Froze Goes – A Grown-up Slushy

  One of my best childhood memories is of  bombing down PCH  (Pacific Coast Highway to non-locals) in an old VW van with my Grandfather R.B. at the wheel, Beach Boys blasting out of the cassette player, and long open beaches flashing by the window. When the stars alinged and the market was right we would…

Big Fish – Best Fish…The Inspiration

The guide books and sailing guides will all tell you that the season for sailing in the South Pacific is generally April to October. After that the tourists’ boats vanish and most of the sane Aussies and Kiwis haul out and put their boats to sleep for the cyclone season. It’s a slow time for…

Matai’s Island…The recipe

Grilled coconut rum shrimp with pineapple glaze, pina colada dipping sauce, and Shanghai noodle salad In Samoan tradition, Matai is Father, Elder, and Leader of an island. My friend Matai Aleki lived up to all of those labels. He lives the Aloha (Talofa was his word for it) and loves sharing, especially with those he…

Matai’s Island…The Inspiration

S.A.N.D. Time Tafa Tafa Beach, Samoa      The whole paranormal feeling of what I was calling “My Mermaid Encounter” really threw me off. I’d never even imagined things like that…well, maybe back in my college days, but not since I stopped smoking that stuff. Doctor Me prescribed some S.A.N.D. (Sitting Ashore – Nothing Doing) and…

A Little On The Side(s)

Feeding a family usually comes down to trying to present as balanced a meal as possible and filling them up with the standard side dishes like mashed potatoes or green beans. Great stuff really, but we’re using words here like exotic, and fantasy, and romantic. Sides aren’t merely dinner foreplay or an also ran. Harsh…

Mid Course Correction- A cocktale

After R.B. McCarthy adopted the initials of his title “Rum Brother” as his nom de guerre his buddies started to follow suit. To differintiate themselves from the original they simply added the initial of their regular, boringly normal first name. Thus John became R.B.J. (Rum Brother John in the formal fashion). RBJ went on to…

Big Fish – Best Fish…The Recipe

Among a bazillion other things, my Dad taught me to fish. We played at superstitions like sports people do and he had a silly fishing mantra that still rings in my mind when I set a hook:  “Small fish – bait fish . Big fish – best fish“               …

Makahiki Ribs in Dark Rum BBQ Sauce

In much of the South Pacific, when the constellation Pleiades appears on the horizon in late October it marks Makahiki. It is the end of one year, beginning of a new one, and the return of Lono who brings the life giving rains. His symbol, a pole draped with white cloth, was carried from village…

Kapua’s Spell

  Sweet Butter and Dark Rum Glazed Sea Scallops   When I was young I used to think that Dianna Rigg ( think back to the TV series The Avengers) was as sexy as it comes. I was probably right, but since then my tastes have, shall we say, broadened. I realize “sexy” has some…