Hawai’i 5: Salad …


… in a bread basket.
Aloha! Listening to Israel IZ Kamakawiwo’ole in “Maui Hawaiian sup’pa man” from the CD Facing that, throughout this month, has accompanied us in the car, I made this delicious salad. I wrote some thoughts and dedications below.

for the salad
(serves 2)
1.5 cup of edamame, already boiled and frozen
2 cup of thinly sliced red cabbage
1 orange bell pepper, finely chopped
1 cup of pineapple, chopped into small cubes
1/4 cup of raisins
0.5 cup of toasted almonds (I bought them raw and then roasted in the oven for a few minutes)
1/4 cup of chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoonsof  lime juice
2 tablespoons of agave juice
salt and pepper
for the bread basket:
(makes 2 baskets)
1 cup of whole wheat flour
3,5gr of dry yeast
water for the dough
oil, to grease the mould

Here there are the ingredients for the salad
Place the ingredients for the dough in a bowl or directly on a work surface and knead well. Form a ball.
Divide the dough in two parts. Flatten each portion with a rolling pin (I used a makeshift one), to form two disks of about 20 cm diameter each.
Place the disk, pierced here and there with the tines of a fork, in this shell shaped mould, lightly oiled
trying to make a slight pressure in the folds of the shell.
Bake at 200°C for 20 minutes.
The loaf will look like this and, once removed from the shell ….
… will look like this:
Now, fill each basket of bread with the vegetables and the seasoning. You can also use ready made vegan tortillas or pitas. I also used this vegan whole wheat pita:
I placed it in the mould, previously greased, and baked for a few minutes at 180°C …
…. and filled with mixed vegetables and alfalfa sprouts

And now the last images from Maui to share with you, listening to Israel.
Waiting for the sunrise on the Haleakala volcano.

The usual good looking guys for Six … if she had had enough of Jason. This is Dave, of Mambo café, whom we met at the Turtle Bay Ho’okipa Beach, during his free day.

This is Dai Mar: he’s part of the crews of ships of the Pacific Whale Foundation

This is Jeff

This is Josh

This is captain Anna. Nello, may be of interest? She’s a really tough girl, anything but fragile. Wonderful person.

The captain at the controls.

With the boat Odyssey of the Pacific Whale Foundation, piloted by Captain Anna, we went to Turtle Arches to see the turtles. But, during the crossing, we  met yet many more whales. Here it is one of ’em:

Once we reached the point where there turtles live, we swam with them. An experience I will never forget for the rest of my life and that I’ll recount, as long as I have voice, to my grandchildren. Also posting these pictures makes me cry of emotion. We risked a fine of $1000 for taking this picture, as you cannot approach them. But it was the turtle that got close. I swear it.

Here it is another one

And yet another one

Environmentally friendly means of transport in Paia.

Golf Course at Wailea

Vegan handbags in a shop in Paia

Observation of surfers at Ho’okipa Beach

A camper in Paia

Scooter with bearing for the surf

Scooter with the bearing, a closer look


Comfortable dog and uncomfortable human

Yoga ….

Stretching …

Ready …

Go! (with an odd bikini … but Maui’s also this)

Traffic warden

While having lunch at Whole Foods and hearing us speaking Italian, we were approached by our neighobour, Andrea and her daughter Marisa. Andrea has been living in Maui for 20 years. After a holiday, he got struck from the site and no longer came back to Italy, if not as a tourist. He married an American girl and has three beautiful children.

The following day, Andrea let us know the forest of Olinda, a wonderful place

The forest of Olinda. Strong perfumes and the sound of silence, broken by our pattering

A hut in the woods

Andrea and Seb in the woods

Andrea invited us in his workplace: he makes fins for surfs. Here, he’s relaxing.

Andrea welcomed us in his home, in Haiku.

He intruduced us to his dogs: Nala, on the ground, and Mona on the table (Hawaiian names …)

And the kitten

Cows at Turtle Bay

Again at Turtle Bay, tenderness 1

Tenderness 2

Mambo Cafe in Paia

Interesting people 1

Interesting people 2- from behind

In front

Interesting people 3

Interesting people 4

The painting

Interesting people 5

Interesting people 6

Interesting people 7

Interesting people 8


View of a Paia

View of Paia 2

Moana cafe (read the sign on the top …)

Wash & Dry in Paia

Road sign

Mailbox (for Tamara)

Girls drawing motorists for a car wash (they assumed a pose, seeing me with the camera)

Another draw…

Even the Statue of Liberty draws motorists ….

Showing off or gymnastics?

Motorcyclists without helmets. Is legally allowed (as a motorcyclist, I disagree)

Surfs in front of a hostel


Searching for images

A hippy ….

It was great to chat via Skype. We spoke / saw very often with Barbara and Lorenzo. We laughed to tears telling them about some adventures that happened and that I can’t recount here … I’d like this image to represent all the chats / phone calls in this great month with many friends of VB. See also below.

I leave you with this last picture ….

I dedicate this last post from Hawaii to all those who followed me in these posts, sharing this powerful and intense experience. A very special thought and a loving and special dedication to all those who left me a thought, a trace, a comment. They’re really a lot. These thoughts, which I read and read again several times with infinite tenderness, and I’ll keep on reading with much regret, made me understand the meaning of friendship, commitment and time spent with the beloved ones, the depth of feelings,  sensitivity and sharing. But, also, of lightness. Every thought, never banal, written from the heart, never hurried, always spontaneous and direct. THANKS !!!!! A total and absolute thank you. I would also like to mention the friends whom I spoke to via Skype, both in video and chat, or with FB, several times: Barbara (Pizza Pie), and Lorenzo, Moky, Pippi and Andrea, Mirko and Mik, Cristina, Chicca and Nino, Gnubby, EleonoraNW3. But also those, numerous, who sent me wonderful mails full off curiosity about many things, about which I couldn’t speak at lengths in my comments. And I madly love curious people! See you, from Italy!

Other reportagrs from Hawai’i:
Hawai’i 1: Crispy Tofu
Hawai’i 2: Tropical Smoothie
Hawai’i 3: Hawaiian Skewers
Hawai’i 4: Moky’s Donuts

Chef: Titti from VeganBlog

  1. Cassandra78 5 March 2011 at 08:38

    This is so great!!! A loto of pics to dive into! I don’t even know where to start… but I loved, besides your yummy salad and the smart bread basket, the sea turtles (how big they are, just out of curiosity? they semm pretty big), the cows and the faces of all those man… seem very relaxed and happy to be where they are!
    A big hug

  2. heidi 6 March 2011 at 08:18

    This is brilliant! I love the idea of bread baskets for a “simple” salad (and yours is not simple at all!), it makes the salad so chic 😉
    And let’s talk about the pictures: they’re just great! The ones with turtles are terrific, but I have to say… I quite liked the ones with the guys :-P. And the woods must have been a paradise! Seriously, I have to thank you for this and the other reportages. I literally loved them: they makes you feel at home for the relaxed athmosphere, but also you understand that you’re far far away, both for the km and the way of living.

  3. Titti 9 March 2011 at 13:04

    @Cassandra: The turtles are big like 2 pillows, they are sweet…. 😉 The cows are happy there, more than me, here… Hugs and kisses!
    @Heidi: Thank you! Yes, the basket makes the salad chic! Thank you again for your response! Hugs and kisses! 😉

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