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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“                … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading Makahiki Ribs in Dark Rum BBQ Sauce

Pulu = Marination or “Eh, Brah! When you stawt pulu dat meat, ya? “

Marination sounds like something you’d see on a  t-shirt for a Marine Corps sports team,  or some slightly odd marriage counseling service.      " Come see us at MariNation for all of your relationship repair work. "        Then again maybe it’s the official name for the process of soaking foods in … Continue reading Pulu = Marination or “Eh, Brah! When you stawt pulu dat meat, ya? “

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, … Continue reading Rum and Butter Glazed Grilled Chicken or S.P.O.T.S. in the kitchen

A Gift of the Peliades -Makahiki Roasted pork ribs with sweet chili rum sauce, island yams, and Asian cabbage salad

Makahiki is the celebration of 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 to village and islanders would offer up their very best to honor him. The festivals coincide with … Continue reading A Gift of the Peliades -Makahiki Roasted pork ribs with sweet chili rum sauce, island yams, and Asian cabbage salad

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

Grilled ginger rum marinated steak with grilled rum pineapple and island yams

 Cooking in places where beef is not a big part of the local diet means you can run into some pretty tough cuts. I’ve found this recipe to be about the best method of tenderizing while “flavorizing” meats, especially steak.         The meat soaks up the sweet boozy goodness of the rum and … Continue reading Grilled ginger rum marinated steak with grilled rum pineapple and island yams