Pancakes, Blackberries, Maui, and Friends

Today was quite fantastic! You’ll soon see why.

Yes, I do put peanut butter on my pancakes. Don’t you?


The morning started out with some delicious homemade masa harina pancakes. I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Masa Harina. They sent me some a while back since I was unable to find it here on Maui. I’m happy to report that I really like it. The only drawback is that it isn’t organic or non-gmo which I would prefer. However, I am confident in the gluten free certification program at Bob’s Red Mill, and I like that they are employee owned. I’ll write more on the Masa Harina in a future post. I’d like to make a few different things with it before reviewing it. So far I’ve made tortillas and pancakes. Up next, I think pupusas.

Anyway, I woke up with a craving for pancakes and I knew these were a quick recipe of mine. They’ve even got a hint of cinnamon and chili powder in them. Isn’t that awesome? They’re also made with only one grain, which makes them even better when you’re gluten free and don’t have a mix prepared. Again, quite awesome.

Writing, writing, writing.


After breakfast I worked on my paper for Anthropology class. It’s one of my shorter, and less difficult papers, but it will still take some time since I want to do it well. Because I am writing about the Amhara people of the Ethiopian highlands I intend to take some teff grains to class (it’s a staple grain for the Amhara), as well as some homemade injera (if I can find the time). I also found a recipe for Berbere sauce, which is often served with wot (a stew) over injera. I just might have to give it a shot for dinner at home. My paper is going well, and I’m hoping to have it done by Monday or Tuesday at the latest. I have two more papers to work on that are due soon. So, it’s best to get one out of the way now.

I had a friend come over to go out on the mountain. M (a new friend who went to see Devin’s bad play in September at the Royal Lahaina) showed up right on time, and I was just beginning to work on our snacks. Devin was finishing up some music rehearsal downstairs, so the timing (while not perfect) worked well anyway.¬†She and I had an opportunity to hang out a bit, and then we all were on our way.

There’s Devin, between the trees.


Our first stop was a fantastic forest with massive trees. Next to the forest was an orchard Devin’s dad put in, so we picked a couple of apples. They weren’t perfectly ripe, but they’re close enough for eating right out of the hand.

Two to take home, one already eaten!


After leaving the orchard it was time for blackberry picking! There wasn’t enough time or easy berries for us to be able to make jam right now, but enough berries were brought home with which to make a pie. Mmmm pie.

Speaking of which, much blackberry picking philosophy ensued:

  • When you don’t have enough berries for jam, make pie. Not enough for pie, make cobbler. Not enough for cobbler, eat them straight up.
  • If you don’t spot an easy path, make your own.
  • Sometimes the best looking berries aren’t really the best.
  • Reach for the berries, but don’t lose sight of what’s important (your footing).
  • You may get poked a few times, but in the end it’s worth reaching the treasures of life.
  • Learn to stop and look for a while. Berries aren’t always obvious.
  • Look down. You don’t know what treasures lie beneath your feet.
  • Learn to let go of an unattainable berry. At least until you get a board long enough to reach it.
  • If you don’t take the time to stop and taste a berry or two you won’t know if you’re picking a bad bucketful.
  • Berry picking isn’t all about the berries. It’s about being with your friends and making new ones.
  • and many more!

After a bit of berry picking, and some very cold fingers (56F) we stopped for a snack. We literally tailgated on our berry picking adventure. Sure, there weren’t grills or things like that, but we did eat off the tailgate of the truck. M was attempting a raw food diet the last time I saw her, so I made sure to pack some raw food delights. She’s no longer on that food path now, but she is still gluten free, rice free, and vegan so our snacks worked out well. Chocolate raw granola (a price error occurred which made it so I paid only $6 for this $18 bag of granola…I’d personally never spend $18 on a bag of granola), carrot sticks, broccoli florets, chipotle hummus (brought by M), almond and coconut spread, apples, fresh coconut meat, and tahini were among our treats. Who knew that apples dipped in chipotle hummus would be delicious? Or that broccoli with almond spread would work out well?

Yummy hiking snacks.


A few more blackberries were picked, but the sun was pretty much down, and the temperature was steadily dropping. So, we decided to end our adventure. Now we’re home. M hung out with us a bit more for a cup of tea, but she lives over in Lahaina so she needed to make sure she got home early. I reheated some beef stew for Devin, who was a bit hungry and craving something warm. I’m not hungry yet, but if I stay up later tonight I may find myself hungry. I may crash out early though. I have a bit of writing to do tomorrow, and we have dinner plans with friends. My back is also hurting, and I’m not sure why. A bit of yoga before bed might be nice, and a dip in the hot tub in the morning might keep the pain away.

Here’s one more picture of our trip. I didn’t spot the place in my writing for it, but it is worth sharing.

I love all the different biomes on Maui.

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