Five Things I Love Right Now

If you listen to the Joy the Baker Podcast (and if you’re not, you should) you’d know that they assigned some homework for their blogging listeners. Here’s mine!

1. Breadfruit. I’ve cooked with it a few times in the past, but it wasn’t until recently when I boiled and mashed it that I became straight up obsessed with this versatile fruit. It seriously tastes like doughy, fresh baked bread.

2. The Square Foot Gardening book by Mel Bartholomew. My parents have been using this method for a few years now and after they sent me a copy for Christmas I got super excited about replanting. Sixteen carrots in one square foot? Yes!

3. Jacaranda trees. Spring is here in the islands! The purple tufts popping up along the mountainside tell us so.

4. Immersion Blender. How did I ever make soup without this little guy? Thanks Loree!

5. When Pigs Fly Island Charcuterie. Yes, it’s for real, you can get locally sourced bacon, sausages, and other great products right here in Kona. I have been putting their pancetta in everything. Pictured above are some breakfast enchiladas made with their portuguese sausage. Read more about them here: When Pigs Fly.


16 thoughts on “Five Things I Love Right Now

  1. I love breadfruit! It’s a huge caribbean thing, but luckily I can find it here if I go to the right neighborhood. Mmm….now I think I need to go to said neighborhood.


  2. Okay, I’ve never had breadfruit before. I don’t quite remember how it happened, but I remember having a bad experience with it when I was younger. LOL Now that I’m older, I think I will give it a shot. This book sounds very interesting. I’m always trying to build an organic garden for myself. My backyard’s soil is pretty bad, so I’ve been buying earthworms to rebuild the soil. If I keep at it, I think by december, the top soil will be filled with rich nutrients. We’ll see.


  3. I’ve never had breadfruit but I will have to keep an eye out for it now. I’m loving seeing all the different types of magnolia’s blooming here. I’ve never seen some of these. They’re got the fuzzy pods like the magnolias I’m familiar with but the petals are all different in shape, color or size. There’s a deep purple one in my neighbors yard that smells like citrus. It literally makes me giggle when I sniff it. I would love to read that book. That sounds super interesting and I’d love to be a better gardener.


  4. Hi Gwen, I found you through the links in the joy the baker podcast. I was interested because I too live in Hawaii. The funny thing is, my neighbor has the same name as you…it would be too crazy if that was you~right? Do you exchange christmas cookies with a neighbor in a green house?


    1. Yes~I live in the green house across the street from you! hahaha. Crazy huh? Have a beautiful sustainable sunday, Gwen. Love your blog!


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