mango margarita

Isla Sangria Frozen Margaritas

Recently, my husband and I had a rare chance to spend some time together away from the kids – we flew down to Cabo, San Lucas, for the weekend. The resort we stayed at was all inclusive, and there was a lot of alcohol available. A lot of it was Sangria – but I find the traditional Sangria drink is too tart for my taste.

When I was down there, I missed the richer, fruitier taste of my favorite Hawaiian-style drinks.  So after I came home, I decided to give the basic Isla Sangria an upgrade. My version uses Read More

ahi poke with ogo seaweed

Ahi Poke With Ogo Seaweed

Ahi Poke Is A Common Sight At Hawaiian Family Get Togethers And Outdoor Activities.

In Hawaiian, Ahi is another name for raw tuna (preferably yellow fin) and Poke means to “mix up”. So, mixed-up raw tuna. 

The tradition of ahi poke goes back many years.  Real Hawaiians eat their poke with their fingers. It is not unusual to see this still done today at luaus.

I like to serve my poke with tropical fruits on the side – mangoes are a great addition when cubed and chilled. Sprinkled with coconut shavings and diced pinapple, mangos go well with any fresh Read More

lemon bars with coconut crust

Mango Lemon Bars With Coconut Crust

The Weekend Was So Much Fun! But Here It Is, Monday Again.

It’s 4 am and the alarm goes off, waking my 2 sleepy kids and my husband (who has a trip to take). Looking outside, I can see a drizzle of rain. My shoulders slump.

What could possibly help my Monday morning blues?

And then, I remembered:  the mango lemon bars we made yesterday! Just thinking about them made my mouth immediately pucker up with anticipation. That flaky coconut crust, the lemon zest and the vanilla bean tempted me. Oh, how they tempted.

Luckily, we had about a dozen Read More

mangos and sticky rice

How To Make Mango Sticky Rice From Scratch

When I Grew Up In Hawaii, We Ate Sticky Rice Pretty Much Every Day For Lunch Or Breakfast.

Every once in a while, though, my mom knew how to turn that boring starch into a Thai dessert magic – by adding mangos, of course.

Seriously, mango sticky rice is to die for. But in truth, it is not really made with regular sticky rice – to make this dish, you need sweet rice.

Sweet rice is sometimes called glutinous rice, and you can find it in most Asian groceries and on some Asian food shelves at your local market.

Because Read More

mango butter cream frosting icing

Mango Butter Cream Icing

Being Creative In The Kitchen With My Kids Is Something I love To Do.

Its not always easy to find the time, but I try. 

When I cook with my kids, I like to use tropical ingredients such as mango or coconut or pineapple, because they remind me of home in Hawaii. When I make meals with these ingredients, my kids learn to appreciate my heritage AND enjoy a treat. 

I like to remember that cooking with my kids is not about perfection. Its about creativity and having fun together. This is family time to expand their world and letting Read More

Homemade Blueberry Sherbet

Homemade Blueberry Sherbet

Being a mother is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but sometimes, the everyday challenges that come with it can really get to me!

As a mom, I always have to make choices for my kids, be it nutrition-related choices or other choices.

One of the top guilty indulgences of my kids would have to be ice-cream. My kids love ice-cream, in fact I think if given a choice, they would love to have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Nevertheless, I can’t allow that to happen. Ice-cream is full of processed fats, artificial flavors, sugar and Read More