It’s that time again – time for another edition of Secret Recipe Club. SRC is a virtual food blogger secret Santa party. All the participants are secretly assigned another blog to explore. We’re to select a recipe to make or adapt and then we all post about it on the same day. Fun, no?
My assignment this month is Adventures in Dinner. Jane began her blog back in March of 2010, while she was on maternity leave. She’s had quite a few adventures since then. She’s back at work, but still going strong in her blogging about living within a budget, on limited time. She has a great series about using up what’s in your fridge – Food Waste Fridays. I could learn a thing or two from her here. Or maybe we could commiserate together. I’m the queen of the forgotten zucchini. Ew. Gross.
Beyond the forgotten veggies, our eating styles are not that similar. She and her family are meat eaters; I’m not. She does lots of pastry; I’m gluten and dairy free. But despite our differences, I still enjoyed reading her tales of putting healthy food on the table for her family, in the midst of all of life’s chaos.
There’s not much more chaotic than home remodeling. And the post that inspired me the most has a title I just love – Sometimes You Just Really Need Dessert. Yes, Jane, I couldn’t agree more. And, it’s even better when that dessert takes all of 15 minutes to put together, but looks like it took longer. Jane made a lovely creamy panna cotta. I’ve adapted her recipe to be vegan, and simplified the ingredient list down to three (okay four, if you count the chunks of chocolate). On a day when you really need dessert, this is the way to go.
Dairy-Free Coconut Panna Cotta
1 pint So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer (I used the hazelnut flavor.)
1 cup So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk
2.5 t. agar flakes
4 chocolate chunks
Place first three ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes, until agar is completely dissolved. Place a chocolate chunk in the bottom of 4 glasses. If you want to be extra careful about not having any agar bits in the bottom of your glass, strain the hot liquid through a fine mesh sieve. Divide liquid mixture between 4 glasses. Chill until firm. Sprinkle with grated chocolate, if desired.