Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sweet Potato-Apple Hash

On a recent visit to the farmer's market, I was inspired by a whole foods seasonal recipe which was a sweet potato and cranberry hash with honey for the sweetener. It tasted delicious (yes, there are plenty of samples at the North Hills Farmer's Market). With many apples at hand, I decided to do a take on this recipe and use the apples for the majority of the sweet flavor.

Sweet Potato-Apple Hash:


1 apple, diced
1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
2-3 tbsp dried cranberries
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp water
2 packets of Truvia/sweetener
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


(1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Dice the apples, sweet potatoes, and onion. Toss in a large bowl.
(2) Add the dried cranberries, vanilla extract, lemon juice, water, sweetener, and cinnamon. Mix and spread onto baking sheet.
(3) Bake in the oven at 400 degrees F for 30-40 minutes. Check after 20 minutes to toss the hash and allow to evenly brown.

Enjoy the tasty fall goodness!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Landmarks and Delights in London, UK

On my first visit to Europe in the middle of the summer, I was thrilled to have quite a pleasant experience with the Brits again. Between the sites, sounds, and tastes, my senses were delighted. 

Here are a few highlights:

 The Royal Barge which is located by St. Katharine's Docks. The wealth of restaurants, cafes, 
and shops in the area are worth the visit.
Tower Bridge was commemorating the first world war. In quite a fantastic way, 
they laid tulips to illustrate the blood shed and sacrifice during the war.
It was awesome to have this as part of the route for my morning runs.

Perhaps one of the best stops for breakfast energy or delicious desserts is Natural Kitchen. It has recently become a small chain but it keeps to making everything from scratch, wholesome, and hearty (okay, minus the croissants are less wholesome and hearty but incredibly delicious and buttery).
The special thing about Lamb and Flag is that was one of the favorite drinking spots for Charles Dickens. A great spot to stop and have a London cask ale after walking around Covent Gardens.
I also had the pleasure of enjoying some fine dining in Belgravia. 
The presentation of this first course I think captures quite well their 
meticulous attention to detail (especially flavor). 

If you venture into the UK, feel free to ask for additional recommendations. These were some of the highlights from this visit. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Canapes and Nibbles

While I eagerly aimed to post a delicious recipe or two during the month of May, I had the great fortune to travel to some delicious destinations. It was only necessary to post pictures of some of the exciting things that I tasted. If only there was tastagram...

Salmon Canapes in Copenhagen, Denmark: 

Foie Gras Canapes in Copenhagen, Denmark
 Danish Pastries made by Lagkagehuset in Denmark
 Over-medium Poached Eggs with Handmade Blood Sausage in London, England
 Artisan Chocolates with Trinidadian 85% dark chocolate from R&R 
(Borough's Market, London, England) and
Spanish Feret Sausage with Proscuitto and Walnuts 
courtesy of wonderful friends in London, England


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Low-cal Mojito: All the Mojo without the Crazy Sugar

Recently, I was asked by a girlfriend to post to her new website, CurvyGirlHealth, that launched not too long ago. Let me tell you, her idea is fantastic: to link curvy women everywhere to share stories, information, perspectives, and more importantly inspiration to embrace and love their body. I am probably not doing the site justice, so you should see for yourself:

I recently posted a recipe that I use for that low-carb cocktail, to indulge without the belly bulge. It is such a perfect marriage of coconut and mint. I can't say it will help your marriage or that it has aided mine but certainly it can bring me or me+mate out on the patio for a relaxing time.

Check out the full details at