Eruptive Disruptions

Aloha. Initially, I didn’t want to address the situation currently happening on the Big Island, and was a topic I was avoiding like the plague. Mostly, because my life is almost entirely consumed by it at the moment and I am literally living and breathing all things involving the volcano. Specifically, I’m speaking of the…

Advertisements

Blue Ginger

This Aloha Friday I wanted to feature a colorful beauty that grows very well in partial or full shade in my yard. It is referred to as blue ginger, or Dichorisandra thyrsiflora, and is actually not a true ginger plant, but more similar to a spiderwort or wandering Jew. I was excited to learn this…

Wasabi

This Aloha Friday I wanted to feature my newly harvested wasabi plant. It grows exceptionally well in Volcano, and once it starts sprouting keikis (offspring), it is easy to separate into smaller pots and start growing even more. Rumor has it that wasabi is hard to grow, and in very high demand in Japan, so…

Aloha Friday

In celebration of the upcoming Earth Day, I’m going to begin a new tradition of sharing photos of my backyard horticultural adventures and other botany around the island, every Aloha Friday. It’s such a feel-good way to positively kick off the weekend and celebrate the love for the aina. From the jungles of Puna, to…

Earth Day

After a much needed spring break, I have returned with my newest creative project and frugal living idea. On Hawaii Island, we have a ban on plastic bags, and are encouraged to bring our own reusable shopping bags to grocery and retail stores; therefore, it’s always handy to have a few in your car in…

Spring Equinox

Today is the first day of Spring, or the Equinox, and it was supposed to be the official end of my spring cleaning ritual and “Cookbook Challenge”. The spring cleaning tasks will be wrapping up in the next few days, but the cookbook challenge was finished a few days ago. Originally, there were seven cookbooks,…

Encore: Revenge of the “Vedge”

You just can’t keep me away from the cookbook, “Vedge”, by Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Everything I make from it is so dang flavorful and unique that I feel like a culinary rock star. In my search for recipes for this cookbook challenge, I found so many great ones, that it was hard to…

Rainy Day Blues

Aloha Friends, I have been away for a few days because there was some tragedy in both of our chicken coops. It was necessary to put my “Cookbook Challenge” on hold until I could figure out how to stop an evil predator, or more specifically, the Small Asian Mongoose (Herpestes javanicus), from killing my chickens….

Cookbook Challenge: “The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook” Part 2

After such a successful first recipe, I had a hard time picking something that I thought would capture my enthusiasm. It seems funny to me now, that out of everything in this cookbook, I decided to pick a very normal, popular baked item. Somehow, I had envisioned myself trying something more indulgent or out-of-left-field, like…

Cookbook Challenge: “Steam Cuisine” Part 2

Recipe number two from the Steam Cuisine cookbook by Marina Filipelli was one of the most simple, yet easy, dinners I have ever put together. My choice for this was the Tofu with Spring Onions, Ginger and Ponzu Sauce. The sauce for the tofu is what really makes the dish and gives it a light…