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Saturday, 2 January 2016

New Year’s Resolution . . . and Clove-Studded Potatoes

                             Resolved . . . 2016 will be full of new adventures!

So, hot foot out the door on New Year's Day to do the 10 kilometer walk that goes completely around little Barnston Island which lies in the Fraser River. 

I discovered its existence by picking up Liz Bryan’s book COUNTRY ROADS of WESTERN BC: From the Fraser Valley to the Islands.

There’s no public parking on the island but you can walk onto this free ferry 
                                 which is pushed by a tugboat. 

Liz Bryan mentioned an ethereal view of the mountains as one walks along the dyke/road in winter, but our experience was of hoar frost and mist.  

Along the way, we were greeted by friendly strangers and dogs and we saw farms, horses, cows, large sheep, and a llama. 

At a relaxed pace, we circumnavigated the island in two pleasant hours.



2 lbs small new potatoes
Whole cloves
Butter (about 1 tbsp)

·        Boil potatoes with 1 tsp salt in 2 ½ cups water.  Drain and peel.
·        Push a clove in each end of each potato and place in a baking pan.
·        Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
·        Dot each potato with butter and sprinkle with paprika.
·        Let sit until half an hour before serving.
·        Preheat oven to 350.
·        Bake for 30 minutes.

Bryan and our daughter loved them . . . and they LOOK special, too!

Happy New Year, Everyone!