After a few days of hanging out in Maui, my mom's boat finally arrived. It was a magical moment, seeing the boat slowly sailing into port in the just after sunset dark after two weeks at sea. And the Lahaina Yacht Club made it such a nice night, with fresh leis, champagne and Hawaiian food for the tired sailors. A couple of big rays even decided to join the party at one point, their white under bellies flashing in the moonlight as they glided along the dock. The days after that were full of much needed r&r for my mom, and the luxury of things like hot showers, fresh laundry and a big bed that didn't move. We were taking it pretty easy but we still did some little trips around the island - up north past the Ka'anapali resorts to high cliffs and little winding roads and to Paia, a cute little surfer town with an amazing flatbread pizza place, the best natural grocery store, little antique shops and artisan galleries. Right up our alley. We also made a stop at Star Noodle in Lahaina, which had the best phad thai ever. Go track it down if you are there. Thanks to my pal Jess for the recommendation! The last photo is the only one of both of us, taken after we got home from the Vic-Maui banquet to celebrate all the brave souls who made their way across the pacific. So proud of you, Moo!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
After my trip to Tofino with my dad, I went off to Maui to meet my mom who was sailing there. Yes, a bit crazy. Since their arrival was delayed, I spent the first few days on my own. It was a good taste of how it would be to travel alone , and I was happy to discover that it wasn't all that bad! It was a bit challenging to get around Maui without a car, but I actually really enjoyed my walks around the neighbourhoods, getting to know the real Maui and not just the resorts. It's also not that bad to be waiting in Maui - spending afternoons swimming on the beach, taking myself out for lunch and reading in the hammock at our B&B. We stayed at this place, which I couldn't recommend highly enough. It was such a nice oasis, with beautiful gardens and the friendliest family running it. I thought Maui was a funny place, so full of juxtapositions.
Monday, September 24, 2012
It's cold, it's rainy and I should really be writing my Danish paper. And even though I still have pictures to post of Maui, Sweden and now my trip to London last week, I wanted to share this recipe. It's been forever since I've posted anything food related, partially due to my ongoing health issues. This morning I was "officially" diagnosed with gluten sensitivities and lactose intolerance which I had pretty much figured out on my own from the last few months of being at war with my stomach. The big baby part of me (not as small as I'd like it to be) is really sad about all the pastries and cheese I won't be able to eat, but the bright side is that I'm being forced to eat a lot healthier and explore a different way of cooking. It's going to be a long journey of getting used to it all, but I'm hoping that it gets easier. For now, this daal is the perfect thing to warm up a grey fall day. It looks a bit intimating but it really comes together fast, once you've gotten a hold of all the spices. I'm off to have another bowl and to watch the season premiere of Downton Abbey. Also, thank you for the tips I've gotten so far on gluten/dairy free living, they have helped so much. If you have any other advice, cookbooks, websites, etc. please send them my way!
Red Lentil Daal
Just slightly adapted from the Danish cookbook Vegetarisk Vellyst
5 cardamom seeds
1 tsp anise seeds
3/4 tsp cloves
2 tsp whole coriander
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili or to taste
7 garlic cloves
1 large yellow onion
2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 tbsp cold pressed canola oil
2 tbsp garam masala
5 bay leaves
1/2 cinnamon stick
3 cups dried red lentils
4 cups vegetable broth
2 BPA free cans of crushed tomatoes
1. Toast spices on a high heat, shaking the pan until they start to pop. Grind spices in a mortar or a coffee grinder (I find using a coffee grinder way easier and faster).
2. Crush garlic, grate ginger and chop onion.
3. Heat oil in a soup pot on medium heat and add the garlic, ginger and onion. After the onion begins to soften, add the ground spices, along with the garam masala, bay leaves and cinnamon until onions are translucent. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Add the lentils, broth and cans of tomatoes. Let simmer on low - medium heat for one hour or longer.
5. Top along side the quinoa pilaf (below) with fresh cilantro and a drizzle of sesame oil.
10 cardamom seeds
2 star anise
10 whole cloves
2 medium onions
2 cups quinoa
2 tsp cold pressed canola oil
3 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cups chopped, roasted almonds
1. Chop onion and fry in a medium pot until translucent.
2. Rinse quinoa in a sieve and add to pot along with spices. Fry for a couple of minutes before adding broth and raisins and let simmer for 10 minutes. Take pot of heat and let sit for another 10 minutes.
3. Add roasted almonds and season with salt and pepper.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
My oh my, where is this month going? The time seems to be really flying by these days. They are busy days, with both Mark and I trying to juggle double course loads, but most of the time it is a good busy. I will tell you more about that soon but there is still so much to catch up on. It's already mid September and fall has definitely arrived here. That means that I missed the anniversary of my two years of being here and two years of having this little space. So I figured that I would start doing my seasonal goals again, that being my first real post and all. I started this blog and these goals as a way to keep myself busy but now that I'm more than busy enough I feel like I also need a reminder to slow down. To carve out some time for doing little things that mark the months so that they don't all blend together. I've also been thinking of ways I can start new traditions here because each season I feel a bit nostalgic and homesick for the things I would always do back home (going to the county fair every Labour Day, trips to the pumpkin patch and forest walks). I'll try my best to be better about keeping things updated around here and being in touch. Happy fall friends, I hope September is finding you all cozy and happy.
- Go for a forest picnic
- Find good gluten free & dairy free baking recipes
- Make a pumpkin pie
- Knit a big, cozy blanket
- Make a family photo wall
- Blow up photo for bedroom
- Sew some plaid flannel pillowcases
- Start running regularly
- Host a Thanksgiving potluck
- Go to Tivoli for Halloween
- Carve a pumpkin and roast the seeds
- Make a Halloween costume
- Make felt poppy for Remembrance Day
- Start planning homemade Christmas gifts
- Host monthly Sunday Crafternoons
- Daily yoga/meditation routine and journalling
- Continue family Sunday Suppers
- Send cards for fall birthdays and weddings
- Go a walk with Mark once a week
Photo from a fall picnic in Dyrehaven two years ago
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The last few from Tofino: our family friend's beautiful home and garden across the road from Chesterman Beach, and a stop at Cathedral Grove on the way home - another magical spot.
And some Tofino recommendations:
The Pointe (best view)
Common Loaf Bakery
Any of the national park hikes - my favourite is Schooner Cove
Surfing and/or sea kayaking
The Botanical Gardens
Eagle Aerie Gallery
Huckleberry Retreat (our friend's place!)
Heron Cottage (another friend's place)
The Wickaninnish Inn (if you have a ton of money)
Greenpoint campground (if you don't have a ton of money, but books up fast)