Let’s Talk Food: Father’s Day is this Sunday

This Sunday is Father’s Day and a day to honor your dad. In the U.S. we celebrate it on the third Sunday in June, as do Japan, Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka. In Taiwan, Father’s Day is on August 8, the eighth day of the eighth month. In Mandarin Chinese, the pronunciation of the number eight is “ba” and is very similar to the character “ba” which means “pa” or “dad” or “baba.” (August 8 is my granddaughter’s birthday. She looks like her dad. Is that a coincidence?) In some European countries, it is celebrated on March 19 and is called Saint Joseph’s Day. Sikhs celebrate Father’s Day on December 29, which is the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh. In Indonesia, Father’s Day in on November 12.

Volcano Watch: Reflections on recent eruptions

Kilauea volcano began erupting within Halema‘uma‘u crater at the summit during the early morning of June 7. The eruption marks another in a series of recent eruptions that the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has been able to successfully forecast!

Let’s Talk Food: Taco al Pastor

Cook’s Illustrated describes taco al pastor as “Tacos al pastor, or ‘shepard-style’ tacos, are a Mexican taqueria classic made from thin slices of chile-marinated pork that’s been tightly packed onto a vertical spit with layers of pork fat and then roasted. The cone-shaped stack is often topped with a whole pineapple whose tangy, sweet juices trickle down, encouraging the meat to caramelize as it turns, When the exterior is browned and crisp, then shavings of the roasted pork and pineapple are carved off directly onto a warm tortilla and then topped with garnishes that contrast the rich meat; minced raw onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime.”

Tropical Gardening: June is blooming great in Britain

Great Britain, United Kingdom, British Isles or whatever name you wish to call this place, it has many areas ideal for growing roses. We are visiting Kew Gardens and there are spectacular displays of roses here and in many privates gardens as well. In Hawaii, growing roses is always a challenge. Roses are cool climate plants that do best at elevations of 1,000 feet or more. At lower elevations, insects and disease problems are aggravated. At best, roses require specific care or they will not do well.

Let’s Talk Food: Chili crisp

Some foodies say that chili crisp may replace sriracha as the next condiment as it is more complex. Chili crisp incorporates aromatics and other ingredients that are fried until they are crunchy.

Let’s Talk Food: Recipes from HIAC Cookbook

Many nonprofit organizations need to constantly have fundraisers to continue their programs. One such is the Hawaii Adult Day Care Center, which started in 1976 with a dozen frail elderly adults gathered at Kaumana Baptist Church. Their sons and daughters needed to have them watched over while they were at work.

Tropical Gardening: Many plants from the Southern Hemisphere thrive in Hawaii

It seems bizarre that many plants from some of the most ancient geological regions of the world readily adapt to Hawaii’s young volcanic soils. Some in Hawaii are from Australia and ancient islands like Madagascar and New Caledonia. When it comes to strange animals and plants, Australia is in the lead for its share of the unusual to unique. This ancient mini continent has mammals that lay eggs to the marsupials that carry their premature babies in pouches. Recent fires put many in the animal kingdom at risk and the plant kingdom as well. Some Australian ecosystems will be altered for centuries and some may never recover.

Volcano Watch: Explosive eruptions from Halemaʻumaʻu in 1924

May 2023 marks the 99th anniversary of a sequence of explosive eruptions from Kilauea’s summit that occurred over 16 days from May 11–27, 1924. During this eruption, about 60 explosions occurred from Halema‘uma‘u with fragments ranging from volcanic ash to large blocks the size of cars falling around the summit caldera.

Tropical Gardening: Living plants and flowers make great Mother’s Day gifts

Every day is Mother’s Day but officially this year, May 14th is Mother’s Day If you forgot any of those favorite women in your life, you are in real trouble! Trying to wrack your brains for just the right last minute gift can be frustrating. Now let us consider some last minute gift ideas. This weekend is a great time to visit garden shops and nurseries to take care of those last minute gifts. Plants make the perfect gifts for those special friends and relatives.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: Top universities in North Carolina aren’t providing medical interventions to toddlers with gender dysphoria, as some posts suggest. Congressman George Santos was indicted on federal charges but no mugshot has been released, contrary to an image circulating online. CNN’s town hall with former President Donald Trump ran longer than planned; it wasn’t cut short. Chelsea Clinton didn’t say the U.S. should “force-jab every unvaccinated child,” as a false headline posits.

Let’s Talk Food: Napa, or Chinese Cabbage

Napa, or Chinese cabbage, Brassica rapa var. Pekinensis, is also called Chinese white cabbage, celery cabbage, or Peking cabbage. “Napa” comes from the Japanese word for “leaves,” but in Japan it is called “hakusai.”