Christmas Recap and Seafood Stew

I took a breather from blogging and social media over Christmas and New Year’s…it was refreshing, but I’m excited to get back into sharing recipes and reading all about your exploits over the holidays!  Our Christmas was very peaceful and relaxing.  On Christmas Eve, we had dinner with my family…my mom made this delicious seafood stew!  She filled the stew with scallops, shrimp, fish and crab legs, but the real star was the delicious broth flavored with tomatoes, white wine, and saffron.

barefoot contessa's seafood stewAfter dinner, we headed downtown to see the Honolulu City Lights.  It was really fun to walk around and see all the sights, including Shaka Santa, and the many decorated Christmas trees!  Patrick had told Malia that if she was a good girl, Santa would bring her something in her stocking, but if she was naughty, Santa would bring her a lump of coal.  She didn’t know what coal was, so he improvised and said it was like poop.  When we were getting ready for bed, and leaving cookies for Santa by the stockings, we were asking her what she thought Santa was going to bring her for Christmas.  She cried out, “I don’t want Santa to go poop in my stocking!”  Oh boy 🙂

honolulu city lights christmas 2012Christmas morning was spent SLOWLY opening Christmas presents.  I thought Malia would want to open up all her presents at once, but instead, she would open one, and want to play with it immediately.  We actually still have unopened presents under the tree!  And yes, our tree is still up…I can’t bear to take it down because Malia enjoys it so much, and loves to turn on the lights in the evening.  Malia loved her baking set and wanted to make something immediately, so we made some banana bread for breakfast!  My cousin gave her this apron and chefs hat, the perfect gift for our little baker, thank you Jackie!

IMG_1876 IMG_1871My brother gave her a doctor’s kit…such a fun gift!  She loves giving Kona checkups, including getting his blood pressure taken and giving him shots!  The kit even came with a pager and cell phone.  When she got a page, she whipped out the cell phone, answered the page, and said, “Mom, I need to go to work at the hospital, goodbye!” and pedaled away on her tricycle 🙂

malia pager christmas 2012After the Christmas morning festivities, we went on a hike to the Makapu’u Lighthouse.  There are amazing views at the top, and along the way there are lots of vantage points to see humpback whales.  The whales are typically seen from January to March, so we were a bit early in the season, and did not see any.  Malia was so excited to use her binoculars to try to spy one, hopefully next time!

malia binoculars makapu'u lighthouse

makapu'u lighthouse trailRyan was a trooper on the hike!  Can you tell it was super windy at the top? 🙂  It was so nice to be active and get outside on Christmas…I think we’ll make a tradition of it!  All in all, a lovely first Christmas in Hawaii for our family!

Christmas day hike to makapu'u lighthouse

Seafood Stew

adapted from Barefoot Contessa

2 T olive oil

2 yellow onions, chopped

2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp pepper

2 cups white wine


28 oz can, crushed tomatoes

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tsp saffron threads

1 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined

1 pound large scallops

1 pound firm white fish, like halibut, cut in large chunks

1 pound crab legs

Heat oil in a large stockpot.  Add the onions, salt and pepper and saute until just starting to brown.  Add the wine and deglaze the pan, scraping up the brown bits.  Add the tomatoes, stock, garlic, and saffron.  Bring the mixture to a boil, and then simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.  Add the shrimp, scallops, fish, and crab legs.  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, cover and cook for 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and allow it to sit covered for another 5 minutes.  Serve with crusty bread and a nice green salad.

How was your Christmas?  Do you have any traditions for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?


24 thoughts on “Christmas Recap and Seafood Stew

  1. Welcome back, Maura! It sounds like you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. Love your adorable pictures!

    This seafood stew sounds amazing and filled with all kinds of good stuff!

  2. Mmmmm Mmmmm. Boy does that seafood stew look goooood. The size of those scallops!!!!! Your photos are wonderful and the serious Malia taking that call. What a stitch she is. Ryan is getting big – so handsome. Happy New Year to all of you and may 2013 be a marvelous year.

  3. Yay! Thank you for the recap, Maura! I’m glad you had such a wonderful time with your family! Coal=poop. I will remember that haha. Malia is a girl with many talents and ambitions, it seems! She can bake, examine, and give Kona shots? It must be so exciting to watch her grow up! She has quite the personality ;). And Ryan is a big boy now! The seafood stew sounds so delicious and warm! Our heater has been broken for the past 2 days, so this sounds wonderful! Kona has been my personal heater haha.

  4. Wow, that stew looks amazing! What a great holiday wrap-up! I miss those slow-unwrapping-the-presents times — I was more impatient than the kids back then. Now I’m trying to slow things down so I don’t miss anything.

    And your kids are so adorable — cute pics!

    • Haha, yes I was more impatient than Malia, too! I kept telling her, okay let’s open one more present, honey…couldn’t believe I was having to say that 🙂 She got to open double the presents too, because Ryan was too young to open his! Thanks for the reminder to treasure these times, as it goes by so fast!

  5. No wonder I wasn’t getting updates from you!:) Glad your back. And how cute is your little girl! (and little boy, too!) She’s on her way to becoming a serious baker.

  6. When I saw that apron set for her AND I could personalize it, I knew it was the PERFECT present for that little chef of yours!!! Glad she’s enjoying it!!! 🙂 Glad to hear you guys had a WONDERFUL holiday season!! See you guys soon. 🙂

  7. My dad made a seafood cioppino similar to this over break! It was so yum, so good to be home and eating all the great food my parents make! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas/New Years!

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