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Ulu Cornedbeef Patties w/ Sweet Chili Aioli

Jun 23, 2013 -- 9:45am
Tita Nui's Ulu Cornedbeef Patties w/ Sweet Chili Aioli
(2nd Place - Appetizer at the 2011 Breadfruit Festival)
 
2lb. green mature ulu (breadfruit)
1 can corned beef
1 1/2 cup surimi (fish paste)
1/4 cup mayonaise
1/4 cup chopped green onion
 
Oil for frying
Salt for water to cook ulu.
 
            Sweet Chili Aioli
                1 cup mayonaise
                1/4 cup Thai Sweet Chili sauce
                1 tsp. oyster sauce
                Combine all ingredients in bowl. Mix well.
 
Method:
~ Peel & core ulu. Cut into 1/4 inch cubes.
~ Place in pot covered with water, add salt. Boil until ulu is cooked. Approximately 20 minutes.
~ Remove ulu from water & let drain.
~ Combine corned beef, surimi, mayonaise in bowl. Mix well.
~ Add in ulu & green onion, again mixing well. Note: mixture will be very sticky.
~ Heat oil in skillet/frying pan.
~ Drop by spoonfuls into oil. Fry until golden brown.
 
Variation: You can use 2lb of taro instead of ulu or you can use half ulu & half taro.
                Just make sure you thoroughly cook the taro (so your mouth no get itchy).
 
History:
This is one of my creations. Not sure what brought on this inspiration except maybe the fact of
me not having a clue what to make for dinner. Talk about a basket of ingredients worthy of the
TV show "Chopped". The Aioli is a basic dipping sauce I use for other things too (Ka'ea loves it
on fried fish!).
 
This is the recipe I used for my entry in the 2011 Breadfruit Festival just held this past weekend
at the Amy Greenwell Botanical Gardens. It won me 2nd place in the appetizer category, I lost
to a chef who made "healtier" ulu spring rolls... LOL!!! But, I was told my patties tasted betta!
 
I grew up eating ulu (we called it Ma'pene, spelling?) I love the diversity of ulu and was thrilled to
learn so much at the festival. They even had ulu/mango popsicles as an entry (was ono!). Just
remember that ulu can replace potato in any recipe. I encourage you to be creative, use the local
ingredients we have growing abundantly here & go for it!
 
Tita Nui's Rating: ♥'s x 1000 (cause as my own creation... LOL!)

Pork & Watercress Soup

Jun 29, 2012 -- 5:00am
 
 
1 lb. boneless pork, cubed
2 tsp. vegetable oil
10 c. water, as needed
4 quarter size pieces ginger, crushed
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bunch watercress; 1 ½-inch pieces, stems& leaves separated
6 shiitake mushrooms sliced, soaked, stems removed, 
 
Marinade:
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. brown sugar
2 TB soy sauce
½ tsp. white pepper
 
 
 

Method:  


~ In a mixing bowl; combine marinade ingredients. 
~ Marinate pork 15 minutes. 
~ In a large saucepot; brown pork in oil. 
~ Cover with water. Add ginger & garlic. 
~ Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 30 minutes. 
~ Add watercress stems. Simmer an additional 30 minutes. 
~ Add shiitake mushrooms & watercress leaves. 
~ Mix until watercress leaves wilt. 
~ Serve immediately. Serves 4-6.
 
History:
This is a new one that I just added last month. I found the back bone of this recipe then tweaked it! 
It's soup season here in Hawai'i & this one is going to be a new favorite!
Enjoy!
 
Tita Nui's rating: ♥

Breakfast Casserole

May 14, 2011 -- 12:00pm

 

Breakfast Casserole
 
8 slices of bread, remove crust (white bread works best)
10 eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard 
1/2 lb. raw bacon, cut to 1/2" pieces
1 1/2 cup shredded cheese (your favorite, I like cheddar & mozzarella mix)
Butter
 
Method:
~ Butter only one side of each slice of bread. Remember to remove the crust.
~ Lay bread in 9 x 13 pan, buttered side down.
~ Mix eggs, milk, salt, & dry mustard together in bowl. Mix well.
~ Pour over the bread in pan.
~ Arrange bacon over the egg mixture. Taking care to seperate the individual 
    pieces of bacon.
~ Spread cheese over top.
~ Place in refrigerator (ice box) over night. This is an important step. It will not 
    come out the same if you skip this step.
~ In the morning, bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
 
History:
I got this recipe from Jane Uyehara years ago when she was the Laupahoehoe 
School principal & I used to be a substitute teacher.... Yes, I was a Sub! 
It's like a quiche. Does not go good with rice. It is something different, but very 
good. Give it a try. Enjoy!
 
Tita Nui's Rating:  ♥'s

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