March 28, 2016

From the Tree to Me – Crispy Caramel Cups

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Do you ever get caught up in an imaginary story in your head? Well no surprises to you guys I guess, ‘cos I do!

There I was, slowly walking the aisles of Wiffins at the Fyshwick markets, a market place I have visited almost every weekend since I arrived in Canberra nearly 20 years ago, gathering ingredients I needed for a special feast I was preparing for my health conscious foodie friends that featured raw, vegan dishes and delicious crispy caramel cups to finish.

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Almost absent minded, I bagged some button and Swiss brown mushrooms, picked a bunch of hydro lettuce, found the kale and cavolo nero, sampled a couple of Thompson seedless grapes from the awesome “Market Criers” – love those guys, before continuing on my journey of sniffing the rockmelons, mangoes, pineapples and figs for ripeness.

Gently cradling the figs to avoid breaking their tender skin, I stood in front of a pile of coconuts shaking a couple and listening to the water swish around inside, which got me to thinking about the journey my food makes before it meets me.

Silly perhaps, but as I waited my turn at the register to pay for my bounty, I entertained myself on the adventures this coconut had taken to get to my market place. Before I’d even reached the cash register to pay, I’d indulged in my inner world of story making and named my colourful coconut character “Kenny”, so I thought I’d let him tell you his story.

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Woah, talk about scoring the dream job Kenny man, you’ve been chosen by a Chef! I’d heard stories about other coconuts ending up in factories, torn apart by machines, shredded, coated in preservatives and sold off barely resembling the coconut they once were… terrible end, but its not my fate that’s for sure! Me? I’ve led a blessed life.

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As a wee coconut, I spent my days hanging about with the fam in heaven on earth, North Queensland, every day was a perfect 28-degrees with rolling turquoise clear seas to gaze at, nestled in the lush greenery of dense plantation overflowing with fruits and vegetables, sheer abundance I tell you. It was pure magic. 

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By the time I hit my 1st birthday and was a mature lad with a thick meaty flesh, I was plucked from my tree, assigned a distribution number and allocated a comfortable crate and together we boarded a giant road train bound for one of the world’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable markets, the Sydney Markets. Hawt Dang!

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Fair dinkum, arriving in Sydney was incredible, this little beach kid got welcomed to the big smoke with a bang, before I knew it my mates in the crate and I were up for auction with grocers from across NSW and ACT bidding on us, we brought a fine price too, let me tell you! The best ride of my life was at the Sydney Markets, man, you’ve gotta just hang on for your life when one of those crafty fork lift drivers picks up your crate and tears off at break neck speeds weaving their way past trucks and vendors and people coming and going in all directions, but before we knew it, we were parked into a chilly container truck with produce this fella had never even heard of, let alone seen.

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Getting to know my fellow produce companions on the truck to Canberra was ace let me tell you! I found out we were bound for Wiffins Premium Green Grocers at the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets. In just a few short hours and a bit more shuffling I found myself sitting on the shelf with a couple of my buddies from home, but all around me it was like being at a carnival, a parade of colors from the fruit and vegetables, flowers and people. 

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I heard the Chef was keen to make a great many things from me; chicken curry, crispy caramel cups, raw vanilla coconut fig slice, vegan strawberry bliss ballscranberry and coconut granola and coconut vanilla matcha smoothie to name a few, it sure sounds pretty rad. I can’t tell you how proud I felt to be here after my whirlwind trip from my beachy beginnings, sometimes a lad can be lucky alright.

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Wiffins has always been my ‘go to green grocer’ not just for home, but a key supplier in many of the commercial kitchens I worked at back in my cheffing days too. In my opinion Wiffins is the best of the bunch, their fruit and vegetables are mostly from Australian farms, the produce is top quality and lasts a long time, the staff are more than happy to answer any questions about what’s in season or where they sourced their product from, and they stock a great range of groceries too, like Long Paddock eggs and Maggie Beer pasta sauces, but really it’s the atmosphere of the markets that draw me back each week. Oh, and I heard the original owner Mr Wiffen grew oranges in Griffith NSW – just so happens that was where I was born.

I’d love to know, do you bond and create stories about your fruit and vegetables like I have with Kenny the coconut? And please do tell me about your favorite green grocer? 

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Crispy Caramel Cups
– Recipe adapted from The Foodie’s Colouring Book

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Crispy Quinoa

  • 1½ teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup (90g) cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon shaved fresh coconut

Date Caramel

  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 tablespoon shaved fresh or desicated coconut
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • Pinch of sea salt

Raw Chocolate

  • 1/2 cup (125ml) extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup (60g) raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple or rice malt syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt

Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c / 350f and line oven tray with baking paper.
Step 2: Mix the melted coconut oil through the cooked quinoa and fresh shaved coconut and evenly spread on the lined baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes, keep an eye on it and stir if needed. Once the mixture is crispy, remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Step 3: Prepare the caramel by soaking the dates in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and add the pitted dates to a food processor with the vanilla powder, coconut oil, shaved fresh coconut and sea salt. Blitz until a smooth caramel coloured mixture forms.
Step 4: Prepare the raw chocolate by whisking the coconut oil, cacao powder, maple or rice malt syrup and sea salt together in a bowl until combined.
Step 5: To make the cups, lay out mini patty pans on a tray or plate. Use a tablespoon to pour the base layer of chocolate into each patty pan. Place the tray in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to harden. 
Step 6: Remove the tray from the fridge and add 1 teaspoon of the crispy quinoa and coconut, and 1 teaspoon of the date caramel to each patty pan. Use the back of the teaspoon to push down the caramel and create an even layer. Use the remaining chocolate mixture to pour over the top of the caramel. 
Step 7: Return the tray to the fridge for 5-10 minutes to set the top layer of chocolate.
Step 8: Store in fridge until ready to eat.

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Denise Browning - July 22, 2017 Reply

Holy kabutz! Do you accept orders? These cups look beyond scrumptious and the right size to stuff them in my big mouth. Hehe!

Amanda M. - May 6, 2016 Reply

What a fun article! LOL – maybe I should start naming my food, too!

    Anna - May 6, 2016 Reply

    Haha, it definitely makes your food more fun to work with. And now when I walk past the coconuts at Wiffins on the weekend when I shop, I think of ol mate Kenny the coconut. Lol! 🙂

Evelyne CulturEatz - April 29, 2016 Reply

That was such an adorable read! I have never stopped to make a story for my produce. I think Kenny is quite a positive fellow. And he makes such an inviting Crispy Caramel Cups! I want A LOT!

    Anna - April 29, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, I guess I am a touch odd when it comes to making shopping fun, lol! So chuffed you enjoyed too. 🙂 Kenny is a delight, tasted great too. The crispy caramel cups are AMAZING. Quick to make too.

Elizabeth @ Compass & Fork - April 28, 2016 Reply

Love life from the coconut perspective! And to end up in a caramel cup-where everyone loves and enjoys you- what a fitting life accomplishment. If we are judged by what people say about us at the end- Kenny did well indeed!

    Anna - April 29, 2016 Reply

    Here, Here Elizabeth. 🙂 Perfectly said, I feel Kenny would be proud of how his life served so much happiness and deliciousness too. 🙂

Helen Costello - April 28, 2016 Reply

Well now you have me wanting to be sitting on a beach somewhere hot! Stunning photos – Love the idea of bringing fruit to life 🙂

    Anna - April 29, 2016 Reply

    Right behind you Helen! The slight hint of cold in the air has me missing Summer bad. Glad you enjoyed my photos and meeting my mate Kenny. 🙂

Krista Bjorn - April 28, 2016 Reply

You are delightful. 🙂 You must’ve rocked creative writing class in school!

    Anna - April 29, 2016 Reply

    Haha! Thanks Krista. Glad you enjoyed meeting my mate Kenny.

Kristy - April 28, 2016 Reply

Oooh I wish I could just reach in my screen and grab one of those cups. Yum

    Anna - April 29, 2016 Reply

    I can make you some lovely one! They are totally addictive. 🙂

Elena - April 27, 2016 Reply

I’m a new Kenny fan! Awesome post, Anna! And I love your caramel cups! Gonna try them soon!

    Anna - April 27, 2016 Reply

    HAHA! I love that you are now a fan of my Kenny. 🙂 And yes, the caramel cups are super delicious, let me know what you think.

Melissa - April 20, 2016 Reply

Stunning photos! I feel like I was right there with you 🙂

    Anna - April 21, 2016 Reply

    North Queensland, Australia is a beautiful part of the world. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

Psychic Nest - April 16, 2016 Reply

Hi Anna,
I had a blast reading this post along with the amazing photos! I usually make food stories for my nephews and nieces so as to eat their fruits and veggies. It is always fun. 🙂

    Anna - April 16, 2016 Reply

    Hey Zaria, that is awesome, I am so pleased you enjoyed my post and the photos too. Love that you make eating healthy fun for your nephews and nieces too, such a good idea. 🙂

hassan - April 12, 2016 Reply

I miss your blog Anna.

    Anna - April 12, 2016 Reply

    So lovely to see you back Hassan! 🙂
    Hope you and your family are happy & healthy.

Jeanne Horak-Druiff - April 11, 2016 Reply

Hahahaha – that’s brilliant. Taking anthropomorphosis to new heights! Love these cups too, particularly the date caramel 🙂

    Anna - April 12, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Jeanne, I am so pleased you enjoyed my post, and yes, the date caramel is outta this world delicious. 🙂

Sarah - April 5, 2016 Reply

Hehe – I loved reading this! Lovely pictures too. 🙂

    Anna - April 6, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Sarah! Glad you enjoyed the story of Kenny and the pictures too. 🙂

mjskitchen - April 5, 2016 Reply

Well, I do day dream and I do dream about food at times, a lot of times, but I can honestly say that I’ve never named my coconuts. 🙂 Love your imagination! Love these caramel cup also! They look chewy and sweet and chocolately and everything nice!!!! YUM! Great pictures!

    Anna - April 5, 2016 Reply

    I bet the next time you look at a coconut you will think of my dear Kenny. 🙂
    Love that you enjoyed my post and hope that you will have a crack at the caramel cups too, they are amazingly delicious, and totally addictive too.

Madeline - April 5, 2016 Reply

Haha I love your story!! And these photos…man I need to get to a beach STAT. Love this recipe too. Caramel? ALways! Yum. : )

    Anna - April 5, 2016 Reply

    Yay… glad you enjoyed Madeline. 🙂 And yes, I agree, a beach vacay would be wonderful. Hope you make the caramel cups, they are the healthy version of a caramel. 🙂

Jean | Holy Smithereens - April 5, 2016 Reply

I enjoyed the creative storytelling through the eyes of Kenny the coconut! 🙂 I’ve to admit, I never really thought of that when I buy / make my food. (I’m too mechanical about food sometimes) I need to inject more life in it! 🙂
Btw, I recently saw this trailer for a movie called “Sausage party” thought you might appreciate it –

    Anna - April 5, 2016 Reply

    Why thank ya Jean, I really appreciate your kind comment. 🙂 I lost my love an appreciation of food for a few years too, so understand the mechanical mentality. I actually had to train myself to enjoy the whole process again, when I jumped that hurdle, cooking was enjoyable and my food tasted so much better too. Hope you find that too.

    Sausage Party… you know Im a chef by trade right? You know how chefs minds work right? Hahaha. Headed over to check out the video now. 🙂

Heidi Roberts - April 5, 2016 Reply

Wow that scenery is awesome – funny hearing a story from a coconut!

    Anna - April 5, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Heidi! Glad you enjoyed reading the adventures of Kenny, and yes, North Queensland is magic.

Sarah - April 5, 2016 Reply

No joke, I just bought my first coconut to crack open myself. I kind of feel guilty that I didn’t name him (her?) first now… 😉

    Anna - April 5, 2016 Reply

    AWESOME! Cant wait to see what you make with it. And my advise, don’t bond with your fruit and vegetables, I am now unable to crack Kenny open and cook with him. 🙂

Stuart Vettese - April 5, 2016 Reply

Those cups look so good – you have me drooling!

    Anna - April 5, 2016 Reply

    Soooo dang good Stuart! And totally drool worthy. Hope you whip up a batch soon. 🙂

Marge Gavan - April 4, 2016 Reply

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kenny’s adventure. Are you by chance a book author? Because seriously you can do it. The story you made is quite entertaining.

    Anna - April 5, 2016 Reply

    Fantastic, I love that you enjoyed the adventures of Kenny. 🙂 And wow… what a beautiful thing to say, I appreciate that so much.

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy - April 4, 2016 Reply

Oh wow, those beaches looks just beautiful. I wish I was sitting on one of those today!

    Anna - April 5, 2016 Reply

    I hear that, North Queensland is magic. 🙂

Eileen | The Food Avenue - April 4, 2016 Reply

OMG… the caramel cups look amazing! I bet I could adapt the recipe to make in the thermomix. I can’t wait to make them!

    Anna - April 4, 2016 Reply

    Haha! I totally think the recipe could be adapted to work in thermi, be sure to let me know how you go. 🙂

Suze - Luxury Columnist - April 4, 2016 Reply

Sounds like Kenny did indeed lead a charmed life ;-). I don’t really have a favourite greengrocer but I love shopping for vegetables at food markets when I have time

    Anna - April 4, 2016 Reply

    Kenny had (still is living the dream), not sure I will be able to do anything with him, I’ve bonded now. 🙂
    Shopping at food markets is awesome fun huh? We have HEAPS to choose from in the way of green grocers here in Canberra, rather spoilt for choice. Hope it’s like that for you too.

Krysten - April 4, 2016 Reply

I absolutely love that you made a story out of the coconut. I have so done that before.
These look delicious!

    Anna - April 4, 2016 Reply

    Awesome, thank you so much for saying so, I love that you enjoyed my story. 🙂
    Haha… very cool you have created stories about your food too, good to know I am not alone in that.
    Hope you make the crispy caramel cups too, they are delicious.

Gingey Bites - April 4, 2016 Reply

Teeheee I love Kennys story! And the market sounds great. I’m visiting Australia later this year .. Happy to have found your blog!

    Anna - April 4, 2016 Reply

    The markets are wonderful, if you get to Canberra when in Australia, please let me know and I will make sure you get to ALL the best foodie places. 🙂

Lauren - April 4, 2016 Reply

Those caramel cups look sweet and delicious! Wish I had scenery like that nearby!

    Anna - April 4, 2016 Reply

    Yup, they are delicious, really delicious. And North Queensland, Australia is magical. Kenny the coconut really does come from heaven on earth. 🙂

Elissa - April 3, 2016 Reply

Cute story! Those choc cups sound healthy and tasty, too.

    Anna - April 4, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Elissa! And yes, they are really, really yummy. 🙂

Rosemary - April 3, 2016 Reply

Love your interpretation of Kenny’s life. Your story telling approach pulled me right in and had me laughing. Haven’t had that conversation with my produce yet, though I do often wonder the journey they take before they get to me. Love your pictures and especially the delicious crispy caramel cups!!! Mmmmm!!

    Anna - April 4, 2016 Reply

    Oh yay, thank you so much Rosemary, I am rather chuffed you enjoyed my post. Bet the next time you see a coconut you think of Kenny. 🙂

Sabrina - April 3, 2016 Reply

Gorgeous photos and those caramel cups look delicious!

    Anna - April 3, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Sabrina! And yes…. the caramel cups are super DELICIOUS.

Choclette - April 3, 2016 Reply

Love your story about Kenny. Can’t say as I’ve ever done anything similar, but I might now. Those crispy caramel cups sound amazing too – mmm.

    Anna - April 3, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Choclette, I love that you enjoyed the adventure Kenny the Coconut took to get to Wiffens Green Grocers. 🙂
    Yay… so what fruit or vegetable will you write a story about? Please let me know when you write it.
    The crispy caramel cups are sooooooo good, addictive even!

Ana O - April 3, 2016 Reply

Loved your story!
We “bonded” with the live fish and crustaceans they had at a Chinese restaurant we used to go to in Mississauga, Canada. We gave them names: Larry the Lobster, Suzie the sardine, Fred the flounder and so on. We never ate them, by the way.

    Anna - April 3, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Ana! Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
    Haha, so something my family would do. Also super pleased to hear you never ate them.
    Really not sure what I am going to do with my Kenny, I’ve bonded and eating him now seems like murder. :/
    Happy weekend.

Prateek - April 2, 2016 Reply

Wow, not only do the caramel cups look delicious, the scenic beauty is simply breath taking. Loved your writing style and the story on Kenny the coconut, quite refreshing!

    Anna - April 3, 2016 Reply

    The caramel cups are freakin delicious Prateek, so good I had to give a good many of them away to avoid eating too many in one go. 🙂
    Yes, North Queensland, Australia is stunning, I might be bias, but I think among the best beaches in the world are up that way.
    Lovely, thank you so much for that thoughtful and kind comment, I really appreciate it and am pleased to hear you enjoyed my writing style.

Brooke McCall - April 2, 2016 Reply

Wow – I’ve totally bonded with a coconut and I will now not look twice if I see anyone at a market mumbling to the produce 😉 Such a fun read B

    Anna - April 2, 2016 Reply

    Yay… a kindred spirit! 🙂 Haha, love your style Brooke, and thanks heaps. Appreciate the kind comment. 🙂

Mandy - April 1, 2016 Reply

Oh no, my comment went AWOL.
What a fun read hon. You are always such a breathe of fresh air and I would love a few of those crispy caramel cups!
Have a wonderful and happy weekend.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - April 2, 2016 Reply

    Ooops… such a bummer when you type out a comment and bam, it disappears.
    Thank you so much my beautiful friend, I’ll pop some caramel cups in the post for you today. 🙂
    Wishing you a fun filled weekend too. Mwah. xoxo

Kris - April 1, 2016 Reply

Holy snappers. The inner monologue, don’t ever let that leave you. Unless you start talking to yourself of course. 🙂

I can truly say that I have had many a conversation with the fruit and vegetables over the years in the kitchen. Especially the Rock-melons, honeydew, pineapple and watermelons. They were the last lot of fruits that I use to cut up before I got to go home after doing the early morning shift back in the Crowne plaza apprentice chef days. I never named them, but did wonder how far they had come to end up in front of me?!

Favorite greens. I am the biggest fan of Broccoli. I love it steamed, roasted and raw. It is such a staple in my home. I would easily eat it 4-5 times a week. YUM.
Favorite fruit and veg shop!!! Fyshwick markets is the place to go. I love the atmosphere, the salesman (you called them market criers) and the smell of the fresh produce. Wiffens is almost like an institutions now days, and a go to for me too when I can though. I am a big supporter of purchasing 100% organic fruit and veg and sourced locally if I can. It does come at a premium price. But hot dang is it tasty!

As always, a wonderful read about ol mate Kenny the Coconut. Great to see you back too, I missed my weekly blog by you.

    Anna - April 1, 2016 Reply

    Haha… The inner monolugue really came to life those days I was working in production lines at the National Convention Centre back in the cheffing days, you really start to break things down when you are working with the same fruit or vegetable for hours and hours and hours huh?!
    Oh yes, I have similar memories with the fruit at Crowne, and my guess is that much of it had a similar journey to ol mate Kenny. 🙂
    Broccoli straight up? Or Broccolini? Both feature in my household often too.
    Now that is koooool, love that you do all your shopping at the Fyshwick Markets (Wiffens) too.
    Agreed, massive fan of buying organic and local too, Wiffens stock a number of local/regional produce, like Long Paddock eggs #best
    Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment Kris, I love knowing that I have dedicated readers. You da best!

Hannah - April 1, 2016 Reply

What an EPIC blog! I love Kenny! He’s adorable! What an amazing adventure this tropical nut had to get to Canberra!

I LOVE markets!
Growing up in Melbourne visiting the Victoria Market was always a treat. As a teenager I used to go past the market on my way to school to pick up tasty treats to sample at mini lunch. Sooo Delicious!

When I moved to Canberra finding a market that could meet all my fresh food needs was right at the top of my ‘Things to learn about new home’ list.
Enter the Fyshwick Markets!
The Fishwick markets are fabulous! Full of fresh health produce and my go to location to find my ‘new taste of the week’ – I like to try a new food or meal each week!

    Anna - April 1, 2016 Reply

    I have a soft spot for Kenny too, his cute face and tiny tail. Lol! Weird that I/we have bonded with this tropical nut indeed. 🙂

    You sound so sophisticated and cool popping into the Victoria Markets on your way to school, it was a piece of fruit or muesli bar at little lunch for me.

    LEGEND… Love that you included the Fyshwick Markets on your list, it is pretty rad actually, I love that absolutely EVERYTHING one needs fruit, veg and special grocery can be found there.

    Oooooh…. what’s on the menu this week? Figs, ricotta and balsamic glaze for your dutch pancakes?!

Liz - April 1, 2016 Reply

I’m glad these crispy caramel cups have a healthy twist as I think I could eat a LOT of them! And when I grow up, I want to be Kenny!

    Anna - April 1, 2016 Reply

    Yep… totally addictive, stopping at 1 is impossible. 🙂
    And yeassss…. I wanna be Kenny too, what a magical life.

Camilla @FabFood4All - April 1, 2016 Reply

Wow these caramel cups look totally delicious, would make a great gift:-)

    Anna - April 1, 2016 Reply

    They are amazingly delicious Camilla! And lucky friends you have gifting them with these caramel cups. 🙂

Sue Slaght - April 1, 2016 Reply

Anna I am grinning ear to ear as it seems like you are quite the story teller yourself! I loved hearing about Kenny’s journey. As you know I love making up stories about things like shoes and animals. I think I shall have to see what I can find for material in the produce section. 🙂

    Anna - April 1, 2016 Reply

    You are an amazing story teller Sue, your post about the lost shoe was so good I told my family at dinner last night. 🙂 So thank you, thank you very much for that lovely comment, I really appreciate it. I cannot wait to read your produce adventure, will it be fruit or vegetable I wonder?! 🙂

Ala - March 31, 2016 Reply

OMG Anna–I love you so much!! And Kenny, too–hullo! This story had me cracking up; you’re such a creative gal. What a lucky coconut journey to make it into your hands!

    Anna - March 31, 2016 Reply

    Haha! Love you right back lovely lady! 🙂
    Kenny the Coconut says HELLOOOO back, it looks like I will have him in my life for good, no way I will ever cook him now.
    Glad ya enjoyed, hugs. xox

Pheno Menon - March 31, 2016 Reply

An interesting story and an even more interesting recipe. Gonna try this soon


    Anna - March 31, 2016 Reply

    Awesome! Please let me know what ya think when you make them. 🙂

Jem @ Lost in Utensils - March 31, 2016 Reply

I like the way your brain thinks Anna! Kenny is cool 🙂 Actually think I may make these caramel cups this arvo.

    Anna - March 31, 2016 Reply

    Why thank ya Jem! Yes, I agree, Kenny is super cool. 🙂
    Please let me know what you think of the crispy caramel cups, they are DELICIOUS!

Kacie - March 31, 2016 Reply

Sounds like Kenny the coconut has been on one hell of a journey 🙂 The crispy caramel cups sound amazing. All that food just sounded delicious to be fair!

    Anna - March 31, 2016 Reply

    He totally has Kacie! 🙂 And yes, the crispy caramel cups were super delicious, borderline addictive actually. And… my foodie friends were rather impressed with all the dishes I prepared for them. Thanks for your lovely comment. 🙂

Queen Suebah - March 31, 2016 Reply

What fabulous storytelling you weave Ms Shenannagans, you have certainly spiced up a trip to the markets, I don’t think I will ever look at a coconut again without thinking of Kenny & the journey our food takes to get to us. I’m so happy Kenny had such a fun journey from his tree to you. A really fabulous reminder to us all to stop & think for a minute about where our food comes from & how lucky we are to be living in Australia where so much amazing food grows.

    Anna - March 31, 2016 Reply

    Why thank ya lovely Queen Suebah for that kind and thoughtful comment. 🙂
    I love that my Kenny and his journey got you to thinking about the awesome Australian farmers and producers are, and just how lucky we are to have access to amazing green grocers like Wiffins too.

John/Kitchen Riffs - March 31, 2016 Reply

FUN post! Glad to meet Kenny. Super recipe too. But Kenny stole the show!

    Anna - March 31, 2016 Reply

    Thanks HEAPS John, glad you enjoyed my post, and yes… my mate Kenny the Coconut seems to have captured the heart of a few. He is currently sat on my desk at work where many of my colleagues say GDay each morn to him too. 🙂

Glamorous Glutton - March 31, 2016 Reply

Those crispy caramel cups look amazing, I’m sure I couldn’t stop at just one. GG

    Anna - March 31, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, stopping at 1 was impossible for me. They are super delicious, almost addictive. 🙂

Claire @foodiequine - March 30, 2016 Reply

So I love your recipe but I love Kenny even more! He reminds me of Wilson the Volleyball in the film Castaway

    Anna - March 31, 2016 Reply

    Yup, I get that, I really do. 🙂 And WOW… what a compliment, thank you Claire. Kenny has captured the heart of a few in my office, not sure I will be able to cook with him now. Lol!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - March 30, 2016 Reply

You’re hilarious girl! And I shall think of all coconuts as called Kenny from now on 😀 And these crispy caramel cups? YUM!!

    Anna - March 30, 2016 Reply

    Haha! 🙂 Thanks lovely lady, glad I made you smile with the adventures of Kenny the Coconut. 🙂 I have found that naming your fruit and vegetables does make it harder to cook them, Kenny may be with me a while yet. Lol! And yes… the crispy caramel cups are AMAZE!

Denise Browning - March 30, 2016 Reply

Holy moly… this healthy dessert looks outrageously delish. Miss ya, girl!!!

    Anna - March 30, 2016 Reply

    They are positively addictive Denise, I had to give most of them away to stop me eating them all. 🙂 Hugs across the pond to you. Mwah! xox

Tandy I Lavender and Lime - March 29, 2016 Reply

Love your imagination Anna. Wish we had a market like that where we live

    Anna - March 29, 2016 Reply

    Why thank ya lovely Tandy! 🙂
    And yes, I think I am very lucky having access to so many amazing green grocers, and even cooler that I can say I have visited Wiffens for nearly 20 years now.

Elizabeth - March 29, 2016 Reply

You, miss THANG are freaking Hilarious! Love the story, love your love of life! Keep it coming hun… so brightened my day… I needed a laugh 🙂 so Thanks for celebrating the everyday of shopping with your coconut LOL!
Liz xx

    Anna - March 29, 2016 Reply

    YAY! Thank you so much lovely lady for that beautiful comment. I am so pleased I made your day a little brighter and you got a giggle out of my Kenny the Coconut too. 🙂 xoxo

Tim UrbanDuniya - March 29, 2016 Reply

Yummy! And I love that story – I would love to write something like that one time too 🙂 But I still love your unicorn tears on the rooftop of the world story about how the fig coconut slice came into being!

    Anna - March 29, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, they are addictive! I had to give away most of them to stop myself from eating them. Oops!

    Fun, what fruit or vegetable are you going to tell the story of? Cant wait to read it.

    And thank you, I am so chuffed my silly writing has stuck with you. Yay!

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - March 29, 2016 Reply

Kenny sounds like quite a charmer – and those crispy caramel treats look divine!

    Anna - March 29, 2016 Reply

    He does huh? Haha! 🙂

    And the crispy caramel cups are so delicious, I chomped through 6 in a matter of minutes. #sorrynotsorry

My Inner Chick - March 28, 2016 Reply

you live such an interesting, delicious life!
Thank you for allowing me to be a itsy bitsy part of it.
The photos are FABULOUS.

Much love from MN. xxx

    Anna - March 29, 2016 Reply

    Yes, I guess I do live an interesting life, and it REALLY is a delicious one. 🙂

    I love that you are a part of my life, and cannot wait to meet you and drink tea and eat cake one of these days soon.

    Queensland, Australia is one of the most magical parts of the world ever, not hard to capture that beauty.

Mabel Kwong - March 28, 2016 Reply

What a nice little story, Miss Anna! Kenny sounds like a happy-go-lucky coconut, and in the photo, it looks like he has a bit of a face 😀 I am sure he ended up making a delicious meal and made the chef and diners happy. He is a good little one!

It sounds like a comforting ritual to go to Wiffins each weekend. Sometimes when I’m free I like visiting markets too – I love the bit where you can pick out your groceries fresh and first hand.

Those crispy caramel cupcakes sound delicious. Chocoholic delight 😀 Hope you are well big sis. Lots of hugs and kisses your way as usual <3

    Anna - March 28, 2016 Reply

    Miss Mabel! Mwah. 🙂 I am pleased you enjoyed the story, Kenny the coconut sat on my desk all week, the office ended up bonding with him so I went back to the markets and bought another coconut to cook with. Ha! I couldn’t bare to harm him. #weirdandproud

    Yes, there really is something special about the ritual of doing the fruit and veg shop each weekend, picking just what you want. It pleases me you make time to do this too.

    The crispy caramel cups are delicious, inexpensive too. Hopefully your chocolate obsessed taste buds get to enjoy them. 🙂

    Big love and hugs headed your way too lil sis. <3 <3 <3

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