Umukuka | The Cooking Place (Kitchen)

Food is one of our most favourite things about Samoan culture. Join us in the kitchen as we explore some iconic Samoan dishes.

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…

Village One Samoana

Were you once a One Samoana ‘Native’? If you were a member of the One Samoana social network (which ran from 2008 – 2012), then a you may recognize some of these Native-written blogs from a heartbeat and a lifetime ago.

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