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WELCOME ~ E KOMO MAI
As we wend our way deeper and deeper into 2013, nature bestows upon us the brilliantly hued glories of autumn. Oh, the delicious and auspicious possibilities, as the seasons unravel.
But let's not rush. Instead, let's revel in moving back inside after the hot, glory days of summer. Time to pull out the warm-fuzzies and snuggle in front of the fireplace.
Autumn takes us back to our favorite cozy zones, and cooking turns to comfort. 'Tis the time of year when roadside stands overflow with the bounty of the season. Even the moon gets in on the act puffing itself up to big, golden, harvest perfection. And there's pumpkins everywhere. Pumpkins just begging to be turned into a spooky, smiling lantern called Jack.
The aroma of apple pies baking and tablescapes strewn with maple leaves touting every colour of crimson and gold known to man beg us to gather more, linger longer. And, of course, to repeatedly celebrate the bounty of sublime, earth-to-table, indulgence.
And of course we get deeper into the always interesting, lunar year, The Year of the Black Water Snake is laying it's powers on us. This year is made for steady progress and attention to detail. Sounds like perfect timing to toy with variations of Amuse Bouche, mayhaps, with all those delectable little details all wrapped up in one bite.
Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve. Well then, the year of the Snake certainly sets the stage......it's time to cook and feast!
Step out of the usual, out of routine, and out of the familiarity of home. This is the year to get outside, push out of our comfort zones, open our minds and arms to mysterious, enigmatic and memorable moments. Oh goody goody gumdrops!
The cosmic element of the 2013 snake is water. The 'Water' Snake prompts us to be adventurous spirits, undaunted to take risks and offers a wellspring of creative ideas. With that powerful push behind us, just imagine the potently delicious and out of the ordinary concoctions that will come from our kitchens this year.
This year inspires us to socialize and gather which makes me think it's time to rev up our dinner party plans and let all this superbly pent up hunger for the unusual present itself with some exotic new dishes.
All of us pleasure seeking foodies can tap into our inner Snakes, seize gutsy, take more and more brazen, luscious leaps and conjure to our heart’s content. Ignite your palates!
I can't wait to throw on some great tunes (because cooking without music is like a bee without a buzz) and play with some sumptuous new flavours and ingredients, not knowing where they might take us……Into the Mystic......perhaps....
But please keep in mind that I am still pretty much a rookie blogger. Be patient with me, as I continue to learn the ropes.....as I figure out how to make my blog good lookin', with lots of what I like best and even more of what you like best.
Stay tuned, much more to come. Goodies from here, recipes from there. What I'm cookin' up these days in My Okanagan Kitchen, as I gaze upon the beautiful forests of Trepanier, up above the lakeside hamlet of Peachland in BC's beautiful Wine Country. Family feasts, down home comfort and tasty little treats.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the
things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover."
~ Mark Twain
Summer view from my kitchen in the forest in the Okanagan Valley.
On the other hand, I'm going to sweep you away to far off tropical islands with my memoirs of what I conjured up in My Hawaiian Kitchen a few years back when I was lucky enough to call the amazing Big Island of Hawaii home for a few years. And these days too, when I'm blissed out to be vacationing to my 'Home Sweet Island Home". Bountiful island ingredients, local specialties with my own little twists and ono (delicious) new revelations on old stand-bys and of course Hapa tunes to fill my spirit and kitchen with luscious Aloha.
Sunset view from the lanai just off one of my favorite Hawaiian kitchens.
So come on in! I'm here waiting for you with a big warm invitation to pull up a stool along my kitchen counter, plunk down at my dinner table, or just hang out with me while I do what I love best. Alo-ha!
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THE LAST WONTON RECIPE INDEX
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MY HAWAIIAN KITCHEN RECIPES, so far.......
(also included in Main Recipe Index, as linked above)
Pahoa Pesto Pork Pats Pasta ~ Kuawa Riblets ~ Broken Pork Nachos ~ Pad Hai ~
Chickie Flautas ~ Island Macaroni Salad ~ Huli Huli Chicken ~
Creamy Chicken 'Chiladas ~ Swallowing Clouds Soup ~
Chocolate Frosted Koko Java Cupcakes ~ Chicken Sate Potstickers ~ Avo Hummus
Michelle's Island Corn Salsa ~ Hula ula ula Salad ~ Cliff's Lemon Lime Chicken
Tender-Baby-Tender Baby Back Ribs ~ Mom's Pineapple Chicken ~
Volcano Chicken ~ Lemony Orange Snack Cake ~ Kawaihae Pie aka Sex In A Pan
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"My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where
the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry
meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future."
~ Pearl Bailey
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