One of the many lovely things about Hawai’i is we can grow our own cacao or find the pods fresh for sale. Although making chocolate is pretty complex and involves some expensive equipment (Champion juicer, Cuisinart or melanger, molds), you can get a great chocolatey result from just using the nibs. Here is how to select a handful of fresh cacao pods and then ferment, dry, roast, and winnow them to create bitter yet delicious and nutritious nibs, and a few ways to use those nibs.
The Laupahoehoe Farmers Market started in September of 2009 with two enterprising women setting up a tent and selling their harvest and that of their neighbors. They persevered for several weeks until another vendor, and then another, started setting up Sunday after Sunday.
The holiday season is about friendship and reconnecting with each other, meeting together and sharing meals. It's how we keep communities together. Over the past few years, we as a network of individuals, families, and friends have cultivated deeper connections with our food, which also implicity invigorates the fabric of our community.
This year it was pleasantly surprising to see how much of our Christmas dinner was locally sourced, seemingly without much effort or forethought. We can only hope that this is a sign of how our local food system is changing slowly but surely, right in front of us.Continue Reading