Bolo di kashupete (Aruban Christmas cake)

How did you enjoy Christmas day? I hope it was spent in the loving company of family and friends. As much as I enjoy the actual day of Christmas it's always such a blur of activity so that I look forward to the days after when I can laze about and relax with a fridge full of left overs so I don't have to cook. 

Here is a traditional Christmas cake from the Dutch Caribbean island of

Five-Spice Roasted Chicken

It's the holiday season and we are all busy, busy, busy. I know I am not the only one rushing about with last minute preparations. It's all kinds of chaotic around here.  Always at this time of the year it's easy to fall into the trap of eating fast food at every turn. It's easier to avoid the grab and go junk food if I know that I have lunch or dinner at home which just needs to be

Tamarind Ginger Spice Cake

Amazing cake but we'll get to that in a minute.

First a mini rant at the spouse who absolutely is NOT deserving of ANY cake at this point.

Some time last week, my husband was away from work and I had to use his car to drop our children to school.

Note to self:  Self, never borrow your  man's car without first checking for gas.

Children safely transported,  I was on my way to work, tunes