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Our family’s latest obsession is this incredible Zoku Popsicle maker. It was a gift from a friend that sat in the closet for a few months until we finally got smart and started using it. Now we can’t stop making fresh fruit pops that Ensen and Avery love.

How does it work? You freeze the unit for 24 hours. Take it out and pour your favorite popsicle mix into the molds. In just 7-9 minutes…BOOM…you have perfect cold treat that’s fresh and delicious. One freezing makes up to 9 pops.

On our first run, we blended fresh strawberries with a little lemon juice, li hing mui powder, water as a touch of sugar. Kids loved it!

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For the next try, we squeezed fresh tangerines and added a little sugar. That’s it and the kids loved that too!

So the question I’ve been asked a ton is whether this Zoku is worth the $49.99 price tag. In short, I believe it is. It enables you to have a little fun in the kitchen with the family while creating fresh, flavorful and healthy snacks for the kids. And in short time.

Can you achieve the same results using other popsicle molds and freezing them overnight in the freezer? Probably. But what fun is that? 😉

Happy popsicle making!!

You’re probably looking at the photo above and thinking to yourself, “what the hell is that?” Let me explain.

When my mom was pregnant with me more than three decades ago, she used to sprinkle arare (a.k.a. mochi crunch or kakimochi) on her vanilla ice cream. It was one of those strange cravings women get when they’re pregnant…from what I understand.

But that strange craving tuned out to be one of the most amazing dessert combinations I’ve ever experienced. And I’m still enjoying it until this very day! Like the blissful marriage of peanut butter and jelly, the salty and crunchiness of the arare is a perfect compliment to the creamy and sweet vanilla ice cream.

I’ll admit this variation on “mochi crunch ice cream” might be one of those “only in Hawaii” delights. But trust me, once you have it, you’ll be wanting it again…and again. Give it a try and post your comments. I’m curious to know what you all think.

Bon appetit!

-NGK

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Cool dude or cool chef?

Posted: December 15, 2009 by Nathan Kam in Ensen & Avery, Home Kitchen
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Random photos of Little E taken with the Canon EOS Rebel T1i. Think he looks better as a cool dude or a cool chef? I might be biased, but I love both!

-NGK

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There’s a new boss in the Kam family kitchen thanks to Kelly’s visit to Macy’s the other night. His name is Mr. Keurig and simply put, he’s an amazing single cup coffee maker ideal for parents (or anyone for that matter) on the go. I’m still coming to grips with the price tag of this handsome piece of equipment, but honestly it’s worth its weight in gold (or 25 Starbucks grande cafe mochas if you’re into silly analogies).

What’s so great about it? Well, the fact that it brews a delicious cup of coffee in about a minute and there’s nothing to clean up afterwards is definitely a plus. There’s no coffee pot and parts to wash, filters to dispose of, or coffee to grind. Hallelujah! Not to mention it looks pretty darn cool sitting on the counter and will make for a nice discussion piece when guests come over. Need I say more.?

We’re always looking for ways to make things more efficient around the household, especially with Ensen in the mix. This was definitely one of those “necessary” and “strategic” purchases to simply our lives to some degree. 😉 I can live with that.

-NGK

[Photo courtesy of Keurig.com]