Summer is officially here, time to grill…

As summer officially gets underway, I figure I’d share this truly amazing caribbean pork tenderloin recipe that I stole and slightly modified from Bobby Flay…

For the glaze:
1 cup guava jam
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whisk these all together and set the glaze aside.

For the mojo:
2 tablespoons mild vegetable oil
1 small red onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 cups orange juice
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 habanero chile, seeded and finely chopped (trust me, its plenty)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Toss it all into a pan and boil it until it reduces to half.  Let it settle to room temperature…
For the pork:
2 pork tenderloins, about 1 1/2 pounds each
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salt/Pepper the tenderloins, and douse in the glaze. Grill on on pre-heated high heat for 5-7 minutes per side, when flipping re-glaze both sides. When the meat is firm it is done, even if you cut it open and it still looks raw. Take it off the grill. Use up the remainder of the glaze and let it sit for 5-10 more minutes, the pork will finish cooking at this time.

Slice and then drizzle the mojo over it. Be forewarned, the mojo is habenero powered.

Serve while hot… enjoy some rum punch and watch the sunset.

Now to try Caribbean salads…

Deep Diver Certification

Greetings, long time no post. I was able to complete my deep diver specialty at Ocean Concepts this past weekend. It was great to finally get back in the water and even better to keep marching on my way towards the Master Scuba Diver certification. Since moving to Oahu, I’ve been able to get my open water, advanced open water, underwater photographer, underwater naturalist, underwater navigation, and deep diver specailties. I’m looking forward to the Rescue Diver course and then on to being a master diver.

Now if I could just convince my wife to get open water certified so we could dive the Galapagos islands next August…

Summer is heating up

After all the recent rain and ensuing chaos, Hawaii is back to normal.  I’ll go scuba diving with Ocean Concepts this weekend out of their downtown Waikiki location.  Its been a while but I’m glad to get wet again.

Also on our plate, are a ton of visitors!  Yes indeed, cousins in May, mother in June, and my brother in July.  Then we take a minivacation to Alaska on Norweigen Cruise Lines.

Its amazing to think we’ve been here nearly a year, just 5 weeks until that anniversary.  We are both glad to have so many visitors, it makes us feel like our spare room is being used and that we are closer to home than the map appears!

Keep in touch.

– ardent