Coconut miracles

I know, I’ve been soooooooooooo absent. And likelihood is high that I will be soooooo absent again very soon, as I am coming into the home stretch with grad school. The end is near in terms of time but very far in terms of work! Invent me another day? Thanks.

Taking a break from the school drama, please inspect this masterpiece!


On the left is a whole coconut, extracted from its shell on the right. I think the coconut gods are smiling on me. This coconut allowed itself to be removed WHOLE, without need for life endangering screwdriver chiseling or anything of the sort.

I followed my usual method of (1) twisting a knife in the eyes and draining the water into a cup (for immediate consumption of course), (2) putting the drained coconut in the oven at 450 for 15 minutes to loosen the flesh from the shell, and (3) tapping around the circumference of the shell with the back of a big knife until it starts to crack. This time, however, the shell cracked in half and fell right off the coconut meat!


I was left with the most beautiful sight ever: this globe of edible miracle food nutrition.


I sliced off the top immediately and devoured it as my reward 😀



Also, I made a cake. But not just any cake!


I’ve been working on cutting my sugar wayyyyyyyy down because it actually seems like it may be linked to my outbreaks of psoriasis, aka itchy skin. When I eat less sugar, I feel less itchy. Obviously, I’ve been eating a ton of sugar in recent months, and I’ve also been a ton of itchy. Maybe the link is all in my head, but cutting back seems to be working. I accept the mental cure 🙂

Anyway, about the cake. I cooked and pureed apple and blended that into the batter for sweetening purposes. The rest of the cake involved things like whole wheat flour, whole kamut flour, ground flax seeds, wheat germ, vanilla, cinnamon, eggs, baking powder, and who knows what else. I generally find that batter turns into a decent baked good as long as it contains flour of some sort, eggs, and baking powder. Quantities don’t seem to matter (though I’m sure many will argue with that statement).


I made a delicious frosting by blending avocado, fresh squeezed orange juice, and banana. And I sprinkled gluten-free sprinkles (yay for free samples) over the top!


It was delicious! Even Erik (boyfriend/roommate #1) and Clare (roommate #2) agreed.


So, there you have it: cake and coconuts, two of life’s greatest pleasures. I’ve got a few more posts in the hopper, so we’ll see how many decades it takes me to pull them together. In the meantime, AHHHHH HOMEWORK!!!

What do you think of cake and coconuts? And what do you think of homework?

5 thoughts on “Coconut miracles

  1. fitforfree says:

    Beautiful coconut!!! and your frosting is brilliant — I need to try these sweet avocado creations that everyone is always raving about 🙂

    Re the homework: Get ‘er done!!


  2. Diane Henderson-Hinderlie says:

    Welcome back! Very impressed with the cracking of the coconut. How exciting to get such a perfect orb of deliciousness. Must try the Avacado/orange/banana frosting some time. Very interesting.
    Study hard. 🙂


  3. Katherine: What About Summer? says:

    I love the title of your blog- “Tales of Expansion” look forward to hearing more!
    I don’t know about baking… but I know about homework… and I know I don’t like it!


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