All posts by Pikko

A short little Asian lady and closet potty mouth, Pikko lives in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband and two children. A cookbook author, she loves reading, blogging, cooking, crafts, and couch vegetation.
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Peanut Butter Fruit: Part Duex

Two years ago, I posted about our peanut butter fruit tree, which had given us a few rather disappointing orange fruit that tasted a bit like peanut butter but wasn’t really anything special.

Fast forward to this week and I’m picking up the eggs from the hens and I notice tons of fruits on the tree. It was getting dark, but I leaned over the fence and picked as much as I could reach.

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Fancy Pants Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Three years ago, I made No-Fail Chocolate Covered Strawberries using candy melts. While I was thrilled about the fact that I could make them so easily, I eventually discovered something kind of gross. Candy Melts aren’t actually made out of chocolate. They just taste like chocolate.

Actually, they taste like fake chocolate. So, fast forward to 2014 and I’ve let some of my chocolate fears go and managed to make some pretty snazzy looking berries.

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Simple Homemade Loco Moco

Whether you’ve heard of the local Hawaiian dish loco moco or not, you don’t need to go out and find some Hawaiian restaurant to eat one.

Funnily enough, loco mocos were invented in my hometown of Hilo, Hawaii. If you read up on it, there are some beefs about who actually invented it, Cafe 100 or Lincoln Grill. Since I’m a huge Cafe 100 fan, I side with them, especially since they have the gravy cheeseburger.

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Mini Andagi

Today I was trying to test out a recipe with sweet potato and andagi batter, but when that failed miserably, I figured I could use the rest of the batter to make some mini andagi.

Andagi, which are also known as Okinawan donuts, are deep fried balls of deliciousness that are frequently sold at carnivals and obon festivals here in Hawaii. I found a recipe on the Star Advertiser site, but because of my last experience making malasadas (I found out after I made the dough that it was for 7 dozen malasadas) I decided to cut it down by a lot.

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TWD: Some ‘After’ Thoughts

The Walking Dead returned last night and after the tumultuous and heartpounding mid-season finale last year, I’m sure everyone’s mind was racing with what was going to happen in ‘After.’

I’ve never been a diehard TWD fan. After being disappointed in Season 1, I lost interest and passed on Season 2. I endured months of Mr. Pikko screaming at the tv at how stupid the show was and how dumb the characters were, reminding him all the while that no one was making him watch it.

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Grocery Grumbling: Creamed Honey

It’s a well-established part of my life that when I’m going out with a specific list of ingredients, something on that list will either be too exotic for the store I’m at or completely sold out on that day.

One time I needed butterscotch topping to try a butterbeer recipe and at the first grocery store, they just didn’t seem to carry any. Then I went to Safeway and stood in shock as I looked at the shelf of caramel toppings with one very empty row with a butterscotch tag underneath. Once I needed cilantro for guac and the store was out. Another time it was daikon.

This happened to me again on Superbowl Sunday.

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A Bento Restoration

I’ve now been woefully unemployed for about six weeks now and have started applying for writing and blogging jobs in the hopes that I can find something remote to replace the remote job I so unfortunately lost last month.

I know I never did blog after posting my rules for working from home, but I really did take well to it, even though I’d had many doubts. In the end, I found that the benefits of being able to take a short 5 minute break and throw a load of laundry in did wonders for keeping up with Mt. Everest in the bathroom.

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My Kitchen Want of the Week

So this morning I was, for the umpteenth time, making my son’s peanut butter and jelly toast while mumbling and grumbling about choosing between:

a) Using two utensils and
b) Washing the utensil after the peanut butter

I don’t like doing either, to be honest, because I tend to be micro-lazy like that. I hate making more dishes and I hate having to go wash something as trivial as a knife or spoon in the middle of a task.

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Baby Girl Cooks Spaghetti and Meatballs

With my son playing two sports and us going to so many games, it’s become tough to find something for my daughter to do, especially since she inherited my tendency to be allergic to playing sports.

A lot of hobbies and activities for creative girls seem to costs arms and legs. $20 an hour for sewing lessons? $95 for a single jewelry class? Ugh.

I want to sign her up for aikido like I used to take, but overlap with dance is making that not worth the much more reasonable $30/month fee. I think I’ll look up drawing classes, too.

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