My mom loved to collect cookbooks. She didn’t have much, but the one thing she loved was recipes and cookbooks. She would handwrite recipes people shared with her in her cookbooks so she wouldn’t misplace them. She would also include their names next to the recipe so she knew who to credit when people asked her.
My mom, and probably yours, would modify the recipes in the cookbooks and make notes in her book. Before I left Hawaii I knew if I wanted to keep anything of personal value I had to take it then, even though I couldn’t take them all, I choose a few of my mom’s favorite books as it seemed that she wrote in them a lot and you could see from the worn pages and cover that she used many of these favorite recipes as we were growing up.
For the most part I would eat whatever my mom made and most of the dishes in these cookbooks. However I thought I’d share a few recipes from my mom’s cookbooks that I don’t remember her making, and the title of the dish and some of the ingredients may make you go, hmmm.
Sweet-Sour Pig’s Knuckles
Some of the Ingredients
1 pair pig’s feet (chopped)
1 tsp dau see (salted black beans)
Scrape the pig’s feet clean. (hope so) Parboil for few minutes and drain. Wash and mash dau see with garlic. Stir-fry the dau see and garlic in tbsp oil for 5 seconds.
Add pig’s feet and stir fry for 3 mins.
Add other ingredients. Stir often. Cook until very tender. Taste before serving.
There doesn’t seem to be any weird ingredients in it, however what’s an Austrian dish doing in Maui’s Favorite Recipes? I don’t know, but since I can’t pronounce it, and my step-grandmother who is German never fed it to us, it’s off my list for now. Besides I’m lactose intolerant and this dish has all the things I’m not supposed to eat: Ham light cream, eggs, butter, and parmesan cheese.
Alrighty, I though I’ve heard everything, being of Hawaiian decent and my mother’s side of the family were Taro farmers, I have never heard of anyone doing this. But I guess there’s always a first. Besides, my parents were from Maui and that’s where my grandfather’s Taro Patches were in Kaenae, Maui.
This cocktail says to put the following in an ice shaker: milk, poi, sugar, vanilla, ice, nutmeg – and then blend thoroughly. Not sure about the other Hawaiians out there, but I guess that’s what our parents may have given us when we were babies, so it’s a baby booster to milk cause Taro is a staple with all the vitamins and nutrients anyone would need to survive.
Our Favorite Recipes, Second Edition 1959, Published by Maui Home Demonstration Council, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii. Formed by Maui County Women’s University Extension Clubs.
Still More of Our Favorite Recipes, October 1967. Published by Maui Home Demonstration Council, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii. Formed by Maui County Women’s University Extension Clubs.
More of Our Favorite Recipes, Sixth Edition 1969. Published by Maui Home Demonstration Council, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii. Formed by Maui County Women’s University Extension Clubs.