I bought some coconut oil the other day from Holland and Barrett (amazing health food store by the way for those who live in the UK). The oil seems to be all the rage these days so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s marketed as a healthy alternative to cooking oils and butters with a hint of coconut flavour. And, strangely enough it is also good for the skin, hair and nail cuticles, so you can also put it on dry elbows or ends. I haven’t tried that yet, but maybe I’ll test it out at some point!
In the immediate term, I tried this great recipe for pan fried peaches in coconut oil, served with ice cream. It was delicious – the coconut aroma was strong and tropical and the cinnamon brought out the warmth of the peaches. Can also serve this dish with Greek yogurt for a slightly healthier version, or whipped cream.
2 cups sliced peaches
2 Tbs coconut oil
1 Tbs honey
1 tsp cinnamon
greek yogurt (or ice cream, whipped cream)
Mix the oil, honey, and cinnamon.
Heat a pan until it is hot. Add the oil, honey and cinnamon mixture, stirring frequently.
When the oil mixture is simmering, add the peaches. Toss in oil until coated. Fry on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes or until peaches are soft, stirring frequently. Turn down heat if they start to burn.
Remove from heat and serve over ice cream, greek yogurt or whipped cream.