Vanilla Panna Cotta with a Pomegranate Jelly ~ (A Foodie Favourites List and a Giveaway!)

 
I got caught last week.
 
I dashed out to bring my son to soccer and discovered that I didn’t have a snow brush or scraper in the car.  It was the first snowfall of the season with a sizable accumulation. The kind of accumulation you can’t ignore.  We were running late, there was no time to go back into the house and search the basement. Can you guess what I used to clean the snow off my van?
 
a) my mitts
b) a tree branch
c) my son’s cleats
d) our cat
e) a) and c) but not d)
f) none of the above
 
If you guessed f) none of the above, you are absolutely correct mon ami.
 
There we were, two hockey sticks in hand (that apparently never leave the car), swoopin’ and a clearin’ (amazingly effective by the way the bow and scoop combination are … I think I may be on to something…). 
 
It was a classic Canadian moment! 
 

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It’s December 1st and I’m officially kicking off the Holidays

with a Festive Dessert, a Foodie Favourites List and….

a Giveaway!

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~ Foodie Favourites List 2012 ~

  1. These Botanical Paints for your budding artist ~ sourced from fruit, vegetables and spices!
  2. These Fun & Festive Champagne Flutes ~ reasonably priced, fab hostess gift.
  3. These Gourmet Vinegar and Olive Oil Sprays ~ spritz just the right amount of flavour onto your salads and sides (lemon, chili, basil, garlic…oh, yum).
  4. These Artisan Chocolate Truffles ~ the Margarita is a must! 
  5. This Lavender Tea from the beautiful fields of the Eastern Townships ~ unwind and relax…
  6. This Website ~ featuring amazing Canadian Foodmakers…
  7. This Urban Cultivator ~ grow your own pesticide/herbicide free herbs, sprouts and veggies all year round!
  8. These Slate and Oak Kitchen Boards ~ Gorgeous!
  9. These Classic Kitchen Aprons ~ or…
  10. These Vintage Kitchen Aprons
 
 
 
Now, before I get to today’s recipe…
 
One more thing….
 

A GIVEAWAY!!

 
This has been a busy year on the cookbook scene.  A number of well-loved blogs, restaurants, television personalities and health care practitioners have released cookbooks this fall. 
 
Of those I’ve had an opportunity to review, the one that stands out in my mind as the freshest, most innovative and memorable is Sara and Hugh Forte’s cookbook: The Sprouted Kitchen: a tastier take on whole foods.
 
 
The Sprouted Kitchen’s cookbook features 100 recipes ranging from breakfast to salads to snacks to happy hour ideas. Many of you who follow Sara and Hugh’s well-loved blog will recognize their characteristic style, gorgeous food styling and seductive photography. They deliver all the foodie flare you could ask for while maintaining a commitment to whole foods recreated in a fresh, fun, and full-flavoured fashion.  You will never look at a beet the same way!
 
I’m absolutely delighted to be offering a copy of the Sprouted Kitchen’s new cookbook in hardcover format for this year’s giveaway and I want to thank Sara & Hugh as well as their Publisher – Ten Speed Press – for providing a complimentary copy of the cookbook for my giveaway!
 

Giveaway Details

 
1. This giveaway is open to anyone and everyone.
 
2. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below indicating your interest in the cookbook. (You can also leave a comment even if you don’t want to participate in the giveaway!).
 
3.  For additional entries, please subscribe to Inspired Edibles by email or like Inspired Edibles’ fan page on Facebook or follow Inspired Edibles on Twitter and let me know that you are doing so in a separate comment.
 
4. Looking for more entries? Invite a friend to subscribe to Inspired Edibles by email or like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter and let me know that you have done so in a separate comment.
 
5. The giveaway closes on Sunday, December 9th.  The winner will be announced shortly after – Good luck to All!
 
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Now onto today’s festive recipe!
 
 

Vanilla Panna Cotta with a Pomegranate Jelly
(Pomegranate Jelly inspired by Pom Girl – check out her gorgeous swirl designs!)

For the Panna Cotta:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp gelatin powder
 
For the Pomegranate Jelly:
  • 2 ounces boiling water
  • 1 + ½ tsp gelatin powder
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) pomegranate juice
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup, optional
  • 1/2 pomegranate, seeded for garnish

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Notes:

If you can’t find a pure pomegranate juice (there are many mixed fruit juices on the market) and you want to intensify the colour of the juice to make it a bold red, simply squeeze some of the fresh pomegranate juice into the cup.  Even 1 tablespoon of the real stuff will make a big colour difference.

You can make as many layers of panna cotta/jelly as you like keeping in mind that each layer has to gel/solidify in the fridge before pouring the next one, so there is a time factor involved.

The number of servings will depend on the size of the vessel that you are using.

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Directions:

This recipe will make approximately two cups of panna cotta and one cup of pomegranate jelly. 
 
 
For the panna cotta (hands on time 10 minutes):
 
Place fresh lemon juice in a small dish and add gelatin, mixing together.  The mixture will solidify somewhat within minutes. 
 
Meanwhile, in a small pot, combine honey and coconut milk over low-medium heat on stove top until the mixture becomes hot to the touch but not boiling.
 
Pour mixture into a large bowl and add lemon gelatin slurry (you may need to dig it out with a spoon).  Combine with a whisk.
 
Add Greek yogurt, grated lemon zest and vanilla to the bowl with the coconut milk mixture and stir well to combine.
 
For the pomegranate jelly (hands on time 5 minutes):
 
Place boiling water in a small bowl and add gelatin, stirring to dissolve.
 
In a separate bowl, pour pomegranate juice (see notes above about intensifying colour) with maple syrup if using, stirring to combine. Add the gelatin slurry to the pomegranate juice, mixing to combine.
 
For the assembly (hands on time 5 minutes):
 
You can create as many panna cotta/jelly layers as you like keeping in mind that each layer has to gel/solidify before pouring the next.  The number of servings and the amount of time needed to gel/solidify the layers will depend on the size of the vessel you are using.  Vessel ideas: ramekins, flutes, shot glasses, martini glasses, tumblers.
 
On average, you will need to refrigerate each layer for 1 to 2 hours before pouring the next layer (depending again on the size of the vessel). You can speed things up by carefully placing the panna cotta/jelly in the freezer for about 30 minutes each layer but you will want to be very careful not to freeze the panna cotta or the jelly solid as it will crystallize. 
 
Dress up your desserts with pom seeds and a dollop of yogurt or crème fraîche, as desired.
 
I hope you enjoy this recipe – it has a mild sweetness with gorgeous complex flavours coming from the lemony coconut and pomegranate.
 
Bon Appetit!
 

 


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Comments

  1. Koko says

    THERE IS TOO MUCH AWESOMENESS IN THIS POST!

    Firstly, I love love love the classic Canadian moment!

    Secondly, I looked at every single link you posted and they are all great- I love the natural eco-friendly paints and such from Glob, and the super fun aprons (I’m actually an apron…hoarder? collector? I loooove fun vintage-looking aprons!)

    Thirdly, your panna cotta looks so stunning for Christmas. It’s just beautiful to look at, and I bet it tastes great, too. I had panna cotta only once, but it was in Venice, so I feel like it must have been the best of the best ha ha! I should give it a go and see how my attempt compares…but I trust in your recipe!!!

    Lastly, what an amazing giveaway! I have heard of this cookbook and actually pinned a recipe from it that was on the internet. The photography and recipes are just stunning. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity Kelly!

  2. inspirededibles says

    KoKo… thank you for your thoughtful note. It made my day!! ;0). I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you… xo.

  3. Lbergeron says

    Wow what beautiful pics!! A very festive recipe! Can’t wait to try it…
    Love the book draw too, looks like a great one.
    Lynn

  4. Kristy says

    I am cracking up right now Kelly. Miss A is sitting with me and she’s oohing and ahhing over your photos and says we HAVE to make this. Then we got to the cookbook and she said, “Oh that is disgusting. Why is there ice cream on top of a salad?” Then she said, “Go back to the pretty pictures!” (Meaning yours of course!) Miss A says we need to make this RIGHT NOW. It does look fantastic Kelly! I think I know what I’ll be whipping up this week. :)

  5. SallyBR says

    I am always interested in healthy recipes, and I have a particularly soft spot for cookbooks during the month of December. As well as January. And February doesn’t look that bad either. My Birthday is in March, so…. well, you see where this is going.

    I am already a subscriber to this site, which is a waste of subscription because I come here even without email notification. So I guess that qualifies me for ONLY one comment. (sally pouts, but she is not really mad)

    Great post, I will be back to click on the goodies, running out of time to play right now…

  6. says

    What a gorgeous, festive, Canada-coloured dessert! I was sure it was with cranberries ;-) Pomegranate seeds remind me I still don’t use them often enough and also of my funny vocabulary mistake (do you remember when I called them grenades?). Now that I think it might also be a Japanese dessert ;-) The more I look at the recipe, the more I think I could do the same with agar agar (after having discovered, thanks to you, Greek yogurt, I even give is as a substitute for quark cheese in my recipes!).
    Thank you so much for organising the giveaway. I shouldn’t be too greedy because I have already won two giveaways this year!

  7. Shannon Lim says

    this is an absolutely gorgeous holiday dessert and low fat too. love it. pinned to make for the holidays.
    I’m a great fan of Sprouted Kitchen and would love a copy of the cookbook!
    & now off to check your foodie favourite list

  8. ping kay says

    It’s Christmas already! Hoo boy … have I been out of it. So nice to come back to such a beautiful sight!
    And what perfect timing with the giveaway. I’ve recently been exposed a lot more to whole foods, organic foods and a whole bunch of healthier stuff …. would be great to have a guide in hardcover form :)
    Thanks for the opportunity, Kelly, altho I think it might be a little costly to mail that heavy thing all the way here. (I’m being real positive and all!) :)

  9. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book says

    What a gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous pudding!
    Strange to think you need to scrape snow off your car while we have a summery Christmas.
    The book looks like a lovely prize.
    :-) Mandy

  10. georgia kol says

    thank you for your generous giveaway! as an old subscriber via email (thanks to sallybr) i’d like to express my gratitude for all the great ideas you share with us! merry hellenic seasonal greetings! gina
    gianakol@gmail.com

  11. says

    Love the distinct red and white layers! A beautiful Christmas dessert. And I’d love to catch that cookbook if you deliver to Australia. :D

  12. says

    What a gorgeous dessert! LOVE it. Believe it or not, I never had the patience to do something like that. It’s the solidifying between layers that’s killing me… but I might just have to try this one. Maybe in a pistachio or green tea version to make it green, red and white.

    Thanks so much for this brilliant inspiration.

    Oh, and hockey sticks, seriously? I hope the neighbors weren’t looking! ;)

    Now I have to go and check out your book review. Looks like something I might need to add to my collection! :)

  13. The Café Sucré Farine says

    Kelly, these are gorgeous! I love pomegranates and have been eating my weight in them this year! How fun to have snow already to put you in the holiday spirit (maybe not for you but it sounds wonderful to a North Carolina girl!)

  14. Paula says

    I just discovered your blog! Your recipes are so creative and beautiful .. I would love to win Sara’s cookbook so that I will be inspired to recreate her wonderful dishes. If I were to win her book, I would wrap it and leave it under our holiday tree, only to open Christmas morning. Since my husband and I don’t exchange presents (we just go crazy on the kids now) I would love to have this one gift to open!

  15. mjskit says

    Other than all of the holiday spirit on the web, I’m not feeling it here. We are unseasonably warm here, 20 degrees above our normal Nov/Dec temperatures. Believe me, I’m not a fan of cold, but clear blue skies and 60+ F degree weather day after day is getting boring. :) Hum – why do I want this cookbook? Who wouldn’t?! It looks like a great cookbook just from it’s cover and title! Thanks for the giveaway and for this panna cotta recipe! I usually avoid panna cotta because I don’t handle the cream very well, but the coconut milk looks like a perfect substitute! Thanks!

  16. says

    What a beautiful, festive dessert Kelly. And I love that it’s not too heavy; a perfect ending to a holiday meal. The colours are really beautiful.
    That cookbook is an incredible giveaway, I was over at their blog and was blown away by the quality of the photography, really beautiful. Why I’m interested in winning this gorgeous book is that I’m always looking for new and healthy recipes and this book has them all. And the pretty pictures don’t hurt either.

    BTW, your links open over your blog, may I suggest you have them open in a new window and that way your blog is always accessible without having to hit the back button?

  17. inspirededibles says

    Thanks so much for your nice newsy note Eva! Isn’t the Sprouted Kitchen a feast for the eyes? They do such gorgeous work and I love how you set out the personal appeal factor for you… I also want to thank you for prompting me to research how to open links in a new window. Blogger has some frustrating limitations but happily there are plenty of forums and write-ups on how to get around things and reconfigure. I think I’ve got it now. Hopefully the viewers will find it more convenient.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you Eva! (and I hope you’re feeling better too! :0)

  18. inspirededibles says

    20 degrees, is that all?!! ;0) – my heart bleeds for you MJ… heehee! Although, quite truthfully, it would be very odd for me to experience Christmas without snow/cold so for those few days, I’m quite accepting of it! I think you will like this panna cotta MJ… the coconut lends a delicious flavour and the creaminess comes from yogurt! Let me know if you give it, or some variation of it, a try!

  19. inspirededibles says

    Paula, with this lovely note and sharing your Christmas tradition of focusing on your children, I’m inclined to send you a separate book to tuck under your tree regardless of the draw!! ;0) – I wish you the very best and thank you for dropping by with your kind words.

  20. inspirededibles says

    I hear you on the patience factor… I’m always laughing at myself about how simple my recipes are because I like to be as efficient as possible (free up time for life!) and focus on ingredients rather than fuss. The “hands on” time for this recipe is very reasonable – only about 20 minutes. You can ‘gel’ the layers in the freezer (being careful that they don’t freeze) and… keep it to just two layers to simplify!

  21. inspirededibles says

    Thank you Shannon for your kind words and for your support in sharing the love on pinterest and twitter – always appreciated!

  22. inspirededibles says

    It is rather Canadian in colour, isn’t it? You could absolutely use agar/agar and go to town with whatever design and delights you wish! The pom seeds can be a bit messy I’ll admit (or maybe that’s just me ;0) – last year, a girlfriend treated me to a bin of just the seeds – I don’t think I’ve ever been so delighted with a foodie gift in my life!! ;0)

  23. inspirededibles says

    Out of the mouths of babes…

    You just can’t beat it! ;0)

    Hugs to you and that precocious cutie pie of yours! xo.

  24. SpicieFoodie says

    Hehe, I’m picturing you clearing the snow with the hockey sticks:) Since there is no hockey on tv I’d pay to watch you. Your panna cotta sounds so delicious.

  25. inspirededibles says

    Heehee, love it Spicie Foodie! happy to hear I have another hockey fan out there – in Europe yet! Cheers.

  26. says

    I totally thought you used the cat to clear off the windshield, hehe ;)

    wow, kelly, these photos are GORGEOUS!!!!! Not to mention festive, and delicious-looking. Panna cotta is one of my absolute favorite desserts. I love things that are that jelly/custard consistency. This sounds like an amazing combo. And I’d love to win the cookbook!

  27. says

    Thanks Kelly. I’ve been O.D.’ing on your hot toddy, sometimes just with the lemon, ginger, chili flakes and honey — it just feels good and the extra sweat it builds up is a great feeling too. Like the cold is exiting from my pores!
    Linking to a new tab or window is important so that people can come back to your blog easily. I’ve come across some websites that don’t allow the back button and that is very frustrating! Glad you were able to figure it out. I’m glad I started out with WordPress, it seems to be a lot more user friendly.
    Hope you are enjoying this warm front we’re experiencing. Cheers!

  28. inspirededibles says

    So glad you’re enjoying the hot toddy Eva and that it’s comforting you…you’ve got the exact idea… to warm the body, loosen things up and hasten their exit – and it tastes so darn good too! ;0). Yes, it’s hard to abandon the blogging service you start out with – even when it has limitations – as you’ve invested all kinds of time and effort setting things up and getting to know its functions… we’ll see what the future brings but overall it seems to be working quite well. Cheers Eva!

  29. says

    Oh this is fabulous – creamy sweet vanilla with a bit of tartness from the pomegranate and it’s all such a gorgeous color. Super festive Kelly I’m loving it. And I was totally cracking up at the mental image of you cleaning off the car with a cat! :P I’ve been known to resort to gloves and it never works well.

  30. justonecookbook says

    I loved reading your Canadian moment! I’d be panic and won’t know what to do. Californians doesn’t even know how to drive well on rainy days. Snow? Not prepared! I was smiling creating the image in my mind while reading. :)
    What a gorgeous holiday treat! I love the pomegranate on panna cotta. So pretty, so festive!
    The cookbook is beautiful and thank you for your generous giveaway!

  31. Barb Bamber says

    There’s so much to enjoy here.. gift ideas, a giveaway, an excellent festive dessert and a Canadian window scraper story.. that’s a classic for sure! I know someone who used a credit card, mine’s a bit worn out for that at this time of the year, lol!

  32. Leila says

    ooooh yes. I’d love that cookbook…even the cover is inspiring. I’m already subscribed to you, and enjoy your postings and trying out your recipes. Thanks! Leila

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