I recently returned from a trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauai and was so inspired by the tropical flavors I experienced there, that I created these Carrot Pineapple Muffins that are topped with macadamia nuts and a pineapple glaze.
This trip however, wasn’t just about food, it was really so much more. Kauai is an island that speaks to my soul. Of all the Hawaiian islands I’ve been to, Kauai is the least populated and most underdeveloped. You immediately become very aware of the clouds that billow and hang heavy over the green and lush mountainsides. The island seems almost prehistoric. It was peaceful and welcoming.
But, you know I’m all about the food, so… You can find a McDonald’s or a Subway if you really try, but what you WILL find lining all the roads and small towns of this paradise, are these very cool family owned business that may not be much more than a trailer or a wooden shack and they sell the most amazing local food. The entire time we were there, we never had a bad meal. I was in awe of the amazing array of fresh fish, homemade poke, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. One of my prized acquisitions was the Hawaiian Red Salt from the Red Salt Restaurant in The Koa Kea Hotel. (http://www.koakea.com). I use it on everything, as well as the Kauai Pie Coffee from Lapperts. (https://www.lappertshawaii.com) It’s flavored with coconut, chocolate and macadamia and I can’t wait to get up every morning to drink it. Heaven!
Carrot Pineapple Muffins