Coconuts remind me of sunshine, warm weather, palmtrees, blue waters and all that which I currently greatly desire!!! Whenever I got to visit my relatives in Trinidad, the first things that I ALWAYS immediately request are coconut water, sipped directly from the just-opened young coconut and a chicken curry roti, which I will definitely talk about in great detail later on. Once I have my fill of those two things….I know that I have arrived and can look forward to the rest of my stay.

The coconut is also often referred to as the tree of life, and is classifies as “functional food” due to the enormous health properties it contains. I have been using dried coconut to make granola bars, muesli, cakes, cookies and sprinkle over my smoothies.

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Churros! Before last summer, I had never actually eaten one before.  I was always maintained a very snobby attitude towards them, deeming them nothing more than unhealthy globs of flour and water deep fried in bad oil. Well, in fact, they are just that. But while in Madrid last summer, I really had little chance of escaping these fried bits of dough. They were everywhere I turned, in cafes, in stands, in bakeries…..every-where. They stood in high competition with all the ham I could not escape either! After my first week, I decided that I should at least taste one before casting judgement.

After having taken my first bite, I decided that I needed a sample of a variety from different locations, such that I could get a good idea of what these things are, and how they are supposed to be. I asked a few Madrileños on the street as to where I could find the absolutely best Churros, and I got a surprisingly unanimous vote for one particular place in the center of town. I headed there immediately and was met by a rather unassuming place. Continue reading “Churros” »

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