So wanna hear something fun? When we were in Costa Rica, we took a tropical cooking course one day. This in itself is pretty fun. But wait, there’s more!
It started with an email exchange between our surf instructor Benny and me. Benny is amazing. Seriously, there are no words. I had a good feeling about her through our emails, but then I met her. Picture this: Gorgeous blond from Texas running her own surf instruction company with her Aussie husband in one of the most picturesque places you could imagine. And yes, I was more than happy to have my husband paddle out after her and spend two hours with her a day. She’s that great. And she gets to surf everyday. And she makes money doing it. Now ask yourself, “What Am I Doing Wrong?” . You’ll sound just like Kase and me, since that was basically our refrain every morning when Benny would come and pick us up at our hotel. Anyway, Benny is just as sweet as she is cool, and I may want her to be my new best friend. That’s just between us though, okay? Keep it on the DL.
Anyway, back to the email exchange. On the Costa Rica Surf & SUP webpage, you can take a survey and check off all the types of activities you would like to do. So I clicked on “Cooking Lessons”, cuz really, why the hell not? I like to cook. I’m decent at it. Let’s do this thing. So on our last day in Santa Teresa, Benny hooked us up with a friend of hers who offers private cooking lessons in her home. Benny knows just about everyone in Santa Teresa, so we weren’t surprised she personally knew someone who offered classes. And hey, we had been surfing all morning, so we was HOONGRAYYY!
We showed up at a small house to meet our instructor and walked into this beautiful open air, modern home. Then we met Jo. She’s amazing. Wanna meet Jo? Say hello:
- Hi, Jo!
The backstory is Jo is from Canada. So, yeah. The polar opposite of Costa Rica. In Canada, she ran her own catering company. However, after years of visiting Costa Rica, each time staying longer and longer, she and her hubs finally bit the bullet and moved down to Santa Teresa and built their home. Jo started her own company, “The Healing Cuisine” and offers services such as cleanses, raw food cooking demonstrations, and tropical cooking classes for the rest of us. All while living in Costa Rica. Repitame por favor: “What the F am I doing wrong?!”
So we met Jo, took our seats at the amazing concrete/stone island in the middle of the room and Jo whipped up some smoothies, which we slurped down Bart Simpson style. They were yummy deliciousness. And we got to talking to Jo and her husband, Kevin. She asked how our surfing lessons were going, and I, being the name dropper I am was all, “Oh we surfed in front of Giselle Bundchen’s house” because simply surfing in front of someone’s property is almost like knowing them personally, right? And Jo’s husband Kevin was all, “Oh yeah. Giselle built that property after she was surfing on the beach one day- she said she could just see it and so she had to build it”. And I was all, “Oh did you read that in Us Weekly?” and he was all, “Umm, no. Jo is her and Tom’s personal chef”. You know, Tom. As in Tom Brady.
Ummm, riiiiiight. There is nothing this gossip monger loves more than association with celebrities! It’s like I was eating with Giselle! Except for Giselle was a man, and bore a striking resemblance to my husband. Damn. Anyway, if you are ever playing 7 degrees of Giselle Bundchen, you can use me. I don’t mind.
What I will tell you is that I ate more like Tom Brady than Giselle that day. Let’s see, we started with smoothies, then had a delicious salad with hearts of palm, then moved on to a yummy yummy red snapper ceviche, after which we were treated to macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi on top of Coconut Rice. And I ATE IT ALL. Didn’t want to offend, you know? Plus, I’m a proud member of the clean plate club since forever. However, I was worried I hadn’t saved enough room for dessert. My fave dessert that doesn’t involve chocolate: Key Lime Pie. Oh wait, what am I saying? It’s precisely situations like this that my dessert stomach is for.
So in honor of my lunch (by association) with Giselle and Tom, I would like to share with you their favorite* No Guilt, No Bake Vegan Key Lime Pie Recipe. I would like to mention here that I am a self proclaimed Key Lime Pie aficianado as I spent one week eating my way through Key West so I was a leeeetle skeptical when I saw Jo break out the ingredients. But trust peeps. It’s good. And Jo said it’s guilt free. So there ya go. Eat like Giselle. No Guilt.
No Guilt, No Bake Key Lime Pie
4 ripe avocados
1/2 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
zest of 2 organic limes
large pinch of salt
healthy dash of vanilla
1 cup Macadamia nuts
pinch of salt
In a food processor, finally chop nuts until they are the same consistency of a graham cracker crust. The oils in the nuts will bind the crust together.
Separately in food processor, combine avocados, key lime juice, vanilla, maple syrup and salt until well incorporated to a smooth consistency.
Line pie plate with nut mixture, pressing firmly to create a nice even crust. Fill with avocado key lime mixture. Place into refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour to allow to set.
Garnish with lime slice and optional coconut shavings.
*This statement has not been fact checked and may be completely false. But I doubt it.