolate. Half of the truffles were also sprinkled with light brown sugar for some disco-tastic sparkle.

8. Sarina’s Independence Day Coconut Sugar Cakes (recipe)

I call these my Independence Day Sugar Cakes because I have foregone the traditional colors of pink and white, for our national colours of red, white and black. The results were so beautiful and delicious that I think even the most ardent purist would be won over 😉 For the ‘black’ I chose dark chocolate sprinkles, and can I say the combination of chocolate and coconut is out of this world!

9. Sarina’s Coconut Rice with Lentils and Cashews (recipe)

This recipe is a staple side dish of mine that I’ve adapted and modified at length through the years. Both colorful and flavourful I think it creates a texturally interesting background for spicy curries and other East Indian flavoured entrees.

10. Coco-Mango Smoothie (recipe)

Icy, tropical and sinfully sweet, I only wish I had bought a larger vat of coconut icecream so I could have made seconds and thirds

Coconut Picking In Trinidad (video)

5 More Coconut Recipes from my favourite Food Blogs!

1. Coconut Cupcakes (wee treats by tammy)
2. Blueberry-Coconut-Macadamia Muffins (Butterbur’s Bistro)
3. Pat Conroy’s Coconut Cake (The Friday Friends)
4. Hot and Sour Soup(Simply Recipes)
5. Coconut Custard Pie (I Dream Of Baking)

And, if you want even more ideas. Here are 5 Books, picked for your enjoyment 🙂

1. Coconut Water for Health and Healing

Dr. Bruce Fife is the author of 20 books and serves as the Director of the Coconut Research Center. He is considered the world’s leading authority on the health aspects of coconut. This tome shares and expands on what many a Trini already knows, that there is very little that coconut isn’t good for!

2. Coconut Lover’s Cookbook

If you like coconut, you will love this book. It’s written for coconut lovers as well as for the growing number of health conscious individuals who recognize coconut as a marvelous health food.

3. Luscious Coconut Desserts

When you think of coconuts, what comes to mind? Paradise, of course! Toasted, sugared, creamy, or crunchy, nothing compares to the flavor of coconut. Lori Longbotham, beloved author of the popular Luscious series including Luscious Lemon Desserts and Luscious Chocolate Desserts offers a taste of paradise with over 60 recipes for coconut-based cakes, tarts, cookies, custards, sauces, and candies.

4. The Spunky Coconut Cookbook: Gluten Free, Casein Free, Sugar Free

115 recipes free of gluten, dairy, sugar, peanut, corn and soy. 30+ raw inspired recipes. 65 color photographs. Natural alternatives like honey, stevia and xylitol.

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