Thursday, July 15, 2010

Oh Poi!

There was this cookbook on a library shelf ...

It was talking to me ...

Every time I walked by  ...

Pick me up ... READ ME!

EVERY time I walked by ... and it seemed like several million times a day ...

Pick me up ... READ ME!

Tried to ignore the pleadings, but today it finally got to me ... I caved in and opened it ...

It's a Hawaiian luau cookbook!*  Hawaiian? you ask.  Yes, I reply.  But isn't it all roast pig and poi?   Well, some of it is all pig and poi.  I skipped the pig chapters.  And am in the process of scanning the fine print in order to find something to sub for the poi.  By the way, I heard it's called poi because that's the first thing you say when you eat some: "Poi, that's awful!"  Sorry ... but I digress ...

I prefer recipes that do not require substituting 28 of the ingredients to suit my little ol' kosher kitchen.  I dislike having to streamline instructions so dinner can be served before midnight (The Fourth Meal is NOT served here, at least on weekdays).  Most of the book's recipes are mega-multi-instructed.  But it looks like the recipes'll have to be "Americanized" as well since my local Try-n-Save doesn't carry taro leaves and such.  Wait!  Don't hit the comments link.  Yet.  I know already that Hawaii IS one of the 57 states of America. 

Anyway, I'm working my way through the cookbook.  I like how the author speaks a little like me ("da food" for example.  I guess Hawaiians speak Bronx) so maybe there's hope.   If there's something I can make yet still taste of the Tropical State I'll post it posthaste.

*It's a relatively old cookbook (from waaay back in1999), but if you are interested, go to your nearest library, or view the book to peak at the first few pages and index.

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