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I have cooked professional a few times in my life but have spent the greater part of my working life in the marine industry as a boat captain or in Alaska fisheries. I love cooking. I find it creative, relaxing, consuming and very rewarding. I love to cook for friends and family. I also write, not about cooking, but about sailing and I'm writing my first novel (I hope). I have published a few magazine articles. I spent the last 10 years living in Hawaii and just returned to the Pacific Northwest, the land I was raised in.
I love all kinds of food. I've had the benefit of living and working with different nationalities, german, chinese, mexican (as apposed to Spanish) Irish, and of course Hawaiian cuisine. I love Italian, Asian, and even Russian dishes. I am in love with curry, Thai stye especially. There is something so wonderful about basil, mint, coconut, coriander and peppers. The freshness of sprouts. The crunch of water chestnuts, the taste of peanuts, the tang of ginger! Not mention Viet Namese - A whole other world to explore!
Then there are meat pasties and corned beef from the British Isles and all of the wonderful herbs and sauces of France! God, I could go on! What a pleasure it is to recreate some of these incredible dishes and serve them to people who only know how to microwave a prepared meal or to stir an instant mix into boiling water! The look on their faces! I love it when they say "THAT's CURRY?!!!"