Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Many of my guests have asked for the granola I offer at breakfast and here it is.
First I would like to note that I don’t offer granola on the side daily with breakfast, I offer it as breakfast if you are staying more than one day. The other point I would like to make is that ‘Kismet Granola Bar’ evolved into what it is and it has become favorite of many of the guests.
When I had opened the inn, I would mix all the ingredients with yogurt which I some guests were able to finish and some not. I felt bad wasting the food when a guest couldn’t finish it so I decided to mix the dry ingredients and have the guests mix the amount they want with the yogurt. This turned out to be kind of hard as well because some guests were allergic to seeds or some to coconut ~ finally, I decided to server each ingredient in a small separate bowl and have the guests make their own granola.
The most important part about the ‘Kismet Granola Bar’ is that the yogurt is homemade which means there are no additives like the store bought one. Sadly even the organic ones have sugar added to them which I find very strange. I make my own yogurts with milk purchased from ‘Balfour Farm’ at ‘Bath or Brunswick Farmers Market’ the yogurt is often thick and creamy with cream on top. I use whole m ilk so it forms really good cream on top which I mix in with the rest of the yogurt.
I also cook the oats with my homemade ghee then add a little bit of cinnamon to it, sometimes I might add an apple, sometimes I might add coconut butter instead of ghee.
The fresh fruit like apples, pears are always sauteed in ghee and cinnamon sometimes I will add blueberries to it.
Here is the list of the bowls ~
Oats cooked with water then add pinch of salt, ghee, cinnamon.
Dried Fruit ~ all the fruits are organic without any additives i.e no sugar or anything else is added, it is simply the fruit grown organically and dried ~ mango, pineapple, California and Turkish apricots, apples,
Seeds ~ raw organic sesame, flax, sunflower which I roast again I don’t add any salt, honey just roast them.
Seasonal fresh fruit ~ if it is berries I just serve them in a bowl without if it is pears, apples I will saute them in ghee with some cinnamon.
Homemade jam ~ carrot, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry ~ one kind only.
I serve different kinds of teas specially during summer time I will make fresh mint or other herbal teas from the garden.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
I thought I should start the year 2012 for Kismet Inn differently by taking a break to visit my daughter in Santa Monica, California so this way I can start the year with resting enabling me to better host my guests in the coming year.
Together, we have been going to yoga classes in ‘Santa Monica Yoga’ taking classes with Nathalie which has been great. She is very contemplative ~ after her classes I feel strengthened without any pain in any part of my body. We have also been going to great restaurants and watching sunsets at the beach. We walked from her house to the beach which is about three miles and got there just in time to watch the sunset from beginning to end. It was so serene and simply beautiful to sit there with her and watch the deep colors of yellow, orange, red dye the sky, then the Ferris Wheel light turning against the sky with its reflection on the water and the mountains and the distant clouds changing colors. There there were the tall elegant palm trees that captured the eye with splendor, a fisherman, children playing, lovers walking holding hands, parents sitting with their babies, even the helicopter above sounded calm! It was a beautiful evening!
Friday, December 30th, 2011
This is really exciting news for Kismet Inn Bed and Breakfast, Spa, Wellness, Restorative Retreat ~ it is recognized as one of the top ten coastal inns in the entire country ~ U.S.A. I wasn’t aware of it found out when a guest who will be coming on Sunday, January 1st, 2012 called yesterday to book a room told me. She was looking for a yoga retreat so she started looking into Kripalu and then she noticed the inn on Cnn.com which said ~
Enjoy accommodations as the all-organic bed and breakfast overlooking Bath’s Library Park — Kismet Inn. Handstitched linens, a hand-carved wood-frame bed and a to-die-for breakfast will make you feel right at home; 207/443-3399.
The write up is short and simple but accurate because Kismet Inn does strive to be all organic, local, scent free ~ a place where people can come to enjoy and let go of the pollution of life.
I thank Cnn.com for recognizing the Kismet Inn as one of the top ten coastal inns in the country and look forward to receiving all of you as my guests. The short paragraph also said, the places to see Popham Beach where I go regularly to to watch the sunset.