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Hawaiian Coleslaw

Last Saturday our church youth group had a Hawaiian Luau fundraiser dinner. The teens had a lot of fun decorating the gym with blow up palm trees, grass skirts, flowers and seashells (all leftover from various vacation bible school themes). While the adolescents were working hard on decorating myself and a team of parents were working away in the kitchen. The menu that we came up with had lots of real food recipes, or nearly real food recipes. We served coconut rice, chicken adobo, sweet potatoes with real butter, Hawaiian baked beans (they had spam in them, one of Hawaii’s staples, but obviously not something I would consider a whole food),  sweet and sour pork and Hawaiian coleslaw.

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Lacto-Fermented Pearl Onions

I have come to love fermented foods. It took me a while to get into fermenting; I started with basic sauerkraut and pickles, then I went onto salsa, kimchi and carrots, now I am becoming more comfortable with the lacto-fermentation concept and have filled my small “extra” fridge with all kinds of ferments!

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Coconut Oil Baked Potato Fries

I love a good crispy potato. Since starting my real food journey I have taken baby steps to making fries a little bit better. I have yet to find a local supply of tallow and the lard I can find is so precious that I don’t want to dump it into a fryer, so I started by using real peanut oil in a small fry daddy. Unfortunately the little fryer I have is too small to cook enough for the family in one batch so I stand over the thing for a good 20 minutes scooping enough fries in and out, I also tend to over load it and spill hot oil all over the place, that kind of mess is never good. Then I thought I would try commercial lard because it would at least be somewhat more traditional but all the other same annoyances were still there plus I realized that my fryer was made of plastic, plastic that is being repeatedly heated to an extremely high temperature and that contains all kinds of chemicals (yes, somehow it took me a while to process that) which makes me a little squeamish. So for over a year my fryer has sat unused and our plates have been void of fries. Last week I had raw corned beef on the menu (the corned beef is that lovely red in the background, so good, I will post that recipe in the future) paired with potatoes giving me ample time to play with how I was going to cook our potatoes. I took a gamble and mixed coconut oil and bacon grease for a crispy and oh-so-yummy potato! I added the bacon grease to disguise the coconut flavor or my husband wouldn’t have touched them and they were terrific.

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