All posts filed under: food

Dining in St. Thomas

Don’t wanna cook while on vacation?  Well, The Blue Sandcastle and our other villas offer an extensive catering option. Our chefs can do anything from a casual Caribbean night to a gourmet dinner. Ask us about menus! We can even put together a full board package for you. However, if you are going out to dine, we do have some spot we really like! In the area of Havensight and Yacht Haven Grande we definitely like Fresh Bistro and Tap & Still. Fresh always has an intriguing menu with new flavors and great cocktails. While Tap & Still has the best burgers on the island! Both are only about 5 minutes from the villas. Another place we really like is Bella Blu. Bella Blu has a European inspired menu and can be found in Frenchtown. We love their pasta dishes. Bella Blu is also a great place for Sunday brunch. And if you are in town Pita Express (Palm Passage) and Gladys (Royal Dane Mall) are always good choices for lunch! The Mafolie Hotel and Restaurant …

Cooking classes @ The Blue Sandcastle

September cooking classes The Blue Sandcastle is doing some re-furbishing in September. And while we are not doing villa rentals because all the suites are being upgraded we still use the villa. Several cooking classes have been scheduled and some are full already! We are using our experience from our 5 years from running Widvey’s Cupcakes where we had our own bakery and catering company. 5 years lead to nearly 100,000 cupcakes baked and tons of cooking classes. Our most popular classes where the CUPCAKE DECOR and the TAPAS classes. All the classes are also offered to our guests who stay at the villa. Check out the classes here: SEP 05 TAPAS 1 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 06 TAPAS 1 Cooking class 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 07 LABOR DAY CUPCAKE DECOR CLASS Widvey’s Cupcakes SEP 09 TAPAS 2 cooking class 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 10 QUICK & EASY DINNERS 1 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 12 TAPAS 2 cooking class 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 13 PASTRY/BAKED GOODS 1 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, …

Recipe: Very Vanilla Donuts

When living in Norway I loved to bake. Sophia especially loved donuts, and we did a lot of donut baking. The very vanilla donuts were made when we had a visit from our Minnesota cousins. I really wanted to bake them something typical American and donuts seemed perfect. These donuts have real vanilla seeds both in the dough and in the glaze. The dough is made with yeast and set to rise for light and airy donuts. For the recipe: 2 tsp dry yeast 1 cup sugar 1 1/4 cup warm milk 1 stick melted butter 1 tsp vanilla paste 1 tsp cardamom 1 pinch of salt 1 egg 5 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour canola oil for frying round cutters Glaze: 1/3 cup warm milk 1 ts vanilla paste 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar Heat the milk up first. The milk should be finger warm. Mix in the vanilla paste in the milk. Mix sugar and yeast in the mixing bowl. Add the milk. Let is stand until it starts to bubble. Mix flour and spice together. Mix …

Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies

There is nothing better than chocolate, and when you triple the chocolate and combine brownies and cookies, you are basically in chocolate heaven! These cookies are stuffed with chocolate, and just like brownies they have a soft center. The cookies are made with melted chocolate, cocoa and chocolate chips. Here is the recipe. Temperature: 370 F Baking time: 10 minutes You need: 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 1 1/2 sticks butter 4 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 14 oz melted chocolate (400g) 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened) 5,3 oz chocolate chips (150g) cookie spoon Start by mixing sugar and butter together. Mix it soft. Beat in the vanilla extract and eggs. Mix all the dry ingredients together and beat them in with the melted chocolate. Mix in the chocolate chips in the end. Let the cookie dough stand in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Use a cookie spoon to make scoops of cookie dough. Place them on waxing paper and bake them for about 10 minutes. Make sure you don’t over bake, the cookies is …

Recipe: Pavlova

Pavlova is a favourite of ours in the Spring and Summertime. The crispy meringue bottom filled with homemade vanilla custard, whipped cream and fresh berries always tastes good. When making a Pavlova you can always make the meringue bottom and the vanilla custard a day ahead. This way you can easily whip up the cream and decorate with berries before serving. Her is the recipe and how to: Temperatur: 300 F  Baking time: 1 hour Du trenger: 1 1/4 cup sugar (280g) 4 egg whites 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp cream of tartar 1 1/2 cup heavy cream (for whipping) 2 cups vanilla custard (homemade is better) fresh fruits and berries powdered sugar for sprinkling Whip the egg whites together with cream of tartar. As they begin to form tops ad in one and one tablespoon of sugar. Whip it heavy until you have a glossy meringue. Gently whip some vanilla extract into the meringue. Spread the meringue on to a sheet pan covered with parchment paper. Make either one big or two smaller bottoms. Bake the cake …

Sweet Cinnamon Apple Cake

One thing we sure love for a weekend treat is cake. This apple cake is a sweet cake made with brown sugar and cinnamon for more flavor. The cake is simple made and the batter will only take you about 15 minutes. Here’s the recipe and instructions. For the batter: 1 cup brown sugar (200 g) 4 eggs 2 sticks of butter (226 g) 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (170 g) 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp vanilla extract 4 tbsp low-fat milk 1 apple in slices 2-3 tsp cinnamon 3-4 tbsp brown sugar Set the oven to F* 350 (C* 175). Melt the butter in a small pan. Beat the eggs and brown sugar together in a bowl. Make sure you beat it light and airy. Then in a slow stream stir in the melted butter. Sift in the flour and baking powder together. Stir in the vanilla extract and milk. Beat it all together until you have a smooth batter. Pour the batter in a round non-stick or parchment lined pan (9 inches or larger). …