Monday, June 29, 2009

Summer Luau

The Story: There are times when a dinner is more than a dinner. These times leave me feeling that the dishes and prep time are more than worth it. Friendships and made, needs are met and kids feel like they've had a celebration. Tonight was such a night.

I have the unfortunate habit of discovering friends right before they leave. Tonight was a repeat of that experience. A dear friend and I planned our luau. She suggested we invite a young family in the neighborhood who were moving in a week.
We went to a local pool, had wet and screaming fun with water balloons and found that we had much in common. I then am left to wonder why I didn't seek out their fun company earlier. I could have enjoyed months of good times and done some good. This is a lesson for me to reach out to those who don't immediately come to mind.

The Decor:
Grass Skirts on tables from the dollar store
leis for all from the dollar store
My large collection of seashells strewn about the tables
Tiki torches (a favorite entertaining staple)
A plant stuffed artfully with leis for color
A seashell shaped dish floating lilies from the garden

The Recipes:
My friend Karma went to college in Hawaii where she met and married Ben, a fun loving sweet Samoan. These are their recipes they use for Luaus.

Kalua Pork

Pork Roast
Liquid Smoke

Place Pork Roast in Slow Cooker or Slow oven. Cover pork with water. For every 2 cups of water, add 2 T. Liquid Smoke and 1 t. salt. Slow cook for 8 hours on low, or 4 hours on high. shred with 2 forks and serve over rice.

Panipopo (Samoan Coconut Buns)

20 Rhodes rolls, thawed and raised
1 can coconut milk
1 1/2 c. sugar
4 T. flour
1 1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place rolls in a pan. Bring remaining ingredients to a boil for 1 minute. Pour sauce over buns and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Pina Colado Punch

Bacardi frozen concentrate
3 litres lemon lime soda
tons of ice
floating fruit

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