Happy Belated to all those birthday babes out there!
Ahhh, these past weeks found a few of us a year older and for me, none the wiser but all the happier. We are knee deep in 16 candle type wishes and Rockies opening weekends. From where I’m standing it’s all baseball and cherry blossoms and soccer tans around here. I snuck away from the snow with the best guy I know to sunny California for meeting family and witnessing wedding bells. I couldn’t have imaged a better time to be had with better humans. It was beyond hard to board that return flight.
THE DINNER: L was flying solo while I was soaking up the surf and sun! It was lovely for her to have a little island in her snowy Colorado weekend– so she hit Barbados to bake up some coconut hand cakes. They are basically coconut turnovers…popovers? For those that haven’t had a popover, allow me to enlighten- NAY, change your life. Popovers came into my life when Kiki moved to Charleston, SC. They are these pillows of dough that taste like pie crust but texture wise are more like biscuits. When you bite into these suckers, you immediately have airy fluff of warm gooey middle… and it’s hard to describe, but if you come across one on any menu in the future, my hope for you is that you don’t hesitate and order the hell out of them. You can thank me later, gator.
Barbados Coconut Turnover Recipe: https://www.allaboutcuisines.com/recipe/barbados-coconut-turnovers
OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:
Ease of prep and cooking: 3 STARS out of 5 STARS for this meal!
So, my mom is a seasoned baker… so for her to give this one a three stars made me stand up and pay massive amounts of attention. It was attributed to quartering and proofing and handling dough in general. Then there was the filling. It’s a whole shebang– but without any specialty ingredients. This was 110% labor intensive… Labor of love.
Best dish of all time scale: 4.5 STARS out of 5 for this meal!!
Everything a taste of Barbados should be: “tropical” and “coconut forward”. The dough was soft and pillowy. Sweet and simple like a dense, humid island breeze. It wasn’t rich and over the top. It was satisfying. A birthday treat. And yeah, they might not be the prettiest thing on the menu, but this is that lesson that you got taught in grade school come home to roost– don’t judge a book by it’s cover, guys. It’s a beautiful thing when you’re taste-buds overrule your eyeballs.
We will hang out for Dan’s birthday this Sunday with a special appearance from Mongolia for #172!! We have 23 countries to go ladies and gentleman!
Hold on Easy,
– L & K