Category: Journal

Pa’i’ai Taro Waffles – Eat Local Maui Challenge

The EAT LOCAL MAUI Challenge was held from September 12-18 this year and damn did we rock it! I only ate foods that were foraged/grown/raised in Hawai’i… 100% baby! So many people really stepped up to the Challenge this time around and it was incredible to be inspired by and build community with others who see the value …

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Home in Minnesota

From the Smokey Hills of Northern Minnesota, emerge the Headwaters of the Shell River. This is also the place of my origin, where my mother grew me in the waters of her body, and released me into the river of time. I stayed for 18 years, then danced with coming and going, until Maui’s lasso …

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Haole Koa Tempeh

This blog post is an extension of the Haole Koa Tempeh Recipe found in the Savage Kitchen App. Here you will find a short history of tempeh, recipe variations including brown vs green haole koa seeds, soy-free alternatives, where to find tempeh culture starter, fermentation container options including how to fold ti leaf, and how …

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Haole Koa Worldwide Foraging Contest

I am going to run a 1-week contest for who drops the most haole koa pins in the Savage Kitchen app and winners get to choose from 6 Haole-Koa-themed prizes!!!! Participants are encouraged to participate from anywhere in the world. The contest will run from Sunday, July 11 through Sunday, July 18. Prizes Whoever gets …

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Haole Koa Recipe Development

We’ve been busy in the Savage Kitchen creating all kinds of recipes – both innovative and traditional – for the upcoming App update on July 6th!! Here’s a sneak peek… Traditional Tempeh Haole koa tempeh, known as tempe lamtoro or tempe mlandingan, is the third most popular tempeh in Central Java, Indonesia. This photo shows …

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Haole Koa Hui

The Haole Koa Hui formed during the past month, with weekly foraging and processing of Leucaena leucocephala, in preparation for the addition of Haole Koa in the Savage Kitchen App coming to July!! It takes moments to forage something, but hours to process in quantity. This work, of reclaiming responsibility for feeding ourselves, is so …

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Wild Spring Greens in the Tropics

If you’re getting a wee bit jealous of all the foragers in North America, Europe, and northern Asia who are harvesting dandelions right now, just remember that here in Hawai’i the cat’s ear (Hypochaeris radicata) can be used in almost all the same ways and is available year-round.  Cat’s Ear Roots, leaves, unopened flower buds, tender stems, …

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Cycles Above and Below

Happy Full Moon! Here in Hawai’i nei this is the night of one of our fullest moons, Hoku (hōkū also meaning “star”) with Mahina (moon) rising at sunset and setting at sunrise. According to the ancient Hawaiian Lunar Calendar it is an excellent time for planting, especially banana and root vegetables. “Mahina rises with the …

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Citizen Science for All Ages

What is citizen science? According to National Geographic, “Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. […] New networks and communities of interested citizen scientists are created each day to learn more about the world and how we can contribute to understanding it.” It’s fun to be …

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Spring Greens of Appalachia

Happy Spring Equinox! Here’s the look of a happy forager in Appalachia… Field garlic (Allium vineale) is just humming right now in West Virginia, a welcome early spring green. Pinch me, we went so fast we burned the wind! My oldest son is flying the coup. At 17 1/2, stuck in a teenage covid lockdown nightmare, my …

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