Orange Polenta Loaf Cake with Almond & Oat Streusel

Orange Polenta Cake with Almond and Oat Streusel

Dwight left this morning and will be gone for a week. He went to Atlanta to take care of our taxes and see his family. I can’t say I am happy that he left, but I am glad that I’ll be able to catch up with the 3-weeks of blogging that I missed while I was in Chicago. So bare yourselves, lot’s of new recipes coming to your way.

Orange Polenta Cake with Almond and Oat Streusel

One thing that was so surprising to see in the supermarkets of Chicago was how people became obsessed with granola in the last couple of years. Living on a small island away from the city life, I guess I missed that trend. It was somewhat surprising to see how eating granola became a part of people’s daily breakfast routine. The options varied from packaged cereal versions in supermarkets to “homemade” versions in artisanal markets, or even in coffee shops, made me realize what a huge market share granola has gained since we moved to Virgin Gorda. Above all, what amazed me the most was the variety of options targeting all kinds of taste buds and diets.

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Chicago

Chicago

Chicago has been my favorite city in the U.S. since the first time I visited it more than 10 years ago. Since then, I have been there many times. A couple of times, I even came pretty close to moving there, but unfortunately regardless of how much I wanted to call it home my attempts fell through. Though there are many reasons why I love this gorgeous city, I guess the main reason is the fact that you can never run out of things to do, places to go and eat. And yes, winters are very cold, … Read More...

Crispy Potato Cake with Garlic and Thyme

Crispy Potato Cake with Garlic and Thyme

I must be the only person in Chicago wishing for it to snow. It has been a week since I came here and it only snowed once. Understandably, people I met here are sick of the cold weather and looking forward to the spring. Don’t get me wrong, I am not this crazy person who enjoys the brutally cold winds of Chicago, but after living in the Caribbean for almost 3 years, I was in need of a little bit of a temperature change. And to be perfectly honest, what I love about this weather is the life … Read More...

Plum Galette

Plum Galette

Lately, I have been dreaming about Paris a lot. A romantic getaway, where I would stay at a charming bed and breakfast overlooking the silhouette of the Eiffel tower while waking up to the smell of freshly baked croissants every morning. I would eat my way through the city, one strawberry tart at a time, at every delicious patisserie sprinkled around the city. It would feel like they are calling my name. Paris, to me, is always a good idea. My first visit to this magical city was with my … Read More...

Braised Lamb Shanks with Mustard and Gremolata

Braised Lamb Shanks with Mustard and Gremolata

When I was growing up, my mom used to always say, “Every woman should have a go-to dinner recipe for special occasions”. For her, a “special” dinner was the kind of meal that you would cook for your in-laws, your husband’s boss, or simply when you needed to impress someone. This braised lamb shank was one of those recipes that fit the bill perfectly – which is why she made it for dinner for mine and Dwight’s first night in Turkey when we travelled home for our wedding. For Dwight, it was not … Read More...

Weekend Links and Inspiration

Weekend Links and Inspiration

Hope you are having a lovely Valentine's Day. Here are some fun reads for your weekend reading pleasure: ~  Love love love these recipes & the video ~  A great interview with Sarah Britton ~  These Candied Blood Orange Slices with Dark Chocolate is perfection. ~  Tattoed faces of Kurdish women. ~  I am loving these cheesecake and pie recipes made with a coconut milk based filling. ~  I want to eat this pear and … Read More...

Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Almond Puree

Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Almond Purée

The grocery shopping experience when you are living on a small island such as ours is much different than the one that you would have in a large city. First of all, you do not have the luxury of knowing what you will be able to find before actually stepping a foot into the supermarket. This is especially true when it comes to fresh produce. It changes from one week to the other based on whatever was available at the time and transported in the large ships coming from the U.S (a.k.a. the … Read More...

Miguel’s Chocolate Fondant

Miguel's Chocolate Fondant

The hotel that my husband works at, Rosewood Little Dix Bay has an upscale restaurant called Sugar Mill. It is one of the handful of restaurants that is considered to be fine dining on our small island. Right out on the beach, Sugar Mill is our place of choice for a special occasion that I personally cannot recommend enough if you ever visit Virgin Gorda. Speaking of special occasions, last year Dwight and I went there for our anniversary. As usual, the food was very good. I … Read More...