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Lime and Coconut

After my New Years Eve Mexican Fiesta party i had a whole load of limes and coconuts leftover. Slightly ironic, since Coconut by Harry Nilsson was my midnight record that blew up my sound system…

Today (my birthday), i thought i’d begin putting those aforementioned limes and coconuts to good use.

Lime Pickle

I started making lime pickle according to this recipe. It seemed pretty thorough and i like the mix of spices used:

Lime Pickle from

I’ll keep you posted as it moves on its 5-week journey. I didn’t realise how much space 16 limes would take up and so was aiming to make 12 batches. i’ve now decided just to make 1 batch but split it in half to make ‘medium’ and ‘hot’ versions.

Coconut Milk

I have a craving for curry, and a hatred of food waste so began opening, dissecting and skinning the coconuts to make coconut milk. All the recipes i found seem to have a pretty straightforward way of making Coconut Milk:

  1. open the coconut, make sure they are not rancid (2 out of 6 of mine were so they got binned)
  2. discard (or drink) the coconut juice
  3. chop the flesh, removing the brown skin
  4. put into a blender and cover with boiled water
  5. blend
  6. put into a muslin and then drain, squeezing out all the liquid
  7. store the liquid – this is coconut milk

I also used the remaining blitzed coconut and dried out in the oven to make my own dessicated coconut for future use (half of which was later used on a birthday gingerbread house by lucy along with an excess bundle of  pinata and xmas sweets)

Apparently in a couple of days, the coconut milk will separate and give me coconut cream but i’m going to try to use it all by then.


Today Terence was born. He was started with a Rye Bread Flour.

After reading various different blogs online and lots of articles, from complicated to simple, i went for the simple route – just rye flour and water.

Hopefully it works.

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