chocolate coconut cupcakes

Double Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

February 24

A while ago we had a couple of friends over for dinner. I knew I wanted to make something sweet but didn’t want to bother with anything too fancy or that had any chance of failing, but I always like to try something new when I have the chance. Smitten Kitchen’s chocolate banana bread totally fit the bill (as her recipes often do). It’s something that I’ve been wanting to try as soon as I saw it but our classic banana bread is such a household staple, it’s hard to try “spend” our rotten bananas on something else. Luckily I made the executive decision to try something new, and as our apartment started to smell like the most delectable chocolate muffins, I knew it was a good choice. I didn’t know it then but that was the birth of these double chocolate coconut cupcakes.

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caribbean coconut seafood soup

Caribbean Coconut Seafood Soup

February 21

We were in Costa Rica over a year ago. The most memorable and delicious meal was one that we had in Puerto Viejo, which is on the Caribbean side of the island. We left our hostel and walked down a very dark road, heading for a place to eat that ended up being closed. We gave up and went straight back to our hotel. The speeding cars, motorbikes, and howler monkeys were freaking us out in the dark. We went to a small restaurant right across from our hostel, on the beach. At that point, we had been in Costa Rica for about ten days and I wanted anything that didn’t come with rice and beans. So, I went for a seafood soup called “rondon” that sounded pretty good. It ended up being great.

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havarti and pea shoot egg white omelette

Havarti and Pea Shoot Egg White Omelette

February 18

After making my last post here (earl grey tea ice cream!) I had a few egg whites hanging out in my fridge. Immediately, I thought of making an egg white omelette. Normally I scramble my egg whites but I can now confidently report that this is infinitely tastier. Unfortunately, it’s taken me so long to come around to egg white omelettes because I always thought of them as something that people on diets ate (which somehow made them way less appealing to me). I can assure you this isn’t the case, especially when you have extra egg whites because you just made some delicious ice cream, you load it up with cheese and serve it with parmesan and sage buttermilk biscuits.

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earl grey tea ice cream

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream

February 15

Some of my greatest food loves are ones that my boyfriend does not share (artichokes, very dark chocolate, and tea or coffee flavoured desserts), especially in the ice cream department. So, when he goes for Stracciatella (which I don’t deny is delicious), I go for coffee or tea flavours. I am sure I have mentioned it before, but the ice cream at Bella Gelateria in Vancouver is by far the best I’ve tasted. They have so many great flavours, it was always hard to choose, I never had the luxury of trying them all. I have, however, tried the Earl Grey gelato and it is out of this world. So, really, there is only one thing to do: time to turn to my trusty ice cream maker.

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