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Vegan Watermelon Pizza

Just bring a dessert..don’t you just hate that comment from a hostess? Just kidding, but that was the invite last week where we were meeting up with our dear vegan friend and a few others for cocktails and drinks. What to bring? Uhm…we had a watermelon.  We use Pinterest… Do we have any berries and coconut? Do we have peaches or mangoes? This sounds perfect…and it was so good we have made it twice since!!!

Vegan Watermelon Pizza Dessert

• 1 watermelon (we used the round seedless ones)
• 1 peach or mango
• Cherries (about 10) (you could skip these if you don’t have any fresh ones)
• Fresh mint
• Toasted coconut
• Sauce:
• 5 strawberries or a combination of berries
• Squeeze of fresh lime juice
• Couple of mint leaves

raspberry sambucca or possible coconut rum?
Instructions
1. To make the sauce, place the strawberries or mixed berries, a squeeze of lime juice, and some mint into a blender. Puree until smooth. Taste and adjust flavors accordingly.
2. For the watermelon pizza, slice your watermelon in half (not lengthwise!) Cut out 2 1-inch thick “wheels” from the watermelon. Lay the watermelon circles down and cut into pizza slices. Spread desired amount of sauce onto the “pizza.” Arrange your toppings onto the watermelon and serve.

Since we had no peaches, we used some frozen mango slices we had, along with some frozen sliced strawberries. The second time around we used fresh raspberries. Oh yeah…one more thing. The second time around we used a few drops of raspberry sambucca in the sauce….great for an adult party!

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Mango Chicken Curry

Pretty simple recipe with a great flavour!

Mango Chicken Curry

  • Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Yield: Serves 6.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced*
  • 2 Tbsp fresh minced ginger*
  • 1 Tbsp yellow curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk (If using low-fat coconut milk, add 2 Tbsp heavy cream)
  • 1 1/4 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cilantro for garnish

* QUICK TIP #1 When you buy ginger root, peel it all and place the pieces in a freezer bag. When you need to use some, take out a FROZEN piece and use a grater to grate/mince it…. Put the leftover back in the freezer.

* QUICK TIP #2 I also use a grater with garlic cloves. It saves the chopping. This also works with a small amount of onions!

Method

1 Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions and bell pepper cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute. Add the curry powder and cumin, cook for a few more minutes. The spices will absorb some of the oil, so if anything begins to stick too much to the bottom of the pan, add a little more oil to the pan.

2 Add the vinegar, coconut milk, and one of the two chopped mangoes to the pan. Increase the heat and bring to a boil, then lower the heat to maintain a low simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Scoop the sauce into a blender. Purée the sauce, pulsing until smooth. Return the sauce to the pan.

3 Add chicken pieces and raisins to the pan. Return to a low simmer. Cover the pan and let cook for 8-10 minutes. Chicken should be just cooked through. Use a knife to cut open the largest piece to check.

4 Add remaining chopped mango to the pan. Stir in the cream, if using. Let cook at a very low temperature for another minute or two, uncovered. Do not let boil! Or the cream may curdle. Adjust seasonings. If a little too sweet, add a little more vinegar. If not sweet enough, you can add a dash of sugar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over rice. Garnish with cilantro.

As viewed http://www.simplyrecipes.com

Rhubarb (Fruit) Dump Cake

Our friend, Sandy, posted this recipe on her FB page. The mad scientist/baker in our house decided to experiment with it since rhubarb is very difficult to find where we live. Et voila…. In researching dump cakes, it was noted that this is often the FIRST cake which a child can make since it is so basic! Calling all Moms and Grandmas??? Ok…grandpas and dads too…Thanks Sandy B.

Rhubarb Dump Cake

Dump cake is usually a combination of canned fruit, with cherries and pineapples being some of the most preferred. Fruit is usually drained and combined on the bottom of a baking dish. Next, people add yellow or white cake mix, simply pouring the mix right over the fruit. Recipes vary but most then direct people to add slices of butter on top of the cake mix. When the cake is baked it has a lovely top crust that is buttery over a layer of sweet fruit. Be brave and experiment with the fruits…..

More like a crisp than a cake…if you cannot find the rhubarb, try the substitutions in red….

1 pound rhubarb, cut into ¼ pieces (3 to 4 cups) and ¾ cup sugar OR

1 pound fresh strawberries (quarter the larger ones, half the small ones)

+ 1 cup fresh mango cubes (not super ripe)

¾ cup sugar

Cinnamon

1 – 3 oz. strawberry Jello

1 package yellow cake mix

1 cup water (warmed)

¼ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Spread the fruit evenly in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the fruit, followed by the Jello, and finally, the cake mix.

Pour the melted butter and the water over the top of the cake being careful to moisten it all. DO NOT STIR!!!

Bake for 45 minutes or until the fruit appears tender.

Serve with a good French Vanilla ice cream.

 

 

Mixed Fruit Crisp

MIXED FRUIT CRISP

This crisp is just Larry’s version of an old-fashioned apple crisp.  Be creative, and adventurous!

Servings:  about 8 – 10 medium size

You will need 1 oven proof casserole, with lid or use foil to cover.

(He used our  French white corning approx. 11” x 8.5” x 3”. It was the perfect size for this quantity.)

Grease with shortening or a bit of coconut oil.

Set oven at 350 F.

Fruit mixture

1.5 cups pear: peeled and cubed ½ ‘’ size

1.5 cups fresh figs: cut in 1/8ths

1 cup mango: cubed ½” size

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup flour

4 Tbs fresh grated ginger

1 lemon:  zest the lemon and squeeze the juice of ½ lemon into the fruit mixture, cut the other half into small segments, skin removed

1 cup of toasted slivered almonds

Amaretto for drizzling lightly over the almonds (optional)

Topping

½ cup of flour

2/3 cup rolled oats: large flakes, not quick cooking

1 cup of toasted coconut

I cup brown sugar

1/3 cup of softened butter

1 tsp salt

¼ cup of coconut oil (or use ½ cup of butter instead of 1/3 cup)

The remainder of the lemon zest

Coconut liqueur (not coconut rum) for drizzling over the topping

Honey for drizzling over the topping

Preparation

Toast the almonds and the coconut separately and put them aside to be added in later.

Whisk flour, ginger, lemon zest and sugar together.   Mix fruit together, adding in lemon juice, then sprinkle the flour mixture over the fruit and and mix well to coat all fruit.  Place mixture in the greased casserole.  Cover the mixture with the toasted almonds and drizzle with Amaretto.

Combine the dry topping ingredients, flour, oats, coconut, sugar, salt and lemon zest.  Add the coconut oil and butter.  Mix well and press on to fruit and almond mixture.  Drizzle with the coconut liqueur if desired.

Put in oven with lid on and set timer for 30 minutes.  Remove lid after 15 minutes to allow top to become “crisp”. Reset timer for 20 minutes. Check after 10 min. to see if topping is becoming brown.  If you see the topping becoming too brown, replace the lid. Total cook time should be between 30 and 45 minutes.

Best served with a scoop of coconut ice cream or French vanilla if you cannot find coconut.

Barefoot in the Sand Cheese Ball – courtesy of Mary Walberg

I have hesitated in sending out this recipe as the McLaren’s cheese is not yet available here in Mexico. Yesterday we found a similar cheese at Superama in the Deli section made by Alouette. It is called Sharp Cheddar and is spreadable! For me it tasted very similar to the McLaren’s! No more need to bring it from Canada as long as they continue to stock it (If you want it you better get it before it is gone).

So here is our friend Mary’s recipe for the upcoming holiday seasons…the name refers to the name of Mary and Weldon’s place here in Mexico…

“BAREFOOT IN THE SAND” CURRIED CHEESE BALL

1 TUB OF McLAREN’S IMPERIAL CHEESE {red tub}

2 PACKAGES OF PHILADELPHIA CREAM CHEESE

RAISINS   ¼ cup (optional)

CHOPPED RED ONION -1/2/ cup

CURRY POWER   —to taste

CHUTNEY {mango ginger}

TOASTED ALMOND SLIVERS

So at room temp blend cheeses together {if you cannot find McLaren’s Imperial cheese use the strongest cheddar cheese you can find and grate}

Add raisins, red onion and curry powder.

Roll in the toasted almond slivers…

Serve with the jar of mango chutney poured over the top of the ball

The best crackers to serve with this ball are the “rice” crackers, which you can find at Superama in Merida!

NOTE: I have made a similar one to this using a third cheese – soft blue cheese. If you like blue cheese, try Mary’s recipe, add a small amount of blue cheese, omitting the raisins, curry and chutney, and roll in chopped walnuts. I usually wrap mine in wax paper until I am ready to use it.

Baked Salmon with Mango, Radish and Lime Salsa

When buying fresh salmon, the key is that it not smell too fishy. We often buy a whole one and cut it in half, freezing one piece for future use (especially when the price is right).  Our friend Joe introduced us to grilling salmon, but we have come to prefer this one baked, sorry Joe! This is a simple marinade, using only fresh ingredients. We discovered the mango radish and lime salsa while surfing my favorite website –

http://www.foodnetwork.com/

Salmon Marinade

Juice of 1 lime and the zest

1/2 cup oil

1 teaspoon fresh dill (we grow our own)

1 head of garlic

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon of fennel seed

Mix all ingredients together and pour over the salmon (skin side down) in a pyrex dish. Let sit for several hours.

Bake 15 to 25 minutes at 375F or 190C, testing for doneness at the 15 minute mark. Serve with mango salsa and a good quality wild rice dish.

THE Salsa

2 mangoes, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks

1 red onion chopped

6 red radishes, chopped

2 limes peeled and cut into segments

1 handful fresh cilantro leaves

2 T extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon Southwest Spice Mix (I buy Emerill’s, but buy what you can find)

Put all ingredients into a processor and pulse. We tend not to like it too finely chopped….

Refrigerate until the salmon is ready to be served.

NOTE: This salsa is great as a condiment with poultry as well!

Let us know if you try it and like it…

Buen provecho!