Kau Kau Kitchen
by Leilehua Yuen
Kau kau, pronounced "cow cow," means "food," or "meal" in Hawaiian pidgin. It is also used to mean "to eat," as in "let's go kau kau" - "let's go eat." You'll seldom find "Pacific Rim Cuisine" here - mostly just good home-cookin', island style.
Leilehua preparing to bake kalo during a class on Hawaiian food.
Pea, known in English as
Avocado or Alligator Pear, this member of the Laural family (lauraceae)
is native to tropical America. Called ahuacatl in it's homeland,
it may have first been harvested around 300 BC in what is now Mexico.
The early Spanish explorers considered the fruit tasteless, though the
Aztecs enjoyed them, and used them as an aphrodisiac. As avocados are a
good source of Vitamin E, a shortage of which can contribute to lack of
interest and/or ability, this certainly makes sense!
Avocado Creme Pie
Soften the chese and cream it with just enough of the condensed milk to make it smooth. Mash the meat of the avocado, adding the sugar and cheese mix. Beat with a fork until very smooth, or use a food processor.
My favorite version
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