Home For the Holidays 2012 ~ Holiday Recipe Link Up Party

Today officially launches the beginning of this year’s
Home for the Holidays 2012
There are eight different Christmas Themes in our Party
Home for the Holidays 2012
a Christmas Link Party Series beginning November 27th.  
I am tickled pink to be teaming up with these amazingly talented ladies from across the nation and together we can hardly wait to see all the creative ideas you’ve all come up with to decorate your homes this holiday season.  

 We’re kicking it off today with 
Holiday Recipes
hosted by Lorraine from Miss Flibbertigibbet
I have to admit, writing about food is out of the box for me.  I haven’t cooked a decent a meal for my family since I started painting furniture over a year ago ~ and I’m on the meal’s ministry at church, pretty bad yeah?

I think daddy’s gettin squished!

One of our Christmas traditions at the Andrade hale is to make a bunch of pupus on Christmas Eve.  We set everything up on the coffee table in front of our fireplace and enjoy this intimate evening with just the four of us.

The kids take charge in setting it all up
There are letters and cookies for Santa…
And a whole lot of TLC
 I was VERY ill most of last winter so we had to improvise on the food ~ usually we have lots of yummy food like this…
  and this
but our number one MUST HAVE for Christmas Eve is Mochiko Chicken.  This photograph is from Kailani at An Island Life.  She has a recipe for it on her blog too which is very similar to mine.  You can read her version of the recipe here. 
Photo from An Island Life
Here’s how we make ours.  We basically cut up bite site pieces of chicken and then dredge them in an amazing bath of Mochiko OVERNIGHT (overnight is key).  The next night, we fry them to perfection.   There’s not a more flavorful chicken on this planet:)
Seriously, the flavor in these bite size morsels is like nothing you’ve ever experienced if you haven’t lived in Hawaii!  You’ll be hooked and you’ll come back for more!!  
Here’s our recipe for Mochiko Chicken
(we typically double it so we have leftovers)
   1    lb      Chicken cut into bite size pieces (typically with dark meat but we use chicken breast)
1/4   cp      Mochiko (sweet Japanese rice flour) find it in the ethnic aisle in most grocery stores
1/4   cp      Cornstarch
1/4   cp      Sugar
   5 TBSP  Aloha Shoyu    (if you can’ find Aloha shoyu at your local grocery store, use a low     sodium soy sauce, but cut the amount in half.)  Aloha Shoyu has a MUCH better flavor than a Kikkoman and isn’t nearly as salty.  If you’re on the mainland, you can find it at World Market.
   2              Eggs
  1  bunch   Green Onions, sliced (these are ono in the sauce in and of themselves)
  2 cloves   Fresh garlic, minced
Hawaiian Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients, place in a large ziploc bag and let soak AT LEAST 24 hours (mixing occasionally)  I’ve found it fries fastest in an electric frying pan, but you can fry it in a deep fryer, large frying pan…  Just make sure you have enough oil to cover the pieces and fry it in batches.
I like to scoop a little sauce with each morsel as I put it in the pan ~ so ono, I’m getting hungry!!
We eat our over white sticky rice (Calrose) and chop up some more green onions, sesame seeds and fresh cracked pepper on top.
Now, go link up your recipe HE
Please continue to link up as we go through our Home for the Holiday’s Series.  The next theme is Tablescapes which is this Thursday.  Join in the fun by linking up any furniture, home decor and anything else you’ve transformed through the magic of paint to change the look of your home into a Winter Wonderland!!
I personally can’t wait for Thursday, December 6 because that’s when
Shizzle Design is hosting Hand Painted Christmas!

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Don’t miss any of our hand painted furniture makeovers…
A Hui Hou ~ Shelly


8 Replies to “Home For the Holidays 2012 ~ Holiday Recipe Link Up Party”

  1. What an interesting post! I love island food but have made very little of it! I’m going to try this though….I bet my kids will love it! Everyone looks just fine to me…they seem to be getting plenty of nutrition despite your claim of not cooking for them! LOL I’m sure you’re exaggerating just a LITTLE bit? LOL

  2. OMG! I totally agree with you about Aloha soy sauce! When I ran out and saw the poor alternatives in rural TN, I ordered a case of Aloha from Hawaii. I think the 6 1/2 jugs should hold me for a while!

    Gotta try your recipe. Now, where to find Mochiko at the Piggly Wiggly?

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