What’s Cooking

Remember when we got a grocery store here in Picard last April?  It was AMAZING!  I have to remind myself of this when I go to buy some groceries for dinner and well… I leave with a bag of crackers instead, because I can’t find what I have a hankering for or what I need for something I was hoping to make.

Case in point:

I went to the grocery store today and the produce section looked like this:

  • strange root vegetables covered in bark that look way too difficult to deal with (I know the names of them, but I’m just being dramatic)
  • brown-spotted bananas
  • basket of onions with fruit flies flying around in it
  • soft potatoes
  • tons of cucumbers (I bought 3)
  • 3 bags of local lettuce past its prime
  • 3 Vidalia onions (weird)
  • 1 package of broccoli that was yellow/brown
  • 15EC ($5) bags of month-old carrots

When IGA has just gotten a shipment in, it can be like Christmas it’s so wonderful in there, but when it’s bare in there, oh man, is it bare!  Anyways – you get the drift – the grocery store situation is unpredictable!

This results in Caribbean Hoarding Syndrome.  When the grocery store was fully stocked over Christmas, I bought 3 cans of enchilada sauce because, well, who knows when they’ll have it again?

Last week, like the Caribbean Hoarder that I am, I bought 2 packages of this bacon.  It made me laugh:

“Hotel Brand… Sliced in the Tradition of Fine Hotels.”

What. are. you. talking. about?  So funny.


If you’re a good baker, ignore this next sentence, you’ll be absolutely horrified, but if you’re lazy, can’t bake, and like sweets, read on: yesterday morning, I made this deliciousness for Charlie and I for breakfast and it was the bomb.  Coffee cake, in a mug, that takes less than 5 minutes to throw together, coffee cake that you microwave in a mug.  Oh yes.  My kind of baking!


Today I scavenged and found some chicken and a leek, so I’m planning on making this Chicken and Dumplings recipe from Bon Appetit (minus the homemade gnocchi ricotta – I’m just using some packaged gnocchi)… I’ll let you know the verdict!


In.Light.In Fridays

One of the highlights of my week is hanging out with some of my favorite kids at In.Light.In on Friday afternoons.  This is the fourth semester that I’ve been involved with In.Light.In, so I’ve known most of these kids for over a year now.  I love hanging out with them, coloring, playing Uno, and kicking the soccer ball with them.  I have a soft spot in my heart for these kids, especially the hilarious boys and sassy little girls.  They are just too cute!

{just hanging out. love him!}

{all smiles}

{sassy artiste}

{mesmerized by the toy airplane on the field that's gearing up to fly}

{so serious and proud of his penguin}

{back handspring - midair! so impressive!}

{sweet girls}

{sweet girls}

Bon weekend!

10 Days In Dominica: Day 3

How does the weather affect you?

For this one, it really depends on the day.

There are those perfect Dominica days, made for a day at the pool or beach, hot but with the perfect breeze.

Then there are those days where it is so humid and the air is so thick you can hardly breathe {like the day I was so deliriously hot I swallowed wrong and started choking on my own spit} … but these days are perfect for swimming in icy rivers and waterfalls…  or for having a Real Housewives of New York City marathon in the CAC {student activities center} on campus in the free and also icy AC… or catching up with friends at Rituals, the American-ish coffee shop which also makes good use of their air conditioner.

There are the “rainy season” rainy days where the clouds pour buckets and buckets, then pause briefly before continuing to pour and pour and pour (this goes on for several days at a time).  These are the days that are perfect for hibernating, napping, Pinterest-ing, and discovering a favorite new TV show (and then watching an entire season of that show in less than week).

And lastly, there are the days like today that are hot and typically Caribbean with brief and magical sprinkles of rain coming from invisible rain clouds… {Seriously, the sun is out and there are no clouds, where do those rain drops come from?}  These days?  These are the days made for anything and everything.  Just ordinary days… unless you choose to make them otherwise by having an adventure or two!  It’s up to you!

Just another rainy day at the beach! Luckily, island veterans don't leave home without an umbrella!

Although I may complain about the weather sometimes {the super hot days are good for that, too!}, I like that it builds character, keeps me on my toes, and makes me appreciate things more:  if it was never so hot, then I probably wouldn’t appreciate how freezing cold  refreshingly cool the rivers were, and I probably wouldn’t enjoy swimming in a waterfall near as much!

When you live on an island where 6 months of the year make up the “rainy season,” you certainly learn to “dance in the rain,” or at least go to the beach in the rain!