Sweet Carrot Pie

Sweet Carrot Pie Ingredients

You can be pretty much anywhere when inspiration whacks you in the face. I was in one of the classes at work when I was craving carrots, strange I know, but we were making pies.

We have Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, why not Carrot pie?

Into the kitchen we go! I based this recipe off The Gourmandise School’s Pumpkin Pie recipe and it came out super tasty.

I will say creating this recipe was a process. Pies get their flakey goodness from ice cold butter and a super hot oven. When the two meet each other a beautiful steam is produced from the water in the butter and wha-la, flakey layers of crust are the result. Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Banana Coffee Cake

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Sometimes life is interesting. Sometimes life is really boring, sometimes I really crave boring. Over the holidays between work, family, and attempting to maintain full social order things can get crazy. I love spending time with everyone but I do look forward to the time when everything calms down and you can subtly day-dream about lazy sunday morning with a good book, a mug of tea, and some coffee cake without worrying about having to be anywhere.

I know it’s Monday, but I encourage you to carve out some time this week to try out this recipe, your lazy weekend morning will thank you later. Continue reading

The Cookbook Cleanse

With this new year underway  it seems that everyone is in full resolution mode. I have never really been big into new years resolutions but this year somehow feels different. I have decided that this year will be better than the last; more exciting, more adventures, lots more tasty food, more great memories.

I know that one thing everyone seems to want to do once the clock strikes midnight is work off all the weight that seemed to find us between the holidays, if not more (myself included.) As much as I’d love to be one of those girls who can juice cleanse her way into her skinny jeans, when I don’t eat solid food I’m not someone you want to be trapped in close proximity to.

So instead I cleanse my comfort food cookbooks for healthier options. I also like to try and replenish my savings after all the christmas spending I’ve done so I hit up one of my favorite cookbook spots – the library!

Most libraries carry a decent selection of cookbooks or have the ability to acquire them for you through an inter-library loan system.  This is a great way to pick up some great reads that are light on your waistline and on your purse.  My rule of thumb is that if I like it and I cook 2-3 things out of the book then I’ll consider buying it.

Some of my favorites this season are:


When you trade a night out for a night in sometimes that can means your tastebuds suffer. Rebecca did a great job in creating this amazing book that helps you to eat well even on a budget. If I ever meet her, she’s getting a big-ol-hug. This is probably one of my favorite new cookbooks I’ve added recently.

Candice’s books have been a staple in my cookbook collection for years now. I love returning to them when I’m in the mood for something tasty and light; plus she has a lot of great health tips peppered in throughout this book. My favorite section is the one on date night meals – I’d love for a fella to make me a candle lit dinner. (Swoon.)

Homemade by Clodagh McKenna is simply wonderful. (How cute is the cover?) She has a little bit of everything in the book from homemade ketchup to Pine nut & Rosemary Crusted Lamb to homemade muesli. Next to her muesli recipe my she is responsible for one of my favorite brunch recipes – her Cinnamon French Toast with Honey-Vanilla Mascarpone (it’s my favorite lazy thing to make and makes me feel like I’m eating at one of my favorite spots Superba Snack Bar.)

So if you’re like me and rather would just spend one more day at the gym to offset the cookie you know you cannot pass up, I hope you’ll consider a cookbook cleanse instead.

Enjoy!

Sofia

Inspiration

So I haven’t posted on here for awhile… fail I know. Sometimes though you need to take a step back and reevaluate.

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that I haven’t completely dropped off the face of the earth.

There have been some changes in my life that caused me to rethink some things and get a new perspective, a part of this is what I want this blog to be.

So I…

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Took some bubble baths..

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Read some books…

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Got silly with some friends…

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Drank lots of coffee!

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Traveled around…

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And basically looked for inspiration.

I’ll be making some changes which I hope you’re really excited about –  I’ll be posting more consistently about food but also about my travel adventures! I am also happy to announce the business side of things with my recipe consulting & development.

I also have a new project that has been in the works for awhile now that is coming together called Follow Your Taste Buds which is a culinary tour company that does walking tours of West Los Angeles for now but will soon do abroad tours and be in other cities. (Gotta start small 😛 )

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Fall Inspired Trail Mix

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Fall is pretty much my favorite time of year. Being warm and cozy, getting to hide under blankets without being sweaty, snuggling up with a nice mug of apple cider.

It also makes me miss the Midwest because I don’t live near trees that change colors, but I’ve discovered new ways to celebrate fall.

Such as cloudy day beach walks — there is a certain appeal to the beach in the fall and winter when it is abandoned by the tourists.

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One of my favorite ways to connect with the fall weather are the colors. Burnt orange, mustard yellows, olive greens, oh my!

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Thinking of those colors and feeling a bit hungry and I came up with a quick and easy fall trail mix.

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Fall Trail Mix

1/3 cup White Chocolate Chips
1/3 cup Dried Apricots
1/2 cup toasted Walnuts
1/3 cup Honey Sesame Cashews (I got these from Trader Joes)
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Combine & Serve

Enjoy.