“Well the sun rose with so many colors it nearly broke my heart,
And it worked me over like a work of art, I was a part of all that.”
I was so lucky to see a few sunrises this past week on vacation. There is nothing like a vacation at the beach. Relaxation, rest, restoration…
What a great week! Our first night we cooked…my little nephew joined in and helped shuck, and eat, the peas. You may be thinking, “Oh, new peas are SO great”. (or…you could be saying peas are gross and I used to hide them under my napkin?) Try this: cook them up with new potatoes and a bit of butter, a splash milk/ cream, salt and pepper and do you know what you get? Here take a look…
The origins of this recipe? I am not sure…I grew up eating peas n’ potatoes this way. It is strange how one bite of a childhood dish can transport you back to a simpler time. Life was about endless summer days and nothing to do but play.
I ate some lobster a time or 4 (of the 6 days) we were there…
I broke out and didn’t want the shrimp from Maine to feel left out…sharing is caring, yes?
Morning-time found me making coffee
I had a few food inspirations over the week and came home ready to work. I wanted to create mini pies. I am not sure why I wanted them to be handheld little bits of deliciousness but I just did. And goodness knows when I set my mind to something…well I can be a *little* stubborn.
This morning found me awake at 4:30…I know. For your information, that is when the birds wake up as well. Maybe I had enough sleep on vacation? It was a perfect time to tackle this project – the air was still cool! I made a batch of pie dough from a family recipe.
Rolled, cut out many circles, put them in my mini tart pan, filled them with berries (which were mixed along with some flour, sugar, cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg and freshly grated lime zest…oh yes).
Topped them with the top crust, tried to put my mad crimping skills to use (hard to do with these gems), put them in the oven, then began pacing nervously wondering what exactly would happen. I could blame the pot of coffee I had consumed. Well…
Not bad. Sure the fruit filling will bubble over. Next time I would leave an empty spot between each mini pie. It was hard to seal the top crust because I filled those babies up! But, I think because they are so small, slightly less filling would be a-ok. Go ahead…make these. Be sure to have a handful of patience in the cupboard.
I am so grateful to have a few weeks off. Time to really recharge, refocus and recenter again. I know new adventures and experiences will be had. I see many wonderful, beautiful things on the horizon. I am off to play like a kid now.