Sunday, March 25, 2012

Turtle Time here at Small Hope!

Turtle Time here at Small Hope!

Fisherman's Wall is always a favourite among the dive staff here, but it is quickly becoming more and more so with the frequent turtle sightings there. This week our divers got treated to a fantastic dive where we saw not one, but two Hawksbill Turtles, a shy Puffer Fish, a Caribbean Reef Shark, our friendly Snapper Frank, and a Honeycomb Cowfish

All in all a fantastic morning diving here at Small Hope! Divemaster Kate managed to capture it all on video too......check out the edited footage below. Pin It Now!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ole Style Guava Duff with Butter Rum Sauce

Flour – 4 cups
Brown Sugar – 1 cup
White Granulated Sugar – ¼ cup
Baking Powder – 4 teaspoons
Cinnamon – 2 teaspoons
Nutmeg – 2 teaspoons
Ginger – 2 teaspoons
Shortening – 1 cup
Milk – ¾ cup
Guava Shells, canned or fresh
(reserve liquid if canned) – 16 ounces
Brown Sugar – ¼ cup
Vanilla Extract – 2 teaspoons
Cinnamon – ¼ teaspoon or to taste
Nutmeg – ¼ teaspoon or to taste
Ground Ginger – ¼ teaspoon or to taste

Utensils: What's important for this style of guava duff is that you have a cast iron pot or any shape smaller pot of good height that you can place inside another pot of boiling water.  That smaller shaped pot is what the dessert will be layered in bare and then sealed tightly and placed in the other pot with water.

   1. Mix dry ingredients for dough together.  Mix in shortening until fully incorporated and flour mixture looks like cornmeal.
  2. Add milk bit by bit and mix until mixture comes together into a ball enough to be kneaded.
  3. Knead dough 20 to 25 times until smooth and elastic.  Divide in half, and set aside.
  4. Grease and flour cast iron pot or small high pot. Set aside
  5. Fill the other bigger pot with enough water so that when other pot rests inside it hits the top but does not overflow, then put on the fire on high heat.
  6. For filling dice guava shells into small pieces, mix brown sugar and spices and set aside.
  7. Layer in greased pot first half of dough, make a well in the center with edges built up then place fruit filling in the well.  Place other half of dough on the top of filling making sure no filling is showing.
  8. Wrap top tightly with foil, and place in the other pot with water and cover that pot with top securely so little or no steam escapes.
  9. Reduce heat to medium and cook until dough is done 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  Check periodically water level and replenish if necessary.  Serve with rum sauce and enjoy.

Rum Sauce
Butter – 8 ounces
Powdered Sugar, sifted – 2 cups
1 Egg
Evaporated Milk – 1/8 cup
Condensed Sweet Milk – ¼ cup
Rum (bourbon and dark rum) – ½ cup to ¾ cup

Blend butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, color will change light white.  Add egg while still blending scrape the sides.  Add slowly, the milk and sweet milk and gradually blend in the rum.  Do not over mix as to curdle the mixture but blend until well incorporated.  Serve over warm piece of guava duff.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Special Offer for May/June! 

Here at Small Hope we have decided to offer another special to celebrate the start of Spring. Between May 1st and June 18th, we are offering 2 FREE snorkel trips or a half day land tour when you book a four night stay with us. Simply quote this ad and where you saw it during booking! Easy as that! 
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