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October 2009


1 cup French green lentils, 8 oz.
1 ½ tsp. sea salt, more to taste
1 ½ Tbs. olive oil
2 cups chopped leeks, white and light green only
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, diced, 8 oz.
1 large carrot, finely diced
1 large stalk celery, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1 bunch green chard, ½ lb.
2 Tbs. cumin seed
1 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
pinch of cayenne
2-3 cups light vegetable broth
1-2 Tbs. lemon juice, more to taste garnish: fruity green olive oil
Rinse the lentils and combine them in a large pot with four cups water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer the lentils for 25 minutes, or until tender-firm. Stir in a teaspoon of sea salt, remove the lenitls from the heat, and skim off any foam that may have formed on top.
Meanwhile, heat two tablespoons olive oil in a large sauté pan, add the chopped onion and a pinch of sea salt, and cook slowly until the onion is soft, about 8-10 minutes.… Read More



Makes 30–35

To keep the logs round, roll the chocolate to a diameter slightly smaller than an empty paper towel roll, wrap the dough in parchment or wax paper and slide wrapped chocolate log into the cardboard cylinder.

It’s a perfect way to store the logs so they don’t flatten.

1 cup Graham cracker crumbs, pulverized
2 cups bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
2 tablespoons heavy cream
⅓ cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
½ cup macadamia nuts,
roasted and coarsely chopped
¾ cup miniature marshmallows,
white or pastel colored

Place Graham crackers in a bowl of a food processor with a metal blade and pulse on and off till crackers are pulverized. Set aside.

Fill bottom of double boiler with water and place on low heat.

Place coarsely chopped chocolate, butter and cream in the top of double boiler over hot (not boiling) water and allow it to melt.… Read More



Makes 20–24

If you don’t want to grate coconut meat, use store-bought coconut instead. I buy a good-quality coconut from our local health food store. Roll the bananas in either sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut; both work well. If you want to dip the bananas in melted chocolate, skip dipping the bananas in sour cream and then roll them in the shredded coconut.

4 large bananas, ripe, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
8 ounces sour cream
3 cups shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened

Place sour cream and coconut in separate medium bowls. Dip each banana chunk into the sour cream, then coat generously with coconut on all sides.

Gently press coconut into the banana chunks so each forms a ball.

Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Can be made 2 days in advance and stored in a covered dish in the refrigerator.

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Makes 1½ quart

Once you make homemade ice cream, I promise you’ll be hooked. It takes 10 minutes to mix up and a few hours in the freezer.

1 tablespoon instant coffee
1 tablespoon hot water
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup toasted coconut, shredded
½ cup toasted macadamia nuts, coarsely
1¼ cups heavy cream

Fill the bottom of a double boiler with water and place on low heat. Combine coffee powder and hot water in a small bowl. Let stand until coffee dissolves, about 5 minutes.

Place the chocolate and the condensed milk in the top of a double boiler over hot water (not boiling) and allow it to melt. Do not cover. Whisk well to incorporate the chocolate with the condensed milk; add the vanilla.

Remove the top of the boiler from heat and let the chocolate mixture cool completely; fold in the coconuts and nuts.… Read More



Makes 10 crepes

This dessert is a knockoff of macadamia nut pancakes. I fancied it up, replacing the fluffy pancakes with thin, delicate crepes, stuffed with Chocolate Macadamia Nut Ice Cream, bundled to look like an edible present on a plate.

¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup milk
5 tablespoons melted butter (for cooking crepes)

Put all ingredients except the butter in a blender, cover and blend at low speed until blended.

Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, or refrigerate overnight.

Heat an 8-inch crepe pan or omelet pan over medium-high heat. Brush lightly with some melted butter. Ladle ¼ cup of batter, tilt or swirl the pan to spread the batter evenly. Cook until the crepe’s surface is covered with bubbles, the
edges are golden brown and easily lifted away from the pan so you can see if the underside has browned.… Read More


½ cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
2 cups milk
¼ cup coarsely ground coffee beans
2 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1½ cups cooked kabocha purée

Preheat the oven to 350°.

In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup sugar with ¼ cup water.

Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. As the sugar begins to color, swirl the saucepan around to caramelize the sugar evenly. Cook until the syrup turns a honey-caramel color. Remove from heat and carefully (the sugar is very very hot!) pour the caramel into a 9-inch glass pie pan. Tilt the pan so that the caramel coats the bottom. Allow caramel to cool and harden.

In a small saucepan, bring the milk and coffee beans to a boil. In a heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs, egg yolks, 2/3 cup sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon until blended. Add kabocha and mix until blended.Whisking constantly, slowly pour the hot milk in a thin stream into the egg mixture.… Read More

Cocos nucifera The Giving Tree


By Jon Letman

Let’s face it, some trees just give a little more.

Surely, if there is one tree that embodies the best in a plant—strength, resilience, beauty, nutrition, flavor and
utility—it is Cocos nucifera, the coconut palm.

“To Polynesians, coconuts are life,” says naturalist Angela K. Kepler. “For people who want to maintain spiritual
ties with the ancient ones, using the varied products of coconut palms goes a long way toward tapping into old-time survival skills.”

From frond, husk and fiber to meat, water and shell, this aptly named “tree of life” provides a veritable shopping list of important staples far exceeding the usual food, shelter, tools and medicine.

Coconuts are used to appease the gods, launch ships, reduce stress, aid in digestion, make music and even halt hiccups.

As huge, buoyant seeds, coconuts spread on their own (though never as far as Hawai`i) and colonized much of the tropics in prehistory, obscuring their true origins, though most agree coconuts first grew somewhere between the Indian Ocean and Melanesia.… Read More

The Holiday Locavore


Growing up, the meals my Chinese family ate on Thanksgiving never seemed to match the mental image I had for what the feast should look like. (I couldn’t really see the Pilgrims stepping off the Niña and Pinta to a spread of sea cucumbers and shark fin soup with their new Native American friends.) So naturally, when I was finally free to realize theThanksgiving of my dreams, I went after it with a vengeance.

Since establishing my own household, Thanksgivings have been strictly “traditional”: roast turkey,mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, pumpkin and apple pie. Period. These traditions are enforced with an iron fist.The proper holiday table does not tolerate deviations and there’s no room in the spread for my Filipino-Mexican husband’s own traditions of Thanksgiving sides: tortillas and jasmine rice.

I was well on my way to producing another wonderfully tyrannical turkey-based feast when something funny happened. A year ago I was taking part in an Eat-Local Challenge, in which everything I ate for the month of October was grown in the Hawaiian islands.… Read More




Hawai`i Kai Salt: For centuries, Hawaiians on the island ofMoloka`i harvested salt from her clean, clear waters. Now this salt is harvested through Hawai`i Kai’s exclusive breakthrough “Solar Seal” system, and is hand crafted to bring you a spectrum of choices and flavors. For more about this award winning salt, to order some for yourself or to
give as a gift,


Lana`i City Grill: Experience a special holiday dinner in this lovely dining room, you can anticipate generously-portioned entrees that range from locally caught fish to prime-rib, home-style meatloaf and their signature rotisserie-roasted chicken. Under the direction of chef, Beverly Gannon, one of the 12 original founders of the Hawai`i Regional
Cuisine movement. OpenedWed.- Sun. 5pm-9pm reservations recommended. 808-565-7211 or Of course tell them we sent you.


Kula Fields: Starting Oct. 1, 2009, Roxanne Tiffin is expanding Kula Fields to O`ahu. A Farmer’s Market on wheels, Roxanne just had her 1st anniversary on Maui, providing home delivery service of local produce, flowers and grocery items.… Read More

Fall 2009 TOC



toc3 toc4 toc5
4 Letter of Aloha
9 Notable Edibles
22 Cooking Fresh
32 Talk Story
42 Home Made
44 Holiday Book Selection
45 What’s In Season
46 Farmers’ Markets
48 Advertiser Directory
50 What is it? How do you eat it?
10 Aunty Liliko`i’s Passion in a Jar
12 The Holiday Locavore
14 Ken Love:
Hawai`i’s Fruit Advocate
16 Keep It Local Kaua`i’s growing
movement to think local first
29 Temperamental Passion:
Making Chocolate
34 Roadside Attractions
On The Road To Hana
38 Cocos nucifera
The Giving Tree


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