Menu: Samoa (Plus Giveaway)

E tuai tuai, ta te maʻona ai.”

This Samoan proverb states that food which takes a long time in the oven will be satisfying. It’s the equivalent of “good things come to those who wait.” You see, much of Samoan dinners were traditionally cooked in underground ovens made with hot stones and covered with dirt and leaves. My mom said that was just about all there was in the late 70’s. Today, electricity takes much of the guesswork out of when dinner will be done but there’s still satisfaction in enjoying traditional favorites.

For our menu, I went with yet another festive holiday spread. Bring that Palusami to your next holiday potluck. As for the rice and the puligi? Yes, yes. Definitely.

Special thanks to Soraya, a lovely Samoan friend of Brian (longtime reader who always leaves the neat musical selections). She was kind enough to message with me about all kinds of good, traditional eats (especially the Palusami).

All recipes and meal review will be posted throughout the week.

Coconut Creamed “Spinach” | Palusami [Recipe]
Our riff on a Samoan staple, made with just four ingredients: spinach (in place of hard-to-find taro leaves), coconut milk,  onion, and … wait for it… canned corned beef. (A vegan option is just as delicious without the corned beef)

Samoan Steamed Spice Cake | Puligi [Recipe]
Steamed spice cake made with burnt sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Serve with vanilla custard sauce.

Chocolate Rice Pudding with Sweet Orange Peel | Koko Rice [Recipe]
Wake up like a Samoan with this dessert-for-breakfast made with rich, creamy coconut milk. While they like to add an orange leaf to their simmering mixture, I’ve substituted more readily available orange peel.

THE GIVEAWAY

I’ve been doing that dangerous thing… browsing the web for beautiful things. I put everything I love in a Global Gift Guide for 2012. For this giveaway, go check it out, pick one thing you’d like to get this holiday season and list it in the comments here.

If you are selected, you’ll win what you ask for. (One winner will be chosen at random)

Here’s a sneak peek of the goodies (there are 21 total):

That’s it!

Bonus entries will be provided for those that tweet this giveaway with hashtag #globalgiveaway and/or share it on Pinterest and Facebook.

Leave your choice in the comments below. One winner will be chosen at random and announced in the Monday Meal Review on December 10, 2012. Prize must be claimed by December 17, 2012. There are no sponsors for this giveaway. I simply wanted to share some global love with you. Enjoy!

UPDATE: Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to SFAnetta who says:

Ohhhh My!

I would so love the Molcajete Mortar and Pestle!

I love introducing people to the joys of spices and one of the ways I do it is to create spice blends. In 2013 I intend to launch my website TheSpiceAlchemist.com introducing people to the history, culture and lore of spices. I would love to introduce people to the amazing world that they live in through the exploration of spices, showing them how to integrate spices into their daily lives and introducing them to the sciencebbehind their amazing healing powers as well.

The Mortar and Pestle with it’s beautiful ergonomic handle would be a a featured centerpiece piece of kitchen equipment in my videos and blog. It would be so loved!

PS ~ I love your blog, I normally silently lurk in the background enjoying your posts, but I wanted to let you know your enthusiasm for global exploration and writing style have really inspired me. Thank you so much Sasha!

 Enjoy your mortar and pestle SFAnetta! Contact me by December 17, 2012 to claim your prize!

37 Comments

  1. What a fun list! Those snow globe spice shakers are just the sort of quirky things that remind me to not take life too seriously! Love them :)

  2. Kelly E. says

    Such unique gift ideas! I like the Pepper Mill Imports Traditional Coffee/Spice Mill. I have never had a mill, so it would be cool to add it to my kitchen. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Kelly says

    I love that glass teapot. I saw it on your Mint Tea post and wanted it then!

  4. Marie Delaplace says

    What gorgeous presents. I’d like 12, the cereamic potluck roaster or 15, the fish shaped roaster. Either of them would be a wonderful gift for my oldest sibling.

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  6. I’m cooking way around the world, too and the one thing I don’t have and it would help me out so much would be a tangine. That’s what I’m opting for. Thanks for doing this giveaway…you’re totally going to make someone’s day with this!

  7. Haha! All of the items are lovely, but I could really use #18, the coffee/spice mill…This, I covet more than all the treasures pictured.

  8. Amber says

    Wow, what an awesome list! It’s hard to choose, but I think I love the fish roaster the most. I can just imagine such wonderful meals coming out of it.

  9. Such a great list! If I had to choose one, I guess I would pick the tagine. I love the hand painting on it.

  10. So many beautiful things! I’d have to go with the buddy chopsticks trainer though – my 4-year-old daughter REALLY wants to be able to use chopsticks, but doesn’t quite have the combination of dexterity and attention to detail yet to manage.

  11. Allison Klein says

    I would love to gift the cookie cutters to my friend and they’re sold out on modcloth! so, therefore, I would love to win them :)

  12. Maggie says

    As much as I’d love a tagine, I think I would choose the charitable giving option to make a donation/loan to someone working in food production through http://www.kiva.org. I’ve long wanted to do this for my entire family (replace gifts with charitable contributions made in their names). Maybe one day when the nieces and nephews are all grown up… :)

  13. Kendra says

    Great list! My favorite is the ceramic potluck roaster. (Actually, my favorite is the globe drink storage, but since I don’t drink, I think I’d get more use out of the roaster.

  14. Ellen Fizer says

    I have been wanting a motor and pestle for forever! How can I crush fennel seeds without one? Let me tell you, using a wine bottle doesn’t really work and those seeds roll everywhere. The list of gifts is amazing, as always!

  15. SFAnnetta says

    Ohhhh My!
    I would so love the Molcajete Mortar and Pestle!

    I love introducing people to the joys of spices and one of the ways I do it is to create spice blends. In 2013 I intend to launch my website TheSpiceAlchemist.com introducing people to the history, culture and lore of spices. I would love to introduce people to the amazing world that they live in through the exploration of spices, showing them how to integrate spices into their daily lives and introducing them to the sciencebbehind their amazing healing powers as well.

    The Mortar and Pestle with it’s beautiful ergonomic handle would be a a featured centerpiece piece of kitchen equipment in my videos and blog. It would be so loved!

    PS ~ I love your blog, I normally silently lurk in the background enjoying your posts, but I wanted to let you know your enthusiasm for global exploration and writing style have really inspired me. Thank you so much Sasha!

  16. annaclarice says

    While the mortar and pestle is so much more practical….I REALLY want the fish roaster!

  17. Oh wow! Fun! So many things on that list are awesome! I’d love the Ebelskiver pan and mix! I’ve always wanted to try those because I hear they are amazing! But, unfortunately you have to have the pan! That would be so fun!

    • dutchgirl says

      you’re right, they are amazing! with a little butter and dusted with icing sugar, that’s how eat them in The Netherlands.

  18. I also shared the giveaway on Facebook! Thanks for a great giveaway opportunity and an amazing blog!

  19. I am a tea lover so I would definitely go with this gorgeous glass tea kettle:)

  20. dutchgirl says

    My favourits are the Ceramic Potluck roaster and the Matroshka cup measuring set! They look lovely.

  21. I would love love love to win # 20, the Globe Drinks Cabinet! It would look so good in my apartment. I tweeted this post and posted in on facebook!

  22. The chocolate rice pudding looks amazing! I may have to try making it this weekend. As for the holiday gift ideas, the tagine looks beautiful and would certainly be my pick! Happy holidays!

  23. Paula says

    Hmmm… this is tough. I’m torn between the pepper mill and the comal. I bought a similar mill at Cost + a few years ago, but had to return it because there was a piece missing. Unfortunately, they were out and never got more in. :( As for the comal, it’s just so beautiful. I’m not sure off hand how I’d use it, but I’d like it just to look at and hold! And I have a feeling I’d end up using it all the time once I got used to it.

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