Monday, July 13, 2015

Mint Sticky Rolls with Lemon Glaze

My monster mint is on a rampage yo. My spearmint is currently the biggest culprit but other varieties I grow in my garden are proliferating to science fiction proportions.

Those of us who grow our own herbs know that, unless contained, fresh mint can run rampant in a garden. It returns every year with a vengeance. Mine even escapes the raised bed in PA, then it jumps outside the garden enclosure and starts rooting on the lawn outside. It's a mint war at my place I tell ya.

When I expanded my mint variety to include, apple mint, chocolate mint, pineapple mint, orange mint and spearmint, I made sure I grew these in large pots instead of planting them in the ground. I do this both in NYC on our terrace and in the country because if mint has space, it will take it and run.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Seven Great Things to Do on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman

Photo Credit (left) Red Sail Sports

Full disclosure: I was a guest of the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa participating in a press trip. My airfare, room, food, beverages and activities were all courtesy of the hotel. However, the views and opinions expressed in this post are purely and entirely my own. 

Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa

19 years ago, I had one unforgettable trip to the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman. and have just recently returned. My oh my, how almost two decades have changed the face of what used to be a mostly diver's only paradise that is Grand Cayman. 

Most people who read this blog already know I am a passionate scuba junkie. I brought my gear along on this trip, planning to sneak in some dives and was even encouraged to do so by our hosts. There were so many other fun activities to explore, I didn't get the chance. Shame on me. Someone needs to take away my C card. However, I don't regret a minute.

Photo Credit (Right) Red Sail Sports

Nowadays in Grand Cayman, scuba enthusiasts rub shoulders with foodies, couples about to tie the knot and a new breed of tourists looking for a destination fun for families and singles. This is the first in a series of posts about Grand Cayman, because there's lots to show and tell above water, not just below.

Photo Credit (extreme right) Red Sail Sports

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sauerkraut Spelt Hand Pies

It came as a big surprise that my first attempt at hand pies would be a savory version. I always think of sweet first.

These are a German twist on hand pies using a sauerkraut, apple, ham and potato filling. The filling ingredients are flexible according to your taste. For a vegetarian version, the ham can be left behind. 

Spelt is a popular flour found in many different baked goods in Germany, It is also readily available in any supermarket at a reasonable price.  If you cannot find spelt flour or it is cost prohibitive, whole wheat flour can be substituted for the spelt variety.