Coconut Parfait Cups and The Perfect Nanny
These cups harken way back to the week before I returned to work after winter break when Colin had the flu and strep throat at the same time (again, I’m so sorry, dude), and I got more reading and cooking done than I have since. Since dairy is a no-no for sore throats, this granola parfait is made with coconut cream, which is whipped into a delicious whipped cream substitute. It was a huge hit at home and again at one of my wineHouse pairing events. Win-win-win-win. The book was one of the ones that I crushed in an afternoon because it’s just really so, so creepy.
Coconut Parfait Cups
Healthy and all that, but also super delicious. Everyone’s happy.
Coconut Parfait CupsBy Page & Plate, March 14, 2019
The recipe for this granola already lives on Page & Plate, but the addition of the coconut cream and optional chooclate drizzle take granola from meh to magnificent.
Makes: 4 cups
- 3 cups of oats
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup
- 1/3 cup of olive oil
- 1 cup of Organic Toasted Coconut Flakes, Unsweetened
- 1 cup of Organic Seedless Raisins
- 1/4 cup of Organic Sesame Seeds
- 3/4 cup of pepitas
- 1 tsp of Simply Organic Vanilla Extract
- 1 can of Organic Heavy Coconut Cream, chilled overnight
- 2 TBSP of powdered sugar
- 8 oz. of chocolate, melted, optional for garnish
- Preheat oven to 300. Get a sheet pan and a big bowl ready.
- Pour all of the ingredients except coconut cream and powdered sugar into a large bowl and stir.
- Pour the granola mix onto the sheet pan and spread evenly.
- Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes so nothing burns. Set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, scrape the solids out of the coconut cream can and whisk in a stand mixer or using a hand mixer until soft peaks form.
- Add some of the liquid only if cream needs to be thinned. Add powdered sugar, then alternate layers granola and cream into a mason jar or wine glass. Top with melted chocolate if desired.
The Perfect Nanny
Plot: A small French family hires a nanny when the mother, Myriam, determines that she will go insane if she doesn’t get back to her life. After a stressful search for a nanny, they find Louise, who at first is so perfect she seems too good to be true, then perfectly fulfills their expectations by turning out to be not perfect at all.
Thoughts: At the risk of totally spoiling the book, I think it’s clear that the ending is not a happy ending. And, actually, the book starts at the ending and flashes back so really, I’m not ruining anything at all. The whole book builds to a terrifying ending, one probably made so terrifying by the fact that it’s barely sketched out for the reader to experience. It was so good. So creepy. So chilling.
Author Leïla Slimani must be crazy smart, because her writing is so accessible you feel like she’s somehow implanted the characters and plot points into your brain. The rapid back-and-forth perspective swaps that keep the book moving along in its rapid downfall is mesmerizing and chilling. Her writing is amazing, and I can’t wait to see what she puts out next. I mean, wow.
Verdict: A super scary read that builds forever and ends up wowing you anyway. Grab a copy here.
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