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We are Andrea and Tawny, friends who met on The North Shore of Hawaii that share the same story. We’re both moms to discerning youngins, ‘nuff said. We have ravenous husbands with no limits to what they’ll ingest. Add to that our own food sensitivities (gluten & dairy) and we have a challenge in front of us. To expand our abilities in the kitchen we studied with a diverse group of women –ranging from the South Pacific to Europe– where we shared meals & methods from their homelands. Recently we’ve been pulled apart by our husbands’ masters degrees, having to leave Hawaii for Oregon and France, but this blog keeps us connected! We love to share, most especially food, so please enjoy the spectacle as we document our travels and recreate recipes: some from our childhoods, some Hawaiian fare, and many from far far away!
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Let’s talk French. After all, Andrea is living up her first week in her new home of Bordeaux, France, so I think the occasion calls for it!
We’ve decided to raise our children with solely French in the home. But the trick is Teya, 6 yrs old, wasn’t introduced to intense French until Eden was born. Eden, on the other hand, has heard only French since the day she was born. I’ve been asked a lot WHY?! Why take it on when it’s not my mother tongue, when Teya would be starting from ground zero at 4 years old, when it’s “not useful in America” (as so many people have told me), and when it takes so much darned effort all day long???
Let’s start with the number one reason: I’m passionate about language. If granted three wishes, the first would be fluency in every language of the world. Reason enough. But I also believe Click here to Read More
I should know by now, but somehow in the moment it always feels so right… word of advice for any who has yet to experience this-when you are pregnant….never ever buy in bulk! I can’t count how many times I have walked through a grocery store and seen something that looks more appetizing then anything else, and so I buy a bunch thinking, “yes, I found something, I actually like right now”! Most of the time I can’t even wait until I am finished shopping to pop whatever that magic food of the moment is in my mouth. Almost always, if not every single time, after that I never want to see that food again. Pregnancy is the most bizarre thing as I am sure many of you can attest!
You may have noticed a lot of baking on my end and I apologize for the lack of diversity! I would love to show some cooking stuff but my spice cupboard is still a scary space. Every time I open it I face my nose in the opposite direction and breathe out trying to avoid any chance of inhaling any type of scent as a grab what I need. Has anyone else experienced this or am I just being a big wuss? My hubby swears he can’t smell anything-but that is impossible…completely impossible! Normally I love cooking… probably more than baking, but my meals lately are as fancy and fun as take out and cereal. I hope to crossover to the cooking soon, but until then I will take care of your sweet tooth and baking needs Click here to Read More
Let’s talk Carrot Cake. As a young girl it disgusted me. I couldn’t believe people were willing to eat something so flat and dry and filled with carrots! At any family gathering I was horrified by this concept of vegetables in a sweet cake. Forget about it!
However, now that I’m all growed up, and a mature married woman, it’s time to face the facts: carrots and cakes are allowed to mix. It’s my husband’s favorite cake, especially cold out of the fridge the following day, so this loathed desert became something I was obligated to master. After studying roughly 50,000 carrot cake recipes over the years, and implementing a few ideas of my own, we’ve finally settled on what is the ultimate carrot cake from Heaven, a.k.a. from Hawaii.
Now, although carrots and cake never felt like a natural option for me, Pinapple and cake certainly did. I could take this idea and have fun with it: Click here to Read More
Hazelnut Infused Chocolate Cheesecake with Hazelnut Caramel Drizzle and Skor Chips- Naturally GF Crust
Lynette, This one is for you! I made a cheesecake that had a naturally gluten free crust and tested it out! A good gluten free crust option is using nuts as a base. My favorite nut happens to be hazelnuts, and if you ever have the chance to be in France and taste the hazelnut chocolates and every other delicacy that the French put these soft nutty gems into, you will fall in love with them too. Click here to Read More
First of all, Tawny, Thank you for sharing your story.You are such an amazing person. The way you handle life’s bumps is done with such finesse and balance. From an outsider, it looks like you have it all- you are beautiful, you have a wonderful family, friends, your talented and you would never know that your life has anything but perfect in it- it is only because you handle the unexpected so positively, your prospective is so consistently clear and somehow you are so wise! You have seen a few dark days in your life and you have risen above everything and remained such a shining light. You are a wonderful example- I know you so well, and I can truly say you are genuine, and in every category purely amazing! – I admire you to the fullest.You melt my heart and I am so blessed to have you as a friend!! And I mention this on here because this is a girl you want to stick by! She is amazing, and she has so much to offer!
Second of all, before we jump into one of my most favorite gluten free, egg free, sugar free cakes in the world… Tawny and I would like to give a big thank you to Heather from Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes for nominating Tawny and I for the Versatile Blogger Award! Wooohoo! We are stoked and flattered to even be thought of, let alone awarded, so thank you, thank you!
We were asked to share 7 things about ourselves that you guys may not already know so here they are…. Tawny you are up first!
I use to compete in Tahitian Dance!
I lived just out side Bordeaux, France for a year to study the Language and his is now my dream destination to live and be!
I spent a summer in the Amazon doing volunteer work building houses.
My favorite drink is a green tea frappe from Starbucks
I love anything adventurous and am down for pretty much anything anytime.
My hair almost touches my butt right now.
I have been made fun of my whole life for unknowingly making up my own words!
I come from a family of 7 kids, and married into a family of 7 boys!
My husband and his family own a mom and pop + 7 boy restaurant on the North Shore, Hawaii- Kahuku Grill.
I drink hot chocolate most every day with cereal on top- a habit I never grew out of I suppose!
My BA is in teaching English as a second language, yet I don’t think I could learn a language my self shhhhh…
I have taught English in Korea a couple of times, Hawaii, Canada, and Italy.
I am a dreamer, and I constantly look at airline tickets online and look for an excuse to plan a trip!
When I was in Elementary school I use to walk to school on top of the snow banks (in Saskatchewan) in the dead of winter, dreaming about Hawaii, looking at the sun thinking, “wow that is the same sun in Hawaii. And now I live and married here! –I believe in dreams! Click here to Read More
‘Good Stuff’ -is what my mom called this number. It wasn’t until I was about 15 that I found out the real name- ‘Better Than Sex Cake’. I guess she decided that the name was too advanced for our little minds to filter! I loved the name Good Stuff. It just happens to live up to it’s name- both names actually. Ha.
This really is one of my favorite desserts! The problem is, I have a hard time stopping once I start. It is like I have a second stomach specially designed for this dessert. Well, that and my mom’s apple crisp. Those are my ultimate love affairs! Click here to Read More
This recipe has been passed from women to women, to my sister, to my mom, who made it for me and now I am here to create the root system effect, and send it out to all. This is one is a keeper.
As many of you know it is not always easy to bake gluten- free. A lot of recipes are flavorless, dense, and just not really desirable in the least bit. You end up eating it because you simply don’t want it go to waste.
Not this one, this carrot cake is moist and flavorful! Works well as a cake or as muffins. For Tama, I leave some unfrosted, to make for a healthier option- or the truth- because it is potentially less mess. He loves them! Click here to Read More
I told you I might follow my light and ever so fresh cucumber salad with a rich and creamy decadent cheesecake. Life is about maintaining equilibrium in all aspects, which means if you eat a salad, don’t eat another, balance it out, with a treat, like cheesecake! Am I right or am I right? Click here to Read More