Coconut Fro Yo Recipe and a Series of Unfortunate Events

Thursday, July 14, 2011

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I have to tell you, people, I never intended to publish this post.  Ever hear of Murphy’s Law – If anything can go wrong, it will?   Well, that’s how it was for me from the first moment I decided to make this Coconut Fro Yo.   First of all, when I took the tub of yogurt I’d bought out of the fridge to make the base, I noticed that it had expired.  Actually, it was already expired when I bought it the day earlier, only I didn’t notice.   I’m usually a very diligent label reader, but on that particular day I was in a hurry and didn’t check the expiration date.   My bad.  Except the %*#@ing supermarket employees shouldn’t be stocking expired items on the shelves. This was not the first, second or even third time I have seen this.  I think that they’re so worried about the bottom line, that they keep those old products out, banking that most shoppers that get one won’t bother to take it back.  Either that or the stock guys just can’t read.    I know we’re in a recession, but poisoning your customers with spoiled dairy products is not the way to boost sales! 

I did return the yogurt.  And then when I went to get another tub – they were completely out of the kind I needed.  UGH! So, I had to drive out of my way to another store to find it.  Now keep in mind, that the yogurt I was looking for was just regular Greek yogurt, and not some fancy, gourmet kind.  Just any old brand of plain, whole milk, Greek yogurt.

By the time I finished driving around looking for the yogurt, I was too aggravated to make the fro yo.  So, I put the Greek yogurt in the fridge for later.  The next day, when I took it back out for my second fro yo making attempt, about a third of it was gone.  Yes, gone.  As in someone ate it.  And of course, no one would admit to it either.  Not even Bella.  I’m not pointing any fingers, but I know for a fact that it wasn’t me.

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Hmmm. Come to think of it, Bella does look a little guilty, doesn’t she.

So, off I went again to the grocery store to buy another tub of yogurt.  I went back to the same place I had gotten it the day before, and guess what?  They were now out of it too.  I kid you not, people.   While reciting the Serenity Prayer to myself, I drove back to the first store again, hoping that they now had the yogurt.  They did.  And, the expiration date was three weeks away.  So, I grabbed two tubs and ran.

I finally had plenty of yogurt, and went to get a can of coconut milk out of the pantry.  Only now guess what?  No coconut milk.    How could this be?  I always keep a stash of coconut milk!  I never don’t have any coconut milk!  Except for last Thursday, apparently.

ARGHH!

Bad Day At The Office

I hopped back in my car and drove back the the market for coconut milk.  I bought three cans.  I also bought a bag of flaked coconut.  I was pretty sure I already had one at home, but I wasn’t taking any chances.

Finally armed with all of the necessary ingredients, I whipped up a batch of the most indescribably delicious coconut frozen yogurt ever – and promptly ate half of it on the spot.  Did I mention I was a stress eater?  The other half went into the freezer to firm up.

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Later, when I was trying to photograph the fro yo, was when things really started to go wrong.

I decided to go for a “tropical” feel for the shots. I toasted some coconut to sprinkle on top of the fro yo.  I dug out a brightly colored bamboo mat and bowl, as well as a cute, pink, paper drink umbrella like you might find at your friendly, neighborhood tiki bar.   I set up the first shot, taking great care to get the light just right.  The sunlight was streaming in the window at two o’clock, and my foil covered foam board was positioned directly opposite to bounce the light at just the right angle.  The finishing touch was a matching spoon jauntily perched on the side of the bowl to make the suggestion that the fro yo was about to be consumed.  I took a few test shots to make sure that all of my settings were spot on.

And then…

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Kerplunk!

The foam board fell over on top of the fro yo, and the smushed fro yo toppled over.  I scooped it up and threw it in the sink.  And then, I went shopping.

Two days later, I looked in the freezer and there was still some fro yo left in its container.  I got this crazy idea that maybe I could still get a few decent shots of it.  Maybe the tropical theme idea wasn’t meant to be.  Maybe an Asian theme would be better.  There was coconut milk in the fro yo.  Yeah!  An Asian theme was the ticket!

I shifted gears and set up a new coco fro yo scenario.  I used some pretty little black bowls that I’d picked up in San Francisco’s Chinatown last Fall.  I found a blue drink umbrella and a sweet little matching blue spoon.  This time, after I scooped the fro yo into a bowl, I froze it so that it wouldn’t fall over so easily – just in case…

Again, I set the shot up just right.   This time I used a black background to eliminate the need for sunlight and the foam board.  I placed one of my studio lights on one side of the bowl and took a few more test shots.  I liked what I saw!  Then, I stepped back, steadied my tripod and…

Bella ran in, bumped the tripod, which bumped the light, which fell on top of the fro yo, which knocked it to the ground, which mashed it into the carpet and chipped my beautiful bowl.  The last thing I remember as I ran out of the room screaming was Bella licking the fro yo off of the rug.

And that, my dear readers is why I never intended to write this post.

But, then I realized that it just wasn’t fair of me not to share this super rich, smooth and luscious frozen treat with you.  Especially not in the dead of summer.  No, no, no!  I couldn’t have that on my conscience.  So, here it is – the most incredibly scrumptious coconut frozen yogurt made with just three ingredients.  There are no thickeners, stabilizers, emulsifiers or any other additives.  It’s a cinch to make, and you don’t have to drive anywhere or wait in a long line to get some.  A series of unfortunate events and blurry, mismatched photos aside, I think it was the right thing to do. Don’t you?

 

29 responses to Coconut Fro Yo Recipe and a Series of Unfortunate Events

  1. On July 14, 2011 at 11:40pm, Maria said...

    I am so glad you decided to share this recipe with us! Sorry for all of your troubles! Looks like this fro yo was well worth it:)

  2. On July 14, 2011 at 11:57pm, Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

    You definitely win my award for perseverance. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe after all you went through. I love your photos, especially the one with the black background. I can never seem to get my black background right.

  3. On July 15, 2011 at 12:41am, Katrina said...

    This sounds so yummy! Love this.

  4. On July 15, 2011 at 2:12am, Rosa said...

    That ice cream looks lovely! A delightful summer dessert.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. On July 15, 2011 at 6:12am, Ginny said...

    Sorry you had to go through all of that – but at least the end results were yummy.

    I hope this doesn’t add to your frustration, but did you know that the date on yogurt doesn’t mean it’s expired? It’s the sell by date, so you have at least a month afterward to use it.

    • On July 15, 2011 at 10:51am, Susan said...

      Thanks! I know that there is some leeway with the dates, but no one in my house will touch them after the expiration date. Besides, this is assuming that the products have been kept in optimum conditions, which I’m not too confident of. Besides, it just ticked me off that that yogurt was on the shelf at all. It shouldn’t have been.

  6. On July 15, 2011 at 9:50am, Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

    It seems like the end result was worth all the trouble! I’ve never made froyo before, this is too easy (and too delicious) not to try!

  7. On July 15, 2011 at 11:05am, Kristen said...

    I hate to giggle, but girl I have sooooo been there! Way to persevere.

  8. On July 15, 2011 at 11:20am, Lisa Taylor said...

    Yumm! Took it a step further, and made S’more Ice Cream Sandwiches- Two graham crackers +smeared with Nutella+Your wonderful Fro Yo in the middle= One Happy Me!

    • On July 15, 2011 at 1:49pm, Susan said...

      Oh, wow! sounds awesome!

  9. On July 15, 2011 at 11:27am, Dianne B said...

    Where on earth did you find whole milk yogurt? It seems the only yogurt I EVER see it lowfat….

    • On July 15, 2011 at 1:52pm, Susan said...

      It isn’t easy! The only brand my supermarket carries is Cabot’s Greek-Style plain yogurt. That’s why it was such a pain when they were out of it. There were no other choices.

  10. On July 15, 2011 at 12:50pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    Big hugs. Doesn’t sound like your kind of day. I am constantly rushing out to buy things I thought I had in the kitchen. I also buy stuff I think I need, but don’t.

  11. On July 15, 2011 at 7:30pm, MaryBeth said...

    YUMM-O…this sounds amazing

  12. On July 16, 2011 at 6:58am, ciaochowlinda said...

    Funny story – but it was worth it all to have that delicious recipe. By the way, would love to see your foam board/lights set up sometime.

    • On July 17, 2011 at 12:13pm, Susan said...

      Maybe…. But then, you’d see my dirty windows and I’d have to kill you! Lol! ;)

  13. On July 16, 2011 at 4:06pm, Jessica said...

    I read your post yesterday and within 15 minutes had the base cooling in my fridge – I was shocked that I actually had everything I needed! I added a scoop of miniature semisweet chocolate chips…heaven. May your next ice cream effort be more relaxing!

    • On July 17, 2011 at 12:12pm, Susan said...

      Thanks! Chocolate chips sound like a great addition!

  14. On July 16, 2011 at 10:28pm, CS said...

    I work at a higher end grocery store, have for years as the chef, and man I can tell you stooooooories. BUT! I know that when items are stocked that are expired it always a mistake and not a “I might be able to get away with it” type of deal. At least where I am. The guys come in and check every container every morning at about 3am and I know sometimes the dates get muddled in their brains.

    At my store I can’t even tell you many items we give away to try to make sure the customers are happy if that kind of stuff happens. I also know a few employees that have been fired very quickly if they do notice out of date product and disregard it.

    • On July 17, 2011 at 12:11pm, Susan said...

      I get what you’re saying, but this particular store seems to make quite a few “mistakes”. I have found expired dairy products on the shelves at least 3 times in the past year – once over a month past the date. I also found expired chicken on the shelf once too. And, don’t even get me started on the produce! They never seem to get around to restocking the bins until the stuff that’s already in them are half rotten. I’ve presented the manager with moldy berries, tomatoes, etc., numerous times. It’s a very nice, high end, large chain market with tons of business, so there really is no excuse for that!

  15. On July 21, 2011 at 1:30am, Katie said...

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I just made it today and it was soooo tasty! The only Greek yogurt I could find was nonfat and it turned out just fine! I think I will be making it again and adding raspberries. Thanks again!

  16. On July 21, 2011 at 9:12am, Carly said...

    I am so sorry about your unfortunate events! I have to tell you I’ve had one or two baking moments like that, running back and forth to the store I don’t know how many times! So frustrating! But it looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

  17. On July 22, 2011 at 8:31am, Mary said...

    I love coconut anything so this sounds perfect for our heat wave! The fact that it contains full-fat Greek yogurt is a bonus–I am not a fan of the low-fat one. But most of all, your ‘adventures’ in making this remind me of myself! Glad it was worth it!

  18. On July 22, 2011 at 3:24pm, Christina said...

    Thank you for making me laugh out loud in my office cube this Friday afternoon! Looking forward to making this in the near future.

  19. On July 23, 2011 at 10:12pm, Judi Prestridge said...

    A friend sent me your coconut fro yo story & recipe in an email. I really enjoyed reading about the mishaps; I’ve had a few in my day too! The pictures weren’t with the email, so I just had to come to your web site to look at them. I had a Bella a few years ago, but she was a black and white kitty…and a wonderful one that I hated to lose. Anyway, I wish I had an ice cream maker I would try the wonderful sounding recipe.

  20. On July 24, 2011 at 11:06pm, nicole said...

    I was laughing while I read this. It’s awful to laugh at your misery but I have been there. I have had my ‘ you have got to be kidding me!’ moments in the kitchen, so I could def relate.

    Glad that you did post this

  21. On July 28, 2011 at 3:36pm, Suzanne said...

    Yum, I just had to try this one out, I love coconut. I made a few changes I put fresh grated coconut in the mix and used brown sugar, I’ve been loving how brown sugar makes my homemade ice cream taste lately. I can’t wait to dig in, its churning as I write this.

  22. On May 08, 2013 at 1:06pm, GrandmaPattyB said...

    Hummm. Ever try making your own yogurt? It’s super simple and you won’t have to worry about “expired” yogurt. (BTW, if it is cold enough, and doesn’t smell, you can still use it. They have an expired by date to keep the mfgr away from law suits… it’s the earliest date a product is GUARANTEED fresh.)

    Anyway, buy a gallon of milk (makes 2 qts of Greek yogurt) and one plain live culture Greek yogurt as a starter. Heat milk to 180 degrees. Then cool to between 100 and 105 degrees (I use a big fry pan filled with ice, then place the hot pot on that and stir… takes about 15 minutes). Then stir in live culture well (if you stir the live culture yogurt in before the correct temp, you will have to dump it because you’ve killed the cultures) . Then wrap up on a couple of towels and place in your oven with the light on for at least 8 hours or over night. When you look in the pot (I use the pot I cooked it in) it will have some whey floating in there and a nice big firm yogurt. Now you can drain the whey and eat or you can make Greek by straining out more of the whey. I use a big strainer, line it with big sheets of white paper towels or you can use 4 layers of cheese cloth. put a big bowl under it and put in the fridge for about 8 hours. Then strain off the whey (or use it as your cooking liquid for breads, soups, etc…. lots of protein there) and store in qt containers, label the date and put back in the fridge. It will keep up to two weeks, that’s how long it takes me to go through it by myself. Don’t know beyond that because I end up making more. Voila!

  23. On May 08, 2013 at 1:07pm, GrandmaPattyB said...

    Makes TWO qts to a gallon of milk…. the next comment has the correction plus a few more comments. Can we cancel the first one with the mistake?

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