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

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…

Rum and Butter Glazed Grilled Chicken or S.P.O.T.S. in the kitchen

 You’ll be happy to learn that built into this little culinary adventure I employ the  Semi-frequent Periods Of Time System or S.P.O.T.S.  These are times set aside to pause, sip some rum, and enjoy the experience you’re having. It  is strongly advised that during these S.P.O.T.S.  you take the opportunity to ensure your soundtrack is,…

Why a man should learn to cook and why women like it.

When I first started reading my Grandfather’s journals, the yearn to learn built quickly. Learning to cook so that I could replicate the dishes he created also gave me an unexpected bonus. I had often wondered what secret an average looking man like my Grandfather possessed that attracted the exotic and amazing women with whom…

Oa’oa Tahitian Tacos

Mahi Mahi Lettuce Wraps with Citrus Rum Sauce, Rum Aioli, and Mango Salsa    Oa’oa translates to delicious but that only begins to describe these wraps. The tastes range far just like the fish, crossing the Pacific from the islands to Mexico. Mahi mahi is a mild sweet fish that combines wonderfully with the salty Asian ginger/ soy glaze. The…

Some basic thoughts on cooking with rum

   As long as I can remember I have had a strong “Yearn to learn”.  Learning to cook has been a recent passion. My journey of cooking with rum started when I was lucky enough to inherit my Grandfather’s journals full of recipes. Until then I thought of rum as something to be enjoyed while…