My friends know I love Hawaii. Man O, my hubby, works there on a semi-regular basis.
|We have been back more recently but we love this picture of our 30th anniversary celebration in Maui.|
From the first time I went along on a business trip, I loved the people, the different beauty of each island, and the food. A blend of native, Japanese, Chinese, Pacific Rim, and more, I never had trouble finding something to eat. Why? Much of the food was rice based or thickened with tapioca. But more importantly, people accommodated my needs with such grace.
When we visited Maui, we stayed at a gorgeous bed and breakfast, the Old Wailuku Inn, run by a native Hawaiian family. The inn is considered the most truly Hawaiian bed and breakfast on Maui. Every room was decorated in colorful Hawaiian quilts (yes, quilting is big in Hawaii!) and local antiques and art.
I emailed ahead to share my allergies but figured I'd be eating scrambled eggs while everyone else ate the banana pancakes featured one morning. Yep, I am allergic to bananas along with wheat and corn. But the owner sat a plate down in front of me. Light, fluffy pancakes made with rice flour and topped with macadamia nuts and passion fruit! I almost fainted. I got to share the experience of slathering on coconut syrup and diving in like everyone else around the table. She didn’t take the easy way out but made the experience special for me. Mahalo, “thank you” in Hawaiian. I said it a lot that morning.
|My "silver dollar" version with mango, on my Hawaiian apron showing the monarchs and hula festival that takes place in Hilo on the Big Island each year.|
Here is the innkeeper’s recipe with the interesting touch of beating the egg white to peak and then adding for additional fluff. Saturdays are made for shortcuts but this step really makes a difference! Pamela's GF Baking and Pancake mix is a good alternative if you can't find rice flour.
Old Wailuku Inn Pancakes
1 cup rice flour (or other flour)
2 T sugar
1 T baking powder
Sift all dry ingredients well before going on.
1 egg separated
beat egg whites to peak
1 T melted butter or margarine
1/8 t vanilla add to yellow of egg (optional)
1 cup water (make judgement as you mix)
¼ cup banana (optional)
Mix ingredients except egg whites. Fold egg whites into mixture. Put two tablespoons of oil in skillet and cook in small batches on medium low heat.
Top with whatever tropical fruits and nuts you can get: macadamia nuts, coconut, pineapple, mango or banana slices. The fruit grows in almost every yard in Hawaii and can be found in most mainland grocery stores.
To make your own coconut syrup: Heat one can coconut milk (the real stuff) with one cup sugar until dissolved. Cool. Serve over pancakes.