Tappin’ Time Is Here

maine windjammer photography cruisesGood morning everyone. Today being the vernal equinox, spring is here and so with it the rising hope of warmer weather and the rising sap in the trees. Knowing that winter has officially passed most folks look for flowers. Our crocuses (is it croci??) are still under a few feet of snow. It is time to tap and time to get the sap boiler up and running. There is still plenty of snow in the woods and around around our house where we live in the woods. The driveway is ankle deep in mud ,the songbirds are showing up at the feeder, ole man porky pine has taken up residence in one of the kids climbing trees and the sap is flowing. Maine Maple Syrup weekend is just a few days away!maine windjammer cooking

At a ratio of 40 gallons of sap to1gallon of syrup our red maples in dooryard produce what we fondly call “liquid gold”. This year’s fuel for the sap boiler will be free range, organic pine and hemlock limbs taken down for us during the ice storm at Christmas. The real wood-fired professionals use hardwoods such as maple, oak, beech and birch cut, split and stacked a year or so ago.

maine windjammer maine maple syrup

Another tradition we have here is pancake Sunday. Sawyer wanted to share with all you one of his favorite recipes.

Banana Cakes

Makes approx. twelve 4” cakes

6 T. butter
 1 c. flour
, 2 T. sugar
, 2 t. baking powder
, 1 t. salt
, 1 very ripe banana, peeled
,1 c. milk
, 2 eggs
, 1 t. vanilla, and a lot of 
maple syrup warmed on the back of the woodstove.

Cut the butter into 3 equal parts. Melt two of the pieces in a pan and save the third part for cooking the pancakes. Mix in a bowl the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Mash the banana in a different bowl. Add the milk, eggs and vanilla to the banana. Then mix the dry mix to the banana mix. Batter should be a little lumpy. Spoon batter on griddle and cook until a few holes form on top of each pancake and flip. They should rise a little and turn golden brown. Serve hot with warm syrup. 
Enjoy!

Have a great day. Be well. Do Good.

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About Capt. Barry

Barry King and Jennifer Martin own and operate the schooner Mary Day. They are both Coast Guard licensed masters and have extensive sailing and educational backgrounds. Barry has voyaged to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and along the Canadian maritimes to Newfoundland. Barry is a Registered Maine Guide, and a Nationally Registered Wilderness EMT. During the winter Barry volunteers with his community fire department and ambulance service. Jen's sailing career took her to Florida and the Bahamas before becoming captain of Figaro IV, a classic ocean racing yacht, here on the Maine coast. Jen is a nationally certified Wilderness First Responder. Jen and Barry met as students with the Audubon Society's Expedition Institute while earning master degrees in experiential environmental education. This program gave them in-depth experience in a diversity of human and natural communities ranging from a sub-artic fishing village in Labrador to the native American desert southwest. Barry and Jen were married aboard Mary Day and live year round in Maine with their children Sawyer and Courtney. Combining their enthusiasm for people, wilderness, and beautiful traditional sailing vessels, Barry, Jen, Sawyer and Courtney are living the dream. When not sailing they live in an old timber frame barn in the woods of Appleton, ME USA

One thought on “Tappin’ Time Is Here

  1. we still have snow in shady spots & they had a coating in Western mass last eve.. Warm here today for 1st of spring..I would love some SYRUP !!!!

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