Tuesday, August 19, 2008


"A Garden is the best alternative therapy."

~ Germaine Greer

~ Rose Mallow (hardy hibiscus)
~ Tropical in flavor, this bold tart compliments a hot summer day . Keep it handy (Bon Appetit 1991) as I have for over 18 years


8 whole graham crackers

1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut

7 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter


1/2 cup amber (gold) rum

1 1/2 tsp. unflavored gelatin

4 large eggs

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup fresh lime juice

3 Tbsp. grated lime peel

1 cup chilled whipping cream

Sweetened flaked toasted coconut

  • For crust: Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Process graham crackers in processor until finely ground. Add coconut and butter and pulse to blend. Press crumb mixture on bottom and 1 3/4 - inches up sides of 8-inch springform pan. Bake until golden brown on edges, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  • For filling: Place rum in small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over. Let stand 10 minutes to soften. Whisk eggs, sugar and lime juice in heavy small saucepan over medium-high heat until mixture thickens and just comes to boil, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Add gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin melts. Mix in 2 Tbsp. lime peel. Refrigerate mixture until cold but not set, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
  • Whip chilled cream until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into lime mixture. Pour filling into crust. Refrigerate until filling is set, about 3 hours. (Can prepare 1 day ahead.)
  • Sprinkle pie with toasted coconut and remaining 1 Tbsp. lime peel. Cute into wedges and serve. (8 servings)

"Put a grain of boldness into everything you do."


beckie said...

Joey, How awful!! I am so sorry about your camera. I know what you mean about constant companion. I hope you are able to get a new one soon.

The hibiscus is so pretty. Such a pure white and then that red center that surprises you. I am not fond of them generally, but this one is stunning.

Jo's-D-Eyes said...

What a beautiful name you have! Yes a garden is THE best therapy.

I red/saw your reaction on the wolrld blog, that you would like to visit FRANCE someday, so coem and see my blog, I posted last month abut our travel through FRANCE.


please visit me:)
Greetings JoAnn-D-Eyes

joey said...

Thank you for your concern, Beckie. No news of stolen camera but researching new. Hibiscus are not a favorite either but I agree, this beauty is very photogenic.

Welcome JoAnn and thank you. I DID visit your lovely blog and tasted a bit of France ;) and shall return. Until you visit the USA, enjoy my many photos of this great state of Michigan.

Webradio said...

Cool !

Anonymous said...

A funny thing happened on my way to your blog this afternoon. I somehow misplaced your recipe for Zucchini Pie and came back to retrieve it, only to find another wonderful recipe (I love anything citrus-y) and more eye candy. Love that magnificient flower. Muchísimas gracias pal!

Anonymous said...

Yes this Hibiscus is very photogenic - rather lovely.
Warm regards

Anonymous said...

You know, and I know you do, it takes a lot of time to choose the right flower for the right recipe. Then you crop and paste until we get to see a thing of beauty. The whole post flows. I understand how much effort goes in to these combinations and they are stunning. You don't often see a white Rose of Sharon. Striking.

Rose said...

This white mallow/hibiscus looks so pure; it must really stand out in your garden.

After reading Beckie's comment, I was scrolling down to see a comment on an earlier post about your camera and happened upon the Queen Anne's Lace photos again. I just love those! They have to be one of my favorites of all your beautiful photos. You should enter them in a photo contest!

joey said...

Thanks webradio ... I popped over and visited your fun site. Wish my French was more 'in tune' ;)

Marysol, a girl after my own heart! Citrus rules here ... can't cook without it. Hope you'll love the Zucchini Pie as much as I do (and my hubby who has been known to devour a whole pie himself so make 2 just in case you have a 'gourmand' in your household);)

Thanks Karen ... a lovely compliment coming from your gifted eye.

Dear Anna ... you have a gift not only with words but a keen sense of focasing on the moment. Thank you.

You are a dear Rose, your lovely name suits your soul. Thanks for the encouragement.

Catherine said...

As you know Joey~My Garden is my alternative therapy, that and visiting you and your lovely garden on line ~And it is the best therapy!~What beautiful captures of your Rose Mallow!
And the lime mouse pie sounds heavenly!
Hope you are having a great Tuesday!:)