20 August 2010
20 August - Hawaii Day (celebrated)
So fire up the tiki torches, wear a bunch of leis, put on the Don Ho records, and have a luau.
The traditional luau foods include kalua pig, poi, poke (and other delicacies of the sea), and the fresh fruits of the islands - pineapple, coconut, papaya. Recipes for kalua pork and other lovely luau dishes can be found here, along with decorating ideas. There is nothing like fresh pineapple; cutting a pineapple is not as hard as you think.
To accompany the pork, you might try FRIED BANANAS
6 green-tipped bananas
Salt and pepper
fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
Cut bananas into halves crosswise and lengthwise. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Beat egg with water; dip banana pieces into egg mixture, then into bread crumbs. Fry in deep fat until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
And of course, there must be those umbrella drinks - colorful concoctions dripping with fruit pieces, and topped with a little paper umbrella. Mai Tai's are always a favorite (so what if they are Tahitian), Zombies in those ceramic Tiki Mugs, spectacular Flaming Volcanos, and my favorite