There are many things that remind me of time spent in Hawaii. Many of them are food: papaya, mango, guava, coconuts right off the tree, and taro, which is what poi is made from. Poi is definitely an acquired taste (I love it!!), as is the belief of many Hawaiians that when presented with poi you are in the company of ancient ancestor spirits. It is a highly regarded tradition and a staple of the Hawaiian meal.
But I digress. It has been years since I’ve had poi. I can, however, get the taste of taro in another form that for many is an acquired taste, bubble tea! My favorite flavor is taro, it is this wonderful taste that I cannot describe, and it is a pretty lavender color. I am so taken by this flavor that I buy taro powder in large bags from a wholesaler, so I can make my own tea:
This stuff is amazing. I wish I could describe the flavor. If you like bubble tea, ask for taro next time you have some. And then please let me know how you would describe it. 🙂
I have been craving cake for a while, and with all the cupcake talk lately I wanted to make some myself. I have a gluten free vanilla cake recipe that I added the taro powder to.
I’m really excited, this was my very first go with piping buttercream:
Not the most professional, but I think these look pretty:
I played with the white balance and used 35 and 50mm lenses, this is as good lavender as I could get! It was fun, though. I need to figure out who to give cupcakes to, so I can keep making them and practicing the icing. 🙂