18 Apr
2012
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Made it: Mediterranean Tuna Melt

Chickpeas, capers and Parmesan aren’t the first ingredients that come to mind when I hear “tuna melt,” but it works. This recipe is amazing. End of story.

1 Apr
2012
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Made it: Pear Pancakes with Maple Syrup

I woke up on April Fool’s Day intending to make my favorite Pear Custard Pie recipe. However, one of the required three pears for the recipe was moldy! Fooled, indeed. So I decided to try pear pancakes. Thankfully, I found this recipe for silver dollar pear pancakes, although I used just a basic pancake recipe for the batter. I halved the recipe for the pears and glaze, but still had a huge pile of pear rings so I ended up doubling the batter recipe. This was super simple – pretty much all you do is dip the pear rings in a maple syrup and cinnamon glaze and then fry them for a minute before you pour the pancake batter over them. Delicious!

2 people + 30 pancakes = breakfast for a week. Nom nom.

10 Things Loved in March

Our first visitors came to stay! And boy did they stay … for the entire month! What fun it was though. Here are 10 things that made me happy in March:

  1. Hanging out with two of our favorite people and showing off our new town.
  2. Lunches at Prima in Kailua.
  3. Playing tourist.
  4. Pie at Camille’s on Wheels
  5. Kayaking Kaneohe Bay
  6. The Monkey Bowl and Ginger Ono smoothie at Lanikai Juice
  7. Sunset at Shark’s Cove
  8. Strolling on the beach (so what if it makes me happy every month!)
  9. Checking out the Byodo-in Temple – it’s been quite a few years since I last visited here!
  10. Stumbling upon beautiful creations on the beach.
31 Mar
2012
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Made it: Soy-Glazed Tofu and Carrots

I got a new cookbook this week – Everyday Food Light! It’s the third in the series of Everyday Food cookbooks from her royal highness, Martha Stewart. I have all three and I’ve subscribed to the Everyday Food magazine for years so they are my go-to resources for recipes. I still mix things up with family recipes, favorites and websites like Epicurious, but Everyday Food recipes are my favorites. I always know they will be reliable and simple, which makes them easy to tweak here and there to fit my own style. Enough Martha love.

The first recipe I tried was the Soy-Glazed Tofu and Carrots. I used tofu from Honolulu and the carrots and scallions were from local farms – yay! I also mixed things up a bit because I haven’t totally replenished my pantry since the move. Instead of vegetable oil and sesame oil, I used “gourmet” garlic oil, which I got in a Christmas gift pack. I also substituted white vinegar for the rice vinegar. And it still turned out great!

This recipe was interesting because it was similar to a stir-fry but broiled instead. After marinating the veggies, you just lay them out on a baking sheet and broil. I love cooked carrots, but I’m also super picky about them since there’s nothing worse than mushy cooked carrots. These turned out perfect – and tasted almost like they were grilled. I will definitely make this recipe again.

10 Things Loved in February

Home at last! I am officially a Hawaii resident – and I even have a driver’s license to prove it. On February 1, Mr. Kitty and I landed in Hawaii. What a journey this has been. The “house” arrived a couple of weeks later. We are settling in. Here are 10 things that made my month:

  1. My patient and very quiet travel companion on the flight over. (He was not happy, but at least he kept it to himself.)
  2. Flying over the windward side of Oahu – a rare treat. I could see my house from the plane!
  3. Being reunited with my love. <3
  4. Beautiful flowers.
  5. Weekend adventures and discovering new beaches.
  6. Sweet Home Waimanalo – my favorite restaurant.
  7. Sunrises at Kailua Beach – mmmm, the Mokuluas
  8. Sunsets at Kailua Beach – that burst of color as the sun disappears over the Kooluas. Until tomorrow.
  9. Opal Thai – amazing Thai food on the north shore.
  10. The arrival of our household goods. It is truly who and what you surround yourself with that makes a place feel like home.

A great month.