Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Adventure Day...

Due to our incredibly overloaded schedule, and the fact that life does not only revolve around food trucks that sell pie, we have adopted a tradition that I am most thrilled by. We call it adventure day. Every Wednesdayso far we've been pretty good about itwe do something of note that takes us outside of our neighboring area and into the wilderness. The following pictures are from Fort Stevens State Park...



























                                             Hope Everyone has a wonderful week!!!
                                                                        Marica

Monday, June 2, 2014

Paiku, living and breathing…

Scrambling the day before opening, I made our banner out of "NO FISHING" signs and bailing wire...
 The first day in the kitchen was something I already can't exactly remember. The sensation is still recall-able, but there isn't exact words to describe it. Adjectives could include: Stressful, hurried, excited, unnerving, stomach upside-down-ing, and I'm not sure what I'm doing… 
Three weeks later, I would say my handle on the business of pies being cooked in trucks, is much more comfortable and predictable… I now know the biscuits cool not on the cookie sheet, but are moved to a pie plate, and then eventually into a tub with a red lid. This all happens on the shelf above the stove. Hot pies also cool there. These are good things to figure out. Useful recurrences that are making my day more logical… 
 The sublime truck is a tight ship. We make EVERYTHING on board. EVERYTHING. If you didn't notice the all caps the first time. 
 I lug groceries almost every morning. Actually, I don't know why I say almost, I will rephrase: I lug groceries every morning. I shoot through the store at a safe version of top speed piling ridiculous amounts of butter, flour and lettuce into the cart. I always forget something, but mostly remember everything. There has yet to have been a chance to create detailed inventory lists. Image how convenient life will be at that point. 
 The dough is now second nature. It still makes as much mess as when we first opened, but at least now I know the handful of ingredients backwards and forwards...
 Each batch becomes four disks which creates two complete pies...
Oh yes, pies… 
 Sometimes I almost forget... We have a pie baking company!
 We have food we are creating by hand, to serve to total and complete strangers, in return for their hard earned money. 
 Rather presumptuous and alarming, and yet simultaneously it is most logical and pleasant. 


                                                                       My Best to Everyone~
                                                                                          Marica

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Calm before the storm...

There was a month of quiet before the throws of food truck took over our world completely…
I found myself with hours to spend on completing books—more to tell on that another time—and catching up on brunches and lunches with friends. 
 I took pictures, had a clean house—for the most part—and painted in the evenings…
  I knew the storm was coming, I could feel it, and watched myself pull it into place...
 Now the storm has arrived, the full force blowing my mind… 
Tonight, at ten twenty, I am finding two minutes to catch up. 

I'll post pictures tomorrow, of all the luscious fun that has been being had!


                                                               Cheers ~ 
                                                                          Marica

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A peek at what's been happening…

Haven't had a whole lot of time lately, but wanted to post a few pictures of what craziness is going on in this neck of the woods...
Hope everyone is well, and I'll have a chance to write soon.


                                          Cheers ~ 
                                                         Marica

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Feaster...

Well, also know as Easter…
A reason to bake carrot cake and tons of pies...
And —oooo— more things that are tasty and delicious and decadent and not so healthy…
 But hey…
That's what Feaster is all about!
bluberry pie, vegan blueberry pie, vegan, sweets

                                                                            Cheers ~ Marica


Friday, April 18, 2014

Lately…

There has been...
 Biscuits with duck gravy…  made three times... trying to find perfection...
duck gravy, biscuits and gravy, heavy breakfast foods, awesome breakfast foods
 Upside-down apple pie… Meaning I made pie crumbs, sautéed apples and dumped 
them on a bowl of vanilla ice cream… Perfection there!
apple pie up-side down, apple desserts
 Tomato soup from the Silver Palate cookbook...
tomato soup, cream of tomato soup, silver palate cookbook, tomato
 Apple blossoms...
apple blossoms, spring in portland, spring blossoms
 And my new favorite breakfast. Baked eggs, arugula and a sliver of left over salmon...
salmon, breakfast, gluten-free breakfast ideas, healthy breakfast, baked eggs




               Hope everyone is well!


                                        ~ Marica