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Irish Soda Bread , with a twist!

March 9, 2017 by Damien Callahan

Irish Soda Bread with a Maine Twist

 

3 ½ cups flour

½ cup sugar

1 tsp salt

½ tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

 

2 eggs

1 pint Greek yogurt

1 cup of dried Maine blueberries

2 tsp caraway seeds

 

Mix dry ingredients, then fold in wet, then stir in berries

And caraway.

Very lightly knead and form 2 round loaves.

Place on a baking sheet and score a cross on the top of the loaves.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until well browned.

 

*a more traditional soda bread could be made with currants or raisins

Try it toasted with butter, Yum! 

Welcome 2017!

December 28, 2016 by englishmeadows

 

Stay up, Sleep Inn & Brunch with us this New Years’! 

New Year’s is all about clean slates so this year get out of town, ring in the New Year in a new place, The Inn at English Meadows, Sleep in and join us for brunch and take your time with a 1:00pm check out.  You’ll have plenty of time to rush in the New Year so start off on the right, rested, well-fed foot with us. 

Let’s Paint the Town Red!

Celebrate all things love in The Kennebunks this February with an array of events, romance-centric hotel packages, and lovely offerings from shops and restaurants. The month long event kicks off January 28th with “Frosted”, a festive party featuring ice bar, sculptures and creative nosh and cocktails! Each weekend in February, The Kennebunks offer cooking and mixology classes, activities and engaging events that center on love and romance. The towns also adorn themselves with beautiful red lights, giant hearts and red, red, red! Check lovethekennebunks.com for a full schedule and more information!

New Year, New Traditions! 

That’s right just steps from our front door is the brand new and highly anticipated Toroso Kitchen & Cocktails.  Owned by the famed Shannon Bard, Toroso is a local Neighborhood Restaurant Serving Small Plates Inspired By The Flavors of Spain.

A highlight of Culinary communities Kennebunkport is your New Years Eve’ destination.  Leave the car and take a stroll to over 25 superb eateries in and around Dock Square or skip the walk altogether and sample local offerings from all new Toroso (right next door) 

Go Outside & Play! 

 

Go outside and play!  You know you’ve heard it a million times and you probably just read it in your Mother or Fathers’ voice.  It’s still great advice today and especially important for you grown ups!  
 
Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy the season:

Never underestimate the romance of a Sleigh Ride.

Take a walk on the snow: Snow Shoeing

Explore Nature:  Kennebunk Land Trust

 

Rhubarb Scone Extravaganza

July 4, 2016 by englishmeadows

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We’re deep into rhubarb season here in Maine! We’ve been using it in our cocktails, on our bread, and now in our rhubarb scones! We used Kate’s recipe for Dreamy Blueberry Cream Scones, and adapted it to make use of our abundance of fresh produce! And now you can make them yourself! Here’s how:

Ingredients:

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

3 tablespoons sugar

½ teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt

5 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter, cut into ¼ inch cubes.

½ cup finely chopped rhubarb

1 cup heavy cream

Heat oven to 425 degrees

Directions:

Slice your rhubarb stalks into narrow lengthwise strips. Chop into 1/4 inch cubes.

Slice your rhubarb stalks

Place flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in large bowl or work bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade. Pulse six times.

measure dry ingredients

Chop butter into 1/4 inch cubes. Using food processor, remove cover and distribute butter evenly over dry ingredients.

slice butter for rhubarb scones

Cover and pulse 12 times, each pulse lasting 1 second. Add rhubarb and pulse one more time.

add chopped rhubarb to dry incredients

Transfer dough to large bowl.

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Transfer to larger bowl for rhubarb scones

Use your hands to shape a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the cream into the center of the well. Stir in cream with a rubber spatula or fork until dough begins to form, about 30 seconds.

Add creme to dry ingredients for rhubarb scones

Knead dough by hand until it comes together.

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On a lightly floured surface press into a 8 inch circle, smoothing the edges. Cut into 10 to 11 wedges.

roll out dough for rhubarb scones

Place wedges on a parchment covered baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar, (optional) and bake until very light brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Bake rhubarb scones

Cool 10 minutes and enjoy warm, or at room temperature.

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Served with strawberry butter!

Yumm!!! Now invite all your friends over for tea and scones, and discuss literature and flower gardens, and feel very fancy. Tra la la.

If you get these into the oven and your kitchen looks rather worse for wear, do not fear your mess: our kitchen looks appalling after baking, too. And we’re pretty much professionals, so you can definitely feel better about yourself about that one.

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Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook

We’d love to see how your Dreamy Rhubarb Scones turn out, and what other interesting variations you can think of! You can tag us in your photos on Instagram or share them on our Facebook Page– We can’t wait to see what you dream up!

Happy Baking!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

Mother’s Day Weekend!

May 16, 2016 by englishmeadows

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers and children in the world! We certainly had a great weekend here at the Inn! On Saturday, we had blueberry cake, melon with mint and lime, and the most delicious breakfast sandwiches with avocado, bacon, and an egg. It was KILLER.

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Kate making the sandwiches.

Kate worked her usual wizardry on the sandwiches, and everyone’s favourite sous chef, Sarah, handled the cake and fruit! What a couple of true professionals. This was my first weekend working on the kitchen crew for the Inn, and I just had a blast and a half. My name is Sophie, and I am Sarah’s roommate- she has had so much fun cooking up a storm for everyone that I started coming in to work with her! You may see me dancing around the kitchen this summer, trying not to drop things in front of the guests, and I’m also going to be exploring the whole town and reporting back to you with the inside scoop! If you want to really experience the Kennebunks like a local, the Inn at English Meadows is Definitely the place to stay. We will hook you up with the most delicious breakfasts, all the best places to go, and all the secret insider spots! Book your room now and connect with us on Facebook to follow along with the blog and start planning your trip!

Snug Harbor Farm

Snug Harbor Farm

Our very best and favourite spot to show you is the magical land of Snug Harbor Farm. Everyone should come here at least four times a week. They have the most beautiful collection of plants, including tiny trees in pots, a stunning array of succulents, and such cute animals!! They keep ponies, exotic birds, and flocks of geese that roam around leaving feathers EVERYWHERE. If you are an aspiring Beatrix Potter, it is advisable that you should secretly move into one of the greenhouses.

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There was literally a mouse eating seeds in the greenhouse. I’m not even kidding you when I say that Anthony petted it.

We stopped to talk to Anthony, the owner, and learn about his four dogs. He loves all the animals, and keeps four poodles, all different sizes and colors, and they go all over the property together to keep an eye on everything. They are so friendly and will absolutely want you to pet them. They are the only dogs that Sarah likes. (Including the one that we own.)  If you have a dog with you, however, it is not invited to Snug Harbor on account of the delicate constitutions of the birds. But if you need any beautiful garden decoration things, the gift shop is NOT TO BE MISSED. Trust me on this one.

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Parson’s Beach

After Snug Harbor, we visited Parson’s Beach! We love this beach so much!! Parson’s is VERY beautiful, but also it is very small, so try to get there early to make sure there’s parking.

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Sarah’s favourite place: Any Beach.

We showed up at high tide, and there was hardly any beach at all! We were trying to perch above the waves on a washed up tree trunk, but even so we got knocked off and got our shoes wet!! Sarah waded in, but I’m not trying to die of hypothermia of the toes so I just guarded the rosebushes (with my face accidentally).

Parson's Beach

It is stupid gorgeous here.. Sarah said the water was warm but I am not about to believe her.

We’ll be exploring the Kennebunks and our favourite nearby spots all summer, so keep checking back to find your new favourite spot! It’s gonna be the best summer ever! (we can already tell.) Don’t forget to book your room, cause we can’t wait to have you stay with us!

See you soon!

Love,

The Inn at English Meadows

 

Photos by Sophie Hines

Take a Kennebunk Lobster Tour!

July 10, 2015 by englishmeadows

Take a Kennebunk Lobster Tour!Maine is famous for its lobsters but did you ever wonder about lobster fishing? Take a Kennebunk Lobster Tour to learn all about Maine lobster fishing as well as enjoying scenic views of the Maine coast!

Lobstermen (and lobsterwomen) have been harvesting this tasty bounty from the Maine Coast since before the birth of the United States and now you can learn how and where they collect the biggest, finest Maine Lobster specimens on a Kennebunk Lobster Tour with First Chance tours.

First Chance offers whale watching and Kennebunk lobster tours from May to October, weather permitting. They’ll take you out on their 65 foot sightseeing vessel, Kylie’s Chance – one of the largest touring ships plying the New England coastal waters! With options for covered seating, bottled water and soda on board, you’ll be set for a comfortable day of sightseeing.

During your Kennebunk Lobster Tour, you’ll learn about the fascinating history of Maine lobster fishing, from the days when they washed up on the shore in two foot piles to today, when only careful maintenance keeps the lobster industry alive. You’ll see the tools of the trade, the best waters for harvesting Maine lobster, and even how these delicious and amazing creatures are caught.

But that’s not all – your hour and a half long, First Chance Kennebunk Lobster Tour will also provide you with gorgeous views of the iconic Maine coastline, including seals on Bumpkin Island, and the Bush Compound where, if you’re lucky, you might even see President Bush 41 casting a line into the waters. Sure, go ahead and wave – he often waves back!

Kennebunk Lobster Tours

June 20 through Sept. 7: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Sept 9: 11am, 1pm
Sept 12 through Oct. 11, Saturday & Sunday only: 11am, 1pm
October 12: 11am & 1pm
For reservations: 207 967 5507

For more information about Whale Watching and Kennebunk Lobster Tours, please visit: www.firstchancewhalewatch.com

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The Inn at English Meadows has five rooms, five suites, and a private bungalow for your comfort. Let us pamper you during your Kennebunkport getaway with flat screen TVs, Vera Wang hypoallergenic mattresses, FRETTE throws & MALIN+GOETZ toiletries, and much more. Our convenient location in Kennebunk’s Lower Village puts all the best of the Kennebunks at your doorstep. Let us show you the best of the Kennebunks with the unrivaled luxury and value of a stay at The Inn at English Meadows!

Broaden Your Horizons at the Portland Museum of Art

February 14, 2015 by englishmeadows

Portland Museum of Art Featuring more than 18,000 works and founded in 1882, the Portland Museum of Art is the state of Maine’s oldest and largest art museum. As such, it is always worth a visit when one is in the area.

Portland, Maine offers numerous temptations for the visitor – the burgeoning restaurant scene alone makes the city an obvious destination – but whatever brings you here, the Portland Museum of Art should be up near the top of your reasons for sampling a little of what this great town has to offer.

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Thanks for a Great Year from Inn at English Meadows

December 20, 2014 by englishmeadows

Inn at English Meadows2014 is all but gone and we here at Inn at English Meadows are looking back at a great year and forward to 2015 and more of the same!

We love what we do and are proud to be able to offer uncommonly good comfort and value, year round, here in Kennebunkport lodging. The wonderful people we get to meet and share our home with make for a very special business and it seems like we’re not alone in that feeling.

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Kennebunk’s Waterhouse Center Ice Skating Rink

November 22, 2014 by englishmeadows

Waterhouse Center Ice Skating Rink in KennebunkWinter just got a little friendlier and a lot more fun in Kennebunk with the addition of the Waterhouse Center ice skating rink!

This is not to imply that Kennebunk winters aren’t already fun and friendly but, let’s face it, an ice skating rink ups the fun factor with measurable results.

Opening on October 11th, 2014, Waterhouse Center ice skating rink is the brainchild of Geraldine Waterhouse. Seeing local children skating at a temporary rink in downtown Kennebunk spurred memories of her own childhood.

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