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The creamy goodness of mango & haupia pie

The creamy goodness of mango & haupia pie

Haupia pudding is a traditional coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert. Popular since the 1940s, it is most often chilled in a retangular pan and then cut into blocks and served. Here, we add it as a topping to a delicious fresh mango filling. This recipe utilizes a ‘soft set’ recipe for the haupia, keeping the haupia creamy ...
The cattle egret: Hawaii’s elegant predator

The cattle egret: Hawaii’s elegant predator

Late summer has brought with it the arrival of a flock of cattle egrets to Horizon Guest House. These brilliantly white birds have found a summer home in the monkey pod tree in the upper pasture. Here they roost at night while during the day they follow the animals, keeping flies and insects at bay. ...
Easy peasy fettuccine: making pasta from scratch

Easy peasy fettuccine: making pasta from scratch

Making homemade fettuccine may seem like a daunting task but with a simple recipe, a steady hand, and a bit of patience, you’ll be twirling freshly cooked, homemade fettuccine around your fork in no time! *(Note: for best results we recommend using a machine but you can hand roll it). The three key ingredients to ...
Wild pigs on the Big Island of Hawaii – friend or foe?

Wild pigs on the Big Island of Hawaii – friend or foe?

Wailoa State Recreation Area, Hilo. Photo credit: Hawaii Tribune-Herald. In the first months of 2020 wild pigs caused significant damage to orchards and crops at Horizon Guest House. The pigs, who live in the surrounding forest of McCandless Ranch, were in the habit of making regular raids on our property. Our gardening efforts, and attempts ...
Brioche French toast with a little help from Julia Child

Brioche French toast with a little help from Julia Child

Making brioche is easier than it looks and it makes for some spectacularly good French toast. Worth making the effort for, this brioche recipe comes courtesy of Julia Child and is perfect for soaking up our special French toast mixture! Begin with the brioche or skip straight to our delicious French toast recipe. Making brioche ...
A day trip to the Hilo Farmers Market

A day trip to the Hilo Farmers Market

Make sure you stop by the biggest and most popular farmers market on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Hilo farmers market runs every weekday but it’s the ‘market days’ on Wednesday and Saturday – with over 200 farmers and local crafters selling fresh produce, crafts, gifts and assorted flowers – that make it a ...
Integrating solar hot water on the Big Island

Integrating solar hot water on the Big Island

The Big Island is known for sun, surf and adventure. Here on the Kona Coast we have an abundance of sunny days that make it the perfect location to install solar panels. Horizon B&B has integrated solar hot water to help reduce the cost of heating water by electricity. This system is simple to implement ...
What is a jicama?

What is a jicama?

What is a jicama? A relatively unknown root vegetable, the jicama is common here on the Big Island of Hawaii. With its flaky brown skin and crispy, white texture, the jicama has a unique flavor that tastes like a cross between a potato and a pear! Pronounced (Hee-kah-ma) the versatile vegetable has its origins in ...
The no-knead bread recipe

The no-knead bread recipe

This favorite no-knead bread recipe is easy to make and packed full of flavor. Wholegrains, nuts and dried fruit make this the perfect breakfast bread. Make sure to use a covered baking dish to help give it that chewy, crusty consistency! The no-knead bread recipe 3 1/4 cups (390g) Unbleached Bread Flour 1 cup (113g) ...
All-in-one chocolate cake recipe

All-in-one chocolate cake recipe

What could be better than a chocolate cake that only takes minutes to prepare? This all-in-one chocolate cake recipe is super easy to assemble – simply fling all the ingredients into the food processor – and it tastes great thanks to the secret ingredient, canola oil! Check out our video and the full recipe below. ...
Springtime gardening on the Big Island

Springtime gardening on the Big Island

Spring is the perfect time to get organised with the vegetable garden here on the Big Island. We’ve turned the vegetable and herb gardens into special lockdown projects (no doubt like many of you) and have spent the last couple of weeks prepping the gardens for planting, raising and transplanting seedlings, and protecting our new ...
It’s a lockdown life: dispatches from the Big Island

It’s a lockdown life: dispatches from the Big Island

It’s early spring and like much of the rest of the world we’re adjusting to life in lockdown. Tourists have all but fled and the residents are hunkering down as we all do our best on the Big Island to flatten the curve. Like the rest of you we’ve been grappling with the new normal ...