For many states around the nation, August is the hottest month of the year. It's the season of last minute parties and summer potlucks before the back-to-school season begin. In Hawaiian culture, a popular dessert at luaus and potlucks is a coconut pudding.
This recipe is not like traditional pudding that is smooth and thick, but rather solid squares similar to Jell-O. Now, you can add less cornstarch to make this a more pudding texture rather than a solid treat. But the traditional pudding in Hawaii is often served in squares.
I found this beautiful 1960's Hawaiian retro dress that inspired me to recreate a Hawaiian recipe. Naturally, the Haupia is vegan without altering or changing the original recipe. The retro-style dress bursts in colors and with a floral design that it also reminded me of my favorite flowers, the dahlia.
Between the colors and the shapes, it inspires vibrancy and I hoped to make something "cooling" during this peak heat of the season. To me, dahlias are the sun, a big ball bursting with life and beauty. My inner Bohemian spirit feels alive when surrounded by color and flowers, and with the Hawaiian "aloha" spirit.
And in this time, the world can use more beauty and more of the Hawaiian spirit and wisdom in their life.
Mohala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua – (Unfolded by the water are the faces of the flowers.)
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com