December 8, 2013
When people find out that I have a food blog the first question they ask me is “who gets to eat all that food?”, continuing with the comment that “whoever he is, he is very lucky.”
Most of the time that lucky person is my husband, Dwight. However, that is not always the case. Especially when it comes to desserts…
There is nothing that makes me happier when I see the smile on the faces of friends when I surprise them with a piece of cake, brownie or some freshly baked cookies.
When my friend Chrissann and her brother, Kyle, who is visiting us from California, asked me to join them for lunch, the first thing that came to my mind is to make these easy sticky buns. Not only because I did not want to go empty handed but also I did not want to risk the fact that I may eat way too many of them if I was by myself.
What makes these stick buns so easy is the fact that you use puff pastry instead homemade dough. Puff … [Read More...]
We all love breakfast bars because they give us a quick boost of energy and they are delicious with nuts and dried fruits. However, the store bought ones that are sold as “organic” and “healthy” are still full of preservatives that they use to increase their shelf life.
Making them at home is easy. You can make them in less than 15 minutes. As long as they are individually wrapped in wax (or parchment) paper in an airtight container, they keep fresh for 5 to 6 … [Read More...]
During this time of the year, you can find a lot more items that you would not normally be able to find in the supermarkets on our island, Virgin Gorda. Although Virgin Gordanians (not sure if there is a word like that!?!) do not celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday, there are a lot of American tourists or home owners come here during Thanksgiving. Therefore, supermarkets carry things like buttermilk, fresh cranberries, wild mushrooms, persimmon, etc.
As you can … [Read More...]
Up until I got married I thought that I couldn’t do much with chicken breasts. Then I married my “chicken-breast-lover” husband.
He loves it so much that he asks me to make it everyday.
When I say everyday, I mean, literally, everyday.
So much so that even after eating chicken breast at home almost everyday, he orders chicken when we go to a restaurant.
Mind boggling, right?
It was to me. At least at the … [Read More...]
As I felt the sweet touch of his lips on my cheek, I knew that it was time to get up. It was way too late to stay in bed. The only problem was that my eyes and body were not cooperating.
It was not until he came back, crawled next to me and whispered in my ear: “Let’s have breakfast, honey.” He said the magic word – BREAKFAST - and I thought to myself how he knew me all too well.
I got up and took a quick shower. While I was getting ready, he knocked on … [Read More...]
Living on a small island in the Caribbean, it does not feel like “it’s the holidays”, mostly because we do not have big malls or fancy restaurants that are decorated with Christmas trees with colorful lights and ornaments.
The warm weather does not help either.
I am aware that the weather up north is terrible and people are waiting at the airport for hours to visit their families for Thanksgiving. Who am I to complain???!??
I knoooowww… But, still, I … [Read More...]
I love watching the Food Network when I am cooking at home. It inspires me.
Especially this time of the year, when it is all about cooking.
I watched Trisha Yearwood make this Sweet Potato Souffle on her show as I was working on one of my mother’s recipes. It looked so good that I could not help but to turn the oven on to bake the sweet potatoes that I bought for a soup recipe that I wanted to try this week. Oh well, I guess I will make the soup some … [Read More...]
We have friends visiting us this week. Russell and Pyleta.
Russell is one of Dwight’s best friends. They go way back.
I love it when we have friends over because we get to do things that we wouldn’t normally do.
Just like this past Saturday. We went sailing.
Sounds fancy, right?
You know it. It was.
I have to confess; it was my first time on a sailboat and I LOVED it.
We spent 6 hours (1 of which I slept like a baby) on a … [Read More...]
As soon as I get a new cookbook, first thing I do is to write my name and date on it. I do this not only because I want to be able to remember when I bought the book, but also I want to know how long I have been cooking some of my favorite dishes.
In the case of this Linguine with Shrimp Scampi, I have been cooking it since 2005, which is when I bought Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family Cookbook. It is a … [Read More...]
Here are 5 things that I know to be true:
1.I think the best time to visit the Caribbean is in the months of May and October because weather in those months is neither too hot nor too cold. The minute November hits, the winds start. I do like the breeze but I prefer the mellow days of May and October.
2. There is so much to do in Virgin Gorda, where my husband and I live. I need to sit down and work on posting some of those places on my blog. Just need … [Read More...]
Watching the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is truly hard breaking. This morning, after watching a mother’s cry for help because she lost her daughter during the disaster, I could not help my tears rushing down my face.
After watching the news, I needed a break from all the sadness and I did what I usually do when I feel sad.
Grab a couple of cookbooks, a cup of coffee, find a quiet corner, and lose myself in them. As I turn the pages … [Read More...]
After a very long summer in the excruciatingly hot days of the Caribbean my husband and I were happy to take a trip to one of the vacation spots on our bucket list, Dominica.
I cannot tell you how exited I was to take this trip as I heard so many good things about it from people I met in the Caribbean.
In October 2013, my husband and I went to Dominica for 5 nights and stayed at a beautiful property called Jungle Bay. It was a memorable time that we will … [Read More...]
Jungle Bay, in Dominica, where we vacationed last week, has one of the best breakfast buffet I have ever seen. In addition to the usual breakfast items like pancakes, eggs, bread, and cereals, they offer freshly squeezed juices from the local fruits that they get delivered daily. Fruits like tangerine, orange, passion fruit, lemon, and coconut.
The best part of it is that they serve them as sweetened and unsweetened. I prefer unsweetened whereas my husband, Dwight, … [Read More...]
Last week we vacationed on an island called Dominica. Dominica is known as the “Nature Island of the Caribbean”. It is simply stunning with waterfalls, rivers, ocean and pure green everywhere.
If you want to read the details of our trip and want to see the pictures you can read this article.
We stayed at a property called Jungle Bay. If you do a search for Jungle Bay on Trip Advisor, one common thing that everyone comments on is how good the food … [Read More...]
This thing called “blogging” can play tricks on you. I made and photographed this Banana Chocolate Bread almost 4 months ago and totally forgot posting it.
Then I made it for a picnic with friends. Everyone (including my friend, Berenice’s son, Rodrigo) loved it.
Again, photographed it and forgot to post it.
Last week I made it again, this time for our guests, and remembered that I need to post … [Read More...]
It is a shame that we have lived in the BVI for over a year and a half and have not been to Jost Van Dyke until just last Saturday. Every time we attempted to go, something happened that prevented us.
Last week, my husband and I made plans to take our guests, Ekin and Berat, on a boat trip that included a stop on Jost Van Dyke. Needless to say, I was very excited, as it has been an embarrassment all this time to have to admit to people that I still have not been there yet.
On … [Read More...]