I love the combination of blueberry, coconut and vanilla. You probably have seen this combination in my blueberry & vanilla soy milk oatmeal post. For this dessert I warmed up blueberries with cream of coconut and served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream served on a cookie. The cookie’s ingredients support this dessert with flavors of coconut, vanilla and chocolate chips. Topped with a thin slice of banana and chocolate shavings makes this dessert a very simple yet tasty treat for any occasion.
A Quick Journey into the History of Valentine’s Day
As Valentine’s day is upon us we honor our spouses, partners or friends. We look to buy the biggest and reddest roses, the best chocolate money can buy and send the biggest cards out to our loved ones. It is truly a beautiful day to spend the evening together and celebrate a lovely friend ship or marriage. But where is this tradition originated and why are we celebrating Valentine’s day?
Did you know?
To make a long story short: According to the history books and online archives. St. Valentine who lived around A.D. 270 was a priest from the Roman Catholic church who married young soldiers before they went to war. The only problem was that the Emperor Claudius had forbidden soldiers to get married, because he thought these men are vulnerable and don’t make strong warriors compared to single men who have nothing to lose. St. Valentine ignored these regulations and kept on marrying soldiers in privacy. Once the Emperor Claudius heard of that he ordered St. Valentines to be killed. In his prison cell he was alleged visited by a maid to bring him food and drink. Before his death he wrote her a letter whith the ending words “from your Valentine”. This is almost 2000 years ago. Tell me Culinary Traditions aren’t powerful? Of course there are other theories about St. Valentine, maybe you know a different one.
What will it be? Chocolate, Flowers or jewelry.
According to an online survey published on about flowers; men buy flowers, candies and chocolate to show their affection to a loved one, while women use this opportunity to honor their relation ships to mothers and female friends. Chocolate is the most bought item for Valentine’s Day, followed by flowers and jewelry. Valentine’s Day is the second busiest Holiday after Christmas. How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
- 6 oz / 175 g / 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 8.5 oz / 240 g / 1¼ cup butter
- 2 tbsp cream of coconut
- 2 egg
- 3.5 oz / 100 g / 1¼ cup organic quick cooking oats
- 2 tbsp coconut flakes
- 12 oz / 345 g / 3 cups unbleached organic flour
- 4.5 oz / 130 g / 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- Blend butter, sugar, eggs and cream of coconut until well incorporated.
- Add all other ingredients.
- Scoop 1½ oz cookie dough onto a greased baking pan, or on a silicon mat.
- Flatten dough with fingers or spoon.
- Bake at 365 degrees Fahrenheit or 185 degrees Celsius for 7-9 minutes.
- Place baked cookies on rack to cool.
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp cream of coconut
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- Juice from one lemon
- 5 oz / 140 g / 1 cup organic blueberries
- 1½ tbsp Orange liquor
- In a sauté pan melt all ingredients except berries and liquor over medium heat.
- Cook sugar mixture until it is reduced to half.
- Now add the blueberries.
- Once the blueberries come to a boil move pan away from fire and add the liquor.
- Bring blueberries one more time to a quick boil and serve immediately
Cookies taste best after they have just cooled out. Although you can store them in a cookie jar and munch on them for days to come. For this dessert I served the cookies with vanilla ice cream and warm blueberries. Decorated with a slice of banana and chocolate shavings. You can create your own ice cream cookie with any type of berries and your favorite ice cream.
Happy Valentine’s Day
What are your favorite cookies?
What is your favorite dessert using cookies or ice cream?
Do you like warm blueberries or do you prefer other berries?
Do you celebrate Valentine’s day?