Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas

Have a wonderful holiday everyone!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Sorrel

A holiday tradition in the islands is to make a drink called sorrel from the plant with the same name.  We asked the advice of one of the market ladies who gave us this "recipe".

 "You take 'bout a pound of sorrel, put it in a big pot and cover with de water.  Add cinnamon, ginger, bay leaves and a little sugar."  I asked how much ginger she would recommend?  "Bout a tum" as she held up her thumb to show the size.  "You boil it and then cover de pot and let sit 'til next day." 
Strain, adjust sugar if needed, add some rum and bottle.  Delicious!
 You cut the seed out and just use the flower, which emits the flavor as well as a beautiful red color, the perfect Christmas drink.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Curry, Curry, Curry

We had such a wonderful day on Sunday!
We went with friends to the home of their friends high on a hilltop overlooking Grand Anse Beach.

 The home is called "Inside Out' and it is the perfect Caribbean home.

On the left is Ellen and Stewart's home, Brit's who have lived in Grenada for about 7 years.  The pool and patio is in the center and the guest cottage is to the right.  Everything is just the right size.  Perfect pool, living space with dining inside or out and a kitchen built for a chef.  Jim had some serious envy going on when he saw Ellen's kitchen complete with a restaurant-size stove, or cooker as they call it.

Here's a view of the guest cottage which they do rent when family or friends aren't visiting.
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Relaxing pool-side with Steve and Hope of S/V Starshine (left and center) and new friends Walter and Joanne (right) who are professors at the university.

 This was one of those special days in a beautiful setting.  I wish I had some pictures of the curry dinner that Ellen prepared but as usual our hands and mouths were full.  But I'll give you a little taste this way:
The starters were piri-piri shrimp and roti.
The main course was curries of goat, chicken and fish.   These were made with pan roasted and freshly ground spices. There were also a couple of vegetable curries - Aloo Palak (spinach and potato) and Dhal (lentil).  Basmati Rice infused with saffron stamens and cardamon was served with the dishes along with a raita and home-made Lime Pickle as well as home-made hot pepper jam.
Dessert was Kulfi or Panna Cotta.  Spectacular!
To cap off the evening, this view from our dining table.  Thank you to Ellen and Stewart for a memorable day.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Day in the Life

Jim's been feeling like everything on the boat is broken.
He found putting this video together cathartic.

Click on the link below to view.  Misery loves company!