Oyster Mushrooms with Orzo

It seems like a funny time of year to be harvesting mushrooms, but I suppose as long as conditions are right, those little fungi are going to bloom! I’ve never been really confident on picking mushrooms, but there are a few that I know well, that are safe to eat. Oyster Mushrooms, Puff Balls, and…

Nutty Peanut Butter Cookies

I was sitting waiting for my car to be serviced, and noticed on the coffee bar that there was a container of homemade cookies. As I sat, I watched how many people took one as they walked by. Pretty much everyone took one, including a gentleman who took one simply to feed to another customer’s dog….

Rose Petals

This weekend I’m working on several menus for upcoming events.  It’s a bit rainy out, keeping the grasses growing, and the flowers blooming!  For the island’s Annual Summer Soiree & Art Auction, we’re having a Moroccan themed dinner. Looking out the office window, the view is full of wild roses, in all sorts of shades…

Farmers’ Markets ~ a daily happening here…

Everyday somewhere on this island, there’s a farmers’ market. There isn’t a huge amount of local produce in the stores, because of this daily event. Straight from the farm, to us! The produce is amazing, and diverse. We go from stall to stall (or truck bumper to truck bumper) buying this and that. After one…

Poking around on Kauai

We were wandering from little shop to little shop (there are no other types), in Hanapepe, Kauai, and found ourselves in Aloha Spice Company’s shop.  All sorts of spice mixes, rubs, and specific salts.  Hidden amongst it all was this book about tea.  Lo & behold, what should grace its cover but Tea Eggs!  Just…