Hello people! It’s been a while since I’ve been here. And trust me, I really wanted to be here. But technology got the better of me this week. The latest WordPress update broke the recipe plugin that I use for Floating Kitchen, leaving me unable to create or edit posts for a few days. But everything has been resolved now and seems to be in working order (phew!).
So how was your Easter? Did you eat tons of chocolate? I’m a sucker for those Cadbury Mini-Eggs! I worked at the restaurant that day and we had a really fabulous Easter brunch menu. So I certainly indulged a bit more than I should have. Oh well. No biggie.
To get myself back on track I created this simple and oh so good for you Spicy Southwest Chicken Salad with a Peanut-Lime Dressing. This salad is all about contrast. The chicken gets a kick of heat from a super flavorful spice rub. But all that warmth is cooled down by the creamy (and a little bit zippy) salad dressing. The crisp romaine lettuce, roasted peanuts, red onion and corn kernels provide some crunch. Which is offset by slices of smooth avocado and soft black beans. Basically, it’s like a party for your mouth. A party that you’ll never want to leave.
Still need something for your Easter brunch? Then allow me to suggest this gorgeous Coconut-Lime Bread.
The flavors of this bread are just heavenly. The coconut and the lime zest balance each other out perfectly, creating a bread that is bright and uplifting. And not overly sweet. Really. Trust me. It certainly can be enjoyed for breakfast without a hint of guilt. And can I gush about this luscious little drizzle of Lime Glaze? It’s sweet and tart at the same time, making it the ultimate complement to this bread. And I love how the flecks of lime zest pop-out against the white background of the glaze, providing just enough splash of color to catch your eye.
Like other quick breads, this recipe comes together very easily. The cake is moist and tender, but not quite as spongy as a banana bread. And the outside is more “crust-like” than some other quick breads, providing a bit more contrast in texture with each bite.