Friday, October 07, 2005

Booklore's Recipe Challenge!

I declare a recipe challenge! The rules are simple. You post a recipe, and challenge somebody to do one of three things:

1. Use up extra ingredients or byproducts of the recipe (such as egg yolks);
2. Make a complementary dish to go with the recipe (such as a side dish to go with an entree); or
3. Make a new recipe with several of the ingredients so as to use up extras you might have (such as the rest of a bag of spinach leaves.)

You accept the challenge in the comments, post your answer on your own blog as well as a second recipe to declare your own challenge. (Be sure to submit your recipes to the Carnival of the Recipes, recipe dot carnival at gmail dot com, before the next Friday. If you don't have your own blog, the Carnival of the Recipes will post your entry for you.)

You should probably post the above as well, so everybody knows what the heck is going on.

So to begin, I found a recipe for a coconut-hazel smoothie.

You will need:
scant 1 cup blanched hazelnuts
2 tsbp superfine sugar (or crush granulated in a mortar)
1/2 tsp almond extract
scant 1 cup coconut cream
2 tbsp heavy cream (optional)
2/3 cup mineral water
crushed ice

Chop the hazelnuts and lightly toast them in a non-stick pan, stirring frequently. Let the nuts cool, then run them through the blender with the sugar until finely ground. Add the almond extract, coconut cream and heavy cream; blend until smooth. Strain the mixture through a sieve* into a pitcher, pressing firmly, and mix the juice with mineral water. Pour the drink over crushed ice and serve.

The * is because at this point, you are left with a hazelnut mash with hints of almond and coconut. Perhaps you could use that as the crumb base for a key lime pie. Or you may decide that the perfect foil to the smoothie is macadamia nut cookies, or instead decide to use the ingredients to come up with a coconut-hazelnut chicken recipe.

Do you want to take the challenge? Please accept in the comments!

Update: The challenge has been accepted! Head over to Everything and Nothing to learn about Coconut Cream Pie!

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