Andy’s Fairfield Granola

Adapted from Nigella Lawson’s “FEAST: Food to Celebrate Life”

This easy granola recipe is the perfect thing to have on hand for hurried weekday breakfasts or to give as a homemade gift. It’s a crowd-pleaser!

I’m a cookbook hoarder. There, I said it. I LOVE cookbooks. To me, there’s nothing quite like getting a new cookbook and leafing through all of the recipes, casually dog-earing (or sticky-noting) all of the recipes you want to try. There are so many amazing ones out there these days, and I can’t seem to keep up. In fact, it’s amazing how much effort I have to put into actually walking over to my bookshelf to my collection, grabbing a cookbook, and actually choosing a recipe to try. I’m the type of person that gets easily overwhelmed with so many options and ends up just wanting to get into the kitchen and do my own thang.

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That all being said, with the rarity that I actually cook something out of a cookbook, it is even MORE rare for me to find a recipe in a cookbook that I want to make over and over (and over) again. Enter Andy’s Fairfield Granola, which I stumbled across in Nigella Lawson’s FEAST: Food to Celebrate Life cookbook.

I originally made this recipe when I lived in Napa, and I’ve continued to make it whenever I’m looking for a yummy granola recipe. I have seen SO MANY delicious-looking granola recipes on the inter-webs and from fellow food bloggers, but I can never quite seem to pull myself away from this one. Nigella herself states that she stumbled across this granola while visiting a deli called The Pantry in Fairfield, Connecticut, and after tasting it she just HAD to have the recipe. She contacted the supplier, Andy Rolleri, and he happily sent it along to her.

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I have made a few tweaks to the original recipe from the book, mostly for the convenience of using whatever I have in my pantry, so this recipe is not exactly like Andy’s, but I still must say you will not be able to stop eating it. We are heading to Yosemite next weekend and I’m so excited to bring a couple of mason jars of this along with us. It will make the perfect camping snack!

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Do you have any favorite granola recipes? What are your favorite camping snacks? I’m dying to know what else we should bring! XOXO

Andy's Fairfield Granola
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

This easy granola recipe is the perfect thing to have on hand for hurried weekday breakfasts or to give as a homemade gift. It's a crowd-pleaser!

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, breakfast, grains, granola, snack
Servings: 30 servings
Calories: 209 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 2 ounces white sesame seeds
  • 2 ounces black sesame seeds
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 + 1/4 cup clover honey
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups whole natural almonds, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 cups raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 310 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Mix everything except the raisins together in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Spread the mixture out on two jelly roll pans (baking sheets with edges.) Bake in 310 degree oven for 45 minutes. About halfway through the baking time, stir the granola so everything cooks evenly. You want everything to become a nice golden color without anything getting too brown in one place.

  4. Once baked, allow to cool. Mix in the raisins. Store in airtight container.

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Travel Diaries: Oahu

Aloha friends! I hope the holiday weekend treated you well and you are refreshed and ready for the weeks ahead (at least until the next holiday!)Kaimana Palm Trees

I had a wonderful weekend, which I will get to eventually, but I couldn’t wait much longer to tell you all about my amazing trip to Oahu.

As I mentioned in my last post, I lived on Oahu for three years right after college. While after a bit I couldn’t shake my inner California girl and decided to move back to the mainland, the island still holds a very special place in my heart. This was so apparent as I took Chris around the island, showing him my old stomping grounds and introducing him to all of my wonderful friends there (shout out to my Hawaii peeps! It was so good seeing all of you!)Beach

Even though our five days there were full of so many amazing adventures and delicious eats, and I could probably go one rambling for hours about everything we did, I am going to keep it short and sweet here with lots of pictures, lots of recommendations, and a few other words here and there because, well, I just can’t help myself! XOXOBig City Diner

Our first stop right off of the plane was one of my favorite local joints, Big City Diner. Don’t leave without trying the edamame, kimchee fried rice (with eggs!) or poke.Big City Edamame

The next item to check off of our list: a mai tai! Our host mixed up a delicious, semi-non-traditional version (which we paired with Tamura’s poke, some of the best on the island, and smoked ahi spread – I die), and then of course we went to get the “original” mai tai at THE Mai Tai Bar in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. If you really want to set a high standard for the rest of the (many) mai tais you will consume during your trip, follow our lead.Dana's Mai Tais

If you happen to be in the Waikiki/Diamond Head area on a Saturday morning, don’t miss the Kapiolani Community College Farmer’s Market. It’s gotten a bit congested with tourists in recent years, so plan to go early before the swarms descend. I hear there have been some other Farmer’s Markets added in Honolulu on Saturday mornings (probably in response to complaints from locals about the tourists) but the KCC Market is still very impressive and worth a visit. Come hungry, because there is plenty of prepared food as well as fruits, veggies, etc.Mangos Papayas

Since we were staying right on Diamond Head, I decided to take Chris on the Diamond Head hike. This too is a bit touristy but I felt it was a must-do for Chris’ first trip to Oahu. The hike has a decent incline but it isn’t too long and the views at the top are rewarding, I promise!Chris Diamond Head View Diamond Head View

As if we hadn’t just trekked up a huge crater, we decided to head out to the Kailua side of the island and conquer the Lanikai Pillbox hike.  This hike is even shorter than the Diamond Head hike, although a bit more treacherous and steep. If you’re prepared for some incline (and most likely some slipping and sliding) this is another hike that is DEFINITELY worth the view.Lanikai Pillbox Graffiti Lanikai Pillbox View 1 Lanikai Pillbox View 2

After such an active morning, we headed over to Kailua Beach Park to soak up some rays and take a refreshing dip in the water. This is one of my favorite beaches on Oahu!

On Sunday morning our hosts were kind enough to take us to brunch at the Outrigger Canoe Club. You have to be a member (or guest of a member) to dine there but you can’t beat the oceanfront views.Outrigger Breakfast View

We decided to get a little change of scenery for our next hike, and headed up to Manoa. Manoa is the home of the University of Hawaii and is known to be quite a rainy area because it is in the mountains. We ended up hiking through the rain to Manoa Falls, but it was worth it to see the beautiful waterfall!Manoa Falls Robin Chris Manoa Falls

A trip to Manoa wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Island Manapua Factory. We took ours to-go and headed down to my favorite childhood beach spot, Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park. This is a great place to go if you want to swim in calm water/have kids. There are some reefs a little ways out that protect the beach from crashing waves and it’s a really great place to get in a relaxing swim. ManapuaChar Siu Manapua

And of course a Sunday afternoon wouldn’t be complete without stopping by Duke’s. On Sunday afternoons they have live music and everyone congregates at the beachfront bar to enjoy the early evening and watch the surfers catch the waves of Waikiki!

Two of my favorite ladies over on the islands! XOXO
Two of my favorite ladies over on the islands! XOXO

 

If you’re looking for a hike that will give you a run for your money, head on over to the southeastern side of the island and take on Koko Head. An old military encampment, the “hike” consists of about 1,050 railway ties climbing to a final elevation of 1,207 feet. We hit the trail at about 6:30am so we missed sunrise but the view and lighting were still pretty amazing. You’ll definitely want to spend some time at the top taking photos and catching your breath!

View of the eastside of Oahu from the top of Koko Head, approximately 7:00 AM.
View of the eastside of Oahu from the top of Koko Head, approximately 7:00 AM.
View of the westside of Oahu from the top of Koko Head, approximately 7:00 AM.
View of the westside of Oahu from the top of Koko Head, approximately 7:00 AM.

Chris Koko Head

From Koko Head, we decided to take the long way around the island to the North Shore. This takes a couple of hours but the route is much more scenic than the one you can take that goes directly through Oahu. We stopped at Shark’s Cove for some snorkeling, Ted’s Bakery for some chocolate-haupia pie, and Turtle Bay to visit some friends that happened to be visiting at the same time as us. We also made a stop at Sunset Beach.

Tuesday was our last day on the island, and although we had originally planned to take it easy and stay in town to buy some last-minute souvenirs, we decided to fit in one more hike with our friends. This time we headed to Waimanalo to hike Maunawili Falls. This hike took us about an hour to get to the falls, and once we got there we couldn’t help but stay and watch the brave souls doing some cliff jumping off the edge. No thank you!Maunawili FallsMaunawili Falls FoliageRobin Chris Maunawili Falls

Since we hadn’t done it once during our trip, that night we decided we HAD to watch the sunset. Kaimana Beach, right near Diamond Head, was the perfect location. And the best part of the trip…as the sun slipped down past the ocean…the man of my dreams got down on his knees and asked me to marry him. Of course I said “YES!!!”Kaimana Proposal Sunset 1Kaimana Proposal Sunset 2Kaimana Pre Proposal

Most expensive Mai Tai that was bought all trip! (Sizing in progress...)
Most expensive Mai Tai that was bought all trip! (Sizing in progress…)

Spicy Poke Bowls

In this Spicy Poke recipe, sushi-grade ahi is dressed in the most delicious spicy Asian marinade and accompanied by all of your favorite bowl fixin’s.

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Have I ever told you I used to live in Hawaii? In fact, my family has a ton of Hawaii connections: my dad grew up there, my parents met and got married there, once they had us kids back on the mainland we visited the islands every other summer, my brother went to graduate school there and my sister-in-law did her undergrad there, I was lucky enough to get an internship there the summer before my senior year in college, and THEN I moved there right after graduating the next year to take a job in Event Management. Crazy, huh? [Just like me skydiving…who does that??]

Hawaii is a very special place that is near and dear to my heart. Not only are the people there amazing, but there is such a rich Hawaiian culture that you literally feel like you are in another country when you are visiting. Oh, and did I mention the amazing food? That deserves a whole other post in and of itself, which I’ll save for my Oahu Travel Diaries coming up in a few weeks! That’s right, in just 17 days Chris and I will be heading off to Aloha-land. It will be Chris’ first time EVER to Hawaii and I am soooo excited to show him this magical place that is so special to me. I can’t wait to tell you all about our trip!

That being said, we’ve been really getting in the mood in our household, and lately I have been craving one of my favorite Hawaiian foods: poke! (Pronounced “poh-kay.) Since we’ve also been really focusing on eating healthy in preparation for our trip (gotta be bikini-ready!) I decided to make some delicious, colors-of-the-rainbow Spicy Poke Bowls.

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These bowls are REALLY easy to make, and there is so much room for adaptation. I literally found myself rummaging through our pantry/refrigerator pulling out all of my random and favorite Asian condiments and figuring out how I could add them in. You should be able to find most of the ingredients at any grocery store with a decent Asian section, but if not, there’s always Amazon! Also, feel free to swap things in and out as you like. Don’t you just love “customizable” recipes?

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I’d love to hear your favorite ways to eat poke!

Spicy Poke Bowls
Prep Time
20 mins
 

Sushi-grade ahi is dressed in the most delicious spicy Asian marinade and accompanied by all of your favorite bowl fixin's.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 169 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the poke:
  • 1 pound sushi-grade ahi
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (or sriracha)
For the rest of the bowl:
  • Cooked brown rice
  • Seaweed salad
  • Avocado
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Shredded purple cabbage
  • Green onions
  • Furikake
Instructions
  1. Combine all poke ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before serving for best results. 

  2. To make bowl, start with a base of rice, then add your poke. Top with however much of each remaining ingredient you would like.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Info for poke only, does not include data for rice, toppings, etc.

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Get in ma belly!