GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood | Coconut Persimmon Flan

coconut persimmon flan vanessa GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood | Coconut Persimmon Flan

Coconut Persimmon Flan
with Strawberry, Mango, and Banana Salsa (raw)

Young Thai coconut has to be my all time favorite ‘raw food’ ingredient. It’s so versatile; you can use it in sweet or savory recipes. I tend to have a sweet tooth, so I end up using it mostly for puddings, flan, or tart fillings.

The only thing I hate is the labor involved in hacking the coconuts open, scraping out the meat, and cleaning it. There’s just no easy way about it. Other that that, they’re great! I’ve experimented with several different knives. I destroyed my very expensive Viking cleaver- it worked, but the blade is too thin. I tried a couple of those cheap Chinese cleavers, but they don’t seem to be sharp enough. The guys at Northwestern Cutlery in Chicago (www.futurechef.com) came up with the solution- a heavy-duty cleaver that I think they use for chopping off fish heads (gross, I know). It was either that or a machete, and that would have just been too crazy.

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GreenChef Chad Sarno | Maine Blueberry Flan

blueberrymainflan GreenChef Chad Sarno | Maine Blueberry Flan

Maine Blueberry Flan
(Hazelnut Maple Cookie, Candied Citrus, Warm Yukon-Cinnamon Syrup – Raw)

Makes 6-8 flans

For the Cookie (base):

1 1/4 Cup Hazelnuts

1/2 Cup Maple Sugar, fine

1 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon

1 TB. Coconut Butter

1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt

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