Believe it or not...the 'Save the Date' invitations went out August 9th. Our friends are very busy during the month of December and we wanted to be the first ones on their Holiday Radar.
SAVE THE DATE - Sunday, December 18th - 2 pm - 6 pm
@ Kolekole Beach Park - the big pavilion
Potluck: Bring a dish to be shared
Theme is same as last year: Pupus and Desserts
Galyn had the idea to put together a cookbooklet with all the recipes.
Submit your dish recipe via e-mail to Sonia
Give clear and concise instructions, please!
Include your name and e-mail address...when all recipes are received, a copy of the booklet will be e-mailed to you.
Let's be green and not use disposables!
Bring your own place setting (plate, flatware, napkins).
We don't know how to say this gracefully, but...we will be eating no later than 3 o'clock...if you're someone who is usually 'fashionably late' or on 'Hawaiian Time', you might miss all the food.
Fun Gift Exchange:
Bring a wrapped gift for the gift exchange game.
Cost from $10 - $20.
Please, no white elephant gifts. It is not fair to the recipient if they brought something nice and end up with something no one would want.
It was a dark and stormy day all over the island with thunder, lightning and buckets of rain falling...but 'neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays' our friends from getting together to have a good time...and 27 of them braved the storms and joined us!
Co-host Galyn was our 'Christmas Æbleskiver (Pancake Puffs) Elf'...setting up the back table at the pavilion as his own kitchen, he labored making them with an assortment of fruit and savory fillings...Delicious!
As usual, with no checking with each other...the food was varied and delicious. At first, the dessert side of the table got heavier, but soon the pupu side of the table caught up...I think we had about an even number of both...and again, as usual...more food than we all could eat!
I made the flans in the foreground of the left and right bottom pics...recipe follows
A separate table was set up with beverages...Citrus-Mint water, coffee, and an assortment of juices contributed by Kevan & Brenda and Carey & Jim
My Favorite Flan
All Cubans love flan. There are several versions, but this is my favorite and the easiest.
For the Caramel:
1/2 cup sugar for caramel
A few drops of water
Or use a store bought bottle of already made caramel syrup
For the Flan:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
5 whole eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Put about 1/2 cup sugar in a metal flan mold or baking pan with a few drops of water. Place mold or pan directly over the stove burner and caramelize the sugar until amber and liquid. Using gloves, hold the mold with the melted sugar at an angle and let the caramel run over all the inside surfaces to coat evenly....or use the caramel syrup you can buy at some grocery stores (usually found in the Hispanic food section) - Set it aside.
Mix the two cans of milk together; adding the evaporated milk to the sweet condensed milk a little at a time to make sure it is all evenly incorporated.
Beat the eggs and add into the milk mix by stirring it in, do not beat so you don't get air bubbles. Add the vanilla and stir. If the egg doesn’t dissolve completely (if you see little pieces of solid egg white) strain the mix through a fine mesh sieve directly into your caramel lined flan mold and cover mold with tight lid or foil.
Cover the mold (*) with foil and tuck in tightly all around the top. Place mold in a pan filled with about two inches of boiling-hot water, in a preheated 350°F oven for 1½ hours.
Note: For the two flans shown on the photo, the recipe was doubled and I used the bottled caramel syrup to line the bread pans. (*) You can purchase a mold especially made for flan which comes with a clamp-on lid. There are several designs and sizes. You can find them online. The one in link is just an example.
The gifts for the exchange game...as usual, some 'stealing' just happened....and a good time was had by all!
I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas sharing the warmth of hearth, family, and friends...
Photo credits: Noel Morata, Linn & Larry Ryggs, and Sonia R. Martinez
Wreath & Christmas tree on gift table: Kevan & Brenda
Music: Kevan & Brenda
Table decorations: Sonia's "collections"
Evergreen greenery: Noel Morata