Wednesday, May 27, 2015

coconut bread

My favorite food blogger posted this coconut bread, and I went home and made it without question.  I have a weakness for fruit breads like banana and pumpkin.  Now I can add coconut to the list!  This bread only carries a hint of coconut which makes jellies, jams, peanut butter, Nutella, etc the perfect pairing!

coconut bread
 {coconut bread}

coconut bread
 {can you see the coconut flakes?}

coconut bread
 {I tried it with both peanut butter and Nutella--both delicious!  Also just toasted with some butter--excellent!}

coconut bread
from smitten kitchen

makes 1 loaf

2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup granulated sugar
5 ounces sweetened flaked coconut (about 1 1/2 cups)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted or melted and browned, if desired
Vegetable oil or nonstick cooking spray for baking pan
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add sugar and coconut, and stir to mix. 
  4. Make a well in the center, and pour in egg mixture, then stir wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Add butter, and stir until just smooth — be careful not to over mix.
  5. Butter and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or coat it with a nonstick spray. 
  6. Spread batter in pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, anywhere from 1 to 1 1/4 hours. 
  7. Cool in pan five minutes, before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  8. Serve in thick slices, toasted, with butter and confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, nutella, butter and honey--the possibilities are endless!
What spread would you use with this bread?

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

coconut curry fish

I've always loved eating coconut, but apparently I was in a coconut kick for a week or two so this week is unofficial coconut week here at a girl eats world!  I've got some delicious recipes lined up starting with this curry dish!

I am always trying to get The Hubby to eat more fish.  He prefers white, lean fish so I make it as often and in different ways to see how he really likes it.  He loved this recipe; he said that all the flavors worked really well together.  Bonus--it can be made in about 40 minutes!

coconut curry fish
 {served over rice}

coconut curry fish

makes 4 servings

1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
3 oz tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon chili flakes
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
4 (6-ounce) halibut fillets
3 basil and/or mint sprigs, with stems removed and chopped
Rice, cooked
  1. Combine all ingredients except fish and basil, in a medium saucepan over high heat, whisking until smooth. 
  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until reduced to 3/4 cup (about 25 minutes). Remove from heat. 
  3. Add fish and cover.
  4. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until fish flakes and turns opaque.
  5. Serve over rice with basil/mint sprinkled on top.
Have you tried coconut in a savory dish like the above?  Did you like it?  If you haven't tried it, would you?  I'd love to hear from you!

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

In the midst of grilling, hanging out with family, opening the pool, laying out in the sun, and generally ushering the summer into our lives, let us remember what this day is for: for those brave men and women who gave their lives so we can do all those things.  Let us take a few moments today to honor their sacrifice.

I forgot the reason for the holiday, and I hope that this reminder helps you to remember as well.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

burgers | gouda, bacon and bourbon onions

I had this burger at a local restaurant, and I fell in love and became obsessed.  I ate this burger about 3 times in the last month, and it just keeps getting better and better.  I daresay it's my favorite with beer cheese being a close second.

gouda, bacon and bourbon onions
{gouda, bacon and bourbon onions}

gouda, bacon and bourbon onion jam

Gouda cheese
Bacon strips, cooked
bourbon onion jam
condiments like mayo and sweet mustard
  1. Place cheese on burger to melt.
  2. Construct rest of burger.
  3. Enjoy!
Have you ever had to replicate a burger you had at a restaurant?  I must confess that as I was doing research on  different topping combinations, I found some interesting ones!  I might get brave enough to try them in the future!

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