The weekly menu is a little late due to a cross-country flights from New England. It takes nearly 10 hours of total time to get from Providence, RI to the SF Bay Area. If you were to continue back to Hawaii, it would take another 5 1/2 hour flight. I can't believe this is what I did to go to school.
With that, here is what's cooking this hot summer week. Taking advantage of homegrown cukes and lemons.
Dimsum & Diet Coke. First Course.
Although I did manage to get my son to soccer practice, I spent most of the day trying not to fall asleep at inopportune times. Hence, the Diet Coke/Dimsum appetizer. Thankfully, my totally awesome husband brought back my favorite Chinese food for dinner.TuesdayZaru soba
topped with green onions and perhaps kamaboko. Plus the rest of the Chinese food.WednesdayRomescu Chicken.
Thinking this will be made as a salad or open-face sandwich with lettuce and cukes.ThursdayWhole wheat pasta and tofu with coconut curry sauce
, a riff on Cooking Light's Beef Soba Noodles
. The original recipe got only bell curve reviews, but has a lot of potential with the ingredients--coconut milk, lime, honey, curry powder...in other words, the perfect baseline to tinker with.FridayYaki Musubi
, My Own Namasu
and Furikake Salmon
. My sister made furikake salmon for my Hawaii ohana last week, and now I'm craving it.
To use the lemons and cukes and to keep the teenagers in checkSummer Water
, gobs of it as a thirst-quencher.Lovely Lemon Curd
, because it plays well with so summer berries and stone fruitFresh cut watermelonSpinach dip
for crackers, carrots and cukes
Another batch of Kale Chips
, trying a sesame oil/furikake version.Eat Well. Be Well.
Teenagers are in the pool, school will be out this week, and we've started to eat outside. It will be an unusually full week of cooking with graduation, Father's Day and various teenagers converging on the house. Here's what cooking this week.SundayYakisoba.
This is one of my son's favorite meals and a long-overdue addition. The 'original' flavor is our favorite, and we add lots of carrots, green beans and pickled red ginger. Kamaboko is also a good optional mix-in, but not this week.
on the fly version. 90 degrees and barely any cooking required. Plus fruit salad. Eaten outside.TuesdaySloppy Joes
and perhaps sweet potato fries.
Plus a lunchtime pizza, watermelon and cake shindig for the second set of teenagers.WednesdayTuna Melts
. I found a good recipe from Gina's Skinny Recipes
via Pinterest that sounds very promising.
. Another item that has been languishing in the Greenhouse. The flavors are all there, but I think the construction might be the thing to get this graduated.FridaySalmon and Grape Sauce
. This did not get made last week, so I've tagged it once again.
| || |ExtrasPassion Sun Tea
, which is brewing right now. If all goes well, it will make a tropical Arnold Palmer, playing well with...Lychee Lemonade Slush.
I received frozen lychee from a friend of mine, whose parents have a lychee farm on the Big Island.Furikake Chex Mix
. Teenagers staying at home at a lot. Teenager and husband are making a batch with Honeycombs, Crispix and pretzels.
Hapa is the Hawaiian word for ‘part’ or ‘half’ and usually refers to someone of mixed ethnicity. Unlike the ugly derogatory “half-breed” or “Mudblood” for Harry Potter fans, hapa is a positive moniker. Hapa kids, especially in Hawaii, are typically perceived as having the best of both worlds—particularly their good looks or names that honor their combined heritage--Tyler Kainalu, Melody Haruka or Kawika Johnson (really!).
And it is a growing demographic. Check out Everything Hapa
for more information. Keanu Reeves, Tia Carrere, Apolo Ohno, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Kariya, Sean Lennon, Cheryl Burke, Devin Setoguchi, Bruno Mars, Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park), Kelly Hu, Tiger Woods and some guy named Barack Obama are all hapa.
This makes for diverse families, and by extension, diverse food. Amazing combos that are squarely cross-cultural. We should thank our lucky hapa stars for this goodness. In honor of Hapa Day
, here are some of my favorites.
Rice, nori (dried seaweed) and Spam. Nothing remotely Japanese about Spam. And there is no way you can make musubi using Uncle Ben’s. But spam musubi is marvy--a beloved go-to item at potlucks, graduation parties and beach trips.Mochi Ice Cream
Sheer genius to the family who figured to swap out the traditional azuki or kuri in the mochi with ice cream. Not exactly good for the many lactose-intolerant Asians, but delicious anyhow.
Peanut Butter Beer Miso Chicken
Thank you Sam Choy for this odd yet ono combo.Coconut Butter Mochi
Coconut, butter and mochiko (sweet rice flour) come together and play nicely in this sticky chewy goodness of a dessert. Sushi Variations
I'm certain that avocado, cream cheese, and lox are not traditional sushi ingredients. To be fair, these are named California and Philadelphia rolls, but still, you get the idea. Unlikely mixing improves the original concept
Furikake Chex Mix
& Hurricane Popcorn
Best. Snacks. Possibly Ever.Teri-beef Sandwiches
Sweet/salty/juicy teriyaki meat on a hamburger bun slathered with with mayonnaise, plus lettuce, sweet onion and tomatoes. Drippy goodness.Li-hing Anything
Shave ice, apples, barbecue sauce, high-concept Alan Wong's vinaigrette salad dressing. It’s all awesome.Celebrate your inner-hapa! Eat Well. Be Well.
Don't get me wrong. I love candy canes, gingerbread and peppermint bark. And we will surely be making and decorating cookies this week. But sometimes it's good to be a little salty.
In addition to our ginger sugar Christmas cookies
, these are some of our favorite funky alternatives, all using not-sugar bomb cereals as an essential ingredient.
What the colleagues are getting
Furikake Chex Mix
It's easy, packages up well, and is a most welcome change-up from all the sweet action
going on during this time of the year. My son, the Chex Mix Jedi, declares his preferred combinations to be Crispix and pretzels or Rice Chex, Honeycombs and pretzels. Capn Crunch steer clear you should for this.
This takes a little more than an hour
to make. However, in the spirit of full disclosure, it didn't take me much time at all because my #1 son made this batch for me. Click here
for the recipe.
Made by my nieces this year
My Daddy's Energy Bars
This is probably one of the healthier treats. Yes, it has marshmallows, Rice Krispies and butter. BUT
it also includes oatmeal, raisins, nuts
and peanut butter.
My Dad made these for years and now my nieces have taken over the annual 'baking,' which means microwaving for less than 10 minutes
for the recipe.
Another cereal-based treat
Cranberry Cereal Biscotti
This has been one of the most popular items at our annual Christmas party for the past two years. The cereal makes it crunchy but without becoming molar-cracking, as when some biscotti can be a tad hard.Click here
for the recipe.
'Tis the Season. Eat Well. Be Well.
We are a house of snackers. American snacks like chips and salsa, tapenade and crackers, guacamole, hummus, and my son's most recent, warm Jalapeno cheese sauce
And then there are the "Hawaii" snacks. Our recent Christmas haul was especially bountiful. One of our favorite treats for Christmas is the Big Island Delights Furikake Snack Mix
. It's only made on the Big Island, and even if you find it on Oahu, it's pretty expensive for 'snacks' (around $10!) for a chips-sized bag. Once we open the bag, any one of us can eat the whole thing. Quickly.
My son hit upon the brilliant idea that we could actually make furikake chex mix
. And so we (OK, he and my husband) did. This makes a lot of snack mix, but in our house, this is not a problem.
We also convince ourselves that because it uses cereal, it might be healthy. While it's not exactly un-healthy, and definitely healthier than say, the caramel-rocky-road popcorn with caramelized pecans (another blog should be devoted to this masterpiece) that we received and devoured for Christmas, this still sits squarely in the category of snack food. Click here
to try it and enjoy!