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Hawaiian Coconut Pie with Lime and Rum
When Damien and Theresa have dinner in Honolulu, he orders this pie – and two forks.
1 c. graham wafer crumbs
1/2 c. ground almonds
3 tbsp. sugar
1/3 c. butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast ground almonds, cool, and place in a bowl with graham wafer crumbs and sugar. Melt butter and mix in to blend well. Pour mixture into a buttered 9" pie plate and press firmly into bottom and sides.
Bake for 10 minutes then let cool.
2 1/2 c. milk
1 c. flaked sweet coconut
3/4 c. white sugar
1/4 c. cornstarch
2 tsp. vanilla
Heat milk and coconut in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until the mixture steams. In a large bowl, whisk 1/2 c. of the sugar with the cornstarch, then whisk in the 2 eggs until blended. Gradually whisk the milk/coconut mixture into the egg mixture. Pour into the saucepan and cook, whisking constantly, over medium heat until it’s the consistency of pudding (approx. 10 minutes). Pour into a bowl and add the vanilla. Press plastic wrap into the surface and refrigerate until cool.
To finish up
1 c. whipping cream
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. dark rum
2 tbsp. flaked sweet coconut
zest of 1-2 limes
To finish up
In a bowl, combine the whipping cream, sugar and rum, and whip until stiff. Set aside 1 1/2 c. of the whipped cream mixture. Fold the remaining mixture into the cooled filling.
Pour the filling into the pie shell. Toast the coconut flakes and sprinkle on top, together with the lime zest.
Damien’s Aussie Barbie (Steak, Potatoes and Onions)
The first time Damien has dinner with Theresa’s family, he puts himself in charge of preparing the barbecue – and gets rave reviews!
Combine for marinade (serves 2):
3 tbsp. red wine
3/8 c. olive oil
1-2 tbsp. dried oregano leaves (or substitute rosemary or other herb if you prefer)
2 tsp. medium soy sauce
1 clove crushed garlic
Marinate your favorite steak for 1 to 4 hours. When the steak is almost finished marinating, cut up 2 potatoes (no need to peel) into 1/2 to 3/4" slices. Boil for 2 or 3 minutes then drain. Also cut an onion into thick slices. Put the potato and onion slices in a shallow bowl.
Remove the steak from the marinade then toss the marinade over the potatoes and onions. Turn to coat them. Let them marinate (turning a time or two) for half an hour.
Then toss everything on the barbie. Depending on the thickness, size, and type of steak, and how well you like it cooked, it may take longer than the potatoes and onions. Turn everything halfway though, but only turn once.