351 Did The Girl Scouts Discover Samoa?

No episode of ZTL podcast is complete without a nice beverage.  Our drink on this show has a story.  Long ago in a bakery only so far away a cookie was born unlike other cookies.  Coconut, caramel and chocolate carefully baked together to create the perfect confection known as the Samoa Delight.  Imagine this little politically incorrect schnecken turned into a cocktail for the adult and child in all of us.  YES!  We give you The Samoan.  Lucky for you the ingredients are not hard to come by and the recipe does not require oodles of craft cocktail skill.  We highly encourage you to try this tasty rum drink in lieu of dessert at your next shindig.  

Most sane people love a good deviled egg.  Kalani has a recipe ship whips up for all of our get togethers and this little egg has a cult following.  Try this recipe next time you make deviled eggs.

Kalani's Thai Deviled Eggs

Boil eggs to hard as you usually would.  Cut eggs in half, remove the yolks and add the following to the yolks to create your deviled mixture.

4 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Sriracha

1 splash rice vinegar

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoon minced chive

Salt and Pepper to taste

Spoon filling into eggs and top with toasted sesame seeds and either more chive or cilantro or parsley.  For the heat loving folks you can also drizzle more sriracha over the top of a few of the eggs. 

Stop buying those store bought vegetable and fruit platters.  Taking a few moments to chop your own veggies will give you a great variety of veggies that you will never get on those mass produced plates of just carrots, broccoli and celery.  And by all means try making your own dip rather than pouring something out of a packet.  Try Sunshine's vegan veggie dip recipe for something a little different. 

Sunshine's Vegan Veggie Dip

1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise

1/2 cup vegan sour cream

1 teaspoon fresh black pepper

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or one finely chopped garlic clove

1 dash cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder or 1 tablespoon finely chopped chive/green onion

Stir everything together until smooth.  Add 3-5 tablespoons of water, one tablespoon at a time until you get a very smooth, glossy looking dip.  This dip will be thinner than store bought.  A good dip should more closely resemble a dressing so that just the right amount clings to the things you dip in it instead of clumping onto your food. 

Also on this episode is a public service announcement for fellow mint lovers.  Sunshine has just received several varieties from Mountain Valley Growers including banana mint, chocolate mint and pineapple mint.  Mint is hard to kill, great for cocktails and teas and looks great in your garden or window box.  

Did you know there is a yearbook just for all of us in the tiki community?  Poly Hai 2016-2017 yearbook is about to go to print.  You have until April 1st to get in your photo.  Send your photo of a headshot and wearing your tropical finest to polyhaischool@outlook.com 

111 Everyone wants Tiki for Xmas

Aloha and Merry Christmas.  Thats the general theme of our show this week, our last podcast before we sail on past the busiest holiday of the year and set course for the new year.  Both Sunshine and Pumpkin share some thoughts on great things you can do or buy for that special someone.  But, most importantly we have finally launched the Zen Tiki Store.  Need exotica for your music collection?  We got it.   Maybe some good reading about your favorite subject, RUM.  We have the covered also.  Bar trinkets, mugs, party goods etc.  Check out the store and shop knowing that each purchase helps us get that much closer to the tiki bar of our dreams and an upgraded podcast for all of you.  We also discuss the usual rant and rave about sex changes, old people spraying fox urine on children, the new Trader Vic's in Chicago, custody battles for kitties and so much more.  The cocktail this week was a bit on the fierce side and Pumpkin got a little loopy.  So much the better.  Listen, drink, enjoy. Drink of the week: Glogg

Mix 1 part Glogg(found in specialty food stores, its a Scandanavian holiday beverage mix) with 1 part water.  2oz Glogg with 2oz water works well.  Heat mixture, but do not boil.  Pour into Irish coffee mug and add 1oz Rum or Vodka.  Makes a great holiday treat.

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