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Fruits and salads

Chilled Young Coconut Salad

I once heard someone said that you can live with just coconuts – drink the coconut water and then consume the meat. In the Philippines, it’s even called the “tree of life.” The point is that coconut is a very versatile fruit. Coconut water makes for a refreshing drink, coconut milk has many culinary uses such as in curry or as a creamy sauce, coconut oil is used for frying and coconut meat can be eaten scraped fresh from the shell or used in a variety of baked goods and desserts (coconut pie, anyone?).

young coconuts

I’ve mentioned these things because it’s nearing Christmas, and I love to use shredded coconut mixed with fruits for dessert. A sweet young coconut salad doesn’t require any cooking; just toss everything with cream and condensed milk. I like it better when there’s twice more coconut strips than fruits and I only like a bit of pineapple chunks, but everybody has their own preference.

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What To Do with Avocados: From Desserts to Pasta

My best friend has an avocado tree in his backyard, and when it gives out fruits there are literally lines of baskets of avocados in the kitchen, so he just gives them away (i.e., I take most of them since I’m a good friend).

So naturally, when you have this much in stock, you’ll eventually wonder what to do with avocados. Guacamole is given, so is eating an avocado plain and with a little salt.

Here’s a few ideas of mine.

 

 

Avocado milkshake

avocado milkshake

The easiest — and my favourite — thing to do is whip up an avocado milkshake.

Get an avocado, peel and pitted, and process in a blender along with ice cubes, sugar, milk, and vanilla ice cream. If I don’t have a tub of vanilla ice cream on hand, that’s okay, it still tastes great, but the ice cream adds creaminess. Some add a teaspoon of lime juice, but I find it’s unnecessary. It’s up to you anyway.

I swear by this milkshake. The avocado is delicious and creamy and a wonderful light green colour. You can find this recipe for avocado milkshake in Allrecipes.

In Vietnam, it’s common to serve this as a chocolate avocado milkshake (mainly by adding cocoa powder and using brown sugar). Sounds equally delicious. :)

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Fruits and salads

Mason Jar Salad: a Grab-and-Go Salad

mason jar salad
Photo credit: alive.com

I always want to eat fresh and healthy, but when I’m at work, well, you know how it is. Most of the time, if I don’t have a packed lunch, my office mates and I eat out, and what’s with the restaurants and fast food nowadays, there’s no guarantee you’re eating healthy food.

And then I found out about mason jar salads!

Wheee.

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