We have had an action-packed week. Last Thursday I was pulling 24# of pork. Last Friday I was picking up 15 large pizzas for Ian's promotion lunch and making a huge tray of macaroni and cheese for Sophie's carbo-loading dinner. Last Saturday we spent the day at Sophie's cross-country meet, hurriedly made chicken long-rice and lomi salmon when we got home and enjoyed the company of friends and family at the promotion party. Sophie had a great run despite the fact that her heat was the last one of the day, finishing in 23:46 for her maiden race as a HS runner. Her first stop after the finish line was the shave ice truck.
Sunday we slept in, and the girls and I made banana lumpia for breakfast.
It couldn't be easier to make something this delicious. Lumpia wrappers can be found in the frozen food section of most Asian grocery stores. I have never tried to make my own, nor should you. They are super thin, crepe-like and do well with a variety of fillings. You will need to thaw them overnight in the refrigerator. Slice your bananas into long, thin slices and roll in the wrapper. Seal the edge with a little cornstarch/water mixture. Deep fry. Drain and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
The rest of the week was spent trying to eat all the left over food. One of the first things to go was the lomi lomi salmon. It is basically the Hawaiian version of ceviche but without the lime juice. If you don't live in Hawaii, you will have to salt your own salmon.
Take 1 lb. salmon filet and salt liberally with Hawaiian red salt. Wrap in plastic and weight with a heavy object. Refrigerate for 2-3 days. Unwrap, rinse off salt and pat dry. Proceed with recipe:
6 large tomatoes, 1/4" dice
1 sweet onion, 1/4" dice
1 lb. salted salmon, 1/4" dice
6 green onions, white and green parts sliced thinly
Mix together, chill and serve.
I tried to get rid of some of the kalua pig at the neighborhood block party on Sunday, but this was the same group of people who didn't eat the crack pie I brought to the party last year. The kalua pig was upstaged by Popeye's fried chicken and poorly cooked baby back ribs. I give up.