Some cultures eat frog legs and snails. Others eat crickets and roaches. Samoans eat worms from the ocean. And they’re yum! When I was very young in Hawaii, the stories about palolo were like fairy-tales to me: They only come out once a year, under a waning moon The villagers wade out into the night … Continue reading Palolo, a Samoan (worm) delicacy
[Just pulling this recipe (first posted 11 Nov 2013) out again for this holiday season. Can’t wait to have some hot puligi & custard on New Years Eve. Mmmmmmm…] We have a funeral in the family this week. My mom’s beautiful Aunt lived a long, full life and was called a few days ago to … Continue reading Samoan Puligi (steamed pudding)
Koko alaisa is yummy anywhere, anytime, but I love it most on cold New Zealand winter nights. A hot, sweet mug of deep, dark Samoan cocoa, mouthfuls of fat rice grains, a speckling of undissolved coconut cream, and pegu – little, nutty koko fibres – to crunch on at the end. Perfection. Every Samoan will … Continue reading How do you like your Koko Alaisa (Samoan cocoa rice)?
Yes, this beautiful frizzy fruit tree flourishes in Samoa. Lots of people call this a lychee, and the fruit inside does resemble lychee. But this has got a completely different name. Do you know it? Check back soon for the answer. ~*~ Did you figure out the miraculous healer plant in our last Quiz Post? … Continue reading Samoan Plant Life: Do you know this fruit?
Years ago I would visit Samoa and expect to be so immersed in the Samoan language that when I returned to my western world I would feel super fluent, showing off all my newly rehearsed Samoan words and phrases. Samoa isn’t like that anymore. Today, especially in Upolu’s town area, it’s not easy to find … Continue reading Apia Lasagne – A new generation of Samoan food
The Long Story (Skip to the recipe) If your family is like mine, someone’s bringing food home at least once a fortnight from a church, family or other social function. Usually the food is great … okay, I lie. Most of the time the food is yuck, a consequence of either cheap catering for lots … Continue reading Secrets of the Samoan-style pineapple custard pie
I grew up in Hawaii, and like a lot of us raised outside of Samoa, my siblings and I were exposed to a wide variety of culinary delights (which sadly included big macs and pop tarts) and we never fully developed a taste for Samoan food. I say ‘never fully‘ because I am familiar with … Continue reading How do you like your… povi masima?
Are you a masterful Samoan chef (even if it’s just in your own kitchen?) If you’re also in New Zealand, TVNZ needs you! It’s for their Pacific Cooking Week on the Good Morning show. This might be your chance to get famous! …and help mainstream audiences appreciate beautiful island cooking. If this sounds like you, … Continue reading Are you a Samoan Chef?
In Samoan the word loiloi means to dip . . . . . Just came in from the plantation. About a thousand or so tiapula had been planted this Monday so it is a good day. A productive day to feel good about. The chore started at 5am in the morning. The lafo was done … Continue reading Loiloi
I heard something disturbing this morning. One of my girls told me that she was Googling recipes for Panipopo and came across some that called for store-bought, ready-made dough.. which you would then proceed to roll into dough balls…
NO NO NO!!!!
Oh, and NOOOOO!!!
It’s not THAT difficult to make real Panipopo dough from scratch – the store-bought stuff is too generic and… just not right!
So don’t be lazy. I’ll walk you through it…