The Jolly Fox Returns.

A warm hello, to whoever out there might still be reading!

I have been away for a long while and was away for a while before that it seems as well. I’ve come back to tell you all some tales of new adventures and turns my life has taken. There will still be vegan food, good vegan food, but more too.

Where and how do I begin to tell you? I was browsing through my last couple of posts, which date about a year ago around this time. I’m not sure if I included in any of those posts that I was recovering from a thyroidectomy and thyroid cancer.

I will save the details of my thyroid and health journey for another post, but I finally do feel ready to talk about it. An emotional rollercoaster, equipped with weight loss and gain, crises in energy, not wanting to cook, and so much more in between. It became hard to blog.

For this post however, I’d like to tell you a story about the last time I was on Maui.

It starts in May, 2016. It began with nothing unusual, other than I was still trying to get my wits and health about me after surgery (Feb 10, 2016). It had been a few months and I had remained mostly inactive during that time, trying to adjust to new doses of levothyroxine and my new life, post-cancer.

There I am on Maui. Enjoying the warm, but not-too-hot west Maui sun. Taking in morning and early evening rains of Kapalua and swooning over the white-blue glow of the Maui moon….untouched by light pollution, so bright that street lights and flashlights and other forms of artificial light have no place because the light of the moon is enough to guide you through the night. A true, blue beauty.

All shots from this trip are cell phone shots, I've left my camera behind a lot of in the last year, but it's making a come back soon.
All shots from this trip are cell phone shots, I’ve left my camera behind a lot of in the last year, but it’s making a come back soon.

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Vegan Portuguese Bean Stew.

Yesterday I landed back on my favorite island, Maui. In the week leading up to my departure I was suddenly inspired to make a few Hawaiian themed dishes, all which you’ve seen if you’ve been following me on Instagram. It’s early in the morning here and the sun is just starting to rise. There are birds singing their morning songs and I felt inspired to come to this space to share a recipe with you.

The Portuguese began their immigration to Hawaii in the late 1800’s to work on sugarcane plantations. They brought many delights with them, most notably the malasada, but also comforting recipes like this bean stew. Traditionally, it’s laden with meat and ham hocks and things, but this vegan version is just as hearty and more delicious without the animal parts. 🙂 You will find many versions of this recipe–some Hawaiian versions incorporate macaroni pasta, carrots and many use red kidney beans over white. I like this version, but feel free to add what sounds good to you.

Portuguese Bean Stew

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Catching up.

I know it’s been so long since I’ve shared in this space regularly. In an attempt to get back into it, I’m posting some pictures of various tropical/Hawaiian inspired dishes I made in the last year. I hope you enjoy this photo dump until I’m back with a recipe.

Tofu Scramble w/ Banana Blossoms and Field Roast Linguiça (Chipotle Field Roast Sausages rolled in Paprika, Garlic and Baked in Banana Leaves)
Tofu Scramble w/ Banana Blossoms and Field Roast Linguiça (Chipotle Field Roast Sausages rolled in Paprika, Garlic and Baked in Banana Leaves)

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Manawai Estate Chocolate (Cacao) Farm & Banana Nut Scones w/ Local Chocolate-Coconut Drizzle.

On my last visit to Maui, there was a flood. A rather large flood, in my house. Something, I’m still unsure, happened upstairs and sent tons if water through the ceiling and walls. It was a disaster of sorts.

But I’m not here to talk about that. I’m here to talk about how I was so overwhelmed, I needed a trip to this magical cacao farm where beautiful little baby cacao trees are on their way to being big and to one day, make chocolate.

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Earl Grey-Taro Pie.

Highland Park is the neighborhood I call home. It’s an eclectic little mix of things and who doesn’t love a little mix of things? I live around the corner from this delicious little Vietnamese-American diner type place called Good Girl Dinette. Go to there. Eat the vegetarian/vegan porridge. And with your porridge also eat everything else. So good. Last Christmas they sold Earl Grey-Taro pies which, sadly, were not vegan. Too good of an idea to pass up, I made this vegan version inspired by those geniuses at Good Girl.

Bonus: Taro/Kalo Hawaii Love! 🙂

Note: I’ll be making this again with better photos and topped with a whipped coconut cream. This pie was meant to be topped with such things and why it escaped me the first go around….Who’s to say?

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