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December 4, 2017

Savage Izakaya PopUp

Over the top dinner coming up! Join us for multiple courses of amazing wild-inspired izakaya food. Held at a historic Japanese home in Upper Wailuku this will be like no izakaya you’ve had before. Hand-made ramen noodles with wild greens sound interesting? How about java plum kampachi?

December 4, 2017

Wild Foraged Spring Rolls

Fresh • Local • Foraged • People were loving up our Wild Spring Rolls last week! Made with red hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), Hong Kong orchid flowers (Bauhinia blakeana), sprouts, lettuce, cilantro, mint, pickled yacon/carrot/daikon, haole koa tempeh, avocado, peanut sauce and sprinkled with dehydrated aweoweo kraut (Chenopodium oahuense), haole koa crunch (kukui nut, Mac nut, haole koa) and organic Big Island nigella seeds.

December 4, 2017

99% Wildcrafted Dish Prepared for the Local Wild Food Challenge on Maui

99% Foraged Dish, created by Savage Kitchen Maui, for the Local Wild Food Challenge at Lumeria Maui.

The Local Wild Food Challenge came to town and Savage Kitchen Maui was stoked to participate. There was something magical in the air as over 50 participants prepped their dishes for a panel of 4 judges. People had put much love and care into harvesting their own wild and local ingredients and the stories touched many hearts. We vended at the event and sold out of everything we had! I also gave a short talk on haole koa (Leucaena leucocephala)…its identification, location, processing and integration into the diet. The photo above is our entry, which contained 99% foraged ingredients ::

The wild boar was cooked in its own fat, then rolled in bull thistle (Circium vulgare) flowers and powdered mallow greens (Malva parviflora). It’s as if you’ve been transported to the forest floor, and a green truffle surprise awaits. Laying in a bed of nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus), sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), sow thistle (Sonchus oleraceus) and oxalis (Oxalis debilis) greens. Dancing in on vibrant vibrations are the petals of spanish needles (Bidens alba), turk’s cap (Malvaviscus penduliflorus), self-heal (Prunella vulgaris) and like sundrops from the mist-filled forest close to Maui’s heavenly home are evening primrose (Oenethera stricta). Bits of slippery jacks (Suillus granulatus) and white wood ear (Tramella fuciformis) adding texture. Then for the broth pour-over…

Dashi depth comes from the land and sea. Cat’s ear roots (Hypochaeris radicata) pulling up deep minerals from their high elevation home, and sea lettuce (Ulva rigida) harvested from the intertidal zone where land and sea meet in a giant pulsing motion. The broth is rounded out with four different mushrooms. Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), wood ear (Auricularia cornea), and white wood ear (Tramella fuciformis) from the jungles of Huelo played peek-a-boo for an afternoon foray. The slippery jacks (Suillus granulatus) revealed themselves as a change in the lighting of the forest, the sound of birds chirping, and the smell of mycorrhizae in the air. It was that feeling of knowing before you know.

 

Sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca) limu harvested on Maui’s north shore.

 

And to that dashi was added haole koa (Leucaena leucocephala) miso…this was the first time we shared our miso!

 

December 4, 2017

Food Made with Love

curried pumpkin garnished with roasted haole koa seeds (Leucaena leucocephala)/macnut/kukui (Aleurites moluccana) spice blend. Wash it down with a cup of wild root beer kombucha (we nailed it!), kiawe tea, or have a crispy egg bowl with kahili flower onion jam (Hedychium gardnerianum)/fermented beet with wildcrafted wild fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare)/marinated wakame/toasted sunflower…and we’ll have our Indonesian style haole koa seed tempeh again with cucumber/yacon/carrot salad

December 4, 2017

First Week’s Menu

Our first week of the food truck being open we served up a great menu, including this Wild West Pumpkin Salad :: organic pumpkin^, Spanish needle greens*, organic green onion^, organic vegenaise, Cat’s ear vinegar*, organic lemon juice, sunflower sprouts^, toasted organic sunflower seeds, roasted haole koa seeds*, sauerkraut (aweoweo (Chenopodium oahuense)*, organic cabbage^, organic ginger^, organic turmeric^, salt).
*=wildcrafted ^=local

Smoky Eggplant Salad with Wild Greens Rice :: blackened organic eggplant^, organic green onion^, organic avocado^, organic cilantro^, organic sesame oil, shoyu, organic apple cider vinegar, organic lime juice^, jasmine rice, mallow greens powder* *=wildcrafted ^=local

A wildcrafted Banana Poka Fizz (Passiflora tarminiana), a Kiawe Cooler (wildcrafted Prosopis pallida beans) drink, and our final dish of wildcrafted Haole Koa Seed Tempeh (Leucaena leucocephala) with Cucumber Salad rounded out the menu.

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