#186: St. Lucia

Alright. I feel sheepish admitting this one to you all. But what is adulthood if not a constant stream of having to admit you’re not as smart as you felt you were. Since it’s been several years of letting you into our lives and kitchen, I feel like we are fam up in here. Cutting to the chase, Ned found a sub-reddit a few weeks ago about how people mistake idioms or phrases most of their life till some embarrassing thing in adulthood clarifies it for them. For example, the story i’m referencing had a young man thinking the quote “Knowledge is power -Francis Bacon” was actually “Knowledge is power, France is bacon.” it’s understandable if he hasn’t seen it written out.

Mine is that age old saying around a “gift horse”…. I always thought it was “never lick a gift horse in the mouth”. It made sense on so many levels to me: 1. gross. Don’t lick a horse in the mouth sounds like sound advice 2. “to lick” also means to “throw a punch” and if someone gifts you a horse, you wouldn’t hit it in mouth, the poor thing.

Alas, embarrassingly enough, my sweet boyfriend set me straight this week. It’s “never look a gift horse in the mouth.” Meaning, don’t examine the teeth of the free animal you were just given. Accept your good fortune. So, it’s nice to know that learning never stops and France is bacon.

THE DINNER: St. Lucia is French Creole… *INSERT MASSIVE SMILE HERE* two power house cooking cultures collide!! We should only be so lucky. We picked a coconut bread to make for St. Lucia– it’s eaten mainly as a sweet bread at breakfast with cocoa tea, which is a traditional spiced hot drink.  No, you read that correctly, tea. Not cocoa drink like hot coco. It’s tea made from the cocoa leaves. To orient you, St. Lucia is Northwest of Barbados and northeast of St.Vincent.

St Lucian Coconut Bread Recipe: http://3pickles.blogspot.com/2011/11/recipe-coconut-bread.html?m=1

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: HALF STAR out of 5 STARS for this meal!
This took all of 10 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to bake. THAT’S IT! no proofing, no rising, no yeast, just fun and (soccer) games for us this weekend. The recipe called for 5 ingredients that all went into the same bowl. Then that bowl went into a lined baking dish and into the oven.

Best dish of all time scale: 4 STARS out of 5 for this meal!! 
Okay, it was dense and cake like, which we loved. We ate it warm fresh out the oven, and it was not as sweet as we wanted, but none the less yummy. Without the topper of butter/cinnamon sugar, this would have been a 3 star production. The crush formed a good crispy and the inside was moist from the coconut and milk. Apart from that, there’s not much to report on. Simple bread, simple review.

Down to my luck number– with NINE MORE stops on this train, we have #187 heading to Ghana. Ned and I are moving this weekend, so L will most likely be flying solo to the African country. Race for the Cure weekend is here too, Denver, so get out and support second base! (Light the Night for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society is Thursday night in Wash Park too, ya’ll).

Cheers to Warriors in Pink! 
– L & K

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