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  • Recipe: Pain coco (Coconut bread)

    (Apologies for the phone pictures! I promise to take better pictures next time - most likely in a couple of days haha)

    Many things contribute to your childhood memories. Food is probably the easiest/most memorable of them. It certainly is for me. Now more than ever, I ask myself how I want my #lobleekids to remember from their own childhood. 

    I was born and grew up in Tahiti. We lived on a hill above a Boulangerie, so the aroma of baguettes baking is an integral part of my childhood. 

    Another favorite local treat is Coconut bread. These last couple of weeks, I've been on a quest to find the best recipe. Although the texture is pretty close, the top isn't exactly the same and I have yet to get the same amount/intensity of the coconut flavor. 

    I was going to include the link to the original recipe but it's since been removed! What are the odds right? I'm so glad I wrote it down on paper! 

    My main modifications: I substitute as much water as I can with coconut milk! Oh and I doubled the sugar. Cause ya know... sweetness and stuff. 

    If you're lucky enough to have access to a mature coconut, scrape it, squeeze that milk out and save the grated flesh!

    If you don't live on an island, Coconut milk on the mainland (US) is available at the dollar store!!! I stock up on these. 

    If you decide to add coconut flakes, I prefer the unsweetened ones. Soak them in the coconut milk. PS: I use the left over milk in hot cocoa! 

    Be warned there's absolutely nothing healthy. Full gluten, full sugar and full fat (well based on which butter you use). 

    Funny story: I'm home with two little ones and making bread may sound time consuming! But we've loved doing it together and always give out the other loaves. I swear that's why they taste so good. In fact, now, every time we make it they ask " who are we making these for" :).  

    The one time (after doing it consistently for a week), seriously, the ONE time I did it alone AND for myself (as in "Oh finally, I actually get to keep both loaves- so only did half the recipe) it was a flop! In fact it was really bad. Now try to explain that. Haha. I should rename it the "Give-away bread". Haha.

    Enjoy and I'd love to know how these turn out for you!

    His and hers :). 

    Ingredients: 4 loaves

    1/2 cup of warm water

    2 Sachets of Yeast (if you're using bulk yeast- aka from costco I use about 4 1/2 teaspoons)

    8 cups of all purpose flour

    3/4 cup of sugar (I actually use 1 cup)

    2 1/2 cups of coconut milk (so you'll need at least two cans but if you only have then make up the rest with regular milk)

    For the wash:

    1 egg + 1 tablespoon of coconut milk 

    Preparation:

    Using a stand up mixer (or good old mixing bowl method)

    - Mix the yeast + 1 tablespoon of sugar + warm water

    Let it bubble (give it 5 mins while you gather the rest) and make your kitchen/house smell AMAZING!

    - Add 1/2 of the flour + coconut milk + sugar. 

    - Add the rest of the flour

    - Knead on medium for 8 mins or by hand. The dough should be soft but not sticky. 

    My kids LOVE this part because they get to shape/play their own little dough. If you involve your kids make sure they "play" with it before it rises, they let it rise with the rest of the dough :). 

    - Let it double in size (about 1hr) in a sighlty buttered/greased bowl.

    - Knead a couple of times on slightly floured surface 

    -Split into four equal parts. 

    - Shape as you wish (into bread molds or on a flat baking sheet)

    - Let it doubled again (another hr)

    - Brush with beaten egg/coconut mix

    - Bake at 350F for 25-30mins or until it sounds hollow.

    Enjoy with some delicious butter! Don't skimp, if you're going to have some butter let it be some rich and actually nutritious one.

    Best enjoyed with hot cocoa (with coconut milk of course)!

    Store the rest (if any) in an airtight container (it dries out really fast compared to other breads). 

    Warm up slices for 15s in the microwave. 

  • Grand America Hotel Spring wedding: Southon

    Dina and Mark said I do at the beautiful Grand America surrounded by so much love from family and friends! 
    Let's talk about the awesome dance party too! So much fun. I'm incredibly happy for their new family and it's been so great to watch their adventures this past year. 
    Congratulations again Dina and Mark!

    You can also see their engagement pictures photographed earlier that year in San Francisco and then Saratoga Springs Utah. 

  • Malaga, Spain wedding: Li and Chris

    Never in a million years would have I dreamed of photographing a wedding in Spain. I've always been conservative with my business goals and 2016 showed me that literally anything is possible. My #1 goal for 2017 is to Love GOD and others. I know, you're wondering how does it even relate to a photography business. To be honest I don't completely know haha but I know that I can't possibly go wrong! 

    I think a first and small step is to keep in touch with my clients. Not in a creepy/stalkerish way, but continue to promote healthy and strong marriages and happy families. It's been so awesome to watch my couples excel in their studies, careers, (in this case travel!) and add to their families.

  • Laie Temple wedding: Jaz and Kuj

    Since I mostly photograph destination weddings I don't always get to meet my bride and groom in person till the wedding day. But since I seriously get the most laid back (yet very great planner/organized) brides I never worry about how we will interact etc... It's also always a treat and special when I get to chat with the mother of the bride. This wedding was simply so great and perfect! Love the elegant details and all the singing and dancing that went on. A real party to celebrate these two! How can you go wrong when you're high school sweethearts right? They've already accomplished so much it's been so fun to watch what they're doing together! Seriously so impressed with them.Their families have every reason to be proud of them. So happy for them. Congratulations again Jaz and Kuj!
    Funny story. I danced at the luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center for a summer and Kuj and his sisters were Keiki dancers! They were the K.T's kids. I know, feeling extremely old now haha.