Puff pastry mini-tarts filled with pineapple and coconutspon-postYay, another mini-dessert!

This isn’t the first mini-dessert that I post, or the first mini-tart either. I am a little obsessed with bite-sized desserts, they look dainty, refined. But they are also a guilt-free way to have that little bit of sweet in our lives.

And I absolutely loved these. What’s not to love in these puffy mini-tarts filled with coconut and pineapples and topped with a cute meringue rosette. It’s like a bit of all our favorite things in a bite.

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Beef stew with red wine using a pressure cooker

Tis’ the season for soup, fa lala lala la!

This is my favorite part of the year, and I wished it lasted for 11 months. It has nothing to do with carols, shiny lights or gifts. It’s all about the weather, crazy as that may sound to those living at the top and bottom of the planet. Sub 30 ºC [68 ºF] temperatures? Count me in! Eating soup without feeling like a boiled lobster? Yes, please! Baking without nearly fainting from heat exhaustion? You betcha!

I am cooking up a storm! And this beef stew with red wine made in the pressure cooker is my favorite soup to serve to my carnivorous lesser half these days. It’s all that is good and rightful with winter, and it doesn’t take hours to cook.

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Coffee liqueur tres leches cake shotsspon-post

You take one look at these refined Kahlúa Tres Leche Shots and you know you want to dig in.

Tres leches (three-milk) cakes are a Latin favorite. A spongy cake soaked in sweet milk sauce, topped with whipped cream. It’s the kind of dessert one never says no to, whatever the consequences.

Now, imagine a bite of sweet, spongy cake, soaked in milk and Kahlúa, topped with a swirl of cream, and served in your fanciest glasses. How can your guests not love it?

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Kale, spinach and sweet corn savory cornbread

Have I told you about my newest obsession? No?

Well, since you insist…

For the last few months a group of friends and I meet in our terrace to do “power yoga” with a friend trainer. This is not my first time, nor is it for the other participants, but in my case the last time I attended a yoga class I was a few sizes smaller and more than a decade younger. My yoga adventure lasted all of four weeks. Not only did I suck at it, I found it extremely boring.

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Inexpensive edible holiday gifts and kraft paper gift-wrapping

There is no Season for Giving. I give whenever I feel like it, and I am very lucky to live in a country where only children expect gifts for Christmas.

But when I do give, I like to give something I made myself. It’s usually inexpensive edible holiday gifts, but they are still meaningful. So as the Season for Advertisers to Convince Us to Go Broke Buying Stuff Most People Won’t Like Anyway approaches, let me give you a few ideas for edible, homemade gifts that will please your friends without sending you to the poorhouse.

Wrap them beautifully in reused craft paper, and decorate with pretty baubles made with scraps of paper you’ve saved from other projects, and they will be as pretty as they’ll be delicious.

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