You can tell I really miss our vacation in Hawaii by the fact that I have SPAM in my house! And now on my blog!
Spam Musubi is a hugely popular treat in Hawaii and one of the few things my family and I didn’t eat while we were on Oahu earlier this month. Right after we got back, though, I came across this cute magazine ad for Spam which showed illustrations for how to make musubi:
That was all the nudge I needed — I ordered my little $6 musubi mold (very authentic — the entire packaging is written in Japanese, I have no idea what it says!) — and we’ve been continuing our enjoyment of the islands back at home.
Read on to see how to make Spam Musubi, plus some fun memories from our trip!
“Warm little pillows of love” is the best way I know to describe these Vanilla Beignet Bites with Vanilla-Lemon Raspberry Jam. Lots and lots of love to share…look at the state of my kitchen counter by the time I was through:
I’d never made beignets before — or any fried doughnuts, now that I think of it — but really it was as simple as making dough and frying it. Since the recipe comes from Nielsen-Massey, there’s vanilla throughout — in the beignets themselves, mixed in with the powdered sugar topping (vanilla powder, actually) and in the raspberry jam for dipping (along with lemon extract). You can easily omit the vanilla powder and lemon extract and these beignets will still be amazing, but I did appreciate the dimension they added.
I love making treats for people — it truly makes me happy, not only to see the delight on their faces but also to let them know that they are special to me. I had the chance to take a fun chocolate class last week where I learned how to make Valentine’s Day Chocolate Lollipops among a myriad of other confections (my family is still working through the second box of goodies I got to take home!). I’m, by no means, an expert at this yet, but I’m excited to share this easy technique I learned in case you’re looking for a special treat to make for your valentines!