Old School Coconut & Raspberry Cake (Get the tea pot – don’t ask – just get the teapot)

I am a little limited with what I can post as I don’t have any sort of camera – they were all in the bag!

So it’s a fine excuse to give you this recipe. Absolutely one of my favourites. Never is anything like the stuff you buy when you are out and about and you will want more than the one slice – for sure!

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Coconut & Raspberry

Old School Coconut & Raspberry Cake

270 g / 9oz butter
270 g / 9oz Caster sugar
270 g / 9oz Desiccated Coconut
3 large Eggs
480 g / 1 lb Plain Flour
4 tsp baking powder
300 ml / 10 fl oz dairy milk

For the topping;
240 g / 8oz Raspberry Conserve
60 g / 2 oz shredded coconut

Set oven to 350˚F/180˚C/Gas 4.
Parchment paper line or grease and flour a 20 cm cake tin.
Rub the butter into flour.
Beat together the egg and milk mixture.
Then stir together the eggs mix into all the dry ingredients.
Pour into tin.
Bake at for 50-60 minutes. You may need to cover it with a piece of paper for the last 10 minutes if it looks like it is getting too brown.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes before lifting from the tin.
Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Spread the coconut onto a baking sheet and pop into the oven for maybe 5 minutes (depends how old and dry it is). Stay by the oven as when it starts to brown it will turn quickly.
As soon as you smell it, check it and if it is just turning golden remove it from the oven.
*Once the cake is cooled completely

Spread the top with the raspberry conserve and sprinkle with the coconut. This cake improves with keeping over a period of 2-5 days.

I do sometimes miss that last very important step and we get to eat it warm and fragrant and so delicious.

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Coconut Potato Curry For Frugal Feeding on Meatless Monday with a promise of Daisy Chain Dinners

This is an absolute favourite in our house. It is very savoury, nice and zippy on the taste buds, filling without being stodgy and good> And for all you meat eater, you will not even think about the fact it is meatless.

This recipe was born at a point in my life when I was seriously skint. I lived in a little terraced house and I made the tiny back garden really work for me. I grew my own herbs, carrots, tomatoes (I have wonderful memories of Daughter No1 getting up in the morning to climb over the grow bags of tomatoes strung up towards some overhead timber beams, as she feasted on a breakfast of freshly plucked tomatoes straight off the vines). I grew strawberries, apples, pears and I had an amazingly over enthusiastic Victoria plum tree -Daughter No1 would use a butterfly net to poke and prod and pull at the fruit to make them fall – she is made of plundered fruit and vegetables. How secretly delighted I was this October when she admitted to scrummping apples from some near by land to then spend the next month making apple crumbles, pies, cakes, cookies – I did try to sound cross πŸ™‚

Actually, she Skyped me as I was photographing this and got very excited and made it for her house mates πŸ™‚

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At the time Creamed Coconut was super cheap, 19p a box, it now costs Β£1.39 a box, but it is still a really frugal meal. And …. AND it is really good for eating a day or two after you have made it – so Daisy Chain Dinners – ahoy!

The Engervita B12 is a great idea for real Vegans (and a cheap way to get B12), but if you eat across the diets then it is by no means essential. But I love the taste too.

I really hope you make this and enjoy it as much as we all do.
Coconut Potato Curry
serves 6 people

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10 small – medium sized potatoes (waxy are best)
2 medium onions
4-5 small carrots
3 sticks of celery
2 eating apples
120g / 4oz creamed coconut
4-5 tbsp sunflower oil

440g/ 14 oz kidney beans
500g/ 1lb passata
2 tbsp curry powder (I like a Biryani for this)
1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
1 bunch coriander
1.5 lt / 3 pt hot vegetable stock or water

2 dssp Engervita with B12 if you can find it. This is an excellent addition to your Vegan pantry.

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Peel the vegetables but not the apples and cut them all into a 2 cm chunk.

Heat the oil in a large heavy based saucepan.
Add the vege, keep the heat as high as possible and allow the vegetables to start to brown.
Turn the heat to low and add the curry powder and stir, allow that 30 – 50 seconds to open the flavour.

Add the hot stock (be careful it will bubble up). The liquid needs to come up to the top most layer but not actually covering it. The vegetables will collapse somewhat as this cooks and you want a moist dish at the end – not a soup.

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Then add the coconut, passata, kidney beans, sugar (if you are using it) and turn the heat right up as you want to bring this to the boil now.

Once it is boiling turn the heat down to medium low, put a lid on and allow to cook for 10 -15 minutes (depending on your potatoes).

Add the coriander and stir.

It is ready to serve. If you want you can finish it with a teaspoon of the Engervita.

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Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)

Every Friday at about 6 pm GMT I publish photos of the items I have cooked for market. Have a look at the Facebook page.

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Spiced Haddock & Coconut Soup

This is another of my store cupboard recipes. I always have some smoked haddock in the freezer and the other items I will have as a matter of course.

I only had to go buy the parsley, but in the summer I have heaps of it in my garden.

I made this a few weeks ago when a friend came to visit. She liked it and asked for the recipe. Being a total airhead I promised it to her and promptly forgot to send it.

Today is her birthday, I hope I have saved a little face.

Happy Birthday Katy, love you lots my lovely friend πŸ˜€

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Spiced Haddock & Coconut Soup

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2 red onions
4 carrots
3 stalks of celery
2 tbsp Olive oil or Sunflower oil
4 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp Korma curry powder
1 tsp dried Coriander leaves
1 tsp dried Oregano
1 tsp dried Dill
1 tbsp Nam Plaa (Fish water or Fish Sauce or 2 anchovy fillets)
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 lt / 2 pints Vegetable stock (from a cube is just fine)
1 lt / 2 pints Coconut Milk
125 ml White Vermouth/ Wine or even a nice dry Cider or Perry
1 bunch spring onions
1 bay leaf
400 g /14 oz un-dyed smoked Haddock
60g / 2 oz Flat leafed parsley

Peel or wash all the vegetables.

Chop into smallish pieces the red onions, carrots and celery.
Heat the oil in a 3 lt / 6 pt pan.

Add the onions, celery and carrot, let them cook on a high heat until they are just starting to colour.

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Roughly chop the garlic and add it to the pan

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As they start to colour nicely add the curry powder, the dried herbs stir them in.

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Pour in the Nam Plaa, lemon juice and zest, stock, Vermouth and coconut milk.

Put the lid on and bring to the boil.

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In the meantime skin the fish.

And cut into 1 cm chunks.

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Lower the pot to a simmer and add the fish.

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Slice through the spring onions and roughly chop the parsley.

Add these to the pan and cook for about 30 minutes.

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That’s it, done!

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I suggest you cook some rice noodles to have in the bottom of the bowl but just as it is, is divine! πŸ™‚

Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)

Every Friday at about 6 pm GMT I publish photos of the items I have cooked for market. Have a look at the Facebook page.

email me scarletrositafood@btinternet.com
phone or text 0792 310 9170
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ScarletRosita
or follow me on Twitter
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