Crab Ceviche and Hawaiian Poke Recipe

It ‘s Marc’s mom and dad’s 45th wedding anniversary yesterday and the family hung out together and celebrated with amazing food.

Marc’s mom and dad.

Top left: Ginataan; Top right: Palabok; Bottom left: Kare-kare; Bottom right: Sisig.

We contributed a couple of appetizers that are super easy to prepare: crab ceviche and hawaiian poke. They are easy in a sense that there’s no real cooking involved but it might be slightly time consuming because there is a lot of chopping involved.

We tried to use as much produce from our local farmers’ market but we obviously can’t buy everything there. For example, it would not be so convenient to try to purchase the fresh ahi tuna that we need for our poke and the packaged crab meat for our crab ceviche at the farmers’ markets. This is one reason why we emphasize to shift local rather than buy local only. We realize that most people either don’t have the time or money to buy everything at a local farmer’s market.

When I make a dish, I’m usually not very good at keeping track of how much of a certain ingredient I put in my dish so I’m trying to be better at it. When I don’t have exact amounts listed below, that just means that it’s really up to how much you want.

Crab Ceviche

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of flaked imitation crabmeat
  • olive oil
  • lime juice
  • yellow and red tomatoes (up to you how much you want to put in there)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 2 jalopenos
  • 1 cucumber
  • a little salt and pepper
  • 3 avocados

Preparation:

  1. Finely chop the red onions, jalopenos, and cilantro.
  2. Cut the cucumber into little cubes.
  3. Cut the yellow and red tomatoes in half.
  4. Mix the olive oil and crabmeat in a glass bowl until the olive oil covers the crabmeat.
  5. Add in the cilantro, onion, tomatoes and jalopenos (I recommend putting only 1/2 the jalopenos and setting aside the rest so that those who don’t want the ceviche too spicy can still eat it while those who prefer it more spicy can just add the jalopones on their own)
  6. Pour in the lime juice and mix well..
  7. Add the cubed cucumbers.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  10. Cube avocados right before serving and mix it in last.

You can serve the crab ceviche on its own or with chips or tostada. If serving with tostada, you can also add a coleslaw topping.

I love this dish so much. It’s so fresh tasting and it’s perfect for a warm day!

Optional coleslaw topping

Ingredients:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Taijin lime seasoning
  • garlic pepper
  • salt
  • Broccoli stems
  • grated carrots
  • shredded red cabbage

Preparation:

Note that I opted for the prepackaged broccoli mix because I didn’t have time to cut, shred or grate the ingredients.

  1. Mix the mayonnaise, tajin lime seasoning, garlic pepper, and salt in a separate bowl (the amount to use is really up to your taste).
  2. Once you are satisfied with the taste, mix it the broccoli stems, grated carrots and shredded red cabbage.
  3. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
  4. Serve on top of the ceviche.

Hawaiian Poke

Ingredients:

  • Fresh ahi tuna, cubed
  • Soy sauce with calamansi
  • optional imitation crab meat (I saved some from the same package for the crab ceviche)
  • red onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 stalk of green onions, chopped
  • minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • Chinese chili with garlic – I made the mistake of loading up on this so my poke ended up being super spicy so watch out for this!
  • Sea salt and garlic pepper to taste
  • Cubed avocado

Preparation:

  1. Cut the ahi tuna into cubes and refrigerate.
  2. Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Combine the ahi tuna cubes in the bowl with the other ingredients.
  4. Add the cubed avocado right before serving.

The super spicy hawaiian poke!

Let me know if you tried any of these recipes and/or if you made some modifications.

Dublin farmers’ market

It’s our second time checking out the Dublin Farmers’ Market and we were happily surprised that there was beer tasting on top of the first Thursday of the month wine tasting booths. We also found out that September is wine month so there will be wine tasting all month long.

We really love these special events at the farmers’ markets but another reason why we love them is because we get to sample the variety of fresh produce and unique products. We almost always end up buying more than what we intended because we got to try something new.  For busy couples, this is one way that you can kill 2 birds with one stone – it’s a fun mini-date and you get to get your grocery shopping done!

Here are some of the goodies we purchased today: Jalopeno and cheese bread, yummy strawberries, veggies, and the beer that we tried. Not pictured is this amazon pumpkin spread and the 3 different goat cheeses that we purchased (basil pesto, roasted garlic and fig).

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Another Shift Local Day in Alameda

Marc and I made the trip to the Alameda Farmers’ Market on Webster and Haight yesterday.  They are open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9-1.  They had kettle corn, orchids, lots of fruits and veggies, all sorts of bread and even oven roasted chicken!

Here’s a picture from yesterday’s trip to the farmers’ market.

As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, we met a lot of great people.  One of them being JP from Home Maid Ravioli Co. who happily supported Cash Mob at Croll’s Pizza by donating gift certificates. Other than the great products that they sell, I really like the fact that Home Maid Ravioli is a family-owned business and their mission is to preserve the diversity of California’s agriculture.  They don’t use pesticide and it is great to be purchasing directly from the producer of the product so you can ask all the questions you want.

We also met some folks at Changing Gears Bike Shop, West Alameda’s Nonprofit bike shop.  If you need full service repairs or a used bike, this is the place to go.  They employ formerly homeless individuals and train them to repair, sell and run the shop.  They also need volunteers and also take bike donations.   If you have a favorite local vendor, please share them with us so we can check them out as well.

After the farmers’ market, I worked on my last paper for law school (and yes I finally turned it in…wohoo!) while Marc went to different Webster local businesses to see if we can get their support for the Cash Mob at Croll’s Pizza.  Marc found a small shop at 1604 Webster (she did not have an official store name for her store yet) and told me that I had to stop by because she sold lots of little jewelry that he thought I would love.  And he was right, the store had rings, earrings, scarfs, toys etc. and I swear I can spend hours in there just looking at what she had. Here are some pictures from the store:

And here’s what I ended up buying:

And like the people we met at the farmers’ market, this store owner provided excellent service.  Meeting owners and building relationships are definitely one of my favorite things about supporting local businesses.

What are you doing to shift local today?

Exciting developments: Cash Mob at Croll’s Pizza

Just got word that Cash Mob at Croll’s Pizza will be getting pinball machines courtesy of Pacific Pin Ball Museum  just for all of you cash mobbers!

1510 Webster Street, Alameda, CA  For Information (510) 205-6959

We’re also excited to announce that Croll’s Pizza is giving a 16 inch pizza to the winner of the Cash Mob at Croll’s Poster contest.   In addition, Home Maid Ravioli Co. donated several gift certificates to the winners of the other games that we are organizing.  Yes we have more games and more details will be announced later but for now, get those posters up on the Facebook event.

We met JP Koehler who was more than willing to support fellow local businesses so if you’re ever in Alameda for the Webster and Haight Farmers Market, check out the Home Maid Ravioli Co. table.  We just bought this amazing cheese spread and olives from JP.  Absolutely delicious and he even gave us some ice so we can take it home without worrying about the cheese going bad.  Talk about excellent service right?

Are you excited or what?!

No wonder local produce taste so good!

Did you know that:

Most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold. And this is when taking into account only US grown products! Those distances are substantially longer when we take into consideration produce imported from Mexico, Asia, Canada, South America, and other places

Source: localharvest.org

I don’t know about you but I prefer my fruits and veggies to be as fresh as possible!

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Buy local and your taste buds will thank you!

Anyone going to a farmers’ market today?

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Buying local produce benefits the local economy, is healthier for you and is better for the environment.  It’s a beautiful day to get some sunshine and delicious produce from our local farmers’ markets.  Here’s a few  locations:

Fremont

Irvington

Bay St & Trimboli

Sunday 9–1

EBT + WIC

www.pcfma.com

Livermore

2nd St btwn J & K

Sunday 9–1

EBT + WIC

www.pcfma.com

Newark

Newark

NewPark Mall

Sunday 9–1

EBT + some WIC

Source: Edible Commu

www.agriculturalinstitute.org

Oakland

De la Fuente Plaza: btwn International & East 12th St near BART

Sunday 10–2

WIC

tiffanyw@unitycouncil.org

Jack London Square: Webster & Water St

Sunday 9–2

EBT + WIC

www.pcfma.com

Montclair Village: Moraga & La Salle

Sunday 9–1

WIC

http://www.urbanvillageonline.com

North Oakland: Arlington Medical Center, 5715 Market St

Saturday 10–3

EBT + WIC

www.phatbeetsproduce.org

Have a great Sunday!

Where to get local produce

Special thanks to fellow shifter Vanessa for reminding me to post a link to the East Bay farmers’ market. I love the list created by Edible Communities! Here are some of my favorite Farmers’ Markets:

Alameda

Haight & Webster

Tuesday & Saturday 9–1

EBT + WIC

www.pcfma.com

Castro Valley

Castro Valley BART Stn

Redwood Rd & Norbridge

Saturday 9–1

WIC

www.urbanvillageonline.com

Hayward

City Hall Plaza

777 B St

Saturday 9–1

EBT + some WIC

www.agriculturalinstitute.org

San Leandro

Bayfair Mall

Fairmont & E 14th St

Saturday 9–1

EBT + WIC

www.cafarmersmkts.com

Parrott St & E 14th

Wednesday 4–8

EBT + WIC

www.pcfma.com

Where is your favorite farmers’ market?

Vitamin C

Marc’s been feeling under the weather so I’m loading up on these babies so I can fight off whatever bug he has.  I definitely cannot afford to get sick while studying for my last set of finals  so I bought this 3lb bag of mandarin oranges for $2 at the farmers’ market and they are delicious!  Tasty, healthy and affordable! Feel better Marc and for the rest of us who are feeling healthy, enjoy the sunny and warm weather!

 

“Got my mind on my money, my money on my mind.”

As a “broke” student, cutting costs is definitely on mind when I shop because my financial aid grants and loans can only go so far. Now that I’m graduating (Last day of law school yesterday! Woohoo!), I’m even more obsessed with how I am going to cut corners to make sure I have money through the summer and until I find that dream job of mine that will pay for my extensive student loans.

So I’ve tried saving money by using coupons, watching out for sales etc. whenever I have to go grocery shopping, but who am I kidding? The benefits of buying locally-grown food far outweigh the slightly increased cost. As How to Shop Locally and Save Money explains, buying local may be slightly more expensive than purchasing from a national grocer but is that really more important and satisfying than getting the health, environmental, and environmental benefits?

Sometimes it’s easier to focus on short-term gains (like saving a couple of bucks) but we need to keep our eye on the prize. Personally, I need to be healthy so I can focus on studying for the bar instead of worrying about getting sick, I need to make sure my community’s local economy is faring well so I can get a job in this shitty awful economy, and hey I really love this planet and definitely do not want to have to move to Mars so let’s keep it clean.

Shift your spending from national chains to local merchants and businesses and your taste buds, overall health, local community and the planet will gain tremendously. Do you want to be part of this movement? Tell us what you’re doing to support local merchants and businesses!

You are what you eat

Marc and I were pretty active in high school.  We both played sports and I was part of a Filipino Folk Dance group.  Then we went to college and we definitely gained more than the average college student, probably because Berkeley has the one of the best locally-owned eateries in the Bay!

Since hitting our mid-20’s, Marc and I realized that our bodies can no longer process the food (and alochol) the way it used to and we’ve become more conscious of making sure we exercise.  We regularly go on runs, hikes and we just try to incorporate physical activities in anything we do.

Here’s a picture from a hike that we did in Maui.

I think where a lot of people struggle is eating properly.  Marc and I love to try new restaurants and different types of cuisines.  Another reason why shifting local and away from chains is because we really don’t know what these big box stores put in their food.

When you go to locally-owned restaurants , you can ask the owners where they get their products from.   Similarly, buying local produce present less of a health risk than food grown somewhere else because they are sold directly to you by the farmers who can inform you about the chemicals on their product.  So next time you eat out or buy produce, make sure to ask because as they say, you are what you eat!

Here’s Marc checking out yummy fruits at a local fruit stand on our way to Hana, Maui.

Also as promised, I found an awesome list of the East Bay Farmers’ Market on EdibleCommunities.com.  Check them out and let us know what goodies you found!

Heart of the City Farmers’ Market

I’m finishing up my third year at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (UC Hastings).  UC Hastings is in the heart of the Civic Center/Tenderloin area hence the nickname, “UC Tenderloin.”  While tour busses and tourists flock this part of town, if you’re not familiar with the Tenderloin, I wouldn’t recommend walking alone especially after dark.

But like any other urban setting, there is a rich and unique culture waiting to be discovered.  The proximity to the court house and city hall make it a hub for local activity.  From Off the Grid food trucks operating twice a week to Little Saigon which has the best selection of locally-owned Vietnamese restaurants in the Bay Area, the Civic Center/Tenderloin area has a lot to offer shift local supporters.

One of my favorite features of this neighborhood is the farmers’ market in the U.N. Plaza (7am to 5pm every Wednesdays and Sundays).  Off the Civic Center BART station, local vendors provide fresh produce and other goods like dried fruit, nuts, kettle corn and more.

Here are pictures of the amazing garlic/onion and jalapeño pistachios that I bought today:

I just realized I do not patronize East Bay farmers’ markets enough, mostly because I don’t really know the schedule.  I’ll do my research and be happy to share it with you all.  Where is your favorite farmer’s market?