Undeniable Friday

Friday, July 28, 2006

It's Undeniable Friday! Every Friday, in addition to an odd little factoid, UndeniableFacts.com gives you a fun puzzle, illusion, or activity to enjoy and share.

Today, a recipe.

This is the recipe for the Hawaiian Friendship Pie presented to president Rutherford B. Hayes, by none other than the famous Hawaiian King Kamehameha.

1 lb., finely diced roast pork
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced lengthwise
1/2 cup mashed taro root
1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1 whole Humuhumunukunukuapuaa (reef triggerfish)
1 cup honey (unfiltered mountain wildflower honey preferred)
2 large banana leaves (must be fresh)

1. Place the two banana leaves side by side, so that they form a rough circle. Carefully spread the taro root evenly on the leaves, to within about an inch from the edge.
2. Evenly distribute all remaining ingredients except for the fish and the honey
3. Place the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa perpendicular to the seam between the banana leaves so that its tail hangs over the edge, and so that its mouth is near the center.
4. Carefully roll the leaves around the fish and other ingredients like a burrito.
5. Roast the "pie" over an open flame for 12 to 58 minutes.
6. Once the leaves are thoroughly brown and crispy, carefully peel them off of the calzone-shaped pie.

If done properly, the tail of the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa will stick out of the top of the pie. Traditionally, the fish used for the pie is still alive during the roasting process, its screams delighting the village children.

The modern version of this desert is often made by substituting cool whip, lemon jello, and canned pineapple.



Blogger kjhk said...

Fish can't scream. This one "grunts" when taken out of the water. NOt when cooked alive. Besides, I bet this dude saw the long name of the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa and decided to use it.

[The filefish (The group that this fish belongs to)]"frequently dangerously poisonous, though the extent of this may vary somewhat among the various species. Not only is the flesh poisonous, but also the liver, gall bladder, roe, and reproductive organs are capable of producing sudden illness if eaten. "


7:20 PM  
Blogger Dan Serena said...

Sorry but, the Hawaiian natives are pretty clear on this point: The humuhumunuknukuapuaa screams like a child being murdered. This is why ancient voodoo texts refer to the fish as the "Stillborn of the Sea".

7:47 PM  
Blogger delphinkid said...

voodoo isn't from hawaii.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Beadwife said...

Some people just hate fun.

1:24 PM  
Blogger duffytoler said...

Hawaiian voodoo is usually called "hoodoo" (a contraction of Hawaii + voodoo), but either term can be used. Yes, the fish screams in much the same way a lobster screams when it is put in boiling water: by the action of steam escaping through the ventral gill orifice.

4:31 PM  

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