I’ve got two oldies to share for today.
First, several vintage recipes found among the correspondence files of Carey D. Miller, professor of home economics and a nutritionist who trained several generations of local women in the science of food. She taught at the University of Hawaii from 1921 to 1961, if I recall correctly.
These gems include Chicken Curry (Patchi Kothmalli Curry). A handwritten note at the top says, “Recipe from Madras (Miss Kausalya friends).”
It calls for, among other ingredients, three chickens, 12 green chills, 12 garlic cloves, 18 leaflets curry leaf (murkaya koenigi), and the milk of one coconut.
The chicken curry is accompanied by mutton and rice pilan, coconut chutney, tomato chutney, cauliflower and mince meat, and payassum.
This is all serious looking stuff.
The second item is an old photo of what looks like University Avenue just above the UH campus and looking up into Manoa Valley. I found it in my mother’s scrapbook along with other pictures taken around 1940. At the time, she was on the staff of the UH Home Economics Department.
If you would like to see more detail, just click on the photo to see a larger version.