Thursday, September 11, 2008

Coconut Jerky and Chef BeLive

I was inspired to try a recipe and experiment with the idea on my own.

I got a new raw recipe book yesterday - I have gotten a few new raw books recently but this one is different. The author is sending it to whoever requests it with a 'pay what you can' or what you think it is worth. I will send something soon, I'm going to read it & get inspired first.

What a Great idea! So far I have just scanned it quickly ..and got stuck on this interesting recipe for his Teriyaki Coconut Jerky.

I just happened to have a young Thai coconut in the fridge - just one.. so I made half with his recipe and half with my idea. I will type out my version - for his you will have to get his book. You can order it here

The author is Chef BeLive - Brian Lucas who was executive chef and co-owner of Organica: The Living Cuisine in San Francisco in the late 1990's (the restaurant was previously Juliano's Raw Living Foods and then Jeremy Saffron & Renee Underkoffler's Raw Experience)

Brian Lucas has just released this recipe e-book of 30 recipes from his collection of 1000!
One of these recipes was for his Teriyaki Coconut Jerky which was delicious..

but I also Loved the version I just made from his great idea! hmm name???

The Great Coconut Jerky Experiment

Meat of 1 Young Thai Coconut - sliced in strips

1 T Agave
1 t Nama Shoyu
1/4 t each of Cardamom, Cumin, Cinnamon, Black Pepper and Salt

Marinate the Coconut strips in the marinade for 4 hours and then dehydrate. I would have to experiment with times and I forget offhand what Brian suggested (you'll have to get the book!)
I liked it best after in for 3-4 hours before I went to bed, but then I flipped and left it in until morning - and they were a bit too tough, still very delicious and great exercise for the jaws! lol

Step 1 - Opening the Coconut and spooning out the meat - usually quite easy to do. There's a bit of a trick to it & that is after you get it started by separating the meat with a spoon, use your fingers to gently separate by running your fingers between the coconut meat and shell.
Then use a knife to scrape or cut off the brown bits left on.

Marinating the strips, above and below, placing them on the teflex sheets, ready for the dehydrator.
Thanks Brian for the new snack idea! : )
Best wishes with your book!!!

Kellan - Day 17 - Raw - Kellan is doing Amazing!!! Sometimes you just know when someone has it & Kellan has it. He is doing great.. he came into work early yesterday and today and I got a chance to get caught up with him. He brought in watermelon and a basket of beautiful organic yellow plums, his breakfast-lunch. The watermelon was so sweet, he inspired me to go get some on my way home.. Mmm another favorite food. Is it possible to live on watermelon and mangoes?? I think so. well, maybe with some greens also. Speaking of which, Kellan has been juicing every day, big green juices and sometimes with beets and other vegetables.. he has juicing down. In fact, he seems to have the whole raw thing pretty much down, big salads, juicing. He is looking very comfortable with it. Alex brought in her copy of Steve Arlin's Raw Power for him to read - but he thinks he already knows most of what is in it. It's really promoting the raw diet. Nice! Congratulations Kellan!


Kerry said...

Oh wow ... coconut jerky. I wonder how it tastes.

I think I saw you walking on Bloor tonight (Friday), passing Fresh. Or was it just my imagination?

Robin 'Keiko' Gregory said...

It tastes really good! & yes, that was me. I love that area of town!Out for dinner & bought some interesting books at Seekers - the best bookstore!!

Badrinath said...

Hi Robin,
Thanks for spending the time this afternoon by the High Park Ave subway station explaining about the area. The book I was mentioning about is "Maharaj: A Biography of Shriman Tapasviji Maharaj, a Mahatma Who Lived for 185 Years (Paperback)". This book was very rare to find and I remember paying about $100 from a reseller. This contains some instructions on Ayurveda but not sure about the credibility. I will keep watching your blog for those creative ideas on being fresh and eating raw!

Robin 'Keiko' Gregory said...

wow.. I am amazed that you did know me from here, so cool! If there were such a thing as coincidences, that would be a great one.. and it was a pleasure meeting you.
The book sounds fascinating, I would love to read it one day.. maybe if we are neighbours you would lend it to me?? Thanks for the comment, so nice to hear from you! Best wishes to you & your family! R