Derek and I were in Maui in November & we went out for breakfast at the Kihei Cafe one morning. I have a weakness for always trying the local or house speciality, and so I ordered the "Loco Moco", a uniquely Hawaiian breakfast. Imagine a mound of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg (I actually got my egg poached to make it healthy - haha!!!) and then smothered in gravy. Now imagine what my arteries looked like after I ate that!
The rest of the menu featured all sorts of yummy Hawaiian influenced treats - banana macadamia french toast, coconut pancakes, tropical fruit salad and the like. I was struck the inspiration to host a tropical inspired brunch in the middle of a grey Squamish winter, to help lift us out of the winter dull-drums.
Huevos Rancheros (CBC #5 from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook)
Coconut Pancakes (CBC #6 from Bill's Open Kitchen)
Pineapple and Coconut Muffins with Ginger (CBC #7 from Sunlight Cafe - a great breakfast/brunch cookbook from the Moosewood collection)
Pineapple loaf & Banana Macadamia bread (both brought home from Maui)
Lime & Mango Yoghurt, Coconut Yoghurt
Tropical Fruit Salad
Bacon & Breakfast Sausage (no brunch would be complete without!)
|CBC #5: Huevos Rancheros from this great book I got for Christmas. I particularly loved this recipe as it was easy to make for a big group and didn't require me standing over a hot stove turning out one egg at a time.|
|And the Huevos were muy deliciosos!|
|CBC #6: Coconut Pancakes|
Bill Granger is an Australian chef and this book is full of warm-weather meals inspired by the land down-under.
|The coconut pancakes were light, fluffy and delicious!|
|CBC #7: Pineapple Coconut Muffins|
If you love brunch, you must get this book!
|The gang digs in!|
|Brunch with Aloha Spirit!|
The rest of the weekend was relaxing and enjoyable. Our tropical meal had a positive influence on the weather; we went from grey and rainy on Saturday to bright and sunny on Sunday.
I went for a very lovely walk on the Four Lakes Trail at Alice Lake. As is my (bad) habit, I went out for too long and my walk turned into a waddle!
In Squamish we have a wonderful Farmer's Market with local produce, baked goods, and crafts. In the winter they move indoors to the Railway Museum. I'd never been to the museum or the winter market, so I checked it out on Sunday. It was really nice! The venue is very cool with tons of natural light & some old railcars sitting in the middle of the room. The market itself is always a popular community gathering spot, so its a great place to catch up with people and hang-out.
|Squamish Winter Market at the West Coast Railway Museum|
|Belly shot of the week: on my way to prenatal yoga at 29 weeks. |
Mini Zambo in the foreground.
|I say "YUM!"|
|Derek shows his approval|
|Derek enjoys some Fancy Mac & Cheese while soaking the nuisance toe|