Friday, September 26, 2008


ALOHA from another island... the isle of Manhattan. John and I are on a little trip and will be back to posting soon. Please stay tuned while we are traveling about and catching up with friends and family.

Yesterday I stopped by the Todd Oldham office for a lunch and tour of the new space. I was also treated to a nice little cake and a new camera! Yeah! a trip with cake and swag! Thanks so much gang!

Friday, September 19, 2008


What did we do to be so lucky to find ourselves first featured in READYMADE MAGAZINE then on the wonderful blog design*sponge and now in the pages of the Fall 2008 Fashion and Home Special issue of MODERN LUXURY - HAWAI'I? We don't know, but we'll take all the love that comes our way. For those of you not living here in Hawai'i, you may be unable to pick up an copy, so click the above link to Modern Luxury - Hawai'i and go to page 114 of the digital version. You can zoom in and out to read the text.

Stay tuned for another on-line feature slated for the coming months. How's that for a teaser?

Mahalo to everyone for making this a really incredible summer.


Recently our friend Leigh over at hapa|hale sweetly inquired as to what was cooking in the c4c kitchen. We had actually been trying to avoid cooking all together because the weather had turned stagnant and HOT. But our sweet tooth's beckoned, heatwave be damned. With a bunch of bananas on their way out, I perused my bookmarks of banana-themed desserts and came across this recipe for a Banana-Peanut Semifreddo. It was pretty simple-a few eggs and some heavy cream. The tricky part was setting the egg custard. I didn't want to have to hold the bowl over a saucepan so I improvised using a metal steamer basket in a pot of shallow water. Then I just held a stainless steal bowl containing the eggs and sugar on the steamer and whisked away until the eggs set. Mmmmm, custardy. I didn't have peanuts so I left them out. Though, I did try a slice with a teaspoon of natural peanut butter on the side and it was ono.

Setting the egg custard. I had the heat too low so it took longer than it should have. The instant read thermometer was essential to make sure the eggs reached the right temperature.

Fresh out of the freezer. Luckily I made it in the afternoon so it was good and frozen by dessert time!

If you are going to serve it to guests, throw the serving dish in the freezer to chill it down before flipping it out of the laof pan. That way you can avoid the immediate puddling as seen here.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


“Get up. It’s time. Your life! Your World! Get Up. It’s time. Your life! Your choice! Have got to say what’s on your mind … if you wait too long you’ll be too late.”

Monday, September 15, 2008


If it seems as though I am always in the kitchen making some sugary sweet concoction you are right. I just can't stop myself with all this amazing fruit around just waiting to rot. So this weeks adventure was making star fruit jam. I prepared over 150 star fruit for this batch which yielded 20 cups of juice and 10 jars of jam by the time it cooked down. I usually make this jam chunky, but was not in the mood for all the chopping involved so..... here is what I did this time around.

Start by washing the star fruit, and then trim tops, bottoms and down each vein.

Cut into large over a large bowl or pot to catch all juice. Bring to a boil to soften the fruit and release more juice. I also added several large slices of ginger root to this for a bit of a kick.

Transfer cooked fruit to a food mill and extract pulp.

Then place some cheesecloth in a strainer and pour through to remove all the pulp the food mill allowed to pass through. You will need to help it through by stirring it a bit with a spatula or wooden spoon. Then pour all juice into a large pot with the desired amount of sugar pectin and lemon juice and cook down until the back of a wooden spoon coats and is desired thickness.The finished product. Yes believe it or not this is it. I slow cook mine, still bringing it to a slow boil which takes longer, but it gives the fruit a great caramel flavor and color.

Here is the chunky version, which takes a bit less time to cook in my opinion.
The color gets less caramel as a result. Both taste the same.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


In case you missed it, Tina Fey and Amy Pohler as Palin and Clinton on SNL this weekend. YAY!!! Makes me so happy... but now that she's had her "15 minutes" can we get back to the issues?


I'm a little behind schedule on this post, but here is the Lime Cheesecake with Lime Custard Filling and a Shortbread Crust that I made last week. I don't mean to brag, BUT it was the best dessert of them all so far. I'm imagining and orange version when the oranges are ready this winter.

The layer between the crust and the cheesecake filling is the custard,
which makes this cake so good.Serve with fresh whipped cream and lime zest garnish.

Here is the recipe I used, which was adapted from one I found on-line.

Lime custard
6 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon grated lime zest

1 cup butter (softened)
2 cups sifted unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup sifted confectioners sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

add in 1/4 cup chopped mac nuts
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon grated lime zest

For lime custard:
Whisk all ingredients in small saucepan over medium heat until custard thickens and just starts to boil. Cook 2 minutes stirring constantly. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally ... mixture will thicken.

For crust:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix all crust ingredients to blend in medium bowl. Press mixture evenly onto bottom of a pie pan or baking dish. If using a rectangular dish, you may be short on crust for the sides, but that is fine. Pierce dough with a fork to allow air to escape. Bake until just set, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Maintain oven temperature.

For filling:
Place cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, eggs, lime juice, and lime peel in bowl and mix well until creamy. Make sure your cream cheese is completely softened so that you will not end up with chunks in your mixture.

Spoon custard mixture into crust & smooth top. Carefully spoon cheese filling over. Set cheesecake on a cookie sheet to catch any overflow as the cake does rise. Bake until set and center moves slightly when pan is gently shaken, about 45 minutes. Toothpick should come out clean when pierced.

Cool and garnish with lime slices or twists.
I like to serve mine with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a dusting of lime zest.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


This morning as I was opening the blinds I noticed an odd shadow moving in the driveway. I thought it was Kekoa's shadow with the sun rising behind him. I went to the front door to say hello... what? Nothing there... but wait the shadow is still moving. Did I need coffee? Yes and no... but let's move on. It was Kekoa's shadow alright. He was on the roof. Every week we can be sure he will find some new way to amuse himself and this week it must roof roosting.

Above from today

Also included here are images from a few days ago when I looked up and to my surprise I saw him on the shed.

Also there is a can of game bird feed that we have on the lanai from when we had him in the coop. He has not shown any interest in that in weeks... and now all of a sudden demands it by going over to the can and tapping it.... or should I say rattling it. He literally grabs the top handle and TRIES to lift it.
What next? Picking our locks?

Sunday, September 07, 2008


Is it fall already? All the Halloween displays in the stores seem to indicate that it is. To commemorate the season, Hillhouse Naturals contacted me to create a seasonal animation for their homepage. The client wanted trees growing and changing colors, then the leaves falling. Check it out on my site, here. Or go to the Hillhouse store if you're in the market for some good scents.

Friday, September 05, 2008


As they say here in the Islands, Happy Aloha Friday everyone.

I always love seeing the transformations that people make to found pieces of furniture over at design*sponge, so I thought why not submit a great make-over project I did for the before and after section this week. You can see the finaI spit shined photo of this rusted metal cabinet here.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


I was inspired to take this photo up in Makawao after seeing the the painted image of it on DEB AND HER CAMERA. I love how the shadows of the phone lines are nearly the exact in both images. Deb is a fairly new reader of CFC and we are also fans of her blog. Deb grew up here in Maui and we are glad we can give a a little taste of home and Aloha from time to time..

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


It's that time of year... The macadamia nuts are beginning to fall. We have one small tree that last year only produced 5 nuts. But this year, like the mango trees this year, the flowers were able to mature before the winds blew in and ruined the crop. It looks like we have a few hundred on the tree now. That should keep Kekoa happy for awhile.

They start out as small white flowers on a long stem that resembles a bottle brush and are actually a member of the Protea family. They then grow into nuts which are covered in a very thick and hard green outer skin. The leaves of the tree are very stiff, pointy and sharp which makes picking them difficult. I have read that they are usually harvested after they have fallen to the ground because of the leaves. When they drop, that outer shell will slowly split open over several days to reveal the round brown shelled nut inside. Don't even think about using a nut cracker or a hammer. What you have to do is roast them in the oven for about 30 minutes until the brown shell starts to crack. Then you take them out, wrap them in a towel and lightly hit with a hammer so as not to crush the meat part. So you see it is a very detailed process and indeed a hard nut to crack.

Monday, September 01, 2008


I thought it would be nice to post some of these beautifully modern old school record sleeve designs by Stan Suliman. Couldn't find much about him online so if anyone has any more resources, please share. I have the Lionel Hampton, Jose Melis and Louis Prima/Keely Smith in my personal collection. The Sarah Vaughan cover design was found here.

Art Chantry is the master at re-interpreting this style and era of design as evidenced in his poster design for Satan's Pilgrims which echoes Sam's design for the Vaughan platter quite closely. To see more of Art's work, check out the book Some People Can't Surf: The Graphic Design of Art Chantry. On a different note, did anyone catch Keely Smith singing with Kid Rock on the Grammy's this year and wonder, who the heck is this old ballsy broad? Well, now you know!