Desserts

Kung Hee Fat Choy

Kung Hee Fat Choy

Wishing you great happiness and prosperity This year, Chinese New Year is celebrated on Sunday, January 22nd, and kung hee fat choy is a traditional greeting you will hear amongst family and friends. There are differences in dialects but the meaning is the same,...

Jell-O Cream Cheese Squares

Jell-O Cream Cheese Squares

Jell-O Cream Cheese Squares are a popular dessert in Hawaii. You will find them at potlucks and at local restaurants. My favorite is from Napoleon's Bakery, a sister bakery to Zippy's restaurants. This recipe is an homage to that version. I don't know where this...

Pumpkin Crunch

Pumpkin Crunch

It's October so let's embrace everything pumpkin! Pumpkin Crunch is kind of like Hawaii's version of a dump cake, but no one is quite sure where the recipe originated. I say it's "kind of" like a dump cake because unlike a dump cake, some mixing is required. Pumpkin...

Chocolate Butter Mochi

Chocolate Butter Mochi

Butter mochi is an easy and yummy dessert that originated in Hawaii. But did you know you can make a chocolate version? Who doesn't love chocolate? (Actually I know someone who absolutely abhors it but he is definitely in the minority.). Resembling a...

Ube Banana Pudding

Ube Banana Pudding

We are celebrating Mother's Day this year with these lovely Ube Banana Puddings. This recipe takes Magnolia Bakery's famous banana pudding and gives it a tropical twist by incorporating ube, adding a gorgeous color and subtle flavor to this iconic dessert....

Banana Lumpia with Coconut Caramel Sauce

Banana Lumpia with Coconut Caramel Sauce

Banana lumpia is a sweet dessert spring roll that was brought to Hawaii by Filipino immigrants. It is another thread in the culinary fabric of local Hawaii cuisine - a blending of so many different cultures that developed back in the day on the plantations. It only...

Chocolate Pavlovas with Strawberries and Cream

Chocolate Pavlovas with Strawberries and Cream

My friend Sharon introduced me to Nigella Lawson, her television shows, and her cookbooks. One of the first recipes she asked me to try out was Nigella's Chocolate Pavlova. I had never heard of this dessert but have since discovered that it's perfect for summer -...

Ginger Jam Bread and Butter Pudding

Ginger Jam Bread and Butter Pudding

It is no secret that Nigella Lawson is a favorite of mine. I enjoy her approach to entertaining, to make things elegant but easy. This bread pudding couldn't be easier and it fills the house with the most wonderful smell. While this is one of my go-to recipes, one of...

Mixed Fruit Crumble

Mixed Fruit Crumble

Summer is a wonderful time with so many fruits and vegetables available at the market. I get excited about what I find and have a slight tendency to overbuy, just a little. Unfortunately this week I was under the weather and found myself with a lot of overripe fruit...

Butter Mochi

Butter Mochi

Unlike most of my family I'm indifferent to mochi. If it's there I'll eat it, if not, I don't miss it. When I come home to Hawaii I don't feel the need to seek out treats from different family-owned mochi shops to take back to the mainland with me. However, one type...

Kung Hee Fat Choy

Family Traditions: Gao

Updated: January 2022 When you hear me speak of influential women in my life, at the top of my list is my Mom followed by my maternal Grandmother - Popo Chock. You rarely hear me speak of my paternal Grandmother - Popo Char. Although she lived with us for a time, we...

Jamie Oliver’s Chocolate Pots

Jamie Oliver’s Chocolate Pots

I enjoy cooking for friends and often have grandiose ideas of menus for fancy dinner parties. But in the end I like cooking dishes that are delicious but simple. These chocolate pots, served with lemon polenta biscuits, are a perfect, elegant, and easy way to end a...

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Updated July 31, 2022 This morning I'm still relishing the memories of yesterday's Moveable Feast. The theme was one close to my heart (and stomach), British Gastropubs. As soon as I saw the theme I knew I wanted to claim dessert. Sticky Toffee Pudding ranks as one of...

Coconut Tapioca and Apple Banana Pudding

Coconut Tapioca and Apple Banana Pudding

When I was home in December we found some beautiful apple bananas at the farmer's market. My sister decided to make a coconut tapioca pudding with some of the bananas added in. The dish isn't terribly photogenic but it's yummy. Apple bananas The pudding starts with...

Quindim (Brazilian Coconut Flan)

Quindim (Brazilian Coconut Flan)

Moveable Feast: Brazil Last weekend we celebrated the foods of Brazil at the Summer 2013 edition of Moveable Feast. This cuisine is unfamiliar to me but as I researched I came across a recipe for Quindim (pronounced keen-deem) or Brazilian Coconut Flan. I was...