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
Many years back, I went out to brunch with a pal at one of the places that has a wide-ranging menu of pages and pages of information.
I normally loathe this, as I don’t possess the sharpest decision making abilities. In a special small carton, I saw Bacon Waffle through my sleep-addled gaze and was intrigued.
Over the next 30 minutes, I came back to that page over and over again until my friend told me to purchase the darn thing. So I did and it absolutely was divine – buttery crispy batter with bacon bits throughout.
September Is Often The Hottest Month Of The Year In California.
Sometimes temperatures soar up to 90 degrees or higher!
For many CA families, it’s not a problem because they own an air-con – but many of us don’t have an easy way to save ourselves from the scorching heat.
During these times, a Hawaiian shaved ice can serve as a huge relief for yourself and your family. I remember a time when my family was hit with a heat wave and this recipe saved us. It became a favorite recipe of mine and my children from then on.… Read More
This is a great-tasting detox drink that can really help you recover after a long weekend. It’s so detoxifying, it might even help you pass a hair drug test! Also provides a ton of Vitamin A. Makes about 2.5 cups.
The greens of our beautiful forests and the pleasant wind of the ocean surrounding us are two things that I sorely miss.
More than that though, I miss our amazing Sunday family meals. Before going to bed, I’d turn off my alarm and wait for the aroma of my Grandma’s Pineapple Fried Rice to wake me up from slumber. It had a punch of color, too.
It’s been several years since those days, and now that I have grown up I still make it at times when I feel like I want to … Read More
It was raining hard and cold yesterday. And I was alone in the house – the kids were in school and my husband was at work.
I was craving hard for something I couldn’t quite put a name on. I wanted something salty, something crunchy and something I could nibble on while watching a movie I had downloaded. It was me time, and I needed a treat.
Hmmm… french fries. They’d be perfect for this weather!
So I combed through the cupboard and the fridge to see if we had the ingredients to make the dish. I was lucky: … Read More
A chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake is an easy, quick way to serve a crowd something special – without killing yourself in the kitchen! I like this recipe that J&J put together years ago. It’s simple and straightforward. You can substitute a butter cream icing or my favorite – sprinkle it with chocolate peanut butter hard shell topping to add an extra crunch!
1 ½ (18 ounce) packages chocolate chip cookies 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 ½ cup hot fudge topping + some for drizzling on top 2 quarts vanilla ice cream Cherries, for garnish
It’s one of my all-time favorites. If I’m having a down day, or if it’s raining outside, then I’ll close the garage door over our enclosed patio, turn on the television and spend the next 90 minutes with Lebowski. It’s a slam dunk that I will feel warm and content by the end, because let’s be honest: it’s impossible to feel cheated by the world when you see how happy The Dude is just being himself.
The Dude embodies the California lifestyle (well, one subculture) so well, it’s … Read More