Pictured above: The Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art. At some point, we used to call this the East Hawaii Cultural Center, but I wasn't paying attention and the name was changed. I will probably continue to call it the East Hawaii Cultural Center, because I'm getting older, and that's what we do -- call locations by their original names. Really old folks around here call KTA "The Tokeshi Store" which can also be confusing. Comedian Frank DeLima tells a very funny story about that, if you ever get a chance to see his show.
Anyway, thank goodness for Mr. L, without whom I would be devoid of culture. He drags me occasionally to art exhibits, concerts, and generally keeps me from spending all my free time on Twitter. Yesterday we viewed the 28th Annual Trash Show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (see, I am practicing). First amazing thing: 28 years. That's impressive. Second amazing thing: IT WAS SO COOL. The show's title kinda put me off ("trash") but one man's trash . . . right? And I would be thrilled to own some of the pieces. I made a slideshow of my favorites, below. The museum is located at 141 Kalakaua Street in Hilo. This show runs until October 28th.
Back to food. Here is how the menus are shaping up for the coming week.
Sunday: Grilled Pork Chops, Potato-Mac Salad, Sliced Tomatoes and Peas
Monday: Chicken in Sun-Dried Cream Sauce (from the Damn Delicious blog), Rice, and Salad
Tuesday: Roasted Red Pepper Soup; Hawaiian Sweet Bread Rolls
Wednesday: Sausage and Pepper Turnovers; Salad
Thursday: Shrimp in Newman's Own Alfredo Sauce over Angel Hair Pasta; Zucchini
Friday: Chicken Salad with Celery; Popovers
Saturday: Tomato Beef and Mashed Potatoes
Ironman participants and visitors, you can thank me later for this recommendation and frankly, you should. Just kidding.
The above pictures were taken at The Rebel Kitchen, 79-7399 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealekekua, Hawaii. (808) 322-0616. Pictured above are the BBQ Chicken Salad and the Blackened Ono Sandwich.
Y’know, I really like it when I eat something that is delicious and I don’t feel guilty, afterward. That salad made me feel that way. Ingredients were very fresh and simple. Think “clean eating” without sacrificing any flavor. The chicken in the salad was warm and very moist; the avocado was perfect. He shredded the lettuce in a “chiffonade” style which made it very light and fluffy. I thought it was a really big salad when it was brought out, but you know, I ate it all. Mr. L loved his Blackened Ono Sandwich. He let me have a bite. I’m having that, next time. He was worried but about being too spicy but it wasn’t, at all – just right. It came with their mustardy potato salad which was also outstanding. We washed it all done with Kona Brewing beers. There is both inside and outside seating. We were hot so we opted for inside, which was cool and quiet. Parking is on the street, and it’s usually crowded in the little town of Kainaliu, so just park where you can find a spot and walk. We went later (about 1:30) and there was a lot of room available.
Back to this coming week’s menus. You will see the chicken breast thing is on the plan, again, as is the Caprese Pasta Salad. Sorry about that; feel free to substitute from an older menu plan. Sometimes, I am just too tired to cook (and I know myself well enough to know that attempting it brings disastrous results).
Sunday: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Cream Cheese, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes (yes, I am going to play around with that recipe); Rice Pilaf; Broccoli
Monday: Caprese Salad
Tuesday: Kabocha Soup with Shredded Chicken, Cilantro, and Chopped Peanuts
Wednesday: Potato-Kalua Pork Fried Tacos with Guacamole and Salsa
Thursday: Leftover Lasagne (hurray for freezers); Tossed Green Salad
Friday: Kalua Pork Bowls over Rice with Corn, Black Beans, Cheese and Cilantro Dressing
Saturday: Roasted Chicken Thighs, Carrots, Popovers and Gravy
P.S.: I rarely throw in a cookie recipe, but these are really great, and I had to buy corn flakes for the aforementioned chicken recipe. Here is a link to an older WiseBread post when I mentioned them.
If you are on-island for the Ironman, welcome, and have fun!
I hope you had a nice weekend! We had a very wet one here in Hilo.
Before I get too far, I have to confess that I strayed from last week’s menu plan because I found langostino. What is langostino? Well, it tastes remarkably like a lobster, but it’s actually a “squat lobster,” which is neither a lobster nor a prawn. Long John Silver’s, in 2006, marketed them as a lobster and got into a lot of hot water. (Yes, I was going for a sort of a pun, there.) At any rate, they are considerably lower-priced than lobster, and I think equally delicious. The ones I found (at ChoiceMart, Captain Cook) were of course frozen and from Chile. I had a sentimental moment because they were a favorite of my mother’s; something she loved to buy at the tiny fish market in Arcata. I am very sad that I didn’t buy all of the packages and freeze them . Anyway, I did stray from the menu plan, and made a to-do-for fettucine with the langostino, red peppers, and Portobello mushrooms . I’ll put a picture below.
I’m also including a photo of the most recent squash recipe that turned up in the HELCO bill. It was yummy.
So what’s on the menu, this week?
Sunday: Guava-Sriracha Meatballs, Rice, and Salad
Monday: Shrimp Pad Thai; Kabocha Squash
Tuesday: Stuffed Peppers; Parmesan-Baked Zucchini
Wednesday: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Cream Cheese and Bacon; Noodles; Peas
Thursday: Caprese Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Capers and Balsamic Vinaigrette over Angel Hair Pasta
Friday: Baked Salmon, Israeli Couscous, and Green Beans
Saturday: Fish Tacos
Have a great week, everyone! – C. Ironing
We are still a little full. We really ought to share lunches. Pictured above: The Mahina Cafe's Fish and Chips. Below, please see the fish sandwich (fish of the day was ahi). The Mahina Cafe is located at 82-6123 Mamalahoa Hwy., Captain Cook, Hawaii. Phone is 323-3200. This cafe used to be a Mexican restaurant that we just loved, and we were very sorry when it closed. I don't know if I was holding a grudge, or what . . . but I was finally like why haven't we tried this place, yet? Dummies. It's delicious. Go. The fish above was done like a tempura which make it shatteringly crispy. We're sort of picky about fries, too, and these were so hot and crispy that I had to help Mr. L with them. Lots of them. I had the fish sandwich (also ahi) and as you will see in the photo below, they did not skimp on fish. It came with a ripe tomato (I hate it when they are unripe), lettuce, onion and tartar sauce. I had the potato salad and it was great! I have never had potato salad with black olives and now I have to. It added a nice, salty element to it. The last delightful surprise was that the server brought us a malasada to share for dessert, free of charge, and it was really great. They can be very heavy and greasy -- this one was quite the opposite. We ate very late -- around 2:00 -- so that is why the place looks empty in the photo, but it filled up again as we were about to leave. Bathrooms were spotless. Kitchen looked spotless. The servers were really nice and efficient. It was 91 degrees outside, according to our car, but inside it was cool and quiet. The lemonade and iced tea hit the spot. This will be a new regular stop for us. I hope you stop in.
Back to the business at hand: This week's menus.
Sunday: Pork Stew with Carrots, Potatoes, and Portobello Mushrooms Over Rice
Monday: Couscous with Sausages and Zucchini; French Bread
Tuesday: Ritz-Cracker-Coated Chicken, Yellow Squash, and Buttered Egg Noodles
Wednesday: Portobello Mushroom Burgers and Fries
Thursday: Tonkatsu, Rice, and Butternut Squash
Friday: Salmon Patties and Buckwheat Noodles; Greens
Saturday: Quesadillas with Cheese and Avocado; Pinto Beans
Let's hope this rain stops, pretty soon! Have a great week, everyone. -C. Ironing
The photo above is from an old Richfield-Atlantic Hawaiian cook book a friend gave me, copyright 1965. I am intrigued by the island in the background. Mr. L thinks it is Coconut Island, pre-bridge. Anyone know? The cookbook contains such gems as “Gar Doo Gai” (Chinese Chicken) and “Seafoam Salad” (gag). Most recipes are winners, though, with the possible exception of “Luau Mayonnaise” (“Thin one cup mayonnaise with 2 T. pineapple juice and 1 T. maraschino cherry syrup. Blend to a smooth pink color.”). Bleck. It does not say what you’d use that for, but I don’t think I care.
Our menus are somewhat incomplete this week. Mr. L’s birthday is on Wednesday, and he has not yet decided what he wants for his birthday dinner. We are having spaghetti tonight, so it won’t be that (odds are, it would have been). He’d better decide soon, or it’ll be Chef’s Surprise.
Sunday: Spaghetti ; Tossed Green Salad
Monday: Cuban Chicken with Black Beans and Rice; Avocado Slices
Tuesday: Pork Chops; Scalloped Potatoes; Peas
Thursday: Chive-Risotto Cakes; Tossed Green Salad
Friday: One-Pot Lemon Parmesan Pasta
Saturday: Salmon; Summer Vegetable Tian
Here’s to hoping things cool off a little! Have a great week. -C. Ironing
Pictured above: Taco Salad and Chicken Chimichanga from Los Habaneros in the Keauhou Shopping Center. They were delicious, but lesson learned – Mr. L and I could have easily split one item. Neither of us could finish our lunches. The location is very handy if you are planning to hit the movies at the Regal – just a few doors away. The cost was $28 for two entrees and two drinks, excluding tip.
Service was brisk but efficient. There were many “regulars” eating there, and for them, things seemed friendlier. We wished the menu had been posted on the window or entryway (or even online). Having to quickly scan a board puts pressure on to hurry up and order – I don’t want to keep others waiting. Fortunately, we chose well. I really liked the chicken in Mr. L’s chimichanga – I’d vote to split that, next time. I’d also get everything to go, and go sit on the rock wall facing the ocean. That’s a great view.
Today we went to garage sales and I found more vintage yellow dishes. I am off of “dish restriction” somehow, so I snatched those babies up. We also found nice-quality wineglasses and a pristine casserole dish. That inspired me to clean out my cabinets at home (whew), wash everything, and put it back nicely. I don’t know what came over me. I had to have a nap, later. I’m also inspired to cook, because I have new stuff. Let’s see what we can come up with, this week:
Saturday: Pork Loin, Pasta with Pesto, and Oven-Roasted Zucchini
Sunday: Ribs, Twice-Baked Potatoes, and Carrots
Monday: Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce; Tossed Salad
Tuesday: Turkey Hoisin Meatballs on Skewers ; Rice; Coleslaw with Peanut Sauce
Thursday: Black Beans and Coconut Rice (cook rice in coconut milk); Shrimp
Friday: Smoked Salmon; Toasted Baguettes; Cream Cheese with Capers and Sliced Tomatoes
Have a great week, everyone! - C. Ironing
That was desk-breakfast a few days ago, courtesy of a thoughtful co-worker. I don't do granola and yes, that'll probably catch up with me somewhere down the road. If I could make granola like my mother's, I would eat it, but her recipe is gone and it was so good it ruined me for all other crappy granola. She used to spend like a billion dollars at the health food store and make massive quantities, using broiler pans and both ovens. It was great stuff, with two kinds of raisins, pumpkin seeds, and nuts. Oh, well -- that spam musubi and fried chicken were delicious. I hope you had a good week. Mine was very busy, and that's part of today's problem. I lost my menu list. That's OK, though. A decent cook outta be able to magically produce something from a well-stocked pantry and refrigerator. Right? Right? Let's just see if I can do something on the fly, here.
Tonight is easy. I did buy a sirloin pork roast and marinated chunks of it, so Sunday will be Pork Skewers with Rice and Mixed Vegetables, courtesy of the freezer.
Monday: Cost-U-Less had nice packages of portobello mushrooms, so I had picked up some of those. I can stuff them with various high-fat things like cheeses and artichoke hearts. We'd better have a salad with that, lest we completely clog our arteries.
Tuesday: Score! Found some frozen ahi in the freezer, right on the top shelf. Let's grill that and serve with rice and . . . hmm . . . stuck . . . wait, a cold rice salad. Make 2 cups of rice and allow to chill completely. Add mayonnaise, chopped artichoke hearts, defrosted peas, chopped green olives with pimentos, and a little curry powder.
Wednesday: Tacos. I always have tacos shells around. We can do those either vegetarian (got beans!) or with leftover ahi. There is also a small amount of kalua pork in the bottom of the 'fridge. And oh, hey, olives, and an avocado. Those are shaping up, nicely. I haven't had a margarita lately, either Hmmm?
Thursday: I am 99% certain I have some frozen sausages in the depths of the freezer, but rather than check, I am going to assume they are there. I do not stock freezers well and things tend to tumble out when I open the door. Onto one's foot. I already found the ahi. Let's not get cocky. I like lentils with sausage. I'll throw some diced carrots in, too. Maybe that will counteract the fatty fatty portobello mushroom things.
Friday: I have bacon, pasta, parmesan cheese, peas, and eggs. I believe that makes Carbonara. I believe wine goes with that.
Have a great week! -C. Ironing
Aloha! I hope you had a good week.
I just came in from the garden -- and boy, is it ever warm out there -- but that's okay, because it felt so good to get out and dig around. I did notice something, though. I am very poor at timing my garden. Right now, the following items are growing, but not ripe: Avocados, bananas, oranges, green beans, peas, and squash. If it all comes on at the same time, we'll have to start our own CSA. Most frustrating are the bananas. look at that picture - two big hands up there, and what do you want to bet they'll all be ready at once. Bananas, at least for us, are feast or famine. I am most excited about the oranges. Technically, maybe they are tangerines. They are "clementines" but they are much larger than the ones you see in the stores. Last year we got exactly one from the tree. One. However, it was absolutely perfect and delicious. I hope this big crop will be as sweet.
Well, what's on the menu, this week? For starters, I never got around to making that cheeseburger casserole I meant to make last week, so we'll have that. Mr. L's appetite, after being ill, was still sub-par so we ate sort of on the light side. Here we go:
Sunday: Cheeseburger Casserole with Tomatoes
Monday: Tacos with Fresh Guacamole (and yes, I had to buy the avocado, although our tree is just full of them)
Tuesday: Ravioli, French Bread, and Salad
Wednesday: Quiche; Fruit Salad
Thursday: Kabocha Squash and Sausages over Rice
Friday: Chicken Meatballs and Pasta; Yellow Squash
Saturday: Leftover Surprise ;-)
Have an interesting week. Let's all do one scary thing and one random, anonymous, nice thing.
Yes, late posting, again, but I have an excuse. Mr. L was very ill this past weekend (now home recovering, thank goodness). Things are calm, and it's time to re-group. Our sincere thanks go out to Hilo Medical Center for their excellent care. Cooking sort of went out the window here, for a while. But now, let's get back on track.
I was not able to get a CSA box last week, but that's okay, because the garden has been going nuts. Check out those green beans, above. I also have bok choy and beets back there in the garden that need to be picked.
Monday: Taco Salad Bowls with fresh corn, turkeyburger, re-fried beans, brown rice, avocados, lettuce, tomatoes and salsa
Tuesday: Egg Rolls (homemade) with turkeyburger, onion, cabbage and bean sprouts
Wednesday: Baked Chicken Thighs with Potatoes; Broccoli; Fresh Beets
Thursday: Crispy Kalua Pork and Potato Tacos with Fresh Guacamole and Salsa
Friday: Grilled MahiMahi with Tempura (Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, and Broccoli); Rice
Saturday: Cheeseburger Casserole and Salad
Have a wonderful week!
I don't usually post things that are so personal. However, my friend, Bill (foreground, above) -- who is actually more like my little brother, sent me this picture. I hadn't seen it before, and thought it was sort of funny, that I decided to share it.
I figure the photo must have been taken in about 1967. My parents, along with Bill's parents, were heavily into camping (and would eventually build a houseboat together). What I love about this picture:
- My mother is, inexplicably, putting curlers in her hair. While camping.
- My father's portable liquor cabinet is on the picnic table. The ice bucket is nearby.
Clearly, they were "glamping," before that was a thing.
I met Mr. L at Trinity Lake, where this photo was taken. We actually watched the first moonwalk together, at the general store there.
Thank you, Bill, for sending this.