Coconut Ice Cream

Recently my son celebrated his 5th birthday. Months in advance he requested ice cream floats. Sorry to say I did not plan properly and as such had no ice cream.
I tried to think of a solution. Found a simple recipe on Cuisinart.com . That was the recipe I decided yo work from.   I looked up heavy cream substitutes (1/3 cup butter, 3/4 cup milk whipped together for cooking.) . I also found out that coconut milk is a good substitute for heavy cream then the light bulb went off, coconut ice cream. I would just use 2 ¼ cup coconut milk, ½ cup sugar and 1 tbsp vanilla.

It worked!!!

Its basically dissolving the sugar in the milk (Grace coconut milk in a can)  and adding vanilla. A pinch of salt may be added.
Freeze in ice cream machine and follow manufacturers instructions.

The birthday boy loved his float, coconut ice cream and pineapple soda.
*Sorry no pictures forgot in the excitement of the moment .

Jamaican Homemade Coconut Oil

The coconut was very valuable growing up. I can hardly think of a dish were coconut could not be used. Even the plant itself had many practical uses. Coconut oil for me was not just for cooking but for lotioning the feet and oiling the hair. Not to mention that it smell sooo good.

Homemade coconut oil using 1 -400 ml (13.5 oz) can Grace Foods Coconut milk. Makes just about 2 Oz's and takes just about 20 minutes

Pumpkin Dumpling

Puree 1 cup diced pumpkin and 1 clove garlic with 1/4 cup water. (a little more might be needed)

Measure 3 cups flour and 1 tsp salt (1 tbsp butter optional)

Pour pumpkin mixture into flour and knead.

Allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes.

Set 8 cups water to boil with 1 tsp salt.

Shape dumplings as you like or in the traditional hamburger shape and place in boiling water.

Allow to cook uncovered for 15 minutes.

Serve as desired with your favorite protein and and vegetables.