Roasted Eggplant with Garlic Yogurt and Za’atar

Roasted Eggplant with Garlic Yogurt and Za'atar

Due to two different tropical depressions passing through the Caribbean region, we had some rainy weather last week here on Virgin Gorda. It literally rained non-stop for 2 days. So much so that, at some point, it felt like the ocean was turned upside down. Thankfully, none of those depressions turned into dangerous hurricanes. Still, the hurricane season is not over yet and the wind outside is in full force reminding us of this fact.

While it was raining and dark outside, I did something that I had never done before. I photographed food in a much darker light than I would usually do. After taking Eva’s (of adventures-in-cooking.comOnline Food Styling and Photography course last month, I felt like I could do this. And I am glad I did, because I think the darkness surrounding the food enhances the actual dish and makes it somewhat magical.
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Soba Noodles with Bok Choy and Garlicky Miso-Tahini Sauce {Vegan}

Soba Noodles with Bok Choy and Garlicky Miso Tahini Dressing

I always experience a little bit of sadness when things come to an end. Even if it is for a short amount of time… Yesterday was the last day of the season. The resort that my husband works at closed its doors until mid October. This morning, during my morning beach walk, it felt like I am all alone on Virgin Gorda.I know it is hard to believe, but over the next 2 months, I literally will have this beautiful beach all to myself. It sounds amazing right? Well… If you were to ask me … Read More...

Good Moon Farm, British Virgin Islands

Good Moon Farm, British Virgin Islands

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably know about my occasional frustrations about not being able to find fresh produce that is actually fresh in the British Virgin Islands. Most of our produce comes from Puerto Rico or Miami via ships, on a weekly basis. As one can imagine, bringing fresh food takes a long time and can be quite costly. Unfortunately, most of the time, by the time they make it here they are moldy, bruised and not-so-fresh looking. And for me, this is a … Read More...

Whole-Wheat Pizza Crust

Whole-Wheat Pizza Crust

  As someone with a food blog, when I cook, I usually keep a pen and paper around to take notes as I create and/or follow recipes. If I am baking something, I get my kitchen scale out and weigh all the ingredients to accurately measure them. During the process, I take notes on things that I learn along the way and things that I added to the recipe to make it more exciting. So as you can imagine, when it comes to cooking, I run a pretty tight ship around here. And that is mostly because … Read More...

Mango-Coconut Coffee Cake

Mango-Coconut Coffee Cake

In her book, My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayor (one of the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States) talks a lot about the summers she spent in Puerto Rico visiting her extended family during her childhood. On several occasions, she mentions that she remembers those days fondly, especially because of the amazing Puerto Rican food that she got to enjoy at her family's house. As someone who was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes at an early age, she speaks candidly … Read More...

Challah

Challah

Challah is a traditional Jewish yeast-risen egg bread served on Shabbat or throughout the year on Jewish religious holidays. A good friend of mine introduced me to it years ago, around the time when I first moved to the US. Since then, I always wanted to make it myself but for some reason, I had never attempted it. I just assumed that it would be hard to make. Years after my first taste of Challah, about 6 months ago, I decided to give it a try in my own kitchen. The plan was to find a … Read More...

Lemongrass Chicken with Cashews and Edamame

Lemongrass Chicken with Cashews and Edamame

This is the last week of most of the restaurants and hotels being open on the island. From mid-August to mid-October, Virgin Gorda turns into a desert island. Literally. It is the height of hurricane season, which tends to deter most of the tourists from visiting us during this time period. And therefore, most of the businesses who rely on tourism close in an effort to manage their costs. Since almost everything is closed, it is also a good time for the locals to leave the island to visit with … Read More...

Summer Fruit Crumble {Vegan}

Summer Fruit Crumble

The other day someone asked me about my favorite summer dessert. At first, I went blank for a second, and then I said ice cream. Then I thought about it.  I mean, I love ice cream but I am not sure if it is politically correct to call it a “summer dessert”, especially because nowadays ice cream is available year round everywhere. After a little thinking, I came to the conclusion that a summer dessert should have some summer fruits in it. It should (1) enhance the sweetness of them without … Read More...