Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cuckoo for Coconuts (Day 15)...

Dear Diary,

I love coconut! One of my favorite ‘treats’ are those Coconut Bliss Bars, especially on a hot summer day; which is about 85% of the time.  I know, I know…
My favorite Larabars are the Coconut Cream Pie and I cannot go more than a day or so without my Coconut water fix. I swear my son was weaned on the stuff, and still begs for a Zico whenever he’s see it! Maybe I really am going cuckoo?...
But NOTHING compares to my new found love for young coconuts. My husband literally climbed a 30 ft Coconut tree the other day and gathered about 20 beautiful coconuts that we’ve been devouring daily. I know, I know…
So, needless to say many of our recipes this week have included young coconuts. Besides drinking the juice/water from the nuts (with a straw) we’ve been hacking them open, scooping out the ‘meat’ and creating everything from “noodles” to macaroons. Yes, I said macaroons. My new personal favorite is the Chocolate Coconut (and honey) Macaroons we made the other night. Yep, just three ingredients, that’s all. They were to-die-for. The key to the recipe was “juicing” the coconut ‘meat’ and using the juice and pulp! I will be sure to post the Naked Recipe soon.
I must say that it’s one of those times that I feel very blessed and extremely lucky to live on the island of Maui. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day chaos of this so-called life and forget that I do live in paradise. I literally survive on Avocados (from our own backyard) and now coconuts from great many great heights. I imagine its not so easy to source good coconuts on the mainland (in wintertime), but its worth the search. Once you get ‘comfortable’ buying coconuts (whole, halved, or in pieces) you discover a whole new world of culinary delights as well as health benefits. Although buyers and gatherers beware; you never want to indulge in “milky” coconut water or ‘meat’ as it is a natural laxative! No further explanations need apply.
*Refer to Page 100 in Raw Food Detox Diet book for “How to Open a Young Coconut”
Truly, Madly, Deeply,
Coockoo for Coconuts!!!

1 comment:

  1. It's not an issue to spare the expense when you can pick your produce from your own back yard! Amazing, Maggie!

    Okay, I'm going to get brave and search for young coconuts, (it's the macaroons that have me swooning) but something tells me I'm going to have to venture a little farther than my back yard.

    Wish me luck!