Monthly Archives: May 2011

Lahaina Noon on Aloha Friday

A day when no man or woman casts a shadow – in Hawaii, anyway.  Known as Lahaina (meaning “cruel sun”) Noon, shadows disappear for about five minutes in Hawaii because of the sun’s position directly over the state.  The phenomenon only happens in the tropics, and only in one state – Hawaii.

It already happened in Hilo; it happens today in Honolulu – no shadow – but no groundhogs and no predictions about Spring.  Hawaii only has Summer and Winter.

Poles casting no shadows in the parking lot at UH Hilo at 12:16 p.m. 5/18/11

Related Article:

Shadow Lessons

Kate’s Impossibly Fudgy Brownies with Chile and Sea Salt

from Melissa Clark’s In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite…Clark cites Kate Krader of Food and Wine magazine as the source for these brownies


  • 2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Maldon salt, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 and line 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.  Melt butter and chopped chocolate.  Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Fold in other dry ingredients.  Pour into pan; batter is incredibly thick, like fudge. Sprinkle with Maldon salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the edges pull away from the sides and the top is set and shiny.  Cool in the pan before cutting into squares.   I cooled them in the refrigerator for a while before cutting with a serrated knife.

Meet the Author of The Little Greenies


Petronella Evers had her own table at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival. Originally from the Netherlands, she has been living in Hawaii for 15 years, and has just written, photographed, and published her first book about rescuing a fantasy seabird.

Evers sculpted Manu the Seabird and his friends, and created a story of environmental awareness.  Her children appear in the pictures along with the “Little Greenies.” The book has a fresh look, with appealing bright colors, and a connection to nature.


Read the Book and Drink the Chocolat

The Book Club Cookbook offers recipes to accompany their book suggestions.  Chocolat by Joann Harris, of course, has a recipe for hot cocoa , but it seems too bland.  I like the one from the movie better – has that zing.


Mix together 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, pinch of salt. Add 1/2 cup of hot water and bring to a slow boil.  Reduce to simmer, and add 3 cups whole milk.  Simmer for a few minutes to warm; do not boil.  Remove from heat; stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla.  Pour into cups and top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Millenium Fruit Crisp

This fruit crisp from The Millenium Cookbook: Extraordinary Vegetarian Cuisine is  similar to others I’ve made that were not so healthy and not so easy.

Healthy Fruit Crisp

Oat Topping: 2 cups rolled oats, 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, 1/3 cup maple syrup; combine ingredients and toast 10 minutes in 350 oven.

Filling: 8 cups berries, 2 tsps. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 3/4 cup maple syrup, fresh ginger – peeled and minced, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 2 tbsp arrowroot; combine ingredients and pour into ungreased baking dish for 35 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with oat topping and bake again for 5 minutes.