Friday, September 28, 2012

Baked Sweet Potato Wontons

I'm so in love with these. So simple to make, healthy and vegan!
Baked Sweet Potato Wontons
makes about 20 wontons
1 medium/large sweet potato/yam
( skinned, cubed and boiled in water until soft, about 10 min )
about 20 wonton wrappers
2 Tbs minced green onion or chives
2 Tbs chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 finely minced small Kaffir lime leaf ( optional )
salt to taste ( I used several pinches )
neutral high heat oil
black or white sesame seeds
1. Place ( cooled ) cooked sweet potato in a bowl and mash along with green onions, cilantro, ginger salt, and Kaffir.
2. Place about 1.5 tsps of sweet potato mixture in the center of each wonton wrapper, wet the edges of the wonton, fold over into a triangle, then pinch to form a tight seal.
3. Layer an oiled cookie sheet and brush/spray the tops of each wonton with more oil.
4. Heat oven to 350 and baked about 15-18 mins, flipping once.
5. Sprinkle on sesame seeds and serve with dipping sauce of choice. I'm partial to a classic shoyu/rice wine vinegar mixture or Sriracha straight up.
{ lovely, super thin Chinese wonton wrappers } 
{ place mixture in wonton }
{ pinch and seal }
{ baked and serve }

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Star Fruit Season

Life is slowly but surely getting back to normal out here! Kitchen is almost done ( cabinets are in and new big fridge is arriving next week! ), I'm almost done with my second round of antibiotics ( so my tonsils ), and the first small signs of our winter surf season is starting to roll in! I'm so ready to get back to "normal" very soon!
So, back to the point of this post.....
Late summer/early fall brings a whole new crop of exotic fruits to Hawaii. Like I mentioned before, I've been existing on Amy's Soup, take-out and bread over the last month and I'm DYING to get back to the farmer's markets to see what's blooming! So in the the meantime, my sweet friend brought me a huge bag of the largest Star fruit ( Carambola ) I have ever seen!! These are from her back yard in Napili. So amazing!
I have so many of these I'm thinking of juicing some. Anyone ever try that??
And check out my homegrown pineapple! I'm so proud! How will I ever eat this thing?
Love Love Love!
Be back soon....

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Thai Style

The ultimate beach bag!
I love these hand embroidered totes from Thailand. They are bright, colorful and roomy enough to fit all my beach day essentials.
So pretty right?
I ordered this bag from the Mila Bikinis website. Check it out HERE

Friday, September 14, 2012

Aila Blue

Love love love these silky fabrics and rich colors! I am completely obsessed with everything Aila Blue!
Designed by the beautiful Mai Miyama (who currently resides in Australia and Bali!) Aila Blue evokes bohemian luxe like nobody else! I am dying for the ocean blue Maxi dress shown above. So pretty! Especially if paired with an armload of  shell bangles by Hula Hoops Maui me thinks!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Revisiting Leoda's

Aloha! As I mentioned earlier this week, our kitchen is in the middle of a big remodel. As a result, canned soup and simple meals out have become the new norm. After a failed attempt at a sunset surf session last night ( still no waves to speak of ) we decided to make the most of our wasted gallon of gas and head over to Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop for dinner.
We've been to Leoda's several times over the last year and love it. I'm always trying new things on the menu but Carlos ALWAYS gets the Seared Ahi Sandwich. He's claiming, "Best Fish Sandwich Ever". Yep, EVER. It's just something about the sashimi grade tuna and pesto combo apparently. Well, I guess I'll have to take his word for it 'cuz I ain't trying...
My custom vegetarian sandwich: Leoda's homemade Butter Bread, tomatoes, butter lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, Maui onions, avocado, and garlic aioli.
Yummy fries I shared with Carlos served with garlic aioli. I quickly doused these with about a cup of sriracha of course.
Carlos's Seared Ahi Sandwich: Leoda's homemade Rye, sashimi grade Ahi, avocados, Jarlsberg cheese, local basil pesto, caramelized Maui onions, watercress and garlic aioli.
Happy Boy!
I was DYING for a bite of their famous Banana Cream Pie but I was just way to full.
Next time!
Aloha from Maui!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

I Want

{This top! Amazing.....}
{ To make caramel dipped pears for fall. }
{ A room with a huge map on the wall. }
{ This white scalloped bikini. }
{ To dip dye some pillow shams. Love these. }

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


If it seems like I've been missing a lot lately, you're right.
You see, I seem to have gotten thrown off my game these last couple of weeks.
Here's my short list of recent excuses.
1. I'm working A LOT. Just trying to make the most of summer while everyone is still here. Oh such is life on a tourist driven island.
2. The surf is, well..... not so great. Or should I just say it's flat, like a lake. Lake Pacific. I'm totally not kidding. It's been like this for weeks!
3. Tonsillitis. Awesome. I get it often but this time it's a scorcher. Enter: Azithromycin. I hate you. HATE YOU!!!!
4. My kitchen is being completely remodeled. Don't get me wrong... we are so excited!! However as a result I have not gone produce/grocery shopping for awhile and all the contents of my pantry and cabinets are in boxes surrounding the living room. I'm starting to feel a bit claustrophobic and cluttered. Ugh.
5. It's hot. AND sticky. It's late summer though.... I'm sure everyones feeling the same at this stage in the game. But hot and sticky feels extra hot and sticky when you have a scorching case of tonsillitis. No fun.
6. And last but not least... my gym that I've gone to for 12 years just burned down. Seriously, like to the ground. So horrible!! Luckily nobody was hurt but Waaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! I want to cry. Anyway, so sorry for the owner. Hopefully it gets put back together soon. There's not many other options near by. Maui News story HERE 
So on to a more positive note.  I was trying to get out of my funk and eat something different today ( besides my 8th can of Amy's soup in a week) so I dug out my Yonanas Machine ( best thing ever ) from under a pile of kitchen linens and decided to make something cold for my very sore throat.
All I used to make this yummy sundae pictured above was frozen bananas. I then topped it with a homemade chocolate sauce ( raw cacao, raw agave, vanilla, salt ) and sprinkles. YES SPRINKLES!!! One of the many finds after cleaning out our pantry last week! Made my day!
Hopefully things will return to normal very soon. Until then, Aloha!