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 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
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.
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