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…

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Greek Style Squid Salad

Some of the tastiest ocean-caught delicacies are mollusks, and I am just crazy about clams, scallops, oysters, and squid. Lucky for me, I live in Hawaii, where we eat at lot of the ocean’s bounty and we like to turn most of these fresh caught things into poke. (Pronounced: “Poh-Kay”) If you haven’t had it,…

Curried Manapua Minis

This Lunar New Year I made these little gems to go with my baked, salt-crusted fish and green tea noodles. I enjoy using my bamboo steamer basket for many things because it’s super easy and it’s a great way to cut down on using oil in my cooking. The funny thing is, I started making…

LuNaR nEw YeAr wHoLe FiSh

The Lunar New Year is more special to me than the traditional Gregorian calendar New Year. I especially love some of the Chinese traditions observed during this time, particularly, the tradition of cleaning your house and paying your bills. Out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new! Such a responsible habit to get into and a nice way to start off…

Pipinola Salad

This plentiful vine can be used in so many delicious ways, one of those ways is used in a recipe taught to me by my Filipino friend, Rose. You may omit the fish sauce and instead use shoyu or soy sauce if you want to make this into a vegetarian dish. I have also substituted oyster…

Big Island Beef Stew

My family is generally pretty healthy, but sometimes we falter, and so we end up eating something not-so-good for us. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes I’m at a potluck and my options are at the mercy of others.  Sometimes the fancy organic “something-or-other” is not in the budget. I am not always perfect with…

Eggnog Pound Cake

What to do with leftover eggnog? Bake an eggnog pound cake with a bourbon glaze, of course! This holiday season, I bought some “light” eggnog that tasted pretty subpar to me, so I wondered what I should do with it instead of dumping it out. After searching my favorites on Pinterest, I found a great…

Winter Solstice

Ahhh…Winter Solstice. My favorite way to wrap up the end of the year. The best thing about how we commence our celebration, is that we start on whatever day Solstice falls that year, usually the 21st or 22nd of December, and then keep it going everyday until Christmas. We try to have at least one day…

Yule Dessert Wreath

A yummy, new tradition for the Winter Solstice. This has the perfect amount of sweetness and can be modified to suit a vegan/dairy-free diet by using egg substitute and vegan butter. This recipe is a “keeper”, for sure.

Whole Wheat Bread Bowl

One of my favorite indulgences is Broccoli Cheddar Soup with a Whole Wheat Bread Bowl. Broccoli Cheddar Soup tastes rich and yummy on its own, but there’s something so unbelievably comforting about ripping off pieces of bread and dunking them into the piping hot soup. I could definitely eat this combo more often than I…

Thanksgiving Mango Tart

In addition to pumpkin pie, I wanted to do a dessert with fresh, local ingredients this year for Thanksgiving. Mangos are pretty amazing in my book, and I happened to find two, huge, juicy mangoes at the Hilo Farmer’s Market. Lucky for me, I came across a gorgeous recipe that was both vegan and gluten…