Monday, June 20, 2016

Monmouth Battlefield State Park- NJ

I’m excited to join up again this month with fellow blogger Fiona Ryan's  A-Z Guidebook Travel Linkup over at Tiffin Bite Sized Food Adventures. This travel tale link-up goes from June 15th - June 22th, this time travels with the letter "M".

"M" is for Monmouth Battlefield State Park, New Jersey

Monmouth Battlefield State Park is a historical site in Central NJ, named for the American Revolutionary War battle fought there on June 28, 1778. Every year, on the last weekend in June re-enactors come from around the US and Canada to help bring this historical battle to life. Their historical knowledge and attention to the details of 18th century life, transports you to a different time and gives you a more thorough understanding of history.

On this hot sweltering day(100F+/ 37C+), the Continental Army under General George Washington met a British column under Sir Henry Clinton and Lt. General Cornwallis. Washington hoped to surprise attack the rear of the British army and overwhelm them, but General Charles Lee retreated too quickly when the British attempted to out flank them. This retreat led to massive disorder on the battlefield, but Washington rode out and managed to personally rally the troops, then brought up a four-gun battery under Major General Nathanael Greene to hit the British line, causing Cornwallis to withdraw. Darkness forced the end of the engagement, but both armies held the field, with the British commanding general Clinton withdrawing undetected at midnight to resume his march to New York City. 
This was a turning point in the American Revolution. The battle demonstrated the effectiveness of the Continental Army after its encampment at Valley Forge, where training under Major General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben and Major General Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette greatly improved army discipline, and morale. This battle is also known for starting the legend of Molly Pitcher. An American soldier's wife, Mary Hays, brought water to thirsty soldiers and eventually took her husband place at the cannon when he was wounded. After the battle, General Washington asked about the woman whom he had seen loading a cannon on the battlefield. In commemoration of her courage, he issued Mary Hays a warrant as a non commissioned officer. Afterwards, she was known as "Sergeant Molly," and she was given an annual pension of $40 for her service till her death.

For more Letter "M" travel stories, visit A-Z Guidebook Linkup. Stay tuned next month for more travel, centering around the Letter "N"!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Elderflower Pomegranate Sparkler

While in Montreal a few years ago, we were introduced to a very delicious Elderflower and Gin cocktail. It was sweet and perfumey and the gin gave it quite a nice peppery snap. Over the last few months I've been experimenting with making my own, not the bathtub kind, the flavoring a neutral spirit kind. After a few successful batches of homemade gin and finally finding some decent Elderflower cordial, I decided to try my hand at a light summery gin cocktail similar to the one I'd had. Mixing traditionally made elderflower cordial with acidic pomegranate juice, this refreshingly floral sparkler is the perfect combination of sweet, tart and bubbly; great for relaxing and enjoying on a hot summer evening.

Here is my recipe for Elderflower Pomegranate Sparkler:

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Strawberry & Cheese Pumpernickel Toast

Though we grow our own strawberries every year, it is one of our favorite fruits so i's always nice to supplement our bounty. This weekend we went Strawberry picking at our favorite local PYO, Battleview Orchards, with my brother. It was a beautiful hot and sunny Saturday morning with clear blue skies, a perfect day for picking. After about an 45 minutes in the rows we ended up with about 12 lbs of bright red sweet ripe juicy strawberries. More than enough to share with family and for the myriad of recipes I have mentally planned. 

So it only seemed right to start our Sunday brunch with a quick and easy strawberry recipe!

Here's the recipe for Strawberry & Cheese Pumpernickel Toast:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Coconut Fish Curry w/ Yellow Pomfret

When the weather gets particularly warmer and humid, we tend to be less inclined to have heavy meals for dinner and tend more toward fish and veggies. So, this past week I stopped in at HK Supermarket and as I went to the fish counter, my favorite fishmonger excitedly came over saying, " I have something for you!" He then pointed out the beautiful yellow pomfrets on ice, to which I could only happily respond..."I'll take two!" 

The first time I had yellow pomfret was on our trip to South India...Goa in particular. After seeing those beautiful fish I felt it was only right to try a new recipe with them. This recipe is my take on one our driver in Goa described to me as his "simple favorite", a dish with a few ingredients that combined just right make it great. His description was so vivid and detailed, it was really more than a delicious recipe, it was a memory of good times watching his Grandmother prepare Sunday dinner  And honestly after trying to make what he described, we could see why! The thick, fragrant coconut sauce is paired perfectly with this fish, being flavorful without being overpowering or heavy.

Here's my recipe for Coconut Fish Curry:
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