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How to drink and eat a coconut

8 Nov

With the increased marketing of the benefits of coconut water, we decided to give it a try but were quite disappointed in the taste. Luckily hubby knows first hand how to drink and eat a real coconut he purchased from Urban Farm Market for $1.99.

It comes with a pointed and flatter end. Set the nut on your chopping board and start shaving the flatter end with a knife. The fibrous coir is easiest to remove when you shave with the grain. You’ll eventually reach the harder shell, and find between 1-3 darker circles. Use the tip of your knife to pry one open and enjoy your coconut water with a straw.

After it’s drained, you can enjoy the tender meat. Shave off the remaining coir until just the hard shell remains. Use the back of your chef knife and whack it along the “equator” line. Rotate the nut and whack it again; repeat. You’ll know it’s cracked when a whack sounds more hollow. Continue until you can safely pry the two halves apart. Use a spoon to scoop up with sweet meat.

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Pre-peeled Chestnuts

20 Jan

I don’t actually have a hankering for chestnuts but many people I know do. I recently tried my hand at roasting them myself and have completely given up the self torture, especially when I was introduced to this easy-peasy snack. They’re much smaller than Italian ones but have so much flavor and sweetness. Plus did I say how easy it was to peel? No more burnt hands!

There were 4 packs within the larger package and 6 chestnuts were in each. You can buy them at T&T.

Caramel Coated Popcorn

30 Aug

Lynden Chocolate makes the best caramel popcorn I’ve ever had. Not as sweet as everything else I’ve tried, and what I love most is how it completely crunches away – no residual squished kernel for you to suck out from between your teeth. Can you see how generous they are with the nuts? Again, not overly sweet – they are fresh and meaty, unlike some where I can’t even taste the nuts anymore. Sigh, Lynden is so far from I5 though.

Mary’s Gone Crackers

22 Jun

Organic, wheat-free, gluten-free, tastes great – that’s what the packaging says. Got it at Costco while searching for healthy grazing snacks. Not too salty but bland in an ate-too-many-rice-crackers-in-one-sitting kind of way. Very crunch – almost too much, as there are some bits I’m convinced are not even nuts/seeds anymore. Won’t buy it again.

Baked Cheetos

17 Nov

So cheesy, so good, 45% less bad. No greasy, oily, guilty residue.

In search for a healthy BAKED potato chips

22 Sep

Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips in Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper flavor.

Okay. I know I should eat better so thus I bought my first bag of Kettle Brand Baked potato chips today.  And you know what? It taste like regular potato chips! It is very crunchy and the chips even looks deep fried! And the best thing, it doesn’t feel as greasy as the same brand’s deep fried types. Per serving (40g) it has 170mg or 7% of your daily sodium intake. Not too bad considering it’s junk food! It’s VERY peppery, might not be suitable to people who don’t like spicy food. But I’m gonna buy this from now on. At East West Market on Main and King Edward in Vancouver, they are selling this for $2.99 CDN, a bit more expensive then your regular deep fried ones since this is a smaller bag too (113g). But I don’t mind. I’d just eat less. Not a bad thing sometimes.

Costco Carne Asada Bake $3.79 (US only)

16 Sep

A little doughy, it’s similar to their Chicken Bake which is no longer available in Canada, but made with pork and Mexican flavors. Not bad but consensus agrees the Chicken Bake is better. For less than $4 bucks, it’s a much more satisfying meal than the outlet malls have to offer. The churro was dry and bland.