A long time between posts I know.
That will happen when you have to have pack up 12 weeks of accumulated ‘essentials’, move across town and then unpack 80+ boxes of belongings. According to the guys bringing in the container we had more than the average number of boxes marked shoes (x4) and kitchen (x10+). If it was meant as a slur on my character it fell way short of it’s mark…
I then took a wrong turn in deciding that the 60 odd boxes left behind by the incompetent moving company (damaged TV unit, coffee table, desk and filing cabinet, damaged large picture frame we had a crate made to protect at extra cost, smashed vase and various broken salad servers and glasses – it’s turning into a saga let me tell you) were a menace to mankind and the best way to get rid was to dump all the contents on the floors of bedroom #2 & #3 and then find homes for said contents at a later date. What was I thinking??!
The answer my friends is that I obviously wasn’t thinking. Because everyone knows the unwritten rule of the universe stating that the same contents of old house will never fit into new house even though new abode is supposedly bigger. I’m not convinced because this being China I suspect the square metre-age of our apartment isn’t actually as advertised…
So all in all, what with having to wade through 3 feet of ‘stuff’ before the floor was once more revealed, plus two mornings a week of
total brain meltdown Mandarin classes , plus revision there hasn’t been a lot of time for much else. Apart from Mahjong Mondays of course. And a bit of walking and exploring…. it can’t all be work and no play after all….
Whilst I was unpacking I came across my first ever cookbook.
Coconut pyramids were the very first thing I made unsupervised when I was around 10 years old. Granddad would come over most Sundays for dinner and play cards and chess with us (I think he used to cheat can you believe that!) and he’d give us pocket money which started at 2p, increased to 10p when we were 11 or so and reached the dizzy heights of £1 when we turned 13.
I wasn’t kidding when I said dark ages…
Meanwhile back in the 21st century, I renamed them coconut macaroons and we cooked them in one of the first jamjnr classes back in February 2011. They are certainly one of the most popular recipes with the kids and I always hear from parents that they are made time & time again so it’s lovely to see that such a simple recipe has stood the test of time.
So it was only fitting that they were the first thing I baked in my new kitchen. They couldn’t be easier – just coconut, sugar and egg whites with chocolate optional.
Think home-made Bounty Bars and you’ll get the picture.
I didn’t add chocolate into the mixture this time because it was Good Friday and I wanted to drizzle it on afterwards and give R a plate of hot cross macaroons when he got in from work. I wish I’d gone all out and just gone with double chocolate but with one eye on the looming 18th May and the Great Wall half marathon I erred on the side of sainthood.
Which was a waste of effort as we polished off the whole lot in 48 hours….
Here’s the recipe. I hope it becomes a family favourite for you too.
- 2 cups desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup castor sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 1/3 cup chocolate drops or finely chopped
- grated zest of lemon or orange optional
Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Whisk the egg whites until fluffy but not stiff.
Add coconut, sugar and chocolate and mix well.
Dip your fingers and tablespoon in water.
Fill tablespoon with mixture, tap into the palm of your hand and place on baking paper.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until slightly toasted in colour.
Recipe NotesVariations 1) You could use toasted coconut or even a mixture of toasted and untoasted. I prefer mine toasted on the outside and soft and melting on the inside but then I love a Bounty Bar. 2) I put my melted chocolate into a small ziplock bag, squeezed it into one corner and then sniped off the corner which allowed me to drizzle & control the chocolate. Not very professional or fancy but it did the trick. Made licking the leftovers a bit tricky though.