Saturday, May 10, 2008

Coconut milk

As if the gluten-free diet wasn't troublesome enough, Max doesn't tolerate almost any dairy products. Fortunately there are many ways of substituting them. Say milk - it can be replaced by a coconut milk, almond milk and rice milk (soya is not good for the young boys).

Let's start with the coconut milk. The global warming hasn't brought the coconut palms to Ireland yet, so we need to resort to the dessicated coconut meat (organic if possible):
  • put the dessicated coconut (circa 150 gram) into a pan;
  • pour 3-4 cups of water; the amount depends on your taste, you'll need to experiment a bit to establish your favourite proportions;
  • bring to the boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes;
  • blend until smooth;
  • strain the mixture; save the coconut pulp - you can use it later for cookies (usually it can survive 3-4 days in the fridge).
The coconut milk makes a delicious drink or can be used for making pancakes, cakes or cereals.
Enjoy! :)

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