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 only his first time in Turkey, but also in my family’s house. And for my mom, this was his first “official” mother-in-law dinner. It was an important milestone that only happens once in a lifetime. She had absolutely no idea that Dwight was (and still is) one of those people who loves eating pretty much anything and everything – he’s not tough to impress. As you can imagine, it was music to my mom’s ears when he asked for more after he finished his first portion. Later, he even told me that this was the best thing he had ever eaten.
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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...

Weekend Links and Inspiration

Weekend Links and Inspiration

If you ever come to Virgin Gorda and you are into photography, I highly recommend visiting The Baths. Aside from being the number one tourist attraction of the British Virgin Islands, it is a gorgeous spot to shoot photos that you can add to your portfolio. The light inside the huge boulders change throughout the day providing a different look and feel by the hour. This one you see in above picture was taken early in the morning and is my favorite shot of the many photos I took on that … Read More...

Banana Cake with Caramel Frosting

Banana Cake with Caramel Frosting

I have to admit – I am not much of Valentine’s Day kind of person. I believe that if you love someone you should show it everyday of the year. With that being said, I do not mind a good excuse to bake a cake that looks and tastes yummy. Though when it comes to baking a cake, I usually go for a chocolaty recipe, this year I wanted to try my hand at making a fruity one. And I am glad I did, because this Banana Cake with Caramel Frosting ended up being out-of-this-world delicious. Recipe for … Read More...

Ottolenghi’s Orange and Date Salad

Ottolenghi's Orange and Date Salad

This Sunday was the first time that I watched the Super Bowl from beginning to the end. Dwight and I literally sat in front of the TV the whole time, ate lots of good food, drank beer, and enjoyed the commercials. To my surprise, unlike it was in the past I enjoyed watching the game as much as watching the commercials, mainly because at the beginning of the game Dwight agreed to answer my football related questions as they came up throughout the game. It wasn’t long after the game started, … Read More...

Weekend Links and Inspiration

Weekend Links and Inspiration

Hi there, There are days that I just can't get enough of this view. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful, I can't help but go out and shoot the same view over and over again. While I enjoy the view and warmth of the Caribbean climate on Virgin Gorda, I certainly hope that you are having a great weekend. Here are some scrumptious recipes and fun reads for your weekend reading pleasure. Until next week... ~  Bucato: Pasta Fatta a Mano - Pretty awesome pasta … Read More...