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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Good Times!

Last weekend we celebrated Ayyam-i-Ha at the Smithwicks' house after the tsunami warning. It was a small but very festive gathering and a very good time was had by all!

There was a gift exchange. Items under $5 but very creatively wrapped to lure the unsuspecting... and passed from hand to hand until the surprise was amplified - haha!

Of course, Pat brought a game of charades... cause for more laughs and a few groans...

Then the Wii was brought out and some played for the very first time...

... while others racked up some pretty good scores.


A few days later, Byron, Steven and I were treated to a company dinner with my boss and other guests. We enjoyed the yummy food at Duke's Canoe Club at Kalapaki.

I had French onion soup and a delicious monchong with steamed veggies. Steven had a steak- which was devoured before I could get a shot... and Byron had the ribs.

Of course, Duke's is famous for their hula pie. We ordered two for the table of 8. They are served on a full-sized dinner plate. When all was said and done, there was about a third of the total order left on the two plates.
Byron had the honor of cleaning up.

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Anonymous wafan said...

Good that the day of stress turned out to be one of celebration! And, the food . . . oh my. Wow!!!

March 5, 2010 at 3:57 AM  
Anonymous gigi-hawaii said...

so what does the hula pie consist of? Looks like ice cream.

Always fun with the Wii.

March 5, 2010 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger LizKauai said...

Hula Pie


1 9-inch chocolate cookie piecrust
1 half gallon macadamia nut ice cream (Seems like a lot of ice cream, but you’ll be piling it high.)
4 ounces chocolate fudge topping
1 shot of espresso or strong coffee
6 ounces macadamia nuts
Whipped cream

1. Bring fudge topping to room temperature.

2. Scoop ice cream into prepared pie shell, smoothing it into a rough dome, or bombe, as high as you’d like.

3. Warm espresso or coffee and mix into chocolate. Use a warmed knife to spread topping even over ice cream bombe.

4. Freeze until ready to serve.

5. Cover top of pie with a layer of whipped cream and chopped macadamia nuts before serving.

Can’t find macadamia nut ice cream in your local store? Just substitute good vanilla ice cream—soften it just a little and mix in chopped mac nuts. We actually prefer this option to store bought mac nut ice cream, as the flavor is more balanced and the texture of the nuts will remain firm, not soggy.

If you’d prefer to make your own pie crust, too, simply mix chocolate wafer crumbs (about a cup and a half) with a little sugar and about ¼ cup melted butter. Press the mixture into a pie pan.

March 5, 2010 at 8:15 AM  
Anonymous gigi-hawaii said...

thanks for the recipe. Sounds like da bomb! I copied the recipe and will try it in the near future.

March 6, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

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