Quinoa and Vegetable Stew

Quinoa and Vegetable Stew

I took the whole of last week off from blogging as my best friend Ceren came down to visit us from Chicago. We spent most of our time on the beaches of Virgin Gorda talking about food, photography, and blogging. Although in her career she is in a completely different field than anything food related, she enjoys good food, watching cooking shows, and trying new recipes as much as I do. So we decided to take advantage of this time we have together and cooked and photographed a dish everyday after our time on the beach.

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Fully Loaded Breakfast Bars {Vegan}

Fully Loaded Breakfast Bars

The recipe for these bars almost didn’t make it to the blog. And that was not because they were not good or anything, it was because I had the hardest time photographing them. On the day I made these breakfast bars Dwight was off. We thought that it would be fun to find a nice shady area on the island, pack up some late lunch for a picnic, and photograph them while we were enjoying our time together. We decided to go to the historical part of the island, where the old sugar mills were … Read More...

Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Dip

Did you know that red bell peppers are harvested green bell peppers that have ripened and matured over time, taking on a red color and a sweeter flavor? Well… I didn’t. For some reason, I thought that different colors meant different kinds of bell pepper. Come to find out, over time as they ripen, green bell peppers turn red in color. I first read this in Sarah Brittan’s new cookbook, My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season. So far, it has been my favorite … Read More...

Virgin Gorda Style Piña Colada

Virgin Gorda Style Pina Colada

It is the pineapple season here in the Caribbean. Everywhere you go somebody’s serving something made with freshly cut pineapple. Some serve it just by itself, some as a dessert dipped in chocolate, and some puree it and incorporate it into drinks. Though I love fresh pineapple in any shape or form, I love pina coladas especially when they are made with fresh pineapple during its peak season. And that is exactly what makes this pina colada recipe the Virgin Gorda style. As I was … Read More...

Mediterranean-Style Green Beans

Mediterranean Style Green Beans

Today I come to you with a true Mediterranean-Style dish. If I were to translate from its original Turkish name, it would be Green Beans made with Olive Oil. Even though I thought about naming it that way, for some reason it sounded more relatable when I called it the Mediterranean-Style Green Beans. So what makes this dish Mediterranean? I am sure there is a scientific or historical answer to this question if you were to ask it to a culinary historian. But for someone like … Read More...

Millet and Buckwheat Bread {Vegan + Gluten-Free}

Millet and Buckwheat Bread

I have never baked a gluten-free bread before. Neither my husband nor I do have celiac disease. And truth be told, I don’t know much about baking gluten free. But when Amy Chaplin, who is one of my favorite vegan/vegetarian chefs, posted this recipe on her blog I was intrigued. To be honest, I wanted to read more about it not because it was gluten-free, but because it was made with using millet and buckwheat (both of which are super healthy grains) instead of all-purpose … Read More...

Almond-Kasha Porridge with Ginger and Pineapple {Vegan & Gluten-Free}

Almond-Kasha Porridge with Ginger and Pineapple

Lately, I have been experimenting a lot with making different kinds porridge with different grains, hoping to find new breakfast options for us as an alternative to our usual almond milk oatmeal. I am a big fan of them not only because they are healthy, but also because they are like blank canvases. You can flavor them with anything you want or with whatever you have in your fridge. I also love the fact that you can serve them warm or cold. Simply make a batch on the weekend and enjoy … Read More...

Almond and Raspberry Breakfast Bars {Vegan}

Almond and Raspberry Breakfast Bars

One of my all time favorite Ina Garten recipe is her Raspberry Crumble Bars. It is safe to say that I made it more than ten times. And it has always been a hit with friends and family. However, as I read (and listen related podcasts - this one in particular) more and more about eating healthy and cooking with whole foods, I find myself looking for alternatives for healthier versions of my favorite dishes. You know what they say; Knowledge is power. And as I flip through the … Read More...