I love a good book. And that includes cookbooks, even if my husband spends a disproportionate time in the kitchen. Earlier this summer, at the Hawaii Book & Music Festival, I discovered The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook from Watermark Publishing. The beauty of this book is that it isn’t meant to sit in the kitchen. The recipes printed inside come from the myriad of members of the Hawaii Farm Bureau. In addition to recipes, the book includes a detailed list of the kinds of produce you’ll find at the many farmers markets popping up across the Hawaiian Islands and tips on how to eat and cook with them. It makes a handy companion to tuck into your reusable bag that you carry for stashing all your Hawaii farmers market finds.
Here’s a recipe for a dish that caught my eye, one that even if you don’t live in Hawaii, you could probably find the ingredients--got mac nuts--to make and infuse your life with a little reminder of the Hawaiian Islands.
Abigail Langlas, Honolulu Coffee Company
4 cups macadamia nuts, toasted and still hot
2 pounds granulated sugar
½ cup water
½ cup corn syrup
½ cup unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda, sifted
In a large, heavy saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup and butter. Bring to a boil and continue to boil until mixture reaches a medium caramel color. Add vanilla, then salt and baking soda, then the hot nuts. Stir until the nuts are mixed in, but do not continue to stir after that, as it will deflate the brittle. Immediately pour mixture out onto a silicon baking mat or a greased cookie sheet. Pull apart as it cools. Makes about four pounds.
And if you make it, let me know how it turns out. You can find The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook online here.