A female-focused online cannabis platform KushKush is creating a space for lady-stoners to share in recreational and medicinal cannabis enthusiasm and to try some amazing products while they’re at it.

Offering advice on all things canna related, like growing, eating and treating to beauty, KushKush also stocks a variety of unique high-quality products. These are geared towards the female market and offer a drop of femininity and a splash of luxury. From uniquely made glass pipes to hemp and CBD patches, everything your hearts desires when it comes to cannabis is available in their online store.

If you’re in the mood for making something for relaxation and enjoyment, check out KushKush’s Oyster and Chocolate Bark recipes below.

Oysters drizzled with canna-garlic butter

There’s nothing that says ‘Well, hello sexy!’ more than a temptingly tantalizing platter of freshly-shucked oysters. Top these beauties with a drizzle of canna-garlic butter, for added va-va-voom flavour! 

Just remember, you’re using canna-butter in this recipe, so test the strength of this key ingredient so you, and your girlfriends, don’t fall off your high-heels after eating them! 

INGREDIENTS

12 fresh oysters, shucked 

1 egg, whisked

1 Tbsp (15ml) milk

½ cup (125ml) flour

Pinch salt

Pinch black pepper, milled

1/2 tsp (2.5ml) garlic powder

1 tsp (15ml) fresh thyme, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups (375ml) panko crumbs

Vegetable oil, for frying 

GARLIC BUTTER 

½ cup butter

1 garlic clove, crushed

3 Tbsp (45ml) chopped parsley 

A dollop of canna butter – at your preferred strength

METHOD

Place shucked oysters in a colander. Rinse lightly in cool water and pat dry in a clean tea towel. Set aside. 

In a small bowl, whisk eggs and milk together. 

Place flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme together and stir to combine. 

Place panko bread crumbs on a separate plate. 

Place 2 – 3 oysters in flour seasoning and toss to coat. 

Shake excess flour off seasoned oysters. Dip seasoned oysters in the egg mixture then roll in panko to coat. 

Place breaded oysters on a baking tray pan. Repeat until all oysters are breaded. 

Heat oil, about 2-3 cm deep in a shallow pan to a medium heat. Using a slotted spoon, gently place breaded oysters into the hot oil. Fry the oysters in small batches (3-4 oysters each) for about 15-30 seconds or until golden. 

Carefully remove with a metal strainer onto a paper towel lined tray. Can be kept warm in an oven. 

Heat butter and garlic in a saucepan. Season with pepper and whisk in parsley and canna-butter. 

Serve panko crumbed oysters drizzled with your preferred amount of canna garlic butter. 

TIP 

Prefer it spicy? Add a little chili powder to the seasoning flour. 

For extra crunch: Add a few lightly fried capers just before serving. 

Cannabis-infused Chocolate Bark

If you’re thinking that the words ‘chocolate’ and ‘bark’ don’t really seem to belong together, worry not! In this super-quick and easy-to-follow recipe, you’ll learn how to throw together a few simple ingredients to create a delicious, deconstructed dessert that’s as eye-catching as it is delicious. 

Just remember, you’re using canna-butter in this recipe, so test the strength of this key ingredient before starting, then get busy with your ‘bark’ – bite-sized shards of white chocolate, infused with cannabis-buttered pistachios. Decorate with dried berries, desiccated coconut and edible spring flowers for a pretty dessert platter with a punch.

Ingredients for Cannabutter

– 1 cup cannabis

– 1 cup butter

– 2 cups of water

Tools for Cannabutter 

Hand grinder or scissors

– Baking dish

– Medium saucepan

– Wooden spoon

– Thermometer

– Cheesecloth and/or metal strainer

– Oven

Method for Cannabutter 

STEP ONE: DECARBOXYLATION

The first step of the process is called decarboxylation. This just means that the flower must be heated slowly at a low temperature in order to activate the psychoactive potential, and helps the lipids in the butter bind to the cannabis. If you skip this step, you’ll have a weak or inactive canna-butter.

– Preheat the oven to 120°C.

– Using a hand-grinder, scissors or your hands, break apart the amount of cannabis you wish to work with until it is the consistency ready for rolling a joint, but not too fine that it will slip through cheesecloth.

– Spread your flower evenly onto a non-stick baking dish.

– Place in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes; or about 45 minutes for cured, high-grade weed; or up to one hour for plant material that has been recently harvested.

– Check on the cannabis every 10 minutes, mixing it so that it doesn’t burn.

– When the colour of your cannabis has changed from bright green to deep brownish-green, that’s when you know it has decarboxylated.

STEP 2: INFUSION

– On a very low heat, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a saucepan and simmer on low to melt the butter. This will help regulate the temperature as butter can burn quickly.

– Now add the decarboxylated cannabis and mix well.

– Simmer on a low heat for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally to make sure that it doesn’t boil or burn. If you have a thermometer, check to make sure the temperature doesn’t reach above 80°C.

– Strain with a metal strainer or cheesecloth into a clean container and allow to cool to room temperature.

– Use immediately, or keep in a well-sealed, dated jar in your fridge or freezer for up to six months.

INGREDIENTS FOR WHITE CHOCOLATE BARK 

– 1 packet (100g) pistachio nuts, shelled

– a dollop of canna-butter – at your preferred strength

– ¼ cup (60ml) desiccated coconut, lightly toasted

– 450g (about 6 slabs) high quality white chocolate, finely chopped

– 1/2 cup (125ml) dried cranberries, or apricots, roughly chopped

– 2 tsp (10ml) dried raspberry and blueberry powder (optional – try Faithful To Nature for their sustainably-grown, local options)

– A selection of edible flowers like violets or lavender

METHOD FOR WHITE CHOCOLATE BARK 

Heat a heavy-based saucepan on medium heat.

Add pistachios and toast lightly. Add canna-butter to the pan and toss, so all the nuts are completely coated. Cool slightly, then chop nuts roughly. 

Pour enough water to fill a third of a heavy-based pot, bring to the boil. 

Place white chocolate in a heatproof glass bowl that is big enough to fit snugly into the top of the pot. 

Place bowl of chocolate carefully over the simmering pot of boiling water, ensuring the glass does not make contact with the water (disaster!). 

When it starts to melt, stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula and keep stirring until it is completely melted. 

Fold the coconut and 2/3 of the toasted pistachio nuts through the chocolate, taking care that all your ingredients get good chocolate coverage. 

Pour the melted chocolate mixture onto a lined rectangular baking tray. Sprinkle the top with the remaining cooled pistachios, cranberries and dried berry powders and edible flowers. 

Set aside for at least 2 hours until firm or refrigerate for 20 minutes. Cut or break the bark into 16 pieces and serve at room temperature.

For more cannabis foodie inspiration, get your own copy of Edibles or the latest issue of Kitchen Toke by visiting Kushkush online: https://kushkushonline.com/ 

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