Archive for June, 2011

Coconut jam

From Ann Vanderhoof’s “The Spice Necklace, A Food-Lover’s Caribbean Adventure” (Anchor Canada).

Coconut Jam
“This recipe makes enough for two batches of tarts-or try the jam spread on toast or scones. It will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator.”
1 cup packed grated fresh coconut
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
3 tbs rum
1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Place all ingredients in a heavy saucepan and cook 30 to 40 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture has a thick, jam-like consistency.
  1. Cool and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Notes: This recipe may be less “jam-like” than you imagine. In my next column, in addition sharing my adventures with a whole fresh coconut, I’ll feature the tart recipe to go with the Coconut Jam.

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Depending on the paper, next week’s food column, or the week after that,  is all about Writers Reading Recipes.

It’s more than the very good idea of Book Madam Julie Wilson! It’s a literary feast, with celebrated authors lending their voices to tempting dishes. Better than bedtime stories. Almost as good as eating. Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer even reads in Flemish.

So find someplace quiet, have a seat. Take a pen with you. You might want to make a grocery list.

Writers reading recipes begins with a series of readings by five authors. Listen in here!

In order of appearance:
Julie Wilson, “Tender Eggs with Cream and Chives”
Sarah Leavitt, “Pumpernickel Bread Ring”
Iain Reid, “Coconut Ginger Lentil Soup”
Darcie Friesen Hossack, “Rollkuchen”
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer


Teri Vlassopolous reads Aunt Gwen’s Fried Egg Sandwiches in “H is for Happy” from An Alphabet for Gourmets, by M. F. K. Fisher, published in 1948.

Teri Vlassopoulos’s first book, Bats or Swallows, was published by Invisible Publishing in Fall 2010. She’s not only a good friend of mine from writing school, but we were co-short-listed for the 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Her favourite meal is breakfast.

In the third instalment,

Writers Reading Recipes continues with Kim Moritsugu reading “Butterscotch Brownies” from The Joy of Cooking, by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker.

Kim Moritsugu is a creative writing teacher, food blogger and the author of four novels and one novelette. Visit her at The Hungry Novelist and kimmoritsugu.com. Follow her on Twitter at @KimMoritsugu.

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