picture-or-video-327-standard-e-mail-view.jpgSo what does one do on their birthday on charter? Well, it’s just another day, Our charter guests still expect to eat. They did have dinner off the boat though, so I was able to chill a bit. We are in Lipari and the boys ran me in to town in the tender. From what I could gather it was more of a vacation spot for Italians, not an English speaking tourist in sight (just how I like it). I bought myself a birthday present in town. This shop had recovered tiles from a 1930′s era local hotel. I bought one to put next to my tile from Portofino, and of course a magnet. The crew surprised me with a hard drive and gave me a real nice card everyone signed. Not a bad birthday at all. We are about to lose our connection, so I will post a recipe tomorrow.

I woke up and we are in Siracusa, another long run while we were sleeping, and calm! The landscape is changing, I will post a picture later. This is our final destination, so we will be here for a few days. I think this is where they filmed part of the Godfather? It’s my story and I’m sticking to it. In that spirit, here’s a recipe for braised horse head (just kidding). Instead, how about the birthday cake I requested from Jenna in my honor. Your going to have to work for this one again. What can I say, South Africans have a different metric system, again it is well worth the effort, Corli used to make one similar to this.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

serves 8

75g. butter

150g. sugar

2 eggs, well beaten

175g. self-raising flour

175 g. dates, chopped

175 ml boiling water

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. instant coffee or espresso powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

175 g. brown sugar

110 g. butter

6 Tbsp. heavy cream

25 g. pecans, chopped

Place dates, water, vanilla, coffee, and baking soda in bowl. Cream butter and sugar until pale and light, gradually add egg. Fold in flour, then date mixture. Pour in a greased 13×9 dish and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until it is cooked through and toothpick or knife comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Add the remaining ingredients together in a sauce pan, melt together, and pour over the cake.

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