Hello, My name is Gloria, I am 100% samoan and I love, love your blog. I was brought up in the United States and my mom made all of these things as I was growing up, but stupid me never paid attention on how it was made I just sat down and ate it. I am now a mother of two and want to my kids to eat and experience the things I grew up with. My parents live in another state and everytime I call her to ask her how to make something she gives her way of making it, no measuring, a scoop of this, a little bit of water, a handful of that, so in the end my product comes out kinda crappy, all her measuring is in her head and my just eyeing it. And like a typical samoan mother she starts lecturing me on that's what I get for not paying attention lol. Anyways I'm grateful for this blog, my pani popo's came out great and my kids can't get enough of the coconut rice. I hope you post up how to make palusami, because I've been craving that for awhile.
Hi Gloria,Thx for taking the time to comment. I'm really happy you enjoy the blog. I'll try to post about palusami but it's quite hard to get the taro leaves here. I love that your kids enjoy Samoan food!
Another version for the coconut rice is to mash it a bit with a wooden mallet or spoon until rice and coconut has commbined well...to a glutonous texture, can even add fresh gratings of coconut meat in the pounded rice..
Thanks for the tip...sounds like mochi...great stuff!
Hi My name Is Cynthia, The daughter of Ielonimo I. Timoteo. I love the recipes and how you show us how step by step! I grew up in the States and never really had the influences of my culture. But as a little girl while my father was off in war in Vietnam we spent awhile in American Samoa, Pango Pango, I remember some of the old ways. My father tried to teach me and then he passed in 92 and all his recipes were gone because it was all in his head. He never wrote them down. I am so glad to have had found your site so I can introduce our culture to my family! Thank you so much! Much Alofas to you for allowing us the opportunity to bring the Island into our home! <3
Hi Cynthia, thank you so much for your comment. I'm happy your father lived such a long life and so glad that you found my site. I hope you enjoy recreating these foods in your own kitchen and don't forget to pass the recipes on yourself. Good luck!
Thank you so much and will teach my girls the Samoan way and how to keep the old ways alive! My husband loves Samoan food and loves your site as well! Again Thank you and keep em coming It makes me feel closer to my culture and my father...