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Sonia
Big Island of Hawaii
A foodiesleuth from way back!
Interests: food, herb gardening, writing about food, love my digital camera....!
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A lot has been happening lately and I am way behind on blog postings; my sister and friends visiting from the mainland... showing them the sights around the island... celebrating my 78th birthday, and a lot more. I will maybe... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Every day is a joy...Every day something new is happening... Three beautiful Water Hyacinths blooming in the Chinese jardiniere this morning; the papyrus is growing a lot since it was planted about a month ago. The Spathoglottis "Purple Haze" have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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....after a few hours of soft rain last night, and the garden is smiling... The jardiniere is blooming! The water hyacinths in the big blue and white Chinese pot are showing the very first bloom! The two terrestrial orchids I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
In a Facebook thread, the topic of cilantro came up....so I decided to address this issue from my point of view. When it comes to cilantro, a little bit goes a long ways! As shown in the abstract below, some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Ke Ola - The Life The Life of the Land...The Life of the People... Celebrating the arts, culture, and sustainability of the Hawaiian Islands. A magazine for those who love life on Hawai'i Island...and a magazine in which I am... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Ke Ola - The Life The Life of the Land...The Life of the People... A magazine celebrating the arts, culture, and sustainability of the Hawaiian Islands...for those who love life on Hawai'i Island...and a magazine in which I am honored... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Ke Ola - The Life The Life of the Land...The Life of the People... Celebrating the arts, culture, and sustainability of the Hawaiian Islands. A magazine for those who love life on Hawai'i Island...and a magazine in which I am... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Ke Ola - The Life The Life of the Land...The Life of the People...The Life of the Culture and Arts of Hawai'i. A magazine that celebrates the arts, culture, and sustainability of the Hawaiian Islands. A magazine for those who... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A slightly different version of this article was written for and featured in Gather.com as part of a series under my Tropical Taste headline when I was one of 6 Gather Food Correspondents - June 30, 2007 As you drive... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The invitation said to save the date Sunday, May 24th for a "pig roast" and pot luck with the Hubbell's. Anyone who knows Liz and Mike knows that this is something special, so we were looking forward to it. The... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I saw an apple and broccoli salad on line a few weeks ago and decided to give it a try...We did not really care for it much. I think it was the dressing, which I felt was too heavy for... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The original recipe came to me via the Cuban Food Market newsletter. The first time, I made it as they wrote it . The second time and since, I've changed it quite a bit. I find my version is quite... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I owe this one to my friend Karen in NC...she posted it on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and I vowed when I could collect enough tomatoes from the garden to make it worthwhile, I would be slow roasting... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The long awaited day (for me, anyway) has arrived! My brand-new-hot-off-the-press cookbook is finally available! It is called "From Soup To Nuts" since that is what kept running through my head as I kept thinking up all sorts of titles...... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Our Mother's Day dinner was set up again, on the back lanai. I believe the flowers are Heliconia caribaea. My son Anthony surprised me today with a bunch of them which I placed in several places around the house. The... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A Fruit Buffet for Mother's Day One of the easiest Mother’s Day brunch ideas is a fruit buffet. You can use any fruits available to you during the season and serve a cold fruit soup, a baked Brie en Croute... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I met Eileen, a Facebook friend, for the first time face to face a few days ago. She had called to let me know she would be coming by our village on her way to her farm in the Volcano... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Cinco de Mayo is not a day our family normally celebrates, but this year we seemed to have the right ingredients in the refrigerator to come up with a simple celebratory dinner; here are our efforts. The table on the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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HELE MAI `AHA `AINA! (Come Join the Feast!) By Sonia Martinez (April 13, 2004 - The Hawaii Tribune-Herald of Hilo) THE FRUITING HEDGE Surinam cherries (Eugenia uniflora) commonly grow almost everywhere I've ever lived and you see them mostly planted... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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At this time of much excitement and anticipation (on my part) due to my soon-to-be-published cookbook "From Soup to Nuts", it is heartwarming and, yes, very gratifying, to see my original little cookbook effort, "Tropical Taste" (c) 2001, is still... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Wow...a few things just burst wide open in just the last two days... The Oxalis Triangularis (purple shamrock) has exploded with blooms and new growth in just two days! The Nasturtiums in the hanging basket are jumping with joy! Thyme... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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With all the gorgeous rains we've been getting, the yard is really perking up This is what I see from my front lanai as I step down into the yard. Most everything here is ornamental, but there is a pot... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The 10th Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park (see directions below) The non-profit organization Malama Hawaii Nei along with Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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My Cookbook From Soup to Nuts pre-order page is up! Help me choose the cover! If you Pre-Order the book before Wednesday, April 1st, you will be given a chance to help me decide on the book’s cover. Click on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A few days ago I shared an article about eggs originally written in April of 2003 for the Hamakua Times of Honoka'a - The Incredible Egg I am now sharing the second article about eggs, written May 2003 for the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii