I used to live in Yap, FSM. Fresh fruit, meat and vegetables were hard to come by. Stores are poorly stocked, with outdated products. Shopping was a challenge, as was cooking. As a result, I learned the art of substitution.
My favorite things to cook
I love to BBQ Sockeye Salmon and have become well known for it.
I've prepared Prime Rib dinner for 200, Pork Roast for 120, Greek for 100. But, I LOVE making romantic dinners for two!
I enjoy presenting guests with a Salad Bar, or a Mongolian Stir-fry. For something excitingly different we'll prepare a few East-Indian dishes like Butter Chicken, Naan, and Papadums and my favorite dessert is making Banana's Foster.
For fun, I like making sushi with my wife, and trying to duplicate restaurant meals.
It is good to be back in North America where everything is fresh, and flavourful, and available almost anytime you need it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mongolian Stir Fry, Bananas Foster
My cooking triumphs
Coconut Shrimp made with freshly ground local coconut.) There is nothing like a coconut right off the tree.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at cooking Christmas dinner. I was 19 years old, living in France, and I guessed at cooking the turkey for 20 minutes a pound (no cookbooks!... and no internet in those days)
Lets see.. a 24lb Turkey at 20 minutes a pound... 480 minutes ... yup. 8 hours at 325 degrees should be just perfect!! :0)