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Enjoying the Kitchen Again

During my rough year pre-baby, I ate a lot of comfort food and was too tired and down to really get into cooking. When I was pregnant with A, nausea took over, followed by exhaustion, and I still didn’t cook a lot. And then, in the early months with him, it was impossible to try to cook anything beyond a simple meal, and I gravitated to eating pre-made, packaged, processed things that were fast and easy.

In the last few weeks we’ve been making concerted efforts to eat better, all around, for everyone in the family.

Raaka Bourbon Cask Aged Chocolate

One of my latest Cocoa Couriers boxes had some really interesting bars, including the Raaka Bourbon Cask Aged bar:

“The first chocolate featuring cask-aged cocoa beans. To make this bar, we crack Bolivian cacao beans into cacao nibs, then age the nibs in empty Berkshire Mountain Distilling bourbon barrels for four weeks. During the aging process, the nibs soak up the essence of bourbon stored in the oak. After four weeks, the nibs are ground, mixed with a house blend of cane and maple sugar, and made into a deliciously deep dark chocolate with notes of caramel,

VintagePlantations Dark Chocolate with Raspberries

I opened this one up by myself and ate a piece of it, and a few days later M waltzed into my room with a chunk of it in her hand — I leave the already opened packages up for grabs in the cupboard, and Matt offered her some. To my surprise, this is kid-approved!

The bar is stuffed full of dried raspberries, so it’s tart, and has an almost puffed rice type of texture. The dark chocolate is really good — maybe a touch too sour for my taste, with the tartness of the berries,

EAT THIS: Souffle Omelette

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I love omelettes. If I’m out for breakfast, unless there’s an awesome eggs benedict option, I’m usually going for the omelette. Unfortunately I’m terrible at making them at home — I can’t quite get the temperatures and the flip right, and I end up with scrambled eggs with things in them instead of an omelette. But now I have a foolproof method that is ten times more delicious than a regular omelette.

I actually find this easier than making regular omelettes! You need butter, three eggs, two bowls, an oven-safe skillet, a flipper and a mixer or a whisk.

KYYA Chai Tea Infused Dark Chocolate

I have a few KYYA bars hanging around the house — they all have such interesting flavours! The chai tea bar is a lighter dark chocolate at just over 50%.

“The Chai tea infusion has the unique flavors of a vanilla infused Chai with the taste of a rich Dark Chocolate.  People describe this bar as the gingerbread cookie version of a chocolate bar.”

​Overall, this was a good bar! It’s just a tiny bit spicy, but more sweet than anything. It did taste like chai to us, so they hit their mark.