Kauai Sampler, Oahu Sampler, Diamond Head Postcard and U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Postcard are at the printer now and will be available later this week. In the meantime, I am busy at work finishing the Hawaiian Alphabet. Thanks to all of you who responded to my query regarding the mahina (moon) design and I hope you will be pleased to know that I will include both the full and the crescent moons in the one chart. I am also trying to get together some cards with Hawaiian Christmas themes. I hope to have those ready in October so there will be time to stitch them up before the holidays.
The weather has cooled off here though we still haven't had any rain. I pulled a few (of about a million weeds) in my poor neglected garden and the ground is just bone dry. I'm not planning on a fall garden as there's no point if there isn't going to be any rain. But I sure am going to miss the fresh-picked lettuce, spinach, kale and collards. But there are plenty of farmers' markets nearby.
Here's another soup recipe perfect for cooler days. This one is rich and luscious and is a recipe from Sam Choy's cookbook: Sam Choy's Cuisine Hawaii. Enjoy!
Tahitian Crabmeat Soup
2 cups diced onion
1/4 cup butter
2 TBSPs flour
2 cups heavy cream
1-1/2 cups chicken stock
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups frozen chopped spinach, or 3 cups chopped fresh spinach, washed and stemmed
1-1/2 cups crabmeat
salt and white pepper, to taste
In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until translucent. Stir in flour and blend well. Add heavy cream and chicken stock; simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in coconut milk, spinach and crabmeat. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.
I am trying to finish the Hawaiian Alphabet and I have two versions of mahina (moon) for the letter M. Which one do you like best?
Finally we had a little rain and the temperatures have dropped - upper 40s this morning with a high today to be in the mid 70s. No complaints here. However, I seriously don't know where the time goes. Sorry for not posting for awhile. I spent some time catching up with bookkeeping and housecleaning. I've had to find some activities that don't require so much use of my right hand. Stitching for hours and days on end leads to a flare-up of carpal tunnel issues so I've taken a little break. But don't worry, U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and Diamond Head postcards and Oahu and Kauai Samplers will be going to the printer this week! Preview them on the Coming Soon! page.
One of the things I really like about cooler weather is it's the perfect time for a hot bowl of soup so here is a recipe for Portuguese Bean Soup, an Island favorite:
This recipe if the one featured at the annual Punahou Carnival.
This soup can also be made with Portuguese sausage (linguica) or kielbasa instead of the ham and is equally ono (delicious)!
Just call me Fran
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