Friday, April 14, 2017
Hawaiian Cuisine...but first a word about Poi
Picked up groceries to create Hawaiian Dishes in the next few weeks.
Also fell in love with the Islands Plate and Mug and bought them, too.
Shopping list was basically a lot of fresh fruits...pineapple...pork...shellfish...rice...coconut...peppers and such.
Oh...and learning about Poi.
Poi is one of those traditional Hawaiian foods that I had always heard of..but knew nothing about.
Yeah...the mystery and magic is completely gone.
Poi is made from this
Which is a bit like a hairy potato (a tuber) with white flesh that turns kind of purplish when boiled.
And looks like then when mashed,creamed,salted, and served.
Basically a lot like lavender mashed potatoes. The"grits" of the Polynesia. Just a side dish served with pretty much everything.
Yeah, I know. There I thought it was made from magical berries from an exotic Poi Plant or something. Another illusion shattered.
But I did find recipes for
Hapuia: A Coconut Pudding
Hawaiian Fried Rice that has ham, bell pepper and pineapple.
Pineapple Whip: A Frozen Dessert.
Butter Mochi: A lot like the Scottish Butter Tablet
and Hawaiian Macaroni Salad (who knew?)
Along with an array of Hawaiian Punches and Fruit Concoction (drinks)
So recipes to share as we make them through the next couple of months...as for Poi
If you really really want to try it...you can buy Taro Root at Melissa's
and all that is required is that you peel it...boil it until tender like a potato...mash with a bit of cream and salt and pepper to taste...for that purplish, omnipresent island side dish.