There aren’t a lot of cocktails in the book so when I come across one it always perks my interest. What other drink to accompany our Luau festivities than a Hawaiian Rum Punch! Simple and delicious (and boozy) this drink had us all feeling very merry, very quickly!
Ah the chiffon pie, we don’t see a lot of chiffon pies in our modern conceptions of dessert. This one, made with passion fruit juice was described by my friends as : “Fruit Loops in a pie.” Which is actually amazingly accurate.
My friends enjoyed this pie, which is sweeter than the classic lemon meringue pie. I thought it was good but kind of forgettable in the end. The pineapple was quite chewy in the custard which made throw some people off.
This was a definite step up from the banana bread recipe. The combination of pineapple, macadamia nuts and cinnamon streusel topping made this a decadent coffee cake.
I haven’t been overly taken with the fried foods in the book. Usually, I find the batter a little pedestrian. However, these crab puffs made out of won tons were a big hit. The fried won ton wrappers had a delicious crispness and the Chinese mustard was a nice balance to cut the greasiness of the oil. A peculiar combo of crab and cream cheese but I could actually see myself making this dish again.
It’s pretty rare for me to cook with fish, let alone a whole fish, but that’s what makes these recipes an adventure! The red snapper that I used to replace the native Hawaiian fish opakapaka was a meaty delicious fish. Bones were a bit of a problem bit that’s to be expected when cooking a whole fish, I guess. For my part, I enjoyed the fish with either pineapple or orange but my friends thought the papaya went quite well with the fish as well. Visually, pretty spectacular. I probably wouldn’t do it again. But it was still a lot of fun.
Quite similar to the ceviche recipe in the Mexican part of the book, this was a tasty appetizer that we served with nacho chips. It was over salted because I foolishly tried to substitute salt for the MSG. But other than that it was delicious and the red snapper made a beautiful choice of fish.