So I told you all about the Summer Solstice Preserves and the Gluten Free Lemon Cake that I made with the preserves, to celebrate the solstice, but what I didn’t tell you about was what we ate for dinner! It was too good not to share, so here it is!


We had fresh local scallops and lobster (the lobster was not local, but was on sale for Father’s Day) kabobs with pineapple. The seafood and pineapple were marinated in a mixture of lime juice and zest, cilantro, jalapeño, sugar, salt, oil and pepper. Separately the same marinade was mixed with a whole sliced avocado. This was then used as a topping on a green salad with corn. On the side I made a red quinoa pilaf. To drink – “Teatini” a sun tea cocktail. Then of course dessert was the cake with preserves and whipped cream!

For Kabobs –


2 tsp finely shredded lime peel
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup fresh cilantro, snipped
1 small green or red jalapeño, finely chopped
2 tsp raw cane sugar
pinch of ground coriander
sea salt
fresh ground pepper
¼ cup grape seed or olive oil
1 lb sea scallops
2 lobster tails, cut into chunks
about 2 cups of pineapple chunks
1 avocado sliced into chunks or wedges


In a small bowl combine all the marinade ingredients and whisk together. Set aside. If using bamboo skewers, begin soaking them.
In a large bowl combine scallops, lobster and pineapple chunks. Toss with 2 TBS of the marinade. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Alternately thread the scallops, pineapple chunks and lobster onto 4 skewers. Grill uncovered for 8-10 minutes or until scallops are opaque – turn them after about 4 minutes. Serve with avocado chunks.

For “Teatini”

I used peach ginger tea and made a batch of iced sun tea (you could also make iced tea by boiling tea bags). I sweetened it with stevia. The day before I also took a large peach and cut it into chunks and soaked the chunks in some vanilla vodka.

For each drink, I swirled the inside of the glass with honey, then added some of the vodka soaked peaches, a small jigger of vanilla vodka and filled the rest of the glass with the sweetened tea and ice.