Saturday, 9 August 2014

Day 73: Leavenworth to Sandy Hook, Whidbey. Island WA. 260km

Breakfast in Leavenworth is accompanied by Bob playing haunting music on his alpenhorn.

Notice how marrow the ledge is.
Morgan and Jackson are intrigued by the horn as Bob plays it and moves it along the floor toward them.
After our early morning concert we ride west toward Seattle.
The hillsides are blackened by the very recent fires.
Mark has a surprise for us and for Arthur, his nephew.
Arthur the drummer.
Edith in a Mary Washington dress made by her grandmother.

We loved meeting, Alison, their mom. She is homeschooling the children... A demanding commitment for any parent.
A Spyder at the traffic lights.

We have seen a lot more Spyders on the road here in the Pacific North West.

We retrace our steps to Sandy Hook.


Mark goes and picks blackberries - 6 cups of berries, for a pie.
He is an accomplished cook. He has quite a reputation for pies.
Here is the Paula Deen recipe from the Food Network that he is using
6 cups (1 3/4 pounds) blackberries
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 disks refrigerated pie dough (one 14-ounce package)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
1 large egg
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with a baking sheet on the middle rack. In a large bowl, toss the blackberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and lemon zest. Let stand, mixing and coarsely mashing occasionally, 20 minutes.
Fit one round of dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim the edges, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Refrigerate while you continue. Cut the remaining piece of dough into approximately eleven 11/4-inch-wide strips.
Spoon the blackberry mixture into the pie shell. Dot the top with the butter. Arrange the dough strips in a lattice pattern on top of the filling and trim the strips close to the edge of the pan; roll up and crimp the edge. Lightly beat the egg with 1 tablespoon water and brush on the top and edge of the pie.
Place the pie on the hot baking sheet in the oven and bake until the filling is bubbling, 45 minutes to 1 hour. If the crust browns too quickly, cover it with foil and continue baking. Let the pie cool before serving.


Mark invites his neighbours across to share the pie.

What a treat for our last evening together.


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