Meanderings of a Domestic Goddess with Llyr Otto
Hello fellow hinterland dwellers,
Seems every time we go to the grocery store it costs more and more, so now is the time to collect some recipes that are economical to make and delicious.
I thought today I’d give you the base recipe and some variations for a very old fashioned food that is a great snack, a good start at breakfast and is popular with the children (and adults) for a dessert - and it is more economical than ready made desserts treats!
Sounds too good to be true! The wonder ingredient is tapioca or sago. You will find these amazing little balls in packets in the dessert section of the supermarket, near the jelly crystals and custard powder. If you can’t find them ask the staff.
For a great tasting staple for breakfast or for a dessert or snack try my Mango Coconut Tapioca. This recipe makes enough for Kurt and I to have a bowl for breakfast for five days. You don’t need a big bowl as it is quite filling.
Take about a cup and a half of dry tapioca and put it in the top of a decent sized double boiler (put water in the bottom!).
Add 1000 mls of mango nectar and a tin of coconut milk or cream (I use lite).
Some people add a half a cup of sugar but I leave it out as we don’t like it too sweet.
Add a vanilla pod if you have one or if not add a teaspoon of natural vanilla essence at the end of cooking.
Cook covered, slowly in the double boiler, stirring every 25 minutes or so. Top up with some water if it gets too thick during cooking, or if you want it really fruity add more mango nectar.
You will know it is cooked when the ‘balls’ have swollen and have lost their white colour and are very soft. The mix is now thick and creamy. This amount usually takes about an hour and a half. Store in the fridge.
Eat warm, cold, by itself, with sliced fruit on top or any way you like.
Instead of mango nectar use a tin of crushed pineapple and some pineapple juice.
Use passionfruit in with either pineapple or mango.
Add some apple pieces and some cinnamon, 2 tins of coconut milk, and 2 cups of water.
Mix 3 tablespoons of some good quality cocoa with water to make about 2 cups of fluid, use 2 tins of coconut milk.
Use half a cup of lemon juice, grated peel of 2 lemons and a half a cup of sugar. Make up the other fluid either with 2 tins of coconut milk or 800 mls of water (if you want a non creamy dessert).
Use your creativity and imagination and what is on hand!