# 3 Connoisseur Secrets # cook with me

3 Connoisseur Secrets: One Outfit, One Menu, One Beautiful Practice


Welcome to a new series on my channel: 3 Connoisseur Secrets. In today's video I’m sharing one outfit, the recipe for a delicious meal, and the beautiful art of letter writing and haiku.

I chose the name for my blog, the Daily Connoisseur because I like to explore the fine art of living and a connoisseur is an expert judge in matters of taste. Did you know that you are a connoisseur? Your taste might be vastly different than mine, but you love beauty and style and you are an expert judge on your own signature style too.

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Today’s outfit is casual and comfortable but stylish at the same time. I’m inspired by nautical looks, especially in the summertime. I’m wearing the Fae striped cardigan by SKYE, and these gauzy shorts by Michael Stars. My quilted flats are by John Josef. Under my cardigan I’m wearing this lace silk camisole by Lilysilk. I tuck the camisole into the high wasted shorts. Jewelry is something I pay attention to every day, even if I’m not planning on leaving the house. I love looking at my wrists and seeing a great watch and a pretty bracelet. Or catching a glimpse of my necklace and earrings in the mirror. Jewelry feels like a royal adornment, even if it’s casual. All my jewelry today is by Miranda Frye. I’m wearing the crawler earrings, The Marlowe Chain and gothic letter charm, and the Miranda Frye cuff bracelet with my tag Heuer watch. Clean and simple jewelry for this streamlined look. On my nails is the illuminating nail concealer by London town.

This look is inspired by Coco Chanel, who made wearing Breton stripe sailor shirts fashionable. This is her in 1928. I’m ready to start my day of adventure.

And now for the beautiful meal...

Air Fryer Chicken with Tropical Salsa & Coconut Rice

Air Fryer Chicken with Tropical Salsa & Coconut Rice

Yield: Serves 6 - 8


Coconut Rice in Rice Cooker
  • 2 cups of basmati, jasmine, or plain white rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 14oz can coconut cream
  • pinch of salt
  • Shredded coconut for garnish (optional)
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
  • 12 - 16 chicken tenders
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbs paprika
  • salt and pepper
Tropical Salsa
  • 1/2 papaya, peeled, de-seeded, and chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 cup hearts of palm, chopped
  • 1 large handful cilantro chopped
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • salt and pepper to taste


Rice Cooker Coconut Rice
  1. Place 2 cups of basmati, jasmine, or plain white rice in your rice cooker, along with two cups of water, and one can of coconut cream. Add a pinch or salt. And press on.
  2. When the rice is finished, press in a ramekin and turn upside down on a plate so the rice appears in a dome- shape. Top with shredded coconut, if desired.
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
  1. Prepare two dishes for dredging. In the first dish place the two raw eggs, scrambled. In the second dish, place panko bread crumbs, paprika, and seasoned salt.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Take the chicken tenders and first dip them in the egg wash and then in the bread crumbs to coat and repeat this process for all the tenders.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. When it is ready, spray the inside of the air fryer with cooking spray and place the chicken in. Cook for ten minutes, flipping half way through. The internal temperature of the chicken should be 164 degrees F. Cook longer, if chicken has not reached this temperature.
Tropical Salsa
  1. Let it be noted that any combination of preferred ingredients can be used here. This recipe shares the fruits, vegetables, and herbs I used for this particular preparation.
  2. Peel and de-seed the papaya. Chop the papaya in cubes and place in a large bowl. Add chopped avocado, chopped red onion, cubed mango, tomato, cilantro, chopped hearts of palm, lime, salt and pepper.
  3. Stir all ingredients together and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes. Serve with the chicken and rice.

And now to make the banana cream pie dessert cups.

Banana Cream Pie Dessert Cups

Banana Cream Pie Dessert Cups

Yield: 4 - 6


  • 1 packet graham crackers
  • 2 Tbs melted butter
  • 2 cups prepared vanilla pudding
  • 10 Nilla wafers, crushed
  • 2 - 3 bananas, sliced


  1. Crush the graham crackers and place them in a large bowl. Pour melted butter on top and mix until combined. Place a small layer in the bottom of each dessert cup.
  2. Top the graham cracker with vanilla pudding.
  3. Place sliced bananas in a ring on top of the pudding and top with crushed Nilla wafers. Enjoy!

And now for our beautiful thought. An old friend of mine sent me a letter with Japanese calligraphy kanji and wrote me a haiku. It was so fun to receive in the mail. I’m returning the gesture now and coming up with a Haiku of my own to send. I also need to send off two letters. While I’m writing my letters let’s explore the haiku. Haiku is a type of short form poetry originally from Japan. Traditional Japanese haiku consist of three phrases that contain a kireji, or "cutting word", 17 on in a 5, 7, 5 pattern, and a kigo, or seasonal reference. I’m not as familiar with writing Haikus so I looked up some of the best haikus ever written to see what makes them so special. Here are a few of my favorites:

“A Poppy Blooms” by Katsushika Hokusai
I write, erase, rewrite
Erase again, and then
A poppy blooms.

“Over the Wintry” by Natsume Sōseki
Over the wintry
Forest, winds howl in rage
With no leaves to blow.

“The Old Pond” by Matsuo Bashō
An old silent pond
A frog jumps into the pond—
Splash! Silence again.
I finish my letters and write my haiku. I won’t share it on here… that’s for my friend. But perhaps I’ll write one for you too. I need to practice more. Have you ever written a haiku? If you’d like to share it with us, leave it in the comments. And also, I promise you I’m normally an expert at sealing wax. But this one completely got away from me haha. Oh dear!

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Years ago I wrote this haiku, as I was finishing up my morning walk. I was watching ducks in the river that ran through the park, and would have liked to stay and watch them longer but I had to go to work.

Ducks taking a bath
In the shimmering water
They don't have to rush.