Winter is, of course, the time of year when we islanders have more opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Days are short, and there's not much going on after dark -- not many concerts or wine tastings, or music on the docks. On Monday night I invited a few friends over for a simple supper of soup and bread. Luckily for all of us, everyone brought extra offerings. By the time we sat down at the table there was the curried apple soup (see "The Enchanted Broccoli Forest," page 25) homemade bread, artichoke dip, salad greens, red wine, homemade cookies, and a cranberry/apple/raisin dessert. To top it all off the after dinner conversation was enlightening, stimulating, and great fun.
Tuesday I was invited to join three other friends' for another tasty dinner and more delightful conversation. And yesterday I had one more opportunity to spend an evening with still other long-time friends, with more delicious food. In the meanwhile I've been enjoying the curried apple soup for lunches.
Ocracoke has a number of fine restaurants, and at least two are open this winter, but for those of us who live here the off-season can be a feast of culinary delights as we share meals with neighbors and friends.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter discusses place names on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news113009.htm.