Pokey, pokey!

We celebrated one of my auntie’s birthdays earlier this month. I was researching dessert ideas and I came across a poke cake. I was intrigued and tried it out!

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/gelatin-poke-cake-53184.aspx

Of course, I modified the recipe, as I always do, to make it my own!

You can basically use any type of box cake mix. I choose Rainbow Chip and poke holes in them after the cake cooled.

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See the rainbow chips in the poked holes? Awesome!

Then, I mixed strawberry Jell-O, but instead of mixing the gelatin mix with regular water, I used strawberry sparkling water.

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Hi Dave! He’s my auntie’s fave minion!! Haha!

…And TA-DA!!!! I poured the mix over the cake and refrigerated it overnight.

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Yummy!

We really enjoy it! The sweetness was just right! Time to make more poke cakes with different Jell-Os and cake mixes! I’m excited!

Have a great week!

~FS

 

Mother’s Day weekend grinds!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers, grandmothers, and aunties out there! Hope your day is full of relaxation and happiness.

This weekend, my boyfriend, sis, her boyfriend, and I cooked dinner for my family, as we celebrated Mother’s Day last night. We made ground turkey pot pies, cornbreads, and strawberry butter. Yum!

I’ve made chicken pot pies from this recipe in the past, but we’ve altered the recipe last night. We used ground turkey, sweet potatoes, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and frozen mixed vegetables for the pie filling. It was very good. We used a lot of potatoes, which helped sweeten the flavor. It didn’t need much seasoning, like salt. The potatoes’ sweetness was a perfect substitute.

Next, we made strawberry butter and two different types of cornbread to pair with the pot pies.

We whipped a block of unsalted butter and strawberries to make the butter.

We used two recipes to make the cornbreads: left picture and right picture in animal shapes. Cute, huh?

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Our feast!!! The filling made four pies- whoo hoo!

My cousin, who couldn’t make it last night, made my late auntie’s famous pound cake. O.M.Gosh! It was awesome! Tasted exactly like hers. He’s got her baking touch/gift! Yea!

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Today, we had our Mother’s Day luncheon with my boyfriend and his family at his mom’s favorite restaurant, Palazzo!

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Linguine with meatballs, mixed with white wine butter sauce.

Palazzo Ristorante Italiano
99-080 Kauhale St.; Aiea, 96701
https://www.yelp.com/biz/palazzo-ristorante-italiano-aiea

2017 23rd Honolulu Festival recap!

Last weekend was the 23rd Annual Honolulu Festival. It was a wonderful event, that ended with a BANG- literally! Here are some highlights.

I tried and bought cookies from Kava Kookies. I tried her: chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies, cornflake cookies, peanut butter cookies, and almond cookies. They were all SO, SO yummy and addicting. I love cookies. I should call myself the next cookie monster- haha!

I also participated in a traditional tea ceremony for the first time. I was so excited! I learned a lot from that 10-minute demonstration. Initially, we are presented with Japanese sweets that we are to eat first. Then, the tea ceremony begins. There are a lot of rituals involved in a traditional tea ceremony. See a clip below.

 

Before they served us the tea to drink, we had to rotate the bowl three times, admiring the beautiful designs, before drinking it, and doing the same ritual after we finished drinking the tea. It was so good and refreshing. I loved that it was organic.

There was also sake tasting at the festival.

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L-R: Kubota Koujyu: Junmai Ginjo; Yoshio-no-Gawa: Junmai Ginjo; & Yoshio-no-Gawa: Echigo Junmai.

I didn’t know there were different types of sake! It’s like a whole new world! Below are descriptions of the sakes I tried.

Junmai Ginjo : Sake that is made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice milled 40% with 60% of each grain remaining.

Junmai : Sake that is made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice that has been milled 30% with 70% of each grain remaining.

Here’s the website that explains the other types: http://www.truesake.com/pages/sake-types.

I enjoyed the sakes. They were all very smooth, and the blue bottle was slightly sweeter than the other two.

The Honolulu Festival is a great event to explore and learn about different Asian cultures. I can’t wait to attend next year’s festivities.

Have a great rest of the week!

FS~

Today calls for ฯ€!

It’s 03/14- Happy Pi Day!

Pi, 3.14 (ฯ€), the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. This brings back memories of grade school… Haha! Oh, math… how interesting and complex you are…

There’s a website for Pi Day! http://www.piday.org/learn-about-pi/

Well, to celebrate, this day calls for PIE!!! Yum! I made a no-bake strawberry-cheesecake pie, topped with strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. Oh.my.goodness! It was so good! I made it for my boyfriend’s birthday the other month (can you read the blueberries above? Haha).

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The ingredients needed for this FAB dessert!

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Ta-da!!!!

Here is the recipe that inspired me to make this marvelous dish. I didn’t follow the recipe to the tee. I went by taste. That is the true secret to cooking and some baking.

Celebrate Pi ฯ€ Day with pie!!!! Happy eating!

FS~

 

It’s National Strawberry Day!

Happy National Strawberry Day!

I LOVE strawberries! I have to say that it’s my ultimate favorite fruit!

Tonight, I am sharing my homemade strawberry shortcake cups that was inspired by Church’s Chicken strawberry shortcake cups. Their dessert is super ono! So, I wanted to replicate my own.

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My main ingredients: homemade whipped cream, biscuits, and strawberries (from Japan). Ooh!

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Biscuits are done!

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I melted and drizzled my boyfriend’s aunt’s homemade lilikoi butter as a topping, as well as sprinkled brown sugar.

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Ta da!!!

Visit Church’s Chicken and try their strawberry shortcake dessert. I’m not sure if it’s only exclusive to Hawaii.

They have various locations. I usually go to the one at Pearlridge Center.
98-1005 Moanalua Rd.; Aiea, 96701
(808) 488-9588

Love Day calls for Vday cookies!

Happy Love Day! Last week, my client and I made Valentine’s Day cookies. She chose Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme cookie dough. I’ve never seen that dough before and we were both eager to bake it! It was good! I love the candy bar. One of my faves.

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Here’s some facts about Valentine’s Day, one of my fave holidays!!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/13/us/valentines-day-fast-facts/

Enjoy this special day with your love!!

FS~

Busy busy in the kitchen!

Happy Christmas Eve! Last night, I was busy in the kitchen baking and making an assortment of Christmas desserts for my family and my boyfriend’s family. It was a ton of fun, jamming to Christmas tunes!

First, I made a couple “Christmas-style” (red and green) tofu jello pies for my boyfriend’s family. I decided to experiment and add cream cheese to the mixture. I also made my own whipped cream- yum! I used strawberry and lime jellos. I usually stick to the berry blue, but I thought I’d try different flavors. Plus, I wanted it to be Christmas colors. The pie mixtures were ono, especially with the cream cheese. I used about 1/4 of the block.


Next, I made a strawberry-prosecco-cream cheese cake with my prosecco frosting for my family. Prosecco is a sparkling wine. I’m sure it will be delish. The batter tasted yummy before popping it into the oven. The frosting tasted amazing. The prosecco gave it a lil kick. It was my first time making my own frosting.


For the frosting, I used butter, powdered sugar, salt, and prosecco.

Last, I made a prosecco fruit gelatin for both my family and my boyfriend’s family. I’ve always wanted to make this dish. The recipe was very simple. I bought an assortment of fruits, such as: strawberries, blueberries, and red and green grapes. Below is the recipe.

Here’s the recipe:ย http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/prosecco-and-summer-fruit-terrine-106871


I’m excited to try it. The mixture tasty yummy before pouring it into the bowl of fruits.

I used two different types of prosecco for the cake and for the fruit gelatin.


I had a little tasting sampling party while cooking. They were both good; very light and carbonated. Both brands tasted nearly the same.

I wish you and your สปohana a very Merry Christmas! Eat up and laugh loud with loved ones!

Blessings!

FS