Berry Pavlova

A National Dish for Two Countries
Quintessential Pacific Rim Fusion

Using whie Balsamic vinegar to cook Asian foods

When legendary Russian ballet danger Anna Pavlova toured Australia in the early 20th century, she became all the rage.  A special berry dessert was created in her honor.  It became the national dessert of Australia.  The same thing also happened in New Zealand.  So versions of Berry Pavlova have become the national dessert of both countries.  Typical Pacific Rim Fusion dish.  Continue reading

Nasi Minyak

A Staple at Malayan Weddings
Ghee Meets Saffron and Vanilla

Using garlic to make Nasi Minyak, Savory Rice

Garlic

Nasi Minyak, or Savory Rice, is a version of Rice cooked in or with Ghee, with an addition of spices and is a key dish in Malayan cuisine.

The name Nasi Minyak comes from Malay and literally means “Rice cooked with Oil,” referring to the Ghee which is a key ingredient in this preparation.

Nasi Minyak is commonly served at Malayan wedding banquets. Here is a recipe obtained from one of the Chefs at the legendary Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore. 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