Recently I was contacted by the wonderfully gracious Jen; one of the lovely people from Kelapo, which is aÂ company that sells coconut oil. Very very yummy, OMG this smells fantastic coconut oil. Jen asked me if I would be interested in receivingÂ some of their coconut oil to use and tell all of you about. I of course jumped on that chance because I am a piggie butt foodie who loves coconut oil.Â Hmmm, it probably would have sounded better had I said that I graciously accepted out of the kindness of my heart and because I am the consummate professional food blogger wouldn’t it have? Yeah, well, we all know better. That piggie butt factor was a large part of it though I DO like the idea of being able to maybe give some exposure to a growing company, as I understand the “trying to grow” part myself.
Seriously (well, as much as is possible for me) I really do love coconut oil. But all I had ever used before was the large vats of it you can buy from your local grocery store. That stuff is pretty darn good but Kelapo’s coconut oil just blew me away.Â I spent the first few days after getting it just taking it out of the cabinet 75 times a day and smelling it. The smell is so…. pure. It is the essence of the tropics in a small jar. Again, comparing that to the store bought, the store bought smells good but there is always a bit of an off smell to it… the smell of something produced in large large large quantities without any love behind it. Kelapo’s oil wasn’t like that. Like I said, the scent was pure. Coconut, nothing added.
Coconut oil can be used in so many ways that you can’t really use vegetable oil or olive oil for. Well, I suppose you could but it just wouldn’t be the same. One of the things I did with this and it’s not so much a recipe as a technique which is why I’m not posting it as a recipe (but yes, facebook fans, this is the bonus I was referring to.) is make a body butter from it. Just go buy a small tub of cocoa butter. Mix the full tub with about 1/2 cup of Kelapo’s coconut oil (easiest if you melt all this over a low heat). Stir while it melts to mix well, then pour into a clean jar (small canning jars work well). You can scent this with maybe two drops of coconut extract (or maybe a drop of peppermint oil to create something a bit more energizing. Mmmm, coconut mint scented) to intensify the scent but it’s not really needed. This smells fantastic as is! Just scoop out a small bit after your shower and rub in well to those rough spots like your knees or elbows or wherever your skin is really dry. You will be sniffing yourself all day (though if you manage to sniff your elbow, I want photos) and you will be soft as a baby’s tushie. You can also use a small amount of plain coconut oil in a hot bath. But be careful! It IS oil and will make it quite slippery.
Cooking wise, I wanted to make something simple with this; something that highlighted the flavor of the coconut oil but yet had more flavors to it… flavors that fit with it and didn’t overpower it. I think I succeeded quite nicely if I do say so myself. I oven roasted some potato wedges in coconut oil and some Indian spices. God help me, I can’t stop eating them lol. I WAS going to have these as a side dish to my dinner (the rest of the family ate earlier) but this has BECOME my dinner, they are so good. The coconut flavor is wonderful. It’s subtle yet definitely present and mixed with the flavors of the curry and spices it is out of this world. My husband was grinning at me saying he hasn’t seen me eat this well in a long time. And yep, it is because of the Kelapo’s coconut oil and NO, I’m not just saying it because they gave me some. I have given bad reviews before and won’t hesitate to do so if it’s deserved. This however deserves every single glowing word I’m saying. Before I get to the recipe for the potatoes, I wanted to share the coupon code that the Kelapo people are giving my readers. It is good for 20% off of your purchase until 9/29/2011. Seriously; go buy some of the coconut oil. Cook with it. Slather it all over your body lol. Smell it 75 times a day like I did. But buy some! It’s wonderful!
Coupon code to be used at Kelapo is Cupcakes20 (case sensitive). It’s good through 9/29 so go…shoo… buy. Ummm, after you read the recipe and drool.
Indian Spiced Roasted Potato Wedges With Coconut Oil
- 2 pounds potatoes (I used Yukon gold), cut into 4 to 8 wedges (depending on potato size)
- 1/4 cup Kelapo coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon good quality mild curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- In a small bowl, mix together all your spices and the salt.
- Spoon (if solidified which coconut does at fairly high temps compared to other oils) onto a foil lined 13×9 inch baking sheet. Put into oven long enough to melt the oil.
- Tilt the pan to let the oil cover the bottom of it.
- Making sure to coat each one in the oil (just turn it over and move it around in the oil… it isn’t rocket science 😛 ), lay your potato wedges on the baking sheet in a single layer.
- Sprinkle the potatoes with the salt/spice mix
- Â Roast at 425 until the potatoes are tender and golden brown, about 45 minutes. It helps to brown them if you put the pan on the lowest rack on the oven about halfway through cooking.
- Transfer to a serving plate; taste to see if it needs more salt and then enjoy them… because I promise you, you will. Then go buy 322 containers of coconut oil. 😛
*I received a jar of Kelapo Coconut Oil to use and review. All opinions in here are my own*
Piggie butt… 🙂
Yay I jumped on the Coconut Oil bandwagon (finally). Now I can make this since I have all the ingredients. =) yipee
Oh, I hope you try the taters. I was really quite pleased with myself at how they turned out. If you can swing getting this brand, get it Lindsey. It was outstanding. I wish I could afford to buy some lol. I plan on savoring what little I have left and trying to create more blog recipes to use it in.
Wow – that sounds amazing! Tell Exotic Deliciousness that’s calling that I’m listening!
I’ve heard so much about coconut oil recently – especially regarding baking….I gotta get me some of this!
Yes, yes you do. Since you like to eat healthy, Ann, coconut oil would be a great one for you to try because it adds a flavor of its own, which means less need to add other things that may up the calorie and fat count. I mean, yes, it’s oil, so there are calories and fat but you can use less of it and get great flavor. So go now young lady and buy some of this.
Yum. This may just show up on my dinner plate tomorrow!
I have heard so much about this coconut oil, so it is something I am considering. Your spicy wedges do look tasty!
Those are the prettiest roasted potatoes I’ve ever seen!!! YUM!
I’ve never used coconut oil before, but this recipe looks really, really awesome! 😀
You think of the most creative posts, great job!
Awww; thank you Sandi!!
These potatoes looks fabulous, Janet! I would have never thought that coconut flavors would work well with potatoes, but these look so yummy!!
Stephanie, I wasn’t sure when I started myself, but I knew I wanted something that let the coconut oil shine and what better than a fairly neutral potato ya know? I’ve been craving more ever since I made those hehe.
I love kelapo oil. I found myself smelling it over and over, too. I am wondering seriously why the oil I get to review is always so much better than the stuff I can find locally. Those fries sound like pure yumminess.
I lunched with Ann (from Cooking Healthy for Me) today and she said I HAD to come over and visit…I am so glad I am the obeying type. Love your site.
Hi Kristen! nice to meet you. So glad Ann sent you over. She’s a sweetheart.
And yeah, the fries were pretty awesome if I do say so myself 😀 Hope you try them.
Janet…I’ve never used coconut oil before! Nor have I ever thought to dredge potatoes in curry spices! Both are such great combinations! Now…if I can just get someone to massage me with your body butter while I’m eating these! 😉
Oh Anne, you have GOT to go to their link and buy some of this! Coconut oil is amazing anyway but what they sent me was over the top. As for the massage, let me know if you figure out how to manage that lol so I can try that one 😛
You crack me up, piggie butt foodie. Love it. Where on earth do I sign up to review coconut oil? I would review it by the truckload. I am bookmarking this recipe and quite likely dreaming about coconut oil tonight. And potatoes. And piggie butt foodies. So thanks for that.
So glad I may have helped you have some interesting dreams last night Kim. Lol. OINK! Now go buy some coconut oil 😀
Those fries sound amazing!! What a creative use of coconut oil (I just would have spread it on my dry legs – yikes!) Thanks for introducing me to this product!
They were pretty darn good I have to admit, Jamie! As for spreading it on your legs, hey that works too though if you try the way I mentioned in the post it won’t be quite so…erhmmmm… oily lol
A popular after pub food in Ireland is curried chips (french fries) so I know potatoes an curry work really well together so I could eat these by the pound.
Mike, when I was living in Germany, curry ketchup (and everything else curry) was everywhere (especially with Pomme Frites) so I learned to love the spices there. I still make my own curry ketchup to use with fries 😀
OMG. Those wedges look delicious. I’ve never cooked with coconut oil so I can only imagine how great things taste made with it. Thanks for sharing your review!
Thanks Eileen! You soooo need to try coconut oil. Unlike other more neutral oils, it adds such a good flavor to things, both savory and sweet.
They look so perfectly cripsy! This sounds so good. I have seen so many people using coconut oil oil lately. This sounds great!
Cassie, give it a try. I bet you’d love things made with coconut oil 🙂
I’ve never cooked with coconut oil before, but those wedges DO look out of this world – I’m hungry for some now =)
Peggy, go make some!! I promise, you won’t be disappointed…
I still haven’t tried Coconut Oil. I’ve been meaning to but…well…just haven’t yet. Those fries look picture perfectly delicious! I love the Indian Spices that you used. Yum!
Candace, now’s the time to try. Use the 20% off coupon code and go grab some!! It’s yummy!!
Oh my gosh. I love your profile. The food look so delicious. Thank you for sharing. God’s blessings, continously.
Thank you Mary! I hope you continue to enjoy my blog. God Bless.
Congrats on the Top 9! Well deserved…these look incredibly yummy!
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Not surprised to see you in the TOP 9 today 😉
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Thanks so much Sandi! 🙂
Thanks Ravie! 🙂
These look and sound amazing!! I am a huge fan of coconut oil and I will have to check that brand out!!
It’s easy to see how these became you dinner, they look so delicious! Coconut oil is truly a flavor experience everyone should have. It’s what they used for movie theater pop-corn until some bureaucrat decided it was bad for us. Glad to see it back!
Hmmm, never knew that about movie theater popcorn. Interesting trivia. thanks Cheryl!
CQueen, if you like coconut oil, you’ll love it. Like I said, it is very pure tasting with none of the off flavors the store (aka cheap) brands have
I know what I’m making for dinner!
Kelapo is SO good! Use coupon code “FREE SHIP” for free shipping from the website, http://www.kelapo.com and more great coconut oil recipes at http://www.coconutoilcooking.com
Thanks for sharing that with all of us Alison!
Rachel, you’ll love them. the flavor is so subtle yet so delicious
These potatoes sound delish!
These look so good! I love how you used the coconut oil! And piggie butt just works!
How did I miss this yummy post? Congratulations on Top 9!
Congrats on making the Top 9, girlfriend you ROCK! When you visit…bring the fries.
I’ve never tasted coconut oil and didn’t even know there was a type you could cook with! It must be wonderful in Thai food.
My father is a huge fan of Indian food and indian spices. I know what I’m going to make next time I cook dinner for him!
Thanks for posting!
It has been awhile since you have posted anything, wanted to let you know you are missed in the blogging community. I hope all is well with you.
I LOVE their coconut oil. thanks for the idea of mixing some with a body butter. can’t wait to experiment (no, i can’t sniff my elbow)
the potatoes sound delish! YUM!
A great review!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂
these look amazing! can’t wait to try them out!