Feline Friday is here again!

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Mr. Toby

It’s been a relatively uneventful week in our feline household. No vet visits. Little squabbling. Lots of afternoon sun.

We are trying to break up the boredom of being inside cats by bringing out the cat toys at least a couple of times a week, and offering catnip now and then. I think kittens have an easier time indoors because they’re always playing. Our geriatric cats don’t go into play mode on their own very often. Annie will turn on her afterburners every now and then for a run from one end of the house to another, and Romeo regularly makes a pest of himself to get me to either feed him or play with him. Beyond that, it’s mostly eat and nap. Hence the number of photos of cats curled up or splayed out in various parts of the house.

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Worth waiting for: Helen’s mango chutney

“I use mature green and turning-yellow mangoes. Peel and cut into chunks. I add 1 or 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice, cover and simmer over low heat for a few minutes. Do not cook until soft.”

So begins my mother’s mango chutney recipe. She made chutney as long as I can remember, at least as long as the trees planted in our back yard when my sister and I were born produced fruit.

My mother had studied and later taught Home Economics and food and nutrition at the University of Hawaii before WWII, and applied everything she had learned to the production of the perfect chutney.

I thought the recipe was somewhere in a box in storage along with her old recipe book. I can visualize packing that box with the intention of someday returning to copy and post her recipes.

But it seems my sister pulled the chutney recipe out and set it aside, and it never made it into storage. Luckily, yesterday I found it in a stack of wholly unrelated papers in Bonnie’s apartment. It’s one of those reasons it has taken me so long to go through all of our family’s accumulated papers, still an ongoing task.

In any case, here’s the recipe, along with notes about changed proportions my mother made over the years.

Click here to see Helen’s Mango Chutney recipe.

Another one of my mother’s missives

Yesterday I came across what appears to be a draft letter to the editor written by my mother. It’s typed on “Season’s Greetings” stationary with an island theme, featuring Santa in a bathing suit carrying a frisbee, followed by a reindeer weighted down with surfboard, towels, beach mats, and other gear.

The draft is dated: March 17, 2006, two months before her 92nd birthday.

It’s not her most elegant letter, but it does make a point. She was offended by the idea of tearing down a perfectly good house, in this case a recently renovated one, in order to build an extravagant new structure still zoned for single family use.

I have no indication it was ever sent or published.

It has come to my attention that a home next to ours on Kealaolu that was renovated less than two years ago at an extensive cost, is to be bulldozed for the construction of a new multimillion dollar project.

I had an opportunity to inspect the house this morning and was amazed to find such an elaborate interior. All new inlaid bamboo floors, lighting fixtures valued in the thousands, kitchen and bathroom drainboards in specialized granite, bathroom mirrors and cabinets the best, kitchen and bathroom fixtures all first class.

I have heard the comment that there should be a law against pulverizing a very livable home to be replaced by a huge unlivable place the law says can only accommodate a single family. The lots in our area are about 12,000 foot average. I’m told that with the value of the lots in the area now, one cannot afford to keep an average bungalow type house in place. I cannot help but wonder if this same thinking is going on in other parts of the country where property values are beginning to skyrocket.

Remembering my sister, Bonnie Pauahi (Lind) Stevens

For those who knew my sister, Bonnie Stevens, a memorial service is going to be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, March 28, in the Emmalani Hale at the Queen Emma Summer Palace, 2913 Pali Highway. Limited valet parking, car-pooling encouraged.

Bonnie was Historian and a member of the Board of Directors of the Daughters of Hawaii, which has taken the lead in hosting the service.

Just email me with any questions.