Splish, Splash!

The newest member of the Dash of Aloha Cookbooks family is here! Get your feet wet and dip a toe into the waters of seafood preparation with A Splash of Aloha: A Healthy Guide to Fresh Hawaiian Seafood. This cookbook from the Kapi‘olani Community College Culinary Arts Department, will help you enjoy fresh Island fish and shellfish for good health and good nutrition, too. Seafood preparation can be daunting. To guide novice cooks, A Splash of Aloha includes step-by-step photo illustrations of common fish preparation techniques. Recipes offer a variety of simple cooking methods, with a myriad of flavors from Hawai‘i and Asia to the Middle East, Mexico and Italy. Each is designed with the home cook in mind.

A Splash of Aloha hits local bookstores next weekend (around Sept. 22) and will be featured in Longs Drugs stores statewide beginning Sun., Sept. 23. But there’s a way for you to get your hands on a copy of the book BEFORE then! Come down to the Kapi‘olani Community College Farmers Market THIS SATURDAY, Sept. 15 from 7:30AM to 11AM. See below for other events where you can meet our chefs and contributors.

Bruschetta with Mahi Mahi & Eggplant Caponata by Sharon Kobayashi. Photo by Adriana Torres-Chong.

Here in Hawai‘i we have a bounty of the freshest and highest quality fish. But as the ancient Hawaiians knew well, there is a season for everything. Hawai‘i law mandates a periodic fishing moratorium to protect the sustainability of our local waters. The most popular fish may not always be available, or may be out of budget. Fortunately, the state also leads the way in aquaculture research and development and A Splash of Aloha offers recipes that incorporate the wide range of both wild-caught fish and other fresh, locally raised seafood (such as prawns, abalone and tilapia) available in the Islands.

Have you ever been confused by all the different names for fish? In the Islands, especially, it seems everyone has a different name for the same fish! An a‘u is a nairagi is a striped marlin, but so is a kajiki (blue marlin) because a‘u is the generic Hawaiian name for all marlins. Japanese names, Hawaiian names, English names, casual names and formal names, incorrect names. The fish world is the land of “call it what you will, just call me in time for dinner.”

We have a special “Cheat Sheet” for you to help you keep your fish names straight and know what’s on your plate. Click the graphic for a larger PDF version.

Meet our chefs and contributors at the following events:

Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market
Saturday, Sept. 15
7:30AM – 11AM

Sea-to-Me Tasting Event
Pier 38, Honolulu’s Fishing Village
Friday, Oct. 5
5:00PM – 9:00PM
Event Tickets: $75

7th Annual Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Festival
Pier 38, Honolulu’s Fishing Village

Sunday, Oct. 7
9:00AM – 4PM

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Posted on September 11, 2012, in Events, News and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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