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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.
~ 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).
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, 
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. brown sugar
2 TB soy sauce
½ tsp. white pepper


~ 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.
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!
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 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.
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