While sitting comfortably and looking out from our beautiful lanai, we are not only graced with a beautiful view of the ocean, but also of the island of Molokai. When I visited Maui last fall, I was taking in the view and then started to think about Molokai. What’s over there? How do you get there? It looks so close. And close it is. Only a 15 minute or so Cessna ride away, you can be on Molokai in a flash.
When I was in Maui last month, I thought it might be nice for my dad and I to take a day trip over there. I bought us plane tickets, did a little research and over to Molokai we went. The view from our tiny plane was breathtaking.
I’m sitting here trying to think of way to talk about malasadas (malassada- Portuguese spelling). I don’t really have any kind of story about them, but they’re tiny donuts so they don’t need a story right? Tiny donuts don’t care.
Malasadas are bite-sized, fried Portuguese sweet bread, basically a fluffly little donut dusted in sugar. These little guys made their way to Hawaii when the Portuguese came to work on sugar plantations in the 1870’s.
Spam. Ew! Never tried it, so I don’t know what it tastes like. What can I say, ham in a can never appealed to me or anyone in my family. For reasons unknown to me, Hawaiians seem to have a thing for Spam, but you know, okay.
My plane ride home from Maui was “interesting”. There was a large woman (ps. I don’t mean heavy, I mean like she was a giant person) a few seats ahead of me that was eating and loving Spam musubi. Suddenly, I knew what to do with the weird vegan ham log in my freezer. Yeah, I had a VegeUSA ham log. It confused me, so I froze it. Anyhow, the log and Spam have certain things in common, they’re both fake meat except Spam has parts in it. If I’m going to fake meat it up, it’s always going to be parts free.
I’ve really made this sound gross, but it’s actually super good. I was afraid of it a little, but ended up really liking it. They have vegan ham rolls at Whole Foods and other natural foods stores. I wouldn’t really recommend buying one necessarily, but if you come into possession of one, make this recipe and you won’t be sorry.
PS. This is much easier to do with a musubi press. I didn’t have one, but I did my best. I have now since ordered one.
Vegan Spam Musubi