Maui with the Greeks

We recently returned home from a family vacation/reunion in Maui. Almost all of the Greek side of the family was present, and it was a blast. Here are a few pictures of some highlights!

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Hanging out at a gorgeous beach on the North coast of Maui.

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Amazing sushi from Miso Phat.

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Swimming with sea turtles!

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Booze cruise!

Hello from Maui

 

Jordan and I are in Maui for the week. We are vacationing with his Dad’s entire side of the family, only missing three people! Highlights of our trip include a sunset cruise with our immediate family, a BBQ potluck with the whole gang, and swimming with sea turtles on a snorkel excursion.

The entire has been quite incredible and we are extremely thankful to be here!

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Zucchini bread

zucchini bread

As I mentioned the other day, we have been bombarded with fresh produce lately. I decided to make zucchini bread because we had a small baby sized zucchini in our fridge, and because I love baked goods. I adapted the recipe from this site. It turned out really well and I am planning on freezing anything that we cannot eat within a few days.

Zucchini bread

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini (strained through a paper towel)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Combine all of the dry ingredients and blend well. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until there are no clumps. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 55-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the middle is set. Feel free to substitute the oil and honey with any other fat or sweetener. I also think grated carrots (or maybe beets?) would be great in here. Enjoy!

Rainbow chard and leek pie

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This summer has been plentiful. Between our CSA box, a family friend’s generous garden share, and my in-laws’ new garden, we have greens coming out of our ears! Here is a recipe that utilized a couple of leeks and a bunch of rainbow chard. The recipe is adapted from Greenkitchenstories.com and I just used whatever was in the fridge.

If you are not sharing in this bounty, try going for a walk. There are so many fruits blossoming right now, you may be able to forage something fresh! Or I highly recommend Growing Washington’s Local Choice Food Box!

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Rainbow Chard and Leek Pie

For the crust:

  • 1/3 heaping cup almond flour
  • 1/2 heaping cup spelt flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp ice water

For the filling:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • Dash of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • Large bunch of rainbow chard
  • 2 small leeks
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

For the crust, mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the water and coconut oil and combine with hands. Gather into a ball and cover with cling wrap. Refrigerate for 30 mins.

While the dough chills, roughly chop the chard and leeks, sauté in olive oil for about 4 minutes or until soft. Salt and pepper the vegetables after they have softened. Mix the eggs with the cheese and seasoning. When the vegetables are done, add the vegetables to the egg mixture.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, press the dough into a 9-inch tart pan. Prick the bottom with a fork and bake for 10 mins. Take the crust out and turn the oven down to 325 degrees F.

Add the egg and vegetable mixture to the crust and spread evenly. Place back into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until edges are golden brown and middle is set.

This recipe is very easy to modify. Any type of cheese or vegetable would be great, as well as changing the type of flour in the crust.

The funniest book I have ever heard

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If you know me well, you know that I am too frugal to actually spend money on music. Too many years of illegal downloading has left me spoiled! Since I enjoy running with some sort of entertainment I have been downloading weekly podcasts and listening to those while I run (This American Life, Wiretap, Ted talks, etc.). Jordan and I signed up for a marathon after watching his dad complete an Ironman (no I am not a runner, yes I am terrified). Since then my mileage has increased and my free weekly podcasts can’t keep up!

I had a lightbulb moment when I realized I could just download audiobooks from the library! Ah-ha! I now have a practically endless supply of free listening material! I am overjoyed with this discovery, and would encourage anyone else to try it! Audiobooks have also opened up my eyes to funny books. If I am listening to something it has to be entertaining! And to me, entertainment is funny. Here are my recommendations:

Tina Fey – Bossypants

David Sedaris – Dress your family in corduroy and denim (I generally love anything and everything that David Sedaris writes, but this is the first full book of his that I have read.)

Mindy Kaling – Is everyone hanging out without me? (I was pleasantly surprised with this hilarious book, I think I could read it at least 10 times and it would still be funny. Definitely the funniest book I have ever read (heard?).)

Lake Tye Tri

This weekend Jordan and his dad Dave competed in an Olympic distance triathlon in Monroe, WA. The total mileage was 0.9 swimming, 28 biking, and 6.2 running.

Vanessa and I spent the day training as well, training to be a spectator that is… Watching a triathlon and coming prepared for the day is an art, one that we have not quite mastered. But but next summer we plan to have the right amount of layers, binoculars, and a map of the course!

I am so proud of Jordan! Is this the first stop on a journey to Ironman? We will see!

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