27 August 2016

Weekend Cooking: Healing Foods

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Banana, Peach, Coconut Ice PopsAs some of you know, Mr. BFR had surgery this past week (all went smoothly, and he's on the mend). As a consequence, I didn't really cook anything interesting.

We ate light early in the week: things like grilled salmon, a simple stir-fry, tuna fish sandwiches, and plenty of vegetables. I cooked ahead for the day of the operation and for Mr. BFR's early days of recovery.

I made chicken noodle soup, homemade applesauce, pound cake, and hummus and once home, scrambled eggs, toast with honey, and all kinds of comfort foods.

One thing he specifically requested was ice pops. Boy, am I glad I took the time to make them. After the dryness of the operating room, Mr. BFR's throat was scratchy and a little sore. He said the ice pops really helped.

I've made all kinds of frozen treats over the years, but recently we've been experimenting with coconut milk, which makes an excellent base. Sometimes I add a few tablespoons of whiskey, rum, or liqueur to the mix, but I didn't want to use alcohol -- not even a tiny bit. The postsurgery painkillers don't mix well with booze.

Here's what Mr. BFR asked for.

Banana, Peach, Coconut Ice Pops (original recipe from Beth Fish Reads)

Banana, Peach, Coconut Ice PopsNote that my molds hold 2 cups of liquid and make six ice pops. You may have to adjust the proportions to fit your model. If you don't have molds, do a web search for how to make them in paper cups.
  • 1 banana, cut up
  • 1 ripe peach, cut up (no need to peel)
  • 1/2 can (13.5-ounce can) coconut milk (we used regular, not low fat)
  • Ground cinnamon to taste
Place all the ingredients in a blender container and blend until fairly smooth. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze until hard, about 4 hours.

17 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks 8/27/16, 6:04 AM  

Does the coconut milk give a taste like coconut? I have avoided it because I hate the taste of coconut so much, but I see it appearing in more and more recipes.

Mae Travels 8/27/16, 7:08 AM  

Good wishes for the quick recovery of Mr. BFR! And a return to happy cooking.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Tina 8/27/16, 8:13 AM  

Please give Mr BFR my best and good wishes for a speedy recovery. From past experience I can give the advice of, follow the doctors advice on rest and taking things slowly. The pops would certainly be comfort while recuperating.
Looks great and I hope life gets back on track now

Tina
xx

bermudaonion 8/27/16, 8:13 AM  

I'm sure those hit the spot. I hope he continues to mend quickly.

Claudia 8/27/16, 11:12 AM  

Good to hear he's on the mend! Those fruit ice pops would be lovely in this weather for all of us.

Katherine P 8/27/16, 11:18 AM  

Glad to hear Mr. BFR is on the mend. Surgery is never fun. I just got a Popsicle mold set and have yet to use them but these look really good! I can see that they would have hit the spot for a dry throat post surgery mood and think they'd be good for regular times too!

Vicki 8/27/16, 1:17 PM  

I hope Mr. BFR heals quickly. I think I'll find some ice pop recipes and add to yours for when it gets really hot and humid here again.

Deb in Hawaii 8/27/16, 2:33 PM  

Glad to hear that he is on the mend. Those ice pops sound delicious--I like the banana and peach combination. Coconut milk makes pops so nice and creamy too. Yum! ;-)

Carole 8/27/16, 6:14 PM  

Glad to hear your other half is doing well. Thanks, as always for hosting. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

(Diane) bookchickdi 8/28/16, 11:48 AM  

Boy is Mr. BFR lucky to have such a great cook taking care of him. I hope he is on the mend soon.

Shaheen 8/28/16, 12:54 PM  

I love the healing aspect of your post, I made a soup that imparted restorative properties and feelings of well being, I love the sound of your lollies.

My Cozy Book Nook 8/28/16, 12:59 PM  

I'm so sorry... I did not realize Mr BFR had surgery this week. I wish him a speedy recovery!

I have not yet used coconut milk, but hear great things about it. This might be the perfect first recipe to try.

Joy 8/28/16, 1:14 PM  

My husband had a brief hospitalization and surgery in the summer and we're still kind of recovering from the change in tastes and menus.

Stacy Millican 8/28/16, 4:15 PM  

Hope all continues to go well with Mr. BFR! Those ice pops sound perfect for after-surgery and summer!

nishitak 8/28/16, 11:35 PM  

Best wishes to Mr. BFR and wishing him a quick recovery!

Debbie 8/28/16, 11:38 PM  

Even your simple meals out shine my complicated ones. Glad Mr.BFR's is doing well.

Melynda Brown 8/29/16, 7:19 AM  

Best of luck in the recovery for you both. It looks like you have made is run as smoothly as possible with the cooking ahead. I will have to remember your ice pops, I get a craving for an iced dessert and ice creams is not agreeing with me, but your pops sound great. Thank you.

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