I know you may have seen glimpses of Stella, our beautiful rescue dog, over the years. The truth is she was a huge part of Coconut and Quinoa; ever present, watching me write, cook, photograph — and sometimes even sample — every single recipe I’ve posted. She had many favorite spots from which she observed me working: several with a good view of the kitchen, a few at my feet, and then my favorite, on my lap as I toiled at the computer. She followed me as I moved throughout the day from room to room, settling anywhere I stayed and ending everyday curled up in bed beside me.
Stella was my constant companion. She saw me through many changes and challenges these last 8 years, and it’s been hard to cook without her soothing presence in the room. She effortlessly filled the house with love.
She died just over a month ago after a long and valiant battle with chronic renal failure. She was at home with me, basking in her favorite spot on a window seat in the afternoon sun. The hole her loss has left in the fabric of our everyday lives is more enormous than I could have imagined. I am so grateful to have met her and I shall miss her forever.