Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Now this is tranquili-tea, er, tranquility! Following the informative garden tour at Ocean Haven, we enjoyed a beautiful and serene tea tasting on the patio overlooking the water. The setting was simply perfect, and the tea was a delight.
Our host and hostess, out-of-region MATBA members Paul and Denise Worrell of Naturally Bahamian prepared a delicious sampling of Bahamian treats. We were offered a variety of teas and juices to start which were all very refreshing. Pumpkin Soup, gently seasoned with Bird Pepper and Thyme was on the table.
Left to Right, Mark Myers, MATBA President Mike Raab (Tea for All), Paul our driver, Lora Andrews (Cup Tea Bar), Kathleen Hippeli (One Steep at a Time), Ray Hippeli, Nancy Reppert (Sweet Remembrances), Amy Myers (Dollies Tea Room), Debbie Raab (Tea for All) and Gypsy Fleck (Gypsy's Tearoom).
Oceanhaven Green Salad with sorrel mango vinaigrette dressing was complemented with BaHammus and Vegan Herb Crackers. BaHummus is Paul's consolidated version of Bahamian Hummus. Mini Fish Patties rounded out the sampling for the main course.
Dessert included Bahamian Otaeete apple pies and pumpkin bread. What a delightful and delicious way to spend a morning!
Monday, February 13, 2017
While enjoying our Tea, Talk, and Tour at Ocean Haven in Nassau, Naturally Bahamian business owner Denise Worrell served her delicious SuperFood Smoothie. So thick, so delicious, and so refreshing and energizing - super food indeed! She graciously shared her recipe with us.Super Food Smoothie
6 oz. Coconut Milk
1 c. papaya, berries
1 c. kale/spinach
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
banana to taste
Thank you, Denise!
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Guava is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. It'll be the next miracle plant! Paul cautioned to harvest sustainably, only harvesting a maximum of one fourth of the plant.
The aquaponics unit is self sustaining with natural gravel filters. Everything is grown in fresh water and there are no artificial insecticides.
Ducks, chickens, and goats round out their endeavors. Trips to the grocery store are far and few between.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
A lot of time and effort was obviously put into this special evening, and not a single detail was forgotten, including island breezes. The activities for the evening were printed on beach themed paper, gold boxes with island seashells were made as favors, and the evening began with introductions. Although this was at Evie's home, it was the combined efforts of several long time friends, and the bond of friendship was extended to our group. Denise (L) was the coordinator for our activities on the island, and she enlisted Evie (R) to host this event.Iced beverages offered included Serenity, Virility, or Passion fruit lemonade. The first course started with Conch Fritters served with a French-type dipping sauce. They were fresh, warm, and tasty. A true island treat!
The second course featured individually plated Chicken Salad and Bahamian Macaroni and Cheese. The chicken salad was very flavorful loaded with shredded chicken and hints of pimiento, onion, and celery. Bahamian macaroni and cheese is not like the American version. It is baked using a large flat noodle, and very thick almost resembling a lasagna. It is a true Bahamian 'must have' experience.
Then, a buffet table suddenly appeared. It was laden with an amazing variety of homemade treats. Pimiento Cheese sandwiches, Corn bread served with assorted jellies, and moist Rum cakes (another Bahamian specialty!).
And if that wasn't enough, there was also Tuna Sandwiches, Carrot Cake, and Coconut or pineapple tarts.
We arrived as strangers, were welcomed graciously to Evie's home, we laughed and shared stories, and left as friends. What a memorable evening. And a true tribute to friendship.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Our excursion into downtown Nassau City included a stop at Tasty Teas, a local mother and son business that offers iced teas, juices, nectars, Bahamian teas both loose and in tea bags, and assorted specialty items including vanilla.
Tucked back from the main street, the beverages are sold from the front building. The Junkanoo nectar; a mixture of guava, mango and soursop was a refreshing and flavorful, tropical island treat.
Behind the beverage shop, is a smaller building where they sell their packaged Bahamian herbal teas. Johnathan led a guided tour of the plants along the wall including lemon grass also called fever grass. He shared the medicinal properties and benefits of many of the herb teas that they package. Once inside the building we sampled several of the teas. Soursop which is said to aide in digestive health and Moringa Tea which is an excellent source of protein, potassium and calcium. As a resource for additional information regarding the health benefits of the native Bahamian herbs, Johnathan suggested the book Bush Medicines in the Bahamas.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
During our adventures in Nassau, we had some free time to explore and we discovered the Heritage Village Artists' Studios. A two story business features locally made Bahamian crafts. In the open air patio was this beautiful display of unique bottle trees.
According to a placard, bottle trees started in Africa in the 1600's.The lore of the bottles was carried to America during the slave period. It was customary to hang a bottle on branches of trees on burial grounds. The belief was that in the dark of night, evil spirits would enter the bottles and then, during the day the spirits would burn away from the heat of the sun. Blue bottles were thought to be particularly useful. This artwork is the combined effort of the father daughter duo, Robert Russell and Sharon Garzaroli.