my florida move

A lot has happened since I last posted on here many moons ago. We moved to Florida in June. I left my job in corporate America to follow my dream and the reason I came to the US initially – to secure a television cooking show. The move from Minnesota was fraught with much drama but my hubby and I are settling in and doing lots of exploring. In the event not to bore the pants off you I’ll fast forward past all of that to today and one of my greatest passions – good food.

The food scene in Florida is vibrant. I’ve been like a kid on Chrissie morning instead of opening gifts I’ve been sourcing the best places to buy food – flitting from seafood markets to fresh produce stores, Greek bakeries and markets and Asian grocery stores. Their shelves and cabinets teeming with beautiful displays of fish and crustaceans; fragrant fruits and just-picked veggies; crisp, honey-dripping layers of baklava and giant bunches of Asian greens. Having such fresh bounty on my doorstep creates the quandary of what to cook first. A welcome problem to have, I assure you. And my creative juices are flowing. I feel inspired again.

On a recent trip to an Asian market in search of a few goodies to make a Thai curry, I asked for kaffir lime leaves. The market’s owner took me outside and around the back of the building where we picked the leaves off her tree, avoiding their nasty, big thorns.  This is the sort of thing I just love. I don’t think there is anything I can’t get here – even Vegemite when my supply runs out. I’m going in search of my own kaffir lime tree at a local nursery. And a passionfruit vine while I’m at it.

My honey moved my prop backgrounds in from the garage yesterday in readiness for me to shoot on. In between trips to the beach, working-out in our pool, riding my tricycle and exploring the area, I’ve been writing and testing recipes. And I have to say I’m very inspired. The most inspired I’ve felt in ages truth be told. So stay tuned for some scrummy recipes on here soon accompanied by lots of pictures of course.

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Honeymoon Island, Florida

Honeymoon Island, Florida

 

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tomato cilantro salsa & pineapple lime margaritas

tomato cilantro salsa

I know it's only Tuesday but that means Monday is behind us and it's ok to be planning for the coming weekend. The weather is warming up here in gloomy Minnesota which makes me think salsa and margaritas. This salsa recipe was shared with me by a Mexican friend of mine, he cooked it, I watched. He’s the breeder I bought my dog Mango, a beautiful, … [Continue reading...]

Shrimp…my love affair

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Prawns, or shrimp as they’re referred to in my adoptive country, are on my ‘top-five’ food list.  I could eat them every day and not tire of them. This is speaking from experience…I’ve tried it…I still love them. I always will. This is a love affair that will never end. Although being land-locked for the last 13 years has tested the passion. Out … [Continue reading...]

Sydney, Australia

under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

I've not long been back home in the US from a trip home to Australia to see my family. I felt energized from the sun, the incredible food and the love of family. I try to keep a positive outlook on most things but I am done with winter DONE I tell you. And it's not even just winter, it's being land-locked in a place with such a short summer, with … [Continue reading...]

crunchy waffle breaded chicken & gravy

crunchy waffle breaded chicken and gravy

I tried chicken and waffles on a trip out to Cody, Wyoming in 2012 with my honey. Thanks to the potato chips with the same flavor I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. When it comes to food I’ll try just about anything so I was delighted to see chicken and waffles on my friend’s Sunday brunch menu at Cassie’s, a local hotspot in Cody. So … [Continue reading...]

thai fish cakes

thai fish cakes

These tasty little treats have been on all the menus of the Thai restaurants I’ve ever eaten at & served as street food. They make perfect appetizers along side a lime and ginger cocktail. Thai food and seafood are my most favorite things to eat. Combine them and I’m in some sort of seafood utopia. If you can’t find kaffir lime leaves fresh, … [Continue reading...]

beer & bacon pancakes

beer & bacon pancakes

Pancakes were one of the first things I learnt to cook as a child. I’d get up before everyone else on a Sunday morning and make the most god-awful mess in our tiny kitchen. Once I even set the curtains on fire. Thankfully I didn’t burn the house down. The curtains were a little worse for wear but I don’t think anyone was very sad about it…they were … [Continue reading...]

thirsty thursday blood orange & pineapple margaritas

blood orange and pineapple margaritas

Aren’t blood oranges stunning? Their deep, jewel-like tones are just begging to be made into a cocktail. At least in my world they are. At the Walker-Imrie home we usually make our margs with fresh lime and pineapple juice, quite a magnificent potion, as many a friend of ours will attest to. This weekend however a celebration was to be had with my … [Continue reading...]

crispy baked coconut shrimp with honey sriracha sauce

crispy baked coconut shrimp with honey sriracha sauce

Bread it, fry it and I will eat it. And then feel guilty about it. Baked instead of fried these tasty little morsels are really crunchy…without the hideous guilt. They’re also really good served with sweet chili sauce instead of this hot, creamy Sriracha sauce if you’re feeling particularly virtuous. … [Continue reading...]

cookbooks by Lovoni Walker

simple, fresh, delicious - recipes for easy living and relaxed entertaining

Lovoni Walker has co-written over 60 cookbooks. Simple, Fresh Delicious was published by her company in 2005 and from it spawned television cooking show 'simple, fresh, delicious' aired nationally in Canada on OWN. Published in 2005, simple, fresh, delicious was written for the harried cook in mind. 85 recipes all photographed to get you back into … [Continue reading...]