Sweetened With Coconut

I made a very simple, quick and easy and completely delicious dinner tonight.  I had some haddock in the fridge to use up and was thinking of making something like a kedgeree.  I looked up a recipe which said to poach the fish in milk. But Harvey can’t eat dairy so I was inspired and instead poached it in coconut water.  I also cooked the rice in coconut water and it turned out really well.  VERY well actually.

I bought this undyed haddock fillet from the excellent Weald Smokery.  We are so lucky where I live to have these excellent producers on our doorstep and they deserve to be supported so get out there folks and buy local.  Or buy direct from them on-line.  This undyed smoked haddock is fantastic.Weald Smokery haddock Coconut Kedgeree

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 200 – 250 g undyed smoked haddock fillet
  • coconut water
  • oil or butter
  • small brown onion or half a large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masalla
  • 1 cup brown Basmati rice
  • I bag of spinach


  • Place haddock in a saucepan which has a lid
  • Just cover the haddock with coconut water
  • Bring to the boil, simmer gently for 7 – 8 minutes with the lid on the pan
  • Turn off the heat but leave the fish in the coconut water to cool
  • Heat the oil/butter in another saucepan with a tight fitting lid
  • Add the onion
  • Fry gently for a few minutes until beginning to soften
  • Add the turmeric and garam masalla and stir to coat the onion in the spices

onions and spices Add the rice and 2 cups of coconut water
Boil vigorously for about 10 minutes, cover and set aside
Do NOT take the lid off the pan to check the rice for at least half an hour or you lose all the steam
While the rice is cooking, flake the cooked haddock and wash the spinach
When the rice is done, heat a small amount of oil in a pan and wilt the spinach
Add the fish to the spinach to warm through
Stir in to the rice and serve

supper 21-11-13 This simple dish had such delicious flavours.  The rice was mildly spicy and slightly sweet thanks to the coconut.  The fish was delicately smoked and the spinach was earthy.  We loved this and will definitely be having it again.haddock and rice

The other things I ate today were breakfast, which I had at about 9 am.

Albion breakfast bap and latte I braved the bitterly cold and walked round the corner from the office to the very excellent Albion.  I treated myself to a latte and their fabulous breakfast bap which is excruciatingly expensive but worth every penny.Albion breakfast bap 2 Hard to tell from this photo as it was a bit steamed up inside the bag but I couldn’t open the bag outside as it was toooo cold.  Inside the wholemeal bap (you could have white) is some of the best bacon ever, a fried egg and a lovely meaty sausage.  I declined any sauce so I could swerve the sugar and also savour the wonderful flavours.Albion breakfast bap 1

It was a very substantial breakfast and it actually kept me going until supper time.  This is a new sensation for me, not being hungry all the time.  It is due to the no added sugar diet.  I assume my blood sugar level remains stable and by eating a fairly high protein diet, I am kept sated for longer.  I did begin to feel hungry in the afternoon but I quite enjoyed the feeling and had no cravings at all.  I did have several cups of tea, mainly without milk and that kept me ticking along quite nicely.

While I was preparing supper I had about 20 almonds.

That was it.  Another no added sugar day and another feeling good and not over-eating day.  I is well happy!

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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