Coco and Nut

I bet you are all dying to find out how our New year’s resolution to eat local is going?

Well two months since we decided to eat food we can clearly see the origins from, that is either grown or produced in our state or is unprocessed and sourced as it would be back in the olden days: WE ARE GOING STRONG. And loving it. I have lost weight, but more importantly my body is getting back in shape. I dare say somewhere deep in there I can spot first two of the six pack. Could just be a shadow from the bathroom light but I think it looks great(ish). It is surprisingly easy to shop and I cannot say that we have been spending much more money then we used to. We are yet to add chicken to our diet because we cannot find local farm that raises them for other then eggs but otherwise we are having no troubles at all. I have discovered so many wonderful products even in our local supermarket that are made exactly the way they were back when back ( I am looking at you Nancy ). We have juice or two every day that I make fresh in our juicer, which is really not that much bother to clean once you get the hang of it. I now make waffles from scratch for Little J’s breakfast that really are no trouble at all and I am ‘forced’ to bake our own deserts.

My husband is the one doing all the food shopping. He says he enjoys it. The other day boys asked for rusks. My friend Danielle’s husband’s family has had this recipe for generations and the legend has it that Dutch would take these into battle as a snack back when they were conquering South Africa. They are delicious and keep forever. Danielle used to bake me a batch every month but she finally broke the family code and gave me the recipe. Anyhow among other things they call for coconut flakes. So I added those to the shopping list, but told my husband to please look for unsweetened, unsulfered, natural flakes.

He came home and handed me a coconut.

I must admit I have never seen a coconut like that and I had no idea what to do with it. So I googled it and found a video:

Yeah, useless. But I thought I would share it with you ladies anyway.

Now this one is a bit better:

Guess what: it worked!

Although next time I am totally cutting it topless with a machete!

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  1. Marie February 27, 2013 at 21:52 #

    Twitter: MarieMiracles
    This is great, Stasha. What a great resolution…I look forward to hearing more about how you all do…and how long you last eating local. We are probably particularly lucky living in this part of the world and country, where a wide variety of food is grown and raised!
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    • Stasha February 27, 2013 at 22:42 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      We really are spoiled. Another reason why NW is the best 😉

  2. Bridget February 27, 2013 at 21:55 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    If you post a video of you chopping it topless with a machete your blog will get a million hits!
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    • Stasha February 27, 2013 at 22:12 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I am faking a cup B cause I don’t want to admit to an A. So I doubt it 😉
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  3. Wendy Coffman February 27, 2013 at 22:34 #

    Twitter: stampingrules
    Oh my – if I tried that with a machete I’d lose a hand! And may I just say it’s refreshing to see a kitchen that looks even more cluttered than mine…in that second video. Cooking videos are always in super tidy kitchens – I COOK all the time, so my countertops are full of stuff, lol.
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    • Stasha February 27, 2013 at 22:41 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Funny you said that cause that was the first thing I noticed too!! I also wondered what song she would have chosen if the recipe called for cabbage.

  4. Cindy Pickering February 27, 2013 at 23:33 #

    The first time I went to visit my parents after they moved to the Seattle area, I came back raving about a place where you really could live off the land! Or at least much more than I could living in the Midwest!! We went crabbing, clamming, fishing; ate salmon, and smoked it as well–we went berry picking and made jams and cobblers, and the fresh strawberries in my mom’s backyard are still the best I have ever had! You freely admit you live in paradise, but I’m not sure people REALLY believe it unless they’ve spent some time up there-and particularly your island!! I love what you are doing and hope you get some chicken soon! Are you going to try some chickens of your own? So many people say they are such fun to watch–don’t know how they would get along with Big M!!I I anticipate more stories of culinary discoveries to come!

  5. darcelle February 27, 2013 at 23:38 #

    Draper Valley Farms in Mount Vernon, if that is close enough for you. Organic Chicken! Have some nice sugar made from Raw cane waiting for you to claim it.

  6. OT and ET February 28, 2013 at 04:52 #

    Twitter: otandet
    You are awesome! You’d be awesomer topless (obviously) but still, stinking rad!

  7. [email protected] Mom February 28, 2013 at 04:55 #

    Twitter: copilotmom
    This is so great! Glad that eating local is going so well for you! :)
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  8. Michelle February 28, 2013 at 05:36 #

    Twitter: ltlindian
    I think we’d starve if I did that. Well, we’d have plenty of meat but be pretty scarce on the fruit and veggies–at least in the winter. Maybe I’ll try it on a much smaller scale.
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    • Stasha February 28, 2013 at 10:19 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      We still buy strawberries and blueberries, kiwis and pineapples, bananas at the supermarket. And coconut 😉 the rule is it must be fresh. Come summer we will switch to buying berries locally. As for veg we have learned to love lots of winter ones that we never bothered buying before we started the local delivery.

  9. emily February 28, 2013 at 06:33 #

    …and that is exactly why everyone needs a sharp machete just lying around their house.

    • Stasha February 28, 2013 at 10:16 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Or a man with sexy chest that own one :)

  10. Alison February 28, 2013 at 06:59 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    Yay for going strong with your resolution!

    You know, we actually have a machete in my house. Don’t ask.
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    • Stasha February 28, 2013 at 10:17 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Always prepared 😉

  11. Southern Angel February 28, 2013 at 12:47 #

    I am probably the only one in our house who likes Coconut. But I would love to get one and use it like that. I don’t think I have ever seen one that looks like that though. I always see the brown ones
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  12. Kenya G. Johnson February 28, 2013 at 13:29 #

    Twitter: sporadictweets
    I have to admit, I clicked on the first video to see what they guy was wearing. 😉 He look “bottomless” in the thumbnail. LOL! I’m familiar with a whole coconut and they are a pain in the butt. I can’t remember how we got it open. It was dangerously I assure you. I really should take advantage of going to the farms around here when the time goes to pick our blueberries and strawberries because they are so good off the vine, but it always so freakin hot when they are the best.
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  13. just JENNIFER March 1, 2013 at 15:08 #

    Twitter: JenAnnHall
    You are so cool! So is your husband for bringing you a whole coconut.
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  14. Robin Jingjit March 2, 2013 at 05:01 #

    What did you do with your coconut? We have young coconut all the time, since it’s so easy to come by here ( I wont brag about how cheap they are) ;). But it doesn’t seem like it would be any good for your recipe. We just drink the water, then scoop it out with a spoon and eat it plain.
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    • Stasha March 2, 2013 at 20:25 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I scooped out the meat, cut it into small pieces and put it into the cookie dou instead of coconut flakes. It is not as flavorful as dried ones but it turned out good. I used the water in my juice. It is yummy!! So do you cut yours like the lady in the video too?

  15. Ally March 2, 2013 at 21:47 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    Aw, you guys are my food heros! This is so very cool.
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  16. paul March 3, 2013 at 09:00 #

    okay, I’m going to start drinking coconut water. LOL
    Good for you, buying local is a win for everyone.
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  17. Julia Spencer March 4, 2013 at 04:53 #

    I guess that it can be much better when men are responsible for all food shopping, because all women tend to buy too much)
    The videos are really cool!)
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