Mango Chiffon Cake

Mango Chiffon Cake

I Just Ran Across A Really Nice Recipe For Mango Chiffon Cake

I substituted a few ingredients and turned it into a cake that easier to make but just as good. The ingredient list is nice and short on my version, too – it’s easy to find everything you need.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Cake Flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup + 3/4 cup White Granulated Sugar, divided
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 7 large Egg Whites
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 7 large Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 3/4 cup Mango Puree

DIRECTIONS

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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

Beer & Bacon Waffles

bacon waffles

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.

I promptly told Read More

hawaiian shaved ice sign

Hawaiian Shaved Ice With Homemade Syrup

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

Mango Monday The Detox

Use This Delicious Carrot-Mango Juice to Detox

Detox Time!

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.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 8 medium carrots
  • 1 mango, pitted
  • 1 large strip of orange peel
  • 1/2 peeled navel orange

DIRECTIONS

  1. Press all ingredients through a juice extractor. Stir, and drink immediately.

NUTRITION

Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0%
Saturated Fat 0%
Trans Fat  
Cholesterol 0%
Sodium 115mg 4%
Potassium
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pineapple fried rice

Pineapple Fried Rice

Hawaii Is A Land Of Vibrant Colors.

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

Cherry Beer Bread

cherry beer bread

Here is a quick and easy beer bread recipe that’s perfect for sharing with friends on a cold day (with tea or maybe something stronger).

Feel free to mix up the recipe by adding ginger or cinnamon or swapping out my choice of fruits and nuts. Beer bread is really easy to make and is quite filling.Read More

Hawaiian sea salt french fries

Hawaiian Sea Salt French Fries

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

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

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!

Ingredients

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

Directions

  1. Crush half
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kiwi passion margarita

Kiwi Passion Margaritas

It’s margarita time!

Well, it’s Cinco de Mayo time again in California. And that means time for ‘ritas.

Margaritas are great for parties, but they can get boring after a while. What we need is an infusion of fresh tropical fruit to get the party started again!

My sis and I went for Passion Fruit and Kiwi this year. Our Kiwi-ritas were the hit of the party, and the relatively low alcohol content means we didn’t have to suffer the next day (too much!).

The Cinco de Mayo party was such a blast. We had it in the afternoon, invited Read More

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Horchata Spanish White Russian Cocktail

Don’t you just love the movie, The Big Lebowski?

Hi-freakin-larious.

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 abides

The Dude embodies the California lifestyle (well, one subculture) so well, it’s Read More