Hawaiian Snowballs

Are you, Beautiful People, watching your woods “fill up with snow”? A great American poet, with an appropriate last name Frost, had, and wrote about it:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   
My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   
He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.
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Everybody knows the last line of this poem, repeated twice, and everybody knows about the road “less traveled by” that comes from a different poem. But who is it that “gives his harness bells a shake?”
Image result for дед мороз и снегурочка картинкиHark! It’s Grandfather Frost (as he is Russian, I doubt that he is related to the famous poet), and his granddaughter Snowgirl (let’s call her Ms Frost). They arrive every year, in a flurry of snowflakes, riding a traditional Russian troika – open sled driven by a trio of snow-white horses. Just as his distant cousin Mr Claus, Grandfather Frost brings presents for good children and some adults as well, those who, like Peter Pan, never grew up. Presents are not requested in advance, though, and no milk, cookies, or other edibles are left overnight. There is nothing religious about this fun holiday, and everyone is free to spin their own fantasies.

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Unfortunately, WP is not letting me to include this video – my apologies, Beautiful People! But please do yourselves a favor and follow the link to the unbelievably beautiful Igor Moiseyev’s ballet “Winter Fantasy.”

https://youtu.be/l7lfeMG5NoU

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What do you do with snow? Why, you make snowmen (pardon me, snowpersons!) and throw snowballs.

What do I do? I look out the window, watch palm fronds gently swaying in the wind, and make Hawaiian Snowballs.

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My husband, who usually makes fabulous fruit arrangements, claims that Ms Snowgirl Frost has arrived on a pineapple boat. Her Grandfather is, apparently, either too old or too busy to travel. Since he doesn’t have a team of elves giftwrapping presents, he has to do it himself.

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I thought that leftover sushi rice, sticky and already slightly sweetened, is perfect for snowballs in the tropics. To make sure my snowballs acquire Hawaiian flavor, I added unsweetened coconut flakes. They do look like snow, don’t they?

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The rest is easy. I fashioned snowballs and threw them on a lightly misted with oil frying pan, interspersed with pineapple slices, to imbue them with yet another specific Hawaiian flavor – pineapple. It only takes a few minutes to fry them on one side; no longer than the first part of Tchaikovsky’s 1st Symphony “Winter Dreams,” here illustrated by children drawings.

Meanwhle, our snowballs have nicely browned.

Hawaiian snowballs 5They do keep their shape, like real snowballs, without eggs or any other binder. Flip both snowballs and pineapple slices when they turn golden brown, and fry them on the other side for a few more minutes.

Hawaiian snowballs 6Arranged around Ms Snowgirl Frost’s crown and garnished with seared pineapple slices, Hawaiian Snowballs will not only enhance your breakfast, brunch, or lunch table, but also provide a delightful topic for winter conversation.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups cooked Japanese sticky rice (for cooking instructions, click here)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 raw pineapple, sliced (alternatively, canned pineapple slices, drained)

PROCEDURE

  • Mix rice with coconut flakes, form balls. Place on lightly misted with oil frying pan, place pineapple slices between rice balls.
  • Fry on medium heat for 4 – 5 minutes until golden brown, turn over, fry for 3 – 4 minutes, remove.
  • *Note: very thin pineapple slices will fry much faster than rice balls and will need to be removed earlier.
  • Serve hot, garnished with pineapple slices.

Enjoy!

79 Comments Add yours

    1. Thank you, Gary; I am glad you like it!

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  1. Love the recipe, the poem and the Russian tales! Happy new year!

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    1. Thank you so much, and Happy New Year to you as well, darling!

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  2. Happy New Year to you and hubby! Wnat a cute and fabulous idea. Thank you very much for sharing, and have a blessed 2019! Michael

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    1. You too, Michael! Thank you for your kind comment, and happy New Year to you and yours!

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      1. Thank you Dolly! Hope you had a great celebration with dancing alligators too. 😉

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      2. We did, minus alligators, but with a great orchestra playing Strauss and Lehar, phenomenal soprano and tenor, and two ballet pairs. Add to that a nice bottle of champagne, and it was a great celebration! I hope you had a good one as well, Michael!

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      3. Famous and great! Right, you dont need alligators.;-)

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      4. We have alligators all over the place, sometimes stopping traffic on highways, but fortunately, they did not come out on New Year Eve.
        Michael, I was told that you are still reblogging my posts, but I don’t get notifications. Is that true?

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      5. Hello Dolly! Oh, seems the alligators dont like firworks. 😉 Yes, i am still reblogging, and its possible you dont get notice about it. It seems to be an issue of the privatization of the blog. But the re-blogs are forwarded to Facebook, Twitter @eslarnerzeitung, and a bulk of most know rss portals too. Dont worry, i am working on re-open our blog. Best wishes, Michael

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      6. They say alligators are the dumbest of all the animal world. The fireworks were cancelled due to increment weather warnings, but people were shooting their own fireworks on the beach, and between that and champagne, we had lots of fun!
        I don’t do Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media (I leave that to President Trump), but I just sent you an invitation to invite me to have access to your blog. Perhaps that will enable me to visit your blog. I thank you so much for reblogging my posts, Michael!

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      7. Yes, the invitation will do it fine. Thank you, and sorry for the efforts. Some years in the future they will cancel our fireworks too. ;-(

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      8. What are you sorry about, Michael? I feel guilty for failing to thank you when you have been reblogging my posts all along!
        I see what you mean about your fireworks!

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      9. Dont feel guilty Dolly! You are providing so wonderful postings, its a pleasure and a honor too, getting the permission to reblog.

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      10. Ah, Michael, you have carte blanche to reblog anything you like of mine, and I am honored that you consider my humble posts worthy to be presented to your readers.

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      11. Thank you very much, Dolly! I am honored to have the permission to do.Best wishes, MIchael

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      12. Have a great remainder of the week, Michael!

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      13. You too, Dolly! Enjoy the first days of this year! Michael

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  3. Those snowballs look very appetizing. 🙂
    Happy New Year to you and your beloved ones.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Kerin, and the same to you and yours – with best wishes!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Ronit; I am so glad you like it! All the best to you in 2019!

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      1. Thank you Dolly. All the best to you too. 🙂

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  4. While i’ve never made sushi rice, i think i am going to have to have a go at it soon, this looks too good to pass up!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi! It’s really like regular rice, but it comes out sticky, so you can shape it any which way you want without binding it. And if you mix in some sweetener and rice vinegar, it has a very pleasant taste. I sometimes just have it for dinner with steamed veggies.

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  5. What a great idea! I love the mix of poetry, culture and food.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Carol!

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  6. lghiggins says:

    I love how you pull such a variety of interests together in one post. Robert Frost is my favorite poet, and I love Stopping by Woods. My first graders “studied” and memorized it every year. The Russian ballet video is a beautiful addition!

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    1. Oh, I am so glad you were able to view that video – isn’t it fantastic! I also love Robert Frost, and generally, I just take my favorite poetry, music, and art, and stick all this into my posts. I am truly glad you like my funky style, dear Linda!
      Happy New Year with best wishes to you and yours!

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  7. CarolCooks2 says:

    Ahhhhh I love your tales of times past and the recipe sounds divine…Happy New Year to you and yours, Dolly and may it be a joyous one …Hugs x

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Carol! Happy and healthy 2019 to you as well!

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  8. I like this idea without being in the cold. lol 😜

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    1. I am with you on that, dear Gail! Happy and healthy 2019 to you and yours!

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  9. sydspix says:

    Happy New Year! Enjoyed your blog. My daughter-in-law said they exchanged gifts on New Years – is that the same tradition you were talking about?

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    1. More or less the same. Happy and healthy 2019 to you and yours, dear friend!

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  10. zoya says:

    Очень интересная идея,надо попробовать. Понравилось оформление поста,интересно .

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    1. Спасибо, Зоечка! А у вас продается японский рис? Из обычного не получится.

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      1. zoya says:

        Если очень постараться – можно найти)

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      2. Тогда удачи!

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  11. Very well put together as always

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    1. Thank you so much, Derrick

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  12. GP Cox says:

    Did you know that Michael over at OIKOS Publishing reblogs your posts? For some reason, WP doesn’t notify us when he does. I follow him to find out what he’s up to, a really nice fellow!!
    https://bizmarc.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/hawaiian-snowballs/

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    1. No, I didn’t know, and thank you for telling me. He truly is a very nice person!

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      1. GP Cox says:

        Definitely agreed!!

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  13. colonialist says:

    Food for body and soul, here!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend! Happy and healthy 2019!

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  14. This share is a big inspiring for a full year, and, it so appropriate. Best wishes to you dear heart always and into another new year. Cheers!

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    1. Same to you, darling! Best wishes for the best yeat ever!

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  15. randyjw says:

    Happy New Year! Yum – coconut and pineapple! I enjoyed the Tchaikovsky video with the drawings.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Rachel, and a happy and healthy 2019 to you!

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      1. randyjw says:

        Thanks, Dolly! May everything this year, and always, be complete and wonderful. Love you, Rachel

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      2. Amen, and the same to you, darling, with much love and many Brochot!
        My granddaughter sent me a t-shirt with BARNARD in Hebrew letters – so cute! She already join Hillel there.

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      3. randyjw says:

        That’s cute. Hope she’s enjoying school.

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      4. She is not there yet, other than in her very active mind; she is still finishing 12th grade and starting college next year. She’s already joined every student organization and club she could think of! This girl will keep herself busy and thus out of trouble – I hope!

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  16. I don’t tend to have leftover sushi rice, but fried pineapple – yum! I’ve got to make that!! I assume it is only good if you eat it straight away?
    Thanks for coming back to my site after my long break away from blogging. Your support is much appreciated.
    Simcha

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Simcha! yes, fried pineapple is only good right away, and it’s just as good on top of quinoa or cauliflower rice.
      Have a wonderful Shabbos,
      Dolly

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  17. Rohvannyn says:

    That’s a great recipe, and thank you for telling me about Grandfather Frost and Ms. Frost! That’s wonderful. I live in a sunny location as well, so this idea would be appropriate for me too.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, darling! Have a happy and healthy 2019!

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  18. One of my favorite poems. Loved the videos you included! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Anna; it’s one of my favorite as well. I am so glad you were able to view the winter ballet – isn’t it magnificent!

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  19. randyjw says:

    Oh; I see. Well, at least she’ll have lots of time to prepare – – and I note that she already has, in joining Hillel. Proactive!

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    1. Proactive is her middle name – you’re right about that. She is doing what they call a “capstone project” at her school: she is compiling her short stories, essays, and poetry into a book that the school will publish at the end of the school year.
      I always thought that it was extraordinary when my son graduated from Brandeis at the age of 21 with a published book, but Alisia beat her dad to it!

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  20. randyjw says:

    Ah; it’s nice that some schools can still graduate well-turned kids.

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    1. If parents pay this kind of tuition – yes. But I don’t think my son bought himself a suit or tie for the last 8 – 10 years (he has one suit to his name), or his wife a new dress. They live extremely frugally, and every penny has always gone towards Alisia’s education.

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      1. randyjw says:

        I know; our tradition holds the pursuit of education in high esteem, with concurring results. Plus, always, the individual efforts involved…

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      2. And in my family, including the large extended family, the driving force has always been to go to the fullest extent of your abilities, in terms of higher education, knowing that the family support is guaranteed.

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  21. randyjw says:

    Yes; we share the same traditions.

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    1. And totally dietetic! Thank you so much, dear Melinda!

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    1. Thank you so much, Goldie; I am glad you like it!

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    1. Now I do, thank you, darling!

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