Carrot Cardamom Muffins with Coconut Rosewater Icing (Gluten-Free)

I wanted to make  a carrot cake inspired by Indian carrot halva for Easter this year.   I wanted it to have coconut instead of walnuts and feature cardamom and rosewater.  We are spending Easter with my mum on Maui, where I grew up and she still lives.  I knew that my mother likes cardamom and…

Lemon Mochiko Cake

Mochi flour, also known as mochiko flour, sweet white rice flour or glutinous rice flour is used to make delicious sweet treats in Japan.  In Hawaii, where  spent the second half of my childhood, American style cakes made with mochiko flour are a very popular treat.  It has a springy texture that I love.  When…

Hawaii Style Sushi in New York

I lived in Hawaii between the ages of 9 and 18.  Whenever this comes up in conversation here in New York City, people look at me with a pained expression and ask me how I ended up moving here.  It’s a long complicated story involving the realities of earning a living in paradise, my inability…

My Mother’s Amazing Crab Dip

When I was nine, my mother and I moved to from Canada to a small historic town in Hawaii called Lahaina.   Lahaina had been a pleasure port for visitors since it’s days as a whaling ship port.   We lived at the hotel where my new step dad was the on call handyman, so we…