As part of the field course I especially enjoy sharing the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica with the students. Here we have been near Puerto Viejo for several days and experiencing the wonderful wildlife, different culture, and fabulous Caribbean cuisine. Its 16 years since I first shared this fabulous place with some of my family, and it seems it had a big impact on my daughter in particular.
She tells me.. “My favourite part of our Costa Rica trip was most definitely adopting Silver the sloth whilst we stayed at the sloth sanctuary. I also loved the donkey ride up the volcano, sitting in the hot pools in the place near the volcano and staying at the place on the Pacific coast with the pool bar! I remember staying in the wooden hut on the mountain where we had an earthquake (and I also tried my first ever Inca Kola!) Costa Rica was also where I did my first driving lesson, with the White Rav 4 on the dirt track! White water rafting was also amazing, when we turned the boat over and laid out a buffet for lunch before making our way to the plunge pool!”
It seems the inspiration of what she experienced is something that has never left her.. the animals, and the full flavour of Costa Rica…
She is now 26, a fabulous cook, and this is her latest offering for all the family to share… A Costa Rican Lime-Drizzled Chocolate & Coconut Cream Cake! I only wish I was there to taste it and hope she saves me some! This is what she has to say about it:
“I created this recipe based on my childhood memories of visiting Costa Rica, aged 10, drinking my first coconut on the Caribbean beaches whilst searching for Sand Dollars with a Dutch girl I’d befriended! Costa Rica is well known for its rich cocoa beans so this creation really takes me back to those great times.
“Not many 10 year olds get to adopt a sloth, trek through the rainforest with a world-famous amphibian conservationist & ride a donkey whilst trekking up a live volcano! I was very lucky! This rich chocolate cake is soaked with lime juice, with a fluffy coconut cream butter frosting & drizzled with dark Costa Rican chocolate!” “I have always loved food from a young age and tied with my creativity, a love of cooking has developed over the past few years, which is great to be able to share with everyone!”
“I also enjoy the photography element, having recently invested in my first professional camera, although I’m still a novice. I hope in the coming months to develop my skills and turn my hobbies into a career within social media marketing for a food company or restaurant”
Following a successful 6 months food blogging on Instagram (@OMGFoodieUK) Lexi has also just created a Facebook page to share her passion of cooking and baking. I am so proud of her.
Follow the links below and on there you’ll find out more about how to make this incredible Costa Rican cake plus a host of mouthwatering photos of super delicious cakes, bakes, desserts & more she has created. She also shares her recipes, tips & her favourite food restaurants from not just Costa Rica but around the UK & on her travels – so you too can cook up a storm!
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