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.
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.
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:
- Hanging out with two of our favorite people and showing off our new town.
- Lunches at Prima in Kailua.
- Playing tourist.
- Pie at Camille’s on Wheels
- Kayaking Kaneohe Bay
- The Monkey Bowl and Ginger Ono smoothie at Lanikai Juice
- Sunset at Shark’s Cove
- Strolling on the beach (so what if it makes me happy every month!)
- Checking out the Byodo-in Temple – it’s been quite a few years since I last visited here!
- Stumbling upon beautiful creations on the beach.
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.
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:
- My patient and very quiet travel companion on the flight over. (He was not happy, but at least he kept it to himself.)
- Flying over the windward side of Oahu – a rare treat. I could see my house from the plane!
- Being reunited with my love. <3
- Beautiful flowers.
- Weekend adventures and discovering new beaches.
- Sweet Home Waimanalo – my favorite restaurant.
- Sunrises at Kailua Beach – mmmm, the Mokuluas
- Sunsets at Kailua Beach – that burst of color as the sun disappears over the Kooluas. Until tomorrow.
- Opal Thai – amazing Thai food on the north shore.
- 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.