As promised in last weeks post, this week as well, I’m sharing 2 lovely treats. One is a little time consuming, the other far quicker. Both of these can be found on the traditional Goan Christmas sweets platter. These are none other than Milk Cream and Coconut Toffee. I simply love them both very much. I remember when I was a kid, my Nana (may she rest in peace), would be solely responsible for whipping up the coconut toffee and to this day I remember, she would tinker about the kitchen for about 15-20 minutes at the most and voila, the coconut toffee was ready. We then simply had to wait for it to cool. I’ve always been a big coconut toffee lover (Bounty being one of my favourite candy bars) but since my Nana passed away, we never made this any more. I wonder why. This year that is about to change.
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
2 cups desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
A pinch of ground cardamom seeds
A couple of drops of food colour of your choice
Clarified butter for greasing the plate
Place the sugar and water in a heavy bottomed saucepan and place on a medium flame. Cook till it reaches 235ºF on a candy thermometer.
Grease a steel / aluminium plate or cookie sheet using ghee / clarified butter.
When the sugar solution reaches the desired temperate, add the coconut, cardamom powder and food colour. Mix well and take it off the fire.
Pour the mix onto the greased pan and flatten out evenly.
Let it cool for a while and then cut into squares.
Enjoy your coconut toffee!!!
Moving onto the milk cream. It is a time consuming recipe and you will be tempted to turn up the gas. Please don’t. You get a lighter coloured end result if it is cooked on a slow flame. Do not leave it unattended.
Pour the mixture onto a steel plate and stir to cool a little.
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Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Its nice to take a moment to be thankful for everything in our lives. I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends!
The first treat I’m going to share with you today is a traditional Goan Christmas sweet called Perad (pronounced Peraad)or Guava Cheese. This is one of my favorites. But then again, I think I enjoy all the traditional Christmas sweets. I hope to share a few with you this year. What I love about this is the same recipe can be used to make the most amazing guava jam as well. As you cook this recipe when its still a loose consistency, you can use it as a guava jam and on cooking it further, what you end up with is guava cheese. When I was younger, my grandmother would faithfully make both, the jam as well as the sweet every year. We would have it with bread, chapatis and even spoonfuls of it just by itself. I haven’t made the jam for quite a while so I don’t have a picture. But I do have a picture of the guava cheese or Perad from 2 years ago – before my blogging days. I will try and get a few better pictures this year. Don’t let the pictures fool you, this is good stuff.
Perad (Guava Cheese)
250g ripe guavas (Guavas should be ripe but slightly firm, not mushy)
Juice of 1 big sour lime or 2 small sour limes
1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
Red color / caramel color (optional)
Wash the guavas and cut out the stalk portion. Take off any brown portions of the skin as well. Cut into halves breadth-wise.
NOTE: If you want to make a larger quantity, DO NOT double this recipe. If the guavas weigh 500gms., use 650gms. sugar. Whatever the weight of the fruit add 150 grams to it to get the sugar quantity.
Note: I made both sizes, but in hindsight I would strongly recommend going with the mini liners, the regular ones are too big.
Anyway, when I got back a couple of days ago, amidst all the clean up and laundry that results from being away for so long, I went to check out my list of recipes that I had shortlisted for this months SRC. SRC is turning out to be so much fun. Thank you Amanda for coming up with this concept and a big “thank you” to Tina for painstakingly hosting our group month after month. This month, I was assigned Lynne’s blog Cafe Lynnylu. If you haven’t stopped by her blog yet, you really should. She has tonnes of wonderful recipes. She participates in the Daring Bakers Challenges and I really admire the folks who are part of that group. They come up with stunning stuff always. She also is an amazing photographer, you have to see the pictures on her blog. Simply put, her blog is a treat in more ways than one. Picking out a recipe for this months reveal was a very daunting task for me since I was spoiled for choice. Just to give you a heads up, my final list of recipes to consider for the SRC consisted of 21 recipes. This month, I decided to do something a little different. I have never posted cocktails on my blog before and Lynne has a stunning collection of these. Considering all the chaos and lack of time, not to mention the weather in Mumbai is so hot, its killing me; I decided to whip up a cocktail to help us cool off – I picked the Black Russian.
The Black Russian is a coffee drink and with minimal prep, is really simple to put together. This drink is a coffee lovers delight. I love my morning mug of coffee so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with this. I was very happy with the way this turned out. Which reminds me, I had bought a book dedicated to cocktails which I have used only once before and I think trying this drink out has given me the boost I needed to try out some of the concoctions from the book as well as Lynne’s blog. Thanks to Lynne I now know how to make a great Black Russian. I can’t wait to add to my meager cocktail arsenal.
Adapted from: Cafe Lynnylu
2 tbsp Kahlua
3 tbsp chilled black coffee, sweetened
Ice cubes, coarsely crushed
Fill a glass with the crushed ice.
Pour the vodka and the Kahlua over it and stir.
Add the chilled coffee and stir to mix well.
Sit back and enjoy your drink.
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Food on Friday – Cocktails and Mocktails edition