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How the German bun got its name

How the German bun got its name

I was hanging out with some new friends today over at the Auckland museum (they were celebrating the end of Samoan Language Week in New Zealand) when someone heated up a plate of mmmmmmm German buns. In case you don't know what they are, German buns are a deep fried,...

How do you like your Koko Alaisa (Samoan cocoa rice)?

How do you like your Koko Alaisa (Samoan cocoa rice)?

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...

Palolo, a Samoan (worm) delicacy [video]

Palolo, a Samoan (worm) delicacy [video]

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...

Samoan Puligi (steamed pudding)

Samoan Puligi (steamed pudding)

[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...

How do you like your… povi masima?

How do you like your… povi masima?

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...

Recipe: REAL Samoan Panipopo!

Recipe: REAL Samoan Panipopo!

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 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…

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