Saturday, March 5, 2011

Winter Hungries

We love to visit Bar Harbor off season, but it's slim pickings in the eating department there this time of year until around May 15, which is the typical start of the tourist season.  It was a bit blustery on the town pier where I spotted a few gulls wandering around.  I can only imagine that they were out looking for a few scraps to eat too. 

We continued on to this pretty scene in Somesville.  While it's still a lovely spot in the winter, I missed the cheerful sight of flower boxes filled with cascading blooms and I imagined how nice it would be to just head over to Jordan Pond House for maybe a popover or perhaps a scone or two. 

I asked Henri if he was hungry for a scone.  He was.  So we stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few items that I could use to whip up some goodies for us to eat at our own little diner booth back at home.

First up, was a simple recipe for coffeehouse scones that I found here

And they were melt in your mouth good covered in some store-bought lemon curd. 

Then yesterday with St. Patrick's Day looming, I decided to try my hand at some Irish Soda Bread.  Here's the ultra easy recipe I used.   Except I added 1/2 cup of currants, 2 teaspoons of sugar and baked it for about 15 minutes longer. 

And finally, today I made up my own little super easy recipe for a quick tuna au gratin that I baked up in some scallop shells. Just flake up 2 small cans of tuna with some mayo, 1/2 stalk of minced celery, some minced red bell pepper, and a little lemon juice.  Add mixture to shell and sprinkle with some crushed Ritz crackers, paprika and some shredded Cabot's Seriously Sharp white cheddar cheese.

Bake for 25 min. at 350 degrees and serve with some jumbo shrimp.   And to make it easy on yourself, serve them with a side of store-bought shrimp cocktail sauce. 

You don't even have to do the dishes, although you might want to so you can make this again sometime.    

 The leftover stalk of celery goes to the green bird inside.   

And good heavens, don't forget to fill the feeders for all the outside feathered friends too! 

If you can manage it, I highly recommend dining aside a pretty bowl of candle lit sea glass.

Then sit back and enjoy, because surely May 15 will be here before you know it!


Privet and Holly said...

Lovely, lovely
visit from beginning
to end....I think
your home diner is
delightful!!! Everything
looks yummy and I
will most definitely
attempt the soda
bread this week. Wow,
that recipe for the
tuna au gratin sounds
fantastic. Okay, now
I'm full, so off to
do a few laps around
the house!!!
Big hugs to you, Lili : )
xx Suzanne

julie - eab designs said...

Oh my! Lemon curd is my favorite! I think I have to go make some now. Everything looks heavenly!

Low Tide High Style said...

I'm with Suzanne, it's all so lovely Lili! Your Irish soda bread and scones look heavenly! And you know how I love lemon curd! I'm sure you do miss the flower boxes but that photo of the bridge with the snow looks like a postcard! Everything looks absolutely delicious! And of course even your handsome feathered friend deserves a yummy treat like some celery!

Kat :)

Julie said...

LOVELY Lili...Enjoyed each and every photo. Even Simon looks like he is puttin on the ritz for the lens...Still loving your booth. Gosh it's 10:20 pm and I'm sitting here suddenly very very hungry!!!! It all looks like something from a fantastic seaside cafe...You may have missed your calling! **And I like the May 15th date because it is the anniversary of our wedding!! Hugs to you Lili!!

Piecefulafternoon said...

What a lovely evening - and all the recipes look delicious. I'll have to try the scones. Your photos are delightful!

spindrift,me said...

I'd be right over for leftovers, Lili!! ... If there are any :o)
I love that bridge in Somesville. Hardly ever get to see it in the middle of winter. And the tuna melt--the photos get closer...and closer...and my mouth is watering!! love your soda bread photo--I do love soda bread, and it is so easy. Did you use buttermilk? I haven't seen the recipe yet.
Thanks for a lovely post! mike

Anonymous said...

Lovely bird shots.

I've noticed a few soda bread recipes floating around on blogs lately. Guess I should give it a try but have no clue what it tastes like.


Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Lili, the food looks delicious . . you such a baker and a cook too. I think that green bird that lives in your house might be a little spoiled. We have a tendency to do that to our "little creatures". Simon equals sweetness! Sandy:O)

Jacquelyn said...

I love the scallop shell "plate" for the tuna au gratin! Lovely idea. Thanks for using Cabot cheese- our farm family owners appreciate your support!

jennyfreckles said...

I do love visiting you - you make everything look so exquisite. The shell tuna meal looks so appetising and I bet it tastes delicious. I will have to try that one.

Country Girl said...

Oh, how wonderful Lili. Somesville in the winter, the Jordan Pond House, scones and all of your little goodies. Plus birds. Nicely done, my friend.

Kenny Soward said...

I'm supposed to be on a diet and here my mouth is watering right before bed :)

hometown girl said...

oh your food looks wonderful and your nook is darling! my husband's mom used to make irish soda bread he would love that! and that tuna sounds yummy too! thanks for sharing lili always so nice to visit you're a doll!! xo susan

vicki said...

Lili - what wonderful cooking surprises - those scones are surly calling my name! I love scones~~

I have never had Irish soda bread but I have wondered about it - your looked lovely.

Love the photo of your "boy " he looks so pretty with the celery- he is so beautiful!

We loved Bar Harbor - I think it would be wonderful to see it in the snow~~