Sunday, January 31, 2010

Every Tale Has a Beginning

"Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." - Mark Twain

A number of my friends refer to me as a "foodie" but I don't think that I live up to this standard. Am I passionate about cooking? Yes. Do I eat to live or live to eat? Live to eat. I'm addicted to Good Eats, nobody will ever stave at my dinner table, and I do rather enjoy cooking a meal for my closest 80+ friends. Perhaps the problem is that, as with all things in my life, I set very high standards for myself.

What is my cooking style? Every dish that I cook is my attempt to recreate the tastes and memories of my Okinawan great-grandmother and grandmother's kitchen in Hawaii. Calrose (sushi) rice is the only rice in my house and it's eaten at least three times a week. I buy shoyu (soy sauce) by the gallon and a lot of my staple ingredients can only be found in Asian markets. But my repertoire does extend beyond Okinawan/Japanese home cooking. I also enjoy baking, brewing, and Medieval recreation.

Happy Eating! - KP

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