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Vegan Soursop Pineapple and Coconut Punch

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Soursop Pineapple and Coconut Punch

Punches are a significant part of Trinidadian eating culture.  Peanut, Linseed and Soursop are among the top favorites.  Rich, creamy and so satisfying, some punches can even serve as a meal.

Although punches are generally made with dairy products such as milk and sweetened condensed milk, healthier non-dairy substitutions can be made that are equally rich, creamy and satisfying.  These can range from non-dairy creamers such as Oatly to ready-made natural coconut milks such as KARA**.

I’ve experimented with various Vegan punch versions and met with much success.  This very week, I took a stab at one that I had never made before.

I hadn’t had Soursop in a while and when I went to the market I decided to pick one up.  Most times when I had Soursop it was because someone brought the fruit for me so I wasn’t sure of the pricing.  When I went to the cashier ‘Mr. Soursop’ cost me about $43TT and weighed almost 4lbs!

I still decided to pick it up, blocking the price I paid from my mind.  On reaching home I was craving something fruity to drink.  So, I had Pineapple juice and Coconut Milk (which I almost always try to have at hand) and thought it would be interesting if I blended all three.

After my first attempt, I was hooked.  With the second attempt (photo shown above) I decided to add some fresh squeezed lime juice to give it that extra bit of fresh citrusy taste.

Finally, a Soursop Pineapple and Coconut Punch was born.

Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients

2 cups de-seeded Soursop pulp (chilled)

1 ¼ cups unsweetened Pineapple juice (chilled)

200ml Coconut milk

2 teaspoons freshly squeezed Lime juice

METHOD

– In a blender or food processor, add all ingredients and blend together until smooth

– Pour into serving glasses

– Serve and enjoy!

** When using KARA, be sure to use the prepared boxed version and not the dried version.  The dried version found in the packets contains caseinate which is a milk derivate.

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Super Simple Pineapple Salsa (a.k.a Pineapple Chow)

pineapple salsa aka chowTrinidadians are famous for making a chow (salsa) out of almost any fruit – Plum Chow, Mango Chow, and now a recent favorite – Pineapple Chow.

Now I have to admit,  even though Pineapple is my favorite fruit I was a little bit skeptical when I saw that it met its ultimate fate in the Trini palate as a Chow.  But, as they say, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, right?

So, I decided to make my own version, without the heavy dose of pepper sauce.

The result?

I was wowed!  I couldn’t believe it tasted so good.

So, without further ado, here’s my super simple (and super mild) Pineapple Chow recipe.

RECIPE

1 cup chopped fresh pineapple

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1 pimento pepper, seeded and minced

1 clove garlic, grated

METHOD:

– Add all ingredients to a small bowl

– Stir well to combine

– Serve and enjoy!

TIP: This salsa/chow could also work well as a topping to your favorite

burger recipe.