Breakfast Ideas

BACKYARD BOUNTY – ASIAN PEAR TART

We have several fruit trees in our backyard and an Asian Pear is one of them.  This year the branches were so laden with fruit that one of the branches actually broke forcing me to bring in the pears and use them. Some of them were rather small as this was early in the season.  But since Asian Pears are usually pretty firm and even crunchy when ripe, I was able to use them.  I actually let them sit in the house for about a week to ripen sufficiently.  Fortunately, there are still many more pears on the tree that are reaching their potential in size and ripeness.

With this first batch I decided to make a Pear Tart.  I love Pears and I love Pastry, especially that made with Puff Pastry.  The Tart that I made is really fun to do in that when you place the fruit and filling on the pastry, it is flat.  You place the filling on the dough and leave almost an inch of dough all the way around.  When it bakes, the sides raise up to form a rim around the tart.  The instructions and photos will be give below.  Please be sure and try it yourself and see how good it can be.

 

The ingredients you will need for the Pear Tart is a sheet of Puff Pastry (or you can make your own pastry dough and fit it into a tart pan.  The only kind of pastry dough that will raise up around the filling is the puff pastry.  So Ingredients listed below.

Puff Pastry  (This dough takes a long time to make but it can be purchased in large sheets at a restaurant supply such as Smart and Final.

Pastry Cream

Pears (peeled and quartered  (Any fruit will do)

Tapioca or Corn Starch

Brown or Granulated Sugar

Cinnamon

 

The Equipment you will need:

Baking Sheet

Silicon Sheet or Parchment Paper.  (The Silicon Sheet works best)

Dough Docker or a fork

2 quart Saucepan to cook the Custard in

 

Process:

  • Make your Custard and set aside.
  • Peel, core and quarter the Pears.  (You should have about 4 cups)
  • Place in a colander;  rinse and dry thoroughly.  Then place in a medium size mixing bowl.

 

Pears in Colander

              Pears in Colander

 

 

  • Combine 2 Tbsp. of Tapioca (can be purchased in an Asian Market or Restaurant Supply House) or Corn Starch, 1- 2 Tbsp. Cinnamon (depending on your taste), 1/4 cup Brown or Granulated Sugar.
  • Toss the quartered Pears with the Starch/Cinnamon Mixture and set aside.

 

Pears tossed with Cinnamon Mixture.

  Pears tossed with Cinnamon Mixture

 

 

 

 

  • Place a sheet of Puff Pastry (about 12 inches square – or any other shape you want to use) on the prepared pan.  (If frozen, allow about 5-10 minutes for it to thaw)
  • Use a dull knife (such as a butter knife or pie trimmer) to mark off the edges – 1/2 to 3/4 inch.
  • Use your Docker or Fork to poke holes in the dough – all over!.  (This will prevent the pastry from raising up.)  In the photo below are the Docker, a Pizza Cutter and an old-fashioned Pastry Trimmer.

 

Docked Pastry Sheet

Docked Pastry Sheet with Tools

 

 

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and make sure the baking rack is at the middle position.
  • Evenly spread the Custard on the Dough within the lines that you marked.

 

 

Pastry Cream on Pastry

 Pastry Cream on Pastry

 

 

  • Remove the pears from the Starch/Sugar Mixture with a slotted spoon.   This will ensure that any liquid released from the Pears will stay in the bowl.  (The liquid will make your pastry soggy so be sure to leave it behind!)
  • Arrange the Coated Pears evenly over the Dough.

 

Pears on Cream on Pastry

        Pears on Cream on Pastry

 

 

  • Place in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.  The Pastry edges that raised up should be a dark golden color when finished.  You want to be sure that the pastry is well baked before removing form the oven.

 

 

Finished Pear Tart

 Finished Pear Tart

 

 

 

  • Allow to cool slightly before serving.  Cut into squares and serve as is or with Whipped Cream.

 

This Tart make a delicious dessert or can also be eaten for breakfast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2016/07/15 at 1:11 PM

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CULINARY MAKEOVERS # 18 – Sweet Potato Waffles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our ‘Culinary Makeover’ today is a relatively simple one.  Mashed White Sweet Potatoes turned into Sweet Potato Waffles which I served with Chili con Carne.

 

 

Chili con Carne

Chili con Carne

 

 

A very delicious meal, but with only 2 people in the household we had Waffles left over which we in turn toasted for Breakfast the next day.  They tasted really delicious with melted Butter and Maple Syrup!

Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon for Breakfast

Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon for Breakfast

 

The Sweet Potatoes I purchased had red skin and I had forgotten that the Red Skinned Sweet Potatoes are not red inside but White.  They were a little more starchy than the gold ones but they still tasted good and were perfect for making Waffles.

 

For the Waffles I used:

2 cups mashed Sweet Potatoes

3 Eggs

1 cup flour

1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

2 Tbsps. Olive Oil (melted Butter can be used instead)

 

I had forgotten to put in a leavening agent which would have been maybe 1 tsp. Baking Powder, but the waffles came out very well without it.  You can use any type of Sweet Potato or even Russets that had been mashed for dinner the night before.  Try your hand at it and see what you can come up with!

 

 

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2016/04/06 at 1:52 PM

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GINGERBREAD WAFFLES – A Culinary Makeover

 

Baking is one of my favorite things to do and during the Winter Holidays I make Gingerbread Houses and I teach other people how to make Gingerbread.  This past December, in addition to my classes I baked and built four different houses.  One for the Cancer Support Community’s Holiday Boutique, one for a sample for my class, one for home and one as a gift.  There are two ways to bake the houses – one is to cut out the pieces from the unbaked dough and the other is to bake the dough first before cutting out the pieces.  The advantage of the second method is that the pieces will all fit together without additional trimming after the baking process.  The disadvantage is that there are going to be a lot of sections of cookie that will not be big enough for any house, except for the chimney and how many of those do you need?  Now we do love to eat the leftovers but when there are a lot of leftovers, you can only so much.

 

As I said, Baking is one of my favorite things to do, but another one of my favorite culinary activities is to turn leftovers into new products and that is what I did with the leftover Gingerbread pieces.  I pulverized them to a fine crumb in my Food Processor and turned them into a Waffle Batter.  If you like Gingerbread, then you certainly will like Gingerbread Waffles.  Here is how I did it.

 

  • Break up the leftover Gingerbread pieces into sections that will fit in your Food Processor that has been fitted with the Chopping Blade.  Use the Pulse Button to break up the pieces into small pieces and then turn it on to finely chop the Gingerbread pieces.  You should end up with a medium to fine crumb.
  • Measure the Crumbs – 2 cups of Gingerbread Crumbs will make enough waffles for 3-4 people.

 

Gingerbread Crumbs

          Gingerbread Crumbs

  • Use your Food Processor (do not wash out the bowl) or a large mixing bowl.  Beat 3 Eggs until well mixed and then add 1 1/2 cups Buttermilk and blend together.
  • Combine the Gingerbread Crumbs with 1 1/2 cups of All-Purpose Flour, 1 tsp. Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger and 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda.  Add to the Buttermilk/Egg mixture and Pulse, just until mixed.  If doing in a bowl, with a whisk, just mix until the Ingredients are blended – DO NOT OVER-MIX!  (Over-mixing Waffle, Pancake or Muffin Batter will make the product tough.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup Melted Butter.
Gingerbread Waffle Batter

        Gingerbread Waffle Batter

 

  • Heat your Waffle Iron until the indicator light tells you the Iron is hot.  If necessary, lightly oil or spray the surface of the Iron.
  • Pour approximately 1/2 cup of Batter on each section of you Waffle Irons Grids (this will vary, depending on the size and shape of our Waffle Iron)

 

Batter on Grids

              Batter on Grids

  • Close and Bake until the steaming stops.  Keep the baked Waffles warm in a low oven until you are ready to serve them.
Baked Waffles

             Baked Waffles

  • Serve with Fruit Compote and or Maple Syrup and melted Butter.  The Waffles in the Feature Photo are served with crisply cooked bacon.
  • For the Fruit Compote,I melted about 2 Tbsps. of Butter along with Brown Sugar (2-4 Tbsps.).  I then added pitted and halved Cherries, Blackberries and fresh Pineapple pieces.  This will work with just about any fruit – Apples are great with Gingerbread as well as Bananas, Mango or Papaya.
Making Fruit Compote

     Making Fruit Compote

 

And this is how you use leftover Gingerbread to make Waffles!  As a convenience, I have also listed the ingredients below.

 

2 CUPS Gingerbread Crumbs

1 1/2 cups Flour

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground Ginger

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

3 Eggs

1 1/2 cups Buttermilk

1/4 cup melted Butter

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2016/01/15 at 2:47 PM

Categories: Bread, Breakfast Ideas, Cooking for Kids, GINGERBREAD HOUSES, Holiday Meals, Main   Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

APPLE VARIETIES – ‘NATIONAL APPLE MONTH’

 October is ‘National Apple Month and what better time to talk about, eat and use Apples in Desserts, Snacks and Meals.  Here is an Alphabetical list of some of the Apples available.  There are so many, it is almost impossible to be able to keep track of them all.  We all have our favorites but it may be fun to try a new one or two.  Keep on eye for some of the ones listed below.  There is at least one for every letter of the Alphabet except for the letter ‘X’.  If anyone knows of an Apple beginning with an ‘X’, please let me know.  At the end of this list are links to Apple Recipes in this Blog.

  • A      Ambrosia, Anna Apple
  • B      Beverly Hills, Burgundy
  • C      Crab Apples, Cameo, Captain Kidd, Candy Crisp
  • D      Delicious, Dawn, Davey, Dayton
  • E      Epicure
  • F      Fuji
  • G     Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Golden Delicious, Gala
  • H     Hayes, Hampshire, Hawaii
  • I       Irish Peach, Idared
  • J      jonathan, Jonagold, Jester, John, Jonadel
  • K     Kary, Kent, Katya, Keepsake
  • L      Lady, Liberty, Limelight
  • M     McIntosh, Maiden’s Blush, Macon
  • N     Nectar, Niagra, Norfolk
  • O     Oliver, Opal, Ontario
  • P     Pippin, Pink Lady, Pacific Rose, Pacific Beauty
  • Q     Quebec Bell, Queen Cox
  • R     Razor Russet, Red Delicious, Red Baron
  • S     Scarlet, Scarlet Surprise, Scarlet O’Hara
  • T     Taylor, Telstar, Tickled Pink
  • W    Winesap, Waltz, Wellington
  • X
  • Y    Yates, Yellow Transparent, York Imperial
  • Z    Zari, Zest
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APPLE BREAD – http://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/breads/apple-bread/

APPLE COOKIES - http://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/cookies/apple-cookies/

CARAMEL APPLES - http://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/cookies/apple-cookies/

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2014/10/05 at 12:05 PM

Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast Ideas, Cooking for Everyone, Dessert Ideas, Family Fun, Halloween, Main, National Food Days, Pastry   Tags: , , , , ,

ADVENTURES IN CHEESE MAKING – RICOTTA AGAIN

This time I decided to make a batch of Ricotta using Rennet Tablets. It was my understanding that a quarter of a Rennet Tablet would be sufficient to curdle two quarts of milk.  Unfortunately, this did not happen.  When I used the Lemon Juice the heated Milk curdled within about 2 minutes.  With the Rennet, I cooked and stirred with the Rennet added (after the milk came to a boil) for about 10 minutes.  Getting frustrated I added Lemon Juice and it still did not look curdled so I added the rest of the Rennet Tablet.  It finally curdled but did not yield as much Cheese as the Lemon Juice alone did and it was much looser and did not hold its shape.  Fortunately I used the Cheese in Sweet Cheese Turnovers so the thickness did not matter as much.  To add body to the Cheese I also used about half a carton of Mascarpone (thick Italian Cream Cheese).  Next time I will go back to the Lemon Juice.   

To make the Turnovers I placed the drained Ricotta in a medium-sized mixing bowl and added half a carton of Mascarpone, (about 4 oz.) along with 1 Egg, 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar (this should be to your taste) and some Vanilla. A pinch or two of ground Cinnamon may also be added if desired.   Combine the mixture and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Turnovers I used commercial Puff Pastry but you can use Pie Crust or any other type of Dough that you prefer.

Have a small bowl of cool water at hand to help seal the pastry edges along with a fork to crimp them.

Lay out the Pastry on a cutting board and cut into 6″ squares.  If needed you can use a clean ruler to measure.  I usually just eye-ball it.  Use a long knife or Pizza Wheel.  Keep your eye on the end point and you will end up cutting a straight line.  If you try to guide the knife or wheel, it is likely that your pieces will end up crooked.  (I learned this little trick from my Mother who used to make all our clothes – when she cut out fabric she always said, keep your eye on the place where you want to end – this will guide your hand  and keep it straight)  It works every time!

Pastry Squares Pastry Squares

Arrange the squares so that they are facing you as a diamond.  Place a scoop of the filling on each square.  (I used a #30 food scoop – about 1 1/2 Tbsps.) The filling should be placed just below the mid-point which will give you enough room to fold over the pastry and seal the edges without the filling oozing out the sides.

Sweet Cheese Turnovers - Filling Added Sweet Cheese Turnovers – Filling Added

Using your clean finger or a pastry brush lightly coat the edges of two adjacent sides with the water;  fold over into a triangle and then crimp with the fork.

If you plan on baking the Turnovers right away preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.  Place the Turnovers on the lined baking sheet with at least 2 inches between each turnovers on all sides.  Even though there is no leavening agent as such in Puff Pastry, the layers formed by the Butter will puff up tremendously.  Once the baking pan is full brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with Turbinado Sugar.  Bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes (DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR UNTIL THE 20 MINUTES ARE UP).  The Turnovers should be a golden brown when completely baked – if after 20 minutes they are still too pale then bake for another 5 minutes or until golden brown.  The Baked Turnovers are the Feature Photo above.

If you plan on freezing all or part of the Turnovers before baking them you can place them as close together on the sheet that you can as long as they don’t touch each other.  Once they are frozen wrap them in plastic wrap or the parchment and place in a freezer bag.  You can remove and bake as many or as few at a time as you need.

Sweet Cheese Turnovers  for freezing Sweet Cheese Turnovers for freezing
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Posted by sylveee - 2014/09/30 at 4:24 PM

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NATIONAL BREAKFAST MONTH

Pineapple & Pork Fried Rice

 

Here we are again talking about Breakfasts.  Since September is ‘National Breakfast Month’ this is a good format to use – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – simply because you are breaking a long fast between the last meal of the day before and the first meal of the current day.  Your body, like your car, needs fuel to run on and your brain especially needs that fuel to keep you thinking straight.  In the last blog I talked about Western Style Breakfasts – that is the Breakfast as we know it in American and also in parts of Europe.

 

Pictured above is Pineapple and Pork Fried Rice – this would make a good and healthy breakfast for any culture so try having an Asian Style Breakfast sometime if you have leftovers.

Today I am going to be talking about Asian Breakfasts.  People in Asia, for the most part,  do not have special foods that they eat for Breakfast.  Usually it is food left over from the day before.  However, in China, Congee, a porridge made from Rice is the preferred Breakfast.  Usually leftovers of vegetables, fruit or meat are added to the Congee.  Interestingly, the last time we were in Thailand our Hotel served a Breakfast Buffet every morning.  Since a considerable number of Chinese people visit Thailand, along with Westerners, the Hotel served a Chinese Breakfast.  Congee with a large number of different items that could be added to it.  They also served a Western Breakfast.  I always have a habit of observing what other people are eating and I noticed that the Chinese guests were eating the Western Style Breakfast.  I who always eat a Western Style Breakfast at home was eating the Congee or the Chinese Breakfast.  I guess people all over the world do like a little variety in their food.

 

Japanese people usually eat whatever is left over from the night before as do the people of Thailand.  Even though Breakfast Foods per se are not common among the Thai people there are plenty of restaurants in Thailand that do serve a Western Style Breakfast.  That being said, if you are Thai you probably have Rice along with perhaps some Pork or whatever happens to be available.  When my Sons and Daughter- in – Law were here visiting, my Thai Daughter – in – Law fell in love with Breakfast Jacks.  She also loves to make a Thai Omelet which isn’t necessarily eaten for Breakfast.  A Thai Omelet is similar to Egg Foo Young but is still different.  It is quite delicious and can be eaten for any meal of the day.

 

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

 

Kaui Fried Rice

Kauai  Fried Rice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Fried Rice Photos just to the left.   The  top one is Chicken-Fried Rice – a good way to use up leftover Chicken and the one on the bottom is Fried Rice I made when we were in Kauai.  There is a strong Asian influence in modern Hawaiian Food and Rice is frequently eaten for any meal.

 

 

For Western Breakfast Ideas please see the previous post ‘Breakfast’ in this Blog.

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Posted by sylveee - 2014/09/19 at 12:58 PM

Categories: Asian, Breakfast Ideas, Main, National Food Days   Tags: , , , , , , , ,

BREAKFAST

 

 

September is ‘National Breakfast Month’ and this is a particularly good time for it.  With the kids back in school, it is a good time for parents to emphasize the fact that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  The word Breakfast literally means to break a fast.  That Fast is the time between when you eat your last meal of the day and the first meal of the next day.  This usually is a period of 10-12 hours.   This is the reason that your body needs to replenish its fuel supply to run and to feed your brain.  Automobiles can’t run without fuel and neither can the human body.  Therefore, skipping breakfast is not good for your body or your brain.

A healthy Breakfast should contain some Protein and some Carbohydrates.  If you eat wholesome nutritious foods they will also contain the vitamins you need along with essential fatty acids.

All cultures have a breakfast menu, although some do not call it as such.  Breakfast foods as we know them in the West are not necessarily what people in the Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures eat.  The typical American Breakfast is actually based on the English Breakfast which traditionally consists of Eggs, some kind meat such as sausage or bacon and maybe potatoes plus fruit and a beverage.  And don’t forget the toast!

In Asia most breakfasts include rice of some kind.  In China, it is Congee, a porridge made with rice but in other Asian countries rice is just used as one of the ingredients for the breakfast.

Since we could elaborate for miles and miles on the different breakfasts around the world I am going to stick with the Western Variety.  This would include, of course European Countries as well as North America.

In Spain and Germany,  the first meal of the day is usually just a cup of coffee and a pastry and a larger more elaborate breakfast is eaten a couple of hours later.

In American, many families have opted to have dry cereal for breakfast along with milk poured onto it.  This is certainly faster for people in a hurry, but it is not necessarily the best or tastiest way to go.

My favorite breakfast stems back to my childhood when my parents and my brother and I usually had eggs for breakfast.  To this day, Eggs are still my favorite food for breakfast.

Since this is ‘National Breakfast Month’ we will devote one blog a week to Breakfasts around the world.  This month will be American Breakfasts such as we know them.  The traditional American Breakfast at least as I knew it was Fruit Juice or Fresh Fruit, Eggs, Toast and Milk or Coffee for the Adults.  Of course, there are many other variations such as Pancakes, Waffles, Crepes (one of my favorite filled with fruit), cooked Oatmeal (with Raisins! or dried Apples!) and the proverbial dried Cereal with Milk and fruit such as Bananas added.

Whatever your favorite Breakfast, just don’t forget to eat it!  Remember, Breakfast is the most important meal of the Day!  Especially for children who go to school and need the fuel and brain power that a good breakfast provides!

 

To give you some ideas and recipes for Breakfast Items check out the Breakfast/Recipe section of this Blog:  recipes/breakfast-items/

 

 

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2014/09/06 at 10:36 PM

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ADVENTURES IN CHEESE MAKING – CHEESE BLINTZ

Now that I had a batch of fresh homemade Ricotta Cheese the next step was to make something with it.  I decided to make a batch of Cheese Blintz to serve for Sunday Brunch with fresh Strawberries.  The crepes for the Blintz are easiest to work with if the Batter is made at least 1 hour ahead of time and then allowed to rest in the refrigerator.  If you try to make the Crepes right after making the Batter there will be too much air in the batter for the pancakes to form properly.  Now as far as I am concerned, the thinner the crepes the better, but of course you do need to have them thick enough to hold the filling without tearing.  You can use the Sweet Crepe Batter Recipe under the Recipe/Dessert Section of this Blog.  deserts/sweet-crepe-shells/ Just reduce the Sugar in the recipe from 1 Tbsp. to 1 tsp.

 

I made the Crepe Batter with the residual Whey from the production of the Ricotta.  This reduces the waste that normally would result from making the Cheese.  To make the Crepes, the Filling and the topping just follow the procedure below.

 

#1 – Make the Batter and refrigerate for at least one hour.

#2 – Rinse, dry, slice and sugar the Berries.  If using Blackberries, Boysenberries or Raspberries eliminate the slicing procedure.  Place the Berries in a bowl and squeeze the juice of 1/2 of a lime (for every pint of berries) over the Berries and then toss with 1/4 cup of Superfine Sugar.  Taste and add more Lime Juice and/or Sugar as desired.

 

Strawberries

#3 – Make the Cheese Filling for the Blintz.   /deserts/cheese-filling/

 

Ricotta Cheese Filling for Blintz

 

4.  Make the Crepes –

 

Heat the crepe pan until a drop of water splashed on it sizzles;  melt the Butter and stir into the  Batter.

  • Use approximately ¼ cup of Batter (the exact amount depends on the size of the pan)
  • While you are pouring in the Batter, tilt the pan with your other hand to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • When the edges begin to dry and bubbles appear on the crepe surface, turn it over with a heat-proof spatula and cook a few seconds more on the turned side.  (Cook one side to a light brown and the other just enough to set the batter.  This side should still be almost white when you remove it from the pan.) 
  • You will be browning the Blintz in Butter before serving them so you do not want the second side to be cooked too long.

 

5.  Filling the Blintz –

  • Lay the Crepe Shells on a flat plate or work surface
  • Place a scoop of the Cheese Filling in the middle
  • Fold in the sides and then fold over the top and bottom.  You should have a square package.

 

Filled Blintz

Filled Blintz

 

6.  To Serve –

 

  • Melt enough Butter to make a thin sizzling layer in the bottom of a medium to large frying pan.  When the Butter starts to sizzle add the Blintz, leaving about 1/4 – 1/2″ between each one.
  • When the bottoms brown gently turn and cook the other side.

 

Browned Cheese Blintz

Browned Cheese Blintz

  • Serve while hot with the sliced Strawberries and Sour Cream or Whipped Cream as a Garnish.

 

Cheese Blintz with Strawberries and Sour Cream

Cheese Blintz with Strawberries and Sour Cream

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2014/07/29 at 11:38 PM

Categories: Breakfast Ideas, Cheese, Cooking for Everyone, Cooking for Kids, Dairy, Dessert Ideas, Lunch Ideas, Main   Tags: , , , , ,

DINING ON MAUI – (cont’d.)

Tuesday we lunch at a Storefront Restaurant called Coconuts Fish Cafe.  Even though it was storefront restaurant, the food quality was excellent and the décor was very attractive.  In the photo above, the car is reflected in the door’s windows.  (Not great photography, but the only photo I have)  The tables and benches were all made in the shape of Surfboards as were the recipe boards.  The fish was all very fresh and prepared quite well.  Ev wanted Fish and Chips;  these were not your ordinary Fish & Chips that one would get Stateside.  The meal consisted of Ahi and Mahi and the Fries were skinny and crispy.  I ordered their signature dish which was Fish Tacos.  Again these were no ordinary Fish Tacos – the Fish was not breaded, just grilled and good and was again Hawaiian Fish.  Diced Mango, Lettuce and Tomato were also on the Tacos. The order consisted of two Tacos and each was served on a separate plate.  This meal was so good that we visited this Restaurant again before we left for home.

Fish and Chips at Coconut

Fish and Chips at Coconuts

Fish Tacos at Coconut

Fish Tacos at Coconuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday night, since lunch was sufficient to call dinner we decided just to stay in and cook a simple meal for ourselves.  Dinner or Supper consisted of Bacon and Eggs, Grilled Pineapple and strips of Baby Jicama.  If you have never had Baby Jicama do try it during the summer when the Farmer’s Markets Vendors are bound to have.  It is tender and sweet and the skin is much thinner than in the more mature varieties.

 

The next day was Wednesday and we spent most of the morning at Hosmer Grove in Haleakala National Park.  The object of course, was to look for Native Birds and we did see the birds we set out to see – the I`iwi, `Apapane, `Amakihi and Maui Creeper as well as the  Redbilled Leiothrix.  On our way back from the Mountain we stopped and picked up lunch of Roast Beef Sandwiches and Potato/Mac Salad.  The Potato/Mac Salad is an Hawaiian traditional side dish.  Potato/Mac Salad is as it sounds:  Potato Salad with cooked Elbow Macaroni in it – in this way you get two salads at once – Potato and Macaroni.

After exerting a lot of energy on the Mountain we went back to the Condo and spent the afternoon resting.  I tried out the Hot Tub at the poolside and treated myself to a Shave Ice – another favorite specialty in the Hawaiian Islands.  For dinner we went to a Restaurant called Pizza Madness and had a  Pepperoni/Vegie Pizza.  Even though it was only a medium it was so large that we had enough to take home for lunch the next day.

 

Pepperoni and Vegie Pizza

Pepperoni and Vegie Pizza

 

 

 

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2014/05/19 at 8:23 PM

Categories: Breakfast Ideas, Dinner Ideas, Fruit, Lunch Ideas, Main, Pizza   Tags: , , , , , ,

DINING ON MAUI

 

 

 

Just about one year ago, I blogged about our Food Odyssey on the Hawaiian Island of Lanai.  This year we spent our tropical vacation on Maui and did eat some very good food so I am going to talk about it here and display some photographs.  Maybe even give some recipes.  Hope you will enjoy this tropical respite.

 

Since we live on the west coast of the United States during the Daylight Savings time we are 3 hours ahead of Hawaiian time or Pacific Standard Time.  Our plane left Los Angeles at approximately 8:30 PDT and arrived in Maui at 10:30.  Even though we had eaten at the Airport and had some snacks on board, my husband was still up for breakfast.  We stopped at the Azeka Plaza and ate our Sunday Brunch at Amigos Mexican Restaurant.  Ev had the Banana/Macadamia Nut Pancakes (definitely Hawaiian style) and I had the Shrimp Ceviche.  Ceviche is very similar to the Hawaiian Poke (a marinated fish dish) so I really was right in keeping with the tropical food theme.  The pancakes huge which made me glad that I didn’t order them because I would only have been able to eat about half.  The Avocado Shrimp Ceviche was perfect for me.

 

After eating we went to our Condo Complex and checked in.  Fortunately, even though we were early our unit was ready for us.  We had a fantastic garden and ocean view with palm trees waving and two fountains operating.  After unpacking and resting a while, we went out to pick up some food essentials for our stay here.  Before shopping, we decided to eat dinner and ended up in a small place called King’s Chinese Barbecue.  We had delicious Roasted Duck and Vegetable Chow Mein.  The seating was outdoors and was right across the street from the beach, so again we had the ocean view and the palm trees waving, even though there were cars driving down the street in front of us.

 

Vegetable Chow Mein

Vegetable Chow Mein

 

We purchased Blueberry Muffins, Hawaiian Vanilla/Macadamia Nut Coffee, Half & Half, Turbinado Sugar (grown and processed on Maui) and a few other things such as juice and soft drinks.

 

The next day after a Breakfast of Cornflakes and Coffee we went to the Kealia Ponds which have been designated as a bird refuge.  One of our major hobbies is ‘birding’ and when in the tropics (or any vacation for that matter) we try and see as many birds as possible.  The last time were here, the ponds were half dry, but this time they were quite full.  As a result, we saw many more birds this time than we did last time.  After our birding venture we drove up to a Tropical Plantation that we like to visit when we are here.  One of the reasons we decided to go this day (Monday) because my list of Farmer’s Markets said that they had one on Monday.  Wrong, when we got there the sign said Tuesday.  No loss though, because we did get to see more birds as there are plenty of ponds in this venue as well as beautiful tropical plantings.  They also had a store where we could purchase tropical food items.  One of the things which I bought was a bag of Pineapple/Coconut Caramel Corn – this was very yummy!

 

On the way back from the Tropical Plantation we stopped at an ‘Open-Air Market’ on Kihei Road and purchased some fresh Tropical Fruit which included Papaya, Maui Gold Pineapple, Apple Bananas, Baby Jicama and a lime which was almost pink in the middle.  Our next stop this morning was the Market again where we purchased ready-made sandwiches (one thing we noticed this visit is that all the Markets and ABC Stores and Whalers Stores have a very nice Deli Counter and you can get almost anything for any meal.  Competition I’m sure the restaurants don’t like)  In addition to the sandwiches we  purchased Cornflakes which managed to last us most of the 11 days that we were there.

For dinner we went to the Five Palms Restaurant which was just down the street from our Condo.  Not only was the food delicious but the view was fantastic.  In addition to the foregoing they also have a very good ‘Happy Hour’ that lasts from 3PM until 7PM.  We got there about 5 PM and since it was so busy and the patio was full we were seated inside and had great comfortable seating and a great view.

 

View-at-5-Palms

View-at-5-Palms

We ordered California Roll, Coconut Fried Shrimp and Chicken/Lettuce Wraps along with Beverages.  Not necessarily Hawaiian Food except for the Shrimp but nonetheless very good.

 

Calif. Roll at 5 Palms

Calif. Roll at 5 Palms

Coconut-Shrimp-at-5-Palms

Coconut-Shrimp-at-5-Palms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lettuce-Wrap-at-5-Palms

Lettuce-Wrap-at-5-Palms

 

 

The next day for Breakfast we each had a half of a Papaya filled with cubed Pineapple and sliced Bananas sprinkled with a little Turbinado Sugar and sweet Lime Juice as well as Hawaiian Coffee.

 

Papaya Halves filled with Pineapple and Banana slices.

Papaya Halves filled with Pineapple and Banana slices

 

To make the Fruity Breakfast simply slice a ‘ripe’ Papaya in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds (a delicious Salad Dressing  – popular in Hawaii can be made from the seeds), squeeze a little lime on the fruit and then fill with fruit of your choice such as sliced Bananas and Pineapples or whatever your preference is.

 

Check back for more on our Maui Food Adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2014/05/16 at 4:27 PM

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