I had a lovely weekend visiting two beautiful homes that are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Friday night Husband and I traveled to Winter Park to celebrate the wedding of Joanna Campbell Slan’s son and his wife. A private wedding was performed in November at Joanna’s Florida home, and the family and friends partied in December at Casa Feliz. It’s a beautiful former private home that is available to tour several times a week and for weddings.
Saturday I attended the Fika Pause at Hallstrom House. Axel Hallstrom built his lovely, two-story home/office at his pineapple plantation, completing it in 1918. He was a Swedish immigrant who came to the Vero Beach/Fort Pierce area in 1903. The Fika Pause is a coffee and pastry break similar to afternoon tea. Delicious Swedish pastries were made by Kelly Thompson, one of the Indian River County Historical Society’s volunteers. After the treats, we were able to tour the house on our own.
Talk about Axel Hallstrom’s pineapple plantation got me thinking about how to use the can of sliced pineapple in my pantry. I had a jar of honey and pineapple mustard, and bought a small sliced ham. A few pantry staples later, I had a fast and easy dinner on the table.
Sliced Ham and Pineapple in Mustard Sauce
1 can sliced pineapple in juice, 1/4 C juice reserved
2T brown sugar
2T honey and pineapple mustard (or your favorite mustard)
1 small sliced ham
In a saute pan, heat the reserved pineapple juice with the butter and brown sugar. Add the pineapple slices and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the warmed fruit from the pan, and add mustard to the pan, stirring it into the juice/butter/brown sugar mixture. Layer the sliced ham in the pan, and top with the warm pineapple, adding any juices from the pineapple to the pan. Baste the ham with the sauce, and warm through on low heat.
Serve with the side dishes of your choice. I had an acorn squash and a spaghetti squash, and cooked both to serve with the ham. Delicious! And leftovers of ham and pineapple for another meal.
What historic houses are in your area? I’d love to hear about them.