kaua’i 2013

Finally I’m taking a little break from work which has been crazy, (by mistake I published this post password protected the first time, I’ve republished correctly this time, apologies to those who are email subscribers, yep, all 3 of you!) anyways… yes, work has been crazy so I’m taking a break from that and taking a break from cooking, ok, not that I needed a cooking break, but this is a very anticipated time off and there are many things I want to do, cooking will have to wait. Eating won’t and hasn’t.

I’m here in the island of Kauai, yeah, I’m pretty lucky. This is a beautiful place, extremely relaxing and full of nature and really welcoming people. In the 3 days I’ve spent here, I’ve seen some of the most most beautiful sunsets by the southern tip of the island, elegant manta rays swimming right on the surface of the water, the magical Na Pali coast, humpback whales breaching only a few yards away from me, I even lost my wallet, and got it back courtesy of some good samaritan that picked it up and dropped it at the fire station, a police officer delivered it to my hotel later that day, the dispatch lady even called my cell and apologized, because it was taking them a little longer than they had expected to get it back to me, they were dealing with an emergency, yes, priorities!

So yes, cooking, the closest thing to cooking I’ve done lately is wrapping canned sardines in white bread for a lunch snack and cutting up some cheese with my camping knife to go with some crackers for dinner, do not worry, I’ve had more than that in the last few days. The weather is really amazing, I thought it would be rainy, but it has been sunny the whole time.

I’ll keep adding photos to this post whenever I get a chance, internet isn’t all that accessible but that’s actually not a bad thing 🙂

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A little inspiration…

Put your heart and soul into what you cook
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

~ Harriet van Horne – an American newspaper columnist and film/television critic

Put time and care into your cooking
Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well. Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food as you devote to your appearance. Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress.

~ Charles Pierre Monselet – a 19th century French author

Don’t try to make it too fancy
Make [food] simple and let things taste of what they are.

~ Curnonsky – dubbed the Prince of Gastronomy, was the most celebrated writer on gastronomy in France in the 20th century

Keep in mind why you are cooking
Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.

~ Ina Garten – an American author, host of the Food Network program Barefoot Contessa, and former White House nuclear policy analyst

Ask experts for advice
If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers.

~ Linda Henley-Smith – author, educator, speaker and opera singer

Be patient
Cooking is an art and patience a virtue… Careful shopping, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need. There is one more thing – love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things you can be an artist – not perhaps in the representational style of a Dutch master, but rather more like Gauguin, the naïve, or Van Gogh, the impressionist. Plates or pictures of sunshine taste of happiness and love.

~ Keith Floyd – a British chef and television personality who hosted numerous cooking shows for the BBC

Start with the basics and the rest will come
Once you understand the foundations of cooking – whatever kind you like, whether it’s French or Italian or Japanese – you really don’t need a cookbook anymore.

~ Thomas Keller – an American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer

Corned beef!!

Simple recipes. Look up. Turned out really good. Boil for 1 hour in pressure cooker. Just water, no stock.

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