Finally got around to baking the triple berry buttermilk bundt cake.
The original (grand) plan was to bake it sunday night so the kids would wake up to a pirate breakfast on monday morning. The pirate breakfast happened but the bundt cake did not. Instead, there was a marvelous spread of italian sausage, turkey bacon, eastern nc bbq and pancakes. It was that good. Got the pirate energy going!
However, the bundt cake ingredients were gathered and waiting in the side stage for their grand entrance. Determined to get it baked we decided that our beautiful, stormy afternoon was a perfect time to get it rolling for breakfast the next morning. The blueberry, strawberries and peaches collected from the fruit stand across the street were perfectly ripe. A blending we will go! (surprisingly there were no blackberries available so we went with peaches. They work magically!)
While it was moist from baking on a rainy day it turned out fantastically! If you ever find yourself on holiday with a hankering to bake something, go for it. You don’t have to have all the fancy (while those make life a lot easier) kitchen tools to get it in the oven. A little patience, a kid or two to help with the stirring and the laid back energy you gain on vacation, you can get it done. Everyone around you will appreciate it and enjoy it!
Who says you can’t eat well on holiday?
With friends, family and birthdays upon us we have been blessed with a bounty of local goods. Enough local goods to last the remainder of the holiday and into the canner upon arrival of returning home! My brother (yea, that guy) graced our tables once again!
The corn has arrived.
As well as a bushel of fresh, local Blue Crab
It’s what’s for dinner!
For RCB’s 5th birthday (!!!!!!) we gathered around the table, cracked the crab, slurped the sweetest corn and chomped shrimp. It was fun, full of laughter, sheer enjoyment, not to mention absolutely delicious.
However, 10 of us could only eat but so much leaving us plenty of leftovers. On holiday, this is great! Lunch the next day was just as delicious and grand as the dinner. Cracked crab to make crab salad for crab rolls (mimicking lobster rolls), cut the corn and blended it with raw vegetables, ginger and jalapeno (oh. my. so. good.) for a vegetable salad. A super compliment to the crab roll.
Dinner served the shrimp its final purpose. Tossing the shrimp in some fettucini noodles with asparagus, avocado, red onion and garlic. Seasoned with sea salt, black peppercorn, and olive oil. Sprinkled with red pepper flakes and parmesan chunks. Light and satisfying, full of flavor. A nice meal to round out the rainy afternoon while sipping on a crisp white wine.
Our future consist of ferry rides, island tromping and lunch al fresco. The kids are getting their groove, sharing and playing nicely. Waves have been surfed. Sandcastles built. Epic card games played. Happy food consumed.
We’ve managed to avoid eating junk and grunge on this holiday. Lucky enough to find the Haleiwa Farmers Market after three days of being here, plus privileged to have the ladies laying enough eggs to supply breakfast and, as mentioned before, fruit and avocados from the tree. What the ladies can’t provide (there are only three of them and several people vying for their supply!) we are able to supplement with those $8.00/dz eggs from the farmers market.
Tonight was the cream of the crop. After a day in the sun, an evening in the rain and walking the 100 steps up to the treehouse several times it is refreshing to have a plentiful, healthy meal. We made the Raw Kale Salad (now a family fav) with organic kale, raisins and mixed raw/unsalted nuts, quick steamed asparagus, red potatoes sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan cheese and a few slices of salami, italian style. For the slurping kind we made a pineapple, mango smoothie with coconut water.
Our days are counting down to our return. We look forward to capturing as much of the local harvest as we can before we return to our non-tropical roots. Coconuts, coconuts and more coconuts! Not to mention the organic bananas freshly harvested….
Well, the sun has magically appeared just in time for sunset. Will grab the wine and head to the deck. In the meantime, click on the photo below to see the rainbow we saw today!