This summer has been gorgeous, but this last month has been so rainy here! The good news is that my garden is getting so big and I have been getting tons of kale and lettuce out already. There is something special about growing your own food. Even with some rainy days, I seem to crave light, fresh food in the summer.
So it has been over two months since my last vacation… Which naturally means I have travel fever! My friends and co-workers are currently traveling in or are going to: Japan, India, Thailand and the Philippines. Notice a trend? This has had me craving Asian food!
I am not sure what it is, but I have been seriously craving fish recently. Which is definitely not a bad thing! I didn’t want to get stuck making the same old fish dishes that I always do, so I was on a Pinterest search for some unique new recipe ideas. I found a recipe from Jamie Oliver that sounds too delicious not to try.
Do you bake? I don’t. Well not usually. I have never really had a sweet tooth and have always preferred more savory dishes. If I do crave something sweet it is usually a beverage. Ben, on the other hand, has a problem. He has a crazy sweet tooth. He told me the other day that it is probably a good thing he is allergic to most sweets, because he would be buying cupcakes and other treats daily.
Sometimes I wonder what people did before food blogs, FoodGawker, Yummly and Food Network began… All I know is that my cooking wouldn’t be nearly as diverse if it weren’t for them. I know there is a lot of hype about coming up with your own recipes, but personally I like hearing about everybody’s great ideas. It enables me to think out of the box and develop my own recipes as well. And sometimes, I just enjoying cooking a recipe straight from another blogger- that is exactly what I did for this. Thank Mel!
Colorado has been getting hit with lots of snow and cold weather recently, which has been making me crave hearty food. This classic Thai dish is hearty but healthy! Perfect for cold snowy days in Colorado or warm sunny days in Thailand. If you are feeling adventurous you can make your own green curry paste from my previous post here, if not you can purchase green curry paste from most stores. This recipe is the classic style for Thai Green Curry, but you can switch it up with whatever veggies or meat you desire.
Have no fear, this Friday the 13th is your lucky day. Why? Because we have an AWESOME guest blogger here today with an amazing recipe for Featured Foodie Friday, Chef Dennis. If you missed it, I guest posted for him a while back with my Potato Gnocchi w/ Jerk Chicken on Green Pea Puree recipe. If you are not already following his blog, you need to. He is full of great advice and wonderful recipes.
As for this cake? For all of you who are stuck in rainy/snowy/cold/cloudy weather or didn’t get the chance to take a vacation this spring break, this cake is your way to indulge and transport yourself here with me in Hawaii. I do have to admit, I had indulged in my first Pina Colada since being here last week and it has me wanting to bake this cake ASAP.
Pina Colada Cake
The GoodWill near my house recently had a half off sale. I know that seems ridiculous since everything is already priced so low, but it mean shopping time for me! It was like Christmas going through their kitchen section. There were so many cute accessories and dishes for my food photos. I came out with multiple textured mats, plates, bowls, silverware and more all for only $14! This picture shows a few of my new accessories. I love the textures in this photo even though the colors are a bit off.
I feel like I am constantly hearing about new products and health facts. First they say artificial sweeteners are better for you, then they say they will give you diseases. They say don’t eat this, then they realize you should. It is hard to keep up sometimes. One of my main issues is whether to use real butter, margarine, olive oil, or something else. I recently learned about cooking with coconut oil, and am really excited that I did! Coconut oil has saturated fats, BUT they are actually a good kind of saturated fat. Coconut oil contains lots of antioxidants, helps the body absorb important nutrients and minerals, eliminates harmful bacteria, and fights the signs of aging. It can be substituted for fats in recipes, such as butter, olive oil, etc. If you are substituting it for butter, I would suggest using about 3/4 cup coconut oil for every 1 cup butter.
It’s Thursday again, wow these weeks have been flying by. My recipe for this Throwback Thursday really brings me back. This was one of the first “unique” recipes I learned and one of the ones that really got me excited about cooking. I am excited to share it with you, since it kind of hit a soft spot in me (I know cheesy, but it is what it is).
This recipe is so simple, but so good. I make it a lot without the coconut milk, but it is extremely good with coconut milk as well if you have the extra money to buy it! I recommend using a lot of lime, it just makes it even better. I hope that this recipe can get you excited to cook like it did for me! Also, thanks to my mom for these photos. =)