Last evening, I was in the grocery store and I decided to buy a coconut. I mean, I didn't walk in the store and think to myself, I'm going to buy a coconut today. I'm just not that cool. They were next to a produce stand that my dad was looking at. And I looked at them and decided I was going to buy one. So I did.
Today, we opened it. Now, I was completely lost as to how on earth one opens a coconut. I had a vague idea that you smashed it open with a hammer and then coconut milk sprayed all over the place.
Thankfully, we had a Food magazine that told us all we needed to know about opening a coconut.
First, we skewered it, using various and sundry utensils. My dad was in charge of the proceedings because it was his Food magazine. And he's the best at these sorts of things.
The next step was to drain all the watery liquid/coconut milk out. I was very disappointed. I thought it was going to be a beautiful, milky white. Maybe that's a different kind of coconut. Or maybe that's just in storybooks.
Milo (one of our yellow cats, the bad one) was watching the proceedings with a great and undying interest. Well, it wasn't exactly undying interest because after he watched for a moment or two he got off his chair and went about his business (which mostly consists of sauntering around, looking cool and getting into trouble). Oh well.
The Food magazine informed us that we would get about half a cup of milk. I must have picked a very juicy coconut. I was proud.
There is the beautiful hole, compliments of a screwdriver with a blue handle.
The next step was to wrap it in a towel and tap it gently with a meat mallet. It cracked without any trouble or drama or mashing or squirting. Way too tame for my taste.
There is the inside. It was snowy white and very hard.
It tasted lovely. Just like the bags of coconut you get at the store. Except fresher, wilder...better.
|The coconut in all its snowy glory, captured on camera by Daddy.|
So. That was my latest adventure. I love trying new things. It adds spice to my life. Or maybe it just adds more nuttiness. Get it? Coconuts? Nuttiness?
I'm leaving now.