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fiji chefmom

fiji chefmom
Home Town: Ogilvie, Minnesota, USA
Living In: Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu, Fiji
Member Since: Nov. 2006
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Nouvelle, Gourmet
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I have been involved in the food industry for over 31 years. I love cooking, and to try new things is wonderful. I read cookbooks like a novel, and try recipes that are different and unusual. Living in Fiji introduced me to totally new fruits and vegetables, and a 360 degree change of cooking. I love the challenge!
My favorite things to cook
I love Italian foods, and creamy dishes. Trying new dip recipes and sauces are a lot of fun. I entertain several times a week, so there are plenty of people to "experiment" on! It is constant summer in Fiji, so grilling and barbequeing are a natural here. New seasonings and spices are great additions to my recipe box.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We love deep fried turkeys. However, they are very expensive here, so I have learned to cook with the local fish and seafood instead. Incorporating the new with the old helps my family see the creative feature of living in another country.
My cooking triumphs
My family sailed to Fiji from Miami, Florida. It took us nearly 5 months. Cooking on a little 2 burner stove on a moving yacht is quite a challenge. I had to get used to constant movement and rocking, and bracing in my galley! But we managed to eat very good and hearty meals like homemade lasagna, Greek leg of lamb, homemade pizza, steak dinner, lobster, and much more.
My cooking tragedies
I was catering a luncheon at a new facility in our town, and brought all the food to be heated to the building. My roasting pans did not fit in the oven, as they were about half again as big as the oven! My daughter who was helping me, rushed the pans to our house, where she heated everything in the commercial oven I own. Lunch was a little late, but the guests loved what was served.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Cheesy Polenta
I have been making this recipe since I found it on this website 4 years ago! It is fantastic, and very simpe, yet makes an elegant presentation. I use half chicken broth and half milk, but I add the seasonings and 2 cloves of minced garlic to the liquids before heating, to infuse the flavors even stronger. I always double the recipe, or triple it, and never have leftovers. It is beautiful with Coq Au Vin, as the polenta soaks up all those wonderful juices from the chicken simmering away in wine for hours. For those who did not care for it when they tried it, I implore you to try again. It is a main staple on my entertaining menu. It gets rave reviews each time I serve it.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2010
Spicy Italian Salad
This salad is a regular for large gatherings. It is easy to prepare ahead of time, and gets gobbled up each time I make it. The flavors are wonderful and the combination of vegetables in the salad make it a definite treat to eat.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2010
Basil-Lime Sorbet
I was sceptical with the combination, but this was fantastic. I serve it after a spicy meal, and it is the perfect ender to a meal and cleanses the palate beautifully. I also experimented with rum for a beautiful mojito! This recipe is so good and so easy, and keeps in the freezer for a long time. Thank you for this creative idea!

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2009

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