Pelicans along the shores
Today we awoke to a beautiful sunny morning and before we went anywhere I wanted to prepare my pie. Today’s pie was for our friend Dale, who is known by a nickname here in Barra de Navidad. Somewhere along the line someone mentioned that he looked a bit like the famous Mexican actor named Alberto Rojas who is affectionately referred to as “el caballo.” Ever since then Dale became “el caballo” to his friends in Barra.
The pie that I was making for “our” el caballo was a version of a pie made in Ashland, Oregon. It is called Dick Hay Pie in honor of Richard Hay who is the principal theater and scenic designer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Dick Hay Pie is made with three main ingredients: peanut butter, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate. Since I had brought peanut butter and chocolate with me, I went out to purchase some ice cream at one of the local shops. Once I got back to the apartment I made a chocolate cookie crust and let it cool while the ice cream softened up a bit. Then it was simply a matter of sandwiching one thin layer of peanut butter between two layers of vanilla ice cream in the crust. It was topped with a heavy drizzle of chocolate and then the pie went back into the freezer for about 8 hours.
With the pie taken care of, we decided to take a walk along the shoreline. We saw more of the damage from the recent hurricane. We also saw hundreds of pelicans in the area. Watching them fly, dive, and land on the water made me think that’s what birds must have looked like in the age of the dinosaurs.
After our walk we met up with our friends and took a boat across the water to Colamilla for lunch at one of the restaurants along the shore. I love that these restaurants are built on the beach, the floors are the sand, and that the ocean laps on the shore just a few feet from the tables. It is so relaxing! This restaurant even had a few hammocks installed should someone need to take a short nap before the boat ride back to town.
Alberto Rojas, El Caballo
This evening we all met up and had an impromptu celebration at the hotel for el caballo’s birthday. We sang Feliz Cumpleanos and toasted his health. As we cut up the pie we found that it was so rich that one nine-inch pie was more than enough for 14 people! I encourage you to make one of these pies for your next special occasion… it is easy to make and so delicious… and definitely worth it!
Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. Ruth Ann Schabacker