How to open a coconut

There are many ways on how to open a coconut. You can open it using a machine, a bolo knife, a hammer or throwing it on the wall. Kidding aside, what I know is the way using a bolo.

Drinking a coconut

Sweet coconut milk

Here are the steps:

  1. Get a fresh coconut, preferably one that is directly picked from the tree.
  2. Hold the coconut on the stem and gently slice the hard part of the coconut husk to see the soft part of the husk. In this way, you’ll be able to remove the white coconut husk slowly. You can only take half of it if you want.
  3. Then, when you see the harder part of the coconut or what we called the shell, slowly crack a small portion of the coconut shell using your bolo and drain the juice out.
  4. After extracting all the juice out of the coconut, you can now break the coconut in the middle for you to get the white meat inside.
  5. After breaking the coconut into two, enjoy the white meat inside and drink its sweet juice.

Opening a coconut looks easy but it’s harder as it looks. Here’s an action shot!

Using a bolo knife to open a coconut

Opening a coconut with a big knife

(photo source)

How to boil eggs (for Easter)

Boiled Easter Eggs

Boiled eggs decorated for Easter (cool Easter eggs picture above)

Decorating Easter eggs can be fun, but the first step is getting them ready. Boiling an egg is as simply as ABC. Here are the steps:

  1. Get the eggs out of the carton and ready for action.
  2. Place your desired number of eggs into a pot that you’ll use on the stove top.
  3. Now you need to add water, make sure to add enough to cover all of the eggs.
  4. Bring the water to boil without covering the pot (this will help avoid the eggs from cracking.)
  5. Egg boiling tips – Now if you want your egg softly boil, you need to boil it only for 5 minutes. But if you want it hard boiled, you need to boil it for 5-10 minutes. I usually go to 7 minutes.
  6. After boiling the eggs, remove the excess water from the pot and run cool water on top of the just boiled to cool down the eggs before you start to decorate or peel them.

If you have any tips or fresh ideas, feel free to share in the comments. Happy Easter!

How to make 5 delicious coffee drinks

Here are 5 great ways to kick start your day with a little java! The first step to any great drink is having a dependable coffee maker. If you don’t have one, you can get an awesome one right over here!

Name: West Indies Coffee
Ingredients and Instructions:
3 1/2 cup of milk
1/4 cup of instant coffee
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 dash Salt

Bring to just to a boil, then pour that milk (off the boil) over the instant coffee in your cup of coffee. Then add the brown sugar, add the salt, and stir the drink to help everything dissolve. Bring milk just to boiling. Pour over coffee, brown sugar, and salt, stirring to dissolve. This is best served in coffee mugs, and with the ingredients above you’ll 4 to 5 servings out of it.

Name: Vanilla Almond Coffee
Ingredients and Instructions:
1/3 cup of ground coffee
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
1/4 teaspoon of anise seeds

Using a blender or food processor, put the coffee grinds into the machine. In a coffee cup add all of the rest of the ingredients. Place coffee in a blender or food processor fitted with a steel blade. In cup, combine remaining ingredients. Now stop the blender and add the mixture to the coffee. Start up the blender again and run it for about 10 seconds more. Then you’re done! Scrape the coffee out and store in the refrigerator. Should make 6 eight ounce servings.

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Name: Praline Coffee
Ingredients and Instructions:
3 cups of hot (already) brewed coffee
3/4 cup of half and half
3/4 cup of light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tablespoon of butter or margarine
3/4 cup of praline liqueur
And finally some sweetened whipped cream

Combine the hot brewed coffee, half and half, brown sugar, and butter. Cook them in a large saucepan over medium heat until it’s heated evenly, but don’t boil the mixture! Add in the liqueur and served with the whipped cream.

Want to meet up for coffee at a cafe in Asia? Then make sure to check out Dine Mates to connect with other coffee lovers!

Name: Mocha Frappe
Ingredients and Instructions:
18-22 ice cubes
7 ounces of chilled double strength coffee
1/4 cup of chocolate sauce (or chocolate syrup)
2 tablespoons of vanilla Syrup
And finally some sweetened whipped Cream

Take the ice, double strength coffee, chocolate sauce, and vanilla into a blender. Blend it until the concoction is nice and smooth. Pour it into a large tall glass and add a dollop of tasty whipped cream to the top! The end result is a lovely 16 oz frappe

Name: Mexican Spiced Coffee
Ingredients and Instructions:
3/4 cup of brown sugar, firmly packed
6 cloves
6 julienne slices (orange zest)
3 cinnamon sticks
6 tablespoons of coffee grinds

In a large saucepan add brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and 6 cups of water. Heat the pan until ‘almost’ boiling and stir. Now add the coffee and finally bring it to a boil. It should take about 3 minutes. Before drinking it, strain the coffee (to get the coffee grinds out), server in coffee cups, add orange zest for a garnish.

How to make papaya candy (recipe)

Here’s an easy recipe to make great tasting papaya candy. Here’s what you need:

  • fresh yellow-green papaya ( not too young or too ripe)
  • 2 tbsp lime diluted in 10 cups of water
  • sugar
  • yellow food color

Here’s what you need to do.

1. Choose a semi-ripe papaya.
2. Peel and cut into small cubes for about 3/4″.
3. Soak it in lime solution overnight.
4. Next day, wash the papaya thoroughly

papaya fruit with lime cut in half

ripe papaya and limes sliced in half

5. Soak for 2 hours in water tinted with yellow food coloring.
6. Put the papaya in a pot, and add colored water until the fruit is completely covered (just enough to cover the top of the fruit).
7. Boil papaya in colored water for about 1 minute (until tender) and drain immediately. Save this water for later!!
8. Wash the papaya and drain again, getting rid of this water.
9. Make a syrup of 1 part sugar to 1 part of previously boiled water that you saved.
10. Bring to the syrup mix to a boil so the sugar is disolved and add papaya.
11. Cook for 10 minutes and let it stand overnight.
12. On the next day, boil again the syrup until it dries up with continuous stirring. It will harden the sugar.
13. Spread it in baking sheet. Dry it under the sun or in oven for a low heat for an hour or until the candy hardens and ceased to be watery.

papaya candy recipie

delicious papaya candy!

Some extra notes:

If you want to make other candies, check out The Ultimate Candy Book
with over 700 recipies! Also if you’re an food or desert lover and happen to be in Asia, check out Dine Mates to connect with others and possibly meet up for a meal with others in your area.

Papaya is a wonderful fruit and it’s easy to make your own candy using papaya. Fruit is very good for you, but if you’re diabetic you’ll need to make sure to take a close look at the number of carbs you consume.

Also make sure you know your allergies and possible side-effects. Caution should be taken when harvesting, as papaya is known to release a latex fluid when not quite ripe, which can cause irritation and provoke allergic reaction in some people. The papaya fruit, seeds, latex, and leaves also contains carpaine, an anthelmintic alkaloid which could be dangerous in high doses.Excessive consumption of papaya, as of carrots, can cause carotenemia, the yellowing of soles and palms which is otherwise harmless.

How to carve a turkey

A beautifully carved turkey tastes even better on Thanksgiving or Christmas! One of the tricks before serving your turkey dish is to carve it perfectly.

Here’s how:

  1. Make sure that your turkey is already cook and good to go.
  2. Get a carving knife.
  3. Place you turkey in the most comfortable place where you can carve it.
  4. The first part is you must cut the leg; you must start on where the bones connected.
  5. Then remove the meat from the thigh part.
  6. Next is the wing part. Cut also on the where the bones connected.
  7. Then gently slice the meat on the breast until it reaches the half of the chicken.
  8. Remove all the meat connected on the bones.
  9. Then repeat all those steps on the other side of the turkey.
  10. Start again from the leg and ends on the breast.
  11. Now you can serve your turkey at its best. Enjoy eating!

How to cook a turkey

Thanksgiving is on it’s way and a popular food for the gathering is turkey! You can bake it, roast it, stuff it! But the most common way to cook a turkey is by roasting. Here are simplified ways on how to cook a turkey by roasting.

  1. Find the perfect turkey size for your visitors or family.
  2. Wash the turkey or if frozen, thaw it first. Make sure that you thaw the turkey very well to avoid longer cooking time and for the turkey to cook perfectly.
  3. Clean the turkey; remove the giblet and the neck. Wash with running water until it’s very clean.
  4. Season your turkey with salt and pepper until you reach under the skin.
  5. Make sure that you place your turkey breast side up on a baking pan.
  6. Brush your turkey with oil or butter to have a beautiful brown effect when cooked.
  7. If you want to stuff your turkey, it’s time to place it inside the turkey.
  8. There’s no need to preheat your oven, just make sure that your temperature will not be less than 325 °F.
  9. Stuffed turkey requires longer cooking time.
  10. If the juice is already clear the turkey is done and ready to serve.

APPROXIMATE COOKING TIME FOR TURKEY

UNSTUFFED

  • 4 to 6 lb breast…..1 1/2 to 2 1/4 hrs
  • 6 to 8 lb breast…2 1/4 to 3 1/4 hrs
  • 8 to 12 lbs…………….2 3/4 to 3 hrs
  • 12 to 14 lbs…………..3 to 3 3/4 hrs
  • 14 to 18 lbs……..3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hrs
  • 18 to 20 lbs……..4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hrs
  • 20 to 24 lbs…………..4 1/2 to 5 hrs

STUFFED

  • 8 to 12 lbs……………3 to 3 1/2 hrs
  • 12 to 14 lbs…………..3 1/2 to 4 hrs
  • 14 to 18 lbs…………..4 to 4 1/4 hrs
  • 18 to 20 lbs……..4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hrs
  • 20 to 24 lbs……..4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hrs