I'm back!!

You may not have realized that I was gone since I had scheduled some posts to go up while I was away, but if you were wondering why my posting has been slow or why I haven’t been returning comments it was because I was on vacation! A cruise to Bermuda which was fabulous – now I’m home and ready to get back into the kitchen! Regular posting will resume tomorrow. For now, here are some cruise highlights:

I didn’t take too many pictures of food on the boat, because it really wasn’t very good at all. It didn’t look very nice either. I guess that’s to be expected when the kitchen is preparing meals for 3,000 people, but I was still a little disappointed. There was a serious lack of seasoning, and the food just wasn’t fresh. I am now 100% convince that fresh, local food tastes a million times better than food that’s been shipped across the country and has sat for weeks. Even the eggs tasted totally different (and not good – almost spoiled). Food onBermuda was another story – fantastic! It was a little expensive, but i didn’t think it was too outrageous. Especially since it tasted so good.

cruise lunchThe lunch buffet on the cruise had an Asian section, which I thought has the best food since it was actually seasoned. Shown here is some vegetable vindaloo, a lamb patty, and some rice. And some melon.

ginger beerOne of our first stops on Bermuda was the grocery store! It was really hot out, and we knew we were going to be walking so we needed some drinks. I found diet ginger beer! It was great – I need to find some of this at home! It’s a lot more gingery than ginger ale, and it was very refreshing.

cornish pastrySince Bermuda is in the British commonwealth, there was a lot of traditional British food around. I was so excited to find a Cornish pastry! I first discovered these in Wales about 10 years ago and I love them, but they’re very difficult to find and I havenn’t managed to make a good one at home yet (or at least a good one that doesn’t have about a million calories!!). Ground beef, turnip, peas, and carrots in a sweet pasrty shell. Delicious. And so not healthy.

I forgot to bring the camera to dinner that night, but we ate at a cute restaurant right where the boat was docked called Bone Fish. It was surprisingly not too touristly given the location, and the food was very good. I had an appetizer of fried olives stuffed with asiago and Shawn had the fish chowder. For entrees we both got pasta with spicy sauce and seafood. The seafood was amazing – it was so fresh! I never knew calamari could be as tender as what we ate – it melted in your mouth and wasn’t chewey at all.

fish chowderLunch the next day was at a cute restaurant in Hamilton called the Pickled Onion. Once again, the food was very good. We both started with the fish chowder since we had liked it so much at dinner. It didn’t disappoint. I’ll be making this at home very soon, so hopefully I’ll have a recipe to share with you all soon!

pickled onion burger

I followed my soup up with the “pickled onion burger” which, again, was far from being helathy (hey, it was vacation!) but tasted amazing. Four cheese sauce, fried onions, and hot sauce. On a whole wheat roll, which made me laugh a little.

After that it was back to the boat for the rest of our meals. Since they were disappointing, I stopped bringing my camera with me. It’s big and bulky so it’s kind of a pain to carry around if I don’t think I’m going to use it. I did have lamb at dinner one night that was presented beautifully and I wish that I had gotten a picure of it. It was huge! I think I ate about a third of it.


I did remember to bring the camera to lobster night though! I had a chilled pear soup with this, but I apparently didn’t get a picture of it. It was good, but a little too sweet. The lobster was nice, and it was served with some garlicky shrimp. The shrimp were overcooked (proably cooked and frozen and then reheated – ew) but the flavor was pretty good.

prime ribThey also had prime rib. I’m not a huge fan of prime rib, but i did hae taste of Shawn’s and it was surprisngly good – very tender. It could have used more seasoning though. I think that rosemary garnish was the extent of their attempt at “seasoning.”

cooking demoThere was also a cooking demo on the ship. It was more funny than anything else, and they didn’t really do much of anything (assemble a cake), but it was pretty entertaining.


I’ll be back tomorrow with a new recipe! And a renewed focus on healthy foods – including some nutritional information for those of you who want it (after eating all of that food on vacation, I need it it for myself too!!)

Daring Bakers: Dobos Torte

chocolate dobos torta

The August 2009 Daring Bakers’ Challenge was hosted by Angela of A Spoonful of Sugar and Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. they chose the spectacular Dobos Torte based on a recipe from Rick Rodgers’ cookbook Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caffes of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.
The torte is a five layer sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with wedges of caramel. It’s also one of the most amazing things I have ever baked. We devoured this cake in two days (luckily I only made a mini cake, because I’m sure we would have eaten a full size one just as quickly!) and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. [….]

Daring Bakers: Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies

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A lot of people have asked me if I eat “this way” all the time. Now you’ll be able to see for yourself – I’ve started a new blog where I plan to document everything that I eat in a day. I can’t promise you that it will be pretty, but you will get to see what else I eat – including some recipe failures that I don’t deem good enough to post on this blog for some reason or another. You’ll also get a sneak peek at some up and coming recipes. Why am I doing this? Honestly, I’ve put on about 5 pounds and I don’t like them! I want them gone before I go on a cruise in September, and I know that my main problem is snacking too much. I hope that posting everything I eat will help keep me accountable, and will really make me think about whether I *really* want more cookies. I hope to see you there!


Speaking of cookies…. The July Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.

Since I obviously didn’t need to be eating that many cookies, I decided to make just one of the recipes. It was a tough call: milanos are my favorite, but I’ve also been dying to try making homemade marshmallows. Since this was for Daring Bakers, the marshmallows ultimately won out. [….]

4th of July Treats: Roquefurt Burger with Onion Jam, Mexican-Style Corn on the Cob

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Can you believe that June is almost over already? I can’t! I have no idea where the first half of the year disappeared to! The Fourth of July is right around the corner and it took me by surprise – I’m totally unprepared for it! Just in case you are too, I’m doing my 4th of July post early. That way if you get inspired by it, you’ll still have time to go out and get the ingredients. 😉 [….]