Apple Torte, Hawaiian Style

A Kamai’ina Favorite
Macadamia Nuts Meet Apples

Hawaiian Macadamia Apple Torte

Hawaiian Apple Torte
with Macadamia Nuts

It is sometimes hard to find much of a Pacific element in many of the old Kamaiina or Old Time Hawaiian favorite recipes. Here’s a case in point.

This Apple Torte has been a favorite for decades among the old-time Hawaiian residents or Kamai’ina families.  It is delicious and easy to make, but at first might not seem particularly Pacific Rim in character. Continue reading

Hawaiian Molded Seafood Salad

A Kamai’ina Dish for Company
Good Pupu for the Pau Hana Hour

Here’s another old Kamai’ina dish – a kind of fusion food in Hawaiian cuisine – which would typically be served when company came.  It is good with crackers or chips as a Pupu at the cocktail or Paul Hana hour.

How to make Hawaiian molded seafood salad with crab

Crab

Molded Seafood Salad

Hawaiian

Ingredients:

First we assemble the Ingredients

4 – 5 ounces Shrimp
8 ounces Crab

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

8 ounces Lobster
1 small can Tomato Soup
1 package Gelatine
½ cup cold water
8 ounces Cream Cheese
1 cup Mayonnaise
½ cup chopped Onions
½ cup chopped Celery
½ cup chopped Green Onions

Method:

Using lobster to make Hawaiian style molded seafood salad

Lobster

The Shrimps, Lobster and Crab should be cleaned, deveined, and coarsely diced.  Or you may use canned or frozen seafood, if you prefer.

When the Ingredients are laid out and ready, we begin by softening the Gelatine in the cold water.

When the Gelatine is ready, we heat the Tomato soup to boiling, and add the dissolved Gelatine, stir to mix thoroughly and then remove from the heat.

Next we mix the Cream Cheese and Mayonnaise together, combining until it is smooth, and then add the soup, again mixing well together and then set aside to cool.

Gelatine

Gelatine

When the soup is cool, we add the Vegetables and the Seafood — Shrimp, Crab, Lobster.  We pour it all into a mold and chill for several hours until the cocktail hour, when we serve with crackers or chips as desired.

Capt. James Cook's ship off Hawaii, 1778

Capt. James Cook – Hawaii 1778

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Hawaiian Style Chicken Breasts with Grapes

An Old Kamai’ina Favorite
Are Grapes Hawaiian?

Using grapes to cook Asian Pacific dishes

Grapes

Here is one of the Old Kamai’ina recipes from Hawaii, most of which taste good, but often contain a very marginal Pacific flavor. Grapes have been grown in Hawaii since 1815, so they can be considered Hawaiian.

Canned grapes, as in this recipe, Continue reading

Peas and Mushrooms

A Vegetarian Dish
Indian-Hawaiian Fusion

This is really an Indian way of treating these vegetables, although it’s listed as Hawaiian, because I first encountered it in Honolulu in the home of a Kamai’ina lady of Indian origin.

This dish illustrates how Hawaiian cuisine is perhaps the ultimate Fusion ½cuisine,incorporating elements from all its varied cosmopolitan elements. Continue reading

Hawaiian Barley Casserole

Kamai’ina Favorite
Church Supper in Moiliili

Cooking Asian dishes with onions

Onions

Here’s another of the Old Kamai’ina recipes from Hawaiian cuisine.  The recipe came from a Kamai’ina relative’s friend, who served it at a church supper in Moiliili.

The dish may not seem terribly Polynesian, but is an authentic dish served in the cosmopolitan community of Hawaii.  It is typical of what you might be served at a church supper or similar affair. Continue reading

Hawaiian Raspberry Ribbon Pie

Kamai’ina Favorite
A Pie for the Non-Baker

Making Hawaiian Raspberry Ribbon Pie

Hawaiian Ribbon Pie, Finished with Macadamia Garnish

This pie is a favorite of the Kamai’ina, or old-time Hawaiian settlers, many of whom came from New England.  It is delicious and very attractive.

It also has one other strong point, if you don’t enjoy baking, as it doesn’t need to be baken in the oven.  You do need to make the crust, however.

This pie, also called simply Raspberry Ribbon Pie, has been popular among old Kamai”ina (long-time resident) families for generations. Continue reading

Litchi

The Honorable Concubine’s Favorite Fruit
First Food Shipped by Refrigerated Transport

“Eunuchs gallop up in continuous succession,
“Bearing delicacies for the Imperial kitchens.”
Tu Fu, “Ballad of Lovely Women” [1]

It was the eighth century.  The eunuchs were Imperial couriers, a kind of Chinese Pony Express.

Their saddlebags were crammed full of Continue reading