We can hardly believe that when we first started this blog, we used to publish four to six posts a week. Now it is easy to go weeks without getting a post published. We can assure you, it is not because we are not staying busy, but the days just seem to get away from us.
Anyway – we did celebrate Easter!
For a few years now we have purchased a half leg of pork and soaked it in brine and herbs for eight to ten days to cure an Easter ham. We did not do that this year, opting instead to smoke turkey breasts and thighs and invite fewer friends over for dinner.
Mary still went all out and worked for several days preparing stuffing, pickled beets, cole slaw salad, home fried potatoes, steamed carrots, cranberry sauce, shrimp dip appetizers, fresh rolls, two kinds of pie and lots of Easter chocolates. I helped on most of these dishes, but did most of my contribution outdoors by my smoker.
We got three large turkey breasts and four thighs and I fired up the side smoker using our normal hardwood carbon and hickory chips for the smoke pan. Here is what the meat looked like right after the first turning about one hour into the five hour smoking process.
I kept the heat at 220 – 240 for two more hours and then wrapped the meat in tin foil packets with a bit of apple juice and let that stew for one more hour. After verifying that everything was up to fully cooked internal temperature, I unwrapped the meat for a bit more time to let the parts crisp up for serving.
Meanwhile our guests arrived. This year we invited Javier – our friend from Argentina who helps maintain our yard.
And two of our long-time friends, Jeanne and Rich.
Rich made a bunch of deviled eggs and we had that for appetizers along with Mary’s famous shrimp dip and crackers. In truth, that could have been enough for me, but we knew what else was coming, so we limited ourselves to just a plate full.
I announced that the meat was ready and while I sliced up the turkey pieces, Mary went to work spreading the meal out on our large dinning room table.
After grace was offered by Mary and another in Spanish from Javier it was time to eat! Dig in ladies.
The weather was absolutely beautiful with temperatures in the low eighties and a nice ocean breeze was blowing, so we ate with our friends on our patio until we could eat no more.
Our stomachs were filled and most of our guests opted for taking their dessert home for later eating. But, our spirits were equally sated after spending a day with good friends sharing in the bounties of this great life we live knowing that it is just a precursor to a life eternal made possible thanks to the sacrifice, atonement, death and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Yesterday also marked the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit this area last April 16th. We spent some time in reverent silence and prayers remembering that event made less traumatic with the celebration of new life that comes with Easter.
Sometimes life is especially good here where…
Life is good in Ec—-
Oh wait, one minute. I’ll bet I spent some time on this Easter Sunday doing something that none of our readers did. While tending the smokers I spent some quality time observing dung beetles roll balls of dung to suitable nesting spots. More on that in a future post.
Life is good in Ecuador!