Monday, January 17, 2011

amazing farmers markets

well, i moved from the west coast to the east coast of hawaii. this morning, i woke up at 6am and by 9, i had already been to two local farmers markets, and i had planned my dinner. i took photos, but they are on my cell phone, and now i have to figure out how to put those on the computer. the special thing about this market, in pahoa, was that i finally got some whole cacoa pods. and if that was not exciting enough, at the next market, i found a durian fruit. i WAS excited about this. then i gently placed the durian in my trunk (of my rental sports car, with a sunroof) as i begin to drive back to my temp. home, i can barely stand it. the durian stinks so bad, i can barely be in the same car as it. i drive the 15 minutes, and unload the local goat feta, herbs, onions, lemons, and fresh eggs and english muffins, and then i know, i have to deal with it......the durian. spiky, stinky, and heavy, i take it out of the trunk, and stick it in the bushes, as not to offend the other people staying near me. even 60 feet away, while it is outside, i can still smell it. this was a big deal for me to find and eat. suprisingly, i have a friend coming to hawaii to see me tomorrow. and another friend coming in three days. i will make them eat this 9lb durian with me. ha ha ha....stay in touch, i will let you know.

Monday, January 10, 2011

happy hour!

did you know that in hawaii, or more specifically, in the town of kona, which i ventured out to today, that they have mai tai happy hour from 2-6. up to now i was glad to be going home after vacation. nothing keeping me here, but...i could learn to live with this new unexpected turn of events. don't worry, though, i will be home, making snowchickens in no time. i miss you, Goldball! (my snuggly and giant rooster) i hope you are doing only good behavior!

Sunday, January 9, 2011


dinner time again!!!!today i went to the south kona greenmarket. it was cute. when i arrived, i saw little green. actually, what i was hoping for would not have been green, either. hopefully not. i was looking for pork and pineapples, as in the week since i have been here, the only pineapples i have had access to were dole. i found some very exciting things, amongst the many crafters, and jewelers. local, organic, ripe!! lemons, 10 for $1.00. freshly dug ginger, $2.00/lb
a gentleman making new orleans style beignets, subbing agave for sugar, and making his own chocolate sauce from local cacao beans, (which i bought a pound of). Then i found some local veal stew meat, which i will use soon, and i will let you know all about. as i was leaving, lo and behold! there was a man wearing a sign around his neck. sitting on a cooler. FRESH FISH. i am pretty sure that he was not really supposed to be at this market, but i dove in. i got a pound of fresh!! local ahi tuna for $8.00 and that is what i am eating right now. seared lightly with wild rice cooked in kaffir lime leaves, and a sautee of hot peppers, ginger, garlic, onions, baby red cabbage, broccoli, all in coconut milk and topped with toasted macadamia nuts and culantro leaves. not even related to cilantro, but something i became farmiliar with when i lived in puerto rico. i have a photo, but it truly does not give this meal justice. good night.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

far away, but the idea is still the same

ok. woe is me...first, let me start off by apologizing to anyone who is trying to come by the bakery this weekend. we are closed for our annual january week of closure. fixing some things that broke, taking some down time and getting our heads straight. as for me, i spent a hard day swimming with tropical fish and larger than life turtles. yes...amy is in hawaii. it took me until today to decide that i really like this rock, although, not to worry, i will welcome the east coast back with open arms! anyhow, in the moment, tonights dinner for me is as follows:
local, grass fed ny strip steak rubbed generously in kona coffee, with wild hive polenta, macadamia nuts, and broccoli. check out the photos.........