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Coconut Mocha Chia Pudding

Coconut Mocha Chia Pudding

  Since Olivia is lactose intolerant, and not yet a fan of coconut flavor, this espresso infused chocolate pudding is an improvement to the already terrific recipe from Nutiva.  If you are vegan, avoiding diary, or looking for a use for chia seeds, even better!   

Buckwheat Crepes – gluten free and vegan!

Buckwheat Crepes – gluten free and vegan!

These crepes are a welcome change from the typical pancakes.  I love to smear peanut butter and a drizzle of maple syrup on mine, but Olivia prefers Nutella.  At first, we used 100% buckwheat flour but the taste was too strong for us, so we 

Croque Madame Casserole

Croque Madame Casserole

I love Croque Monsieurs and Croque Madames.  I love the creamy sauce oozing over the crunchy corners of bread and the salty smoky ham inside.  For the Croque Madame, I love the fried egg cooked in a hot buttered skillet, then slapped on top of 

Trader Joe’s Enchilada Sauce Copycat

Trader Joe’s Enchilada Sauce Copycat

I SO miss Trader Joe’s Enchilada Sauce. I have tried a few other canned varieties but they taste like, well, can. I tried the powdered packets and found one brand that was almost passable, but I had to add tons of spices and I thought 

Ranch Dressing – no Mayo!

Ranch Dressing – no Mayo!

We despise mayonnaise but love the creamy and tart flavor from buttermilk and sour cream and the bite from the onion in Ranch Dressing. And how great is it on a salad made from crunchy iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, shredded carrots and cherry tomatoes – plus 

Spinach and Broccoli Cheese Pie – Starbucks Hong Kong copycat

Spinach and Broccoli Cheese Pie – Starbucks Hong Kong copycat

Olivia and I love the Starbucks spinach and broccoli cheese pie, which for some reason, has disappeared from the local Hong Kong outlets over the last few weeks.  This savory, bright and comforting treat became our go to item at the Hong Kong airport, or 

Lemony Blueberry Muffins

Lemony Blueberry Muffins

Olivia and I love blueberry muffins, or are these really just mini cakes?  Blueberries are on sale! Yay! only 10HKD per box, which is about 1/3 the normal price.  I bought 4 boxes and since we always have lemons, we made zingy fluffy lemony blueberry 

Chicken with Wine, Shallots and Mushrooms

Chicken with Wine, Shallots and Mushrooms

Even if you think that this is too brown looking or boring for you, you might want to reconsider, if only to create a yummy rich fragrance for your home.  There is nothing better than butter, wine and shallots bubbling away.   I don’t usually like 

Herb Ricotta Pea Dip

Herb Ricotta Pea Dip

It is neither pesto nor guacamole (but you knew that based on the mint garnish, right?)  A bright and herby lemony fresh dip that goes well with fresh or toasted baguette, or just as great as a dollop on a cherry tomato or sliced cucumber. 

Moroccan Chicken

Moroccan Chicken

We were in the mood for some sort of Moroccan/Tagine type of chicken.  Quickly ruled out anything requiring preserved lemons as it would take all day to locate them, if at all.  It seemed that the spices in various recipes differed greatly, some with cumin