The Beach Blog
The Coconut Cart is Here! May 20 2019
Hello Coconut people!
I just wanted to share some exciting coconut news for us - we have a Coconut Cart!
We've been providing fresh coconut cocktails & drinks for several years - mainly for weddings & corporate events in Port Douglas - and we've taken it a step further by making a cart for the 'nuts to sit on. But - it's not only for coconuts - this cart would be an awesome champagne bar, dessert station, or, well, good for just about anything.
It's fully white to provide a clean, crisp canvas for any themed styling, and has a stainless bench and stainless pole features to 'posh' it up and look extra glam.
We've also designed it to allow lights - think fairy lights, Edison bulbs - but haven't yet styled that photo!
Yes, that's Jesse, my coconut tree-climbing husband, who hates posing for pictures but he's very proud of his hand-made cart. He's a carpenter by trade & has been a builder for 10 years, so of course this cart is a bit OTT. But it's made of steel and is strong as heck.
3 ways to enjoy coconut today April 23 2019Want to eat more coconut but not sure where to begin? Here are 3 of my family's FAVE coconut recipes, all vegan and gluten free. Enjoy!
Rain & Coconuts in Port Douglas February 11 2019
Recent rain & monsoon conditions in Far North Queensland are wreaking havoc on local small businesses, including ours.
Coconut Harvesting - Jesse, who hand harvests all the coconuts from Port Douglas beaches, had many delays due to rain and winds. He eventually ventured out, harvested in heavy rains, and came home with 1000+ coconuts.
But - there were many coconuts to pick up on Port Douglas' 9 Mile Beach - see photo. If only we had access to these isolated, hard-to-reach spots on the beach...
Markets - Our Port Douglas & Cairns markets have been extremely quiet. As a result, our sales are down and our staff hours are reduced. We are working on ideas to reward our customers with special February sales. Stay tuned!
Gold Coast - On a positive note, we are thrilled to have Amber & Kyle selling Beach Harvest Coconut Chips at Gold Coast! They are at the Bundall Evandale Markets. You can contact them directly on 0433 272 003.
Year of the Coconut January 05 2019
Is 2019 The Year of the Coconut? We think so! 2018 was a great year, too - read about it here!
Coconut & Lime Loaf Recipe June 26 2018
Coconut & Lime Loaf with Lime Icing
My good friend Cristine from CWA gave me a recipe as a means to showcase our Coconut Sprinkles and to give our customers inspiration on ways to use them in their baking. I made it Dairy Free (you could also make it vegan by substituting eggs for chia seeds), and this Coconut & Lime Loaf still has that homemade-with-love authentic taste, and the blend of coconut and lime is delicious perfection!
Cristine bakes these in mini-loaf tins, making them perfect to slice and share.
1 1/2 cup SR flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup Plain Coconut Sprinkles
1 Tablespoon Lime Rind
Lime Icing Ingredients:
1-2 cups of plain coconut yogurt
Juice of 1 lime
Beat the flour, sugar, oil, eggs and milk until sugar is dissolved. Add Coconut Chips and Lime Rind. Bake in moderate oven for approx 40 min.
Mix all icing ingredients together and spread on loaf when it’s cooled. Top with additional Coconut Sprinkles for decoration.
Did you make this Coconut Lime loaf? How'd you go? I'm currently experimenting to make this loaf dairy-free, substituting with Almond Milk and Coconut Oil.... stay tuned!
EDIT: I made the dairy-free changes and no longer use butter or dairy milk in my baking. The recipe is updated and is the exact one I use at the markets.
Thala Beach Giveaway! February 26 2018
☀️ WIN a luxury escape at Thala Beach Resort☀️
As seen on Landline. To celebrate the release of our NEW Coconut Chip flavour we are giving away a night at this beautiful resort! Total value of $600 🎉
For your chance to WIN comment below who you would bring with you ⭐️
🌊 One night’s accommodation in a Deluxe Eucalypt bungalow at Thala Beach Nature Reserve Resort.
🌊 Full breakfast for two guests.
🌊 Beach Harvest Coconut Chip gift hamper
It’s that simple! Entries close at midnight on March 10, 2018. Voucher valid until June 30, 2018. Flights not included. Check out our NEW Tasmanian Sea Salt & Caramel coconut chips at www.beachharvest.com.au.
Happy 2018 & Australia Day! January 25 2018
I hope 2018 is finding you well so far...
We spent the holidays with my family in Florida and Cuba - we had a blast! There were coconut trees everywhere in Cuba and we thought, "hmmm, Beach Harvest in Cuba?" Unfortunately, their government isn't known for being friendly to outside capitalist ideas....
Anyway, it's back to Australia and back to normal - yay! The kids started school this week (my youngest, too, just started Prep!), and we are excited for the year ahead.
And it's nearly Australia Day! Do you have any plans for the long weekend? I love Australia Day because I've called Australia home for nearly 13 years, 5 of which I've been a citizen. I'm blessed to have my heart in two places.
So, let's celebrate 2018 with a 18% off all Coconut Chips & Coconut Sprinkles! Use code Aussie18 at the checkout.
Do you follow us on social media? We'd love to hear from you! Check us out at @BeachHarvest to say g'day!
September 2017 News & Photos September 14 2017
Miguel's Coconut Prawns with Vermicelli Salad July 22 2017
I don't usually post meat dish recipes (I consider myself plant-based), but we had a unique & unforgettable experience filming a segment with Chris & Miguel from tv's The Living Room.
The show aired last night!... we were hoping for a plug for our chips from the guys (didn't happen, probably advertising conflicts of interest!), but Miguel DID use our Coconut Chips & Coconut Sprinkles in two of his recipes (the Coconut Chia Pudding is VEGAN and I'll post that one soon, too!).
For my Vegan friends - I would use this same recipe and substitute the prawns for either raw coconut OR cauliflower.
20 medium sized raw prawns, peeled, tails kept on (Vegan substitution: raw coconut or cauliflower)
125g vermicelli noodles, cooked
½ punnet cherry tomatoes, quartered
250g snowpeas, thinly sliced on an angle
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
½ cup rice wine vinegar sweet chilli sauce, to brush prawns
3 large cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 stalks lemongrass, white bulb finely chopped
2 long red chillies, deseeded, finely chopped
8 kaffir lime leaves, central stem removed and leaf thinly shredded
Juice of 2 limes
Pearls of 2 finger limes
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp coconut sugar (brown sugar can be used as a substitute)
½ bunch coriander, finely chopped root and stems, leaves reserved for salad
3 tsp coconut oil
1 Make marinade by combining all marinade ingredients in a frying pan. Add prawns.
2 Cook over a low heat until the prawns turn pink, and the tails turn orange – cooking slowly will allow more flavour to infuse into the prawns.
3 Remove the prawns from the pan and set aside.
4 Add noodles, snowpeas, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar to the pan and stir to dress with the marinade.
5 Brush prawns with sweet chilli sauce and roll in the shredded coconut. Place the noodles salad in bowls and top with the coconut crusted prawns and reserved coriander leaves
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