Ashley R. (NDW#43) (19 Posts)

Ashley is DDL's resident food expert and is a passionate foodie who enjoys cooking, fine dining, traveling and all things Disney. From a young age she has been in love with the magic of what Disney represents. She is the chief editor of her website acupofdisney.com where she shares Disney information,vacation tips, videos and Disney recipes. She also currently is a columnist for StudioCentral.com. To contact Ashley you can find her on Twitter @acupofdisney


The weather has been really cold and unbearable this lovely winter season. I have had the Polynesian Resort on my mind lately, and I was thinking of ways to bring it to my home. So, over the weekend, I ventured out to my local party store and picked up some luau supplies. I already had the leis from our last vacation to the Poly. We decorated our dining room and I served up some of my favorite dishes and drinks from ‘Ohana. I made the stir-fry noodles, Lapu Lapu’s, and some other treats that I put my own culinary twist on. We had Hawaiian loop music playing and it was great! We had so much fun enjoying a tropical Disney feast with the outside temperature being a mere 10 degrees. It was really easy to pull off and helped my family get a little Disney warmth into our New England home. You can chose from any of the dishes you like for your own luau. Here are two of the recipes we enjoyed.

Stir- Fry Noodles

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon of each, puréed: garlic and ginger
1/4 cup of each, julienned: red pepper and pineapple
2 cups cooked udon noodles
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon chopped roasted peanuts

Peanut sauce
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2-inch piece ginger, peeled
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup each: soy sauce, sugar and water
1/8 cup diced Spanish onion
1 tablespoon chopped peanuts

Directions
1. For the sauce place all the ingredients in a pan. Bring it to a boil and keep stirring. Turn the heat down to a simmer and stir occasionally. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a blender. Pulse until everything turns smooth.

2. For the noodles, heat the canola oil in a wok or a big frying pan. Add the garlic, ginger, red pepper and pineapple. Sauté until red peppers are tender but firm. Add salt and pepper. Add noodles. Stir-fry until noodles are heated. Add 1/2 cup peanut sauce to ingredients. Finish with nuts.

Lapu Lapu

1 oz Myer’s Rum

½ oz Bacardi 151

3 oz Scorpion Mix (half sour mix & half orange juice)

Ice to chill it

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a shaker and serve cold. ‘Ohana serves this drink in a hollowed out pineapple but a regular high ball glass or tiki cup will do.

Aloha!

Contributed by: Ashley R. (NDW#43). Ashley is our resident Disney food expert and creator of A Cup of Disney.

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