Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! ..... Panna cotta

I have taken my panna cotta out of "blahs ville" and gave it a face lift. One, mind you, even Joan Rivers would approve of!!!! This ethereal dessert was waiting for us after a fun day snowmobiling in the mountains! I made it Friday during the day, giving it a full day for setting up in the refrigerator. I don't know what it is but we love eating cold treats after skiing or snowmobiling.


White chocolate coconut Christmas panna cotta with a raspberry and cranberry gelee
in a snowflake form! What a mouthful!!! LOL! Lindt white coconut chocolate





See recipe below!


Or in a snowman on skates form! Make a raspberry coolie and pour over the panna cotta.





Last Saturday, I took a much needed break away from my work and went snowmobiling. It was the first day after a couple of unseasonably warm days with some real snow, not much though, just enough for snowmobiling but definitely not skiing! The time for skiing is yet to come! Later during the day, the sun came out and I just had to take off my hat, gloves and coat! Welcome to the Rockies folks!!! This trail is about 3 hrs drive away and is very close to Aspen.






Recipe for the white coconut chocolate Christmas panna cotta
. Vegans you can just substitute the heavy cream for coconut milk.

Please use organic ingredients when possible.

For the raspberry and cranberry topping:

Sprinkle 1 t kosher gelatin or agar agar over 2 T water and let stand for about a minute to soften. In a pot over medium heat, warm 11/4 c raspberry and cranberry juice, add the kosher gelatin and cook and stir until dissolved for about 1 minute. Pour this juice mixture into lightly greased molds or ( about 6 small custard cups. Let cool and then refrigerate until set. Grease the molds with grapeseed oil.

For the panna cotta:
  • 1 c coconut cream
  • 1/2 c coconut milk
  • 1/2 c organic heavy cream
  • 2 T organic powdered sugar
  • 2 T hazelnut syrup ( Torani brand)
  • 1 t coconut extract
  • 4 squares Lindt white coconut chocolate
Again sprinkle 2 t kosher gelatin over 2 T water for about a minute to soften. Place all the liquids in a saucepan over medium heat and stir in the powdered sugar. Add the Lindt chocolate and stir gently making sure the chocolate is dissolved. Add the kosher gelatin and cook for 2-3 minutes until dissolved. Put through a sieve and allow this mixture to cool and then pour on top of the already set juices. Place in the refrigerator until set ( overnight) . Makes about 6 small custard cups.

I had to use a knife to loosen the sides of the panna cotta. Just exercise a little bit of patience when unmolding these beauties! Your taste buds will be enveloped by the creaminess of this panna cotta and then suddenly the monotony of the cream is soon interrupted by a bite of that vibrant and somewhat tart raspberry and cranberry gelee.

Please enjoy!


I have received quite a few awards and I thank you all who passed them onto me. Thank you so very much again !!!! I know that I have certainly taken my own sweet time posting them but this Holiday season already has me in the "weeds." There are still more of them but I shall post those at another time.


This Premio Arte Pico award I received from The food hunter. ( Thank you so much my dear). I am passing it onto:



http://stephscafe.blogspot.com/
http://chocolateloreandmore.blogspot.com/
http://kitchenflavours.blogspot.com/
http://yasmeen-healthnut.blogspot.com/
http://thehealthyirishman.com/
http://cookbookqueen.blogspot.com/
http://literallyinthemoment.blogspot.com/
http://createeathappy.blogspot.com/
http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com/
http://clickyourheels3x.blogspot.com/
http://everydaycookin.blogspot.com/
http://howtogainweightonavegandiet.blogspot.com/
http://n33ma-recipeswap.blogspot.com/
http://www.hangrypants.com/

This hard working food blogger award I received from Lubna and also Dibs. Thank you so much ladies( You guys rockkkk!)! I am paying it forward to:



http://cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.blogspot.com/
http://stephscafe.blogspot.com/
http://chocolateloreandmore.blogspot.com/
http://yasmeen-healthnut.blogspot.com/
http://thehealthyirishman.com/
http://passionateaboutbaking.blogspot.com/
http://wwwbunnysovencom.blogspot.com/
http://hotgarlic.blogspot.com/
http://n33ma-recipeswap.blogspot.com/
http://spiceandcurry.blogspot.com/
http://snookydoodlecakes.blogspot.com/
http://ana-lacocinikadeana.blogspot.com/
http://kitchengirljo.blogspot.com/
http://helene-lacuisine.blogspot.com/
http://howtogainweightonavegandiet.blogspot.com/
http://dunkincookingthesemi-homemadeway.blogspot.com/


The" great buddy award" I received from Lubna and Yasmeen & Dibs and the" perfect blend of friendship" and" good job" awards from Lubna & Dibs. I thank you kindly ladies and I shall pass it forward to :










http://cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.blogspot.com/
http://yasmeen-healthnut.blogspot.com/
http://stephscafe.blogspot.com/
http://chocolateloreandmore.blogspot.com/
http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com/
http://foodhuntersguide.blogspot.com/
http://literallyinthemoment.blogspot.com/
http://createeathappy.blogspot.com/
http://anjumsrasoi.blogspot.com/
http://n33ma-recipeswap.blogspot.com/
http://myfinds-mikky.blogspot.com/
http://howtogainweightonavegandiet.blogspot.com/


This inspiration award I received from Lubna. and also Dibs. Thank you so much, I love it!!! I am passing it along to :




http://chocolateloreandmore.blogspot.com/
http://stephscafe.blogspot.com/
http://literallyinthemoment.blogspot.com/
http://cocoakisses.wordpress.com/
http://wwwbunnysovencom.blogspot.com/
http://passionateaboutbaking.blogspot.com/
http://www.thecourageouscook.com/
http://createeathappy.blogspot.com/
http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com/
http://thecelticcook.blogspot.com/
http://helene-lacuisine.blogspot.com/
http://snookydoodlecakes.blogspot.com/
http://smokymountaincafe.blogspot.com/
http://howtogainweightonavegandiet.blogspot.com/
http://www.hangrypants.com/
http://dunkincookingthesemi-homemadeway.blogspot.com/


This is the second time that I received this chocolate award, this time from Lubna. and also Dibs. Thank you so much sweeties! I have already paid it forward to so many but this time I would love to pass it along to :



http://stephscafe.blogspot.com/

http://chocolateloreandmore.blogspot.com/
http://cocoakisses.wordpress.com/
http://thecelticcook.blogspot.com/
http://funnfud.blogspot.com/
http://myfinds-mikky.blogspot.com/
http://itzyskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://www.hangrypants.com/

Without you all , I am nothing!



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Nazarina A.

49 comments:

n33ma said...

Congrats on all your well deserved awards.......love the colors....

ochikeron said...

Thank you nazarina for the awards! I'm so impressed with your achievements!!!

Is that you snowmobiling in the picture? Looks fun!!! How nice ;)

I know. I love to eat ice-cream in winter than in summer! I like your panna cotta! You always make things so neat and artistic.

John Newman said...

Come out and visit me in Utah the next time you want to play in the snow. It's known to have "the Greatest Snow on Earth!"

Kitchen Flavours said...

Iam drooling over. Congratulations on all those deserving awards dear.

A World in a PAN said...

You have a taste for precision when it comes to decorating! Beautiful indeed.

Dawn said...

I love seeing those skiing pictures or rather snow-mobiling. ha ha Good thing you like the cold, I am beginning to not like it so much as I get older.
Thank you for the awards, I am honored and grateful to have you as a friend. :-)

Lucy said...

Just beautiful! and... congrat's!!!!

Erica said...

beautiful work! Thank you for the award- you're wayyy toooo sweet!

Reeni said...

The panna cotta is gorgeous! Yum, love the flavors and Lindt white chocolate is my favorite. It looks like you were having a lot of fun! You deserve some after all the long hours you work. Wow! That is a lot awards, you deserve every one and so much more. Thanks for passing those on to me.

Gavan aka The Healthy Irishman said...

Hey, this is my first award so thanks so much. I love checking out your site to see what you've come up with and I'm never disappointed.
I do have a favor to ask. Can you change my url address to the healthyirishman.com and not
@ blogspot? That way people will get to my new site instead of my old one.
Thanks again for the award, it's brilliant.

Mansi said...

ooh!! that's a truckload of awards that Santa got you girl!! and you truly deserve them:) congrats on all of them, and thanks so much for thinking about me:)

Snooky doodle said...

Hi Nazarina

Thanks for the awards and congratulations for all these awards . You made alot of pretty things. The snowmen is so cute :) wish to try it. And I love christmas ahh!!!
Pity we don t have snow here :(

ncfoodie said...

Tee hee on the Joan Rivers joke. Gorgeous food as usual. You more than deserve all those awards!

Guess what? You've been tagged. Visit my blog if you'd like to play:
food tag

Jaya said...

Naz,
You are a such a sweetheart,Thanks for thinking about me.
and the Desert looks amazing...A real treat for me any time..
I love that spirit to enjoy the life..Go On Girl enjoy your awards and snowmobiling!
Hugs and smiles

Katherine Aucoin said...

WOW Congrats on all of your awards. You REALLY deserve them all. You are so taleneted and an inspiration to me. Thank you for my award and your panna cotta looks delicious and perfect!

n33ma said...

Thanks for the award Naz its beautiful.

mikky said...

it may be mouthful, but it sure does look festive and delicious... and boy, you look so good in the snow mobile... how fun can that be... :)
and nazarina, thank you so much for the generous awards... i truly appreciate them... and cheers to you too for getting all of those awards... :)

Live.Love.Eat said...

OMG. That dessert looks so beautiful, ALMOST too good to eat. And you look so cute in the picture! Thank you for all these awards. I will be putting them on my sidebar. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jacqui said...

This is a mouthful I'll certainly be trying. They look beautiful and will I'm sure impress my holiday gueats. Thanks for the awards, these are my first, should I be seeing them on my blog?

Gavan aka The Healthy Irishman said...

Thanks for the awards! They are my very first awards so I'm feeling pretty cool right now.
Keep up your creative work -- it's always a joy to look at!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Nazarina, im one of the ppl who doesnt understand how ppl like you can eat cold treats in cold weather! lol. But i do love the pic of u snowmobiling. I miss the snow! Pls give Cali some snow. :)

Kelly-Jane said...

Fabulous array of awards for your great blog, and thank you so much for passing one onto me :)

Kelly-Jane said...

Almost forgot, your panna cottas are beautiful, I LOVE those snowflakes so much!

Jo said...

aww thank you so much :) You gave me a huge smile! *hug*

Passionate About Baking said...

Stopped by for a minute. Am away in Sydney...congrats on the many wonderful awards you've received, & gracias for thinking of me. I am truly touched & elated. Thanks a ton Naz...xoxoxo Deeba

Passionate About Baking said...

Oh I forgot...I LOVE the panna cotta. It's my fave dessert, & yours is so full of Xmas spirit!

Yasmeen said...

The snowflakes,the snow man and the lovely lady on the snow mobile all look blissfully in tune with the season.Congrats on all your awards and sharing them with me:)

Cynthia said...

Congrats on all your awards! I love, love, love the moulded panna cotta!

HangryPants said...

Thanks you so much for passing the awards onto me! I am so honored. :D

Bunny said...

Nazarina thank you so much for the awards! I love to look at all your creations, you have the patience of a saint to create the beauty that is in your blog.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Oh my gosh, thank you so much for all the awards! My little chocolate-covered head is swelling with happiness. I'll give a shout-out to you soon on my blog!

And congrats to you for getting so many awards too!

Candy said...

Thanks for passing on the award! I love panna cotta and yours looks wonderful.

MaryBeth said...

First of all, Thanks for the awards.. That was very sweet of you. Secondly, your dessert looks amazing. Great pic of you having fun in the snow.

Jo A. T.B. said...

What a wonderful dessert Nazarina, a beautiful one for the holidays.

A cute picture of you, looks serene there with the mountains behind you. I don't ski or snowmobile, but I love to walk in the snow. Windchills in the 20's here, wearing my silk cuddleduds. :)

Thanks kindly for the awards, you are very creative! :)

maimoona said...

Wonderful desserts! Congrats for the awards u deserve them all and much more.

Danica said...

These treats look amazing and like they would melt right in my mouth! You always amaze me!

Malar Gandhi said...

First time here...congrats on ur awards dear. Love ur blog. Pictures, colors are breath taking. I like ur soap dish too...very nice! Will visit u often.

Grace said...

white chocolate, coconut, cranberry, AND raspberry? all in an awesome snowflake shape? this is a winner in 100 different ways--nicely done. :)

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Oh Nazarina, thank you sweetie. I feel quite humbled with all the awards you bestowed on me. You deserved all of them. You see, everyone loves your work. You're an amzing person and a wonderful friend dear one. You're also very beautiful. I'm so glad you went out and had some much deserved fun in the snow. I just sent you an email. Big hugs.

Sagan said...

Congratulations on your awards! And YUM.

The Food Hunter said...

Thanks for the award!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

As always, I am so totally impressed with your work. Check out my chocolate blog, I'm showing your beautiful soaps.

Freya said...

Thanks for the awards! I am truly honoured and have a long overdue post to thank you and another award I received too! I've been a bit ill this week but I'm on the mend so will be up and posting again asap!
I love your Panna Cotta - truly another piece of art!!

Yasmeen said...

Nazarina dear,I have tagged you for a bake off

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Nazarina, how did I know about your giggle? You remind me of my daughter. So young and full of life. And when something pleases her, there is always a giggle. You are so sweet.

chefectomy said...

I live for Panna Cotta Nazarina - this really looks incredible.

--Marc

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi nazarina
your blog is abolutely a must read for all who believe in pure creativity and uniqueness.I was happy to have discovered your blog and read your posts. You deserve awards.

Hopie said...

I love those beautiful panna cottas! I don't know why people think cold treats are a summer thing. When I was in college in upstate NY, we would always go out for ice cream to celebrate the first snow :-)

Swati said...

You have done an excellent job...great blog!!